Ahmadis today believe that Mujaddidiyat or the advent of Divine Reformers appointed directly by Allah the Most High has come to an end with the departure of the Promised Massih (as). They think that there is no scope for any Mujaddid to come in the new century of Islam as Hadhrat Ahmad (as) has claimed to be the Mujaddid of the Last Millennium.
Out of the 91 Books that the Promised Massih (as) is reported to have written in his entire life, his claim of being the Mujaddid of the Last Millennium is mentioned only once, in a lecture delivered on November 02, 1904 at
“Since it is the last millennium, it was inevitable that the Imam of the latter days should be born at the turn of this millennium. After him, there is no Imam and no Messiah except the one who comes in his image, for in this millennium the world comes to an end as all the Prophets have testified. This Imam, whom God has designated as the Promised Massih, is the Mujaddid of this century as well as that of the last millennium” [p. 9, Qadian: Nazarat Nashro Ishaat (2007)]
Based on this sole statement, Ahmadis today conclude that no Mujaddid will come in the entire Millennium. Those who take a second look at the statement will find: there is no Imam and no Messiah except the one who comes in his image”.
It means that others can come so long as they are “in his image”. The door for spiritual elevation in subsequent ages is closed only in the case of those who reject the Elect of Allah of the day- the Promised Massih (as) in his era. In other words, Allah will raise the spiritual progeny of the Promised Massih (as) to all the spiritual blessings that are promised in the Holy Qur’an (4:70). The Promised Massih thus did not come to cancel the great Prophetic tradition about the coming of Mujaddidin in every century. Those who come after him will only confirm his truthfulness, they do not replace him. So while he remains the Mujaddid of the Last Millennium, others will come after him. This is how the Promised Massih (as) himself understood his claim, for he never claimed that Mujaddidin will not come after him.
As we have noted above, the Lecture Sialkot was delivered on November 02, 1904. Within a year after he made this speech, the Promised Massih (as) directly addressed a question on the future of divine guidance after his time. Indeed, the reply of Hadhrat Ahmad (as) to the question clearly showed that he believed in the necessity of Mujaddidin in every century.
“29 SEPTEMBER 1905, before noon. A man asked the question: ‘
He [the Promised Messiah] replied:
From these statements of the Promised Massih (as), it is clear that he has not cancelled any Prophetic tradition regarding the coming of divinely raised souls in the Community in future. In fact, he provides the glad tiding about the coming of others after him till the Day of Judgement. The larger question is:
Why do Ahmadis misrepresent the views of the Promised Massih (as) today?
It is impossible to consider that the Khalifa and his advisers and the scholars within are blissfully unaware of these writings and opinions of the Promised Massih (as). The Holy Qur’an says: “And confound not truth with falsehood, nor hide the truth, knowingly” (2:43). Yet, patent falsehood is being taught in the Jamaat of the Promised Massih (as) and the Khalifa himself cannot evade the responsibility for this predicament. How can a Khalifa who distorts the perspective of the Promised Massih (as) and who is not a recipient of divine revelations be elevated to the position of being his mirror image?
As the Promised Massih (as) noted above: