Friday, March 23, 2012

Hadhrat Ahmad (as) and the Miracle of the Pen

In his Friday Sermon of March 23, 2012 Khalifatullah Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib (atba) of Mauritius paid glowing tributes to the staggering literary contributions and special spiritual achievements of the Promised Massih Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) of Qadian. The sermon succinctly summarises the extraordinary efforts of the Promised Massih (as) to defend and espouse the cause of Sahih Al Islam by wielding the pen as the sword of Allah.

Read the Extracts from the Sermon:

“… Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah and Mahdi was born to a noble family in Qadian, India. From an early age he had a keen interest in religion and used to devote the majority of his time in reading books and staying in the Mosque because of his love for Allah.

He was also known for his honesty, friendliness and resolve. Over time by the grace of Allah his knowledge and understanding of religion and its application to society deepened. Being a Muslim it was his firm belief that all religions were true at origin and he always sought to uphold the dignity of religion and to demonstrate its relevance to everyone. His earnest defence of religion was ultimately blessed when he started to receive direct revelation from Allah – a blessing that he received for the rest of his life.

His mission was to revitalise the truth that all religions held within them and to revive the teachings of Islam. It was through this that he would bring mankind together and establish everlasting peace. In 1889, under Divine Guidance, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (upon him be peace) founded the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, a community which had grown in stature and strength and conveyed the message of Islam to the ends of the earth.

But today, after having reached its peak, it (this community/Jamaat) has lost its credence and essence as true all because of some rebels (creators of chaos) found therein who have trampled the teachings of Islam under their feet. But Allah remained true to His promise which He made to His Messiah and He sent another Messiah to hold fast the torch of True Islam which Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (upon him be peace) came to revive in his era.

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (upon him be peace) had established himself as a respected writer, and had written over 80 books. One of his greatest scholarly works was “The Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam”, prepared as a paper and read out at the Conference of Great Religions in 1896.

He also wrote a fascinating treatise in 1899 entitled “Jesus in India, a book that uncovered remarkable evidence of Jesus (upon him be peace) journey to India. People joining his Community reflected his success in conveying the truth of Islam. From 1889 until the time of his demise in 1908 tens of thousands of people accepted him.

In the long history of mankind before today, by the grace of Allah no one has ever wielded his pen so forcefully, so powerfully and so relentlessly in the defence of his faith as Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (upon him be peace) – the great spiritual son of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (upon him be peace) unlocked fathomless treasures of knowledge so freely, so generously and so abundantly. He fulfilled a famous saying of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that the Mahdi would distribute wealth freely.

Millions of words flowed from his pen, his writing occupy thousands of pages bound in over eighty bulky volumes. This does not include hundreds of posters, leaflets and handbills issued by him to nail the lie or to challenge the enemies of Islam. Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (upon him be peace) pen produced wonders, and exercised a fascination and hypnotised the reader in a way that no writer could have claimed such skills in his era. His cold logic, his power of reasoning, his marshalling of arguments, his method of induction and deduction, his dynamism in style and expression left his friends and foes dumbfounded and speechless. Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (upon him be peace) love for Allah (Glory be to Him), and his devotion to the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and his complete immersion in the Holy Quran were simply matchless and unparalleled. His love for Islam prompted the unceasing flow of powerful writings that set leaders of diverse faiths on the defensive.

Allah (Glory be to Him) had blessed him with two special gifts: the gift of knowledge and the gift of the power to communicate that knowledge. The miracle of the pen, whether in Urdu or Arabic, with which he was divinely blessed, remains unchallenged for all times. Little wonder that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (upon him be peace) was able to demonstrate the mastery on both these languages in a manner no one have ever excelled. Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (upon him be peace) was endowed with the special gift of the understanding of the Holy Quran. He asserted, and established this assertion with the force of a giant, that the Holy Quran is an infinite source of knowledge – infinite in its meanings and infinite in its nature and properties. Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (upon him be peace) brought a new glory and a new lustre to the Holy Quran discovering numerous excellences and graces that had lain hidden for centuries. 

He was the first authority to indicate that Surah Al-Fatiha is a synopsis of the Holy Quran and in a way prologue to the Holy Book, the rest of the Holy Book being an explanation of this single but major Surah. He explained how the meanings of various parts and the verses of the Quran have relevance to the present day needs. When Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (upon him be peace) announced his mission for reforming the society, he was attacked for his alleged lack of knowledge and learning. He was described as a Munshi (clerk) and a half-educated scholar. It was stated that he has no knowledge of Arabic and therefore did not have the necessary qualifications to pronounce judgement on matters of higher learning. A wall of prejudice was raised against him.

When this hue and cry spread far and wide, God granted him a special knowledge of the Arabic language and endowed him with the knowledge of forty thousand roots of Arabic in a single night. Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (upon him be peace) was granted this miraculous competence in Arabic and was commanded to write books in Arabic. His first attempt in Arabic prose was a chapter that he appended to his outstanding book, Ayna-Kamaalat-Islam. This chapter contained an open challenge to anyone who could find faults in his God-given gift of Arabic. Then it was alleged that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (upon him be peace) had secretly employed an Arab who did his writings in Arabic.

To silence this allegation, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (upon him be peace) was commanded by God to deliver a sermon in Arabic on the forthcoming Eid-ul-Adha which was to occur in a couple of days (11 April 1900). In obedience to the divine command, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (upon him be peace) delivered a lengthy sermon in Arabic, which was recorded instantly by a team including Hazrat Maulvi Nuruddin, who later was elected the first caliph after the demise of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (upon him be peace). The sermon (later published under the title of Khutba Ilhaamiyah – the Revealed Sermon, is couched in Arabic of highest order and bewildered the Arabs and non-Arabs alike. The writing of these books was not the only occupation of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (upon him be peace). He issued thousands of leaflets, handbills and tracts and wrote letters and made speeches and granted interviews to hundreds of thousands of seekers of truth.

According to one estimate, in seven years after the acceptance of the first Bai’at, he received ninety thousand letters to which he had to reply himself. The writing of forty or fifty letters a day is not an easy job for a man who is required to make speeches, hold debates and write books. And then he had to play host to all those who visited him, for Islam, inculcating cordial hospitality towards all guests…."

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