Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Divine Reformer after Hadhrat Ahmad

Allah’s Covenant with the Prophets is very clearly stated in the Holy Qur'an: 

And remember the time when Allah took the covenant from the people through the  Prophets, saying ‘Whatever I give you of the Book and Wisdom and then there comes to you a Messenger fulfilling that which is with you, you shall believe in him and help him’. And He said, ‘Do you agree, and do you accept the responsibility which I lay upon you in this matter?’ They said, “We agree” He said “Then bear witness, and I am with you among the witnesses”. (3:82).

Surely, there will come to you guidance from Me, then whoever follows My guidance, no fear shall come upon them, nor shall they grieve’. (2: 39)

Every Ahmadi Muslim believe that Hadhrat Ahmad (as) is a Messenger of Allah/ Divine Reformer appointed by Allah (swa). So, it is only reasonable to assume that such a divine covenant has been taken from Hadhrat Ahmad (as) as well. In fact, the Promised Massih (as) who wrote over 80 books, made several statements regarding the coming of divinely guided people in his Jamaat in future. For, Hadhrat Ahmad (as) did not come to discard, but to renew the message of the Holy Prophet (sa). In fact, that is what he did through all his teachings and that is why he said that Massihs will come after him. He even specifically declared that there is nothing abnormal or unusual about the spiritual situation if a Mujaddid follows him in the next century.

Let me quote from some of the writngs of Hadhrat Ahmad (as) on the question of future divine guidance

Laa Waliyyi baa’di illal lazi howa minni wa ala ahdi [“there will be no Wali after me except the one who is from me and who has a bond with me”]

(Khutbah Ilhamiyya- Urdu page 35; 1st Edition; p.70, Internet edition).

Let the righteous persons of the Jama‘at who have pure souls accept Bai‘at in my name. God Almighty desires to draw all those who live in various habitations of the world, be it Europe or Asia, and who have virtuous nature, to the Unity of God and unite His servants under one Faith. This indeed is the purpose of God for which I have been sent to the world. You, too, therefore should pursue this end, but with kindness, moral probity and fervent prayers. And till that time when someone inspired by God with the Holy Spirit is raised by Him, all of you should work in harmony with one another.(Al Wassiyyat, p.9)
“Once a man asked a question, Will a Mujaddid come after you?” 

The Promised Massih (as) replied: What is wrong with a Mujaddid coming after me?”

He explained that the prophethood of Moses had come to an end, and that is why his chain of successors ended with Jesus. However, the Khilafath of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) will last till the Day of Judgement. There is nothing improper about the appearance of another person so long as the Day of Judgement keeps away its destruction. We do not deny in any manner that pious and righteous men will continue to make their appearance as time goes by. And then, the Day of Judgement will descend suddenly”. (Malfuzat, Vol.7, p.119)

In every age, Islam manifests the evidence for its spiritual revival in different ways. Mujaddids will come with the power of Allah with intellectual faculties and qualities to reform those who have been completely deviated by Shaitan. God will continue to do this as long as He wants”. (Shahaadathul Qur’an, p.46).

Hazrath Ahmad (as) continues: “Another important point found in the Holy Qur’an is the letter RA in ALIF LAM RA. The letter refers to the “permanent institution of Mujaddids”, the coming of Mujaddids and other men of God till the Judgement Day”. (Ruhani Khazain, No.2, Vol.2, p.63).

Hazrath Ahmad (as) believed that the doors will always be open for the Massihs to come in future. He states: 

I am the one who claims to be the Promised Massih. But I do not claim to be the only one or the first and last Promised Massih. In my view, after my age, 10,000 Promised Massihs shall come. But for this age, I am the only Promised Massih”.  (Isaalaye Auhaam, p.197)