Watch my video on this herein. I recently had a periscope interaction with the Ahmadi Maulvi Rizwan Ahmad wherein a famous hadith from Sahih-Muslim was brought up by me. I asked the Maulvi if MGA had ever commented on this famous hadith and if so how and in what sense? I was specifically asking about the line from this hadith wherein it says:
“”””I have brought forth from amongst My servants such people against whom none would be able to fight; you take these people safely to Tur.””””
I had simply asked Rizwan Ahmad to tell me if MGA had ever commented on this part of the hadith. As I began to further investigate this hadith, I realized that the famous wording “Nabi-Ullah” was also found therein. I had also asked Rizwan Ahmad to present a collection of MGA’s writings on this part of the hadith. Obviously, Rizwan Ahmad didn’t know off the top of his head, however, instead of saying so, he attacked me personally and accused me of not being able to read simply Quranic or Hadith Arabic. I then emailed him and asked the same question. Rizwan Ahmad responded by referring me to Essence of Islam Vol.3, page 279 onwards, however, this specific hadith is not quoted therein. He then attacked me personally and wrote that he doubted that I ever even read the hadith.
Nevertheless, just today, via periscope, I tried to ask Rizwan Ahmad questions about the Ahmadiyya schooling systems in Nigeria, however, he refused to answer thing I asked and demanded that I admit to my error. What error does he think I am making? Rizwan Ahmad has dropped all other questions on this hadith, and wants to focus on whether this hadith has the word Nabi-Ullah in it 4 times or 3 times. As-if this information is crucial? These are the games that Ahmadi mullahs play.
Nevertheless, I have found many references to this hadith from MGA’s writings via the Lahori-Ahmadi’s. There are probably much more. Interestingly, in 1891, MGA was totally rejecting this hadith and calling it weak, MGA even wrote that it wasn’t added to Sahih-Bukhari, and thus, wasn’t Sahih. MGA even said that the phraseology, “Nabi-ullah” only meant a non-prophet (Muhaddas aka Metaphoric prophet), and not an actual prophet. However, after MGA claimed prophethood, he commented on this hadith again and claimed that it was full of metaphor’s, in a twisted way, MGA was indirectly acknowledging that this hadith came true and the Messiah was a prophet (referring to his own prophethood).
Maktubat-e-Ahmadiyyah Volume 5: Part II
”whatever has been written by Amakhdoum (i.e., hakeem molvi nooruddin 1st qadyani khalifa ) that if we leave aside truthfulness Hadith of Damascus, and I be presented to be a maseel e Maseeh, there is no loss in it”
Izala-e-Auham, pp. 63–70 footnote, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 134–136 footnote, taken from ahmadi.answers, https://ahmadianswers.com/ahmad/allegations/revelations/qadian/
“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: We have sent it down close to Damascus on eastern side near the White Minaret”
“The last portion of the revelation indicates that the Holy Prophet(saw) had mentioned the appearance of this person in his hadith…and that God Almighty has also made reference to this in His Holy Word. The indication [by the Holy Prophet(sa)] has been mentioned among the revelations set out in part 3 and the indication in the Holy Qur’an is in the following verse :
He it is Who sent His Messenger with guidance and the Religion of Truth, that He might make it prevail over every other religion” (al-Taubah, 9:33; al-Fath, 48:29; al-Saff, 61:10)
The Sahih Muslim relates that the Messiah would descend near the white Minaret in the east of Damascus…. It has been disclosed to me by Allah that the interpretation of Damascus in this context is a town the dwellers of which have the temper of Yazid and the habits and thoughts of the wretched Yazid… It has been conveyed to me that by Damascus, therefore, is meant the place which possesses this well known characteristic of Damascus. By specifying Damascus as the place of the appearance of the Messiah, Allah the Almighty has indicated that by the [word] Messiah is not meant the first Messiah to whom the Gospel was revealed, but it refers to someone from among the Muslims who, in his spiritual aspect, would resemble the Messiah [Jesus] and also Imam Husain, for Damascus is the capital of Yazid and is the centre of the Yazidis from which proceeded thousands of tyrannical commands…. God Almighty, therefore, mentioned Damascus specifically for the purpose of indicating that whereas Damascus was the source of such tyrannical commands and was the city of such hard-hearted and black-minded people, now a city like Damascus will become the headquarters for spreading justice and faith, for most Prophets have appeared in towns whose people were wrongdoers and yet God has been converting the accursed places into homes of blessings. “””
Izala Auham, p. 220, via https://www.muslim.org/noclaim/hadith.htm
“This is the hadith which the Imam Muslim has recorded in Sahih Muslim, which has been omitted by Bukhari, the chief of the collectors of hadith, because he considered it to be weak.”
Izala Auham, p. 237, via https://www.muslim.org/noclaim/hadith.htm
“The conclusion of this discussion is that the hadith referring to Damascus put forward by Imam Muslim is shown to be unreliable by another hadith contained in Muslim itself, and it is clearly proved that the reporter Nawas has made a mistake in relating this hadith.”
Izala Auham, p. 586, via https://www.muslim.org/noclaim/hadith.htm
“God has promised that no ‘rasul’ shall be sent after the Holy Prophet Muhammad, and the students of Hadith have surely made an extremely grave error in believing, by just seeing the word ‘Jesus’ or ‘son of Mary’, that the very same son of Mary, who was a ‘rasul’ of God, shall descend from heaven. It did not occur to them that his coming is tantamount to the departure of the religion of Islam from this world. In ‘Sahih Muslim’ there is a hadith about this, namely, that the Messiah shall come as a ‘nabi’ of God. Now if, in a symbolic sense, by ‘Messiah’ or ‘son of Mary’ is meant a member of the Muslim community who holds the rank of ‘muhaddas’, then no difficulty arises.”
Tauzih Maram, pages 17-18, via https://www.muslim.org/noclaim/hadith.htm
“If the objection be raised here that, as the Messiah (Jesus) was a prophet, his like should also be a prophet, the first answer to this is that our leader and master (the Holy Prophet Muhammad) has not made prophethood a necessary condition for the Messiah to come. On the other hand, it is clearly written that he shall be a Muslim, and shall be subject to the Shariah of the Quran like ordinary Muslims, and he shall not go further than this that he is a Muslim and the imam of Muslims.”
Hamamatul-Bushra, p. 37, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 7, p. 225
“””It has been conveyed to me that the words of the hadith concerning the descent of ‘Isa (as) [Jesus] near the minaret of Damascus indicate the time of his appearance inasmuch as the
value of the letters of those words indicate the year of Hijrah in which Allah raised me. The word ‘minaret’ was chosen to indicate that the land of Damascus will be illuminated and brightened in consequence of the supplications of the Promised Messiah after having been darkened by all sorts of innovations. You are also aware that the land of Damascus has been the source of the mischief of the Christians.”””
Siraj Munir, p. 3
“We believe and acknowledge that, according to the real meaning of prophethood, after the Holy Prophet Muhammad, no new or former prophet can come. The Holy Quran forbids the appearance of any such prophets. But in a metaphorical sense God can call any recipient of revelation as ‘nabi’ or ‘mursal’. … I say it repeatedly that these words ‘rasul’ and ‘mursal’ and ‘nabi’ undoubtedly occur about me in my revelation from God, but they do not bear their real meanings. And just as they do not, similarly the Promised Messiah being called ‘nabi’ in Hadith, is not meant in a real sense. This is the knowledge which God has given me. Let him understand, who will. This very thing has been disclosed to me that the doors of real prophethood are fully closed after the Khatam al-anbiya, the Holy Prophet Muhammad. According to the real meaning, no new or ancient prophet can now come.”
Anjam Atham, footnote, p. 28
“The epithet ‘prophet of God’ for the Promised Messiah, which is to be found in ‘Sahih Muslim’ etc. from the blessed tongue of the Holy Prophet, is meant in the same metaphorical sense as that in which it occurs in Sufi literature as an accepted and common term for the recipient of Divine communication. Otherwise, how can there be a prophet after the Khatam al-anbiya?”
Ayyam as-Sulh, p. 75
“And it should also be remembered that in ‘Sahih Muslim’ the word ‘nabi’ has occurred with reference to the Promised Messiah, that is to say, by way of metaphor.”
Arba`in no. 2, p. 18, footnote
“These words are by way of metaphor, just as in Hadith also the word ‘nabi’ has been used for the Promised Messiah. … And he who discloses news of the unseen, having received it from God, is known as ‘nabi’ in Arabic. The meanings in Islamic terminology are different. Here only the linguistic meaning is intended.”
In Khutbah ilhamiya, MGA begins begging for money for the Minaret. Over 100 people donated. A court case was enacted vs. MGA, which MGA won. However, it wasn’t built until 1916, all the money went missing. In his life time it was raised to 6 feet, then due to lack of funds the work on the structure had to be suspended. It was resumed by the Khalifa-tul-Masih II by laying a brick again on 27th November, 1914. The structure was completed, in the cost of Rs. 5,963 (excluding the 6 feet of first phase) in early 1916. It has three stages, 92 steps and the total height is about 105 feet. The clock was fixed in 1933. The minaret was designed by Syed Abdul Rashid and supervision of the second phase of construction was carried out by Qazi Abdul Rahim Bhatti.
Jihad and the British Government
“”””Just as you can see that the lamp placed on top of a minaret spreads its light far and wide, and just as lightning in one part of the sky also illuminates all other parts, so too will it be in these days…The true nature of the tower of the Messiah that is mentioned in the ahadith is that the Messiah’s invitation and message will spread on this earth very quickly just as light or sound from a tower reaches far.””””
Majmooa Ishtiharat, 
“””Now our adversaries, though they repeatedly read this hadith of Damascus, yet they are unable to answer as to what the message contained in that which has been stated in it is – namely that the promised Messiah will descend near the minaret that is to the east of Damascus. Rather they have considered this hadith like a mere story, but let it be remembered that this is no story and that God is pure from useless actions…This passage did not mean that the minaret is a part of Damascus and is situated in Damascus as has unfortunately been understood. Rather, it meant that the light of [the teachings of] the promised Messiah will rise, like the sun, from a direction to the east of Damascus and dispel the Western darkness. And this was a subtle indication for the minaret of the Messiah, near which he is to descend, had been declared as being to the east of Damascus and the Damascene Trinity was kept to its western side. And thus was it foretold about the age to come, that when the promised Messiah comes, he will make his appearance like the sun which comes out of the east, and as opposed to him, the lifeless lamp of Trinity that is situated towards the west, will fade away day by day.”””
Tuhfa Golarwiya, pages 46-47
“As against this, that same doubtful hadith of ‘Muslim’ is presented which has hundreds of objections sticking to it like ants, and which in its apparent words is utterly opposed to the Holy Quran and contradictory to it. … It is a favour we have done to the author of Muslim that we accepted this hadith by giving it a different interpretation; otherwise it was our right to declare this hadith as fabricated in order to remove the contradiction. But, after thinking carefully, it is found that in fact this hadith is not fabricated but is full of metaphors.”
Nasim-e-Da‘wat, p. 70, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 19, pp. 435–436, via Tadhkirah
“””I supplicated once that my ills might be totally removed but I was told that this would not be; then God Almighty conveyed to me that this was a Sign of the Promised Messiah, for it is written that he would descend clad in two yellow sheets. The ills from which I suffer are these two
yellow sheets, one covering the upper part and the other covering the lower part of my body.
Haqiqatul Wahy, online english edition
MGA says that the two yellow sheets signify his ailments.
Masih Hindustan Mein, pp.5-6, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 15, pp. 5-6
“””…The above mentioned sect of Muslim say that Jesus (peace be upon him) did not die on the Cross, nor was he crucified. However, when Jews were about to arrest him in order to crucify him, an angel of God came and took him away to heaven in his physical body and up till now, he is sitting in heaven alive… and in the latter days, riding on the shoulders of angels he will descend near a minaret of Damascus or near somewhere and with the exception of those who become a Muslim, he would not let anyone alive.”””
The reference, 14 March 1909
Tareekh E Ahmadiyyat vol 1 page 586, 14 March 1909
“There was a time when, a king had given the hand of his daughter to an ancestor of Nawab sahib (muhammad ali Khan) named Sadar Jahan. And that wise man (the king) was a very lucky man (because the king had given his daughter in this family) but our friend, Nawab Muhammad Ali Khan is ever more fortunate that a “Nabi-Ullah’s daughter has come in his Nikah”
Nozulul Masih, Page 40
“I am the Promised Messiah, even the same, by the Chiefest among the Prophets, who has been called Nabi-Ullah.”
At the Jalsa, the Khalifa begins collecting funds for the building of the minaret.
The Minaret in Qadian is finally fully built by the 2nd Khalifa, MGA’s son.
In 1938-39, during the time of Khalifa-tul-Masih II, the minaret was coated with plaster of white marble. It was veneered with white marble slabs in the total cost of Rs. 8,021,35.51 in 1980-81 in the time of Khalifa-tul-Masih III. Qadian is situated to the east of Damascus and the white minaret is the sign of peace and proclaims the Advent of the Prince of Peace, The Promised Messiah, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. (Darul-Aman pg. 68)
The famous hadith itself from :
The Book of Tribulations and Portents of the Last Hour
An-Nawwas b. Sam`an reported that Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) made a mention of the Dajjal one day in the morning. He (ﷺ) sometimes described him to be insignificant and sometimes described (his turmoil) as very significant (and we felt) as if he were in the cluster of the date-palm trees. When we went to him (to the Holy Prophet) in the evening and he read (the signs of fear) in our faces, he (ﷺ) said:
What is the matter with you? We said: Allah’s Messenger, you made a mention of the Dajjal in the morning (sometimes describing him) to be insignificant and sometimes very important, until we began to think as if he were present in some (near) part of the cluster of the date-palm trees. Thereupon he (ﷺ) said: I harbor fear in regard to you in so many other things besides the Dajjal. If he comes forth while I am among you, I shall contend with him on your behalf, but if he comes forth while I am not amongst you, a man must contend on his own behalf and Allah would take care of every Muslim on my behalf (and safeguard him against his evil). He (Dajjal) would be a young man with twisted, contracted hair, and a blind eye. I compare him to `Abd-ul-`Uzza b. Qatan. He who amongst you would survive to see him should recite over him the opening verses of Sura Kahf (xviii). He would appear on the way between Syria and Iraq and would spread mischief right and left. O servant of Allah! adhere (to the path of Truth). We said: Allah’s Messenger, how long would he stay on the earth? He (ﷺ) said: For forty days, one day like a year and one day like a month and one day like a week and the rest of the days would be like your days. We said: Allah’s Messenger, would one day’s prayer suffice for the prayers of day equal to one year? Thereupon he (ﷺ) said: No, but you must make an estimate of time (and then observe prayer). We said: Allah’s Messenger, how quickly would he walk upon the earth? Thereupon he (ﷺ) said: Like cloud driven by the wind. He would come to the people and invite them (to a wrong religion) and they would affirm their faith in him and respond to him. He would then give command to the sky and there would be rainfall upon the earth and it would grow crops. Then in the evening, their pasturing animals would come to them with their humps very high and their udders full of milk and their flanks stretched. He would then come to another people and invite them. But they would reject him and he would go away from them and there would be drought for them and nothing would be left with them in the form of wealth. He would then walk through the waste land and say to it: Bring forth your treasures, and the treasures would come out and collect (themselves) before him like the swarm of bees. He would then call a person brimming with youth and strike him with the sword and cut him into two pieces and (make these pieces lie at a distance which is generally) between the archer and his target. He would then call (that young man) and he will come forward laughing with his face gleaming (with happiness) and it would be at this very time that Allah would send Jesus, son of Mary, and he will descend at the white minaret in the eastern side of Damascus wearing two garments lightly dyed with saffron and placing his hands on the wings of two Angels. When he would lower his head, there would fall beads of perspiration from his head, and when he would raise it up, beads like pearls would scatter from it. Every non-believer who would smell the odor of his self would die and his breath would reach as far as he would be able to see. He would then search for him (Dajjal) until he would catch hold of him at the gate of Ludd and would kill him. Then a people whom Allah had protected would come to Jesus, son of Mary, and he would wipe their faces and would inform them of their ranks in Paradise and it would be under such conditions that Allah would reveal to Jesus these words: I have brought forth from amongst My servants such people against whom none would be able to fight; you take these people safely to Tur. And then Allah would send Gog and Magog and they would swarm down from every slope. The first of them would pass the lake of Tiberias and drink out of it. And when the last of them would pass, he would say: There was once water there. Jesus and his companions would then be besieged here (at Tur, and they would be so much hard pressed) that the head of the ox would be dearer to them than one hundred dinars and Allah’s Apostle, Jesus, and his companions would supplicate Allah, Who would send to them insects (which would attack their necks) and in the morning they would perish like one single person. Allah’s Apostle, Jesus, and his companions would then come down to the earth and they would not find in the earth as much space as a single span which is not filled with their putrefaction and stench. Allah’s Apostle, Jesus, and his companions would then again beseech Allah, Who would send birds whose necks would be like those of Bactrian camels and they would carry them and throw them where God would will. Then Allah would send rain which no house of clay or (the tent of) camels’ hairs would keep out and it would wash away the earth until it could appear to be a mirror. Then the earth would be told to bring forth its fruit and restore its blessing and, as a result thereof, there would grow (such a big) pomegranate that a group of persons would be able to eat that, and seek shelter under its skin and milch cow would give so much milk that a whole party would be able to drink it. And the milch camel would give such (a large quantity of) milk that the whole tribe would be able to drink out of that and the milch sheep would give so much milk that the whole family would be able to drink out of that and at that time Allah would send a pleasant wind which would soothe (people) even under their armpits, and would take the life of every Muslim and only the wicked would survive who would commit adultery like asses and the Last Hour would come to them.””
The same hadith from Ibn Majah
Chapter: The tribulation of Dajjal, the emergence of ‘Esa bin Maryam and the emergence of Gog and Magog
Nawwas bin Sam’an Al-Kilabi said:
“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) mentioned Dajjal, one morning, as something despised but also alarming, until we thought that he was in the stand of date-palm trees. When we came to the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) in the evening, he saw that (fear) in us, and said: ‘What is the matter with you?’ We said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, you mentioned Dajjal this morning, and you spoke of him as something despised but also alarming, until we thought that he was in the stand of date-palm trees.’ He said: ‘There are things that I fear more for you than the Dajjal. If he appears while I am among you, I will contend with him on your behalf, and if he appears when I am not among you, then each man must fend for himself, and Allah will take care of every Muslim on my behalf. He (Dajjal) will be a young man with curly hair and a protuberant eye; I liken him to ‘Abdul-‘Uzza bin Qatan. Whoever among you sees him, let him recite the first Verses of Surat Al-Kahf over him. He will emerge from Khallah, between Sham and Iraq, and will wreak havoc right and left. O slaves of Allah, remain steadfast.’ We said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, how long will he stay on earth?’ He said: ‘Forty days, one day like a year, one day like a month, one day like a week, and the rest of his days like your days.’ We said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, on that day which is like a year, will the prayers of one day suffice us?’ He said: ‘Make an estimate of time (and then observe prayer).’ We said: ‘How fast will he move through the earth?’ He said: ‘Like a rain cloud driving by the wind.’ He said: ‘He will come to some people and call them, and they will respond and believe in him. Then he will command the sky to rain and it will rain, and he will command the earth to produce vegetation and it will do so, and their flocks will come back in the evening with their humps taller, their udders fuller and their flanks fatter than they have ever been. Then he will come to some (other) people and call them, and they will reject him, so he will turn away from them and they will suffer drought and be left with nothing. Then he will pass through the wasteland and will say: “Bring forth your treasures,” then go away, and its treasures will follow him like a swarm of bees. Then he will call a man brimming with youth and will strike him with a sword and cut him in two. He will put the two pieces as far apart as the distance between an archer and his target. Then he will call him and he will come with his face shining, laughing. While they are like that, Allah will send ‘Eisa bin Maryam, who will come down at the white minaret in the east of Damascus, wearing two Mahrud[garment dyed with Wars and then Saffron], resting his hands on the wings of two angels. When he lowers his head, beads of perspiration will fall from it. Every disbeliever who smells the fragrance of his breath will die, and his breath will reach as far as his eye can see. Then he will set out and catch up with him (the Dajjal) at the gate of Lu
dd, and will kill him. Then the Prophet of Allah ‘Eisa will come to some people whom Allah has protected, and he will wipe their faces and tell them of their status in Paradise. While they are like that, Allah will reveal to him: “O ‘Eisa, I have brought forth some of My slaves whom no one will be able to kill, so take My slaves to Tur in safety.” Then Gog and Magog will emerge and they will, as Allah describes, “swoop down from every mound.”[21:96] The first of them will pass by lake Tiberia
s and drink from it, then the last of them will pass by it and will say: “There was water here once.” The Prophet of Allah, ‘Eisa and his companions will be besieged there until the head of an ox would be dearer to any one of them than one hundred Dinar are to any one of you today. Then, the Prophet of Allah, ‘Eisa and his companions will supplicate Allah. Then Allah will send a worm in their necks and the next morning they will all die as one. The Prophet of Allah ‘Eisa and his companions will come down and they will not find even the space of a hand span that is free of their stink, stench and blood. They will pray to Allah, and He will send birds with necks like the necks of Bactrian camels, which will pick them up and throw them wherever Allah wills. Then Allah will send rain which will not leave any house of clay or hair, and it will wash the earth until it leaves it like a mirror (or a smooth rock). Then it will be said to the earth: “Bring forth your fruits and bring back your blessing.” On that day a group of people will eat from a (single) pomegranate and it will suffice them, and they will seek shelter beneath its skin. Allah will bless a milch- camel so that it will be sufficient for a large number of people, and a milch-cow will be sufficient for a whole tribe and a milch-ewe will be sufficient for a whole clan. While they are like that, Allah will send a pleasant wind which will seize them beneath their armpits and will take the soul of every Muslim, leaving the rest of the people fornicating like donkeys, and upon them will come the Hour.'”
2018 edition of Tadhkirah
Jalal ud Din Shams seems to have written a note wherein he explained that since MGA’s son, the 2nd Khalifa, visited Israel in 1924, thus this part of the prophecy was fulfilled.
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