“…this prophecy was not just the birth of a son, rather it was to foretell the birth of an extraordinary son who would lay the foundations to a spiritual revolution in the world…”
These days Yaum-e-Musleh-e-Maud [Musleh-e-Maud Day] is being commemorated in the Jamaat, i.e. regarding the fulfilment of the prophecy in which God Almighty gave glad tidings to the Promised Messiah (as) of a promised son. God Almighty said regarding this son that He would be one who possessed special qualities, a true servant to his faith, would attain a long life and would continue the mission of the Promised Messiah (as).
This prophecy was made on 20 February 1886 and is an extraordinary sign for the truthfulness of the Promised Messiah (as) and that God Almighty’s support was with him. Thus, within the time period stated in the prophecy, this son was born on 12 January 1889 and was named Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad, to whom God Almighty bestowed the mantle of Khilafat after the demise of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih I (ra).
I shall present some accounts from the life of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud (ra) and how this prophecy was truly fulfilled in his person. However, before doing so I shall present the words of the Promised Messiah (as) with regard to the significance and truthfulness of this prophecy. This prophecy was not just the birth of a son, rather it was to foretell the birth of an extraordinary son who would lay the foundations to a spiritual revolution in the world.
As I have mentioned, I shall present the Promised Messiah’s (as) response to his critics and this can truly be understood if one reads it in his own words. The Promised Messiah (as) states:
“One should carefully deliberate that this is not simply a prophecy, but a magnificent heavenly sign which the Benevolent God manifested to prove the truthfulness and grandeur of our compassionate and merciful Holy Prophet Muhammad, the Chosen One, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. And the truth is that this sign is a hundred times more grand, lofty, complete, superior and perfect than the sign of bringing the dead back to life, because reviving one from the dead is that one prays and asks for the soul to be brought back; such reviving of the dead has been attributed to the Messiah and some other prophets in the Bible, regarding which the critics greatly object to.
“Aside from these rational and textual arguments, the fact is that the corpse would only be revived and stay alive for a few minutes, and would once again depart from this world, and leaving its loved ones to mourn once again – a soul whose return to the world profited neither the world, nor granted the soul itself any peace, nor any delight to its loved ones. Thus, if a soul did in fact return to this world through the prayer of the Messiah, then in reality, its returning and staying in the world are one and the same. And if, for the sake of argument, the soul returned and remained in the body even for some years, even then, what benefit could the imperfect soul of a morally corrupt or materialistic person grant the world, who is no different to fellow men?”
Regarding the prophecy of Musleh-e-Maud, the Promised Messiah (as) explains that if it were true that prophets of the past revived the dead; it was only temporary, and furthermore, the ones being brought back were ordinary people.
However, the Promised Messiah (as) further says:
“Through the grace and beneficence of God Almighty, and by virtue of the blessings of the Seal of the Prophets (sa), the Benevolent God accepted this humble one’s prayer and promised to send such a holy spirit, whose outer and inner blessings would be manifested throughout the world.
“Hence, even though this sign is seemingly equal to granting life to the dead, however, upon further reflection, it is evident that this sign is in fact hundreds of times greater than bringing the dead back to life. Through prayer, the soul of the dead is brought back, and in the case of this prophecy, a new soul has been acquired through the supplication of prayer.”
The Promised Messiah (as) states that the prayer made for a son was in fact a prayer for the birth of a new soul.
“However, there is an enormous difference between those souls and this one. Those who merely pose as Muslims, but in fact have abandoned the faith, do not rejoice at witnessing the miracles of the Holy Prophet (sa) being fulfilled. Rather, they are deeply grieved as to why such an event transpired.” (Majmu‘ah Ishtiharat, Vol. 1, pp. 114-115)
(to be continued)
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