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Statement from Siraj Munir on metaphorical use of words nabi and rasul

In his book Siraj Munir, published in March 1897, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad writes:

“Do not level false allegations against me that I have claimed to be a prophet in the real sense. Have you not read that a muhaddas [saint] too is a mursal [messenger]?… It is true that, in the revelation which God has sent upon this servant, the words nabi, rasul and mursal occur about myself quite frequently. However, they do not bear their real sense. …

We believe and acknowledge that, according to the real meaning of nubuwwat [prophethood], after the Holy Prophet Muhammad no new or former prophet can come. The Holy Quran forbids the appearance of any such prophets. But in a metaphorical sense God can call any recipient of revelation as nabi or mursal. Have you not read those Sayings of the Holy Prophet in which occur the words: rasulu rasul-illah [‘messenger of the Messenger of God’]? The Arabs to this day call even the message-bearer of a man as a rasul, so why is it forbidden for God to use the word mursal [messenger] in a metaphorical sense too? …

I say it repeatedly that these words rasul and mursal and nabi undoubtedly occur about me in my revelation from God, but they do not bear their real meanings. And just as these do not, similarly the Promised Messiah being called nabi in Hadith is not meant in a real sense. This is the knowledge which God has given me. Let him understand, who will. This very thing has been disclosed to me that the doors of real prophethood are fully closed after the Khatam an-nabiyyin, the Holy Prophet Muhammad. According to the real meaning, no new prophet nor an ancient prophet can now come.

(Siraj Munir, pages 2–3, published March 1897; underlining is ours.)

The original Urdu text (Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 12, pages 4–5) is given below: