Testimony of the Holy Quran
A gentleman, Ata Muhammad by name, asks in his letter of August 1893
as to what evidence there is that I am the Promised Messiah, or indeed
that it is necessary for us to wait for the appearance of any Messiah
The first point to be remembered here is that the objector holds the
belief that Jesus has died, as is plainly stated in the Holy Quran,
but he denies that anyone is to arise in the Muslim nation bearing the
name of Jesus. He admits that this prophecy is to be found in Hadith
reports, but he considers these statements to be unreliable, arguing
that Hadith reports were collected together after a long time, and consist
largely of isolated reports which cannot be accepted with certainty.
Consequently, he does not believe in the news about the Promised Messiah,
established from the Hadith, to be positively factual, and considers
all such reports to be worthless and insignificant, having no acceptable
proof in his view. It is necessary, therefore, to reply to him in the
light of his beliefs.
Let it be made plain that as regards this issue there are three points
to be settled:
Firstly, are the reports of the
coming of the Promised Messiah, which are found in Hadith, to be considered
unreliable because the contents of Hadith are far from the standard
of absolute authenticity?
Secondly, does the Holy Quran mention
anything about this prophecy or not?
Thirdly, if this prophecy is a
proven fact, what is the proof that it is fulfilled in my person?