Mr. Faruqi's Genius for Mixing Up Thread Ends
Walking in the footsteps of his father, Mr. Faruqi first made an interpolation in a passage in Tiryaqul Qulub, to the effect that the Promised Messiah had believed Mirza Mubarak Ahmad, the fourth son, was the Muslih Mau'ud. But seeing that Mubarak Ahmad had died in early boyhood, he then takes up the position that the Muslih Mau'ud
was to come among the distant descendants of the Promised Messiah, in probably the remote future, and by holding this view, he is contradicting his own earlier conclusions that the Muslih Mau'ud
was to be in the immediate first generation, or in the fourth (Truth Triumphs, page 30). He makes a reference to an Ilham
in Tazkira, page 691, to the effect that "All the victory was to come after him, the manifestor of truth and dominance, even as though Allah Himself had come down from the heavens", and proceeds to conclude on this basis:
"All glory will come after his advent. He will be the personification of Truth and Uprightness, as if Allah had descended from the Heaven." (Tazkira, Page 691)
"Hazrat Mirza Sahib indicates in his book Tazkirat
as to when that victory of faith and religion will come... And three hundred years from today will not have passed, when those Muslims and Christians who are awaiting the second advent of Jesus Christ, will become utterly disappointed and will forsake the idea. Then there would be only one predominant religion, and one guide (The Holy Prophet Mohammad). I have come to sow the seeds and I have done it. Now the plants will grow and flourish and there is none who can prevent this." (Truth Triumphs, Page 33)
After quoting this passage, Mr. Faruqi proceeds to draw the conclusion:
"This statement indicates that the Promised Muslih will be the Mojaddid
of the sixteenth century Hijrah, and at his hands the complete dominance of Islam will be accomplished. Allah, of course, knows best."
It is surprising that, according to the statements and writings of the Promised Messiah, the Ilhami
promise of God was that the Muslih Mau'ud
was to be born within a period of nine years. But on page 30 of his book, Mr. Faruqi, first places the son in the first generation or in the fourth; and now on page 33 of the same book, he takes another view, namely, that he well might turn out to be the Mojaddid
of the sixteenth century of the Hijrah, although the fourth generation of the descendants of a man can normally come within one hundred years; while the sixteenth century after the Promised Messiah would come two hundred years afterwards.
In the Ilham
here under reference, what has been stated is that the complete victory would come after the Muslih Mau'ud, not in his life-time. But to beg his own pet and particular point, Mr. Faruqi is now doing his best to interpret this Ilham
to mean that the Muslih Mau'ud
would be the Mojaddid
of the sixteenth century of the Hijra.
Mr. Faruqi's interpretation that the Muslih Mau'ud
will come in the fourth generation of the descendants of the Promised Messiah, is evidently falsified by his own second line of thought that the Promised Muslih
would come in the sixteenth century; and this thesis of his advent in the sixteenth century is ruled out, on the basis of the Ilhami
promise of God, since, under the Ilhami
promise, the Promised Muslih
was to take birth definitely within nine years of the date when the prophecy was made. Above all, in view of the Ilhami
identification on page 14 of Tiryaqul Qulub, he was to be one of the four sons, namely, Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad, Mirza Bashir Ahmad, Mirza Sharif Ahmad, and Mirza Mubarak Ahmad. Since the last named, died in early boyhood, as had been foreshadowed in certain Ilhams
received by the Promised Messiah, the question, indisputably, boils down to just this that the Muslih Mau'ud
was to be one of the remaining three sons. Therefore, only the interpretation given by Mr. Faruqi on page 30 of his book: "It may be that this boy would be born in this very generation" can be held to be in accord with the Ilhami
identification, to the effect that the Muslih Mau'ud
was to be one of the three sons, left after the death of the youngest, namely, Mirza Mubarak Ahmad.