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Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria: Ahmadiyya Schools Across the Country

Presently all primary schools established under the Tahrik-i-Jadid have been taken over by the respective state governments.  The schools are generally known as Fazl-i-Omar Primary Schools.  There are quite a number of them in Lagos, Ogun, Oyo and Kwara States.

The secondary schools spread all over the country by 1989 numbered at least eleven.  Seven of them have been taken over by the respective state governments leaving four in the control of the Nusrat Jehan Scheme of the Jama’at.

The four secondary schools directly under Jama’at control as at 1989 are described below:

Established January 1970, the pioneer Principal was Mr. R. Saqib a dedicated missionary teacher from Pakistan who arrived March 1, 1970.  The Principal had been manning the school creditably since then.  The school has become well established and it was approved within four years of its existence.  The school’s  popularity  in the areas of sports and academic  are quite remarkable. The has led to the school   being reffered to  simply as “Ahmadiyya”.
Umaisha was a very rural and remote area where no voluntary organization was interested in establishing secondary schools.  The place was infested with mosquitoes and lacked all amenities.  Yet Jama’at Ahmadiyya through dedicated members established the college in 1973.  Prominent among those who sacrificed for its establishment was Alhaji A. Q. A. Matajo who directed the construction work and the pioneer Principal, Brother Irfan Sadiq.
The establishment of the two schools was sequel to the efforts of a former Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Alhaji Yakubu Danladi who approached Ahmadiyya Jama’at for assistance in establishing Muslim oriented secondary schools.  Specifically he requested the Jama’at to establish the schools at Ara and Onda respectively.  The Jama’at rose to the occasion and the formal opening of the two schools took place consecutively on March 16 and 17, 1981 under the Chairmanship of the Amir Maulana M. A. Shahid supported by eminent guests including top government functionaries and traditional Chiefs.  The Pioneer Principal at Ara was Mubarak Ali Tahir and that of Onda was Abdullah Tahir both dedicated Missionary teachers from Pakistan.
The secondary schools taken over by various state governments include:
• Ahmadiyya Secondary School Minna (Niger State).
• Ahmadiyya Secondary School Ayegunle Gbede (Kogi State)
• Ahmadiyya Secondary School Ago Iwoye (Ogun State)
• Ahmadiyya Secondary School Ogbagi Akoko (Ondo State)
• Ahmadiyya Secondary School Owo (Ondo State)
• Ahmadiyya Secondary School Oni (Ogun State)
• Ahmadiyya Girls Secondary School Gussau (Sokoto State).
When the schools were being taken over, the Christian religious organizations demanded heavy compensation from the state governments and requested their dedicated teachers to withdraw from the schools so taken over.  However, Jama’at Ahmadiyya neither demanded nor received any compensation in respect of its schools.  Their dedicated teachers were also requested to continue their dedicated services to the respetive state governments in those schools.  This gesture impressed the then North-Western State Government where two Ahmadiyya Schools at Minna and Gusau were taken over.

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria: Food Production for the Masses

The Ahmadiyya Jama’at Nigeria has been in the vanguard of providing food for the Nigerian population. The Farm Scheme established at Ilaro, Ogun State has successfully produced maize, cassava and fish in the past years, and it is committed to produce more in a bid to feed the populace. Other farm settlements under consideration would be located in Ibadan, Oyo State, Abuja FCT and Badagry Lagos State.

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria: The Point of Difference

The chief points of difference between the Ahmadiyya Movement and the orthodox Muslims sects are as follows:
The Ahmadiyya Movement holds that Islam is a living religion, by which it means that, in Islam, the door to Divine revelation is always open and that a true Muslims begins to lead a heavenly life in this very world.  The orthodox Muslim belief is that Divine revelation has for ever been discontinued, such being also the belief of all other religions.  The argument given for the Ahmadiyya doctrine is threefold.
  1. Various verses of the Holy Quran are quoted, e.g., in the Fatiha which is the most important prayer taught to Muslims, they are commanded by Almighty God to pray: “O Lord, show us the right path, the path of those upon whom Thou hast bestowed thy blessings”.  This prayer would not have been taught if Almighty God had meant to bestow these blessings, the highest of which all is Divine revelation.  Traditions are also cited, for instance, there is a tradition which says: “Verily God will raise for the Muslims, at the commencement of every century, a man who shall reanimate their faith.
  2. Reason also requires that if Divine revelation was granted in the past it should also be granted now or in the future.  All the religions teach that Almighty God sees the doings of His creatures and that He listens to their prayers.  They also hold that He spoke at sometime, for instance, according to the Hindus, in the beginning of this cycle, according to the Jews, to the prophets of Israel, according to the Christians, till the time of the apostles of Jesus, according to the Muslims, till the time of the Holy Prophet.  If, therefore, He still continues to see and hear, as all these religions maintain, it is quite unreasonable to assert that He has ceased to speak.  The fact is that as He spoke to His chosen ones before, He speaks even now but only to His chosen ones, and His word is distinguished from ordinary words by the wonderful prophecies which it announces and the deep secrets of the future which it reveals.
  3. The presence in Islam of a recipient of divine revelation, such as the founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement is, shows conclusively that Islam is a living religion.  In fact, if a religion has not in it the vital power of making a man attain such close union with God that he may be spoken to by Him, it is not a religion which is needed for humanity, for humanity needs a religion which should uplift and elevate it.  If such a religion claims that it is a living religion, it makes an assertion for which it has no argument.  The Ahmadiyya Movement is from this point of view the sole representative of a living religion, for its founder proves the truth of his being a recipient of Divine revelation by the mighty prophecies which are disclosed in the word he received, and by other conclusive proofs.
The Ahmadiyya Movement denies the principle that religion may be propagated by means of the sword, as against the orthodox belief that expects a Mahdi and a Messiah who will slay all non-Muslims who refuse to accept Islam.  This movement denies the advent of any such Mahdi or Messiah and Holds all traditions speaking of such advent to be untrustworthy, while it takes Ahmad of Qadian to be the true Mahdi and Messiah who has come to establish the supremacy of Islam by heavenly signs and arguments.  Its bases its belief on the Holy Quran, which not only plainly says that there is no compulsion in faith but rejects the bloody Mahdi and Messiah, by promising a last successor to the Holy Prophet who would walk in the footsteps of the last successor of Moses, in his method of preaching.  It also relies on the Sahih Bukharee which says that the Promised Messiah shall put an end to religious wars, and thus correct the error in which the Muslims shall have been involved.
This movement holds that the Holy Prophet is the seal of prophets, and no other prophet can appear after him, except one who is spiritually his disciple and who receives the gift of prophecy through him.  It is only a true Muslim who walks in the footsteps of the Holy Prophet that can become a prophet.  It is in this sense that this, the orthodox Muslims hold that though the Holy Prophet is the seal of prophets, yet the prophet Jesus who lived six hundreds years before him must come a second time after him, thus, breaking the finality of his prophethood, the prophethood of Jesus being independent of the prophethood of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.  The Ahmadiyya Movement further holds that since the Muslims are called “the best of all people” in the Holy Qur’an, therefore an Israelite prophet, Jesus, son of Mary, could not be sent as a prophet to them.  In support of the same view is quoted the verse which shows that the successors to the Holy Prophet shall be raised from among the Muslims (XXIV, 56).
The movement lays a great stress on the death of Jesus, not only because it is the basis of the claim of its founders to promise Messiahship, but because it is the most destructive weapon which strikes at the very root of Christianity and pulls down its building from the very foundations.  As against this, the orthodox Muslims believe that Jesus with this body of clay was taken up alive into heavens.  The error of this belief has been shown elsewhere.
The Ahmadiyya movement denies that denies attributes are possessed by others.  For instance, Almighty God creates life, but no human being can do it.  Hence, it denies that Jesus could make birds and breathe life into them, which is one of the miracles attributed to Jesus by the orthodox Muhammadans.  The verse of the Holy Quran from which this conclusion is drawn, is interpreted by the Ahmadiyya school in a different manner.  Similarly, the orthodox Muslims hold that the dajjal (Anti-Christ) would come with the powers of the Divine Being, that is, he would be able to give life to the dead, to send down or withhold rain, etc, but the Ahmadiyya movement rejects the idea as false and interprets the Anti-Christ doctrine differently.  It identifies Anti-Christian teachings with such teachings of the Christian churches, as the atonement, and the divinity of Jesus-Christ, and thus considers the prophecy of the advent of the Dajjal to have been fulfilled by the spread of the missionaries in all lands.  For a clear exposition of the doctrine, see the Review of Religion, for November 1905.
In the relative value which is generally attached by the Muslims to the Quran and the Traditions of the Holy Prophet, the Ahmadiyya Movment again differs from the orthodox.  The latter generally attach more value to the Traditions than to the Holy Quran, and make its verses subject to what is said in the Traditions.  But the Ahmadiyya movement makes the Quran a judge of the Traditions and rejects every Tradition as fabricated and false, which may be opposed to the Holy Quran.  This, according to the movement, is in fact the best criterion for judging true traditions from the false ones.

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria: Our Flamboyant Monarchies (All Our Amir) Up to Date

Imam Muhammad Baidu Dabiri
1923 – 1928
Faizur-Rahmon Hakeem
July 1934 – 1947
Maulana Nurudeen Muhammad Naseer Saifi
1947 – 1964
Maulana (Alhaji) Nasirudeen Ahmad
Aug. 1964 – 1968
Maulana Fazlullah Anweri
1968 – 1972
Maulana Muhammad Munawar Chaudhry
Sept. 1982 – Mar. 1983
Maulana Fazlullah Anweri
1983 – 1986
M. A. Kuraishy
Apr. 1986 – Feb. 20 1988
Maulvi Abdur Rasheed Agboola (Late)
Feb.20 1988 – July 1994
Alhaji (Engr) Hussein Oyekanmi Sunmonu
1994 – 1998
Maulvi M. M. Maishanu
1998 – 2004
Dr Moshood Adenrele Fashola
2004 – Date

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria: Belief Held by Ahmadies

(1) We believe that God exists; to ascribe to a belief in His existence is to affirm the most important truth; it is not to follow an illusion or superstition.

(2) We believe that God is One. He has no partner here nor in Heaven. Everything else is His creation, dependent on His help and sustenance. He is without son or daughter or father or mother or wife or brothers, Unique in His Oneness and in His individuality.

(3) We believe that God is Holy. Free from all defects and full of all perfections. There is no imperfection which may be found in Him, and no perfection which may not be found in Him. His power in unlimited. So is His knowledge. He encompasses everything and there is nothing which encompasses Him. He is the First and the Last, the Manifest and the Hidden, the Creature and Master of all creation. His control never failed in the past, nor is it failing at present, nor will it fail in the future. Free from death, He is the living, the Enduring. He suffers no defect or decay. His actions are willed, not force or constrained. He rules over the world today as He ever ruled before. His attributes are eternal. His power always evident.

(4) We believe that angels are a part of God’s creation. They follow the law laid down in the Qur’an – ‘they do what they are commanded.’ They have been created in His Wisdom for the discharge of determinate duties. Their existence is real and references to them in the Holy Book are not metaphorical. They depend on God in the same way as men or His other creatures. He is not dependent on them for the manifestation of His power. Had He willed, He would have created the universe without angels, but His perfect wisdom willed their creation, so angels came into being. God created light for the eye and bread for hunger. He created light and bread not because he was in need of them of them but because man was in need of them. The angels only manifest the Will and wisdom of God.

(5) We believe that God speaks to His chosen servants and reveals to them His purpose. Revelation from God descends in words. The recipient provides neither the meaning nor the words of revelation. Both come from Him. Revelation provides real sustenance for man. Man lives by it and through it man comes to have contact with God. The words, which embody a revelation of God, are unique in their power and majesty. No man can coin such words. They carry treasures of knowledge and wisdom. They are like a mine, the deeper you dig the more precious stones you get out of it. Indeed, a mine is nothing compared with revelation. Revelation is like a sea with a scented surface and a bed strewn with the most precious pearls. Those who turn to the surface, enjoy the fragrance of the surface, and those who dive deep find the pearls below. Revelation is of many kinds. Sometimes it consists of ordinances and laws, sometimes of exortations. Sometimes it brings knowledge of the unseen, sometimes knowledge of spiritual truths. Sometimes it conveys the goodwill and approval of God, sometimes His disapproval and displeasure, sometimes His love and regard, sometimes warning and rebukes. Sometimes it teaches points in morals, sometimes His insight into secret evils. In short, our belief is that God communicates His Will to His servants. These communications vary with circumstance and the spiritual status of the recipient. Of all divine communications, the most perfect, the most complete and comprehensive is the Holy Qur’an The laws laid down in the Holy Qur’an and spiritual guidance it contains are to last forever. They cannot be superseded by any future revelation or communication from God.

(6) We also believe that when darkness prevails in the world and human beings sink deep in sin and evil. When without the help of God it becomes difficult for them to release themselves from the hold of Satan, then out of His Mercy and Beneficence, God chooses from out of His own loving and loyal servants, those whom He charges with the duty to guide the world. God says, “And there are not a people but had had a warner.” (The Holy Qur’an, 35:25). It means that God has sent His messengers to all peoples of the world. Their pure lives and perfect example ever serve as guides for other human beings. Through them God reveals His Will and purpose. Those who turn away from them degrade themselves. Those who turn to them earn the love of God. The doors of His blessings are opened to them. His Grace and Mercy descend on them. They become spiritual preceptor for generations to come and attain greatness in this world and the next.

(7) We also believe that divine messengers, who in the past have helped mankind out of darkness and evil. Have belonged to different levels of spiritual greatness and have fulfilled in different degrees the divine purpose which determined their advent. The greatest of them was the Holy Prophet (on whom be peace and the blessing of God). God described him as “the chief of men, a messenger unto all mankind.”

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria: Claims of Mirza Hulam Ahmad in the Light of Khataman-Nabiyyin

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.

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria: What Is Ahmadiyyat?

Ahmadiyya is a Movement or Sect or Jama’at in Islam founded on March 23, 1889 by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (a.s.)1 for the purpose of reforming the adulterated practices in Islam and restoring mankind to true religion of Islam and true faith in the Gracious Supreme Lord of all Creation. On the 23rd of March 1989, Ahmadiyya clocked 100 years. Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (a.s.) claimed to be the Grand Reformer of the latter days promised to mankind by all past prophets in general and the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) in particular. Different names and titles have been used to describe the Promised Reformer: He has been called The Messiah son of Mary, the Promised Messiah, and Imam Mahdi (Guided Spiritual Leader). Hazrat Ahmad who had been receiving revelations for 16 years, claimed in 1885 that he had been commissioned by God Almighty for the spiritual reformation of mankind, and that his advent fulfilled the prophecies concerning the awaited Messiah, Mahdi. He published the conditions of initiation on 12th January 1889; he started the initiation of his followers on March 23rd, 1889.

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (a.s.) was born on Friday, February 13, 1835 in Qadian, then a small village in India. He was, however, of Persian descent. He was given to the study of the Holy Qur’an in seclusion and started receiving revelations around 1869, and increasingly thereafter.

He wrote many books that stirred the whole world. Initially, he was acclaimed as a champion of Muslims of Indian subcontinent through his epoch making work Braheen-i-Ahmadiyya published in 1880 in which he set forth the beauties of Qur’anic teachings, excellences of the Holy Prophet of Islam, and defended all the criticisms ever levelled against Islam, throwing a challenge to anyone to produce any similar work in defence of their religions. The book was described as the most excellent treatise ever written in the exposition of Islam and the Holy Qur’an. It came at a time when Muslims were generally very backward and unenlightened while Islam was the target of all foul attacks. Muslims were ashamed of identifying themselves with Islam and felt shy of defending the attacks on the religion by its enemies.

This is not too surprising, as Muslims had become generally corrupt in the practice of their religion. Islam had been severely adulterated by its supposed adherents and had been presented to the world as a violent, vulgar and primitive religion.

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad thus wrote scores of books in the exposition of the beauties of the unadulterated Islam as propounded in the Holy Qur’an and as practised by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be on him).

But when in 1885, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (a.s.) claimed to be the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi, the Muslims turned against him. Rather than be discouraged, he was the more determined knowing fully well that it was expected as prophesised that the Promised Messiah would be rejected by the scholars and learned ones of the religion in his second advent . An unusual phenomenon occurred before the close of the year 1885, in which Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (a.s.) made his claims. This was the occurrence of shooting stars in unusually large numbers. This occurrence was in newspapers all over the world. Actually this is one of the signs of the appearance of messengers.

Explaining his claim, the Hazrat Sahib wrote a book titled “Jesus In India” to prove that the Messiah son of Mary (as) in his first advent had died a natural death after escaping the attempt to crucify him. The Messiah Jesus son of Mary (as) according to the book was actually put on the cross but as God had planned to rescue him, he did not actually die before he was brought down from the cross. Thereafter, he was able to migrate eastwards to another region (now Kashmir) where he met the lost tribes of Israel, lived with them to a ripe old age and died peacefully. The book adduced evidences from Christian and Muslim Scriptures, and from historical, cultural, and medical records. Given that Jesus son of Mary (as) had died, he asserted that the second advent of the Messiah could only be fulfilled by someone else to be born rather than by Jesus physically descending from heaven. The new Messiah would come in the spirit and power of the past Messiah and would resemble the past Messiah in spiritual and moral qualities and would be charged with similar function of reforming the world spiritually and morally according to established law, to save mankind from impending catastrophe.

The interpretation of the Second Advent of the Messiah son of Mary (as) is similar to the interpretation given by Jesus himself concerning the second advent of Elijah which was fulfilled in John the Baptist2 and not by Elijah descending physically from the sky as popularly expected. Hazrat Ahmad (a.s.) maintained that the world might not accept him immediately as with past prophets or Messiah, but “the third century shall not pass” before the whole world would realise that the Messiah had come and gone. At this third century, his teachings as propagated by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at in Islam shall prevail in the world; “a new heaven and a new earth” would have been established under the true Islamic dispensation. In the meantime the non-Ahmadi Muslims and Christians would keep waiting for the physical descent of the Messiah. After waiting for almost three centuries they would abandon the idea of his physical descent and would come to realise their error.

1Alaihi salaam (or a.s. for short) means ‘On him be peace’. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community thus believe that the founder of their sect is the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi whose advent has become overdue according to the signs set forth in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Scriptures. According to the prophecies vouchsafed to the Promised Messiah (as), “much hostility shall come from the corrupt religious leaders to the followers of the Messiah. But all the hostility shall not frustrate the plan of God. Rather it shall be the source of their self-destruction, a means towards the expansion and victory of Ahmadiyya.”

It is also worth mentioning that the Promised Messiah had not come to create a new religion nor a new law. He has come to demonstrate the true faith and nurse righteousness in men, to establish the unadulterated Islam, to expound and reinterpret the Holy Qur’an, to remove the love of materialism from the hearts and replace it with the love of God, to unite mankind in the worship of one true God, the source of all Beauty and Grace, and to suppress evil and establish the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.

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