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3rd Q – ANY NEWS IN QURAN ABOUT
ADVENT OF A PROPHET?
A WITNESS OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PBUH)
Can he, then, who stands upon a clear proof from his Lord, and to testify to whose truth a witness from Him shall follow him, and who was preceded by the Book of Moses, a guide and a mercy, be an impostor? Those who are the true followers of Moses believe therein, and whoever of the opposing parties disbelieves in it, the Fire shall be his promised place. So be not thou, O reader, in doubt about it. Surely, it is the truth from thy Lord; but most men believe not. [11:18]
This verse is heralding the advent of a testifier who shall be amongst the followers of the holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) and he shall witness the truthfulness of the holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah upon him) at such time when it is made suspicious and doubtful. It is obvious that only that witness can be accepted who has pure character and has observed the incidence to be witnessed with his own eyes.
The Promised Messiah (Peace be upon him) was raised in such age when Islam was either forsaken or corrupted. Huzoor challenged the followers and scholars of all religions to present such irrefutable evidence as he claimed to have presented for Islam, i.e., heavenly signs and live communication with God. Nobody dared to accept this challenge and thus proved the authenticity of Islam.
HIS NAME IS AHMAD
And call to mind when Jesus, son of Mary, said, 'O children of Israel, surely, I am Allah's Messenger unto you, fulfilling that which is before me of the prophecies of the Torah, and giving glad tidings of a Messenger who will come after me, his name being Ahmad. And when he came to them with clear proofs, they said, this is manifest sorcery.' [61:7]
In this verse the advent of a prophet has been heralded whose name shall be Ahmad. It is said that holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) is mentioned in this verse. This interpretation is acceptable but it should be kept in mind that his name was Muhammad, not Ahmad.
RAISING IN LATTER DAYS
And He will raise him among others of them who have not yet joined them. He is the Mighty, the Wise. [62:4]
This verse is from Sura Juma which is very next chapter after Sura Saff wherein the prophecy about a prophet named Ahmad is mentioned. Now in this chapter it is mentioned that first appearance of that prophet has taken place in Makka amongst the unlettered people and his second appearance shall be in latter days amongst another people who haven’t so far met him. At the revelation of this verse Hadhrat Abu Huraira (RA) asked the holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) that who shall be these people amongst whom this second appearance of the prophet shall take place, upon which he put his hand on the shoulder of Hadhrat Salman of Persia, one of his companions, and said that if faith ascends to the highest star, one man or some men from his people shall bring it back to the earth.
As the Promised Messiah (peace be upon him) was from the Persian people, this prophecy is fulfilled in his person.
FIGHT BY PEN
“By the inkstand and by the pen and by that which they write, Thou are not, by the grace of thy Lord, a madman.” [68: 2, 3]
In this verse of Chapter “The Pen”, Allah has presented pen and writing by it as the testimony to the effect that the holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) has no mental illness. It means that there shall come a time when such writings shall appear wherein it shall be alleged that the holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) was God forbid mentally sick, but these allegations and accusations shall be rebutted by pen and it shall be proved that all these allegations are bundle of lies. By the Grace of Allah, the Promised Messiah (Peace be upon him) wrote thousands of pages proving the high standard and truthfulness of the holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him).
REVIVALISTS, TESTIFIER & TESTIFIED
“By the heaven having mansions of stars, and by the promised Day, and by the testifier and the testified” [85:2-4]
In these verses, 12 revivalists of Muslim Ummah have been mentioned as mansions of heavens who appeared in the beginning of every century. Then the promised day has been mentioned in which the testifier, i.e., the Promised Messiah (peace be upon him) appeared and testified the truthfulness of the holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him). The appearance of this testifier is also mentioned in Chapter “Hud”.
IS IMAM MAHDI MENTIONED IN THE QURAN?
Some people argue that there is no mention, whatsoever, of Imam Mahdi in the Holy Quran. They demand us to prove from the Quran that Imam Mahdi shall come. We have already proved from the Quran that prophet-hood is continued. In the following verses we’ll prove that Imam Mahdi, which means “a guided leader”, is a title of the prophets and all the prophets have been called Imam Mahdi. The confusion arises in the minds when people think of Imam Mahdi as a separate and distinct personality from the Promised Messiah. In the Ahadees of Hadhrat Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) mentioned in Ibn-e-Majja and Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal, Imam Mahdi and the Promised Messiah has been mentioned as one and the same person. The holy Quran also does not differentiate Imam Mahdi from prophets and call the prophets as Imam Mahdi, as is evident in the following verses.
And remember when his Lord tried Abraham with certain commandments which he fulfilled, He said, 'I will make thee a leader of men.' Abraham asked, 'And from among my offspring?' God said, 'My covenant does not embrace the transgressors.' [2:125]
In this verse Allah gives this glad tiding to Abraham that He is making him the Imam, which means that prophet and Imam are only two different names for one office.
In the verses 72 & 73 of Al-Anbiya, Allah mentions Prophet Lot, Ishaq and Yaqoob and then in verse-74 calls them Imam Mahdi.
And We made them leaders who guided people by Our command, and We sent revelation to them enjoining the doing of good works, and the observance of Prayer, and the giving of alms. And Us alone they worshipped. [21:74]
Similarly in the following verse, Allah also mentions the Prophets of Israelites as Imam Mahdi.
And We appointed from among them leaders, who guided the people by Our command, because they were steadfast and had firm faith in Our Signs. [32:25]
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