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He affirmed in Haqiqat-ul-Wahy that prophethood ended with Holy Prophet Muhammad


Haqiqat-ul-Wahy is one of the last books of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, published in May 1907, one year before his death. In this book he has made the affirmation no less than four times that prophethood ended with the Holy Prophet Muhammad.

1. Belief in Allah includes belief that Holy Prophet came at the end of all prophets

Discussing what it means to believe in Allah, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad writes:

Haqiqat-ul-Wahy, p. 141

“God the Most High has defined the name Allah in the Holy Quran as follows. Allah is the Being Who is Rabb-ul-‘alamin, Rahman and Rahim,Who created the earth and the heaven in six days, and made Adam, and sent messengers and scriptures, and at the end of all of them sent Muhammad, may peace and the blessings of Allah be upon him, who is the Khatam al-anbiya and the best of messengers.”

Haqiqat-ul-Wahy, p. 141; in Ruhani Khaza'in, vol. 22, p. 145.

Here he says that the very definition of the name Allah, as given in the Quran, includes the fact that Allah sent the Holy Prophet Muhammad as the last of all messengers.

2. Last Prophet to gather all nations under his banner

While referring to certain of his own prophecies, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad writes :

Appendix to Haqiqat-ul-Wahy, p. 44;

“This news was given only by that God Who sent our Holy Prophet, may peace and the blessings of Allah be upon him, at the end of all the prophets, in order to gather all the nations under his banner.”

Titma or Appendix to Haqiqat-ul-Wahy, p. 44; in Ruhani Khaza'in, vol. 22, p. 477.

Not only does he say here plainly that Allah sent the Holy Prophet Muhammad “at the end of all the prophets”, but he gives a reason for it, namely, so that he could unite the followers of all prophets under the banner of Islam.

3. The Kalima teaches that Holy Prophet Muhammad was the Final Prophet

Regarding the most fundamental teaching given by every prophet, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad writes:

Haqiqat-ul-Wahy, page 111

“If all the books of God the Most High are looked into closely, it will be found that all prophets have been teaching: believe God the Most High to be One without partner and along with it also believe in our risalat (messengership). It was for this reason that the summary of the teachings of Islam was taught to the entire Umma in these two sentences: La ilaha ill-Allah Muhammad Rasul-ullah (There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah).”

Haqiqat-ul-Wahy, page 111; in Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 22, p. 114.

According to this statement, no prophet can come after the Holy Prophet Muhammad because any such prophet would have to teach people that “There is only one God, and I am His messenger”, but this he cannot do because the entire Muslim Umma, for all time to come, has already been taught “There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah” as the summary of Islam.

4. Followers of previous prophets (even now) required to believe in Prophet Muhammad

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, after quoting verse 81 of chapter 3 of the Holy Quran, translates it into Urdu as follows:

Haqiqat-ul-Wahy, pages 130–131

“And remember when God took a covenant from all messengers that when I will give you the book and the wisdom, then in the last ages My messenger will come to you, confirming your books, you must believe in him and aid him. He said: Do you affirm this compact and adhere to it? They said: We do affirm. Then God said: Now be witness to your compact and I too am a witness with you.”

He then adds the comment:

“Now it is clear that the prophets died, each in his own time. So this command is for the Umma of every prophet, that when that Messenger appears you must believe in him, otherwise you will be accountable for it.”

Haqiqat-ul-Wahy, pages 130–131; in Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 22, pages 133–134.

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad has used the words all messengers and the Umma of every prophet for the prophets and messengers who appeared before the Holy Prophet Muhammad. So all prophets and messengers who were ever to appear, other than the Promised Messenger himself, had already come before him. That Messenger, the Holy Prophet Muhammad, is also described by him as coming “in the last ages”.

Moreover, the followers of those prophets (e.g. Jews and Christians) were commanded to believe in “that Messenger”, i.e. the Holy Prophet Muhammad, when he appeared. That obligation upon them to believe in him has been in force since the beginning of Islam, and into the future permanently. Therefore no prophet can come after the Holy Prophet Muhammad because at any time, today also, the followers of previous prophets are required only to believe in the Holy Prophet Muhammad and not additionally in another prophet after him.

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