SHALL WE TREAT THE RIGHTEOUS LIKE THE WICKED?

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AL HAAFIDH ABDURROFEEQ ALAKA

INTRODUCTION

‘’Shall we treat those who believe and do good works like those who act corruptly in the earth? Shall we treat the righteous like the wicked?’’ {Q38, SURAH SAD, verse 29)

A man met the second Khalifa of Ahmadiyya who is also a son of the Holy Founder of the Jama’at, Hazrat Mirza Bashirudeen Mahmud Ahmad (may Allah be pleased with him) and queried: ‘What verse of the Holy Qur’an proves the truthfulness of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as?’ Without any delay, the Khalifa responded:

‘Every verse of the Qur’an proves his truthfulness, and I can prove that to you’. I remember myself trying to ponder on a verse chosen randomly to see how it proves the truth of Ahmadiyya and I can say without mincing words that indeed every verse of the Qur’an proves the truthfulness of Ahmadiyya.

Some may be very direct, and others might require some pondering, but all ultimately lead to one end which is the truthfulness of Ahmadiyya and this write-up with its title is projected to be a specimen for this assertion.
The adversaries of Ahmadiyya are always quick to compare the Promised Messiah, (as) with Musaylamah, a chief of Banu Haneefah who falsely claimed prophethood during the lifetime of the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, till he was killed in the battle of Yamaamah during the caliphate of Abu Bakr Siddeeq (ra). According to them, the Holy Founder of Ahmadiyya has only followed the path of Musaylamah and other false claimants in claiming to be the awaited Messiah and Mahdi, however, they have failed to establish a basis for comparison between both individuals.

The verse above does not only affirm the Genuity of the Promised Messiah’s claims but also confirms how far the enemies of Ahmadiyya are, from the Quranic understanding, and how much they have lost touch with reality. In this write-up we will see whether in actual fact the Promised Messiah as has taken after his master, Prophet Muhammad saw, or the enemy of God, Musaylamah. This would be done by highlighting certain aspects of the lives of these three people under different subtopics.

A CLEAR SIGN:

As the above verse refers, Allah does not treat the righteous and wicked the same way. The divine jealousy does not allow that a fake prophet be able to bring a clear sign known in Arabic as ‘mu’jizah hissiyyah’, i.e., a palpable and concrete miracle like the staff of Prophet Musa as and the water which streamed from the blessed hands of the Holy Prophet (saw) from which several Sahabah performed their ablution {Hadith reported by Jabir and recorded by Imam Bukhari}. Miracles of this nature abound in books of Ahadith and as many as they are, Musaylamah never showed a single one. On the other hand, the Promised Messiah (as) was blessed with numerous miracles of this nature one of which will be mentioned.

In 1885, on a Friday which coincided with the 27th day of Ramadan, the Promised Messiah (as) who had just finished fajr prayer was resting on a charpoy in a small chamber to the East of Masjid Mubarak and with him was one of his ardent disciples, Maulvi Abdullah Sanauri (ra). Hazrat Munshi Abdullah Sanaurira said that he was overjoyed by the blessed moment when, unexpectedly, the Promised Messiah’sas body suddenly shuddered. “Thereafter,” narrates Hazrat Maulvi Sahibra, “Huzooras removed his elbow from his face and looked in my direction. At that point, I noticed that Hazrat Sahib’s[as] eyes were filled with tears.” (Sirat-ul-Mahdi, narration 100). Explaining what actually transpired in his book, Surma Chasma e Arya, the Promised Messiah states: “I remember that on one occasion, in a state of vision, I saw that I had written certain divine decrees with my own hand setting out events in the future and then presented the paper to Allah the All-Powerful, Glorified be His name, for His signature. […] To the same Peerless and Self-Sufficient Being – Who manifested His attribute of Beauty to my mind in the state of vision and appeared to be God, the All-Powerful – I presented the document containing divine decrees for attestation. And He, Who was manifesting Himself in the form of a Ruler, dipped His pen in red ink and first flicked it in my direction and with the rest of the red ink which remained at the point of the pen He put His signature to the document.

“Thereupon, the state of vision came to an end and when I opened my eyes to look at the material world around me, I witnessed several red drops falling on my clothes. Two or three of the drops also fell on the cap of one Abdullah of Sanaur (Patiala State) who was, at the time, sitting close to me. Thus, the red ink which was part of the vision materialized externally and became visible. Many other such manifestations have been witnessed which it would take too long to relate.” (Surma Chashm-e-Arya, Ruhani Khazain, Vol. 2, pp. 179-180 footnote)

If on no account was Musaylamah quoted to have brought such profound miracle which resembles that of the Holy Prophet SAW, how then can any rational person compare the Promised Messiah AS to Musaylamah?

THE SAME ATTITUDE OF ALL ENEMIES OF PROPHETS:

A study of the Holy Qur’an reveals that the rejectors of all prophets throughout human history have the same attitude. They not only mock at the Prophet who has just been raised but believe that the previous prophet whose news they have read must have encompassed the whole knowledge of divine power and manifestation. This result in rejection of the new prophet to whom Allah has manifested Himself in a way different from his predecessors. Allah the Almighty has informed us of what will be the attitude of the disbelievers after seeing his (the prophet’s) signs and miracles:
مَا سَمِعْنَا بِهَٰذَا فِي الْمِلَّةِ الْآخِرَةِ إِنْ هَٰذَا إِلَّا اخْتِلَاقٌ
‘We never heard of such a thing in any other religion. This is nothing but a fabrication’ {Sura Saad, ch 38, verse 8}

Just like the enemies of Islam have denied the Mu’jizah of the Holy Prophet (saw) mentioned above and declared it impossible and irrational, the adversaries of Ahmadiyya have continued to mock at the ‘red drop miracle’ since the lifetime of the Promised Messiah (as) saying that Allah cannot show such a sign. We are to ask these adversaries, ‘Who does Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) resemble in this form of disbeliever’s rejection with the same flimsy excuse’? He resembles the Holy Prophet (saw) or Musaylamah? Musaylamah could not have enjoyed this rejection for it is reserved for the truthful ones and not liars.

BEGINNING OF CLAIM:

‘I am the Mahdi’, ‘I am a Prophet’, ‘I am the Khalifa of Allah’, these and similar words are the first thing all false claimants and habitual liars whom we see everywhere start their claim with. Musaylamah toed this path as he claimed prophethood immediately and stopped at that. As for the greatest of mankind, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw), he started his mission by transmitting verbally what Angel Jubril (as) told him in the cave which is:
ٱقۡرَأۡ بِٱسۡمِ رَبِّكَ ٱلَّذِي خَلَقَ خَلَقَ ٱلۡإِنسَٰنَ مِنۡ عَلَقٍ ٱقۡرَأۡ وَرَبُّكَ ٱلۡأَكۡرَمُ ٱلَّذِي عَلَّمَ بِٱلۡقَلَمِ عَلَّمَ ٱلۡإِنسَٰنَ مَا لَمۡ يَعۡلَمۡ
At this stage, he never called himself a prophet not to talk of the seal of prophets. All he did was to state what he heard from Allah without any form of addition or explanation. The Promised Messiah (as), following the footstep of his master, transmitted verbally what he was told by Allah in 1876 i.e., more than a decade before he claimed to have been raised saying:
أَلَيْسَ اللَّهُ بِكَافٍ عَبْدَهُ
‘Is Allah not sufficient for His servant.’?
It may be necessary to take a break here and quickly treat one of the common allegations against the Holy Founder of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community which is ‘tadarruj’ i.e., he was gradual in his claim. He started with just a commanded man, then Mahdi, then Messiah and finally Prophet which shows that at the beginning he never knew what exactly he wanted since he was a liar (Audhubillah). That the pseudo scholars among the non-Ahmadis raise this allegation is a further proof that they are not only ignorant of the Qur’an but accusers of the Holy Prophet (saw).
Those who may deem the above statement an exaggeration could take light from the stages of the Holy Prophet’s mission:

1 Stage of Iqra’: At this stage, he only saw Jubril, in a dream, who recited unto him the first five verses of Sura ‘Alaq. Before further verses were revealed, the Prophet SAW never claimed to be a messenger or Prophet of Allah.
2 Stage of being a warner to his kinsmen alone: This is exemplified by one of the earliest revelations of the Qur’an where Allah says:
َوَأَنذِرْ عَشِيرَتَكَ الْأَقْرَبِين
‘And warn your close relatives’ (Q26:215)

It never occurred to him at this stage that he was a prophet for the entire world. How could he have known when he only said whatever has been revealed to him? At this stage the Promised Messiah (as) only claimed based on divine revelation to have been raised as the Mujaddid of his century just like Mujadidis were raised for previous centuries. He claimed to be the awaited Mahdi after the passage of almost a decade from his Mujaddidiyat.
3 Stage of Holy Prophet (as)’s adding the Jews and Christians to his mission by verses like:
يَٰٓأَهْلَ ٱلْكِتَٰبِ قَدْ جَآءَكُمْ رَسُولُنَا يُبَيِّنُ لَكُمْ عَلَىٰ فَتْرَةٍۢ مِّنَ ٱلرُّسُلِ أَن تَقُولُواْ مَا جَآءَنَا مِنۢ بَشِيرٍۢ وَلَا نَذِيرٍۢ ۖ فَقَدْ جَآءَكُم بَشِيرٌ وَنَذِيرٌ ۗ وَٱللَّهُ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَىْءٍۢ قَدِيرٌ
‘’O People of the book! There has come to you our messenger, after a break in the series of messengers, who makes things clear to you lest you say ‘There has come to us no bearer of glad tidings and no warner. So, a bearer of glad tidings and a warner has indeed come to you. And Allah has power to do all things.’’ (Q5:20).
The Promised Messiah (as) added the Christians to his mission by claiming to have been raised as the same Messiah expected by both Muslims and Christians alike.
4 Universality of his mission: Here, the Noble Prophet (as) received the following verse:
قُلْ يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنِّي رَسُولُ اللَّهِ إِلَيْكُمْ جَمِيعًا
‘’Say, O ye men! Certainly, I am a messenger of Allah to you all….’’ (Q7:158)
The Promised Messiah (as) toed a similar line by claiming to be that reformer whose advent is expected in all religions of the world like Buddha (Buddhism), Krishna (Hinduism), Confucius (Confucianism) etc.
Now, we have to pose this question: Who did the Promised Messiah (as) resemble in his claim? Musaylamah the liar or the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw)? It is clear that those who oppose Ahmadiyya are in actual fact opposing the Holy Prophet (saw).

PEOPLE’S ACCEPTANCE

A common sign of all true prophets in the Holy Qur’an is that their immediate people rejected and mocked them. The Holy Qur’an states:
‘’Alas for my servants! There comes not a messenger to them, but they mocked at him’’ (Q36:31)

The best of mankind (saw) was mocked at, ridiculed, boycotted and even had to flee for his life. This was after some of his companions have been killed and subjected to the cruelest of treatment. On the other hand, a false claimant like Musaylamah enjoyed the support of his people and raised, within three years after his claim, an army numbering 40,000 soldiers who valiantly protected him against any harm. (Mahmud Khattab (1998), baynal aqeedati wal qiyaadah, Damascus, page 236-237)

If the Promised Messiah’s rejection by the Muslims of today especially those among whom he was born and raised is a proof of his falsehood, we may as well compare the Holy Prophet’s first three years as a prophet and that of Musaylamah before we pass our judgement. It amazes me how Muslims have lost sight of these facts and continued to follow the paths of the rejecters of prophets of God. The first enemies of all prophets are always their people, but Allah grants them acceptance in such a miraculous manner and their communities grow in such a way that no human can destroy them. Where is Musaylamah and his followers today? Where are the communities of Prophet Muhammad (saw) and the Promised Messiah (as) today? Do you still compare the Promised Messiah to Musaylamah? I am sure you wouldn’t.

PROTECTION OF REPUTATION
Another marvelous sign of a truthful prophet is that Allah Himself takes charge of honoring, glorifying and preserving such prophet’s reputation as against a liar who dies and his abhorred even after his death. Allah confirmed to the Holy Prophet (saw) that He has elevated his status and granted him glory saying:
وَرَفَعْنَا لَكَ ذِكْرَكَ
‘’And We exalted thy name’’? (Q94:5)
إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ
‘Verily, Allah and His Angels send blessings on the Prophet…’’ (Q33:57)
The Promised Messiah (as) was informed by Allah:
أنت مني بمنـزلة توحيدي وتفريدي، فحان أن تعان
‘’You are (dear) to me like my oneness and uniqueness. The time has come for you to be helped’’ (Al Istifta, page 102)
سَيُبقي اللهُ ذكرَكَ بالعِزَّةِ والمَكرُمة
‘Allah will protect your reputation with glory and honor.’

This divine promise to the Holy Prophet (saw) did not hold back the orientalists and atheists from writing obnoxious things about him neither did it prevent the widespread of his caricature as seen in contemporary time. What then is the purport of the divine promise? It signifies that while some people who are doomed continue to slander you, I, Allah will infuse your love into the hearts of millions of people who will be ready to lay down their lives for your course out of love. The Promised Messiah (as) also suffered from the tongues of these mean people just as his master (saw) but Allah has continued to inscribe his love in the hearts of millions of people globally and each time an individual enters his community, it means an addition to the number of people who invoke Allah’s blessings on him and his master, Muhammad (saw).

Does Musaylamah enjoy such honor? Never! He died with a wrath of Allah and will taste not of this divine stream. Confirming this good end of his, the Promised Messiah (as) informed us that Allah the Almighty has assured him:
يُصَلّون عليك صلحاءُ العرب وأبدالُ الشام، وتصلي عليك الأرض والسماء، ويحمدك الله عن عرشه”. (التذكرة ص129)
‘’Righteous men among the Arabs and the saints of Syria will invoke Allah’s blessings on you. The heaven and the earth will invoke blessings on you and Allah praises you from his throne’’ (Tadhkirah, page 129)

It should not be forgotten that he gave this prophecy at a time when his message had only reached a handful of Arabs. How could this be fulfilled, despite the opposition in Arab world till today, if he was a liar? Thousands of Ahmadis are found in every part of Arabia who invoke blessings on him and are ready to forgo anything that stands between them and this goal. Alhamdulillah.

Pondering over the case of Musaylamah and other false claimants, the only verse that comes to mind is:
وَكَمْ أَهْلَكْنَا قَبْلَهُم مِّن قَرْنٍ هَلْ تُحِسُّ مِنْهُم مِّنْ أَحَدٍ أَوْ تَسْمَعُ لَهُمْ رِكْزًا
‘And how many a generation have we destroyed before them! Canst, thou see a single one of them, or hear even a whisper of them?’’ (Q19:99)

DISPATCHING OF LETTERS

Beloved readers would recall that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) dispatched letters to the great rulers of his time inviting them to Islam. This indicates his absolute trust in Allah for a prophet will never fear anyone but Allah. If not for his certainty of Allah’s help, how could he, an Arab with no power nor resources, write letters to the greatest world leaders of his time? The eminence of the Roman and Persian empires during this era means it would take a true prophet of God to take such steps. It may be instructive to note that some parts of Arabia were under the direct or indirect rulership of these two world powers at the time, no wonder Musaylamah never dared writing such letters. He only limited himself to his people and those who surrounded him.

That Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) wrote letters to the powers that be is not a news. Not minding the consequence of his actions, he wrote a letter to arguably the most powerful ruler of his time, Queen Victoria, inviting her to Islam. It should be remembered that India at this time was a British colony which made him automatically one of the Queen’s subjects. Some words from this letter are presented below:

‘’ ‘O Honourable Queen, God has graced you handsomely with worldly blessings. So, take interest in the kingdom of the Hereafter, seek repentance, and obey that One and Unique God Who has neither son nor partner in His Kingdom. So, praise His Greatness. Would you like to see the manifestation of my signs and truth for fear of the Day of recompense? O Queen, repent! Repent and hear so that God may bless your possessions and whatever you own, and that you be amongst those upon whom God casts His eye of grace.’’ (A’ina-e-Kamalat-e-Islam, p. 530–533.)

CONCLUSION

Were we to continue highlighting the compatibility of the Promised Messiah’s life with that of his master, Holy Prophet Muhammad, it’d have been so lengthy for the former is the complete reflection of the latter. It is hoped that those who compare the Promised Messiah (as) to Musaylamah, and other false claimants will fear Allah and come to understand that there exists no iota of similarity between them. If we are to compare him with anyone, it should be with his master, Prophet Muhammad (saw).