Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) - 9‏

Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw)
The promised Messiah's Beliefs (from his writings)

It should be remembered that if an Ummati (a follower of the Holy Prophet, peace be on him) attains a rank of being the recipient of revelation and converse of God and to prophethood and he is honoured with the title of “Prophet”, this in no way goes against the Holy Prophet being the Khatamun Nabiyyin, for this person is a follower of the Holy Prophet and his prophethood is a proof of the excellence of the prophethood of the Holy Prophet, peace be on him. Of course this person cannot be given the title of a prophet without adding the word Ummati (follower) to it. If a prophet who is not an Ummati (follower) comes back to the world, it would go against the Holy Prophet being the Seal of the Prophets.

(Chashma-i-Masihi, p-69, footnote)

The Sharia (Divine Law) has been concluded with the advent of the Holy Prophet, peace be on him; nobody can be called a Prophet after the Holy Prophet, peace be on him, unless he is also called an Ummati (follower). This actually means that he has received all the Bounties by following the Holy Prophet, peace be on him, and not of himself.

(Tajaliat-i-Elahia, p-5 footnote)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) - 8

Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw)
The promised Messiah's Beliefs (from his writings)

The last thing that I would like to say is that we have received every kind of light by following this Messenger / Prophet who is unlettered; whoever will follow him will become the recipient of these lights. His prayers will be accepted in... such a way that he will not find anything beyond his power of accomplishment. The living God Who is hidden from the eyes of the people will become his God (i.e. it will be as if he sees Him) and all the false gods will be trampled under his feet. He will be blessed wherever he will be and God’s powers will be with him.

(Siraj-i-Munir, p-73)

There is no need to follow the prophethoods and the scriptures that were there before the coming of the Holy Prophet Muhhamad, peace be on him, individually or collectively, for, the prophethood of the Holy Prophet is a compendium of all of them and it encompasses them all. All other avenues are now closed; all the truths that lead a man to God are to be met with in it. No new truth will henceforth be revealed nor there was any truth in the previous scriptures which has been left out from this prophethood. That being the case, this prophethood brings all the other prophethoods to an end – and that is how it should have been, for, whatever has a beginning must have an end. But this prophethood – that of the Holy Prophet, peace be on him, is not devoid of its spiritual influence, rather its spiritual influence is much greater than the influence of all other prophethoods. The follower ship of this prophethood leads a man to God very easily and it vouchsafes the love of God and makes one recipient of His converse, more than ever before. But of course such a person cannot be called a prophet, for, it is a disgrace for the perfect prophethood of the holy Prophet, peace be on him; both the words put together – the prophet and the Ummti (follower) – can be his title. That is no disgrace to the prophethood of the Holy Prophet, peace be on him. Rather, it can be said that this thing adds the glow of his prophethood because it comes into existence through his own blessings.

( Al-Wasiat, p-12 )

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) - 7‏

Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw)
The promised Messiah's Beliefs (from his writings)

Whenever I have denied being a Prophet or a Messenger, it means that I am not a law-bearer, nor am I a Prophet in my own right. But I am a Messenger and a Prophet without a new law in sense that God reveals to me that which is hidden, and because of the inner grace that has been bestowed upon me on account of my obedience to the Holy Prophet, and because of having received his name. I have never denied being a Prophet in this sense. It is in this sense that God has called me a Prophet and a Messenger. My having said, I am not a Messenger and have not brought a book; means that I am not the bearer of a new law. It must, however, be remembered and should never be forgotten, that despite my having been called Prophet and Messenger, I have been informed by God that all this grace is not bestowed directly upon me but that there is one in heaven, that is to say, Muhammad, the chosen one, peace be on him, whose spiritual grace accompanies me. In this way the Seal of Prophethood has been fully safeguarded, for I have been given these names by way of reflection through the mirror of love. If a person is chagrined over the revelation that has been vouchsafed to me in which God Almighty has called me a Prophet and a Messenger, it is foolish on his part, for my being Prophet and Messenger, as I have explained, does not contravene the Divine Seal

(Ek Ghalati Ka Izalah, p. 8–9)

The gist of the faith to which I adhere is La Ilaha Illallaho Mohammadur Rasoolullah (There is non worthy of worship except God and Muhammad, peace be on him, is His messenger). What I believe in, here in this world and to which I would stick till I pass away from this world, with the grace of God, is that Our Chief and Master the Holy Prophet Mohammad, peace be on him, is the Khatamun Nabiyyin (Seal of the Prophets) and the best of the Messengers; it was at his hands that the religion was perfected and the Bounty of God which can lead a man to the communion of God, saw his completion.

(Izala-i-Auham Part 1, p-137)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) - 6

Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw)
The promised Messiah's Beliefs (from his writings)

In order to win the pleasure of Allah, I hereby inform you all of the important fact that Almighty God has, at the beginning of this 14th century, appointed me from Himself for the revival and support of the true faith of Islam. It is my function in this disturbed age to proclaim the excellences of the Holy Quran and the greatness of the Holy Prophet, peace be on him. It is also my function to repel all enemies of Islam who are attacking it, by means of the light and blessings and the miracles and inner knowledge that have been bestowed upon me.

Barakatud Dua, p. 24

I can call God to witness that as He spoke to Abraham and Isaac and Ishmael and to Jacob and to Joseph and to Moses and to Jesus, son of Mary, and last of all spoke to our Holy Prophet, peace be on him, in such manner that He vouchsafed to him the most brilliant and excellent revelation, so has He honoured me with His converse. This honour has been bestowed upon me only on account of my obedience to the Holy Prophet, peace be on him. Had I not been one of his followers and had I not obeyed him, I would never have been honoured with God’s word even if my good deeds had been piled up as high as the mountains. All Prophethood has now come to an end except the Prophethood of Muhammad. No law-bearing Prophet can now arise, but a non-law-bearing prophet can arise provided he is a follower of the Holy Prophet. In this way I am both a follower and a Prophet, and my Prophethood is a reflection of the Prophethood of the Holy Prophet. Apart from that it is nothing. It is the same Prophethood as that of Muhammad which has manifested itself in me.

Tajalliat Elahiyyah, p. 24

Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) - 5‏

Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw)
The promised Messiah's Beliefs (from his writings)

God Almighty has, through the blessings of my obedience to and love for the Holy Prophet, peace be on him, and through my following His Holy Word, honoured this humble one with His revelation and with inner knowledge. He has enlightened me with the disclosure of many mysteries, and has filled my bosom with many verities and realities. He has informed me many times that all these gifts, bounties, exaltations, favours, kindnesses, attention, awards, supports and revelations have been bestowed upon me by virtue of the blessings of obedience to and love for the Seal of the Prophets, peace be on him.

(Braheen Ahmadiyya, p. 623, footnote i)

I have, by the sheer grace of God, and not on account of any merit of my own, been accorded a full measure of the bounty that was bestowed before me on the Prophets and Messengers and the chosen ones of God. It would not have been possible for me to be granted this bounty had I not followed the ways of my lord and master, the pride of the Prophets, the best of mankind, Muhammad, the chosen one, peace be on him. Whatever I have been given I have been given by following him and I know through true and perfect knowledge that no man can reach God except by following the Holy Prophet, peace be on him, nor can anyone arrive at a full understanding of God except through him (Haqeeqatul Wahi, p. 68)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) - 4‏

Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw)
The promised Messiah's Beliefs (from his writings)

Only two lives are worthy of praise. One is the life of Our God, the Life Giver, the Life Sustainer, the Source of Graces and Favours. The other life is the life which enriches and favours and is God-like in its graces. This second kind of life - come, let me tell you - is the life of our Holy Prophet (on whom be peace and blessings of God). Heavenly signs at all times in history have borne witness to this life. They are here with us today. And remember, he, whose life does not enrich other people's lives is dead, not living. I hold God as witness when I declare - and to declare anything false in His Name is rank depravity - that God has given me proof of enduring spiritual life - so full of beauty and power - of my revered master, the Chief of us all, Muhammad, on whom be peace. The proof is that by following in his footsteps and by devoting my love to him, I have seen heavenly sings descend upon me and fill my heart with the light of certainty of faith.

(Tiryaq al-Qalub, pg. 6)

Is there a prophet who lives still? Then he is our Holy Prophet (on whom be peace). Books have been written by renowned authors on the Life of the Holy Prophet that he - our Holy Prophet - continues to live is proved by mighty arguments. Arguments which have no equal in any other prophet's life. Among the arguments is this, that a prophet who lives in one whose blessings and graces continue for ever.
(Al Hakam 17 Feb., 1906, pg. 3)

The life of Holy Prophet is a life of enduring worth. A mighty proof of this is that the graces of the graces of the Holy Prophet, his spiritual influence, lives for ever. Those who walk in his footsteps even today become quickened with life, - raised from their graves as it were. They receive the gift of a new spiritual life.
(Aina Kamalat Islam pg. 221)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) - 3

In many places in the Holy Quran it is laid down - implicitly as well as explicitly - that the Holy Prophet, on whom be peace and the blessings of God, is the most perfect manifestation of Divinity; his speech is the speech of God, his advent the advent of God, his coming the coming of God. We have the verse, 'Say, Truth has come and falsehood has gone, and falsehood had to go'. Truth here means the three - God Almighty, the Holy Quran and the Holy Prophet, on whom be peace and blessings of God.... You can see how God Almighty associates the Holy Prophet's name with His Own and how the Holy Prophet's advent becomes the advent of God. (peace on the Holy Prophet and God's blessings).

(Surma Chashm-i-Arya, pg. 229-38 foot note)

I have always wondered and wondered how high must be the station of this Arabian Prophet Muhammad! Thousands of blessings and prayers of peace for him! Impossible it is to measure the height of his station. Impossible to have an idea of his purifying powers. Pity therefore that his greatness goes unrecognized still. The conception of the One God had all but disappeared from the face of this earth; the stalwart who established it again in human hearts is he. He loved God to the utmost. And he loved and sympathised with mankind equally, sacrificing his life for their sake. No wonder, God Who knew the secret of his heart raised him above Prophets and above all men who had gone before him or were to come after him. All his aspirations were fulfilled during his life.

(Haqiqat al-Wahy pg. 115-116)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) - 2 -

The true saviour whose offer of salvations (of the fruit of salvation, to be exact), is with us today and will be with us until doomsday, is the one who appeared in the land of Hijaz. His offer of salvation was for all mankind, of all times.

(Dafi al-Bala 'inside back cover')

We know it clearly from the Holy Quran that every prophet is a member of the Umma - the fold - of Muhammad (on whom be peace). Says the Holy Quran addressing the prophets:

You shall believe in him help him (3:82)

This means all prophets belong to the Umma - the fold - of the Holy Prophet (on whom be peace).

(Barahin-i-Ahmadiyya V, appendix pg. 133)

A man who exceeded all men in perfection, perfect as man and perfect as prophet, came into the world, endowed with the most perfect of graces. Through the Quickening and Gathering brought about by him came the First Resurrection. A dead world became charged with life. Who is he? He is the blessed prophet, Khatam al-Anbiya, Imam al-Asfiya, Khatam al-Mursalin, Fakhr al-Nabiyyin, Muhammad Mustafa (on whom be peace and blessings of God).

Beloved God! Reward this beloved prophet with Mercies and Favours with which no man from the beginning of time, has been rewarded by Thee. Had not this great prophet appeared in the world, we would have known nothing of the truth of the lesser prophets like Jonah, Job, Jesus son of Mary, Malachi, John, Zachariah, etc., etc. We would have had no proof. True, they were accepted and approved and honoured and loved by God. But we owe this to The Holy Prophet, that these other prophets came to be known as true prophets.

"God! Accept our prayers for him, send him peace, bless him and his progeny and all his companions with Thy blessings."

(Itmam al-Hujja, pg. 28)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw)

The Promised Messiah's Beliefs
(from his writings)

What was this, do you know? This most wonderful thing which happened in the wilderness of Arabia? Spiritually dead millions became alive again in a matter of days; those without eyes began to see, those without speech began to speak the language of seers gifted with divine knowledge. This was a revolution which no eye had seen before nor had an ear heard of it before.

What was it, do you know? It was a miracle performed by the mighty prayers of a man who had dedicated his life to God. Prayers offered in the dead of night. These prayers shook the world. They wrought changes impossible for an unlettered person to bring about.

God! shower Thy blessings and send peace on this man! Bless not only him but also those who come after him and follow him! Remove their fears, their sorrows, their anxieties. And on this his Umma, shower Thy Bounties and Thy Blessings until the end of days.

(Barkat-al Dua pg. 10-11)

Thousands and thousands of prayers and invocations of peace, mercies, and blessings, for the Holy Prophet Muhammad Mustafa - on whom peace - through whom we found the Living God.

(Nasim-i-Dawat, pg. 1)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Real Talk: Gangs and Drug Culture - Part 1 (English)

Allah the Almighty - Part II

The Promised Messiah's Beliefs
(from his writings)

God is a lovely treasure. Hold Him dear. He is your Help at every step. You are as nothing without Him. And nothing are your means and methods.

(Kishti-i-Nuh, pg. 20)

God is One and Unique and Unpartnered, in one and all His perfect attributes. Without any fault whatsoever.

He combines in His person al the most perfect attributes. He is the Manifestation of all Holy Powers, the Originator of all creatures, the Spring of all Graces, the Lord of rewards and punishments, the Disposer of all affairs. He is near though far, far though near. Above all things and everything, yet there is nothing below Him. He is the most hidden than everything yet there is nothing more evident than Him. He lives in His right, everything else by Him. Himself self subsistent, everything else subsists by Him. Everything holds He, nothing hold Him. Nothing came to create itself without Him. Nothing can now live by itself. He encompasses everything, though we know not how it happens to be so. He is the Essence of everything in heaven and earth. The essence of everything owes its brightness to His Hand, is a shadow of His Being. The nourisher of all worlds is He.

(Lecture Lahore, pg. 5)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Allah the Almighty

The Promised Messiah's Beliefs
(from his writings)

Allah the Almighty

I want to make it clear to Muslims, Christians, Hindus, and Aryas, that I have no enemy. I love all men as a merciful mother loves her children. Nay more. I am enemy only of false beliefs, beliefs subversive of truth. To sympathise with all humans is my duty and to preach against falsehood, disloyalty to God, tyranny, evil conduct, injustice, immorality is my mission.

My motive for this height of sympathy is that I have discovered a gold mine, have had access to an unlimited supply of precious stones. In the mine I have found a bright and priceless jewel. So priceless that if I divide it between all of my fellow men, every one of them will become richer than the richest among them in gold and silver. What is this jewel? It is the true God. To reach Him is to know Him, to become really aware of Him, to have true faith in Him, to be united with Him in true love. To receive true blessings from Him in return. Having found such a priceless treasure it will be cruel on my part if I let not my fellow-men know about it. Could I let them go hungry while I have plenty. No, it will not be so, while I can help. My heart burns over their want and hunger. My soul becomes depressed over their dark and straitened existence. I want to see their homes filled with riches divine. I want to see them full with faith and truth. Full to capacity.

(Arbain No. 1, pg. 2-3)



Another distinctive feature of Islam is that it not only proclaims its universal character but also lays claim to being eternal and it then proceeds to fulfil the preconditions of such a claim. For instance a Message can be eternal only if it is complete and perfect in every aspect and also guaranteed with regard to the verity of its contents. In other words, its revealed Books should bear divine guarantee against human revision and tampering. In so far as the teachings of the Quran are concerned, The Almighty Himself claims in the Quran: I have this day perfected your faith for you in every way and, having completed My bounty upon you. have chosen for you Islam as religion [12].

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Our Faith - 2


The very first leaf of the Holy Quran praises the Lord Who is the Sustainer of all the worlds, and its last passage urges us to pray to the Lord of mankind. Thus both the first and the last words of the Holy Quran present the concept of the entire universe, and not merely that of a God of the Arabs or the Muslims. Verily, no one before the Holy Prophet of Islam had beckoned the whole of humanity, and no book before the Holy Quran had addressed the entire world. The first such claim was made in favour of the Holy Prophet of Islam in these word: And We have not sent thee but as a bearer of glad tidings and a Warner of all mankind, but most men know not [6]. And then Say '0 mankind, truly I am a Messenger to you all' [7].

And when the Quran calls itself a message for all the world [8], it upholds itself as the guidance with which is linked the true development and advancement of mankind.

The Quran has repeatedly been called the 'Verifier' of other Books and Muslims are admonished to believe in all other Prophets in exactly the same manner as they believe in their own Prophet. In our faith, it is forbidden to make a distinction among any of them, much less to believe in some and reject others. The Quran says: All (of us) believe in Allah, and in His angels, and in His Books, and in His Messengers saying, We make no distinction between any of His Messengers [9].

It may not be without merit to examine if universality in itself is a desirable feature, and why Islam has laid such great stress upon it. Ever since Islam has brought the message of the unity of mankind, the pace of the march towards such unity has continued to accelerate in every sphere. An example of this march in our times is the establishment of different international bodies and federations. Indeed, these are but milestones along the long and devious journey towards unity among all mankind. So, the need that is keenly felt by the advanced and civilised man of today, had already been fulfilled by planting the seed of its solution in the message of Islam 1400 years ago. Today, of course, the rapid development of travel and communications has lent a new impetus to the march towards unity among peoples and nations.