come in future?
Mirza Tahir Ahmad
rejects a basic teaching of Islam and the Promised Messiah
Mirza Tahir Ahmad says
Promised Messiah says
(The Light & Islamic Review: Vol.71, No.
6; November-December 1994; p. 17-19)
The head of the Qadianis, Mirza Tahir Ahmad, is reported in their
organ as having stated in a Friday khutba, delivered on 27 August
"Since the imamat [i.e. Qadiani khilafat]
is in existence, there is no need for the coming of a mujaddid.
The supporting testimony of God has crushed this evil [fitna]
for all time. The imamat shall not end till the Day of Judgment,
so there is no need for a mujaddid till the Day of Judgment.
. . . Only those can deny this fact whose hearts are devoid of the
fear of God. . . . As God has indeed spoken the truth, and the Founder
of the Ahmadiyya Movement has indeed spoken the truth, so those people
are false who believe that imamat will now come to an end and
now that the new century [Hijra] has started they must wait
for a mujaddid. Thirteen years have already passed since the
beginning of the fifteenth century and in this period no mujaddid
has arisen outside the imamat of the Ahmadiyya Movement. This
has exposed this false propaganda. Even if God makes them live for
a hundred years they will not see another mujaddid." -
Al-Fazl, 30 September 1993.
As so often before in their history, once again the Qadiani leadership
is trampling under its feet the teachings of Islam and the beliefs of
the Promised Messiah, for the sake of the defence of their khilafat.
To set up their khilafat system in the first place, they
violated the basic teachings of Islam by creating a prophet after the
Holy Prophet Muhammad, and by branding other Muslims as kafir.
Then, throughout their history, they have never hesitated to over-turn
and oppose any Islamic belief or practice which was proving an obstacle
to the absolute power and supremacy of their khalifa.
We give below the views expressed by the Promised Messiah, Hazrat
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, on the famous hadith of the Holy Prophet Muhammad
about mujaddids, which runs as follows: "Surely Allah
will appoint for this Umma at the head of every century one who
will renew for it its religion [i.e. a mujaddid]." It will
be seen that Mirza Tahir Ahmads beliefs are the
exact opposite of those held by the Promised Messiah.
1. A question put to the Promised Messiah and his reply
to it are recorded as follows:
"29 September 1905, before noon. A man asked the
question: Will a mujaddid come after you? He [the Promised
"What is wrong with a mujaddid coming after
me? The prophethood of Moses had come to an end, and that is why his
chain of successors ended with Jesus. However, the dispensation of
the Holy Prophet Muhammad will last till the Day of Judgment. Therefore,
mujaddids will arise in it till Judgment Day. As long as the
Day of Judgment withholds its destruction, it does not matter that
someone else should come. We most certainly do not deny that good
and righteous people will continue to come, and then all of a sudden
the Day of Judgment will come." (Ruhani Khazain no. 2,
vol. 8, p.119.)
The Promised Messiah says here that mujaddids will continue
to come because "the dispensation of the Holy Prophet Muhammad
will last till the Day of Judgment". As Mirza Tahir Ahmad believes
that mujaddids only came in the first fourteen centuries of Islam,
and will not come in future, we can only conclude that he believes
that the dispensation of the Holy Prophet Muhammad has come to an end.
He must hold the belief that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad has replaced
and displaced the Holy Prophet Muhammad, and this is why
the system of the Qadiani khilafat has replaced and displaced
for ever the previous system of mujaddids of the Holy Prophet
Muhammad. May Allah save us from such misguided beliefs!
2. In his book Shahadat al-Qur'an, the Promised
Messiah has argued long and vigorously that successors to the Holy Prophet
Muhammad will always be arising. He writes:
"It should also be remembered that the conveying of the
argument [of Islam] takes place in a different sense in every age,
and the mujaddid of the time comes with the powers, faculties
and qualities upon which depends the reformation of the prevalent
evils. God will continue to do this forever, as long as He
pleases that the signs of righteousness and reform remain in the world."
3. While Mirza Tahir Ahmad has said that "till the
Day of Judgment" no mujaddid will come, the Promised Messiah
commenting on a verse of the Holy Quran said the very opposite:
"Another point is that the letter ra in the word
alif-lam-ra shows that this word refers to the permanent institution
of mujaddids and the sent ones, which will continue till
the Day of Judgment. . . . All these miraculous works and victories
which took place at the hands of the mujaddids among the followers
of the Holy Prophet Muhammad after him, and will continue till
the Day of Judgment, are really the achievements of the Holy Prophet."
(Ruhani Khazain no. 2, vol. 2, p.63.)
4. Mirza Tahir Ahmad says there is no need for a
mujaddid, but the Promised Messiah said that there is most
definitely need for a mujaddid:
"After one week, clothes get dirty and it becomes necessary
to have them washed. But even after the passing of a full century,
is there not a need for a mujaddid? There is, most definitely
there is. This is the reason why God established this institution
that at the head of every century a mujaddid comes for the
reform of the people." (Ruhani Khazain no. 2, vol. 3,
5. Under the heading Coming of a mujaddid at the head
of every century, the Promised Messiah is reported as having said
in a discourse:
"What I wish to say now must not be treated lightly or
superficially, but is a most important and magnificent affair. It
is not something of my own devising, but it is what God Almighty has
established. So whoever is daring and bold enough to deny it, is not
denying me but is denying the words of God, and is being impertinent
to deny the Holy Prophet Muhammad. . . .
"Every Muslim knows, and there probably cannot be anyone
unaware of it, that the Holy Prophet Muhammad has said that Allah
sends a mujaddid at the head of every century who revives that
part of the religion which faces some trouble. The arrangement for
sending mujaddids is in accordance with that promise of God
which He revealed in the words: 'Surely We have revealed the Reminder
and We are ever its Guardian.' Consequently, in accordance with
this promise and in accordance with the prophecy of the Holy Prophet
Muhammad which he made through revelation from God, it was necessary
that at the head of this century, out of which nineteen years have
passed, a mujaddid must be appointed for the reform of the
religion and revival of the Muslims." (Ruhani Khazain
no. 2, vol. 4, p.2.)
Let Mirza Tahir Ahmad ponder over the Promised Messiah's words
that "whoever is daring and bold enough to deny" the coming
of mujaddids "is denying the words of God, and is being
impertinent to deny the Holy Prophet Muhammad."
6. When asked the question by a visitor, "Is it essential
that a mujaddid comes in every century?", the Promised Messiah
is reported as replying:
"Yes, it is essential that a mujaddid must come
at the head of every century. Some people, on hearing this, say by
way of objection that if a mujaddid comes in every century
then tell us who were the mujaddids of the last thirteen centuries.
My answer is that, firstly, it is not my work to give the names of
those mujaddids. Put this question to the Holy Prophet Muhammad
who said that a mujaddid comes in every century."
(Ruhani Khazain no. 2, vol. 5, p.100.)
Similarly we say to Mirza Tahir Ahmad, when he asks us why a mujaddid
of the present new century has not so far appeared, that his objection
is directed against Allah Who raises mujaddids and against the
Holy Prophet Muhammad who gave the promise of their coming.
We may also draw attention to the historical fact that many mujaddids
did not come at the start of their centuries but much later. Sayyid
Ahmad Barelvi, the mujaddid before the Promised Messiah, was
even born one year after the start of his century, and Shah Wali-ullah,
the mujaddid before him, was born 14 years after the start of
the century of which he was the mujaddid. So we need not be so
hasty about the present century.
In the extract from which we have quoted above, the Promised Messiah
goes on to say:
"This hadith [about mujaddids] has been accepted
by all the authorities. Shah Wali-ullah has also accepted that this
hadith is from the Holy Prophet. It is contained in the books of Hadith.
No one ever threw it out, nor said that it should be excluded. . .
. I assure you that this hadith is not false, but true. It is commonly
known that a mujaddid comes in every century. . . . Just as
a century destroys the human body, similarly there also comes about
a spiritual death. A new generation is born after a century. . . .
In order to re-vitalise the new generation the law of God (sunnat
Allah) is in force that a mujaddid comes in every century."
But the law of God, the prophecy of the Holy Prophet Muhammad,
and the explanation of the Promised Messiah himself, that mujaddids
shall always be coming till the Day of Judgment, has been condemned
by Mirza Tahir Ahmad as "an evil (fitna) which has been
crushed for all time."
We have not the least worry that Allah's promise shall be fulfilled
in the future as in the past. It is the followers of Mirza Tahir Ahmad
who need to ponder the question: How long can they
continue to accept their khilafat system which only survives
by falsifying and denouncing the established teachings of Islam as well
as the Promised Messiah?