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Mirza Tahir Ahmad tells the world (in the 1990’s) that Izala Auham was published in June 1891

Intro
The publish date of Izala Auham is a mystery.  It was published in two parts, in this specific video, Mirza Tahir Ahmad writes that it was published in June of 1891, however, all other evidence from Ahmadiyya proves that it was published in September of 1891.  Mirza Tahir Ahmad doesn’t reveal his methodology, which is common for Ahmadi mullahs.  Nonetheless, I am thinking that Part-1 of Izala Auham was published in June of 1891, and the second Part might have been published in Sept of 1891.

The video work

The full video

A very brief translation of Izala Auham by the Lahori-Ahmadis…

Also see these essays: 
https://ahmadiyyafactcheckblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/18/muhammad-ali-writes-that-izala-auham-was-published-in-september-of-1891/

https://ahmadiyyafactcheckblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/22/mirza-ghulam-ahmad-denied-the-physicality-of-the-miraaj-in-1890-in-izala-auham/

https://ahmadiyyafactcheckblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/ahmadis-have-always-lied-about-the-publish-dates-of-izala-auham-1890/

https://ahmadiyyafactcheckblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/quotes-from-izala-auham-1890/

https://ahmadiyyafactcheckblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/28/izaala-auham-quotes-1891/

Taken from here: http://www.ahmadiyya.org/books/izala-auham/iz1.htm

A question requiring answer is that Jesus, son of Mary, brought the dead to life, bestowed sight on the blind and restored the hearing of the deaf; which of these miracles has been performed by the ‘like of Jesus’ [meaning Hazrat Mirza due to his claim of being the Promised Messiah]?

In the first place, it is sufficient to answer that, as regards the Messiah whom the Muslims await, the Hadith reports do not mention his power of raising the dead to life; however, they do say that his advent shall cause the death of people. In any case, God the Most High has sent my humble self for the very purpose that the dead should be raised to life spiritually, the ears of the deaf be opened, the lepers be cleansed and those people who are in their graves be taken out.

Another reason for the likeness is that just as Jesus, son of Mary, presented in the Gospel the gist and the true spirit of the Torah, my advent is for the same purpose, namely to present the true teachings of the Holy Quran to make the uninformed people understand. Jesus only came to declare the commandments of the Torah firmly. Similarly I have been expressly sent to explain the injunctions of the Holy Quran very clearly. The only difference is that that Messiah was granted to Moses and this Messiah has been granted to the Prophet who resembles Moses [i.e., Muhammad, may peace and the blessings of Allah be upon him].

So the resemblance has been proven and I say truly that those raised to life by Jesus have died but the person who drinks the elixir I have been given shall never die. If anyone else can impart the kind of life-giving teachings and words of wisdom that come from me then know that I am not from God the Most High. But if this knowledge of Allah and wisdom, that acts like a life-giving elixir for dead hearts, cannot be obtained elsewhere, then you have no excuse for the offence of denying its source which was opened in heaven. None can stop its passage on the earth. So hasten not to contest me, nor knowingly and willingly render yourself guilty of the accusation which God the Most High has put in the words:

“And follow not that of which thou hast no knowledge. Surely the hearing and the sight and the heart, of all of these it will be asked.” [17:36]

meaning, exceed not the limit in giving vent to your misgivings and feelings of ill-will, lest you be caught because of your words and then in the abode of grief you may be forced to say: “What is the matter with us, we see not men whom we used to count among the wicked” [the Holy Quran, 38:62].

A wise man is not one who rashly rejects the truth because of his vain desires.

The truth seeker needs patience, for every seed in this world brings forth its fruit according to the hidden qualities it contains.

A person needs some insight, some light of his own so that the truth may become manifest to him.

The truthfulness of the truthful cannot remain hidden from the world. The spiritual light inside man illuminates him so that there is a glow on his forehead.

One who has had a taste of the nearness he desired can always savour the taste of his beloved company.

The arrival of the Messiah is a Divine blessing

O Muslims, if you truly believe in God the Most High and His Holy Prophet, may peace and the blessings of Allah be upon him, and if you await the help of Allah then you should know that the time of help has most certainly come. This is not the work of a human nor was its foundation laid by human design. Instead, this is the dawn of Truth, whose arrival was foretold by the holy scriptures. God the Most High has supplied you with help in a time of great need; you were about to stumble into a destructive abyss, but His Loving Hand swept you up. So give thanks and rejoice because the day of your renewal and refreshment has come.

God the Most High never wishes to let go to ruin the garden of His religion which was watered by the blood of His true believers. He most certainly does not want Islam to become a collection of old stories having no blessings in it for the present time, like the religions of other nations. He sends His Divine light at the time of the total predominance of darkness. Do you not await the appearance of the new moon after a dark night? Do you not, when you see the last night of darkness, recognize that the new moon will appear on the morrow? Alas, you are well acquainted with the physical law of nature but are totally ignorant of the spiritual law of nature which is just like it.

Pity be on you, O you worldly Maulvis and you spiritless pious men, that you just do not want the doors of heavenly wisdom to open; instead you want heaven to remain silent forever so that you remain the autocratic leaders. Look within your hearts and examine your inner selves: is your life free from all forms of worldly worship? Are not your hearts covered with the rust that makes you stay in the dark? Are you in any way better than the religious lawyers and Pharisees [of the Jews] who in the time of Jesus were engrossed day and night in the pursuit of their selfish desires? Then, is it not true that you are providing with your own hands one aspect of the resemblance that the ‘like of Jesus’ has to Jesus, so that the argument of God the Most High is established upon you in every way? I say truly that it is easier for an unbeliever to become a believer than it is for you to believe. Many shall come from the East and the West to take a share in this great blessing, yet you will die in the same state of ignorance. Would that you had considered!

The miracles and prophecies of Jesus were in no way extraordinary

As for the miracles shown by the first Messiah, which are demanded to establish resemblance, I have already explained that bringing the actual dead to life has no significance. I have come to raise the spiritually dead to life and this shall certainly take place. Moreover, if the actual work done by Jesus is reviewed, leaving aside the additional descriptions which have been added as fabrication or out of misunderstanding, we do not find anything out of the ordinary there. On the contrary, I do not think that the amount of objections and doubts that arise regarding the miracles and prophecies of Jesus are to be found in case of the miracles and prophecies of any other prophet. Does not the “healing pool” [John, ch. 5, v. 4] remove the glory from the miracles of Jesus? And his prophecies are in an even more decrepit state. Are these worthwhile prophecies, that there will be earthquakes, deaths, wars and famines? And an even more regrettable fact is that the number of the prophecies of Jesus that went wrong is more than the number that was fulfilled. He gave Judas Iscariot one throne out of the twelve thrones of Heaven, which he was eventually deprived of. Peter was given not only a throne but also the keys of Heaven and the authority to open or close its gates to anyone. But when Peter last took leave of Jesus, he cursed him to his face and swore that he did not know him!

Similarly, there are many other prophecies which were not fulfilled, but this is not a matter of objection because even prophets can make errors in interpreting their visions and prophecies. For example, certain prophecies of Moses were not fulfilled in the form he had envisaged.

The point behind all this is that the prophecies of Jesus went wrong more than those of others, but the error does not lie with the Divine revelation itself; rather, it is an error of understanding and interpretation as they were human, and the view of a human may be both right or wrong. So these mistakes were made while applying human judgment.

Jesus denies the ability to perform miracles

What is most strange here is that Jesus plainly denied possessing the power of showing miracles, saying that he definitely could not work miracles. Even then, the general public attribute a multitude of miracles to him without opening their eyes to the fact that he very clearly denies them. Hence when Jesus was presented before Herod, he was very pleased to see Jesus because he hoped to witness one of the miracles performed by him. But although Herod requested Jesus repeatedly for this purpose, yet he gave him no answer. From that time onwards, Herod with all his courtiers doubted the truthfulness of Jesus and regarded him with contempt. See Luke, chapter 23.

Now one should think that if Jesus actually possessed the power of performing miracles of his own accord, as the Christians believe, then he would surely have performed one to Herod who was a man of good faith and also the king of his country. But he was unable to comply. Instead, once when the religious leaders and the Pharisees, who were greatly respected in the government of the Caesar, asked Jesus for a miracle, he addressed them in a provocative tone and said furiously: An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the Prophet Jonah. See Matthew, chapter 12, verse 39.{Footnote 1} And by referring to the sign of the Prophet Jonah he meant that just as the Prophet Jonah was not killed in the belly of the fish but he survived and came out alive, similarly he would not die on the Cross nor would he be dead when he entered the tomb [after his body was removed from the cross].

My critics and I

Some persons have found faults with me in order to criticize me. Although humans are not free from fault, and as Jesus rightly said: “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone” [Mark 10:17], but since such criticism has an adverse effect on religious activities and prevents those people who seek the truth from turning to it, so I will briefly give answers to some of the objections made.

               The first objection made about my humble self is that I have used harsh language with regard to the opponents [of Islam] in my writings, and by this they have been provoked into being disrespectful about Allah the Glorious and His Holy Prophet, and have published scurrilous writings. The Holy Quran contains the clear command not to abuse and insult the deities of the opponents lest they too, out of ignorance and malice, wag their tongues to malign God the Most High. But here insult and abuse has been used, contrary to the way of those who are sent by God.

               Answer: Let it be clear that while raising this objection the critic has not mentioned the actual words which, according to him, I have used in my books and which really fall in the category of abuse and bad language. I say truly, absolutely truly, that I have not, to the best of my knowledge, used even one word which can be called abusive. A misconception arises because most people fail to differentiate between hurling abuse and narrating the truth, and consider them to be the same. They regard what is the relating of a fact in its proper place to be abuse, solely because of a degree of harshness in it which is unavoidable when speaking the truth. Actually, the definition of abuse and offensive language is that it is something which is against facts and false, and used merely to cause hurt. If we label every harsh and hurtful statement as abuse solely because of its bitterness, unpleasantness and hurtfulness, then we shall have to admit that the entire Holy Quran is filled with foul language. The harsh words used in the Holy Quran to degrade the idols and to disgrace the idol-worshippers, and to curse and condemn them, are not such as would please the idol-worshippers. On the contrary, they would undoubtedly further spark off their rage. When God the Most High addresses the unbelievers of Makka and says:

“Surely you and what you worship besides Allah are fuel of hell” [21:98],

is it not included in abusive language according to the criteria coined by the critic? Likewise, is it not abuse in the opinion of the critic when in the Holy Quran God the Most High calls the unbelievers “the worst of creatures” [98:6], and says that they are even worse than the most disgraced and filthy of creations. Has not God the Most High said in the Holy Quran: “be firm against them” [9:73]? Has it not been stated to be a sign of the believers that they are “hard against the disbelievers” [48:29]?

Jesus Christ used harsh language against his opponents

When Jesus calls the respectable religious lawyers and Pharisees of the Jews as swine and dogs, and their most honourable leader Herod a fox, and compares their respectable priests and jurists to whores, and as regards the revered leaders, who were accorded the highest respect by the Roman rulers and made to sit with honour in the Roman courts, he speaks of them in these offensive, very hurtful and uncivil words, calling them illegitimate, adulterous, evil, dishonourable, faithless, fools, hypocrites, satanic, doomed to hell, serpents and brood of vipers — are not these words very serious, filthy abuse in the opinion of the critic? From this it becomes evident that the objection of the critic does not only apply to me and my books but in reality he has attacked all the Divine scriptures and prophets with a burning heart. And this attack hits most at the Gospels because Jesus spoke more harshly than any of the other prophets. It is proved from the Gospels that, because of his harsh speech, the Jews attempted to stone him on several occasions, and he received a slap on his face because of disrespect he showed to their chief priest. As Jesus himself proclaimed, he had not come to establish peace, but to wield a sword. So he wielded the sword of his tongue so fiercely that the harsh and hurtful language as found in the Gospels cannot be found in the words of any other prophet. Jesus had to suffer much because of this sword of the tongue, and similarly John the Baptist who called the religious lawyers and leaders of the Jews as brood of vipers [Matthew, 3:7] was beheaded through their evil plans and schemes.

Expressing the truth cannot be taken as abuse

Now the question that arises is: Were these sacred people most uncivilized, and did they not possess even a trace of the modern day civilization and manners? The answer to this has already been given by our leader and master, the Last of Prophets, and the head of all the generations of the earlier as well as the later times, the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace and the blessings of Allah be on him, who is dearer to us than our parents, and it is as follows. When the verses were revealed which call the unbelievers as polluted, the worst of creatures, cruel, and the offspring of the devil, and their gods are the fuel of the fire of hell, then Abu Talib called the Holy Prophet, may peace and the blessings of Allah be on him, and said:

“O my nephew, you have made the people furious by your abuse. They are about to kill you, and me as well. You have declared their wise men as fools, called their elders the worst of creatures, named their revered gods as the fuel of Hell and the fuel of fire, and generally called them all polluted, offspring of the devil and a filthy people. As a well-wisher, I advise you to hold your tongue and refrain from abusing them; otherwise, I do not have the strength to fight with the people.”

The Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace and the blessings of Allah be on him, replied:

“O uncle, this is not abuse but an expression of truth and a statement of facts exactly as it is needed. This is the very work which I have been sent to do. If I am destined to die while doing my duty then I cheerfully accept this death for myself. I have dedicated my life for this very cause. I cannot refrain from making the truth manifest for fear of death.

“O uncle, if you are concerned because of your weak position and the trouble you receive, then withdraw the protection you give me. By God, I do not need your help at all. I will never refrain from delivering the Divine commandments. I hold the commands of my Lord dearer than life itself. By God, if I were to be killed while accomplishing my mission it would be my wish to keep on being granted life again and again and to keep on being killed each time in this path. I am not afraid, instead I find the utmost pleasure in being persecuted in Allah’s way.”

While the Holy Prophet was speaking, his face was radiating truth and an ecstasy full of spiritual light. When he had finished, Abu Talib could not restrain his tears, seeing the light of truth. He then said:

“I was unaware of the sincerity of your faith. Your position and status is beyond conception. Go and carry on your work. I will assist you as long as I live, as far as my power goes.” {Footnote 2}

Now the conclusion from this is that the answer that the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace and the blessings of Allah be on him, himself gave to Abu Talib by his own blessed tongue is quite sufficient to silence all the critics, because abuse is one thing and stating the truth, even though it may be harsh and unpleasant, is something totally different.

It is a duty binding upon every seeker and speaker of truth to deliver the facts to the ears of the misguided opponent. Then if he is incensed on hearing the truth, let him be so. The verses which our Ulama present at this point, “and abuse not those whom they call upon besides Allah, lest, exceeding the limits, they abuse Allah through ignorance” [6:108], I cannot think how this verse concerns us. This blessed verse only forbids us from hurling unjust abuse at our opponents, not stop us from expressing the truth. If the harshness and unpleasantness of the truth seems to our unwise opponents as being of the nature of abuse, and becoming incensed they respond by foul abuse on their part, then should it stop us from preaching the truth? Has this sort of foul language never been used by the unbelievers before?

The Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace and the blessings of Allah be on him, did not only use stern language in support of the truth but he also broke with his own hands the idols which were looked upon as gods by the idol-worshippers. When has Islam allowed compromising on the truth, and where in the Holy Quran is such an order to be found? Instead, Allah the Glorious clearly disallows such leniency, saying that people who compromise even with their unbelieving fathers or mothers are equally faithless. Allah refers to the unbelievers of Makka and says:

“They wish that you [O Prophet] should be pliant, so they (too) would be pliant” [68:9],

meaning that the unbelievers of Makka would like it if you adopted a lenient attitude by withholding the truth, and then they would also agree with you in your [toned-down] religion. But God the Most High does not approve of such expressions of agreement.

So we conclude that if the Quranic verse put forward by the critic testifies to anything, it is only that the critic has no idea of understanding the Word of God. He does not stop to think that if this verse condemns every form of harsh language then it becomes impossible to call people to do good and refrain from wrongdoing. Moreover, we shall have to admit that the Book of Allah contains two contradictory teachings. In other words, first Allah prohibits the use of all forms of harsh language and urges upon us not to offend the unbelievers in any way. Then He starts acting against His own teaching by using words of abuse against the deniers, even urging us to do the same. So we should realize that it is actually a defective understanding on the part of those Maulvis who think that God the Most High has altogether prohibited the use of every type of harsh language. Otherwise, it is not only justified to plainly convey to every opponent such harsh words as are necessary when expressing the truth and which contain within them the proof of their correctness, but it is the need of the time so that we do not fall into the evil of expressing agreement to placate someone.

The righteous servants of God the Most High have never feared receiving the curses and censure of anyone when preaching sternly in this manner. Is it not known that in the time the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace and the blessings of Allah be on him, the real reason why the enmity of the idolaters increased so much was just these harsh words which those unwise people took for abuse, and as a result their opposition ultimately went from being verbal to physical. In the beginning they were not like this; in fact they used to say with full conviction about the Holy Prophet, may peace and the blessings of Allah be on him, that he had completely fallen in love with his Lord. It is just like the Hindus of today, who do not condemn any ascetic living as a recluse, rather they bring him offerings.

Here I am also compelled to declare, with much regret and a grieving heart, that this objection against me has not only come from the general public but I have learnt that some Ulama are also at the bottom of it. In view of their status, I cannot imagine that they are unaware of the Holy Quran and the previous scriptures, nor can this be thought in any way.{Footnote 3} But I know that the misguided culture of the West today, in which there is no concept of having feelings of honour for one’s faith, has cast its influence on the hearts of our Ulama to some extent as well. Their vision has been blurred by the severity of this storm, and the natural weakness in their character has made them accept this ailment. That is why they lay stress on ideas which have no connection with the Quran and Hadith, but which can however be found in the code of ethics of the West. The morals of the West have so deteriorated that it is considered inappropriate for a grown woman to entirely refrain from having relations with a man who is eligible to marry her. But does the Holy Quran agree with these morals practised in the West? Does it not call such people immoral?

It is only for the sake of Allah that I warn such Ulama that, due to their fault-finding and their entertaining such ideas in their minds, they have gone very far from truth and being able to recognize the truth. If they wish to oppose me, then they can say whatever they wish out of their dry logic. On the other hand, if fearing Allah they apply their thinking then this is not a matter which can remain hidden from their view. It is the duty of a good and sincere person to keep hold of the ways of finding truth. Even if the lowliest and most ordinary person says what is right, and we ourselves are in the wrong, then we should admit our fault with gratitude and accept what that humble man is saying. We must not make the claim “I am better than he” [the devil’s claim over Adam in the Holy Quran, 7:12] because the proud are never guided aright and even the faith of such a man is always in danger.

There is another wisdom in the use of harsh language, that it awakens dormant hearts and rouses those people who like to nod in agreement. For example, the Hindus are such a people that most of them, unless you yourself challenge them, nod in agreement with you in religious matters, by way of conciliation, all life long as friends. Sometimes they speak with praise and approbation about our Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace and the blessings of Allah be on him, and eulogize and extol the saints of Islam. But their hearts are in the depths of darkness and far removed from the truth. If the truth is declared to them bluntly, with all its bitterness and unpleasantness, the good result of this is that their pretence to agreement is at once removed and they openly express their unbelief and ill-will, as if their suppressed ailment now manifests itself as burning temperature. So this incitement which severely provokes the minds, although it may be highly objectionable in the view of an unwise person, but an astute man can well understand that it is this arousal which provides the first step towards the acceptance of truth. As long as a disease does not manifest itself it cannot be treated, but when it shows its symptoms then all sorts of means of treatment may be tried.

The strong language used by the prophets was really for the same purpose of arousal, so that a stirring be created in the people, they awaken from slumber by this jolt and start pondering and thinking about religion, they make a movement for this purpose even if it is in opposition, they establish a connection with those who are proclaiming the truth even if it is a connection of hostility. It is to this that Allah the Glorious refers in the words: “In their hearts is a disease, so Allah increased their disease” [2:10].

We should believe with full certainty that one day the same people will accept the religion of Islam with a true heart who, having been awakened by strong and powerful arousal, have started studying religious literature and are taking steps in this direction fervently, even if it is a step of opposition.

The first attitude of the Hindus was disappointing for us because they preferred the approach whereby they would not hold religious discussions with the Muslims and would live with us nodding in agreement with our beliefs. But now, by coming into confrontation and entering the field of combat, they have been subjugated by our sharp weapons, and are like the nearly defeated prey who can be vanquished by one final blow. So we should not be afraid that they are rebellious like deer. They are not our enemies; they are our prey. That age will come soon when you will look for a Hindu and you will not find a single Hindu amongst the educated people. So do not lose hope by being worried by their fervour, because a subtle change is taking place within them preparing them to accept Islam, and they have reached close to the threshold of Islam. I say to you truly that those people you see today filled with strong feelings of animosity, after a little time you will not see them.

Lately the Aryas have, through our urging, taken the step of engaging with us in public debates. Then no matter how harshly they have behaved in this respect, and though they have published books filled with abuse and filthy material, yet by their vehemence they are in fact paving the way for their people to accept Islam. So our provocations do not really lead to any adverse results. Of course, these efforts appear ugly in the view of those who are short-sighted, but one day it will be evident that these very efforts attracted the most hard-hearted people towards this side. This is not conjecture or speculation but a sure and definite reality. Pity be on those who fail to distinguish between good and bad, and are the quick to raise objections.

God the Most High has clearly disallowed us from compromising on the truth but has nowhere ordered us to abstain from proclaiming the truth because of fear of its bitterness and unpleasantness. Ponder, O you impatient Ulama! Do you not read the Quran? What has come over you? How do you judge?

A sincere friend of mine is Maulvi Abdul Karim of Sialkot, a young man who has recently completed his education, having received modern schooling, and is a refined thinker who has been greatly influenced for the better, almost in an extraordinary way, through being nurtured and taught by my truly beloved friend Maulvi Hakim Nur-ud-Din. When he came to Qadian just now to meet me, he promised that he would write and publish a pamphlet about what is real civilization. He knows quite well that actually real civilization is the path which was followed by the prophets, may peace be upon them. It did not forbid them to use harsh words on particular occasions, like bitter medicine is used. In fact, it is the binding duty of every preacher to use harsh words on the proper occasion in accordance with necessity and wisdom, and if he fails to do so because of being lax and neglectful it indicates that he is overwhelmed by the fear of others more than Allah, which is a form of shirk (associating partners with Allah), and that his faith is as weak and frail as the life of a tiny insect.

Therefore I pray for this friend that God the Most High may help him by means of the holy spirit in his intention to produce this writing. I think it is best for him to entitle his pamphlet as ‘Civilization’. I have learnt that he was moved to do this by the objection of a Maulvi gentleman whom he met by chance in Lahore while he was coming to Qadian, and who raised an objection on my humble self in this respect.

O All-Powerful God! Although it has always been Your way and practice that You confer understanding on children and the unlearned, while You cast dark covers upon the eyes and hearts of the wise and the intellectuals of this world, yet I humbly and earnestly beseech You to draw a group of these people also towards my Movement, as You have already brought in some of them. Bestow on them also eyes and ears and hearts that they may see, hear and understand, and realizing the nature of this blessing which You have sent at its appointed time they may make an effort to obtain it. O God, You can do this if You will, for nothing is impossible for You! Ameen again ameen.

The second objection is that I have claimed to be the Promised Messiah because of suffering from melancholia or some other mental illness.

The answer is that I should not be unhappy at being called mad or insane by someone; on the contrary, I am pleased because foolish people have always been calling even every prophet and messenger in his time by these names, and since ancient times every nation has been giving exactly this title to reformers sent to it from God. There is yet another cause for happiness for me, for today that prophecy has been fulfilled which was published in Barahin Ahmadiyya, that people would call me a madman.

However, what is surprising is what is insane or irrational in this claim, on account of which the critics suspect that I have gone mad? I leave the judgment to the conscience and intelligence of the critics themselves, placing before them my statements and those of my opponents, as to which of the two parties has lost its senses, and whose statements are declared by sound reason to be madness and whose to be sane.

My explanation regarding the Promised Messiah whose descent from the heavens and reappearance in the world is awaited, as God the Most High has disclosed to me by His grace and favour, is as follows. The Holy Quran nowhere mentions the return of Jesus to this world; in fact, according to the Quran he has departed from the world forever. However, there are several Hadith reports, full of metaphors, which prophesy the return of the Messiah to this world. The context of those reports shows that it is most certainly not meant that Jesus, son of Mary, shall in actual fact return to the world.

It is, on the contrary, a subtle allegory denoting that in some age which would be similar to the age of Jesus son of Mary, a man will be sent for the reformation of mankind who will resemble Jesus in his nature, powers and the task assigned to him. Just as Jesus revived the religion of Moses and explained again to the Jews the essence and real meaning of the Torah which they had neglected, similarly the second Messiah would revive the religion of the one who is ‘like unto Moses’, that is, the Khatam al-anbiya the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace and the blessings of Allah be upon him. This Messiah of the ‘like unto Moses’, in terms of the events of his life  and all the other consequences of his acceptance by his people or their denial, would entirely resemble the Messiah who was given to Moses. What God the Most High has revealed to me now is that I am that Promised Messiah.

Prevalent concepts among Muslims regarding the arrival of the Promised Messiah

In accordance with their old ideas which have been fixed in their minds, the Muslims claim that the Messiah, son of Mary, shall bodily descend from the heavens, with his hands resting upon the shoulders of two angels, and he shall land near a minaret in eastern Damascus. Some say that he will descend on the minaret itself and the Muslims will bring him down from the top by means of a ladder. At this point the angels will leave him. He will be finely dressed, not that he will be unclothed. Then he will meet the Mahdi and exchange greetings with him. Despite the passage of so much time, his age will still be as it was, thirty-two or thirty-three years. Time will have wrought no change in his body nor aged him. His hair and nails will be no longer than they were when he was raised to heaven. He will not have changed at all, but after descending on earth he will again be subject to the ravages of time.

He will not undertake wars and fighting of any kind but there will be such a power in his breath that the unbelievers will die as far as his sight reaches. So his breath will have the power of killing living people, just as in his first advent he could bring the dead to life. Then our ulama, forgetting their first statement, say something contrary to it, that wars and fighting is just what he will undertake, and the one-eyed Dajjal (Anti-Christ) will be killed by him. Jews will also die at his command.

Prevalent beliefs controversial and self-contradictory

Now on the one hand they accept that the Promised Messiah is the same Jesus, son of Mary, the prophet of Allah, to whom the Gospel was revealed, upon whom the Angel Gabriel used to descend, and who is a messenger from among the revered messengers of God. Yet on the other hand they say that after his return to earth he will not even mention that he is a prophet, in fact he will have been removed from the office of prophethood, and will have joined the Umma of our Holy Prophet, may peace and the blessings of Allah be upon him, obeying the law of the Quran like other Muslims and saying his prayers behind an Imam as other Muslims do. Some say that he will follow the Hanafi school of law and accept Abu Hanifa as his Imam. But they have not yet clearly explained which of the four spiritual orders he will follow: whether he will be a Qadari, a Chisti, a Suharawardi or a Naqshbandi like Hazrat Mujaddid of Sirhind.

Hence, after labelling him a prophet, they have reduced his status to a point that no one in his right mind can do. Then, by taking metaphorical descriptions in a literal sense, his special tasks are explained to be that he shall break the cross and kill the swine. Now one cannot imagine what is the benefit of breaking crosses, and even if he manages to break, say, one or two million crosses, can the Christians, who are devoted to the Cross, not make more of them?

His second task, to kill swine, also appears bizarre if taken literally. Is this how the Messiah, after his descent to earth, will perform his great mission? Will he just set out with a pack of dogs and begin to hunt and kill the swine? If this is true then it is good news for the Sikhs and others who love to go hunting for swine as they will have good company. However, it may not be possible for the Christians to benefit from the slaughter of swine because they have already attained perfection in hunting swine. There are a thousand shops in London itself that sell the meat of swine, and it has also been learnt from reliable sources that apart from these shops, twenty-five thousand pigs are sent daily out of London to the people living outside. So the question is: Is it worthy of the dignity of a prophet who has been sent to reform mankind to waste his precious time hunting a filthy animal like the swine? According to the Torah, even touching swine is a deadly sin. I would also say that, firstly, hunting is a pastime of the idle. However, even if the Messiah would have the inclination to hunt, and would like to indulge in it day and night, then are there not enough clean animals in the world, such as deer and rabbits, that he would have to defile his hands with the blood of an impure animal?

Now I have presented a complete sketch, as portrayed by the people of my nation, of the events of the life of the Messiah to take place after his descent on earth. All sensible people should ponder as to how far it contains things against the laws of nature, how it is a bundle of contradictions and full of flaws, and how it is derogatory to the dignity of prophethood. However, all this spurious material is not to be found in the two most authentic books of Hadith. Imam Muhammad Ismail Bukhari, may Allah’s mercy be on him, gives no indication whatsoever that the coming Messiah will be actually and really that same Jesus himself. In fact, he has narrated two Hadith reports from the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace and the blessings of Allah be upon him, which establish conclusively that the first Messiah and the second Messiah are two different persons. For, the subject matter of one of the Hadith reports is that the son of Mary shall descend among you, and it is explained that he will be your Imam and shall be one of you. These words should be pondered upon seriously, in which the Holy Prophet Muhammad explains the term ‘son of Mary’ by saying that he will be an imam of yours who will be from yourselves, and will be born among you. In other words, the Holy Prophet, in order to remove the misconception that could arise in the minds from the words ‘son of Mary’, added these explanatory words so that people would not take him to be the actual son of Mary: “Nay, he is your imam from among yourselves”.

The second Hadith report which settles this point is that the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace and the blessings of Allah be upon him, has described the physical appearance of the first Messiah as different from that of the second Messiah, and the latter description fits my humble self perfectly. Just think: does not the clear variance between these two appearances provide solid proof of the fact that the first Messiah and the second Messiah are two different individuals?

Another point deserving attention is that while our ulama stubbornly insist that the Hadith report about the descent of the son of Mary is to be taken literally, yet when some of the wiser ones among them are asked about the meaning of the report that the son of Mary will descend, and he will break the cross and kill the swine, although they still take the term ‘son of Mary’ literally but as regards the cross and the swine they quietly  give it a metaphorical and figurative meaning, as we do. Thus they are convicted by this admission of their own, for it can be argued to them that as regards the three factors, namely, the descent of the son of Mary, the breaking of the cross and the killing of the swine, they admit that two of these should be taken metaphorically to mean something else, so why cannot the third one, the descent of the son of Mary, also be taken metaphorically to signify someone else? Now I ask: is it the way of sense and wisdom to continue adhering to such a bundle of contradictory ideas, when the explanation revealed to me is more in accordance with reason and logic?

Besides this, these old ideas are also subject to the most serious and strongest objections on the basis of reason in many other ways as well, from which there appears to be no way of escape.

One of these objections is that it is not proved from anywhere in the Holy Quran that Jesus was taken up to heaven in his physical body. On the contrary, the death of Jesus is clearly mentioned on several occasions in the Holy Quran. In one place the admission is made by Jesus himself that he died:

“And I was a witness of them so long as I was among them, but when Thou didst cause me to die Thou wast the Watcher over them. And Thou art Witness of all things.” [5:117]

So when death has been proven, it is obvious that his body will have been buried in the earth like all others who die. For, the Holy Quran proves clearly that only his soul was raised to heaven, and not his body. That is why in the above mentioned verse Jesus clearly speaks of his own death. If he had risen to heaven as a living person, in his physical body, then he would never have mentioned his death and would never have said that he had died and left the world. Now it is clear that, as it was only his soul that rose to heaven, how can his body come along with it at the time of descent?

Impractical to believe in bodily ascension

Another objection is that all science, old and new, agrees that it is impossible for a human being to reach even the intensely-cold upper atmosphere in this earthly body of his. In fact, recent researches in natural sciences have shown that when the tops of some high mountains are reached, the air in that region is found to be so unsuitable for health that it is not possible to survive there. So it is quite absurd to think of this human body reaching the moon or the sun.{Footnote 4}

Another objection is that those people who believe in the existence of skies also believe that they are in motion, and that this motion is twofold. Now if it is supposed that Jesus bodily rose to the skies, it is obvious that he shall not remain in the upper direction all the time, but he will sometimes be above and at other times he will be below. Under these circumstances, it cannot be said confidently that he must descend from above. Would it not be possible that he rises up from below? For, his abode would not in fact be a fixed place; if in the morning he was above the earth, he would be below it in the evening! To accept that he should be in such a traumatic condition amounts to the worst kind of disrespect.

Yet another objection arises that, assuming for the sake of argument that Jesus bodily rose to heaven, we cannot deny that even there all animal and human bodies must undergo changes with time, and must inevitably and necessarily face death one day due to the passage of time. Thus, given this circumstance, firstly it must be accepted that Jesus, having completed his span of life, has died while still in heaven. And he must be buried in a graveyard belonging to beings who live somewhere else in space, as nowadays it is accepted that such beings do exist. If, however, we assume that Jesus is alive till now, then no doubt he would be an old and aged man after the passage of so many years, and he would by no means be fit to perform any service to religion. So, being in such a frail condition, his return to the world will not serve any purpose apart from causing him unnecessary distress.


Author’s footnotes

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Footnote 1

At this point a grave objection arises on the manners and moral condition of Jesus because in Matthew 23:3 Jesus himself says that the scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, which means that they are revered elders. He also knew that they were known as the leaders of the Jews and were made to sit with honour amongst the nobility in the Roman courts. But in spite of all these facts, Jesus used quite uncivil language while addressing them. The surprising thing is that those respectable old men of the Jews used gentle and respectful words and spoke very humbly when they addressed Jesus and said: “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you”. In reply to this, Jesus addressed them using the words: An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign. And he did not stop at that but thereafter he always spoke of those respectable old men abusively. Once he called them: “You serpents, you brood of vipers”, see Matthew 23:33. Another time he said: “They are  blind guides”, see Matthew 15:14. He also said: You hypocrites, see Matthew 23:13. He addressed them in very foul words, saying: “harlots go into the Kingdom of God before you”, see Matthew 21:31. He called them pigs and dogs, as well as “fools”, see Matthew 23:17. He even said that they were doomed to go to Hell, see Matthew 23:15. On the other hand, he himself preached gentleness and good manners, even saying that whosoever calls his brother “you fool” shall be liable to the hell of fire. The answer to this objection will be given when I answer the allegations levelled against me regarding civility made by some naive persons.

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Footnote 2

The account of this entire incident of Abu Talib is contained in books, but the whole of the above narration has been revealed by God the Most High to my heart, with only a few explanatory words added by myself. This revealed account makes evident the sympathy and consideration of Abu Talib, but it is proved with full certainty that this sympathy was aroused at a later date, after witnessing the light of prophethood and signs of his steadfastness. For the greater part of his life, forty years, our Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace and the blessings of Allah be on him, lived as helpless, vexed and an orphan. In that period of lack of support, none of his relatives or close ones helped him as it was their duty to, so much so that in his childhood that spiritual King was, like a child without a family, handed over for upbringing to Bedouin women who lived in the desert. Hence this greatest of all men spent his infancy in helplessness and poverty. When he grew somewhat older, he was assigned the task of grazing the sheep of the Bedouin Arabs, like destitute orphans. In those days of hardship, there was no food except inferior grain or the milk of goats. When he attained maturity, none of his uncles cared about his marriage in spite of the fact that he was most handsome. And it was only by chance, at the age of 25, merely by the blessing of Allah, that an aristocratic lady of Makka chose the Holy Prophet for herself and married him. It is a matter of great astonishment that while the Holy Prophet’s blood paternal uncles Abu Talib, Hamza and Abbas were alive, and especially Abu Talib was a chieftain of Makka, a leader of his tribe and possessed worldly status, dignity, wealth and authority to a large degree, yet in spite of their high position, the Holy Prophet, may peace and the blessings of Allah be on him, spent his days in great hardship, hunger and destitution. He even had to graze the cattle of the Bedouins to make a living yet none of them cared about his painful plight.

When the Holy Prophet, may peace and the blessings of Allah be on him, attained maturity, it did not even occur to any of his paternal uncles that, being like a father, they should exert themselves for his marriage and other essential matters, especially when there were girls in their own families and relatives. Now one naturally thinks why the attitude of these people was so cold. The answer to this is really that they only saw the Holy Prophet, may peace and the blessings of Allah be on him, as an orphan, having neither father nor mother, possessing no property, friendless, indigent and penniless. They stood to gain nothing from helping the trouble-stricken youth, and to make him their son-in-law was tantamount to ruining the lives of their daughters. But little did they know that he was destined to be a prince and the leader of all the spiritual kings, who would be granted the keys to all the treasures of the world.

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Footnote 3

How openly the Holy Quran uses harsh language cannot remain unknown even to the most unintelligent and ignorant of people. For example, the civilized people of today consider it the height of abuse to curse someone. But the Holy Quran pointedly curses the unbelievers. It says: “These it is on whom is the curse of Allah and the angels and men, of all of them, abiding therein” [2:161-162], and: “These it is whom Allah curses, and those who curse, curse them too” [2:159]. Similarly, it is obvious that to liken a human being to a beast is a form of abuse. However, the Holy Quran not only calls them beasts but declares that the unbelievers and deniers are worse than all the creatures on the face of the earth, as it says: “Surely the vilest of beasts in Allah’s sight are those who disbelieve” [8:54]. In the same way, it is clear that it is against the manners of present day culture to make a particular person a target of abuse by taking his name or by referring to him, but in the Holy Quran God the Most High has applied to some the name Abu Lahab, and to some the titles dog and swine. Then Abu Jahal is well known as such. Similarly, regarding Walid Mughira the harshest possible words are used which apparently are terms of filthy abuse, as it says: “So obey not the rejectors. They wish that you [O Prophet]  should be pliant, so they too would be pliant. And obey not any mean swearer, defamer, going about with slander, hinderer of good, outstepping the limits, sinful, ignoble, besides all that, notoriously mischievous … We shall brand him on the snout” [68:8-16]. In other words, do not follow what these unbelievers say, who wish from the bottom of their hearts that you abstain from abusing their gods and disgracing their religion, so that then they shall also apparently approve your religion. Do not be misled by the slickness of their tongues. This man who has appealed for compromise is a man who takes false oaths, is of weak opinion, and a degraded individual. He indulges in fault-finding in others and causes division among people by back biting. He hinders from the path of goodness, is guilty of illicit sexual acts, in his character he is a man of the worst morals, and besides all that he is of illegitimate birth. Very soon We shall brand his snout, which has grown long like that of swine. By a long snout is meant adherence to the customs and codes of honour of society which are a hindrance to the acceptance of the truth. O All Powerful God, chop the noses of certain long-nosed ones among our people also!

Now tell us, respected Maulvi gentlemen, in your opinion, is there any abusive term which has not been used in the above comprehensive words? It is a matter of interest to note here that Walid Mughira adopted a lenient attitude so that the unbelievers should be dealt with gently. And in reply, all his faults were exposed. This is an indication to them not to expect compromise from the believers.

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Footnote 4

At this point the objection could be raised that, if it is impossible to ascend bodily to heaven, then how could the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace and the blessings of Allah be on him, have gone to the Mi‘raj in his body? The answer is that the journey of the Mi‘raj was not with this physical body; on the contrary, it was a vision of the highest order, which takes place in a state of wakefulness. In such a vision a person may visit the heavens with a spiritual body, in accordance with the capability of his soul. Since the capability of the soul of the Holy Prophet, may peace and the blessings of Allah be on him, was of the highest degree and had reached the uppermost point of development, so in his journey of Mi‘raj he reached the furthest point of the universe, known as the ‘Arsh Azim (the great Throne). Although this journey was in fact a vision which resembles a state of wakefulness to the utmost degree, I most certainly do not call it a dream nor consider it as an ordinary vision. On the contrary, it was a vision of the highest possible order which is really wakefulness; in fact this state is clearer and more vivid than physical wakefulness. I myself have had experience of this kind of vision. There is not scope here to write further. Allah willing, I will write in more detail elsewhere.

 

Muhammad Ali writes that Izala Auham was published in September of 1891

Intro
I continue to look for clues in terms of the cover up by Ahmadiyya leadership on the book Izala Auham.  As we all know, it was published sometime in the summer of 1890, as the original cover page of the book indicates.  We also know that it was published in 2 parts, thus, the second part may have been published in September of 1891.

See these essays for additional data on the cover-up job by Ahmadiyya
https://ahmadiyyafactcheckblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/ahmadis-have-always-lied-about-the-publish-dates-of-izala-auham-1890/

The Reference?
In 1915, Muhammad Ali wrote a book vs. the Qadiani-Ahmadis entitled, “Prophethood in Islam”. In that book, he gave the publish date of Izala Auham as September of 1891.

See here: the supplement: http://www.aaiil.org/text/acus/mga/261ref.shtml

Quotes from Izala Auham in terms of prophethood

12. Izalah Auham, (Septembers, 1891), p. 138

“We cannot attain any position of excellence and perfection or a place of elevation and nearness (to Allah) but through true and perfect following of our Holy Prophet, (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). Whatever we attain is by way of reflection (zill) and through his blessings (tufail). I have a firm belief that whatever excellences I can get are the -reflection (zill) of the spiritual achievements of those perfect and complete followers of the Holy Prophet, (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), who had the blessings of close association with him. And there are certain excellences parts of which are otherwise inaccessible for me.”

 

13. Ibid., p. 199

“It is possible that in future even ten thousand likes of the Messiah may appear, but I am the like of Messiah for this age and it is vain to wait for another.”

 

14. Ibid., p. 237

“To sum up, the hadith about Damascus quoted by Imam Muslim runs counter to another hadith by the Imam himself and it is clearly proved that Nawas, the reporter, has erred in narrating this hadith.”

 

15. Ibid., p. 253

“(God) repeatedly addressed me, O Ahmad, and thus by way of zill declared me the like of the leader of the prophets, Imam of the chosen, the Holy Prophet, Muhammad Mustafa, (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).”

 

16. Ibid., 255

“When one passionately desires disclosure of certain Unseen matters, Satan invariably intervenes, but the revelations to prophets and muhaddathin are always guarded against such intervention of the devil.”

 

17. Ibid., p. 259

“The following words of Hazrat Ba Yazid Bistami occurring in Tazkirat al-Auliya written by Farid al-Din Attar, and also found in other reliable books, support the resemblance of devout saints to prophets. I am Adam, and Shis and Noah and Abraham and Moses and Jesus and Muhammad, (peace and blessings of Allah be upon all of them).”

 

18. Ibid., p. 260

“Similarly, Syed ‘Abd al-Qadir Gilani in his book Futuh al-Ghaib asserts that through self-denial, asceticism and by annihilation in God man becomes the like of all the prophets, rather acquires their very image.”

 

19. Ibid, pp. 316-318

“In the circumstances, if a book claims to be the khatam al-kutub (the last of the books) but does not meet the requirements of the time in every walk of life, it can never be regarded as the last of the books. But if the book contains solution of all such problems for all ages to come, then we will have to admit that the Holy Quran undoubtedly comprises infinite divine knowledge and completely fulfils the requirements of every age.

It should be remembered that it has been the practice of God that the wonderful things hidden in the Quran are manifested to the perfectly inspired ones (mulham). Very often a verse of the Quran is revealed to him intending to suggest some idea other than the literal meaning of the verse.”

 

20. Ibid., p. 349

“Now, as far as the Israelite Messiah is concerned it has been clearly stated that he was a prophet but the Messiah to come has been called an ummati (follower) as is evident from the hadith imamu-kum min-kum (your Imam from among you).

And the hadith: “The learned from among my followers are like the Israelite prophets,” hints at the coming of the like of the Messiah. Thus, according to this, the Promised Messiah being a muhaddath, is also metaphorically a prophet.”

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21. Ibid, pp. 421, 422

“(II) Question: A claim to prophethood has been made in Fath-i Islam?

Answer: I have not claimed prophethood. I have only claimed to be a muhaddath (one spoken to by God) and this, too, under the divine command. Muhaddathiyyah undoubtedly contains a strong element of prophethood. Now when true vision is admittedly forty-sixth part of prophethood, what is the harm if muhaddathiyyah, which has been spoken to in the Quran along with prophethood and messengership, and about which an authentic report exists in Sahih al-Bukhari, is styled metaphorical prophethood or an integral element of the excellences of prophethood. Does it amount to a claim to prophethood? After all a complete seal has never been set on the divine revelation after the perfection of the prophethood . . .. O ignorant people! Rivulets of revelation are to flow in this ummah till the day of Resurrection subject, of course, to one’s status.”

 

22. Ibid., p. 522

“How can Messiah come? He was a messenger and the impregnable wall of Khatam al-Nabiyyin prevents his coming. Thus here is one who is like him, but he is not a messenger although he resembles the messengers and is their like.”

 

23. Ibid., pp. 532-533

“Truly the Messiah to come has also been spoken of as a prophet, but he has been called a follower too; rather the followers of the Holy Prophet have been foretold that ‘he shall be indeed from among you, and shall be your Imam,’ and his being a follower has been expressed not only in words, but it has also been shown that practically like other Muslims he shall only be a follower of the word of God and the sayings of the Messenger and shall solve the difficult and intricate questions of religion not by dint of his prophethood but ijtihad (exercise of judgement), and shall offer his prayers after others. Now all these clearly indicate that he shall not factually and in reality possess the characteristics of perfect prophethood, although partial and imperfect prophethood (nubuwwat-i naqisah) shall be found in him which, in other words, is called muhaddathiyyah and contains only one aspect of the perfect prophethood. So, the fact that he has been called a prophet as well as a follower indicates that he shall possess both these aspects i.e., followership (ummatiyyat) and prophethood, as it is necessary that both these aspects should be found in a muhaddath. But the possessor of perfect prophethood (nubuwwat-i tammah) has one aspect of prophethood only. In short, muhaddathiyyah is imbued with both the colours. That is why in Barahin-i Ahmadiyyah, too, God the Most High named this humble servant a follower as well as a prophet.”

 

24. Ibid., p. 534

“How was it possible then that another prophet could come after the Khatam al-Nabiyyin, in the complete and perfect sense which is one of the conditions of perfect prophethood (nubuwwat-i tammah). Is it not necessary that such a prophet should possess the pre-requisites of perfect prophethood, viz., prophetic revelation and the descent of Gabriel, because according to the express teachings of the Quran a prophet is he who has received the commands and creeds of faith through Gabriel? But a seal has been set on the prophetic revelation for the last thirteen hundred years. Would this seal be broken then?”

 

25. Ibid, p. 539

“The Quran testifies our claims and discredits the false notions (auham-i batilah) of our opponents with its forceful arguments. It closes the door on the previous prophets for their return to this world but allows in persons resembling Israelite prophets. It teaches us to pray: ‘Guide us to the right path, the path of those on whom Thou hast bestowed favours.’ What is the sum and substance of this prayer? It is: O Lord! Make us the like of the prophets and messengers.”

 

26. Ibid, p. 544

“And I have written this several times that the coming of the messenger Messiah, son of Mary, after Khatam al-Nabiyym would create chaos. This would either mean that prophetic revelation has started afresh or Messiah, son of Mary, has been deprived of the essential characteristics of prophethood by God Almighty and has been sent as a follower (of the Holy Prophet) but obviously both these situations are improbable (mumtani’).”

 

27. Ibid, p. 569

“The possessor of perfect prophethood (nubuwwat-i tammah) can never be a follower (ummati). The clear and explicit teachings of the Quran and authentic Hadith strictly bar a perfect messenger to be a perfect subordinate (muti) and follower (ummati) of another prophet. Allah has said: “’And We sent no messenger but that he should be obeyed by Allah’s command’ (4:6). That is to say, every messenger is sent to be a guide (muta‘) and an Imam. He is not sent with the object of becoming obedient and subordinate (tabi’) to another. A muhaddath, of course, who is from among the sent ones (mursalin) is a follower as well as a prophet but in an imperfect sense. He is a follower because he is totally obedient (tabi’) to the Shari’ah of Allah’s Messenger and is the recipient of light from the lamp of his Messengership, and is also a prophet because God deals with him like prophets. God has made the muhaddqth as an intermediary between prophets and nations. Although he is a perfect follower, he is also a prophet in one sense. And it is necessary for a muhaddath that he should be the like of a prophet and acquires the name of that prophet from Allah Almighty.”

 

28. Ibid, pp. 575-579

“Many doubts arise if the Messiah, son of Mary, would be a perfect follower (ummati) at the time of his descent; because being a follower he can not in any way be a messenger (rasul), for the significance of a rasul and ummati is antithetical. Moreover, the finality of our Holy Prophet precludes the coming of any other prophet. This restriction in fact does not apply to an apostle who receives his light from the lamp of the prophethood of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), and lacks perfect prophethood. In other words, he too is a muhaddath because on account of discipleship and annihilation in the Messenger (fana fir-Rasul) he is included in the person of Khatam al-Mursalin (Seal of the Messengers) as a part is never outside the whole. But Messiah, son of Mary, the recipient of Evangel, for which the descent of Gabriel was an essential requisite, cannot become a follower in any way because he would be bound to follow the revelation that would descend on him from time, to time.

If it be argued that the Messiah will receive only this much revelation, “follow the Quran” and the divine revelation will be cut off thereafter and Gabriel will never descend on him and he would become like followers after being totally deprived of prophethood, then all this is a child’s play. It is quite obvious that should revelation be permitted but for once, and should Gabriel bring a single sentence only and become silent thereafter still this much is contrary to the finality of prophethood; for, when the seal of finality is broken and the apostolic revelation starts to come down again, it matters little whether the revelations are few or many. Every wise man can understand well that if God is true to His word, the promise given in the verse Khatam al-Nabiyyin and more explicitly in the Traditions  that after the death of the Holy Prophet, Gabriel is to bring no more prophetic revelations  are true and correct, then no one can ever come in the capacity of a messenger after our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). If, for the sake of argument it were assumed that the Messiah, son of Mary, would resurrect and appear in the world, then how would his being a messenger be denied and the descending of Gabriel and resumption of the divine communication. As it is not possible that there should be no light with the rising of the sun, similarly, it is quite impossible that a messenger should come for the reformation of mankind devoid of divine communication and visits of Gabriel.”

 

29. Ibid., p. 583

“And evidently it is impossible (mustalzim mahal) that Gabriel descends with apostolic revelation after the Khatam al-Nabiyyin, and a new book, although its teachings be in agreement (tawarud) with the Quran, is revealed. And something which is not possible is fantasy. The point is worth consideration.”

 

30. Ibid., p. 586

“He has promised that no messenger would be sent after the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). The students of the Traditions have erred in holding that the words Isa, or son of Mary, occurring in the Traditions about the Promised Messiah refer to the very son of Mary, who was a messenger of Allah. They have not appreciated that his re-coming to the world, in other words, means Islam’s exit from this world. The consensus of opinion is, and there is a report too about it in the Muslim, that the Messiah will appear as a prophet of God. If the words Messiah, or son of Mary, are applied metaphorically to a follower of the Holy Prophet who holds the rank of muhaddathiyyah, the tradition remains intact, for a muhaddath in one sense is also a prophet. But he is a prophet in the sense that he receives his light from the lamp of the prophethood of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), and does not receive knowledge directly but through the agency of his Prophet, as an inspiration of this humble servant has been recorded on p. 239 of Barahin-i Ahmadiyya.”

 

31. Ibid, p. 614

“Verse 40 of chapter al-Ahzab (33:40) runs thus: ‘Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but he is the Messenger of Allah and Khatam al-Nabiyyin.’ This, too, expressly proves that no prophet would appear in the world after our Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). It is thus abundantly clear that the Messiah, son of Mary, cannot come back in the world because he is a messenger and inter alia, the true significance of the office of a messenger is that he obtains knowledge of spiritual sciences through Gabriel and it has just been proved that the apostolic revelation (wahy risalat) has been cut off for ever till the day of Judgement.”

 

32. Ibid, p. 647

“And if it be said that the like of Moses, that is the Holy Prophet, ranks higher (afzal) to Moses how is it that the like of Messiah is a follower of the Holy Prophet? The reply to this is that if a prophet had appeared to prove the dignity of the prophethood of the like of Moses and to show the eminence of the Khatam al-Anbiya it would have affected the dignity of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). But this is, however, acknowledged that this Messiah has a partial superiority (fazilat) over the Israelite Messiah because the call of the former is universal whereas that of the latter is endemic.”

 

33. Ibid, p. 761

“The Holy Quran does not admit the coming of another messenger, whether new or old, after the Khatam al-Nabiyyin, because a messenger receives the knowledge of faith through the mediation of Gabriel and the door for the descent of Gabriel with apostolic revelation has been closed. And this is also an impossibility that a messenger should come to the world without an apostolic revelation.”

 

34. Ibid., p. 914

“Likewise all the well-known righteous servants (auliya) have testified by their own personal experiences the occurrence of divine communion and communication with them. Very often they hear, during the prayer and even at other times, the sweet words of Almighty Lord. It should be noted that Syed Abd al-Qadir Gilani, in his book Futuh al-Ghaib, has at several places given testimony to the fact that the communication of God certainly descends upon His honoured and righteous servants and that it is communication and not mere inspiration: Hazrat Mujaddid Alf Thani, in a letter addressed to Muhammad Siddiq (Maktubat, volume II, page 99), writes: 

‘Let it be known to you, O Siddiq, that God sometimes communicates with a person face to face and such persons are from among the prophets, and sometimes the communication takes place with some of those perfect ones who are not prophets but are their followers. And when a person is honoured with this kind of communication (kalam) in abundance he is called a muhaddath. And this (divine communication) is not the kind of ilham nor is it what has been called ‘ilqa fil rau nor is it the kind of communication which takes place through the agency of the angel. Such communication is addressed to the perfect person (insan al-kamil). And God blesses with this distinction whomsoever He pleases’.” 

 

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad denied the physicality of the Miraaj in 1890 in Izala Auham

Intro
This is another topic that MGA stole directly from Sir Syed, via Noorudin.  Sir Syed denied all miracles in Islam in the mid-to-late 1870’s.  Nooruddin was a good friend of Sir Syed in those days, eventually, he tempted MGA to make all of his ridiculous claims, most likely because he the saw viability of such a business, with Sir Syed being the model.  MGA and his team never wrote about the Miraaj ever again.

Also, see here: http://www.thecult.info/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=387

http://www.thecult.info/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1601&p=15867&hilit=miraj#p15867

The references from 1890–1891

In Izala Oham Vol 1 ,RK Vol 3 Page 347
“All Sehabas ( RA) believed that His ascent in the night of miraj was in his human body”

But in the same book on Page 126, he said
“If someone object that if ascent in human body is impossible, then how come Holy Prophet had a physical ascent in the night of Miraj? The answer to this is that Miraj was NOT with Human body ( Please NOTE that this contradicts to belief of Sehaba RA) but it was actually a very high level of Intuitional dream, which can be called just like awake. And with such an intuitional dream a man can travel to skies with an Angelic Body”

Scans

Ahmadis have always lied about the publish date of Izala Auham (1890)

Intro
Izala Auham–Part-1 was published in 1890, MGA then miraculously claimed that his God (not Nooruddin) told him that Esa (As) was dead, further, there are many statements in this book which prove that it was written and published in the summer of 1890.  I have posted the scan below of the very first edition of the book, and date of publishing was written as 1308 Hijri. 1308 Hijri covers 17-Aug-1890 to 8 July 1891.  It seems that the first part was published in Aug-1890 and the second part was published in July of 1891.  Ahmadiyya leadership has recently admitted that this book was published in 2 parts…however, they dont give exact details, (see page 51).They claim that:  

*******This is published in two parts: Part I – pp.1-424, Part II – 426-1000.  However, this last part is proof of the cover up.  In my estimation the cut off is before 400 or so.  Further, it is also possible that later Ahmadi editors moved around the last few pages of the 1st part of Izala Auham, they did this with many books, Tiryaq ul-Qulub is another one.  

A quote that proves my case
“””This humble person (MGA) who have claimed to be Maseel Maoud -some people with low intelligence took/thought of it, as Masih Maoud. This is not at all a new claim that they have heard today from my mouth/tongue- but it is the same old Ilham, which came to me from Khuda Taala, and printed at many places in detail, in baraheen a Ahmadiyya, already been over 7 years that i published it (baraheen ahmadiya). I have never claimed that i am Maseeh ibn Maryam, and who ever blame me for that, is liar (kazaab and Muftree). But for the past 7-8 years, I have always/regularly published that i am Maseel Masih. It only means that Allah has bestowed some of Hazrat Eisa spiritual attributes of his nature and qualities etc, planted in my nature.”””[Ruhani Khazain: Volume 3, Page # 192], (direct link to the page)(Izala Auham P190-191)

My commentary
Firstly, Ahmadiyya leadership hasn’t translated this book into english in over 125 years.  Further, this quotation proves that MGA hadn’t claimed to be the Messiah yet, and hence, it could not have been published after Dec–1890.

The scan

The scan of the very first edition of Izala Auham

Dr. Basharat Ahmad and the Lahori’s claim that the entire book, “Izala-Auham” was published at the end of 1891
“””Hazrat Mirza stayed on in Ludhiana for some more time because he was busy writing the book Izala Auham (Dispelling the Apprehensions). The book was finally completed and published in two volumes at the end of the same year, 1891. In this book, he presented thirty clear verses of the Quran regarding the death of Jesus, and put forward a detailed exposition of his claim to be the Promised Messiah. These issues were discussed so comprehensively that all their aspects became crystal clear.””””  See here: http://aaiil.charlie.khamiahosting.com/sites/default/files/literature/TheGreatReformer.pdf, (see page 339).

Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad claims that it was published in 1892
It seems that the 2nd Khalifa of Ahmadis went out of his way to lie and claim that Izala Auham was published in 1892.  This is a blatant lie, and proves that Ahmadis have always been paranoid about releasing the truth about this book.  See here: https://www.alislam.org/library/books/Ahmadiyya-Movement.pdf, (see page 68).

“””In 1892 he published a book called the Izala-i-Auham, wherein he related one of his visions
in which he saw that he was standing on a platform in London and was delivering an address and that he afterwards caught some birds. He interpreted it to mean that his doctrines would be preached in London and that through him people would accept Islam.”””

Dard claims that Izala Auham was published with 2 other books in the early part of 1891
Another twist here, in Dard’s famous autobiography on the life of MGA, he writes on page 224:

“””In 1890, Ahmadas wrote another book in Urdu, entitled Fath-e-Islam. It was printed at the Riyad-e- Hind Press, Amritsar (Price, As. 8). Seven hundred copies were printed, of which 300 were set apart for Muslim, Hindu and Christian divines and for those who could not afford to buy it. The second book that he wrote in the same year is called Taudih-e-Maram. It was also printed at the Riyad-e-Hind Press, Amritsar (Price, As. 8). These two books were published early in 1891, together with Izala’-e- Auham, which will be mentioned later.””””

A letter from MGA to Noorudin from January of 1891, talking about Izala Auham as-if it was already published…a summary

In this letter, he tells nooruddin that he has made very good points on the subject of maseel masih in ”Izala Auham” and asks him, if he has any essay, he can also add it to izala auham

 

Quotes from Izala Auham (1890-1891), Part 1 and Part 2

Intro
I found some quotes from Izala Auham.

“The Quran does not sanction the advent of any prophet after the arrival of the Prophet Muhammad ( SAW ) whether he is a new one or old one. All the knowledge that a prophet possesses is taught by the angel Gabriel and the door of Gabriel’s descent to impact the revelations of prophethood is closed for ever. How can a prophet come now without having access to the revelations of prophethood.” ( Izalat-ul-Auham , Page 761)

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani says:- “Our religious scholars who have given the litral meaning of this Surah that earth will face severe earthquakes in the last days and it will be of such severity that the whole earth will become upside down and what things are inside will come out. And human beings i.e. disbelievers (KAFIR) will ask the earth what has happened to it, So that day earth will take all tell its condition. These meaning and explanations are entirely wrong.”(Izalat-ul-Auham, Roohani Khazain vol.3 p.166 by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani)

  • Prophets are liars. (Izala-e-Auham, Roohani Khazain vol 3 p.472)
  • Hadrath Mohammad’s Revelation also turned out to be wrong. (Izala-e-Auham, Roohani Khazain vol 3 p.472-473)
  • Hazrath Imam Mahdi will not come. (Izala-e-Auham, Roohani Khazain vol 3 p.378-379)
  • Revelation did not inform Hazrath Mohammad about Ibne Maryam, Dajjal, Khare Dajjal, Yajoog Majoogand Daabatul Ardh. (Izala-e-Auham, Roohani Khazain vol 3 p.473)
  • Khar-e-Dajjal (donkey of Dajjal) is the railway train, Dabbatul Ardh are Muslim Scholars (Ulema) and Dajjal are the Christian Priests etc. (Izala-e-Auham, Roohani Khazain vol 3 p.365-366)
  • Hazrath Eisa ibne Maryam used to practice mesmerism and was quite expert in it. (Izala-e-Auham, Roohani Khazain vol 3 p.256-257)
  • Hazrat Eisa ibne Maryam was the son of Yusuf Najjar (Joseph, the Carpenter). (Izala-e-Auham, Roohani Khazain vol 3 p.254)
  • Braheen-e-Ahmadiyya is the Book of God. (Izala-e-Auham, Roohani Khazain vol 3 p.386)
  • Miracles mentioned in Holy Quran are results of Mesmerism. (Izala-e-Auham, Roohani Khazain vol 3 p.506)
  • Verse “No doubt we have revealed it near Qadian” (Inna Anzalnaho Qareeban min alQadian) is mentioned in Quran.” (Izala-e-Auham, Roohani Khazain vol 3 p.140)
  • “Names of Makkah, Madina and Qadian are mentioned with respect in Holy Quran.” (Izala-e-Auham, Roohani Khazain vol 3 p. 140)
  • Hadrath Rasool-e-Akram SAAW is not the Last and Final Messenger of Allah. (Izala-e-Auham, Roohani Khazain vol 3 p.320
  • Qiyamah or the Day of Judgement is nothing and Destiny is false. (Izala-e-Auham, Roohani Khazain vol 3 p. 2 Title page, First edition)
  • Sun will not rise from the West. (Izala-e-Auham, Roohani Khazain vol 3 p.376)
  • There is no punishment in grave. (Izala-e-Auham, Roohani Khazain vol 3 p.316)
  • Tanasukh (Transimmigration of soul – a hindu belief) is true. (Sat Bachan p.84)
  • Holy Quran is full of filthy words. (Izala-e-Auham, Roohani Khazain vol 3 p.115-117)

Izala Auham quotes (1890-1891)

Intro
Izala Auham is a book that Ahmadis will never translate.  MGA and his team made lots of errors in this book.  This blog entry is simply an attempt to collect all the refs from this book and present them to the world.

Quotes

Pages 13-14

“I say truly, absolutely truly, that I have not, to the best of my knowledge, used even one word which can be called abusive. A misconception arises because most people fail to differentiate between hurling abuse and narrating the truth, and consider them to be the same. They regard what is the relating of a fact in its proper place to be abuse, solely because of a degree of harshness in it which is unavoidable when speaking the truth. Actually, the definition of abuse and offensive language is that it is something which is against facts and false, and used merely to cause hurt. If we label every harsh and hurtful statement as abuse solely because of its bitterness, unpleasantness and hurtfulness, then we shall have to admit that the entire Holy Quran is filled with foul language. The harsh words used in the Holy Quran to degrade the idols and to disgrace the idol-worshippers, and to curse and condemn them, are not such as would please the idol-worshippers. On the contrary, they would undoubtedly further spark off their rage. When God the Most High addresses the unbelievers of Makka and says:

 

“Surely you and what you worship besides Allah are fuel of Hell (Chapter 21 verse 99)

 

Is it not included in abusive language according to the criteria coined by the critic? Likewise, is it not abuse in the opinion of the critic when in the Holy Quran God the Most High calls the unbelievers “the worst of creatures” [98:7], and says that they are even worse than the most disgraced and filthy of creations. Has not God the Most High said in the Holy Quran: “be firm against them” [9:74]? Has it not been stated to be a sign of the believers that they are “hard against the disbelievers” [48:30]?”(Izala Auham Pages 13-14, Ruhani Khazain Volume 3, Page 109)|

Pages 14-15
“When Jesus calls the respectable religious lawyers and Pharisees of the Jews as swine and dogs, and their most honourable leader Herod a fox, and compares their respectable priests and jurists to whores, and as regards the revered leaders, who were accorded the highest respect by the Roman rulers and made to sit with honour in the Roman courts, he speaks of them in these offensive, very hurtful and uncivil words, calling them illegitimate, adulterous, evil, dishonourable, faithless, fools, hypocrites, satanic, doomed to hell, serpents and brood of vipers — are not these words very serious, filthy abuse in the opinion of the critic? From this it becomes evident that the objection of the critic does not only apply to me and my books but in reality he has attacked all the Divine scriptures and prophets with a burning heart.” (Izala Auham Pages 14-15, Ruhani Khazain Volume 3, Pages 109-110) (The references are in Gospel of Matthew Chapter 12 verse 39, Chapter 21 verse 31, Chapter 23 verses 13,15,17, and 33)

Pages 25-29

“How openly the Holy Quran uses harsh language cannot remain unknown even to the most unintelligent and ignorant of people. For example, the civilized people of today consider it the height of abuse to curse someone. But the Holy Quran pointedly curses the unbelievers. It says: “These it is on whom is the curse of Allah and the angels and men, of all of them, abiding therein” [2:162-163], and: “These it is whom Allah curses, and those who curse, curse them too” [2:160]. Similarly, it is obvious that to liken a human being to a beast is a form of abuse. However, the Holy Quran not only calls them beasts but declares that the unbelievers and deniers are worse than all the creatures on the face of the earth, as it says: “Surely the vilest of beasts in Allah’s sight are those who disbelieve” [8:55]. In the same way, it is clear that it is against the manners of present day culture to make a particular person a target of abuse by taking his name or by referring to him, but in the Holy Quran God the Most High has applied to some the name Abu Lahab, and to some the titles dog and swine. Then Abu Jahal is well known as such.

Similarly, regarding Walid Mughira the harshest possible words are used which apparently are terms of filthy abuse, as it says: […Here the Quran 68:9–17 is quoted in Arabic…]. In other words, do not follow what these unbelievers say, who wish from the bottom of their hearts that you abstain from abusing their gods and disgracing their religion, so that then they shall also apparently approve your religion. Do not be misled by the slickness of their tongues. This man who has appealed for compromise is a man who takes false oaths, is of weak opinion, and a degraded individual. He indulges in fault-finding in others and causes division among people by back biting. He hinders from the path of goodness, is guilty of illicit sexual acts, in his character he is a man of the worst morals, and besides all that he is of illegitimate birth. Very soon We shall brand his snout, which has grown long like that of swine. By a long snout is meant adherence to the customs and codes of honour of society which are a hindrance to the acceptance of the truth.”

(Izala Auham Pages 25-29 Ruhani Khazain Volume 3 pages 115-117)

pp. 73–75 footnote
“””Deep reflection on this revelation shows that the reference to Qadian in the revelation indicates that my appearance in Qadian had been foretold in previous scriptures. Now that this new revelation has shown that in Allah’s estimation Qadian resembles Damascus, the
meanings of the earlier revelation has been clarified.…
The interpretation is: [Arabic] [We have sent it down close to Damascus on
eastern side near the White Minaret.] It is to be noted that my place of residence is on the eastern edge of Qadian.”
[Izala-e-Auham, pp. 73–75 footnote, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 138–139]

pp. 76, 77
“”On the day, when the revelation just mentioned—referring to Qadian—was received, I saw my brother Mirza Ghulam Qadir in a vision reciting the Holy Qur’an aloud. In the
course of recitation he recited:

””We have sent it down close to Qadian.””’

I expressed my surprise that the name of Qadian should be mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, on which he said: ‘Here it is, you can see.’ I looked and saw that this revelation was set out about the middle of the right page of the Holy Qur’an. Then I said to myself: ‘It is true that the name of Qadian is mentioned in the Holy Qur’an’ and I also said: ‘Three names are mentioned with honour in the Holy Qur’an: Mecca, and Medina, and Qadian.’
[Izala-e-Auham, pp. 76–77 footnote, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 140 footnote]

pp. 77–79 footnote
“””This [seeing my brother in my vision] indicates that his name has a connection with the interpretation of my vision. The word Qadir [Powerful] which is part of his name indicated that all this is the decree of Qadir-e-Mutlaq [the Most Powerful] and is not to be wondered at. This is how the wonders of His power have always been manifested that He exalts the humble and the lowly and reduces the great and highly placed to the dust.”””
[Izala-e-Auham, pp. 77–79 footnote, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 141 footnote]

pp. 83–92 footnote
“”An eminent personage…whose name was Maulavi ‘Abdullah Ghaznavi… I saw this eminent and righteous person in my dream after his death50 that he was standing fully armed in a military way with great dignity and majesty51. I mentioned some of my revelations to him and asked him to interpret one of my dreams. I told him that I had seen in a dream that I was holding a sword, the hilt of which was in my hand and its point reached up to the sky. When I turned it to the
right thousands of my opponents were killed and when I turned it to the left thousands of my enemies were killed.

Hadrat ‘Abdullah, may Allah be pleased with him, was very pleased to hear this dream of mine. With his face beaming with cheerfulness, happiness, and clear conviction, he said: ‘The interpretation of your dream is that God will employ you for high purposes. Wielding the sword on the right and killing opponents means that the task will be accomplished through spiritual light
and the manifestations of spiritual Signs; while wielding it to the left and slaughtering thousands of enemies means that Allah will employ you to confound them with reason and argument and thus in both ways Allah will establish the truth.’ He added: ‘When I was in the world I was hoping that God will surely raise such am person.’ Then he took me to a large building in which a
number of righteous and godly people were sitting, all of them armed in military fashion and sitting upright as if waiting for some command immediately expected for
the performance of some military task….

This blessed dream, which is really a type of vision, points to the same Signs of the Messiah that I have mentioned above. That the slaughter of swine and killing of infidels by the Messiah has the same import: he will convey the divine arguments convincingly and will frustrate them through the sword of argument. [Allah knows best.]””
[Izala-e-Auham, pp. 83–92 footnote, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 143–147 footnote]

p. 102
O Ye who Doubt! Come to the Heavenly Verdict! O revered ones! O clerics! And O leaders of the people! May God Almighty open your eyes. Do not transgress the limits in your wrath and anger. Study both parts of this book of mine carefully, for therein lies light and guidance. Fear God Almighty and hold back your tongues from denouncing me as a disbeliever. God Almighty
knows well that I am a Muslim.

ARABIC—I believe in Allah, His angels, His books, His Messengers and Resurrection after death. I bear witness that there is no God except Allah, the One without associate; and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger. Fear Allah and say not: You are not a Muslim. Fear the King to Whom you will be brought back.

If, even after studying this book, you still continue to harbour doubts, then come and test him who is supported by God. O ye opposing clerics, sufis and religious leaders, who reject me and denounce me as an impostor, I have been assured that if all of you together, or individually,
stand against me and wish to compete with me in respect of the heavenly signs that are manifested in support of the friends of the Gracious One, God Almighty will put you to shame and will unmask you, and you will see that He is with me. Is there anyone among you who is prepared to come into the field for such a trial, and to compete with me, after a public announcement, about the close relationship that God has with me? Remember, God helps the righteous. Lay aside your tricks for He is close to me. Will you then fight Him? Can anyone rise in stature merely by jumping arrogantly? Will you rip the truth apart with your sharp tongues? Fear Him Whose
wrath is greater than all wraths!

Verily, he who comes to his Lord a sinner, for him is hell; he shall neither die therein nor live.’—Ta Ha, 20:75

[Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 102](See Also, Essence of Islam, vol-3, pages 354-355).

 

pp. 121-125
“””My statement concerning the Promised Messiah, whose descent from heaven and second advent into the world is awaited, which God Almighty has disclosed to me by His grace and mercy, is that there is no mention in the Holy Qur’an of the second advent of Jesus. According to the Holy Qur’an, Jesus has departed from this world forever. Some Ahadith, which are replete with metaphors, predict the second advent of Jesus. Their context indicates that they do not predict the second coming of Jesus, son of Mary, but comprise metaphorical statements which mean that in an age that would resemble the age of Jesus, son of Mary, a person will resemble Jesus, son of Mary, in his temperament, power and function. As Jesus, son of Mary, had revived the religion of Moses (as) and had set forth afresh the true teaching of the Torah, which the Jews had forgotten, in the same way this second Messiah would revive the faith of the Prophet who was like Moses (as) and was the Seal of the Prophets (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.) This Messiah of the Prophet who was the like of Mosesas will completely resemble
the Messiah of Mosesas in the events of his life and in all other consequences that his people will experience on account of their obedience to him or their denial of him. God Almighty has revealed to me that I am that Promised Messiah.

Contradictions in the Popular Beliefs

According to their old ideas which have taken firm root in their hearts, the Muslims’ claim that Jesus, son of Mary, will descend from heaven near the eastern minaret of Damascus with his hands resting on the shoulders of two angels. Some of them say that he will descend on the
minaret with the help of a ladder which the Muslims will provide for him, and the angels will then depart. He will be well dressed—he will not be naked—and will meet the Mahdi in that condition. His age will be the same as when he ascended to heaven, that is thirty-two or thirty three years. Passage of years and months will not have affected his age or physique; nor will his hair and nails have grown; they will only become subject to change after his descent. He will not engage in fighting, but the disbelievers will die by the power of his breath alone, which, instead of reviving the dead as it formerly did, will now cause the living to die.

Here the clerics contradict themselves and assert that he will wage wars, and the one-eyed Antichrist will die at his hands. The Jews will also be killed by his command. They assert that he will be the same Jesus, son of Mary, who was a Prophet of God and who was bestowed the
Gospel through Gabriel, and yet they allege that on his descent upon earth he will have lost his status of Prophethood and will only be a follower of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and will be bound by the law of the Holy Qur’an, like the Muslims, and will join them in their prayers. Some say that he will be a follower of the great Imam Abu Hanifa,
but it is not specified which of the four Sufi orders, Qadri, Chishti, Suharwardi or Naqshbandi he will identify himself with. In short, they begin with describing him as a Prophet and then reduce him to a degree that no sensible person can ever contemplate. Then, converting his functions from their metaphorical description into physical activities, they allege that he will break crosses and slaughter swine. They do not explain what he will gain by breaking crosses. Even if he broke one or two million crosses, would the Christians, who are devoted to the worship of the cross, not make new ones in place of the broken ones? If the slaughtering of swine is also to be taken literally, will the principal occupation of the Messiah be that of hunting swine with a pack of dogs? If that is so, it will be a great day for Sikhs and some nomadic tribes like the Chamars, Sansis, Gondelas, etc., who are fond of hunting swine. But this activity of his will not in any way benefit the Christians, who are already very skillful in hunting swine. There are up to a thousand shops in London that sell the flesh of swine, and up to twenty-five thousand pigs are daily sent to the outlying areas of the city. The question is: is it worthy of a Prophet who has appeared for the reform of mankind to waste his time hunting pig, a disgusting animal, while
even touching the pig is a grave sin according to Torah. A question also arises that—while hunting is a hobby of the idle—if the Messiah is still to be so fond of hunting, is there any dearth of such good animals as deer, caribou, rabbits, etc., that he should soil his hands with the blood
of such a foul animal?

I have presented here a picture of the character and activities of the Messiah in his second advent, as conceived by the bulk of the Muslims. It is for sensible people to consider how unnatural, contradictory and inconsistent with the high status of Prophethood all this is. It should be remembered that none of this nonsense is mentioned in either of the two great compilations of Ahadith. Imam Bukhari has given no indication that the Messiah who is
to come will be the same person as Jesus, son of Mary. On the contrary, he has narrated two actual sayings of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), which distinguish the Second Messiah from the first. The connotation of one of these Ahadith is that the son of Mary will appear from among you, and it further clarifies that he will be your Imam from within you.

One should carefully consider how the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), in order to remove any misunderstanding which may result from the name ‘son of Mary’, goes on to say: Do not take him to be the son of Mary himself, rather:

‘He will be your Imam from among your own people.’

The other Hadith, which gives the same indication, is that the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) described the features of the first and the second
Messiah differently. His description of the features of the second Messiah fits me exactly. Is the clear distinction between the features of the two not enough to prove that the first and the second Messiah are in fact two distinct personalities?
[Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 121-125] (See also Essence of Islam, vol. 3, pages 173–177 online edition)

 

pp. 125-127

“””Nowhere does the Holy Qur’an mention the bodily ascent of Jesus to heaven. His death, on the other hand, is specifically mentioned at several different places. One of these contains Jesus’ own confession of his death:

‘And I was a witness over them as long as I remained among them, but since Thou didst cause me to die, Thou hast been the Watcher over them; and Thou art Witness over all things.’—Al-
Ma’idah, 5:118

As his death is established, it follows that his body must have been buried in the earth like the bodies of all dead people. The Holy Qur’an expressly states that it was his soul that ascended to heaven and not his body. That is why, in the verse just cited, he clearly acknowledged his
death. Had he ascended to heaven alive in his physical body, he would not have said that he had departed the earth after his death. And, obviously, if it was only his soul which had ascended to heaven, then how can he possibly descend in his physical body?…

If we were to assume that he had ascended to heaven in his physical body, we would have to acknowledge that, like all human and animal bodies, his body must also be affected by the passage of time and that one day he must die. Thus he may have died in heaven having lived out his normal span of life and may have been interned in a graveyard on some planet which is now supposed to be capable of supporting human life. On the other hand, if we are to assume the impossible—that he is still physi-cally alive, then, after the passage of so many centuries,
he must have arrived at extreme old age and will no longer be capable of performing any religious function or service. His descent upon earth in such a condition would serve no useful purpose and would only put him to unnecessary travail. [Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 125-127](See also Essence of islam, vol. 3–pages 192-193).


p. 127-128
“The Holy Quran is the final and the finest divine Book and even one jot or a tittle from its laws, limitations and commands could not be altered or abrogated. Now no revelation from God could ever be received in future which would amend or alter its laws or could ever change it”. (lzala-i-Auham: Vol. 1: pp. 127-128)

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’s revelations and visions as mentioned by him in the book Izalah Auham (Ruhani Khaza’in, v. 3, p. 140, footnote).

First he writes in that section (see from p. 135 onwards) that he has been informed by God that a similarity between Damascus (where Jesus was supposed to descend) and Qadian is that in Qadian too there are people of a Yazid-like nature, displaying the behaviour and thinking of the paleed Yazid (just as Yazid the usurper and tyrant ruled from Damascus). The Promised Messiah, he writes, is like Imam Husain, and the people of Qadian are like Yazid. Having dwelt on this point at length, and describing the evils committed by Yazid and under his orders, he then mentions that he has been told by revelation that “these Ulama have changed my house. In my place of prayer are their cookers, and in my place of worship are their cups and saucers (or however you translate thoothian). Like rats they are nibbling away at the sayings (hadith) of my Prophet”.

p. 132-133

“””It is asked: how can we reject the clear and obvious statements of the Ahadith which expressly state that Jesus, son of Mary, would descend from heaven near the eastern minaret of Damascus with his hands on the shoulder of two angels? The answer is that descent in this
context does not mean descent from heaven in a physical body. The Ahadith do not even employ the word ‘heaven’. The Arabic word Nuzul [descent] is commonly used to connote arrival. A person who arrives at one place from another is described as having descended at
that place. For instance, it is said that an army or a camp has descended at such and such a place. This does not mean that the army or the camp have descended from heaven. The Holy Qur’an has also employed the expression Nuzul [descent] for the Holy Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allah be upon him). It is also stated in a verse that iron has descended from heaven.151 It is thus obvious that this descent does not connote what people have imagined.”””
[Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 132-133] (see Also Essence of Islam, vol-3, online edition, pg. 185–186.

p. 134-137
“””The Hadith of Sahih Muslim which says that the Messiah would descend near the white eastern minaret of Damascus has throughout puzzled the scholars, for it is not clear
what relationship Messiah has with Damascus….

A little attention resolved this difficulty in my mind and it was disclosed to me, in a clear vision, that the intimation in the compilation of Abu Dawud that a person designated
Harith or Harrath [a cultivator] ill appear is correct and is identical with the prophecy of the second advent of the Messiah and that both have reference to me.

It has been disclosed to me that the word Damascus in the prophecy means a town which is home to a people who resemble Yazid and think and act like him. Their hearts feel no love for Allah or His Messenger and they do not esteem Divine commandments. They worship their selfish desires and are so committed to the dictates of their evil egos, that they esteem the blood of the pure and the holy lightly. They do not believe in the hereafter; and the existence of God Almighty is for them a mystery which they cannot understand. Just as a physician is
needed for the sick, it was necessary that the Messiah should appear among such people. It has been disclosed to me that the word Damascus here indicates a place which possesses this important characteristic peculiar to Damascus. The use of this word in connection with the place of the appearance of the Messiah is an indication that the Messiah does not mean Jesus who was given the Gospel but he is someone from among the Muslims who, in his spiritual condition, resembles both the Messiah and Imam Hussain….

The word Damascus clearly indicates that Jesus in not the Messiah who was to come, but as the Yazidis resemble the Jews in the same way the Messiah who is to come resembles Jesus and possesses the temperament of Hussain. This is a very subtle point: the word Damascus has
been used metaphorically. As the tragedy of Imam Hussain was an enormity in the estimation of God Almighty and resembled closely the tragedy of Jesus, as even the Christians would acknowledge, therefore, God Almighty desired that the coming generations may be apprised of
its enormity and its resemblance to the tragedy of Jesus. Damascus has been metaphorically mentioned in this context so that the readers might be reminded of the time when the beloved grandson of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was, like Jesus, put to the sword most tyrannically by the wretches of Damascus. Thus God Almighty particularly mentioned Damascus, wherefrom such tyrannical directions had issued and which was the home of such hard-hearted and darkminded people, as an indication that the place which resembled
Damascus would now become the headquarter for the propagation of faith and justice.
[Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 134-137, footnote](Also see Essence of Islam, vol–3, online edition, pages 188-189) 

p. 138

“We cannot attain any position of excellence and perfection or a place of elevation and nearness (to Allah) but through true and perfect following of our Holy Prophet, (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). Whatever we attain is by way of reflection (zill) and through his blessings (tufail). I have a firm belief that whatever excellences I can get are the -reflection (zill) of the spiritual achievements of those perfect and complete followers of the Holy Prophet, (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), who had the blessings of close association with him. And there are certain excellences parts of which are otherwise inaccessible for me.”

p. 140
“First, it should be known that belief in the descent of the Messiah is not a belief which is one of our fundamentals of faith or one of the pillars of the religion. In fact, it is a prophecy among hundreds of prophecies, which has nothing to do with the basis of Islam. Islam was not an incomplete religion till the time this prophecy was explained, nor did it become more complete when this prophecy was explained. It is not necessary that prophecies should be fulfilled in the literal sense.” (p. 140)

Pgs. 141-143
“””I would now like to draw attention to the Hadith narrated by Abu Dawud in his compilation. It contains a prophecy that a person designated as Harith, or a cultivator, will appear from Transoxiana, that is to say, from the direction of Samarkand, who will lend support to the descendants of the Holy Prophetsa and it would be obligatory on every believer to help and support him. It has been revealed to me that this prophecy and the prophecy of the advent of the Promised Messiah, who will be one of the Muslims and will be their Imam, relate to the same event and both have reference to me. The prophecy that relates to the Promised Messiah has two special aspects. One is that through his true teaching he will reform the spiritual condition of the Muslims which will be utterly corrupt at the time of his advent and; he will totally remove their spiritual poverty and inner indigence and present them the jewels of knowledge, verities and comprehension in excess of their need. No seeker after truth from among them will remain spiritually poor and indigent. All those who hunger and thirst for truth will be provided in abundance with the wholesome food of truth and the sweet drink of comprehension. Their pockets will be filled with the pearls of true knowledge and they will
be given phialae filled with the perfume of the true meaning of the Holy Qur’an.

The second special aspect of the prophecy, which relates to the advent of the Promised Messiah, is that he will break the cross, slaughter the swine and kill the one-eyed Antichrist. Every disbeliever who is touched by his breath will die instantly. The spiritual interpretation of
this special aspect is that the Promised Messiah will crush under his feet all the glory of the religion of the cross, that he will destroy with the weapon of conclusive arguments those who are afflicted with shamelessness like swine, and who devour filth like pigs, and that he will wipe out with the sword of clear proofs the opposition of those who possess only the eye of the world and are bereft of the eye of the faith in place of which they have only an unsightly taint. Not only such one-eyed ones, but also every disbeliever who views Islam with contempt will suffer spiritual extinction through the glorious breath of Messianic reasoning. In short all these
signs are metaphoric, the significance of which has been fully revealed to me. Some may not appreciate it at this time but after waiting for sometime, and despairing altogether of the hopes that they now entertain, all of them will accept it.”””
[Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 141-143 footnote](see also, essence of islam, vol-3, pages 190-191).

pp. 142-143
“””It is an absurdity to interpret literally the Hadith of Sahih Muslim which says that when the Messiah descends from heaven he will be wearing yellow robes. There appears no reason for this peculiarity. If this indication is interpreted according to the principles of the interpretation of dreams, it would mean that when the Promised Messiah announces his claim he would not be in good health.””” [Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 142-143](see Also essence of Islam, vol-3, page 191).

pp. 147-148
“””That Jesus, son of Mary, will appear in the world by way of transmigration of souls is the worst and most shameful of notions. Those who believe in the transmigration of souls, believe that only an impure person would return to this life, but that those who leave the world, having completed all stages of spiritual perfection, would stay in the house of salvation for a long time. Moreover, according to our belief, God Almighty has promised that those who are admitted to heaven would never be expelled therefrom. It surprises us as to why our divines would want to bring Jesus out of paradise. They relate the tale that Enoch, with the permission of the angel of death, stepped into paradise, and when the angel asked him to come out he refused to do so and recited the verse:

‘…Nor shall they ever be ejected therefrom.’—Al-Hijr, 15:49

still they assert that Jesus will return to earth from heaven. Would he not be entitled to benefit from this verse? Is this verse to be considered abrogated in reference to him? [Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 147-148](see Also Essence of Islam, vol–3, page 210).  

pp. 153-154
“””The account of the Me‘raj [spiritual ascent of the Holy Prophetsa] set out in Bukhari, which describes his meeting with some of the Prophets, makes no mention that Jesus was there in his physical body. The meeting of the Holy Prophetsa with Jesus is described in exactly the same terms as his meeting with Abrahamas and Mosesas. His dialogue with Mosesas is set out in detail. There can, therefore, be no doubt that if on the basis of this Hadith Jesusas had been raised bodily to heaven so must Abrahamas and Mosesas have been bodily raised, inasmuch as the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) saw all of them in the same condition. He did not observe any particular dress or other sign of a bodily ascent about Jesus, which was not visible with regard to the other Prophets.”””
[Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 153-154](See also Essence of islam, vol-3, pages 191-192).

 

pp. 156-157, footnote
Evidence in the Form of Divine Blessings

I have set out in these announcements the lights of the power of faith that have been manifested to me in an extraordinary manner in the shape of support from the unseen. They are proofs of the grace and mercy of God Almighty and of nearness to Him and have been bestowed on this humble one by virtue of my strong faith and adherence to the straight path. This spiritual station
cannot be claimed by any of my opponents. If anyone contests this statement, let him stand forth and compare the blessings bestowed upon him on account of his following his own religion, with those that have been bestowed on me. But no one has stood up to confront me, nor is it within the power of a frail human being to stand up merely on the basis of his cunning, wicked designs or bigoted obstinacy, against this Movement which God Almighty has established with His own hand.

I affirm truly that if anyone stands up against this Movement to display blessings enjoyed by him, he will be struck down with great humiliation, as this Movement is not of man but is from that Mighty and Powerful Being Whose hand fashioned the heavens and all heavenly bodies and spread out the earth for its dwellers. It is a pity that our clerics and divines are always ready to sit down with paper, pen and inkpot to condemn me as a disbeliever, but do not reflect for a moment whether falsehood can ever inspire such awe and dread that no one dares step forth in answer to such a challenge. Can a false one possess such courage and steadfastness as has been manifested before the whole world in this instance? Let those who doubt the truth of my statements approach the leaders, preachers and teachers of all opponents of Islam and persuade them … to stand against me in a contest regarding spiritual matters, and see whether God Almighty supports me or not. [Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 156-157, footnote](See Also, Essence of Islam, vol–3, pages 353-354).

Page 166
“”It is Obligatory on me and my people that we be thankful to this prestigious British government.  We got three villages of relatives and ownership rights in Qadian through (my) late father which  still exist ..”””

Pg. 170
The gist of our faith is: la ilaha illallaho Muhammad-ur-rasoolullah (There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.) Our belief, which we hold in this life here on earth and to which we will continue to adhere firmly till the time that we pass on to the next world, is that our spiritual leader and Master, Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, is khataman-nabiyyeen, the seal of the prophets and the best of the messengers. At his hands religion has been consummated which guide man on the right path and further on to God Himself. We hold this belief with absolute certainty that the Holy Quran is the khatamul-kutub, the seal of all divine books, and not an iota can be added to or subtracted from its prescribed teachings, inhibitions, commands and injunctions. There will be no revelation or word from God which may amend or abrogate or change or alter any of the injunctions of the Holy Quran. If anyone subscribes to such views, in our opinion, he ceases to belong to the body of believers and becomes a heretic and an infidel thereby.

“””Perhaps developed nations are Dajjal and their donkey is this railway train which you see going from thousands of kilometres in the countries of East and West.””” (Roohani Khazain, Izala Auham – Volume 3 – Page 174)

“”””Dajjaliyat (Qualities of Dajjal) was actually a Jewish inheritance and from them it reached the Christians. That group is called Dajjal who are liars and make the earth filthy and mix the truth with falsehood. So this quality was at its peak among the Jews during the time of Jesus, then Christians inherited it from them. So the Messiah has descended with a heavenly weapon to abolish this Dajjal quality. This weapon is not made by earthly craftsmen; rather it is heavenly weapon as is proven by Sahih Ahadith.””” (Roohani Khazain, Izala Auham – Volume 3 – Page 174)


p.174
“””There are great difficulties in interpreting this prophecy literally, for this would invite all manner of objections before the Messiah even descends from heaven. There is no need for us to get involved in these difficulties. Why should we seek to bring the son of Mary down from
heaven and deprive him of his Prophethood? Why should we degrade him so that someone else should be the Imam and he should be the follower; and another should take the covenant of allegiance as the Imam and Khalifa while he should be a helpless spectator; and he should become a common Muslim, and dare not even mention his Prophethood?”””
[Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p.174]

p. 186–187
“””With regard to the death of a certain person, God the Almighty revealed to me through the value of the letters of the alphabet, namely:  That is [Arabic] He is a dog and he will die according to the value of the letters in the word kalb [dog], which amounts to fifty-two. This means that his age will not exceed fifty-two years and that he will die within the course of his fifty second year. [Izala-e-Auham, pp. 186–187, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 190]”””(TAKEN FROM TADKHIRA, 2009 ONLINE EDITION)

P. 190-191
“I have claimed to be Maseel Maseeh, which stupid people think that it is The Promised Messiah.  I have never claimed to be the Messiah ibne Maryam. Anyone who accuses me of it, he is absolutely a liar and fabricator. For the last eight years, I have been announcing that I am only Maseel Maseeh; By that I mean that certain spiritual properties and nature and habits and virtues of Jesus(AS) has been given to me as well by God Almighty.” [Ruhani Khazain: Volume 3, Page # 192], (Izala Auham P190-191).

P.197-198
“There was no discussion in Braheen about me being Messiah and only now God has told me . . . I am only similar to the Messiah . . . It is possible and quite possible that at some time in future such Messiah-likes such as me may appear upon whom the literal words of Hadith(of Holy Prophet) fit, because this humble self has not come with the Reign and Command of this world, but with poverty and humility.” (Izala-e-Auham, Roohani Khazain vol 3 p.197-198)

p. 199

“It is possible that in future even ten thousand likes of the Messiah may appear, but I am the like of Messiah for this age and it is vain to wait for another.”

p. 213
“””Sometimes, in a dream or a vision, spiritual matters assume physical shape and are seen as human beings. I recall that when my revered father, may Allah grant him forgiveness—who was a respected notable and was known with honour in the neighbourhood—died, two or three days
after his death I saw in my dream a very beautiful woman whose features are still in my memory. She said to me: ‘My name is Rani’. She conveyed it to me by gestures that she was the honour and dignity of this household and that she was about to depart, but would stay on for my sake.”” [Izala-e-Auham, p. 213, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 205–206].  (TAKEN FROM TADKHIRA, 2009 ONLINE EDITION, see page 30-31).  See also al-Hakam, volume 8, number 22, July 10, 1904, page 12.

pp. 213–214

“”In those very days, I saw a very handsome man and I said to him: ‘You are wonderfully handsome.’ He conveyed to me through a gesture: ‘I personify your good fortune.’
In response to my comment that ‘you are a wonderfully handsome man’ he answered: ‘Yes, I am worthy of being looked at.[Izala-e-Auham, pp. 213–214, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 206].  al-Badr, volume 3, number 27, July 16, 1904, page 4; al- Hakam, volume 8, number 22, July 10, 1904, page 12

p. 214

“”A few days ago, I saw in a vision a person who was approaching death through tuberculosis. He disclosed to me that his name was Din Muhammad and it was conveyed to me that this man was a personification of Din-e- Muhammadi [the faith of Muhammadsa]. I comforted him that he would be healed through me. [Izala-e-Auham, p. 214, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 206]”””(TAKEN FROM TADKHIRA, 2009 ONLINE EDITION)

pp. 224-225
Evidence regarding the Death of Jesus
We have so many certain and conclusive proofs of the death of Jesus, son of Mary, that they cannot all be set out in this brief publication. Read the Holy Qur’an carefully and you will find the death of Jesus mentioned so clearly and definitely that it is not possible to interpret it otherwise. For instance, the Holy Qur’an reports the acknowledgement of Jesus:

‘Since Thou didst cause me to die, Thou hast been the Watcher over them.’—Al-Ma’idah, 5:118

Can we interpret the word Tawaffi in this verse as meaning sleep? Would it be right to understand this verse as meaning: Since Thou didst cause me to sleep Thou hast been the One to watch over them? Of course not. The only appropriate interpretation of Tawaffi in this context is the straightforward one of death; and the context does not permit us to interpret that death will occur after Jesus’ bodily ascent to heaven. This is because the question put to Jesus refers to the going astray of his people, which had happened after his supposed bodily ascent to heaven and had been completed before the advent of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.)

The Hadith also confirms the death of Jesusas. On page 162 of the Commentary Ma‘alim it is mentioned on the authority of ‘Ali bin Talhah that Ibn-e-‘Abbasra interpreted the verse:

‘O Jesus, I will cause thee to die a natural death and will exalt thee to Myself.’—Al-e-mran, 3:56

to mean i.e., ‘I will cause you to die.’ This is supported by other verses like:

Say, ‘The angel of death…will cause you to die.’—Al-Sajdah, 32:12

‘Those whom the angels cause to die while they are pure.’—Al- Nahl, 16:33 

‘Those whom the angels cause to die while they are wronging their souls.’—Al-Nahl, 16:29

Thus Ibn-e-‘Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, believed that Jesus had died. Our readers must be aware that Ibn-e-‘Abbas was among the foremost of those who comprehended the Holy Qur’an perfectly. The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) had prayed for him that he might be bestowed true knowledge of the Holy Qur’an. [Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 224-225](see also, Essence of Islam, vol–3, pages 193-194).

P. 230-231
“Of all the leaders of Tasawwuf that there have been till the present day, not even one has disagreed with the point that in this religion the path to become the likes of prophets is open, as the Holy Prophet Muhammad has given the glad tidings for spiritual and godly learned persons that ‘the Ulama of my nation are like the Israelite Prophets’. The words of Abu Yazid Bustami given below, which are recorded in Tazkirat al-Auliya by Farid-ud-Din Attar, and are also found in other reliable works, are on this basis, as he says: ‘I am Adam, I am Seth, I am Noah, I am Abraham, I am Moses, I am Jesus, I am Muhammad, peace be upon him and upon all these brothers of his.’ … Similarly, Sayyid Abdul Qadir Jilani, in his book Futuh al-Ghaib, refers to this point, i.e. that man, by leaving his ego and annihilating himself in God, becomes the like, rather the very form, of the prophets.” (Izala Auham; Ruhani Khaza’in, v. 3, p. 230-231)

p. 235-236
“””We have established fully that the belief that Jesus had ascended bodily to heaven is not supported by the Holy Qur’an and true Ahadith. It seems to be based upon senseless and contradictory speculation. In this philosophical age, which is accompanied by cultured reason and sharpness of intellect, it would be a great mistake to hope for religious success on the basis of such doctrines. If these meaningless speculations were to be presented to the illiterate

Bedouins of Arabia, or the inhabitants of the deserts of Africa, or the wild dwellers of the far off islands in the oceans, they might gain some acceptance; but we cannot hope to propagate among educated people such doctrines as are utterly opposed to reason, experience, laws of nature and philosophy. Moreover, they cannot be attributed to the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him); indeed they contradict the Ahadith. Nor can we present
such doctrines as a gift to the scholars of Europe and America who are discarding the absurdities of their own respective faiths. How can those, whose hearts and minds have been developed by the light of new kinds of knowledge, accept such concepts which are disrespectful to God Almighty, denigrate His Unity, falsify His Law and abrogate the teachings of His Books?

The notion that Jesus will descend bodily from heaven is only a consequence of the concept that he was raised bodily to heaven. Therefore, we should first consider whether or not the primary factor can be established on the basis of the Holy Qur’an and Hadith. If the basic factor
is established, we will be able to accept that a person whose bodily ascent to heaven is proved could likewise descend bodily from heaven. But if the basic factor is not established on the authority of the Holy Qur’an and the Hadith and instead contradicts them, we cannot accept
the accuracy of the alleged consequence. And if there should be any Ahadith whose purport might be indicative of such consequential proposition, we would try to reconcile them to the basic factor.””” [Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 235-236](see also Essence of Islam, vol–3, pages 202-203).  

p. 237

“To sum up, the hadith about Damascus quoted by Imam Muslim runs counter to another hadith by the Imam himself and it is clearly proved that Nawas, the reporter, has erred in narrating this hadith.”

P.250-251
“It is possible that in future no Messiah may come. It is possible 10,000 or more Messiahs may come and it is possible that he come with pomp and dignity and one of them may descend in Damascus.” (Izala-e-Auham, Roohani Khazain vol 3 p.250-251)

pp. 251-263, footnote

“”””Miracles of Jesus
Certain Muslim sects believe that Jesus used to fashion different types of birds and used to invest them with life by breathing into them. On this basis I have been asked that as I claim to be the like of Jesus I should also fashion a bird and make it come alive by breathing into it. It is alleged that millions of birds created by Jesus fly about everywhere and that the like of Jesus should also create some birds.

The answer to all these superstitions is that the verses on which they are based are allegorical and it is the height of faithlessness and patent repudiation of the basic values of Islam to construe them as meaning that God Almighty had deliberately associated Jesus in His attribute of creation; inasmuch as it would be a negation of the Godhead to believe that God Almighty should invest someone else with His special attributes and His Divinity. One of these people was asked if he could distinguish those birds that had been created by God from those that were created by Jesus, but he confessed by remaining silent that he was unable to do so.

The doctrine that some birds are the creation of God Almighty and some are the creation of Jesus is altogether vicious and amounts to polytheism. Anyone holding such a belief cannot be a Muslim….

The miracles of Prophets are of two types. One are heavenly manifestations, in which human design and reason have no part, such as the splitting of the moon, which was a miracle of our lord and master, the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and was manifested by the limitless power of God Almighty as a sign of the greatness of a righteous and perfect Prophet. Secondly, intellectual miracles, which are manifested through the extraordinary intelligence of a Prophet and which resemble Divine revelation. For instance, the miracle of Solomonas, which was manifested in the shape of:

‘A palace paved smooth with slabs of glass.’—Al-Naml, 27:45

whereby the Queen of Sheba was blessed with faith.

It appears that this miracle of Jesus was purely intellectual like the miracle of Solomon. History reveals that in those days people were inclined towards the useless pursuit of sleight of hand, which astonished the common people. People like those who, in the time of the Pharaoh, used to manipulate the forms of serpents and other animals and made them move like living animals, had by the time of Jesus spread into the land of the Jews who had learnt magical tricks from them as is also indicated in the Holy Qur’an. It is, therefore, not a matter of surprise that God Almighty may have instructed Jesus in some method whereby a toy fashioned out of clay could be manipulated by pressing a spring or breathing upon it so as to fly like a bird or to move on its feet. Jesus had worked with his father Joseph for twenty-two years as a carpenter, and carpentry stimulates a man’s mind towards inventing different kinds of machines and mechanical instruments.

Miracles are granted to a person in accord with the faculties that he possesses. As the spiritual faculties of our lord and master, the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) were well developed in the appreciation of spiritual verities, he was accordingly bestowed the miracle of the Holy Qur’an, which is comprehensive of all verities and understandings of the Divine. It should, therefore, not be a matter of surprise if Jesus displayed an intellectual miracle to his opponents, like the one displayed by his ancestor, Solomonas. Such a miracle is not beyond the reach of the intellect inasmuch as in our own time many mechanical experts are able to fashion birds that speak and move and wag their tails. I have also heard that some mechanical birds can even fly. Many such toys are manufactured in Bombay, Calcutta,
Europe, America and every year new one are introduced
into the market.

As the Holy Qur’an often employs metaphors, these verses can be construed to mean that birds signify the illiterate and simple people whom Jesus chose as his companions, who were like birds under his care, and into whom he breathed spiritual guidance whereby they began to fly.

Moreover, it is possible that such wonders might be performed like a pastime through hypnosis. Those who are experts in ‘amal-ut-tirb [psychokinetic exercises] can, by directing the warmth of their spirits towards certain objects, make them appear as if they were alive. The human soul possesses the capacity of directing its warmth upon a lifeless object so as to make it move as if it was alive. I have seen some practitioners of this phenomenon, who so warmed a wooden tripod by the touch of their hands through the exercise of their animal spirit that it began to move, and though several people mounted on it, it could not be stopped….

It should be remembered that such an object which is fashioned out of clay or wood and is
warmed by a spirit through ‘amal-ut-tirb does not become alive. It remains solid and lifeless; it is only made to move by the warmth of the spirit of the mesmerist. It should also be remembered that the Holy Qur’an does not affirm the movement or flight of such birds, nor their coming to life. It should also be kept in mind that curing diseases and influencing objects with the warmth of the spirit are all branches of mesmerism and there have always been people who healed the paralytics, the lepers and those suffering from tuberculosis through spiritual exercises….It has been conclusively established that, under Divine direction, Messiah, son of Mary, was an expert
in mesmerism, like the Prophet Isaiah, though he was not as great an expert as the latter, because even the bones of Isaiah performed the miracle that when they were brought into contact with a corpse, it came back to life; but the corpses of the two thieves who were nailed
to the cross at the same time with Jesus were not revived through contact with his body. In any case, these mesmeric activities of Jesus were in accord with the thinking of his age for a special purpose. It should, however, be kept in mind that mesmerism is not worthy of such appreciation
as the common people imagine. Had I not looked upon it with contempt and disgust, I could, by the grace of God Almighty and with His support, have performed the same wonders as were performed by Jesus. But I prefer the spiritual method that was followed by the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.) Jesus had adopted this method under Divine direction in view of the earthy and low thinking of the Jews, which had become their second nature. In truth he was not fond of this method.

One evil characteristic of this physical practice is that a person who continues to employ his emotional and intellectual faculties to heal physical maladies suffers a serious decline of the spiritual capacities, which heal spiritual ills through their influence, and is not able to achieve any remarkable success in illumining and purifying souls. That is why Jesus, who healed those afflicted with physical ailments with this method, was not able to achieve any noticeable success in impressing hearts with guidance and the Unity of God and steadfastness of faith. But the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), who did not pay any attention to physical matters, and concentrated on stimulating spiritual guidance in the hearts of his people, was most successful in purifying the souls and helped thousands of God’s creatures to achieve it to the highest degree. He achieved matchless success in the spiritual reform of mankind and in bringing about inner change. The dead, whom Jesus revived by the practice ‘amal-ut-tirb, died within a few minutes, as the warmth of the spirit and its life was only temporarily stimulated in them, but those who were spiritually revived by our Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) shall live forever.

My designation of mesmerism as ‘amal-ut-tirb, in which Jesus had acquired some proficiency, is under Divine direction. God Almighty disclosed to me that this art is ‘amal-ut-tirb, and it is concerning this that I received the revelation:

VERSE QUOTED

‘This is the tirb of whose reality people are unaware.’ It must be realized that God Almighty is Unique in respect of every one of His attributes and does not associate anyone in them. The emphasis which the clear and unambiguous verses of the Holy Qur’an give to this subject
is well known. As Allah, hallowed be His name, says:

Al-Furqan, 25:3-4

That is: ‘God is He Who alone owns the kingdom of the heavens and the earth. He has no partner. He has no son nor has he any partner in His kingdom. He has created everything and has placed limits on their bodies, their power, and their life. The pagans have taken gods— beside that True God—who have not created anything and are themselves created. They do not determine any harm or benefit for themselves and do not control life nor death nor resurrection.’

God Almighty has here clearly affirmed that there is no Creator besides Him. In another verse, it is stated that the whole world together cannot create even a fly. Then it is stated that no one beside Him has control over death and life and resurrection. Had it been His way to associate any one of His creatures in these attributes, He would have made an exception of them and would not have taught His absolute Unity.

It may be asked why then has Allah the Glorious, employed the expression, ‘You will create’ with reference to Jesus. The answer would be that this is a metaphoric use of the expression as in the verse:

‘So blessed be Allah, the Best of creators.’—Al-Mu’minun, 23:15

Without a doubt God Almighty is the true Creator and those who fashion toys of clay or wood are also creators but only metaphorically so, because their works are mere show and have no reality.

If it is asked why it is not permissible for Jesusas to have fashioned birds under Divine direction which could fly by his breathing into them, by way of a miracle, the an-swer is that God does not make anyone the master of death and life or harm and benefit. Prophets seek miracles through prayer and supplication and do not possess the power to work miracles like a man has the power to use his hands and feet. Thus the power of creation is one of those Divine attributes that are never bestowed upon man and is distinct from a miracle. The essence of a miracle is that God Almighty, in order to demonstrate the truth and honour of a Prophet and the powerlessness and
helplessness of his opponents, manifests something that is extraordinary or beyond imagination by His special design or in response to the prayer or supplication of the Prophet. But it is done in a manner which is not inconsistent with His attributes of Unity, Holiness and Perfection and which does not permit of anyone else’s power or design.

It is not a miracle that God Almighty should invest a human being with the power of fashioning birds of clay, which would become real birds with flesh and bones and blood and all the limbs of animals when he breathes into them. If God Almighty can make someone the agent of His attribute of creation in the case of birds, He can also bestow the full agency of His attribute of creation. In this event, partnership in Divine attributes would become permissible, though only
under His direction and permission, and the comprehension of the true Creator would become doubtful in the presence of such creators whose creations would become indistinguishable
from God’s. This would not be a form of miracle; it would be partnership in Godhead.

Some wise people try to solve the dilemma of polytheism by asserting that the birds which Jesus created did not live for any length of time but fell down and died after a short flight. But this explanation would help only if it is held that those birds were not invested with true life but only appeared to be alive for a short time as a result of mesmeric influence….

The Holy Qur’an affirms that Jesus had been given the power to do these things as an exercise of his natural capacity, which is inherent in every human being. Jesus was not unique in this respect. Such capacity is being demonstrated in our own age. The miracles of Jesus were
rendered bizarre and doubtful by the pool which had existed even before the birth of Jesus, and which also displayed wonders and a single dip into which bestowed healing upon all those afflicted with diseases such as paralysis, leukoderma, leprosy etc. And there were others who
manifested similar extraordinary signs later on, and there was no such pool to cast doubt on their manifestations.

The belief that Jesus fashioned birds of clay and made them come alive as real birds by breathing into them, is entirely false and polytheistic. It was only an exercise of mesmeric capacity that had been developed to some degree by his spiritual propensity. It is also possible that he made use of clay from the pool that had been activated by the Holy Spirit. His miracle was only a kind of sleight of hand and the clay remained only clay like the Samaritan’s calf. Ponder over it, because this is a magnificent point; no one comprehends it except those who have been granted great wisdom. [Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 251-263, footnote].(See also Essence of Islam, vol-3, pages 218–226).

p. 253

“(God) repeatedly addressed me, O Ahmad, and thus by way of zill declared me the like of the leader of the prophets, Imam of the chosen, the Holy Prophet, Muhammad Mustafa, (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).”

p. 255

“When one passionately desires disclosure of certain Unseen matters, Satan invariably intervenes, but the revelations to prophets and muhaddathin are always guarded against such intervention of the devil.”

p. 259

“The following words of Hazrat Ba Yazid Bistami occurring in Tazkirat al-Auliya written by Farid al-Din Attar, and also found in other reliable books, support the resemblance of devout saints to prophets. I am Adam, and Shis and Noah and Abraham and Moses and Jesus and Muhammad, (peace and blessings of Allah be upon all of them).”

p. 260

“Similarly, Syed ‘Abd al-Qadir Gilani in his book Futuh al-Ghaib asserts that through self-denial, asceticism and by annihilation in God man becomes the like of all the prophets, rather acquires their very image.”

pp. 277-278
“””The Holy Qur’an clearly states that there never was a Prophet who did not pass away:

‘Muhammad is only a Messenger. Verily, all Messengers have passed away before him. If then he die or be slain, will you turn back on your heels?’—Al-e-Imran, 3:145

‘We granted not everlasting life to any human being before thee.’—Al-Anbiya’, 21:35

‘And We did not give them bodies that ate no food, nor were they to live forever.’—Al-Anbiya’, 21:9

To conceive of Jesus as alive in the face of these verses, and to believe, contrary to the purport of the verse:

And We did not give them bodies that ate no food, nor were they to live forever.’—Al-Anbiya’, 21:9

that Jesus is alive in heaven like the angels, without the need of food, would be to turn away from the Holy Word of God. I again affirm that if Jesus is alive in heaven in his physical
body, then the Divine reasoning set out in one of the above verses—that if the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) were to die it would not be inconsistent with his Prophethood as all Prophets before him have been subject to death—would be accounted as
defective and meaningless. Surely God Almighty is far above saying that which is not true and is against the facts. [Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 277-278](See Essence of Islam, vol–3, pages 198-199).  

Page 307-308
“It must also be understood that healing ailments and transferring the heat of one’s body into another are all parts of the art of mesmerism. Men of this type have always existed who would cure leprosy and other ailments. All those who are highly educated and are well read will agree with me and support my statement that some Naqshbandi and Suharwardi saints also practiced and performed similar services to mankind. Some of them were so well advanced in this field that they would make a very large number of deseased persons sit around them and cast them a glance which would heal them. The well known saint Muhiyud Din Ibne Arabi was much reputed in this art” (Izala Auham, Page 307-308, Ruhani Khazain Volume 3, page 287)

p. 308(c) footnote
The history of the saints and the seekers after truth and their biographies show that those of high degree among them avoided having any recourse to such practices, but some people were led into them out of a desire to impress others with their saintliness or with another motive. [Izala-e-Auham, p. 308(c) footnote, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 287 footnote](TAKEN FROM TADKHIRA, 2009 ONLINE EDITION)

p. 312
“”I have named mesmerism as Amalut-Tirb’ which Hadrat Masihas [the Messiah] also practised to some degree. This name was revealed to me and concerning its wonders I received the revelation That is [Arabic] This is the ‘Amalut-Tirb of the mystery of which people of the present time have no knowledge. [Izala-e-Auham, p. 312 footnote, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 259]”””(TAKEN FROM TADKHIRA, 2009 ONLINE EDITION)

pp. 316-318

“In the circumstances, if a book claims to be the khatam al-kutub (the last of the books) but does not meet the requirements of the time in every walk of life, it can never be regarded as the last of the books. But if the book contains solution of all such problems for all ages to come, then we will have to admit that the Holy Quran undoubtedly comprises infinite divine knowledge and completely fulfils the requirements of every age.

It should be remembered that it has been the practice of God that the wonderful things hidden in the Quran are manifested to the perfectly inspired ones (mulham). Very often a verse of the Quran is revealed to him intending to suggest some idea other than the literal meaning of the verse.”

pp. 330-332
“”””Question: Though the Holy Qur’an affirms the death of Jesus, it does not specify when he died. Why not reconcile the Qur’an and Ahadith by adopting the position that Jesus will die after his descent upon earth?

Answer: The Holy Qur’an clearly says that Jesus died in the period when he was raised to reform the tribes of Israel which had gone astray; as Allah the Glorious, has said:

‘O Jesus, I will cause thee to die a natural death and will exalt thee to Myself, and will clear thee from the charges of those who disbelieve, and will place those who follow thee above those who disbelieve, until the Day of Resurrection.’—Al-e-‘Imran, 3:56

In this verse, ‘I shall cause thee to die’ precedes ‘I shall exalt thee’, which shows that death occurred before exaltation. A further proof is that Allah the Glorious, has said: After thy death I shall place those who follow thee above those who disbelieve (i.e., the Jews), until the Day
of Judgement. All Christians and Muslims agree that this prophecy had been fulfilled before the advent of Islam, inasmuch as God Almighty had subordinated the Jews to Christians and Muslims, and they have continued in that condition of subordination for centuries. The verse cannot be construed to mean that such subordination will take place after Jesus returns from heaven. Allah the Glorious quotes Jesus in the Holy Qur’an as saying:

Maryam, 19:32-33

That is: ‘God has enjoined upon me Prayer and almsgiving throughout my life and has made me dutiful towards my mother as long as I live’.

These commandments can obviously not be carried out in heaven. He who believes that Jesus was raised bodily to heaven will have to accept, according the above verse, that Jesus is still subject to all the commandments of the Torah and the Gospel, whereas this requirement cannot be fulfilled in heaven. It is also strange that, on the one hand, God Almighty should command Jesus to be dutiful to his mother throughout his life, but He should then separate him from her while he was still living; and that He should command him to give alms throughout his life, but should then convey him alive to a place where he cannot give alms himself nor can direct anyone else to do so; and that He should command him to observe Prayer, but should convey him far away from the company of the believers whose companionship was necessary for Prayer services. Did his bodily ascent to heaven have any other result than making him incapable of discharging his obligations towards his fellow beings and from carrying out the duty of enjoining
virtue and forbidding vice? Had he continued to live on earth during these 1891 years, how beneficial his person would have been for God’s creatures! The only result of his bodily ascent to heaven was that his people went astray and he himself was totally deprived of the opportunity
to carry out the functions of Prophethood.
[Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 330-332](see Essence of islam, vol–3, pages 200-202).  

p. 349

“Now, as far as the Israelite Messiah is concerned it has been clearly stated that he was a prophet but the Messiah to come has been called an ummati (follower) as is evident from the hadith imamu-kum min-kum (your Imam from among you).

And the hadith: “The learned from among my followers are like the Israelite prophets,” hints at the coming of the like of the Messiah. Thus, according to this, the Promised Messiah being a muhaddath, is also metaphorically a prophet.”

p.353-354

“This is true that Maseeh went to his native place, and died there, but this is not true that the same body which was buried, became alive again….. verse 3 chapter I of Acts is a testimony about the natural death of Jesus that took place in Al-Khaleeli. After this death, Maseeh was visible to his students as KASHF (vision) for 40 days.” (Izala-e-Auham, Roohani Khazain vol.3 p.353-354)

pp. 372–377
“”We certainly believe in the prophesied rising of sun from the West, but what has been conveyed to me in a dream is that the rising of the sun from West means that the Western countries which have been steeped in darkness and infidelity for a long time will be illumined with the sun of truthfulness and they will partake of Islam.

I saw [in a vision] that I was standing on a pulpit in the city of London and was setting forth the truth of Islam in the English language, in a very well reasoned address. Thereafter, I caught several birds who were sitting upon small trees and were of white colour and their bodies
resembled the bodies of partridges.

I interpreted this vision as meaning that though I would not be able to travel to that country, my writings will be published among them and many righteous English people will be attracted by the truth.”” [Izalah-e-‘Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 372–377].  

p. 376
“”””After giving a detailed commentary of verses of surah al-Nisa’ 4:158–160, the Promised Messiahas added: I swear by Him in Whose hand is my life that just at this moment the truth stated above has been disclosed to me in a state of vision. Whatever I have just written is based entirely on the instruction of the True Teacher. [Allah be praised for all this.] [Izala-e-Auham, p. 376, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 293]”””(TAKEN FROM TADKHIRA, 2009 ONLINE EDITION)

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The Lahori-Ahmadis have summarized 30 verses of the quran that MGA quoted in this book, see here: http://www.aaiil.org/text/books/mga/deathprophetjesus30versesholyquran/deathprophetjesus30versesholyquran.pdf

pg. 379
 admit the fact/idea that many Mahdis might have appeared previously too and it is possible that [some] may appear in the future too and it is possible that some Mahdi might appear with the name Imaam Muhammad but the manner in which the public has this notion [in their mind], there is no evidence for that.” [RK-3/379 Izala-e-Auham, See Ref P# 5b-39]

Ref: ‘Izala Auham’ Page 407, http://www.alislam.org/urdu/rk/rk-3-8.pdf, PDF 307

English translation:

“But alas the late Maulvi Sahib did not understand that a claimant of a real Prophet Hood can never be an Ummati (subordinate of a Prophet). It is categorically forbidden according to the teachings of Quran and Ahadith that the person, who attains a real status of a Prophet of God, becomes an Ummati and subordinate of another Prophet. God Almighty says in the verse (Quran 4:64) that every Prophet we appoint fulfils the purpose to lead and become Imam. Not for the purpose to become a subordinate and obedient to another Prophet. Only a Muhaddas of this Umah may be an Ummati as well as an inferior sense Prophet.”

page 411
“Quran after Khatam un nabiyeen does not allow any Rasool to come whether its new or old because Rasool receive knowledge of religion through Jibreal and coming of Wahi through Jibreal for Risalat is close”
(Azalah Auham page 411 Rohani kahain page 511)

p. 421, 422

“(II) Question: A claim to prophethood has been made in Fath-i Islam?

Answer: I have not claimed prophethood. I have only claimed to be a muhaddath (one spoken to by God) and this, too, under the divine command. Muhaddathiyyah undoubtedly contains a strong element of prophethood. Now when true vision is admittedly forty-sixth part of prophethood, what is the harm if muhaddathiyyah, which has been spoken to in the Quran along with prophethood and messengership, and about which an authentic report exists in Sahih al-Bukhari, is styled metaphorical prophethood or an integral element of the excellences of prophethood. Does it amount to a claim to prophethood? After all a complete seal has never been set on the divine revelation after the perfection of the prophethood . . .. O ignorant people! Rivulets of revelation are to flow in this ummah till the day of Resurrection subject, of course, to one’s status.”

p. 431
“””The Holy Qur’an says:

Al-Nahl, 16:21-22

This means that: ‘Those who are worshipped and called upon beside Allah cannot create anything but are themselves created. They are dead, not living. They do not know when they will be resurrected.’ Just see how clearly these verses affirm the death of all those human beings who were worshipped as gods by the Jews and Christians and some of the Arab tribes and to whom they supplicated. If you are still not convinced of the death of Jesus son of Mary, why don’t you simply admit that you are not prepared to believe in the Holy Qur’an? [Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 431](see Essence of Islam, page 200).

P.  442
“””Pointing to me God Almighty said in His Holy words: [Urdu] Comparing him to the Prophet of
Nazareth it will be appreciated that he is healing God’s creatures a great deal more than they were ever cured of physical ailments.”” [Izala-e-Auham, p. 442, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 335].

pp. 457-458
Submitting the Matter to the Judge of Judges

“””O Ye revered clerics though the falsity of your notion that that you are the true believers and I am a disbeliever, that you are truthful and I am a liar, that you follow Islam and I go against it, that you are the accepted ones of God and I am rejected by Him, that you are the heirs of Paradise and I am condemned to hell, has been established by the Holy Qur’an in the estimation of those who are given to reflection, and the readers of this book can well understand who is right and who is wrong, yet there is another way whereby distinction can be made between those who are true and those who are false, and between the accepted ones of God and the rejected ones. It has always been the way of God that if an accepted one and a rejected one both beseech God Almighty for heavenly help, He certainly helps the accepted one and makes His acceptance
of him manifest in a manner that is beyond human power. Since you claim to be in the right, and some of you like Maulavi Mohy-ud-Din and ‘Abd-ur-Rahman Sahib of Lakhoke and Miań ‘Abd-ul-Haq Sahib of Ghazni have denounced me as a disbeliever and as one condemned to hell, it is incumbent upon you to find out through this heavenly method who is designated as the accepted one in heaven and who is the rejected one. I agree that you should supplicate to the Judge of judges for a period of ten weeks that if you are in the right you should be given a sign of your truth or you should be authorized to make a great prophecy or granted a sign as can proceed only from the righteous. On my side I shall also do the same. God the Beneficent and the Powerful has assured me that, if you accept this challenge, victory will be mine….

Whatever belonged to us, belong now to the Beloved; Today, we belong to the Beloved, and He belongs to us. Thanks be to Allah, we found that Priceless Ruby; It matters not if the nation’s hearts have turned to stone. [Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 457-458](See Also, Essence of Islam, vol-3, pages 378-379).  

Page 469/70
Another proof (of being Promised Messiah) is that the band of Dajjal has appeared and it is emerging with great force and its donkey, which is actually created by him, as is desired by Sahih Hadith is roaming in the East and West, and the creation of that donkey by Dajjal which is according to the Hadith, is also proven by this evidence that if such a donkey had been born as usual from the belly of female donkey then such type of other donkeys should have still been here since young ones necessarily resembles their parents in their size and journey and power. Thus Sahih Hadith are pointing towards this that the donkey will be created by Dajjal himself, thus if it is not Railway Train then what else is it? (Roohani Khazain, Izala Auham – Volume 3 – Page 469/70)

pp. 470-471
“”A long time ago I saw in a dream that I was standing near the blessed grave of the Holy Prophet, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, and there were many corpses of those who had died or had been killed and people wanted to bury them. Then a man came out of the
chamber holding a long reed with which he pointed to a spot on the earth and told everyone where his place of burial was. In the course of doing this he approached me. Standing in front of me and touching a spot close to the blessed tomb with his long reed, he said to me: You will be buried here. Then I woke up.  My interpretation was that this indicated the degree of closeness in the hereafter inasmuch as if a person on his death becomes spiritually close to a holy one that would mean that his burial place is close to the burial place of that holy one. [But Allah knows best and His knowledge is decisive.]”” [Izala-e-Auham, pp. 470–471, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 352].  

Page 473
It should not be surprising if the complete truth regarding Ibne Maryam (Jesus) and Dajjal was not revealed to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) because of lack of any exact prototype. Neither did the true meanings of the 70 Ba’a (1 Ba’a = 4 arm length = about 280 yards) and nor did Allah’s revelation guide him (SAW) towards the deep mystery of Gog and Magog and nor the exact composition of Da’abatul Ardh (Beast of the Earth) was revealed. (Roohani Khazain, Izala Auham – Volume 3 – Page 473)

pp. 478-479
“””The Promised Messiah has been described in Hadith as a Nabi’ullah [Prophet of Allah] which means that he will receive revelation from God Almighty. But here Prophethood does not mean complete and perfect Prophethood, for a seal has been set on such Prophethood forever. The Prophethood I speak of is confined to Muhaddathiyyat, which obtains light from the Muhammadi lamp. This is a special bounty which has been bestowed upon this humble one. Although everyone partakes of true dreams and visions to a certain extent, nevertheless, if my opponents are in doubt, they can test my claim that no other Muslims of this age has been bestowed such
plentiful share of true dreams, visions, acceptance of prayers and true revelations that they approximate those of the Prophets, as I have been. This is indeed a great criterion to judge, for there is no method other than heavenly support for testing the truth of a claimant.

For a certainty, God Almighty supports one who comes from Him and guides him in an extraordinary way in the fields of contest. Therefore, I affirm with full confidence and perfect faith that if all the Muslims of the world, be they Punjabis, Indians, Arabs, Turks, Persians, Africans
or others, and their clerics, sufis, leaders, and righteous ones, and all their men and women who consider me to be an impostor, should wish to see whether the signs of acceptance by God are found in me or in them, and whether heavenly doors are opened for me or for them, and whether the True Beloved by virtue of His special bounties and the bestowal of His special knowledge and
spiritual insights is with me or with them, they would soon discover that the special grace and mercy which descends upon human heart are bestowed on me in much larger measure than on their respective leaders.

This should not be taken for an arrogant boast; it is only a declaration of God’s bounty.

This is God’s grace, which He bestows upon whomsoever He wills.

This is also indicated by the revelations vouchsafed to me:

Tell them, I have been commissioned and I am the foremost of those who believe. All praise belongs to Allah Who has removed from me all grief and has bestowed upon me that which has not been bestowed upon anyone else in the world.

“Anyone else in the world238” refers to the people of this age and of the future.
[Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 478-479](See Also Essence of Islam, vol-3, pages 343-345).

p.  515
“””We believe in the rising of the sun from the West but it has been disclosed to me in a vision that the meaning of the rising of the sun from the West is that the Western countries, which, from ancient times, have been enveloped in the darkness of disbelief and error, will be illumined by the sun of truth and will partake of Islam.””[Izala-e-Auham, p. 515, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 376–377].  

pp. 515-516
“”I saw [in a vision] that I was standing on a pulpit in the city of London and was setting forth the truth of Islam in the English language, in a very well reasoned address. Thereafter, I caught several birds who were sitting upon small trees and were of white colour and their bodies resembled the bodies of partridges. I interpreted this vision as meaning that though I would not be able to travel to that country, my writings will be published among them and many righteous English people will be attracted by the truth.”” [Izala-e-Auham, pp. 515–516, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 377].  

p. 522
“How can Messiah come? He was a messenger and the impregnable wall of Khatam al-Nabiyyin prevents his coming. Thus here is one who is like him, but he is not a messenger although he resembles the messengers and is their like.”

Roohani Khaza-in; Vol: 3; Pages 528-529
“His eldest son Hajji Iftikhar Ahmad, following his father’s footsteps follows me very loyally”, commented the Promised Messiah (as). In spite of his resigned style of life, he is always ready to serve the religion in any way he can. May Allah bless his mind and soul to tread solemnly on the way of the faith”.

p. 532-533

“Truly the Messiah to come has also been spoken of as a prophet, but he has been called a follower too; rather the followers of the Holy Prophet have been foretold that ‘he shall be indeed from among you, and shall be your Imam,’ and his being a follower has been expressed not only in words, but it has also been shown that practically like other Muslims he shall only be a follower of the word of God and the sayings of the Messenger and shall solve the difficult and intricate questions of religion not by dint of his prophethood but ijtihad (exercise of judgement), and shall offer his prayers after others. Now all these clearly indicate that he shall not factually and in reality possess the characteristics of perfect prophethood, although partial and imperfect prophethood (nubuwwat-i naqisah) shall be found in him which, in other words, is called muhaddathiyyah and contains only one aspect of the perfect prophethood. So, the fact that he has been called a prophet as well as a follower indicates that he shall possess both these aspects i.e., followership (ummatiyyat) and prophethood, as it is necessary that both these aspects should be found in a muhaddath. But the possessor of perfect prophethood (nubuwwat-i tammah) has one aspect of prophethood only. In short, muhaddathiyyah is imbued with both the colours. That is why in Barahin-i Ahmadiyyah, too, God the Most High named this humble servant a follower as well as a prophet.”

p. 534

“How was it possible then that another prophet could come after the Khatam al-Nabiyyin, in the complete and perfect sense which is one of the conditions of perfect prophethood (nubuwwat-i tammah). Is it not necessary that such a prophet should possess the pre-requisites of perfect prophethood, viz., prophetic revelation and the descent of Gabriel, because according to the express teachings of the Quran a prophet is he who has received the commands and creeds of faith through Gabriel? But a seal has been set on the prophetic revelation for the last thirteen hundred years. Would this seal be broken then?”

p. 539

“The Quran testifies our claims and discredits the false notions (auham-i batilah) of our opponents with its forceful arguments. It closes the door on the previous prophets for their return to this world but allows in persons resembling Israelite prophets. It teaches us to pray: ‘Guide us to the right path, the path of those on whom Thou hast bestowed favours.’ What is the sum and substance of this prayer? It is: O Lord! Make us the like of the prophets and messengers.”

p. 544

“And I have written this several times that the coming of the messenger Messiah, son of Mary, after Khatam al-Nabiyym would create chaos. This would either mean that prophetic revelation has started afresh or Messiah, son of Mary, has been deprived of the essential characteristics of prophethood by God Almighty and has been sent as a follower (of the Holy Prophet) but obviously both these situations are improbable (mumtani’).”

Page 555
“””If the donkey of Maseeh Dajjal is this railway train… and he who claims to be the Promised Messiah also rides it, then how can it be Dajjal’s donkey? Answer is that because of its ownership, possession and total custody and creation of Band of Dajjal, it is called donkey of Dajjal…. then if God wants believers to benefit from the possessions and products of Dajjal then what is the harm?….. Apart from that Promised Messiah is the killer of Dajjal spiritually, then according to the Hadith ‘mun qatala qateelun’ whatever belongs to Dajjal, it belongs to Messiah.””” (Roohani Khazain, Izala Auham – Volume 3 – Page 555)

P. 561–562
God has sent me and has disclosed to me through His special revelation that Masih Ibn-e-Maryam [Messiah, son of Mary] had died. The revelation in this regards is:

[Urdu] Masih Ibn-e-Maryam [Messiah, son of Mary], Messenger of Allah, has died and you
have come in his spirit according to promise. [Arabic] [Allah’s promise will certainly be fulfilled. You are with Me and you are established on patent truth. You are on the right
path and are a helper of truth.] [Izala-e-Auham, pp. 561–562, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 402].

p. 569

“The possessor of perfect prophethood (nubuwwat-i tammah) can never be a follower (ummati). The clear and explicit teachings of the Quran and authentic Hadith strictly bar a perfect messenger to be a perfect subordinate (muti) and follower (ummati) of another prophet. Allah has said: “’And We sent no messenger but that he should be obeyed by Allah’s command’ (4:6). That is to say, every messenger is sent to be a guide (muta‘) and an Imam. He is not sent with the object of becoming obedient and subordinate (tabi’) to another. A muhaddath, of course, who is from among the sent ones (mursalin) is a follower as well as a prophet but in an imperfect sense. He is a follower because he is totally obedient (tabi’) to the Shari’ah of Allah’s Messenger and is the recipient of light from the lamp of his Messengership, and is also a prophet because God deals with him like prophets. God has made the muhaddqth as an intermediary between prophets and nations. Although he is a perfect follower, he is also a prophet in one sense. And it is necessary for a muhaddath that he should be the like of a prophet and acquires the name of that prophet from Allah Almighty.”

p. 575-579

“Many doubts arise if the Messiah, son of Mary, would be a perfect follower (ummati) at the time of his descent; because being a follower he can not in any way be a messenger (rasul), for the significance of a rasul and ummati is antithetical. Moreover, the finality of our Holy Prophet precludes the coming of any other prophet. This restriction in fact does not apply to an apostle who receives his light from the lamp of the prophethood of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), and lacks perfect prophethood. In other words, he too is a muhaddath because on account of discipleship and annihilation in the Messenger (fana fir-Rasul) he is included in the person of Khatam al-Mursalin (Seal of the Messengers) as a part is never outside the whole. But Messiah, son of Mary, the recipient of Evangel, for which the descent of Gabriel was an essential requisite, cannot become a follower in any way because he would be bound to follow the revelation that would descend on him from time, to time.

If it be argued that the Messiah will receive only this much revelation, “follow the Quran” and the divine revelation will be cut off thereafter and Gabriel will never descend on him and he would become like followers after being totally deprived of prophethood, then all this is a child’s play. It is quite obvious that should revelation be permitted but for once, and should Gabriel bring a single sentence only and become silent thereafter still this much is contrary to the finality of prophethood; for, when the seal of finality is broken and the apostolic revelation starts to come down again, it matters little whether the revelations are few or many. Every wise man can understand well that if God is true to His word, the promise given in the verse Khatam al-Nabiyyin and more explicitly in the Traditions  that after the death of the Holy Prophet, Gabriel is to bring no more prophetic revelations  are true and correct, then no one can ever come in the capacity of a messenger after our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). If, for the sake of argument it were assumed that the Messiah, son of Mary, would resurrect and appear in the world, then how would his being a messenger be denied and the descending of Gabriel and resumption of the divine communication. As it is not possible that there should be no light with the rising of the sun, similarly, it is quite impossible that a messenger should come for the reformation of mankind devoid of divine communication and visits of Gabriel.”

p. 583

“And evidently it is impossible (mustalzim mahal) that Gabriel descends with apostolic revelation after the Khatam al-Nabiyyin, and a new book, although its teachings be in agreement (tawarud) with the Quran, is revealed. And something which is not possible is fantasy. The point is worth consideration.”

pp. 583-585
“””In the idiom of the Holy Qur’an, the word Tawaffi has always been used in the connotation of death and taking possession of the soul. A minute study of Arabic prose and poetry—both ancient and modern—shows that wherever the expression Tawaffi is used for a human being,
and the action is attributed to Allah the Glorious, Tawaffi invariably means death and taking possession of the soul. In this context, there is not a single instance, where this expression means anything other than taking possession of the soul. Those who are wont to refer to
lexicons like Qamus, Sihah, Sarah, etc., have not found a single instance where, in the context that we have mentioned, any other connotation has been attributed to the expression Tawaffi. There is not the slightest indication of the possibility of any other connotation. Then I studied the books of Hadith to discover whether the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) or his companions had on any occasion applied the expression Tawaffi to a human being in any other connotation than that of death and taking possession of the soul. I had to labour hard in this search. What I discovered on checking every page of the compilations of Sahih Bukhari,
Sahih Muslim, Tirmadhi, Ibn-e-Majah, Abu Dawud, Nasa’i, Darimi, Mu’atta’ and Sharh-us-Sunnah etc., was that the expression Tawaffi has been used three hundred and forty six times, and in no single instance has it been used, either by the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) or by his companions, to mean anything other than ‘death’, or ‘taking possession of the
soul’. I have gone through these books with great care line by line, and I can say that on each and every occasion the expression Tawaffi has been used only in the connotation of death or taking possession of the soul. A careful perusal of these books also establishes that, from the moment of the Call and all through his life, the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)
never used the expression Tawaffi in any connotation other than death and taking possession of the soul…. Imam Muhammad Isma‘il Bukhari has made a fine point in his compilation which indicates that the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used the expression
Tawaffi at least seven thousand times between his Call and his death, and every time he used it in the connotation of death and taking possession of the soul. Seekers after truth should be grateful to Imam Bukhari for this information.
[Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 583-585](See also Essence of Islam, vol–3, pages 196-198).  

pp. 585-586
“”It is for this purpose that Imam Bukhari (may Allah have mercy on him), has quoted the verse:

‘Since Thou didst cause me to die, Thou hast been the Watcher over them.’—Al-Ma’idah, 5:118

in Kitab-ut-Tafsir. In so doing, he intended to convey that the correct interpretation of the word Tawaffaitani is the one which the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) attributed to it, that is to say, ‘Thou didst cause me to die’. In the following Hadith:

HADITH QUOTED

the Holy Prophetsa says that: “on the Day of Judgement some of my people will be driven to hell, and I will supplicate, ‘Lord! these are my companions’. Then it will be said to me, ‘You know not what they did after you’. Upon this I will say what a righteous servant of God, i.e., Jesus son of Mary, had said when he was asked: ‘Did you teach your people that they should worship you and your mother as gods?’ I will say what Jesus had then said: ‘I was witness over them while I was amongst them; but since Thou didst cause me to die, Thou hast been the One to watch over them.’” (Bukhari)

The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) meant that he would make the same affirmation as Jesus would make when he would be asked whether he had taught his people to take him and his mother as gods. In this manner the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) interpreted the expression Tawaffaitani as meaning death. [Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 585-586](See also, Essence of Islam, vol–3, pages 194-195).

p. 586

“He has promised that no messenger would be sent after the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). The students of the Traditions have erred in holding that the words Isa, or son of Mary, occurring in the Traditions about the Promised Messiah refer to the very son of Mary, who was a messenger of Allah. They have not appreciated that his re-coming to the world, in other words, means Islam’s exit from this world. The consensus of opinion is, and there is a report too about it in the Muslim, that the Messiah will appear as a prophet of God. If the words Messiah, or son of Mary, are applied metaphorically to a follower of the Holy Prophet who holds the rank of muhaddathiyyah, the tradition remains intact, for a muhaddath in one sense is also a prophet. But he is a prophet in the sense that he receives his light from the lamp of the prophethood of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), and does not receive knowledge directly but through the agency of his Prophet, as an inspiration of this humble servant has been recorded on p. 239 of Barahin-i Ahmadiyya.”

pp. 602-603
“””Let it be understood by all Muslims that it has been established beyond any doubt, according to the Holy Qur’an and Hadith, that Jesus son of Mary (peace be upon him) died on earth after fulfilling the span of his life in accordance with the verse:

‘Therein shall you live, and therein shall you die.’—Al-A‘raf, 7:26

It is further clear on the authority of sixteen verses of the Holy Qur’an, and a number of Ahadith contained in Bukhari, Muslim and other authentic compilations, that those who die are never sent back to dwell in this world, nor is anyone subjected to death twice, nor does the Holy Qur’an lay down any law of inheritance for anyone who might return to earth after death. Yet some of the divines insist that Jesus son of Mary has not died but was raised bodily to heaven, and is alive in his physical body. They dare to suggest that the expression Tawaffi, which has been applied to Jesusas in the Holy Qur’an, does not connote death, rather it means taking full possession of both body and soul. But this interpretation is utterly false. In the idiom of the Holy Qur’an, this expression is consistently employed to connote taking possession of the soul and the death of the body. The same idiom is employed in all the Ahadith and sayings of the Holy Prophet (peace
and blessings of Allah be upon him.)

Ever since the Arabian peninsula has been populated and the Arabic language has come into use, there is not a single ancient or modern instance of the expression Tawaffi being employed taking possession of the body. Whenever this expression has been employed for the description of the action of God Almighty in relation to a human being, it has always connoted death and taking possession of the soul. No lexicon and no Arabic saying contradicts this. There is not the slightest room for any different interpretation. If anyone should cite a single instance from the Holy Qur’an or from the Ahadith or from ancient or modern poetry, or ode, or prose of the Arabs,
wherein the expression Tawaffi has been employed when indicating the action of God Almighty concerning a human being, as connoting anything beyond death and taking possession of the soul, that is to say, as connoting the taking possession of the body also, I call God to witness that I shall hand over to such a person one thousand rupees in cash and also acknowledge that he possesses expert knowledge of Hadith and the Holy Qur’an.
[Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 602-603] (see Also, Essence of Islam, pages 375-377).  

p. 603
If anyone can cite a single instance from the Holy Qur’an or Hadith, or from ancient or modern Arabic poetry and prose, that the word Tawaffi, when applied to a human being, God being the subject, has been used in any connotation other than death and taking possession of the soul, for instance, in the connotation of the taking the body, I bind myself on oath that I shall pay that person one thousand rupees in cash by selling some of my property and shall always hold him in high esteem as a great scholar of the Holy Qur’an and Hadith.
[Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 603](See also Essence of islam, vol–3, page 198).  

p. 614

“Verse 40 of chapter al-Ahzab (33:40) runs thus: ‘Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but he is the Messenger of Allah and Khatam al-Nabiyyin.’ This, too, expressly proves that no prophet would appear in the world after our Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). It is thus abundantly clear that the Messiah, son of Mary, cannot come back in the world because he is a messenger and inter alia, the true significance of the office of a messenger is that he obtains knowledge of spiritual sciences through Gabriel and it has just been proved that the apostolic revelation (wahy risalat) has been cut off for ever till the day of Judgement.”

P. 632–635
[Urdu] Being overcome—that is, being apparently belittled as someone who has been overcome—you will finally be victorious and the final outcome will be in your favour. We shall relieve you of all the burdens which have well-nigh broken your back. God has determined to spread about your uniqueness, your greatness and your perfection. God will manifest your countenance and lengthen your shade. A Warner came unto the world, and the world did not accept him, but God will accept him and will demonstrate his truth with powerful assaults. Soon a great kingdom will be bestowed upon him (meaning that, he will be granted acceptance and the hearts of a large
number will be inclined towards him…) and treasures will be opened to him. (This refers to the treasures of wisdom and verities, because the heavenly treasures that are bestowed upon the special servants of God Almighty, which they distribute to the  world, are not the worldly riches, but consist entirely of wisdom and verities, as Allah the Almighty says:

(He grants wisdom to whom He pleases, and whoever is granted wisdom has indeed been granted abundant good. (al-Baqarah, 2:270)

Khair means wealth and in fact pure wealth is the wisdom that has been referred to in the hadith .
(I am but a distributor and Allah is really the one Who grants.)

This is the wealth which is a Sign among the Signs of the Promised Messiah.)

This is God’s grace and it appears strange in your eyes. We shall soon show you Our Signs in
your own selves and also around you. Proof will be established and the victory will be clear. Do
they say: ‘We are a large party?’ All of them will be routed and shall turn their backs. Even
if people desert you I shall not desert you; if people do not safeguard you, I shall safeguard
you. I shall exhibit My flash and shall exalt you as a demonstration of My Power. Peace on you,
O Ibrahim [Abraham], We have chosen you with sincere friendship. God will set all your
affairs right and will bestow upon you all that you might desire. You are to Me like My Unity
and My Uniqueness. Allah is not the one to leave you till He has separated the impure from
the pure. He will raise your status and will increase your progeny and thereafter you alone
will be considered the progenitor of your family. I shall make you famous with honour to
the ends of the earth and shall exalt your name and shall put your love in the hearts of the
people. [Arabic] We have made you Masih Ibne- Maryam [Messiah, son of Mary]. [Urdu] Tell
them: I have come in the footsteps of Jesus.  They will say: ‘We have not heard any such
thing from our ancestors’ Respond to them that: Your knowledge is limited; God knows
best. You are content with the letter and obscurity. The true reality has not been disclosed to you. He who realises that the foundation of the Ka‘aba was a design of divine wisdom is very wise, for he has partaken of the mysteries of the universe. One of high resolve will be born. He will be like you in beauty and benevolence. He will be of your progeny. [Persian] [Son, delight of the heart, high ranking, noble;] [Arabic] [A manifestation of the True and the High, as if Allah had descended
from heaven. You will pass through different periods with different companions and will behold distant progeny. We shall bestow upon you a good life; eighty years or thereabouts.]
[Izala-e-Auham, pp. 632–635, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 441–443].  

p. 637
“Let it be clear to the readers that Mr. Abdul Haqq had asked for a muba¯hila. But I cannot understand how a muba¯hila could be permissible regarding those matters of difference which do not make either party into a ka¯fir or an unjust one. It is clear from the Holy Quran that in a muba¯hila each party must believe that the party opposite is a liar, i.e., is deliberately deviating
from the truth, and is not merely mistaken, so that each side is able to say: ‘May the curse of Allah be upon the liars!’ Now if Mr. Abdul Haqq considers me to be a liar due to his wrong
judgment, I do not call him a liar but believe him to be in error, and it is not allowable to curse a Muslim who is merely in error.” (Iza¯la Auha¯m, p. 637)

p. 647

“And if it be said that the like of Moses, that is the Holy Prophet, ranks higher (afzal) to Moses how is it that the like of Messiah is a follower of the Holy Prophet? The reply to this is that if a prophet had appeared to prove the dignity of the prophethood of the like of Moses and to show the eminence of the Khatam al-Anbiya it would have affected the dignity of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). But this is, however, acknowledged that this Messiah has a partial superiority (fazilat) over the Israelite Messiah because the call of the former is universal whereas that of the latter is endemic.”

p.660
“Cursing is not the style of Truthful. Faithful (M’omin) does not curse.”
(Izala-e-Auham p.660 the side page number)

“””He of His sheer grace, without the means of an earthly father, bestowed upon that Ibn-e-Maryam [son of Mary] a spiritual birth and a spiritual life, as He Himself conveyed to him in the revelation:

P. 657
“””[After referring to the prophecies about the time of coming of the Promised Messiah mentioned in the ahadith, the Promised Messiahas writes:]

It has been revealed to my humble self in a vision that the high tide of this time period would begin in the year of the Hijrah, the number of which is deducible from the value of the letters of the verse: 270 which adds up to 1274.”” [Izala-e-Auham, p. 657, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 455]. 

P.  667
“”God Almighty has disclosed to me in a clear vision that the [second] advent of Ibn-e-Maryamas, [the son of Mary] is indicated metaphorically in the Holy Qur’an (al-Zukhruf, 43:58).”” [Izala-e-Auham, p. 667, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 460].  

p. 674
That is [Arabic] Then We brought you to life after we had destroyed the previous generations and made you the Masih Ibn-e- Maryam [Messiah, son of Mary]; that is to say, after the leaders and the divines had generally suffered a spiritual death.”””
[Izala-e-Auham, p. 674, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 464].  

Page 691
“If the actual identity of these was not fully disclosed to the Holy Prophet Muhammad(saw) in his revelations,but to whatever extent possible, the matter was explained to him with identical examples or descriptions, then it should not be a matter of surprise” ( Izala Auham, Pages 691, Ruhani Khazain, Volume 3 Page 473)

p. 703
[Arabic] All praise belongs to Allah, Who has removed my grief and has bestowed upon me that which He has not bestowed upon any other out of all the peoples.

In this context all the peoples means the peoples of this generation or of the future. [Allah knows best.] [Izala-e-Auham, p. 703, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 22, p. 479]. 

p. 761

“The Holy Quran does not admit the coming of another messenger, whether new or old, after the Khatam al-Nabiyyin, because a messenger receives the knowledge of faith through the mediation of Gabriel and the door for the descent of Gabriel with apostolic revelation has been closed. And this is also an impossibility that a messenger should come to the world without an apostolic revelation.”

pp. 855–856
“””That is [Arabic] Those who will repent and will reform their ways, to them I shall then turn and I am Oft-turning with Mercy, and Ever- Merciful. There are people for whom We have made the guidance easy and there are people for whom punishment has been decreed. They plan and Allah also plans. Allah is the Best of Planners; and the plan of Allah is exceedingly great. They put you off with mockery [and say]: ‘Is this the one whom Allah has raised?’ Tell them: O ye disbelievers I am of the truthful ones; and you will see my Signs after a while. We shall show them Our Signs all around them as well as in their own lives. Proof will be established and victory will be clear. Allah will decide between you. Allah does not guide a liar who exceeds all bounds. They desire to put out Allah’s light but Allah is determined to perfect His light though the disbelievers might resent it. We intend to send down upon you certain mysteries from heaven and to crush your enemies altogether and to show Pharaoh and Haman and their hosts that which they apprehend. We have set dogs in authority over you and We have caused wild
beasts to be incensed at your words and have tried you greatly. So be not grieved at that
which they say. Your Lord is on the watch. Allah the Most Gracious issues this commandment about His vicegerent, the Sultan: He shall be bestowed a great kingdom, treasures of knowledge and wisdom shall be opened at his hand and the earth shall be lit up with the light of its Lord. This is Allah’s grace and it is strange in your eyes.””” [Izala-e-Auham, pp. 855–856, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 565–566].  

p. 914

“Likewise all the well-known righteous servants (auliya) have testified by their own personal experiences the occurrence of divine communion and communication with them. Very often they hear, during the prayer and even at other times, the sweet words of Almighty Lord. It should be noted that Syed Abd al-Qadir Gilani, in his book Futuh al-Ghaib, has at several places given testimony to the fact that the communication of God certainly descends upon His honoured and righteous servants and that it is communication and not mere inspiration: Hazrat Mujaddid Alf Thani, in a letter addressed to Muhammad Siddiq (Maktubat, volume II, page 99), writes:

‘Let it be known to you, O Siddiq, that God sometimes communicates with a person face to face and such persons are from among the prophets, and sometimes the communication takes place with some of those perfect ones who are not prophets but are their followers. And when a person is honoured with this kind of communication (kalam) in abundance he is called a muhaddath. And this (divine communication) is not the kind of ilham nor is it what has been called ‘ilqa fil rau nor is it the kind of communication which takes place through the agency of the angel. Such communication is addressed to the perfect person (insan al-kamil). And God blesses with this distinction whomsoever He pleases’.”

 

 

 

 

 

“Victory of Islam” or “Fateh-e-Islam”—-the real publish date?

Intro
Per Ahmadiyya records, (see Dard), MGA and his team wrote and published 3 books in the early part of 1891, Fateh-e-Islam (Victory of Islam), Taudhe Mauram (Elucidation of Objectives) and Izala Auham Part 1 and 2.  The Lahori-Ahmadi records also indicate the same.  However, articles from the Ishaat us Sunnah prove that these 3 books were actually written and published in 1889 and 1890.  See here: https://ahmadiyyafactcheckblog.com/2017/06/27/ahmadis-have-always-lied-about-the-publish-dates-of-izala-auham-1890/

Victory of Islam, Lahori Ahmadi translation
http://www.ahmadiyya.org/books/fath-islam/fath.htm#present

Victory of Islam

The victory of Islam, glad tidings of the special assistance of God, and a call to the ways of following it and means of its support

My Lord! place the spirit of blessing into this word of mine, and make the hearts of people turn towards it.

O readers! May Allah protect you in both material and spiritual ways! Today, after quite a long time, this humble servant calls your attention to an important matter concerning the Divine mission for the support of Islam, entrusted to me by God the Most High. In this writing I wish to impress upon you respected persons, with all the power of speech God has conferred upon me, the greatness of this mission and the need to assist it, so that I may be absolved of the duty of propagation which is incumbent upon me. I am, therefore, not concerned in this statement with what effect this writing will have upon the hearts. My object is only to convey, as best as it ought to be done, that which is my duty and the message which is a burden like debt, irrespective of whether people listen to it willingly, or look upon it with revulsion and disgust, whether they entertain favourable thoughts about me or harbour suspicion in their hearts. I leave my affair to Allah, Who is ever watchful over His servants. Now I write as follows the discourse indicated above.

Present dark age

O you seekers of truth and true lovers of Islam! It is clear to you that this age in which we are living is a time of such darkness that great deterioration has taken place in all matters, whether relating to belief or action, and a severe storm of misguidance and evil is raging from every direction. What is termed faith has been replaced by a few words merely professed by the tongue; and what are called good deeds are considered to be some rituals or works of extravagance and show, while there is utter ignorance of true righteousness. The philosophy and science of this age too is strongly opposed to spiritual welfare. Its teachings cast a very harmful influence upon its followers, and have proved to lead them towards darkness. They quicken the poisonous matter within man, and awaken the satan from slumber. People involved with these branches of knowledge often create such an aversion to religious matters in their hearts that they begin to look with scorn and ridicule at the Divine teachings and the devotional practices such as prayer and fasting. In their hearts there is no value or honour for the existence of God; on the contrary, most of them are imbued with godlessness and filled with atheism, being opponents of the faith while being known as the offspring of the Muslims. In the case of those studying in colleges, it frequently happens that even before they have finished the acquisition of the necessary knowledge they are finished in, and divested of, all interest in the faith and its service.

Honesty and integrity vanished

I have mentioned just one branch laden with the fruits of misguidance in the present age. But there are hundreds of other branches besides, no less dangerous. It is generally observed that honesty and integrity has so departed from the world as to have completely disappeared. Deceit and fraud, for the purpose of material gain, have increased beyond all limits, and the most wicked is considered to be the most worthy. All sorts of crookedness, dishonesty, corruption, deception, falsehood, the most devilish cunning, greedy designs, and evil habits are becoming rampant. Malice and disputes, combined with the most utter ruthlessness, are on the increase. A storm of bestial and animal passions is raging all around. And the more the people become accomplished and adept in these sciences and the established laws, the greater is their decline in the natural qualities of goodness and virtuous behaviour, and in the innate traits of modesty, shame, godliness and honesty.

Christian defamation of Islam

The teachings of the Christians too are digging all sorts of tunnels to blow up the edifice of truth and faith. In order to extirpate Islam, the Christian people have worked very hard to create all manner of subtle falsehood and fabrications which they employ at every place and opportunity to rob the faith. Ever newer methods and modern techniques to mislead and misguide are invented. They are abusing and reviling that Perfect Man [the Holy Prophet Muhammad] who is the pride of all the holy ones, the crown of all the chosen ones, and the chief of all the prophets. So much so, that plays are staged in theatres which, with extreme wickedness, depict images of, and mimic Islam and its Holy Founder in an extremely adverse sense. Fabricated calumnies are spread by the medium of the theatre, sparing no degree of villainy in dishonouring Islam and the Holy Prophet.

Divine plan for defence of Islam

O Muslims! listen, and listen attentively! All the intricate fabrications and the devious methods employed by the Christians to hinder the purifying influence of Islam, and the efforts made to spread them by the utmost exertion and by the spending of money like water, so much so that the most disreputable means, the details of which are best omitted to avoid tainting this book, have been fully used to this end — these are the crafty activities of the Christians and the believers in the trinity. And to combat their enchantment, until God the Most High shows His powerful hand which possesses the might of a miracle, and smashes this talisman of magic by means of this miracle, it is impossible to imagine that the simple hearts can ever be freed from the spell of this Western wizardry. Therefore, to destroy this magical influence, God the Most High has shown the true Muslims of this age the miracle of raising this servant of His to fight the opponents, having bestowed upon him His revelation, word and special blessings, and endowed him fully with the subtle knowledge of His way. And He gave him many heavenly gifts, signs from above, and the knowledge of spiritual truths and fine matters, so that with this Divine stone the waxen idol made by the Western enchantment may be smashed.

So, O Muslims! the advent of this humble servant is indeed a miracle of God the Most High to dispel the darkness of this spell. Was it not essential that to combat magic a miracle should come into the world? Do you consider it strange and impossible that, to defeat these schemes of extreme cunning which truly are magical, God the Most High should shine the flare of truth which has the strength of a miracle?

God’s promises fulfilled

O people of wisdom! Be not astonished that God the Most High has sent down a light from heaven at this time of dire need and in these days of deep darkness, and sent a servant into the world specially for the purpose of the propagation of Islam, dissemination of the light of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, support of the Muslims and the reform of their internal condition. Surprise there would have been if God, the Defender of the faith of Islam, Who had promised that He would ever be the Guardian of the teaching of the Quran, and would never let it become lifeless, desolate and lacklustre, had done nothing seeing these internal and external troubles, and failed to recall His promise which He had clearly given in His Holy Word. I say again, what would be a matter of surprise would be if the clear and plain prophecy of His Holy Messenger had gone wrong, which stated that at the head of every century God the Most High shall raise a man who will revive His religion. {Note 1}

So it is not an occasion for astonishment, but for offering thousands upon thousands of thanks, and the time for the strengthening of one’s belief and faith, that out of His grace and kindness God the Most High has made true His promise without even a moment’s delay in the fulfilment of His Messenger’s prophecy. And He not only brought to pass this prophecy, but also opened the door to thousands of prophecies and signs for the future. If you really possess faith, you should express thanks, bowing before God with gratitude, because the time for whose coming your forefathers were waiting and passed away, and countless souls departed yearning for it, that time has been found by you. Now to value it or not, to take advantage from it or not, lies in your hands. I will say it again and again, and I cannot refrain from declaring it, that I am that man who has been sent exactly at the right time for the reformation of the people so that the faith may be established afresh in the hearts.

Mujaddid raised like unto Messiah

I have been sent like that man [Jesus] who was sent after the Kalim-ullah [Prophet Moses], whose soul was taken up to heaven after suffering many afflictions in the reign of Herod. So when, for the chastisement of the latter Pharaohs, there came the second Kalim-ullah [Prophet Muhammad], who is in reality the foremost and the chief of the Prophets, of whom it is said: “Surely We have sent to you a Messenger, a witness against you, as We sent to Pharaoh a Messenger” [Holy Quran 73:15], and who was in his works the like of the first Kalim-ullah [Moses], but superior to him in rank, he too was promised a like of the Messiah. And that like-of-the-Messiah, bearing the power, spirit and qualities of Jesus, son of Mary, has descended from heaven in a similar age and after the lapse of a similar period of time to that which passed from Moses to Jesus, i.e. in the fourteenth century. And his descent was in a spiritual sense, as is the descent of the perfect men, after their ascension, for the reformation of mankind. Moreover, he has come in an age which, in all respects, resembles the age in which Jesus son of Mary came, so that it may be a sign for those who understand. {Note 2}

Triumph of Islam by spiritual means

No one should be hasty in denial, lest he be adjudged to dispute with God the Most High. The worldly people whose minds are in darkness and who are clinging to their old notions will not accept him. But that time will shortly come which will make their error manifest to them. A warner came into the world, but the world accepted him not. God, however, will accept him, and establish his truth with very powerful onslaughts. This is not the saying of a mortal, but the revelation of God the Most High and the word of the Glorious Lord. I believe that the days of these onslaughts are near, but they shall not be with the sword and spear, nor will there be any need for bayonets and guns. On the contrary, the help of God the Most High will come with spiritual armaments, and there will be a tremendous battle with the Jews. Who are they? They are today’s worshippers of the outward forms, about whom it is agreed that they are following in the exact footsteps of the Jews. The heavenly sword of God will cut them into two, and obliterate the Jewish trait. Every worshipper of the world, the one-eyed Dajjal who hides the truth, being blind to faith, shall be slain by the sword of cutting arguments.

Truth will be triumphant, and that day of freshness and brightness will dawn again for Islam as prevailed in earlier times, and the sun of Islam shall rise again in its glory as it rose before. But it is not so yet. It is essential that heaven must keep it from rising until our hearts bleed with toil and sacrifice, and we forsake all comforts for its manifestation, and accept all manner of humiliation for the honour of Islam. The revival of Islam demands of us a sacrifice. What is that? That we lay down our lives for this end. This is the death upon which depends the life of Islam and the Muslims, and the manifestation of the Living God — and this is what is known in other words as Islam. It is the revival of this Islam which God the Most High now wishes to bring about. For the implementation of this grand plan it was essential that He should create a great Movement which is effective in every way.

So the Wise and Powerful God did just that by sending this humble servant for the reformation of the people, and in order to draw the world towards truth and righteousness He divided the work of the support of truth and the propagation of Islam into several parts.

One part, from among these branches, is the work of writing and producing books which has been entrusted to this humble servant. And I have been taught the profound knowledge and the fine, subtle truths which can only be learnt through Divine power, and cannot be attained by human effort. Difficult and intricate points have been solved, not by human reasoning, but by the teaching of the Holy Spirit.

The second part of this work is the publication of notices which is carried on by Divine command for the purpose of fully conveying the arguments and proofs. Till now, more than 20,000 copies of notices have been published to present the arguments of Islam to the non-Muslim people, and this will continue in future according to the needs of the times.

The third part of this work is in connection with the visitors, callers, those journeying in search of the truth, and those arriving here for various purposes, who, having received news of this heavenly Movement, constantly come to meet us, being prompted by their inner intentions. This aspect, too, is under development. Although some days there are fewer visitors, but on others this activity becomes more vigorous. As a result, in the last seven years more than 60,000 guests have been received here. As to how much spiritual benefit was conferred upon the responsive people among them by my talks, how far their problems were solved, and their weaknesses removed, God the Most High knows. But there is no doubt that the giving of answers orally in reply to the questioners, or explaining something according to the time and the circumstances, has been proved in many cases to be more beneficial, effective and easier to absorb than by means of writings. This was the reason why all prophets employed this method, and except for the Word of God which was published under special arrangements and was in fact written down, all the other utterances of the prophets spread as speeches made on various occasions.

The usual practice of the prophets was that, at times of need, quite like a lecturer who recognises the demands of the occasion, they, with the power of the Holy Spirit, delivered discourses in various assemblies and gatherings to suit the level and condition of the audience. This was not like the speakers of this age who merely wish to make a display of their knowledge through their speech, or to entrap the simple-minded by their deceptive logic and false arguments, making their victims even more deserving of hell than themselves. The prophets, on the contrary, spoke in very simple words, and what flowed out from their own hearts they poured into the hearts of others. Their sacred utterances exactly suited the occasion and the needs of the time. They did not speak as a pastime or relate tales to the audience, but rather, finding them spiritually ill and stricken with moral ailments of all kinds, they gave them good counsel as a healing and dispelled their doubts with incontrovertible arguments.

They spoke in few words, but with much meaning. The same principle is also followed by this humble servant, so that the speech is always in accordance with the capacity of understanding and the needs of the visitors and guests, and bears in mind their spiritual ailments. {Note 3} Having identified evil as a target, to shoot arrows of corrective advice at it for its destruction, and considering bad morals to be like a distorted and dislocated limb, to restore it to its true form and position, is a treatment which can only be applied in the physical presence of the afflicted person, and is not properly possible otherwise.

Need for company of the righteous

This is the reason why God the Most High sent thousands of prophets and messengers, and commanded that the privilege of their company should be sought so that people in every age, seeing the perfect models before their own eyes and finding them to be the embodiment of the Divine word, try to follow them. If it had not been an essential of the faith to attain the company of the righteous, God the Most High could have revealed His word without sending messengers and prophets by some other means, or He could have restricted messengership to the very beginning of history, and henceforth terminated the institution of prophethood and messengership and revelation forever. But the profound wisdom and knowledge of God did not accept this at all, and at times of need, when love of God, Divine worship, righteousness, purity and other essential qualities has gone into decline, holy men receiving revelation from God the Most High have been coming into the world as models. Each of these two propositions implies the other. If God the Most High is always to be turning towards the reformation of His creatures, then it is absolutely essential that such men always continue to appear whom God the Most High has specially granted spiritual light and established firmly on the path of following His will.

It is undoubtedly certain and recognised that the great task of the reformation of mankind cannot be done merely by paper-work. For this purpose it is essential to tread that path along which the holy ones of God have been walking since the beginning. And Islam, at its very outset, has established this effective method so firmly and strongly that its parallel cannot at all be found in other religions. Who can show another example of the large community, exceeding ten thousand in number, which, with perfect faith, humility, devotion and utter engrossment, lay day and night at the Prophet’s threshold in order to find the truth and learn the ways of righteousness? No doubt, Moses also had a community of followers. But how rebellious, wayward, and far and forsaken from spiritual grace and the right path they were, is well-known to readers of the Bible and students of Jewish history. The followers of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, however, had created such unity and spiritual concord among themselves, for the sake of their Chosen Messenger, that in terms of Islamic brotherhood they really had become one single body, and the light of prophethood had become such an integral part of their daily lives and dealings, inwardly and outwardly, that it was as if they were all living images of the Holy Prophet. This mighty miracle of inner transformation, a transformation by which those who practised gross idolatry were raised to the stage of the perfect worship of God, and those who were every moment sunk in worldly matters attained such a relation with the True Beloved God that they poured their blood like water in His way, this was in reality the result of living their lives in the company of a true and perfect Prophet with sincerity.

So it is on the same basis that this humble servant has been raised in order to continue this institution. And I wish that the coming of people to stay in my company be expanded even further, and that such persons spend day and night here who yearn to increase in faith, love and certainty, and they receive the light which has been made manifest to this humble servant, and are granted the zeal and ardour which this humble servant has been granted, so that the light of Islam may spread all over the world and the dark stain of disgrace and humiliation may be cleansed from the brow of the Muslims. With this glad tiding did the Lord God send me, saying:

Rejoice that you shall see that time very soon, when the Muslims have been firmly established on a lofty tower.”

The fourth part of this work is the writing of letters to the seekers after truth and the opponents. Up to now, in the period mentioned above, over 90,000 letters have been received, which have been replied to, except those which were considered to be junk or unnecessary. This work continues regularly, and the number of letters exchanged every month probably varies from 300 to 700 or even a thousand.

Forming a Movement

The fifth part of this work, which God the Most High has specially established with His revelation, is the formation of disciples and those who take the bai’at (Pledge). At the time of founding this Movement, God informed me, saying:

“There is a storm of misguidance raging on the earth, so build this ark at the time of this deluge. Whoever enters this ark will be saved from drowning, but he who denies will perish.”

and:

“He who gives his hand into your hand, he has given it not into your hand but into the hand of God.”

And the Lord God has given me the following glad tidings:

“I will cause you to die and exalt you towards Myself, but your true followers and devotees will remain till the Day of Judgment, and will always be dominant over those who oppose.”

This is the five-fold Movement which God the Most High has set up with His own hand. Although a person looking superficially will consider only the work of producing writings to be essential, and regard the other parts as unnecessary and superfluous, but in the sight of God all of these are essential. And the reformation which He has willed cannot be accomplished without the use of all these five methods.

Appeal for help in this work

Although all this work has been left to the special assistance and grace of God the Most High, as He is sufficient to accomplish it and His promises of good news set the mind at rest, yet it is at His command and prompting that I call the attention of the Muslims to provide help, as all the prophets of God in the past called attention at times of difficulty. Therefore, for the same purpose of drawing attention, I say that it is obvious how much collective help of the Muslims is required to carry out all these five parts in the best way and on a wide scale.

Consider, for instance, just the writing of books. If we undertake the work of propagation in the fullest sense, how much financial resources shall we stand in need of? For, if our purpose is the full accomplishment of propagation, then it must be our object that our religious literature, which is full of jewels of knowledge and matters profound, and draws seekers of the truth to the right path, should rapidly and in large quantity reach people who are afflicted with fatal spiritual diseases, even almost to the point of death, by the influence of unwholesome teachings. We must always have it in view that whenever a country is in a dangerous spiritual condition, due to the murderous poison of misguidance, our books should be disseminated there without delay, and reach the hands of every seeker after truth.

But it is obvious that it is impossible to attain this object to its fullest if we always have in our minds the consideration that our books should be distributed by sale. To publish books merely for the purpose of sale, and to force worldliness into a religious cause for selfish motives, is a mean and objectionable method, and its ill-effect will be that we would neither be able to distribute our books speedily in the world nor make large numbers of them reach the people. It is undoubtedly and absolutely true that if, for instance, we were distributing free a hundred thousand copies of a book, we would be able to take them to the most distant countries in only twenty days, and disseminate them generally among every community and in every place, giving them to all those who seek the truth and the right path. But if a price were to be charged, we would not be able to accomplish the same kind of work on such a grand scale perhaps even in twenty years. If the books were to be sold, we would keep them locked up in boxes and wait for customers or for their orders by mail. And it is possible that during this long wait we may ourselves pass away from the world, and the books remain locked in boxes. Therefore, as the scope of selling books is very restricted and damaging to the real object, and prolongs the work of a few years to centuries, and as no generous and enterprising wealthy man from among the Muslims has so far come forward to buy a large number of our recent books to distribute them free in the way of Allah, nor is there any Society for Islam, like the Christian missions, to assist in this work, {Note 4} nor can any reliance be placed on one’s life so that we could wait for long in expectation of reaching a great age, I have, therefore, from the very beginning adopted the rule regarding all my books that, so far as possible, a large proportion of them should be distributed free in order that, being full of the light of truth as they are, they spread rapidly and extensively in the world.

Funds needed for work of Movement

But as my personal financial resources did not permit me to bear this weighty burden by myself, and there was also the heavy expenditure on the other branches of the work in addition to this part, so the publication of books after progressing to a certain point came to a standstill, and that is where it rests today. God the Most High looks upon all the branches of work of this Movement as equally important, and wishes all of them to continue and be completed alike. But the expenditure on these five branches is so high that it requires the special attention and support of sincere people.

If I gave full details of the expenditure on this religious cause, it would reach an enormous length. But brethren, by way of example, just consider the number of visitors and realise that in the last seven years about 60,000 or more guests came here. Now you can imagine how much was spent on their service, look after and hospitality, and what necessary requirements had to be provided for their comfort in winter and summer. A thoughtful man will indeed wonder as to how all the essentials of hospitality for such a large number of people were fulfilled from time to time, and how this great service can continue in the future.

Similarly, consider those twenty thousand leaflets printed in English and Urdu, more than twelve thousand of which were sent to the leaders of the opponents of Islam by registered mail, leaving not even a single Christian preacher in India to whom they were not sent registered. In fact, these leaflets were also sent to the countries of Europe and America, by registered mail, to complete the work of conveying the arguments. Considering these expenses, is it not a matter of wonder how they are being met with such limited means? These are only the chief items of expenditure. If we just examine those expenses which are incurred every month in despatching letters, they too will amount to a large sum, for the continuance of which there is as yet no financial help. Then as to the maintenance of those who, having taken the bai’at, wish to stay with me for the seeking of truth, like the Companions of Suffa, I have to look to heaven. I know that the Powerful God, Whose special purpose forms the basis of this Movement, will Himself devise ways for the continuance of these five branches of work, but it is necessary to inform the people about it to fulfil the duty of propagation.

Postponement of writing

I have heard that some rather ill-informed people are circulating the allegation against me that a sum of about Rs. 3000 was collected from the public, as the price of the book Barahin Ahmadiyya and as funds towards it, but this book has not yet been published completely and in its entirety. In reply, I make it clear to them that the amount received from the public was not merely Rs. 3000, but in addition to it a further sum of about Rs. 10,000 was also received, which was neither a contribution towards the book nor payment for it. Rather, it was given as donation from some who had requested for prayers on their behalf and from other friends who helped just out of love. All of it was gradually spent on the essential works that arose for this Movement. And as Divine wisdom had delayed the work of the writing of books, no savings could be made for it from the other important branches of work established by Divine command. The Divine purpose behind the postponement of the publication of books was precisely that during this interruption certain subtle and fine truths be fully disclosed to the author, and also that the opponents may give full vent to all their vehemence.

Now that the Divine purpose has again turned towards bringing the remaining writings to completion, God has drawn me to pen this treatise of invitation. At this moment, it is a most pressing need for me to complete the writings. Much of the Barahin is yet to be printed. If it is prepared, it will be sent to buyers as well as those who have been given the previous parts free of charge and were promised more in future. And the same with other books, such as Ash’at al-Qur’an, Siraj Munir, Tajdid Din, Arba’in fi ‘alamat al-muqarrabin. It is also intended to write a commentary of the Holy Quran, and fervently desired to bring out a monthly journal to refute false creeds, such as Christianity and others, and to counter their periodicals. And there is no obstacle to the continuance of all this work except for the lack of financial arrangements and monetary assistance. If we were to have the facility of our own printing press and a calligraphist always at our disposal, and have the means of meeting all necessary expenditure, i.e. funds to pay for all that is spent on paper, printing and salaries of printers should reach us from time to time, then there would be adequate arrangements for the full development and progress of this branch out of the five.

Heart-felt appeal to Muslims

O you land of India! Is there no enterprising man of means within you who, if not more, can at least bear the expenses of this branch of work? If five Muslims possessing the means recognise the need of the time, they can take upon themselves the financial support of these five branches. O Lord God! rouse these hearts with Thy power, for Islam is not yet so poverty-stricken. It is the hearts that are closed, not that the hands are empty. And those people who do not possess such extensive means can also render help by making contributions every month, according to what they can afford, with a determined resolve, and donate some funds to this Movement. Indifference, apathy and mistrust can never help the cause of faith. Suspicion destroys any construction and produces disunity between the hearts. Consider the great sacrifices made by those who lived in the times of the prophets for the propagation of the faith. If the wealthy one brought forth his cherished riches for the sake of the faith, the beggar too presented his valued bowl of crumbs collected from door to door. And so they continued doing until the time came for the victory bestowed by God the Most High. It is not easy to be a Muslim, nor painless to be called a believer. Therefore, O people, if there is in you that spirit of righteousness which is given to believers, then take not my appeal lightly. Be anxious about earning goodness, for God the Most High is watching you from heaven as to what response you give on hearing this plea.

O Muslims! who are the remaining signs of the great believers, and the offspring of the virtuous, hasten not to denial and mistrust, and fear the terrifying pestilence spreading all about you, which has entrapped a countless number of people. You are seeing what vigorous efforts are being undertaken to obliterate the religion of Islam. Is it not your duty to make efforts in reply? Although Islam is not made by man so that the exertions of man could destroy it, but alas for those who are bent upon its annihilation, and alas again for those who have everything to spend on their wives, their children and their own pleasures, but have nothing for Islam in their pockets! Woe to you, O indolent ones, while yourselves lacking the strength for the propagation of Islam or showing its light, you do not even accept with gratitude the Mission established by God to manifest the brilliance of Islam. Today Islam is like a lamp shut up in a box or a sweet spring of water covered over with dust and filth. This is the reason why Islam is in a state of decline, and its lovely face cannot be seen nor its handsome figure known. It was the duty of the Muslims to exert themselves, to their breaking point, to show its beloved face, and not only their wealth but they should have poured forth even their own blood like water. But they did not do so. On account of their excessive ignorance, they adhere to the erroneous view that the earlier literature on Islam is adequate. They do not know that in order to repel the modern evils, which are appearing in ever newer ways, a modern mode of defence is also required. Moreover, at the time of the spread of darkness in every age when prophets, messengers and reformers made their appearance, were not previous books already in existence?

Meaning of Lailat al-Qadr

Therefore, O brethren, it is essential that at the time when darkness prevails, there descend light from heaven. I have already explained in this treatise that God the Most High says in Surah al-Qadr, in fact He gives the glad tidings to the believers, that His Word and His Prophet were sent down from heaven in the Lailat al-Qadr. And every reformer and Mujaddid who comes from God descends during the Lailat al-Qadr. Do you know what Lailat al-Qadr is? It is the name of that dark age whose blackness is total and complete. That period, by its very nature, demands the descent of a heavenly light to dispel the darkness. It has been figuratively called Lailat al-Qadr, but it is not in fact a night. It is an age which resembles the night because of its darkness. After the death of a prophet or his spiritual successor, when a period of a thousand months has passed, which nearly brings to a close the span of human life and announces the departure of human faculties, then this night becomes established. Then, by means of Divine action, are secretly sown the seeds of one or more reformers who are nurtured out of view to make their appearance at the head of the new century. This is what Allah the Glorious points to by saying: “Lailat al-Qadr is better than a thousand months” [the Holy Quran, 97:3], the meaning being that the one who sees the light of this Lailat al-Qadr, and has the privilege of attaining the company of the reformer of the time, is better than the old man of eighty years who did not find that luminous period. Finding even an hour of it is better than the thousand months which passed before. Why? Because in this Lailat al-Qadr descend the angels of God the Most High and the Holy Spirit from heaven accompanying that reformer, by the permission of the Lord, not without purpose but in order to reach the responsive hearts and to open up the ways of peace. So they remain engaged in opening all the pathways and lifting all the veils until the darkness of indifference disappears and the dawn of guidance breaks.

Now, O Muslims, read these verses carefully, and see how much God the Most High acclaims the age in which a reformer is sent into the world at the time of need. Will you not value such an age? Will you look down upon the words of God with contempt?

Appeal continued

O men of means of Islam, look, I deliver to you the message that you must assist this Reform Mission which has come from God Himself, with all your heart, full attention, and absolute devotion. You should have regard for all its various aspects, and fulfil your duty of service very soon. He who wishes to make monthly donations, in accordance with his means, he must make the payment every month by his own motivation and concern, considering it an essential religious obligation incumbent on him, and allow no neglect or laxity in making the payment, as a duty purely for God. And he who wishes to make a lump sum donation may render his assistance in this manner. But it must be remembered that the real manner by which this Movement is expected to function without fail is that the true well-wishers of the faith should make a binding compact with themselves to give such affordable sums monthly, according to their resources and means, which they can conveniently pay unless prevented by some unforeseen occurrence. But the one who has been granted a generous heart and the opportunity by Allah the Glorious can also render help, in addition to the monthly contribution, by a lump sum in accordance with his motivation and his means.

And O my dear friends and my beloved ones, the flourishing branches of my tree, who have entered into my Movement by the mercy of God which is upon you, and are sacrificing your lives, comfort and wealth in this path, I know that you will accept what I say, considering it your good fortune to do so, and will not hesitate to do as much as is within your power. But I do not lay upon you any duties for this service in explicit words, so that your work should be of your own accord and not under compulsion from me. Who is my friend, and who is dear to me? It is the one who recognises me. And who recognises me? Only he who believes that I have been sent, and accepts me as are accepted those who are sent by God. The world cannot accept me, for I am not of the world. But those whose nature has a share of the other world accept me and will do so in the future. He who forsakes me, forsakes Him Who has sent me, and he who forms a bond with me, forms a bond with Him from Whom I have come.

I have a light in my hand. He who comes to me shall definitely get a share of that light. But he who runs away from me with suspicion and mistrust shall be cast into darkness. I am the impregnable fort of this age. He who enters within my gates shall save himself from thieves, robbers and beasts, but he who wishes to live outside my walls confronts death from every side, and even his dead body will not be safe. Who enters into my gates? He who shuns evil and adopts good, forsakes perversity and walks on the path of righteousness, frees himself from the servitude of the devil and becomes an obedient servant of God the Most High. Everyone who does this is within me, and I am within him. But only he is able to do this whom God has placed under the shadow of a purifying soul, so that when the latter takes a step into the hell of the inner self of that man, it cools down as if fire had never been in it. Then he progresses higher and higher, until the spirit of God the Most High comes to dwell in him. The Lord of the worlds becomes established in his heart with a special manifestation. Then, his former self having been consumed by fire, he is granted a new and pure human nature. And God the Most High too forms a new and special relation with him, as if He had become a new God, and he receives all the pure provisions of heavenly life in this very world.

Some leading followers: Maulvi Nur-ud-Din

I cannot here refrain from mentioning, and expressing gratitude for it, that God the Most High by His grace and kindness has not left me alone. Those who have formed a bond of fraternity with me, and have entered into the Movement which has been created by the hand of God Himself, are imbued with love and sincerity of a most remarkable kind. It is not as a result of my efforts, but due to the special favour of God the Most High that He has given me souls which are overflowing with the quality of truthfulness.

I feel the urge in my heart to mention, first of all, a spiritual brother of mine whose name, like his shining sincerity, is Nur-i Din. I have always looked with a sense of longing at some of his services for the propagation of Islam, which he has been rendering by spending his lawfully-acquired wealth, wishing that I too could do likewise. When I think of the zeal for the cause of the faith which entirely fills his heart, I can picture the power of God as to how He draws His servants towards Himself. He stands ever ready to obey Allah and His Messenger with all his wealth, all his strength, and all his resources. And I do know it for an actual fact, based on experience and not simply on my high opinion of him, that, let alone wealth, he would not even hesitate to sacrifice his life and honour in my way. Had I permitted, he would have sacrificed all he had for this cause and would have fulfilled the requirement of living in my company, acquiring physical fellowship like his spiritual nearness to me. I reproduce below for the readers, by way of example, a few lines from some of his letters, to show them that my dear brother Maulvi Hakim Nur-ud-Din of Bhera, physician to the State of Jammu, has attained to perfection in the grades of love and sincerity. These words are as follows:

“My master, leader and imam. Assalamu alaikum wa rahmat-ullah wa barakatu-hu.
Esteemed sir, it is my prayer that I should always stay in your presence, and derive those benefits from the Imam of the age, to bestow which he has been made Mujaddid. If you allow me, I shall resign from my employment and remain in your exalted service day and night. Or if you command me, I shall leave my post and journey in the world, calling people to the true religion, and give my life in this cause. I have sacrificed myself in your cause. Whatever I have is not mine, but yours. Honoured mentor and guide! I say most truly that if all my wealth and property be spent for the propagation of the faith, I would attain my ultimate desire. If the buyers of Barahin Ahmadiyya are worried at the delay in its publication, allow me to undertake the minor service of returning back the price they had paid, from my own resources. Honoured mentor and guide! It is a request from this humble servant, and if you approve, it will be my good fortune. It is my wish to bear all the costs of the printing of the Barahin. Then whatever money is received as its price can be spent on your other needs. My relation with you is like that of Farooq, and I am prepared to spend everything in this cause. Please pray that my end be like that of the truthful ones.”

Just as these words of the Maulvi Sahib show his truthfulness, perseverance, sympathy and devotion, these qualities are even more evident from his actual deeds in the form of earnest services. He is moved by the strongest feelings of love and sincerity to wish to sacrifice everything in this cause, even the necessities of his family. His spirit, empowered and intoxicated by love and utter engrossment, is urging him to go beyond his capacity. He is engaged in this service every instant, and with every breath.{Note 5} However, it would be the height of injustice to overwhelm such a devoted one with a burden beyond his power which can only be borne by a community. There is no doubt that the Maulvi Sahib will agree to give up all his property in order to perform this service, and say like the Prophet Job, “I came with nothing, and shall depart with nothing”. But this is an obligation to be shared by the entire community, and it is incumbent upon all, in this age of dangers and tribulations which is violently and vigorously shaking the delicate link which ought to exist between God and His creatures, to give thought to a good end for their lives and to carry out good works, upon which depends salvation, by devoting their beloved wealth and time to this service. And they should fear the immutable and established law of God which He has laid down in His mighty Word, saying: Lan tanalu-l-birra hatta tunfiqu mim-ma tuhibbuna [Holy Quran, 3:92], i.e., you cannot, by any means, attain to true righteousness, which takes you to salvation, until you spend in the way of God your wealth and the things you love.

I consider it appropriate to mention here a few more of my true friends who have joined this Divine Movement, and have a fervent love for me in their hearts. One of them is Shaikh Muhammad Husain of Muradabad, who these days has come from there to Qadian, and is transcribing a copy of this treatise merely in the way of Allah. The Shaikh Sahib’s crystal-clear heart appears to me like a mirror. He entertains the highest degree of love and sincerity for me, merely for the sake of God. His heart is replete with the love of Allah, and he is a man of the most wonderous nature. I believe him to be a shining light for Muradabad, and hope that the light of love and sincerity which is within him shall one day penetrate others also. Although the Shaikh Sahib is a man of limited means, he has a big, generous heart. He is constantly engaged in helping me, and a conviction full of love permeates his soul.

Another one of our friends is Hakim Fazal Din of Bhera. I have no words to describe the depth of love, sincerity, goodly devotion, and spiritual connection which the Hakim Sahib bears towards me. He is a true well-wisher and sincere sympathiser of mine, and has the power of discerning the truth. After God the Most High had directed my attention to writing this pamphlet, and gave me good hope by His special revelations, I mentioned the idea to several people, but none agreed with me. This dear brother of mine, however, even without my mentioning it to him, urged me of his own accord to write this pamphlet, and contributed Rs.100 from his own pocket towards its expenses. I marvel at his spiritual foresight, as to how his exhortation concurred with the will of God the Most High. He is always rendering service without show, and has contributed many hundreds of rupees to this cause confidentially, merely to attain the pleasure of Allah. May God the Most High grant him a goodly reward!

Another very dear brother, who has left a gap in my heart by his demise, is Mirza Azeem Beg, may God forgive him and have mercy on him, a Chief of Samana in Patiala, who departed from this mortal world on 2 Rabi’ as-Sani, 1308 Hijra. “We belong to Allah and to Him do we return; the eyes shed tears, the heart grieves, and we are sorrowful at his departure!” I cannot find the words to describe his state of devotion, the high degree of his love for me, purely for the sake of God, and the extent of his self-effacement in me. As to the grief and sorrow I have felt at his untimely departure, I find very few parallels of it in my past life. He has led the way to our destination and guided us, departing from us as we looked on. As long as we live, we shall not forget the grief of his departure.

“My heart is so overwhelmed with pain that if I removed the sleeve before my eyes, the tears would deluge the whole garment.”

The memory of his death makes one feel sad, while the heart is aggrieved and restless because of overwhelming anguish, and tears start flowing from one’s eyes. His whole being was saturated with love, and he was valiant in showing passionate feeling. He had dedicated his entire life for this cause, so much so that I do not expect that he even dreamt of anything else. Although he was a man of limited means, but when it came to the service of the faith, which he was always carrying out, wealth carried no more value for him than dust. In comprehending the subtle secrets of Divine knowledge, his understanding was most sound. His belief in my humble self, which overflowed with love, was itself a miracle of perfect Divine influence. Seeing him brought as much joy to the mind as the sight of a garden full of flowers and fruit. As it appears, he has left behind him survivors and a small child in a state of utter helplessness, poverty and destitution. O Mighty God! Be their Guardian and Protector, and inspire my followers to fulfil their duty of sympathy towards the bereaved family of their sincere brother who have been left helpless and deprived.

“O God! Consoler and Comforter of the aggrieved soul, Refuge and Shelter of the helpless and afflicted, the Forgiver of sins: be gracious out of Thy mercy to this servant of Thine, and shower Thy blessings on the departed ones.”

Here I have mentioned only a few friends by way of example. I have other friends of this kind and of this eminence, a detailed account of whom I shall give in a separate pamphlet, if Allah wills. As this subject is getting protracted, I leave it here.

I consider it appropriate here also to let it be known that of those people who have taken the bai’at of my movement, not all of them deserve as yet that I express some fine opinion about them. Instead, some of them are like dry branches which my Lord, Who is my Protector, will sever from me and cast into the wood which is to be burnt. There are some others who were tender of heart and sincere in the beginning but now they are afflicted with narrowness, and the zeal of sincerity and the glow of a disciple’s love is no longer there, leaving only the cunning as that of Ba’laam [of the Bible, Book of Numbers 31:16]. Like decayed teeth they have no use but that they should be pulled out and thrown under foot. They became weary and exhausted, and the vile world has entrapped them in the meshes of deception. I say truly that they shall soon be cut off from me, save him whom the grace of God the Most High takes by the hand afresh. And there are also many whom God the Most High has given to me forever. They are the flourishing branches of my tree, and, Allah willing, I shall write an account of them elsewhere.

Some criticisms answered

I wish here to dispel the misconception of those who are wealthy, and consider themselves to be very generous and entirely devoted to the service of religion. However, at the time of need they have utterly refused to give of their wealth, saying: if we had lived in the time of a true man, sent by God, who had been raised by God for the support of religion, we would even have sacrificed our-selves entirely to help his cause, but as there is fraud and deception raging all around, what can we do? So, O people, let it be known to you that a man has been sent to the aid of the faith but you have failed to recognize him. He is in your midst, and it is he who is addressing you, but your eyes are covered with thick veils. If your hearts earnestly seek the truth, then it is quite easy to test the man who claims to receive revelation from God the Most High. Come to him and stay in his company for two or three weeks; then if God the Most High wills, you shall see with your own eyes the heavenly blessings that are being showered upon him and the lights of Divine revelation that are descending upon him. It is the one who seeks that finds, and it is for one who knocks that the door is opened. If you close your eyes and hide in a dark den, and say that you cannot see the sun, your complaint will be absurd. O you fool, open the doors of your den, and lift the veil from over your eyes so that the sun may not only be visible, but it may also illuminate you with its light.

Some people assert that all that is required for the aid of the faith is to establish organizations and open religious schools. But they do not know what is the real significance of religion nor do they know what is the ultimate aim of our existence, and how and by what means can that object be attained. They should realize that the ultimate aim of this life is to attain that true and definite bond with God the Most High which, freeing us from base connections, takes us to the fountain-head of salvation. And the paths to that perfect faith can never be discovered by human devising and planning, nor can man-made philosophy be of any use for this end. In fact, this light is only sent by God from on high, at the time of darkness, through His chosen servants. Only he who has come down from heaven can lead the way to heaven.

So, O you people, who are sunk in the pit of darkness, and are trapped in the clutches of doubt and scepticism, and are slaves to the lower desires of the self, be not proud of following Islam only in name and ritual, and think not that your true benefit, actual progress, and ultimate success lies in the plans made and carried out by the organizations and schools which exist today. These activities are no doubt beneficial, in principle, and may be considered as the first rung of the ladder of progress, but are very far from the real purpose. These ways may perhaps sharpen the mental faculties, create intellectual skills, produce quickness of mind, and give practice in the use of formal reasoning, leading to the attainment of titles of scholarship and learning. And perhaps, after acquiring knowledge for a long time, they may even be helpful in attaining the real object. But, as the adage runs, By the time the antidote arrives from Iraq, the one bitten by the snake will have died.

Arouse yourselves, therefore, and be watchful so that you may not stumble and set out on the journey to the hereafter in a state which is really one of unbelief and faithlessness. Know it for certain that hopes for salvation in the next life cannot at all be made to rest entirely on the acquisition of this formal knowledge. Rather, that heavenly light is needed which removes the dirt of doubt and uncertainty, extinguishes the fires of greed and low desires, and draws towards the true love, true devotion and true obedience of God the Most High. If you question your own conscience, you will receive just the same reply, that true satisfaction and contentment of mind which instantly bring about a spiritual transformation have not yet been achieved by you. It is a matter of the utmost regret that while you display so much zeal for propagating the ritual aspects of the teachings and the formal aspects of knowledge, you do not possess the tiniest fraction of that feeling towards the heavenly movement. Your life is mostly being devoted to works which, in the first place, have no connection whatsoever with religion, and even if there is any, it is very insignificant and far less than the real object. If you possessed the sort of sense and understanding which shows you the true goal, you would not rest until you achieved that real object. O people, you have been created to gain knowledge of, to love and to obey, your true Lord God, your real Creator, and the One Who actually ought to be worshipped. So until this chief purpose of your creation is manifestly displayed in you, you will remain very far from true salvation of your soul.

If you are fair, you can yourself bear witness to your internal condition, and see that in place of Divine worship it is the gigantic idol of the worship of this world which is before your hearts every moment, in front of which you bow down thousands of times in every second. All your precious time is so taken up with the idle talk and prattle of the world that you have no time to raise your sight to the other side. Do you ever even remember what the ultimate end of this existence is? Where is the justice in you, where is the integrity in you, where is the righteousness, fear of God, honesty and humility in you, towards which the Quran calls you? For years you do not recall, even accidentally, that you have a God. It never occurs to you what duties you have in respect of Him. The fact is that you have maintained no concern, no relation, no bond whatsoever with the true, eternal God and you are even reluctant to utter His name. You will now argue, quite cleverly, that this is most definitely not the case. But the law of God the Most High puts you to shame when it makes plain to you that the signs of the faithful are not to be found in you. Although in matters of the cares and concerns of the world, you forcefully claim for yourselves wisdom and soundness of opinion, but all your ability, ingenuity and foresight extends only as far as the worldly domain. And by means of your intellect you cannot see even the smallest corner of that other realm although your souls have been created to live there for eternity. You are so perfectly content with the life of this world as is a man content with something which is to remain forever. But you never think, not even once in your whole life, of that other world, the pleasures of which provide true contentment and last forever.

What a great misfortune it is, that you are absolutely indifferent to a matter of paramount importance. You have closed your eyes to it and are running day and night headlong in pursuit of your desire for transitory things that are worth neglect. You know quite well that the hour will undoubtedly come upon you which will extinguish your life and all your ambitions in a single blow. Yet it is a curious misfortune that, despite knowing this, you are squandering all your time in just running after the world. And it is not as if this yearning for the world is confined to legitimate means; no, you have allowed all manner of unlawful means, from falsehood and fraud to murder of the innocent. Yet with all these disgraceful misdeeds which are widespread among you, you still assert that you have no need for heavenly light and the heavenly movement; in fact, you bear bitter hostility towards it. You hold the heavenly movement established by God the Most High in very low estimation, so much so that when you even mention it your tongues utter scornful, hateful words in a most arrogant and haughty manner, to ridicule it. You ask over and over again how you can be sure that this movement is from God. I have already given the reply to it, that you shall know this tree by its fruit and this star by its light. I have delivered this message to you once. Now it is up to you to accept it or reject it, to remember what I have said or to remove it from your memory.

“When alive a man is not valued, dear ones,
You will remember my words after I am gone.”

 

At the end, a poem lamenting the sorry state of Islam

Every believer must shed tears of anguish, at the grave crisis Islam faces and the dearth of true Muslims.

The religion of God is passing through a dangerous and terrifying phase. Unbelief and hard-heartedness have filled the world with turmoil.

Even people who are devoid of any form of goodness take the liberty of criticizing the person of the ‘Best of Prophets’ (may peace and the blessings of Allah be on him).

He who is himself trapped in the dungeon of impurity hurls objections at the Chief of the Pure.

Evil-natured and wicked people attack that Sinless one. Heaven should rain stones on the earth.

Islam is crumbling to dust before your very eyes, O men of wealth! What excuse do you have before God [for not spending in His way]?

The forces of unbelief are surging with power on all sides like the army of Yazid. And the true religion is sick and helpless like Zain-ul-Abideen.

The wealthy are lying in the lap of luxury, enjoying themselves in the company of beautiful women.

The Ulama are fighting day and night for selfish ends, while the holy men are totally oblivious to the needs of the faith.

People are following their own ends for their low desires. Religion has no helper, so every enemy has savagely attacked it.

O Muslims! are these the signs of you being Muslims, that the religion is in such a state and you are clinging like a vulture to the world.

Think you that the world is a very safe and strong abode, or maybe you have forgotten the death of those who lived before you.

O heedless people! death is approaching you — worry about it. For how much longer will you be enjoying wine with your beautiful lovers?

O wise one! make not yourself to be a slave of the world. Else you will face much hardship at the time of death.

Love not anyone but the One whose Beauty is everlasting, so that you can attain eternal happiness from your Lord, the Benefactor.

The wise man is one who follows His path madly. The clever man is one who is intoxicated by the face of his Beautiful Beloved.

The brew of His love is like an eternal water of life. Whosoever drinks it, shall then never ever die.

O brother! be not engrossed in the luxuries of this world. Every drop of this honey is saturated with sweet poison.

Exert yourself with your soul and wealth, as far as you can, for the service of Islam, so that the Lord of the Throne bestows His pleasure upon you.

Prove by your actions that you have the light of faith within you. If you give your heart to Joseph, then you must also journey to Canaan.

Do you remember the days when this religion was the centre of attention? And it had freed the world from the path of the accursed Devil.

The knowledge it spread bestowed the world with virtuous training. The esteem and honour in which it was held made its position as high as the sky.

And now the time has come when every ignorant one stupidly opposes this wise religion.

Millions of foolish ones have left their religion and millions of the ignorant have fallen prey to the cunning enemy.

All this disgrace Muslims suffered, because their energy failed to equal their feeling for their religion.

Even if a whole world abandon the religion of the Mustafa, Muslims are not roused into the least action, even as little as the movement a foetus could make.

Every moment they spend in concern about this despicable material world, and spend their wealth on their women and sons.

They preside over every gathering where evil and wickedness are committed, and shine like a diamond in every group of sinners.

Lovers of alcohol but ignorant of guidance. Hateful of religious luminaries, they keep company with drunkards.

The true Beloved has turned away from them, Who used to love them when they had an earnest and faithful yearning for Him.

The days of their prosperity and glory are over. Now the evil consequences of their actions have brought bad times.

The progress in the beginning was achieved by following religion. In future too, it shall be by the same way.

O God! when will the time of Your help come? When shall we witness that blessed day and year again?

Two worries for the religion of Ahmad have consumed me from within: the abundant numbers of its enemies and the paucity of its supporters.

O God! come soon and shower us with Your help. Else, my Lord, remove me from this burning place.

O God! cause the sun of guidance to dawn from its rising-place of mercy. Show bright signs to illuminate the eyes of the ignorant.

As You have granted me to be sincere in grief and longing, I think not that You will let me die in failure.

The mission of the truthful never remains incomplete. For them, there lies hidden in their sleeves the hand of God.

Note 1: What is revival or mujaddidiyya{Referred from}

To spread translations of the Holy Quran merely as a ritual carried out in an outward form, or to disseminate religious books and works of Hadith translated into Urdu and Persian, or to teach the lifeless spiritual techniques, full of unfounded novelties, practised by most of the spiritual teachers of the present time, are not methods which can be described as revival of faith in the full and real sense. Indeed, the last-mentioned method constitutes the regeneration of devilish ways and an attack upon religion. To propagate the Holy Quran and the authentic Hadith in the world is undoubtedly excellent work, but to do it merely as a formality and ritual, by means of human thought and deliberation, without truly making one’s own self to follow the Quran and Hadith, are pretentious and hollow services which any man possessing knowledge can perform, and are always being performed. These have nothing to do with the mission of mujaddidiyya (revival of the faith). All these works, in the sight of God the Most High, are nothing more than ostentatious bragging. He says:

“Why do you say that which you do not? It is most hateful in the sight of Allah that you say that which you do not” [Holy Quran 61:2, 3],

and:

“O you who believe, take care of your souls. He who errs cannot harm you when you are on the right way” [5:105].

How can the blind lead the blind, or the leper cleanse the bodies of others? The renewal of the faith is that pure and sacred state which, first of all, descends with loving enthusiasm on that pure heart which has risen to the stage where it receives Divine communication. Then, sooner or later, its influence penetrates into other people. Those who are given the power of renewal of the faith (mujaddidiyya) from God the Most High are not merely boasters, but they are in actual fact deputies of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace and the blessings of Allah be upon him, and in a spiritual sense his khalifas (successors). God the Most High makes them inherit all the blessings which were given to the prophets and messengers. What they teach effuses from them spontaneously, and is not the outcome of mere labour and effort. They speak from their own state and experience, and it is not merely their words. Their hearts are illuminated by revelation from God the Most High, and at the time of every difficulty and trouble they are guided by the Holy Spirit. Their words and deeds have no element of worldly motives, for they are purified through and through, and are perfectly and completely drawn to God.

Note 2: Similarity to Jesus and his time {Referred from}

The times in which we live is an age in which worship of outward forms, remoteness from the real essence and spirit, lack of honesty and integrity, abandonment of truth and moral purity, and predominance of greed, meanness and materialism, have become as widely rampant as these were among the Jews at the time of the appearance of Jesus. So, just as the Jews of that age had become utterly oblivious to real goodness, believing the mere performance of rites and rituals to constitute virtue; and besides this, just as the qualities of honesty, trustworthiness, inner purity and justice had entirely disappeared from them, and there remained no trace whatsoever of sincere sympathy and kindness, and all manner of worship of created beings had taken the place of the True God, similarly in this age all these evils have made their appearance. The halal (permitted) things are not consumed with gratitude and thankful humility, there is no longer any revulsion or disgust felt in committing forbidden deeds, and the sacred commandments of God the Most High are avoided by means of pretexts.

Most of our Ulama are no less than the legalists and Pharisees of those times. They would strain out a mosquito, but swallow a camel. They shut the doors of the kingdom of heaven upon the people, neither entering it themselves nor allowing those who would enter, to go in. They perform lengthy prayers, but in their hearts there exists no love or reverence for the real One Who is to be worshipped. From the pulpits they preach very heart-moving sermons, but their inner practices are quite different. Strange are their eyes which, despite the rebelliousness of their hearts and the foul intentions harboured therein, still have so much capacity for shedding tears; strange are their tongues which, despite the great alienation of their hearts, still make professions of love of the faith. In the same way, the evil characteristics of Jewishness are seen to be prevailing everywhere. There has been a great deterioration in righteousness and godliness. Weakness of faith has made love for God grow cold. People are being submerged under the love of the material world.

It was necessary that it should so happen because our Leader and Master, the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace and the blessings of God be upon him, has foretold by way of prophecy that a time would come upon the Muslim Umma when it would acquire the most striking similarity to the Jews, and commit the transgressions which the Jews had committed, so much so that if the Jews had crept into the hole of a mouse, the Muslim Umma would enter into it too. Then a teacher of faith shall appear, of Persian descent, about whom it is written that “even if faith had departed to the Pleiades he would bring it back from there”.This is a prophecy made by the Holy Prophet Muhammad, the true meaning of which has been disclosed to my humble self by Divine revelation, making its manifestation very clear to me. God the Most High disclosed to me by His revelation that the Messiah, son of Mary, too was in reality a teacher of faith who appeared 1400 years after Moses, at a time when the moral and spiritual condition of the Jews had deteriorated to the weakest point, and as a consequence of the weakness of faith they were caught up in all those evils which are in fact the traits of faithlessness. So when a period of about 1400 years passed over this nation too, after the coming of its Holy Prophet, the same evils appeared among them as had appeared among the Jews so that the prophecy made with regard to them may be fulfilled. So God the Most High sent for them out of His perfect power a teacher of faith who is the like of the Messiah. The Messiah who was to come is none but myself; you may accept if you want to. Let him listen to this, who has ears to listen. This is the work of God the Most High, and appears strange to the people. If anyone rejects it, the righteous of previous ages have also been rejected. John the Baptist, namely Yahya the son of Zacharias, was not at all accepted by the Jews, even though Jesus had testified with regard to him that he was the one who had been taken to heaven, for whose coming again from heaven the sacred scriptures contained a promise.

God the Most High always makes use of figurative language, and confers the name of one person upon another due to their nature, characteristics and capacities. He whose nature is like that of Abraham is Abraham in the sight of God, and he whose nature is like that of Umar Faruq is Umar Faruq in the sight of God. Do you not read the Hadith report that if there are among the Muslims any who are muhaddas, to whom God speaks, then Umar is such a one? Now does this hadith mean that the institution of muhaddasiyya came to an end with Umar? Most certainly not; in fact, the meaning of the hadith is that whichever person has a spiritual condition like that of Umar, he will be the muhaddas at the time of need. Thus it was that my humble self, too, once received a revelation about this as follows: fi-ka madat-un faruqiyya. [“In you is the substance of faruqiyya (the quality of Umar).” — Translator.] This humble one, besides having a resemblance of nature with other holy ones, an account of which is given with full details and explanation in Barahin Ahmadiyya, has a particular similarity with Jesus. And it is because of this similarity in nature that I have been sent bearing the name Messiah to crush to destruction the doctrines of the cross. I have been sent to break the cross and kill the swine. I have descended from heaven with those holy angels on my right and left whom my God, Who is on my side, will cause to enter — and is even doing so already — every responsive heart for the accomplishment of my mission. Even if I were to keep silent and my pen refrained from writing, nonetheless the angels who have descended with me cannot stop their work. They have big hammers in their hands given to them for breaking the cross and crushing the cathedral of man-worship.

Those who are unaware may wonder as to what is the meaning of the descending of angels. It should, therefore, be understood that the practice of God has always been that whenever a messenger (rasul) or prophet (nabi) or saint (muhaddas) descends from heaven for the reformation of humankind, there must descend with him such angels as infuse guidance into responsive hearts and draw them towards goodness. They continue to descend until the darkness of disbelief and misguidance is dispelled and the true dawn of faith and righteousness appears, as God has said:

“The angels and the Spirit descend in it by the permission of their Lord for every affair — peace it is till the rising of the morning.”[The Holy Quran, 97:4.]

So the descent of the angels and the holy spirit, in other words their coming down from heaven, takes place just at the time when a highly exalted man, wearing the mantle of Divine office and having the privilege of Divine revelation, descends upon the earth. The holy spirit is specially granted to this khalifa, and the angels who are with him are made to descend upon all the responsive hearts of the world. Then a reflection of this light falls on all the worthy souls wherever they are found in the world, and a kind of resplendence spreads all over the earth. Due to the purifying influence of the angels, good and noble thoughts start arising in the hearts spontaneously, and they are attracted to the Oneness of God. A spirit of love for righteousness and the pursuit of truth is breathed into sincere hearts, the weak are granted strength, and a wind starts blowing everywhere to help the mission and cause of this Reformer. The working of a hidden hand causes people gradually to slide towards spiritual welfare of their own accord, and a commotion begins to arise among the nations. Then people who lack understanding imagine that the prevailing ideas have of themselves turned towards the right path. But in reality it is the work of those angels who descend from heaven accompanying the man commissioned by God (khalifat-ullah), and bestow extraordinary powers for the acceptance and understanding of truth. They rouse those who are sleeping, awaken those in slumber, restore hearing to the deaf, breathe life into the dead, and bring forth those who are in the graves. Then people open their eyes for the first time and begin to understand the things hidden from them before. These angels, in fact, are not separate from that chosen man of God. They are but the light which is upon his countenance, and the manifest signs of his spirit of determination, drawing towards themselves with their magnetic force everyone who is capable of being attracted, whether near in distance or far [from the man of God], whether an acquaintance or a complete stranger who does not even know his name. To sum up, whatever movement there is in that age towards goodness, and whatever impulses are created for the acceptance of truth, whether that urge be produced in the people of Asia, the natives of Europe or the inhabitants of America, it is really brought into being by the prompting of these angels who come accompanying the chosen man of God. This is a Divine law in which you will never find a change. It is very plain and easy to understand, and it will be your misfortune if you fail to ponder over it.

As this humble one has come from God the Most High with the right path and truth, you will find the signs of my truthfulness on every side. The time is not far but near when you will witness armies of angels descending from the heavens upon the hearts of the people of Asia, Europe and America. You know from the Holy Quran that the descending of angels along with the coming of the chosen man of God is imperative in order that they may turn the hearts towards truth. Await, therefore, this sign. If the angels do not descend, and you fail to see the clear effects of their coming down in this world so that the inclination of the hearts towards the truth is not found to be any more than usual, then know that no one has come from heaven. But if all this comes to pass, you must then desist from denial, lest you be adjudged by God as a rebellious people.

The second sign is that God the Most High has specially bestowed upon this humble one those lights which are given only to His chosen ones, and cannot be matched by other people. So if you doubt this, then come out to face me. But know it for certain that you will never be able to stand against me. You have tongues but no heart, bodies but no life, and eyes but no sight within them. May God grant you light that you may be able to see.

The third sign is that the honourable Prophet, in whom you claim to believe, that Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, has made a mention of this humble one which is found in your authentic books of Hadith, and upon which you have never pondered. Therefore you are actually the Holy Prophet’s hidden enemy, for you are anxious, not to prove his truth, but to belie him.

Now many of you will draw up the charge sheet of heresy (fatwa of kufr), and if it were possible put me to death. But this government is not the government of a nation which is excessively fanatical, utterly incapable of reason, lagging far behind in tolerance, and reviving the example of the Jews. This government, although not possessing the virtues and blessings of true faith, is nonetheless far better than the rule of Herod which Jesus had to deal with, and is superior to the Islamic states of the present day in terms of establishing peace and prosperity, granting liberty, the security and education of the people, the system of law and justice, and punishment of criminals.

Just as the profound wisdom of God the Most High did not send Jesus during the time of the rule of the Jews and under their government, the same wisdom was followed in the case of my humble self so that it may be a sign for those who understand. If the deniers of the present time treat me with contempt, it is not to be regretted because those before them treated the prophets of their times much worse. Jesus too was ridiculed many a time. Once his own brothers, born of the very same mother, wanted to have him certified as a lunatic and placed in custody. Others planned on several occasions to murder him, they stoned him and spat on his face with contempt. Indeed, according to their belief, they once put him on the cross and killed him. However, as his bones were not broken he survived by the help rendered by a friendly and good man, and after spending the rest of his life was taken up to heaven. Even the followers, disciples and friends of Jesus stumbled. One betrayed him for a bribe of thirty pieces of silver, another cursed him to his face pointedly, and the remaining disciples who professed great loyalty to him took to their heels, and they created many kinds of doubt in their hearts about Jesus.

But as he was a righteous man, God brought his mission back to life after its death. The resurrection of Jesus, which is firmly fixed in the minds of the Christians, is in reality a reference to the revival of his religion which was resurrected after its death. In the same way, God the Most High has also given to me the good news that after death He will raise me to life, and has said that those who are near to God are brought to life again after their death. And He said: “I shall display a flash of My light and raise you up by manifesting My power.” So the meaning of this second life of mine is only the keeping alive of my mission, but few are those people who understand these secrets.

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Note 3: Incident with a Maulvi Sahib {Referred from}

At this point, it is worth relating a strange incident which occurred when I once had the occasion to go to Aligarh. Due to a condition of mental exhaustion of which there had also been an occurrence before in Qadian, I was not fit to talk at length or to undertake work requiring mental exertion. I still have the same condition, and lack the energy to speak too much or to over-exert myself in pondering and deep thinking. It was while I was in this condition that a Maulvi Sahib of Aligarh, Muhammad Ismail, met me and made a humble request for a lecture. He said that people had been long yearning to hear me, and the best arrangement would be for all of them to gather in a house and for me to deliver an address there. As it has always been my desire and heart-felt wish to expound matters of truth to the people, I accepted the invitation whole-heartedly, with the desire to explain to a general gathering of people the real essence of Islam, as to what Islam actually is, and what the people of today are understanding it to be. The Maulvi Sahib was accordingly told that, Allah willing, the meaning of Islam will be elucidated.

But after this, I was stopped by God the Most High. I am sure that as I was not in good health, God did not wish that I should fall victim to some physical disease by this excessive mental exertion. So He stopped me from delivering the discourse. It had happened similarly once before that, when I was in a condition of weakness, a prophet of the prophets of the past met me in a vision and by way of kindness and good advice asked me why I did so much strenuous mental work, as it would make me ill. In any case, this was a bar placed by God the Most High, and the excuse was communicated to the Maulvi Sahib. It was certainly a genuine excuse. Those people who have seen the severe attacks of this ailment afflicting me, and have observed with their own eyes its flaring up shortly after I have been speaking a great deal or pondering and thinking very deeply, although they may not believe in my revelations because they do not know enough about them, nonetheless they are absolutely sure that I do in reality suffer from this disease. Dr. Muhammad Husain Khan, who is also an honorary magistrate in Lahore, and has been treating me up to now, has always been stressing upon me to avoid intellectual exertions as long as I have this illness. He is the first witness of this condition that I suffer from. Many other sincere friends of mine are eye witnesses, for instance Maulvi Hakim Nur-ud-Din, the renowed physician of the State of Jammu, who has always supported me with all his heart and soul and wealth, and Munshi Abdul Haq, Accountant, who resides and works in Lahore, has nursed me so well in my illness that it is quite beyond my power to express it. But regrettably, although a Muslim is required to cherish a favourable opinion about others, instead of graciously accepting my excuse, the Maulvi Sahib thought the worse of me and treated it as falsehood. So I record below his entire statement, which a friend of his called Dr. Jamal-ud-Din wrote down with his permission and circulated among people, and along with it I write my reply.

His statement: I asked him (this humble servant in Aligarh) to deliver a sermon on the following day, which was Friday, and he promised to do so. But the next morning there came a message from him intimating that he had been stopped from delivering the sermon by Divine revelation. I think his refusal is because of his inability to express himself and from fear of being tested.

My reply: Maulvi Sahib’s reply is nothing but an ill-natured surmise on his part, having no truth or basis in it, which is amongst the practices strictly forbidden by Islamic Law and is not the work of noble men. If this particular occasion at Aligarh had been the first time I had claimed to receive Divine revelation there would have been some cause for suspicion. It could certainly have been thought that I panicked, having witnessed the high status of Maulvi Sahib’s knowledge and his great and awe inspiring accomplishments, and so I made up an excuse and a pretence to avoid the occasion. But I already had my claim to Divine revelation published throughout the country some six or seven years before undertaking this journey to Aligarh and several parts of Barahin Ahmadiyya are replete with it. If I lacked the ability to make a speeech, how could all those books which have been published containing my speeches delivered and recorded in public meetings, attended by thousands of both supporters and opponents, such as Surma Chasm Arya, be produced by a man so weak in the power of speech? Moreover, how could this splendid arrangement of delivering lectures have continued till now, in which I always have to explain things to thousands of people, all of different backgrounds and mental capacities?

A thousand woes unto most Maulvis of this age, for a jealous passion has consumed them completely from within. They are always ready with lessons on moral values, brotherly affection and mutual good will for the people and recite sacred verses of the word of Allah to them from their pulpits, but they do not pay the slightest heed to these commandments themselves. Sir, may God the Most High open your eyes! Is it not possible for the Almighty God, for some reason, to stop the recipient of His revelation from undertaking a certain action? There could be yet another reason for this Divine interdiction, namely, to test the inner aspects of your character, and to expose that vile quality present within people who are just like you in their nature and activities.

As for your allegation that I got frightened by your superior knowledge and awe inspiring status, rest assured that all those people who are steeped in darkness and entangled in their base desires, even if they are the repositories of all the philosophy and scientific knowledge of the world, they have no more value in my eyes than a dead worm. But you are not even a man of that calibre. You are just an old-fashioned, dreary mullah and possess the same baseness which pervades other narrow minded mullahs. You should know that often people who come to see me are so scholarly, profoundly learned and of vast knowledge, and they derive benefit from my exposition of the deep points of knowledge, that even if I were to call you a school child as compared to them I would be giving you more honour than you deserve.

Now, should your imagination still not be satisfied and your ill natured feelings still not be assuaged, then by the help and mercy of Allah, I am ready to deliver a speech in front of you. I cannot undertake a long journey now on account of illness, but I can, if you agree, trouble you to come to the provincial capital Lahore at my expense, for this purpose. I hold out this promise with full resolve and shall await your reply.

His statement: This man has no ability whatsoever and possesses no scholarly merit.

My reply: Sir, I lay no claim to worldly wisdom and cleverness. What shall I do with its cleverness and cunning which can neither illuminate the soul, nor wash off inner pollution, nor can it produce humility and modesty, but creates layer upon layer of rust and increases disbelief (kufr) more and more. It is enough for me to know that Divine favour came to my support and conferred upon me that knowledge which cannot be acquired in any institution of learning but only from the Heavenly Teacher. If I am called an ummi (unlearned) there is nothing derogatory to me about it; rather it is a matter of pride, for the great teacher of mine as well as of the whole human race, who was sent for the reformation of mankind [Holy Prophet Muhammad], was also an ummi. I do not consider worthy of any regard a mind which is arrogant because of its knowledge but whose outward and inward character is full of darkness. Open the Quran and ponder on the parable of the donkey. Is that not enough?

His statement: I asked him a few questions about Divine revelation. After giving some meaningless replies he assumed silence.

My reply: I remember that a most meaningful reply was given which was quite sufficient for a man possessing some measure of intelligence and fairness. But you could not understand it. Who, therefore, stands exposed in this: you or someone else? Publish the same questions in a newspaper and test your false impression again.

His statement: I just cannot believe that this man is the author of such fine books!

My reply: How can you believe it, when this belief was not even attained by the disbelievers who had seen the Holy Prophet with their own eyes? Due to their understanding being heavily veiled the excellence of the Holy Prophet, may peace and the blessings of Allah be on him, was not clear to them and they kept on saying that the eloquent speech that came from his lips, and the Quran which was being recited to the people, were really the writings of some other man that were secretly taught to him, morning and evening. In a way those disbelievers were right, and the Maulvi Sahib, too, has spoken the truth, for no doubt the language of the Quran in its eloquence and wisdom was far above the intellectual capacity of the Holy Prophet, may peace and the blessings of Allah be on him, in fact beyond and out of reach of the power of any created being. It could not be composed by any other than the All-Knowing and the All-Powerful. In the same way, the books written and published by my humble self are all in reality the outcome of hidden Divine help and are far above my power and ability. It is an occasion for thanksgiving because through the criticism of the Maulvi Sahib a prophecy recorded in Barahin Ahmadiyya has come true, namely, that some people will say after reading this book that it is not the work of this man: A’ana-hu qaum-un akharun [“Another people have helped him”], see Barahin Ahmadiyya, page 239.

His statement: Sayyid Ahmad the Arab, whom I know to be reliable, told me that he stayed with him for two months among his close disciples. He used to be present on every important occasion with a view to test and judge his veracity and he learnt that this man has some astrological instruments which he makes use of.

My reply: “Come, let us call our sons and your sons and our women and your women and our people and your people, then let us be earnest in prayer and pray for the curse of Allah on the liars” [the Quran, 3:61]. This is in fact my reply through this verse of the Quran. I certainly do not remember who this gentleman Sayyid Ahmad was, who is said to have stayed with me for two months. It is the responsibility of the Maulvi Sahib to produce him before me so that he may be asked about the instruments he observed in my possession. And while I am still alive, let the Maulvi Sahib himself stay with me for two months to make his own observations without the medium of an outsider, whether an Arab or a non-Arab.

His statement: Reflecting on the words of the revelations, I just cannot believe that they are Divine revelations.

My reply: Those people also did not believe, of whom God the Most High said: “They call our messages a lie” [the Quran 78:28]. The Pharaoh did not believe, the jurists and Pharisees of the Jews did not believe, Abu Jahl and Abu Lahab did not believe, but those people believed who were humble at heart and pure in soul. [As a verse of poetry says:] This blessing cannot be achieved by the strength of the arm, until and unless it is bestowed by the Most Beneficent God.

His statement: To be a claimant is incompatible with the miracles performed by saints and to say that: “Anyone who denies should come and see”, is a false claim.

My reply: These matters are not from man, but from One who has a right to every claim. No lover of truth, therefore, can call them false. It is, however, true that even a prophet cannot lay claim to any supernatural power. But is it then not permitted even for God the Most High to make such a claim through the agency of a prophet, messenger or muhaddas?

His statement: I have lost all faith in him since I met him. In my opinion, any believer in One God who meets him will not continue to believe in him. He offers his prayers at the last moment and does not join the congregation.

My reply: I do not care about the Maulvi Sahib’s disbelief but I am deeply shocked by his lies, fabrications and extreme suspicion. O Generous Lord! bestow your mercy on a nation which has taken such Maulvis for its leaders, guides and heads. Now the readers should think over the objection which the Maulvi Sahib had made out of jealousy and ill-will. Quite obviously, I stayed at Aligarh for only a few days as a traveller. To disregard permanently the concessions that the law of Islam has conferred on travellers is a form of heresy. It was essential for me to abide by all these concessions. So I did only that which I ought to have done. I cannot deny that during the few days I spent there, I often combined two prayers in accordance with the Holy Prophet’s Sunna, and sometimes offered the zuhr and ‘asr prayers together at the end of the time of the zuhr prayers. The Maulvi Sahib’s believers in One God sometimes combine prayers even at home, without being in journey.

I also do not deny that during my short stay in Aligarh I did not go to the mosques regularly, but in spite of being ill and in travel, I did not forsake it altogether. The Maulvi Sahib must know that I offered the Friday congregational prayer behind him, although I am now in doubt as to the validity of it. It is absolutely true that while on journey I always avoid going to mosques, not for any reasons of laxity or disregard of the Divine commandments, but because in this age most of the mosques in our country have fallen into a deplorable and most pitiable state. If one should intend to lead the prayer in these mosques, then those holding the office of imamat become angry and incensed. And if they are followed as prayer leaders, the validity of the prayer becomes doubtful to me, for it is openly known that they have adopted imamat as an occupation and they go to the mosque five times daily, not for the offering of prayers but for opening a shop at these times, and upon this shop they and their dependents subsist. So disputes about the appointment and removal of imams even reach the courts of law and the Maulvis take their appeals from one stage to the next to get the judgment of imamat in their favour. This is not imamat but a despicable way of making money by unlawful means. Are you not entangled in the same selfish practice? If not, then how can a man who is aware of the facts put his faith at stake? Hadith reports foretell of the gathering of hypocrites in mosques in the latter days. It undoubtedly contains a reference to these Mullahs who, standing at the pulpit, recite the Holy Quran with their lips while in their hearts they are counting money. I do not know since when the combining of zuhr and ‘asr or maghrib and ‘isha prayers whilst on journey has been forbidden and who has given judgment against offering them at the close of their time. It is curious that you consider it lawful to devour your dead brother’s flesh but you think it absolutely forbidden to combine zuhr and ‘asr prayers in a state of travel. “Be careful of your duty to Allah, O believers in One God, for surely death is nigh and Allah knows what you hide.”

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Note 4 {Referred from}

It is said that the British and Foreign Bible Society has since its inception, that is in the last twenty-one years, disseminated more than 70 million copies of its religious books in the world. The wealthy but neglectful Muslims of the present time should read this article thoughtfully and with shame which was published in the newspapers during October and November 1890. Were these books distributed by booksellers or spread free by an active society of a community for the cause of its religion?

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Note 5 {Referred from}

Hazrat Maulvi Sahib possesses an extensive knowledge of Fiqh, Hadith and commentaries of the Holy Quran, and an excellent insight into philosophy and science, ancient and modern. He is an able physician in the practice of medicine. Having obtained books from the countries of Egypt, Arabia, Syria and Europe, on all sorts of subjects, he has built up an invaluable library. Just as he is a great scholar of these branches of knowledge, he also possesses wide learning in the art of religious debate. He is the author of many a fine work. Recently he wrote the book Tasdiq Barahin Ahmadiyya,which to the seekers after truth is worth more than precious jewels.

Who is Shaikh Rahmatullah? The famous Lahori-Ahmadi



Intro

This is a biographical entry on a close companion of MGA.  The entire entry is taken from here: www.ahmadiyya.org/personalities.  The original PDF is also posted sh-rahmatullah.

Some Important notes
Yād-i Raftigān is a compilation in Urdu of lives of prominent figures of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement, consisting of articles by different writers. Its first volume was published in 1964.

The life sketch of Shaikh Rahmatullah was written by Maulvi Dost Muhammad (d. 1979), editor of Paigham Sulh, the Lahore Ahmadiyya Urdu organ. The writer had personally known Shaikh Rahmatullah and once travelled with him by ship to England, as he mentions in this account. A translation and adaptation of this article by Chaudhry Masud Akhtar of USA appeared in the HOPE Bulletin of the Lahore Ahmadiyya for April 2009, and some additions from it have been retained here.  hope200904_amiraziztourazizbakhshsheikhrahmatullah

Contents:
1. Life Sketch, p. 1.
2. Obituary in Islamic Review, p. 5.
3. In group photograph with Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, p. 5
4. Information about British family, p. 6.
Compiled by Dr Zahid Aziz

1. Life Sketch
from the book Yād-i Raftigān1
Original writer: Maulvi Dost Muhammad2

The name of Shaikh Rahmatullah is foremost in the list of those persons who supported Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad from the earliest days of his mission, and for the rest of their lives they bore all kinds of difficulties for this cause and made sacrifices for it. He belonged to a respectable qanoon go family of the city of Gujrat in the Punjab, and was a well-known businessman of Lahore.

In the beginning he was a government employee on a monthly salary of ten Rupees. Later he opened a small shop in Anarkali Bazar, Lahore, which after some time was expanded into a larger business under the name of Bombay House. Due to his honesty andwell handling of business, Allah blessed his enterprise and Shaikh sahib rented a property on the Mall, Lahore, where he opened a store called ‘English Warehouse’.

How his business was flourishing can be assessed from the fact that in July 1903 when Sahibzada Abdul Latif Shaheed was returning to Afghanistan, he, according to reports in Al-Badar etc., stayed in Lahore as a guest of Shaikh Rahmatullah, owner of Bombay House. The business in the Mall Road bungalow was started sometime after that date and by 1908 he had already purchased a commercial plot on the Mall Road where he had a plan to construct a two-storey building for his business. Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad had promised to lay the foundation stone of the building but he passed away in May 1908. When the construction of the building was commenced in 1912, Hazrat Maulana Nur-ud-Din laid the foundation stone in the presence of a large number of the Ahmadiyya community, and said many prayers for it. He said:

“My leader and my benefactor, the Promised Messiah, had promised Shaikh Rahmatullah that he would lay the foundation stone of his building with his own hands. It was the will of God that his promise should be carried out by a servant of his. The Shaikh sahib asked me to come. I am ill and in discomfort because of pain in various parts of the body, but there is an urge in my heart that I must fulfil the word of my beloved.”

He went on to add:

“There are other newly constructed buildings around this building and yet more are under construction but we have a special affiliation with this building. This relation-ship is both personal as well as community based. It is personal on account of the fact that the Promised Messiah had promised to lay the foundation stone of this building and a servant of his has fulfilled that promise. And it is community based on account of the fact that our Jamaat has a share in the building. Therefore, our members should pray from the depth of their hearts for its successful completion and that those who occupy this building may be righteous persons who love virtuous life. If they will be truthful, righteous, God fearing and believers, then Allah will multiply them and enhance their stature and as much as this building flourishes so much benefit our community will derive from it because there is a bond between the two”. (Badr, Qadian, 27th June 1912, p. 4–5).””

In fact the business carried out in this building did prove much beneficial for the Lahore Ahmadiyya community, as is shown by the financial sacrifices made by the owner of this building and business.

As already stated Shaikh Rahmatullah had taken the Pledge at the hand of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in the very early days of the latter’s claim, whereafter he ever continued to
render services to the cause of the Movement by his donations. Besides the sacrifices he made from time to time for the financial needs of the Movement, he used to regularly send 100 Rupees monthly to Hazrat Mirza sahib himself. In addition to that, on every Eid or other special occasions Shaikh sahib used to send him a new set of clothes. He continued this practice for the family of Hazrat Mirza sahib even after the latter’s death, so much so that even after the division of the Ahmadiyya community into two sections (Lahore and Qadian groups) in 1914 he used to send some money for his family. Some years later Mirza Mahmud Ahmad, Head of the Qadian group, refused to accept it.

When the Promised Messiah made an appeal in 1903 for the construction of Bait-ud-Dua (special room for prayer), Shaikh Rahmatullah bore all the expenses of its construction. He was always a willing and generous donor for the cause of Islam and needs of the Movement, and many times his donations were in thousands of Rupees. According to Maulana Muhammad Ali, his donations exceeded one hundred thousand Rupees. After the split and the foundation of the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat Islam Lahore in 1914, it was generous donations by him along with those from Dr Syed Muhammad Husain Shah and Dr Mirza Yaqub Baig that made it possible to run the new Lahore section financially.

For his personal devotion to the Promised Messiah, his dedication to the success of the Promised Messiah’s mission and for his piety and righteousness, Shaikh Rahmatullah was held in great esteem by the Founder. Whenever he visited the Promised Messiah, the latter would rise to receive him. The Promised Messiah once made the following observations about him in the early days in a book:

“Shaikh Rahmatullah is a young, righteous and straight-forward man. He has a natural aptitude for true and sincere following [of his spiritual master], and for thinking in a good way about others, to such a great extent that through the blessing of this quality he can make great strides in this [spiritual] path. By temperament he is extremely humble and respectful, and signs of virtuousness are manifest in his appearance. He remains busy in service to his best. May Allah grant him a great share of taste of Divine love by saving him from the distractions of abominable things. Ameen, again Ameen.” (Izala Auham, published 1891, page 808).””

When Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad wrote Al-Wasiyyat (The Will) in 1905 and estab-lished the Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya Qadian he appointed Shaikh Rahmatullah as a member of its Council of Trustees and thereafter he remained a member of that body till 1914, actively participating in the affairs of that Anjuman. In 1914, at split of the Jamaat into two sections, he became one of the founders of the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat Islam Lahore and was elected its vice-president, the position which he held until his death. On account of his vast experience and wisdom of decision making as an entrepreneur, he was a source of blessing for the Anjuman. He had the ability of reaching to heart of the matter quite quickly and solving complicated problems in a fine way. Thus the Anjuman benefited greatly from his opinion in the matters of running its day to day affairs.

Shaikh Rahmatullah was a highly devout and God fearing person to the extent that, be it pain or pleasure, hardship or comfort, he never forgot to remember Allah. In addition to regularly offering the obligatory prayers, he used to say the voluntary prayers, in particular the Tahajjud (post-midnight) and Ishraq (midmorning) prayers every day without fail. The writer of these lines had the occasion once to travel with him for about a month in a ship to England and also to observe his circumstances in England for three to four months.4 On this basis, it would not be the least exaggeration to say that Shaikh sahib remembered Allah much and his heart was ever inclined towards Him. He had a very strong faith in Allah, and as result of this strength of belief, in spite of his enormous wealth he never forgot Allah even for a moment, and his love and devoutness to Allah ever kept increasing.

He used to lay great emphasis on dua (beseeching Allah in certain matters) and would himself pray everyday for many members of the community by their names individually, so much so that he included the names of some of those who had chosen to become disciples of Mirza Mahmud Ahmad. Events proved that many of his prayers were granted.

In connection with his business Shaikh Rahmatullah used to visit England almost every year. He would have visited it 17 or 18 times. Consequently, he had married a woman in England, and from this marriage there were two sons and two daughters.5 They were in addition to his five sons and one daughter from his wife in Lahore. His descendants from his sons in Lahore are doing well in business.

A few days before his passing away, Shaikh Rahmatullah prepared a will whereby he declared all his children in Lahore and England as his heirs, who would receive their shares according to the Islamic law of inheritance. He also left a portion of his property as a gift to the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat Islam, Lahore.

At the time of dictating his will, he addressed his sons in these words:

“The business I did was with Allah and I reaped great benefit from it. If you also do business with Allah, you too will benefit from it.”

Shaikh Rahmatullah suffered from diabetes since many years and used to take medicines for its treatment quite regularly but ultimately diabetes took its toll and became the cause of his death. A few days before his passing away, one day he had difficulty urinating, as a result of which poison spread in his body. Even in such a condition of severe discomfort he was so content that when asked how he felt and he would respond:

“I am not suffering anything and I do not know why I am lying in bed.”

Before his death he was semi-conscious for some time and his near ones and friends were reciting the Holy Quran by his side when he breathed his last in a state of complete calm and quiet. May Allah shower His choicest blessings on the soul of this servant of His religion and grant it rest it in His highest bliss. Ameen.

2. In group photograph with Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad

In this photograph Shaikh Rahmatullah is seated in the second row, in the right-most seat. Standing next to him, wearing cap, is his son Shaikh Abdul Hameed.
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad is in the centre of the same row. The photograph was taken in Qadian, most likely taken between 1899 and 1902.

3. Obituary in the Islamic Review

In the journal of the Woking Muslim Mission, the Islamic Review, published from the Woking Mosque, Surrey, England, the following obituary note was published:

In Memoriam
Shaikh Rahmatullah
We record with the deepest sorrow the death of Shaikh Rahmatullah, Vice-President of [Ahmadiyya] Anjuman-i- Isha‘at-i-Islam, Lahore, who departed this life on the 2nd of March, 1924, at 12.45 p.m.

Shaikh Rahmatullah was among the most devout Muslims of our time, and the story of his career is full of instruction — as illustrating in a singularly striking manner how true religion and unswerving probity may yet go hand in hand with commercial prosperity. Starting with a salary of less than one pound per month, he gradually built up a colossal business, of which the cost of the premises alone ran into many thousands of pounds.

He was the founder of the now famous Bombay House and English Warehouse at Lahore, and of other outstanding industrial activities, and — what is particularly remarkable,  and may be commended as a concrete example of the essential truth of the message of the Holy Quran — he never took interest, or employed usury in any shape or form in any of his dealings. This, with him, was an abiding principle which Allah, in His mercy, amply justified.

Shaikh Rahmatullah visited England on no fewer than eighteen occasions. Not only was he an ardent supporter of the Mission [i.e., the Woking Muslim Mission], but it may almost be claimed for him that he should stand side by side with Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din, the Mission’s saintly founder; and while Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din was doing all the work of the London office of the Islamic Review, from editor to clerk, address-writer and stamp-sticker, Shaikh Rahmatullah was working in a precisely similar manner in the office at Lahore.

Until quite recently he acted as Honorary Treasurer of the Woking Muslim Mission; and it was the burden of advancing years alone that at length compelled him to relinquish that onerous responsibility.

His last words of advice to his sons — we may say to us all — were: “I started ‘trading’ with God, and He made me successful; and if you also will do the same, He will make you successful.”
The outstanding feature in the noble life of Shaikh Rahmatullah was his sincerity. Simple in his habits, his religion and his daily life were one. He died respected by all — loved by all.
—Islamic Review, April–May 1924, p. 130–131.

4. Information on his British family

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement, has mentioned Shaikh Rahmatullah’s marriage in England at least twice.

1. In the compilation of the Founder’s daily talks,6 under the date “Friday, 21 November 1902”, there is an item under the heading:

“The first Muslim child to be born in England”
It is reported there that the Founder “was enquiring from Shaikh Rahmatullah about his journey”. It goes on to say:

“Shaikh sahib has been given another son by Allah, from his European wife. He has been named Abdullah in accordance with the advice of the holy Hazrat. After asking about the child, he [Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad] said: He is the first Muslim to be born in England.” 7

6 During his life these were published in the Ahmadiyya community newspapers every week or two weeks. Many years later these reports were collected in book form under the title Malfuzat.

7 Malfuzat, v. 2, p. 537. Reported from Ahmadiyya community newspaper Al-Badr, dated 21 November to 5 December 1902.

SHAIKH RAHMATULLAH
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2. In his book Barahin Ahmadiyya Part 5, written in 1905 and published in 1908, at one point Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad mentions names of various people in the West who had joined his Movement. Here he writes:

“The wife of a friend of mine, whose first name was Elizabeth, who is an inhabitant of England, has also joined this Movement.” ((Barahin Ahmadiyya Part 5, p. 81 of the first edition.))

We received an e-mail through our websites in August 2006 from Susanne Kumar, a paternal grand-daughter of Shaikh Rahmatullah from his English wife, enquiring about any information about him that we may hold. Later in August 2012 we received a similar enquiry from Sandra Hasan, one of whose mother’s cousins was married to a daughter of Shaikh Rahmatullah from his English wife. From these contacts we learnt the information, new to us, that the name of Shaikh Rahmatullah’s British wife was Elizabeth Thomas. They had two sons and two daughters whose names were: Abdullah, Youseff, Saida and Maida.

Susanne Kumar’s father was Youseff and she recalls: “My father told me that he used to stay at the Mosque in Woking as a young boy when his father came from Lahore.”

The UK Census record for the year 1911 shows an “Elizabeth Rahmatillah”, aged 34, along with others of the same surname (including Abdullah and Youseff) living in Llandovery, Wales.

Through the kindness of these two contacts we received a photograph of Shaikh Rahmatullah taken in England and one of his wife Elizabeth. These are shown below:

Susanne Kumar also supplied us with the following photograph of the ‘English Ware-house’, the store on the Mall Road in Lahore owned by Shaikh Rahmatullah:

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