Sunday, April 17, 2011

Divine Claims and the Prayer Methods

Allah the Most High has provided means for the assurance and conviction of people who are never satisfied with mere hearsay, however conclusive may be the evidence in support of it. The Promised Massih Hadhrat Ahmad (as) thus prescribed prayer as a sure method to test and verify the claims of an Elect of Allah. The Promised Massih (as) advised the people:

A person should for forty consecutive days offer the following prayer with an unbiased mind, the last thing at night beseeching God in the following words:-

“Lord, if this man who claims that God has sent him to establish the Divine faith of Islam in the world, by presenting it in its true form and thus inducing men to believe in it, has in truth been sent by Thee, then I, who owing to my ignorance of real facts, am unable to arrive at a correct decision concerning the Truth, pray Thee, O Truth, that are the Fountain Head of all Truths, and O Guide, that are the Source of all guidance, and O Merciful One, that loves not to see Thy creatures troubled, make his Truth manifest unto me”. 

Speaking to a Western audience in 1924, Hadhrat Musleh Maoud (ra) explained the merits and significance of this test put forward by the Promised Massih (as):

If a man thus prays for forty days with a sincere heart, Allah will surely, within the space of those forty days, open his heart to the Truth and manifest some sign in support of the Promised Massih, and, as this is a mode of satisfaction which is entirely in the hands of God and is the result of prayer, it is bound to lead to perfect certainty and faith in the mind of the seeker.

I trust that the lovers of truth in the West shall welcome this just and fair mode of arriving at a decision concerning this most important matter, for, in such a case, there can be no suspicion of a man’s mind being influenced by the eloquence or cleverness of another person. It is an appeal preferred by a creature before His Creator, and is a decision pronounced by that most Merciful Judge than Whose decision there can be no truer or more just decision”. [Ahmadiyya Movement, pp. 78-79, Qadian: Nazarat Nashro Ishaat, (2007)]

We recommend that fervent truth seekers with a sincere heart may gainfully employ these prayer methods for the purpose of reaching/understanding the sublime reality of the Divine Plan at work behind the spiritual claims of Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib (atba) of Mauritius in our times, who claims to be the Khalifatullah, Mujaddid and Massih of Allah, in the new century of Islam, following in the noble and illustrious tradition of the Promised Massih of the previous era, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) of Qadian.  

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