The Promised Joseph
Apart from the Ilham
with respect to the Ahl-i-Bait, we have reproduced above, there is another, as well:
"I am getting to feel the fragrance of Joseph, though for my saying this you will, perhaps, only say that my senses and my mind have started to wander, from old age."
It is hoped that by calling the Muslih Mau'ud
by the symbolic name `Yousuf', a hint has been given that severe charges shall be brought against him, and then his name shall come to be cleared of the stigma. The idea here sought to be conveyed by saying that the fragrance of Joseph was becoming perceptible, is that the advent of the Muslih Mau'ud
shall begin to be perceived. Along with this, another Ilham
was also received:
"I am along with the Holy Spirit, with you, and with your Ahl-i-Bait.
" (Tazkira, page 524)
Still another Ilham, with the same bearing, is:
"I am with you, and with these your Ahl-i-Bait.
" (Tazkira, page 747)
"Look at Joseph; mark his greatness and glory." (Tazkira, pages 215, 246, 284, 832)
Wrong Interpretation by Mr. Faruqi
of the Promised Messiah, which have no connection with the Muslih Mau'ud, Mr. Faruqi, from the hostility in his mind, has tried to misinterpret, and apply to the Muslih Mau'ud. In this frame of mind, he writes:
"After Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad had proclaimed himself as the Mojaddid
of the century, some time passed before he was permitted by Allah to form a community and take bai'at, (Pledge of initiation and loyalty). The Ilham
from God said, `Put your faith in God, and before Our eyes, under Our orders, prepare a boat (meaning a community thereby).' In somewhat similar words, the Prophet Noah (on whom be peace) was also addressed by God, as mentioned in the Holy Quran. After this, Hazrat Mirza Sahib used to pray for Divine Aid, and for the gift of spiritual successors, like the Quranic prayer, `O my Lord! leave me not alone; and Thou art the best of inheritors!' In answer to his prayers, he was given the glad tidings of a Muslih Mau'ud
(Promised Reformer) from his descendants, to guide his community." (Truth Triumphs, page 46)
We hope Mr. Faruqi would not fail to note here that Allah had said: "Even as you had supplicated, I have heard your prayers, and I have blessed them with acceptance." (Ilham
bearing on Muslih Mau'ud, published in Ishtihar, dated February 20, 1886) It seems to bear out that the Promised Messiah was asking that some Sign should be granted to him in the immediate period when the divine mission was being entrusted to him. Then how can it be that in answer to these prayers he should be told the Muslih Mau'ud
would come in the 16th century. The idea does not fit into the frame work of the situation with which the Promised Messiah was confronted at the time when Islam was being so sore pressed by enemies on all sides. The deep desire of the Promised Messiah, naturally was for some Sign to strengthen his hands for fighting the battles for Islam, at a time when Atheism was so much in the air. So his prayers obtained response from God, who told him that he would be blessed with a son, gifted with a Messianic breath; and that he would take birth within nine years.
Further Mr. Faruqi writes:
"One such Ilham
said: `The real disruptive element is already present here.' (Tazkira, page 108) Then about the coming of Muslih Mau'ud, and his overwhelming his opponents, an Ilham
said: `And withdraw aside today, O guilty ones!' (Tazkira, page 624) And then when the guilty ones become known, then they admit: `Verily we are the ones to blame.' (Tazkira, page 651) All these warning notes were clearly pointing to the fact that a mischief mongering son (of Hazrat Mirza Sahib) would precede the coming of the Muslih Mau'ud." (Truth Triumphs, page 47)
This conclusion, claimed, to be drawn from these Ilhams, is preposterous, absolutely unwarranted. Out of these, of one the exact words in Arabic are "Alfitnato Hahona
" which Mr. Faruqi has put into English as "The real disruptive element is already present here." This is not a satisfactory version of the original in Arabic, which Faruqi has put in Urdu as "Khas fitna yahan pehle
se maujud hai
". To begin with, both renderings of the orignal in Arabic are not satisfactory. The Promised Messiah has himself translated the whole Arabic Ilham
in Urdu. Taken in its entirety, it runs as "Is jaga ek fitna hai,
ki tarhe sabr karo, jab mushkilat ke pahar par tajalli karega, to inhen pash pash kar dega. Yih Khuda ki quwwat hai, jo apne bande ke liae woh ghani mutlaq zahir karega." A careful reproduction of this Ilham
in English would be:
"At this place, there is mischief. (Or, let us put it as `The real mischief lies here') So like the Prophets of high resolve, show patience. When God makes Himself manifest on the mountains, He would break them to pieces. This is the might of the Lord, which that absolutely Independent Master will make manifest in any way He likes."
The date of this Ilham
is 1883 (Tazkira
page 108) and Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad was born six years after this Ilham. As seen by Mr. Faruqi, it gives information about some mischief of importance, which Mr. Faruqi puts down as "This special mischief is present here already." Therefore, it cannot, in any case, be taken as connected with Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad in any way; rather, the mischief to which it refers, is the mischief of the Decree of Takfir
issued by the Muslim Ulema
ranged in opposition, and given a great deal of prominence after this Ilham
had been received.
Anyway, Mr. Faruqi's interpretation of this Ilham
is wrong. When he further explains its meaning to say that the source of the mischief, namely, the boy, would have taken birth already, this also is not correct.
In Barahin-i-Ahmadiyya, Part V, page 64, the Promised Messiah has reproduced the Ilham
connected with Takfir, before this Ilham, where the wording is:
"Call to mind the schemer who would call you a kafir, and deny your claim. From one of his friends, he would ask for a decree that he should impassion the common people. Destruction descend on the two hands of Abu Lahab, with which that fatwa
was written. And he, too, came to be destroyed. It was not proper for him to interfere in this matter, except with fear. Whatever harm reaches you, it will be not in his power to have created this trouble." And then said: "At that time a great noise would rise in the world, and much trouble and mischief. Therefore you should have recourse to patience, as Prophets with great resolve have always done." (Page 66)
It is evident, therefore that to the mind of the Promised Messiah connection of the mischief mentioned in this Ilham
was with the trouble caused by Maulvi Mohammad Husain Batalvi, by preparing a fatwa
of kufr, which created a deep stir among the people. Says the Promised Messiah:
"The prophecy, before this one, concerns the Istifta
which came into being with the Istifta
brought into existence by the hands of Maulvi Mohammad Husain, and Maulvi Nazir Husain, which raised a great noise in the world, and everyone broke away from me; and it came to be widely held that to call me a kafir, a faithless person, and a dajjal, came to be looked upon as a meritorious deed." (Page 66)
The Ilham, namely, "Draw away from me this day, O ye guilty people" this too is not connected with the Muslih Mau'ud. Here is the proper setting and the wording of this Ilham
"I shall give protection to everyone in this house. And draw away from me, this day, ye guilty people. The truth has come and falsehood has vanished. This is what you have been so eager to behold." (Tazkira
In the first Ilham
is a promise of protection against the plague for those resident in the house of the Promised Messiah - a promise which became a distinction between those who were believers and righteous people, and those who were guilty in the eyes of the Lord God - a Sign causing the truth to prevail, and falsehood to get uprooted, and run away. By the words: "This is what you have so eagerly been calling, and waiting for". The sense implied is that of a chastisement, which the opponents demanded so vehemently, in their blindness and folly. So none of these Revelations has any bearing on the question of the Muslih Mau'ud.
in Tazkira, page 651, namely, "Indeed we have been, making a mistake", seen in its proper context, is found sandwiched between the following Ilhams
"O Lord, cause some delay in the coming of the great earthquake. May God bring about some delay in the earthquake destined to be a sample of the Qiyama. On that occasion you will experience a strange kind of help, while your opponents shall fall down prone on their faces saying: `Pardon, O Lord, forgive us our sins; for, indeed we have been the transgressors'. And the earth shall say: `O Prophet of the Lord, I did not recognise you! Ye, those who are guilty, no blame shall be fastened on you this day. The Lord shall forgive you, since He is, indeed, the best and the greatest among those who have it in them to forgive." (Tazkira, page 650-651)
This prophecy appears to have a bearing on the fifth earthquake to be fulfilled in its own good time, when the inhabitants of the earth will say with great contrition, "O Prophet of God, we are the losers, for not having recognised you, and now there is no room for doubt in regard to these things." It is rather interesting to speculate, whether on such a day, people like Mr. Faruqi also shall come to yield faith in the Promised Messiah, as a Nabi.
These days the main point in the hostile propaganda of the Lahore Section, against Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II, is that he has erred by presenting the Promised Messiah as a Nabi. But it would be an extremely interesting situation for Mr. Faruqi and his friends, on the one hand, and for us, on the other, when, speaking in general the whole world shall have accepted the Promised Messiah, at last, as a Nabi.
Further on Mr. Faruqi writes:
"Then Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad received another Ilham
which means: `And do not address Me in favour of those mischievous people for they shall be drowned (put to death)'" (Tazkira, page 607) Now when we open the Holy Quran, we find that Allah had used somewhat similar words to Prophet Noah (xi:37) about his son. Allah had said: `Surely he is the doer of other than good deeds.' (xi. 46) Similarly Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was also addressed by God about his son, for he is a man of bad character." (Tazkira, page 88)
We hope Mr. Faruqi would excuse us if we point out that he has lifted the words `Indeed, he is the doer of deeds unrighteous' out of their proper context in the Ilham, of which they form a part. Moreover his translation ignores the exposition which the Promised Messiah has given in this behalf, and it has interfered with the sense as well, by saying `he is a boy with a bad character.' (Urdu edition, Truth Triumphs p. 47)
These interferences with plain and open texts seem to offer a view that Mr. Faruqi himself has but a poor conception of moral responsibilities, for the full Ilham
"Will you kill yourself with grief because they do not yield faith. Do not pursue things in regard to which you have no knowledge; and with respect to people who are transgressors, do not say anything to Me. They will be drowned, O Ibrahim, draw yourself away from him; he is not a righteous person. You do but admonish. You are no monitor on them."
After giving this translation, the Promised Messiah wrote by way of an exposition:
"These few verses which have come down in Ilham, on myself, apply to certain people." (Barahin-i-Ahmadiyya. Part IV, page 509, 510)
And in Barahin-i-Ahmadiyya, Part V, he writes further with respect to this Ilham
"Hazrat Ibrahim had to break relationship with some people who were to him close of kin. So this was a prophecy concerning myself that I too shall have to do the same with respect to some people with whom I am closely related; and this has actually come to pass, exactly as foreshadowed here."
This is the interpretation given by the Promised Messiah himself, in regard to the Ilhams
under reference here, which Mr. Faruqi has been wrongly trying to apply to Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II; and now that we have had the honour, and opportunity, to show him how the Promised Messiah interprets them, are we to hope he would hasten, as he should, to bring himself in line with the Promised Messiah, in whom he still professes to believe.
This particular prophecy was published in Barahin-i-Ahmadiyya, part IV, in 1884. But, the prophecy about the Muslih Mau'ud
was made on Febuary 20 1886; and Hazrat Khalifatul Masih was born, within a stipulated period of nine years, from the date when the prophecy was made, on January 12, 1889. Thus at the time when the Ilham
came to the Promised Messiah, none of the promised children had yet been born to him, so that this Ilham
could be said to be applicable to him, and the boy held to be of an undesirable character.
The Promised Messiah has, himself, clearly brought out the fact that he was being visualised here in the likeness of Hazrat Ibrahim, not of Hazrat Noah. As Ibrahim, the Promised Messiah has here been advised to cut himself away from some of his close relatives, since their aims and objects in life offended against the essential moral values which determined the pattern of his own life. And he is here spoken of as Ibrahim because, as in the case of Ibrahim, he was to be the father of another great son, like Ismail. An Ilham
bearing on this question came to the Promised Messiah as follows:
"His grief and anxiety would bring out the tree of Ismail. So keep it concealed, even until it comes forth." (Tazkira, page 588)
The word Ismail means `Allah has heard you'. This was a hint that he would be born as a result of your prayers. By saying `keep it concealed' it was intended to convey that fulfilment should be left to unfold itself, in its own good time. Eager, injudicious anticipation might lead to the creation, consciously, or unconsciously, of mental pictures as might endanger proper recognition of the reality, when it came. And so, indeed, it has happened. The events themselves have pointed out that the Ilham
was about Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II, like Hazrat Ismail, who travelled to a verdureless valley, accompanied by his mother, to settle there, for the rest of their lives, bringing into being a new township named Rabwah. This Ismail has been called a tree, since many people were to find shelter, and a resting place, under his patronage and protection, in the new settlement; and since missionaries and members of the Movement were to fan out all over the world, carrying solace and peace of mind, in an adequate and proper conception of human life, emanating from the blessings of the Holy Prophet Mohammad himself.