One of the many allegations that the opponents of Ahmadiyyat falsely charge is that this Community does not believe in the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, as the Khataman-Nabiyyeen and has, therefore, departed from the fourteen hundred years old track of the orthodox Islam. This allegation, like all other allegations, is untrue and is a baseless calumny. The actual fact is that no sect of Islam believes in the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, with the same force, the same sincerity, the same insight and certainty as do the Ahmadis believe. The Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement says:
‘The allegation charged against me and my followers that we do not believe in the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, as the Khataman Nabiyyeen is a scandalous lie. Those, who blame us, do not positively believe in him with even the millionth part of the zeal, conviction, insight and dead certainty with which we believe him to be the Khatamal Anbiya.’ (Al Hakm: March 17, 1905)
When the above lines are presented in rebuttal of the calumnious allegations of our opponents, they are apt to say that all this is mere verbal assertion with no sincerity behind it. The truth is that Mirza Sahib has cleared a new diversion for his prophethood under the guise of ‘Ummati’ or ‘Zilli’ Nabi. But in reality he has defied and abrogated the Quranic verse concerning ‘Khataman Nabiyyeen’. The terms of ‘Zilli Prophet’ or ‘Ummati Prophet’ have been coined so that the door of prophethood may remain open. This is done in the face of the fact that all the past divines have closed hermetically the door of prophethood for ever. But a little search for truth shall make it clear to the just and the fair-minded enquirer that this allegation is totally without substance and has not even the remotest relationship to facts.
If you wish to know the truth, it is the Ahmadiyya Community alone which presents the true meanings of the verse ‘Khataman Nabiyyeen’ in exactly the same way as the learned divines and God-fearing scholars of Islam have been explaining before. The Ahmadiyya Community has not in the least departed from the truth. On the contrary it is the opponents of Ahmadiyyat who have diverted and have adopted innovations but mischievously blame the Ahmadis.
In a number of English speaking countries, religious leaders from abroad give distorted versions of the true meanings of the Arabic words KHATAMAN NABIYYEEN. This booklet should help fill a void in understanding its true interpretation not merely at the hands of Ahmadis but by eminent scholars of the past.
The best course to solve this matter would be to quote the very same passages on which our opponents have based their allegations and have passed their verdict of apostacy against the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement. A careful and unbiased study of these quotations will convince the just and fair-minded readers that the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement had not in any way departed from the sand of the enlightened divines and venerated Muslim scholars of the past. On the contrary, it shall become evident that he also has taught his followers the same view which was accepted by the earlier scholars and saints of Islam.
A new course, therefore, has been adopted only by those who are the accusers. We have, therefore, no need to dwell upon this point any further. He who loves truth, and has the fear of God in his heart, shall at once realise who is right and who is wrong.