March 2011 eGazette – The Promised Messiah and Mahdi
Friday sermon about Ruhani Khazain
By Khalifatul Masih V, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad on Dec 31st 2010
In view of the coming new year, Hudhur said tonight when the world will be busy dancing, consuming alcohol and getting excited, especially in the Western world, we should make the promise in the Presence of God that in the New Year we will keep our emotions in obedience to His commandments, we will develop in belief and will try to mould every act of ours in accordance with God’s commandments.
Hudhur wished a very happy New Year to all individually as well as communally. Relating some blessings of the year, Hudhur said through the work done by Russian desk at MTA he now receives letters in their hundreds from Russia. God revealed to the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) and he said: ‘I see my community in Russia like the grains of sand in number.’ [Tadhkirah p. 964]. Hudhur said may God continue to take the message to them and fulfill this revelation. Hudhur also mentioned something that he had wished to say during Jalsa Qadian.
Hudhur praised our website alislam.org and informed that it has a new resource. A word search facility is now available for all the books of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). Hudhur said this was a difficult task which has been accomplished by a team of young people. They are: Noman Ahmad from Lahore, Mubarak Ahmad from Karachi. Both of them are Waqfe Nau. The additional team is from India, hence Hudhur’s wish to mention the names at Qadian Jalsa. They are: Fazalur Rahman from Chennai, Maqsood Ahmad, Shahid Pervaiz, Abdul Salam, Ayesha Maqsood, and Altaf Ahmad, all from Bangalore. Riaz Ahmad from Mangalone. Khurram Naseer from Pakistan and Kaleem ud din Sheikh from Chennai. Hudhur said they have accomplished a great task, may God reward them and may the world benefit from the resource they have created.
Ruhani Khazain: the books of Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian
These are the books of Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, the Promised Messiah and Mahdi, peace be on him.
Originally written in Arabic, Persian and Urdu. At the time of the celebration of the Promised Messiah’s day on March 23rd, the Alislam team once again presents to the readers its new page of Ruhani Khazain and the new Computerized Edition Published in 23 Volumes:
Jesus in India is an English version of Masih Hindustan mein, an Urdu treatise written by the Holy Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835 – 1908). The Urdu treatise was published in 1899.
The main thesis expounded in the treatise is Jesus’ escape from an ignominious death on the Cross and his subsequent journey to India in quest of the lost tribes of Israel whom he had to gather into his fold as mentioned in the New Testament.
Abundant evidence has been furnished from Christian as well as Muslim Scriptures, old medical books and books of history, including ancient Buddhist records, to illustrate the theme.
Starting upon his journey from Jerusalem and passing from thence through Nasibus and Iran, Jesus is shown to have reached Afghanistan, where he met the Jews who had settled there after their deliverance from the bondage of Nebuchadnezzar.
From Afghanistan Jesus went to Kashmir, where some Israelite tribes had also settled. He made this place his home and here he died. His tomb has been traced and found in Khanyar Street, Srinagar.
Prof. William Lane Craig makes false claims about swoon hypothesis!
By Zia H Shah MD
Prof. William Lane Craig is an American Evangelical Christian apologist, theologian, and analytic philosopher known for his work in the philosophy of religion, historical Jesus studies, and the philosophy of time. I applaud and honor much of his work for the cause of theism, but, when he makes tall and false claims about Jesus, I need to expose him. Swoon hypothesis , which I will be arguing for in this paper, means that Jesus did not die on the cross; he only went into a coma or a swoon. In his much publicized debates with Dr. Peter Slezak and Christopher Hitchens, about existence of God, Prof. Craig cites the so called resurrection of Jesus, as proof for existence of God and claims that other explanations for an empty tomb and sighting of Jesus after crucifixion have been universally rejected. He has perhaps not read the early history of Christianity thoroughly or he would not have made such an exaggerated claim. He calls the assumed resurrection a divine miracle and a great proof for the existence of God. He suggests that belief in resurrection is based on three historical facts but completely overlooks alternative and more plausible explanations for these facts. Given his theological and doctrinal biases, he has an axe to grind. Prof. Craig highlights in his presentations exorcisms performed by Jesus, may peace be on him, as miracles and feels that in doing so he is buttressing his claims about resurrection of Jesus, but as every student of allopathic medicine knows that exorcisms, demons and witches were a creation of the medieval mind, and so is the claim of resurrection!
In the debate Prof. Craig suggests that the only explanation of empty tomb that the Christian theologians have accepted is the miraculous one. This does not amount for much as it only reflects the pre-existing biases and prejudices of these theologians. Additionally the Christian apologists use the label of ‘theologian,’ only for those who agree with their premise. Craig equates other explanations for the empty tomb with flat-earth theory and by implication his own interpretation and emphasis on resurrection to very well founded scientific realities. Such analogies are unfair propaganda only. To raise Christian dogma to the level of completely proven and fully established scientific realities, for which evidence abounds, whereas, the evidence for resurrection is only well meaning and pious stories from 20 centuries ago, amounts to religious fundamentalism only and no scholarship of any kind. It is unfortunate that highly accomplished people like William Lane Craig do not carefully examine the ramifications of their belief in resurrection of Jesus, may peace be on him. Craig nicely explains the proof from First Cause and the Big Bang, banking on the information from science; if he were to examine resurrection in the same scientific scrutiny he will find that his belief system implies a nuclear explosion several times more powerful than Nagasaki and Hiroshima!
Zikre Habib: Forbearance and Forgiveness of Enemies by the Promised Messiah
By Dr. Mirza Maghfoor Ahmad
Pundit Lekhram, a religious scholar who was a staunch enemy of Islam and the Holy Prophet Muhammad, arrived in Qadian and was aided and supported by the Hindus of Qadian in his effort to abuse the Promised Messiah. They fed him all kinds of lies about Hazoor which made him more abusive and disrespectful towards the Promised Messiah and the Holy Prophet Muhammd, may peace be on him. Eventually, Pundit Lekhram was killed in response to the prayers and prophecy of Hadhrat Masih Mau’ood, the Promised Messiah. Hindus and Arya Samaj, including Lala Shrampat, accused the Promised Messiah of masterminding the murder of Pundit Lekhram and wanted the government to prosecute Hazoor. And yet, while on one hand Lala Shrampat laid slander upon Promised Messiah’s name, on the other hand he asked for help from the Promised Messiah at the same time. During this whole episode, Lala Shrampat became sick and he came to Hazoor for medicine. Hazoor gave him the medicine and asked him if he truly considered him the enemy responsible for the murder of Lekhram. If so, Hazoor asked, did he then think it was appropriate to take his medicine? Lala Shrampat replied, “We trust you. Please give us the medicine.”
The same Lala Shrampat, fell seriously ill on another occasion due to an infection in his abdomen and believed he was going to die. When Hadhrat Masih Mau’ood found out about his illness, he visited his home located in a dark and narrow alley. He appointed his own personal doctor, Muhammad Abdullah, to treat Lala Shrampat – he was the only doctor in Qadian at the time. Hazoor visited him daily. During his illness, Lala Shrampat would request Hazoor “Hadhrat Jee, pray for me!” Hazoor comforted him and prayed for him till he recovered. This is the character of a man so great that his heart overflowed with genuine goodwill for even the worst of his enemies.
Hadhrat Masih Mau’ood wrote in his book Arba’een, “I would like to say explicitly to all Muslims, Christians and Hindus that I do not consider anybody my enemy in this world. I love mankind more than a caring mother loves her children. I am only the enemy of those false beliefs which belie the truth. Compassion for human beings is my obligation; repudiation of falsehood, idolatry, oppression and every kind of misdeed, injustice and immorality is my creed.” He repeatedly expressed his love and sympathy for all humans as part of his faith and purpose of his advent. Even those who devoted their lives to prosecute him shared his grace. The Promised Messiah said, “I am thankful that I have prayed for every single one of my enemies at least two or three times.”
Remembrance of the Promised Messiah, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian
This is an English Speech by Imam Naseem Mahdi, Missionary In charge, at 25th Jalsa Salana USA West Coast 2010, Baitul Hameed Mosque in Chino, California.
He narrates many incidents about the life of the Promised Messiah, may peace of Allah be on him, from the books written by Mufti Muhammad Sadiq and Ghulam Rasool Rajeki, both were very distinguished companions of the Promised Messiah, and other sources.
I was born a Sunni Muslim but little did I know that at the tender age of 19 I would become part of the fastest growing Muslim community in the world. I didn’t know much about the different sects that were in Islam; all I was raised to know was the “Sunni way.” Growing up we would regularly attend the mosque for jumma; me, my brothers and sister would attend Quran classes on the weekends. When I was 17 I had gotten admission into a college where I was introduced to a diverse group of religious faiths. I was amazed at how open minded the people were. The way I was raised was that I should only associate myself with other Muslims, but the display of unity among various faiths made me curious. There I was introduced to an eclectic group of Muslims of different sects. As the semester went on, I joined a Muslim group where I met Muslims of different sects. I had already known about Shiites but that day I was introduced to Ahmadiyyat. When I got home that night I asked questions about Ahmadiyyat: Who are the Ahmadis? What are their beliefs? And why hadn’t I heard of this specific sect before. My father was born and raised in Pakistan while my mother was born in Afghanistan but raised in Pakistan. Coming from Pakistan they had major misconception about Ahmadiyyat. My mother responded and told me that there are many sects and that this was just one of them. My father on the other hand was very strict and quick to respond negatively. He forbade me to ask questions about Ahmadiyyat and told me that Ahmadis’ are not Muslim. He told me never to mention the name again and to disassociate myself from anyone who was an Ahmadi. Being 17 and hearing the hatred and prejudice coming from my father made me wonder why there was such a strong sentiment against Ahmadiyyat. Why was it so wrong to call an Ahmadi a Muslim? It really bothered me that I didn’t get a proper response about Ahmadiyyat from my parents but it inspired me to do some research on my own. Every day I would read about Ahmadiyyat online. I would read both the positive and negative things people had to say. The more I read the more I noticed the similar struggles that the Muslims of the time of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) and Ahmadis’ had to face. Both were persecuted mercilessly and were shunned from their communities only because they were following the word of Allah. The more I read about Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmed (as) the more I feel in love with the love he had for the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw). How can anyone claim that this noble and pious man does not follow the teachings of the Holy Prophet (saw), when in fact he is the perfect example of how a Muslim should be? After studying Ahmadiyyat, the life and writings of Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian (as), and praying for Divine guidance, it became evident to me that Ahmadiyyat is indeed the true Islam and that Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian (as) is that same Messiah and Imam Mahdi prophesied by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw).
Knowing the beliefs of others helps create mutual understanding, Harmony and tolerance
By Khalid Saifullah Khan, Australia
Ignorance concerning the beliefs of others is often the cause of intolerance and hatred which culminates in violence and religious terrorism. The print and electronic Media carries the responsibility of creating better understanding of the beliefs held by various schools of thought. However, it is possible only if the presenters and writers attain themselves an unbiased knowledge from the original writings of the leaders of various faiths, and refrain from accepting the half truths, out of context quotations and intentional disinformation spread by the sect’s opponents. It is only just and fair that a believer himself should be asked to state and explain his beliefs, rather than attributing beliefs to him by others.
I am saddened to see that the Media in the Muslim world often charges the Ahmadis for not believing the Holy Prophet Muhammad, sal-lalla-ho-alai-hi-wa-sallam, as the ‘Khataman-Nabiyyin’. While doing so, the Ahmadis are denied the right to defend themselves. I have presented the Ahmadiyya point of view in the words of the founder Ahmadiyya community himself, in the form of questions and answers. Allah commands to do justice even with the enemies. I expect you to follow this command and hope that whenever the so-called denial of ‘Khatm-e-Nubuwwat’ by Ahmadis is mentioned, the Ahmadiyya point of view stated in the ensuing paragraphs should also be stated. The correctness of the translation may be checked by reviewing the original Urdu books (available on the site: www.alislam.org).