In the light of the above, the prophethood of the Promised Messiah is not inconsistent with the status of the Holy Prophet Muhammad as the Seal of Prophets (Khataman nabiyyin). The essence of the Seal of Prophets is that no prophet can come after Muhammad (s.a.w.)3 except within the dispensation of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) to minister unto the religion (Islam) perfected through him and teach the Everlasting Book (Holy Qur’an) revealed to him. Muhammad’s dispensation is everlasting; the Holy Qur’an is also final and perfect law for mankind. Thus, a prophet that comes in the footsteps of Muhammad (s.a.w.), to represent Muhammad (s.a.w.), to follow the Sunnah (practice) of Muhammad (s.a.w.) does not violate Muhammad’s Seal or Authority of Prophets (as).
The Promised Messiah (as) is a Prophet of Allah as repeatedly mentioned in the words of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) himself (Sahih Muslim) concerning the Dajjal (anti-Christ) and Yajuj and Majuj (Gog and Magog) who shall be confronted by “Al Massihu Nabiyyullah” Massihu Isa bn Maryam) (Prophet of Allah, Messiah Jesus son of Mary). The Promised Messiah explained that prophets may come but they will be non-law-bearing ones and must be servants, representatives or vicegerents of Muhammad (s.a.w.). In particular, the Promised Messiah and Mahdi (a.s.) has been described as the Khalifa (Vicegerent of God Almighty by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.). There will be no law-bearing prophets after Muhammad (s.a.w.) nor prophets independent of Muhammad (s.a.w.). For ever, the slogan of Islam shall remain Laa ilaha illa Allah Muhammadur-Rasuulullah (i.e. there is no deity deserving of worship except Allah; Muhammad (s.a.w.) is the Messenger of Allah). In that wise, Muhammad (s.a.w.) is ever the Messenger of Allah – any other messenger (rasul) or prophet (nabiy) merely assists Muhammad (s.a.w.). The status of prophethood is top spiritual blessing which may be conferred on anyone that Allah may choose (Qur’an 4:70-71; 7:35-36).
The allegation against Ahmadiyya Community by other Muslims that they have committed the abominable crime of believing in another prophet after Muhammad (s.a.w.) is therefore borne out of mischief or ignorance. Hazrat Aisha (wife of the Holy Prophet), one of the most learned, advised the companions not to describe the Holy Prophet as the last of the Prophets but rather as the Seal of Prophets stated by the Holy Qur’an.
The Ahmadiyya interpretation of Khatamun-nabiyyin (Seal of Prophets) agrees with those of the greatest previous authorities in Islam. Among these authorities are top Mujaddiddin (Reformers) and scholars like Sheikh Muhyuddin Ibne Arabi, Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi, Imam Muhammad Tahir, Sheikh Ahmad Sarhindi, Shah Waliullah Muhaddith, Sayyad Abdul Qadir Jilani and many others. They all subscribed to non-law bearing prophethood after Muhammad (s.a.w.).
Given the assurances of Allah the Sublime and Almighty that the mission of the Promised Messiah(as) is bound to succeed, specifically that his message shall reach all the crannies of the earth, that he and his followers shall be directly protected by Allah Himself and shall triumph over all their opponents, that he shall have a large party of Islam, and that many people from all the Great Faiths shall accept his teachings.
3 s.a.w. in full means salallahu alaihi wassalam i.e. May Allah His shower his peace and blessings on him.
It is instructive to examine Ahmadiyya’s progress after a hundred years of existence. The Promised Messiah was commissioned at the beginning of the 14th century of Islamic calendar just as the Messiah Jesus son of Mary (as) was raised 14 centuries after the law-bearing Prophet Moses (as). The time and the signs for the appearance of the Messiah was specified in the Scriptures of all great religions. These have been fulfilled since the latter half of the 19th century A.D. and at the beginning of the first half of the 20th century A.D. That period is the 14th century of Islamic calendar.
The Ahmadiyya Jama’at (Community) known and registered in the headquarters as Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya Qadian believes that the Messiah has come in the fullness of the time; Ahmadiyya opponents believe the messiah is yet to come. Both have rights to their beliefs and there should be no cause for hostility. One great sign (see Dar Qutni) is that of the eclipse of the Sun and of the Moon to occur in the same month of Ramadhan which was uniquely reserved for the Promised Messiah. That sign occurred in Ramadhan, 1894 in eastern hemisphere and 1895 in the western hemisphere respectively, nine years after the claim of Hazrat Ahmad or five years after the initiation started.
But alas, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at has been undergoing all kinds of persecutions and religious intolerance, particularly from those who call themselves Muslims. For the observers, these persecutions should be fairly well known. Beside being killed, unjustly detained and jailed, their mosques and properties destroyed, members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at have been declared non-Muslim minority in Pakistan, and in many Islamic countries. The consequence of this is to prevent them by force of law from praying in the Islamic way – bowing and prostrating before their Creator in Mosques, from offering greetings of peace, from bearing Muslim names and from performing pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina. Hundreds have been clamped into jail or killed for no offence other than that they practised Islam and proclaimed the KALIMA. Ahmadiyya as a champion of true Islam shall be glad to see the whole world practise Islam and proclaim KALIMA. A true Muslim cannot be so possessive of Islam that he becomes enraged seeing “non-Muslims” practising Islam.
However, after over hundred years of Ahmadiyya’s march, trials and perseverance, the turn of the century had predictably witnessed a different era.
While we take stock and give thanks to ALLAH for our survival, Ahmadiyya is of the belief that it has come to stay and has entered another century, that has ushered in greater glory and triumph in Ahmadiyya Jama’at’s efforts to bring mankind back to their Creator and ALLAH.
This piece is taken from the website of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria.
See on-line at: http://www.ahmadiyyang.org/claims-of-ghulam-ahmad.php