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More Messiahs and Mahdis?

“I Do Not Claim That I am The Same Mahdi …”

One of the false allegations of the non Ahmadi Muslims is a passage which is completely out of context. They claim that Ahmadas himself did not believe he was the Mahdi who was prophecied. They quote:

“I Do Not Claim That I am The Same Mahdi who Will Come According to Words of Ahadith from the Son of Fatima and from My Progeny”(Brahin-e-Ahmadiyya, Volume V, Ruhani Khazain, Volume 21, Page 356)

Anyone who will read this passage in context will themselves know the reality behind what Ahmadas is saying. Here is the context below and one can see that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas is showing that there are many fabricated ahadith that say that the Messiah would for example physically be of the lineage of Fatimah. Although Ahmadas was, we do not believe these ahadith had to be fulfilled physically. The same page states that there is no Mahdi but Isa and Ahmadas is explained that the Mahdi is in reality the Messiah and that the ahadith which state a Mahdi would come and cause bloodshed and kill the disbelievers are not authentic and contradict the Qur’an. He is explaining that these ahadith are fabricated and are full of contradictions. These contradictions include where the Messiah would be from, whether from the Progeny of Abbas or Fatima. He also quotes the views of some scholars.

 

“We admit that several mahdis may have come before and possibly will come in future as well and probably someone by the name of imam Muhammad may also appear”

This is also misinterpreted by the non Ahmadi Muslims. In this writing it is stated that Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim have not mentioned Muhammad Ibn Abdullah (the name of the Imam Mahdi according to many Non Ahmadi Muslims). He explains that both Imams rejected these narrations and that it does not make sense to say that the Messiah would be present, but another leader would be needed, who leads him. Ahmadas explains that in reality the Messiah would himself be the mahdi. He quotes the hadith of the Prophetsaw in which he states “There is no Mahdi but the Messiah” referring to the Isaas of the end times who is none other than Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas. He then explains that it is possible that rightly guided mahdis came before and will come in the future, and one may even be named Imam Muhammad, but that he would not come according to the views of the scholars, meaning one who kills innocent disbelievers.

The term mahdi simply means someone who is rightly guided. Ahmadas is referring to the mujadids of the past and other rightly guided Muslims and claiming that they will continue to come within the ummah and one may even have the name of Muhammad. There is nothing shocking about this as the rightly guided people would be from the Ahmadi Muslims. We see many amazing Muslims lived with the name of Muhammad within Ahmadiyyat which include the companions Sardar Nawab Muhammad Ali Khan, Mufti Muhammad Sadiiq, Dr. Muhammad Ismail Khan, Qazi Muhammad Abdllah, Maulvi Muhammad Ibrahim Baqapuri, Mir Muhammad Ishaq, Nawab Muhammad Abdullah Kkhan, Ch. Fateh Muhammad Sial, Sufi Ghulam Muhammad, Maulvi Muhammad Ishaq, Haji Muhammad Din, Muhammad Hassan Musa, Sufi Muhammad Rafi, Agha Muhammad Abdullah Bahadur Ghulam Muhammad Khan, Hakeem Muhammad Abdus Samad Dehlvi, Babu Fateh Muhammad, Khan Bahadur Ghulam Muhammad Khan, Hakeem Muhammad Abdus Samad Dehlvi, Maulvi Ata Muhammad, Muhammad Hussain, Mian Muhammad Yusuf, Hakeem Muhammad Hussain, Dr. Capt. Muhammad Din, Haji Muhammad Musa, Maulvi Muhammad Din, and Sufi Ghulam Muhammad May Allah be Pleased with them all. Ahmadas in this passage is not refferring to the Imam Mahdi who would be the prophet, rather guided Muslims. The Mujadids were Mahdis as well as Hadhrat Ahmadas states that we admit several Mahdis may have come before. There is hadith of the Holy Prophetsaw which states:

“‏ اللَّهُمَّ ثَبِّتْهُ وَاجْعَلْهُ هَادِيًا مَهْدِيًّا

“Oh Allah! Make him firm and make him a guiding and a rightly guided man” (Bukhari) This was stated in regards to the companion named Jarir. the Khulafa were also rightly guided and were also Mahdis. The Khulafa of the Messiah are also rightly guided Mahdis which is a simple term of one who is a true leader and guided by Allah. However this is not referring to the Imam Mahdi. Ahmadas made it clear that he is the only Messiah who was called Nabiullah (Prophet of Allah) in Sahih ahadith and also the Imam Mahdi.

He states:

“God Almighty, observing the condition of the earth and finding it filled with disobedience, sinfulness and misguidance, has appointed me for the propagation of the truth and for the reform of the people. It was when the thirteenth century [of the Hijra] was about to come to an end and the fourteenth was about to begin, that, under God’s command, I sent out a call through written and verbal announcements that I am the one who was to come from God at the turn of this century for the revival of the faith, to re-establish the faith which had disappeared from the earth, to draw the world to reform and righteousness with the power bestowed by God and with the force of His hand, and to remove their errors of doctrine and conduct. Within a few years of this, it was disclosed to me plainly through revelation that I am the Messiah who, from the very beginning, had been appointed for the Muslims, and also the last Mahdi, who had been appointed by Divine decree to come at the time of the decline of Islam and the spread of error. This last Mahdi who was to receive guidance directly from God, and was to present the heavenly banquet afresh to people, and whose advent had been prophesied thirteen hundred years in advance by the Holy Prophetsa, is none other than my own self. I continued to receive so many clear revelations and Divine communication in this regard that no room was left for any doubt. Every revelation established itself firmly in my heart like a steel nail. All these Divine revelations were full of great prophecies which were fulfilled as clearly as a bright day. Their continuity and numbers and miraculous power compelled me to confess that they were the word of the same One God, Who has no associate and Whose Word is the Holy Qur’an.”(Tadhkiratush-Shahadatain, Ruhani Khazain, Volume 20, Pages 3-4)

“It is possible that 10,000 more Messiahs may come and one them may descend in Damascus”

This should also be taken in the same exact manner as the above saying in regards to the coming of possible Mahdis within the ummah and from those who have accepted the Imam of the Age. Many misunderstand the claim of the Promised Messiahas. He did not only claim to be a person in the likeness of Isa or Maseel-o-maseeh, rather he claimed to be the Prophet of the end times who is given the name of Jesus by Allah. There can arise people in the ummah who have messianic qualities but they cannot be that Nabiullah of the end times. The term Messiah is referring to people who have messianic qualities which include the khulafa as well. The non Ahmadi Muslims try to decieve people by twisting the words of the Messiah and claim he is referring to the Messiah who would be nabiullah, when he states more can appear. prophecied by the Holy Prophetsaw, but this is completely false.  Ahmadi Muslims believe that Muslims can attain a rank of likeness to Isaas but this should not be confused with the prophecy of the latter day Messiah who was to be a Prophet of Allah and it was the duty of the Muslims to accept him according to the Holy Prophet Muhammadsaw. One should not misquote and misinterpret sayings which Ahmadas has himself clarified later on in his books. Hadhrat Ahmadas is simply giving an analogy that it is quite possible that Allah sends more Messiahs for the ummah but that never will Hadhrat Isaas come from the heavens, because he has already died.

Ahmadas himself has cleared this confusion beautifully and has stated in Khutbah Ilhamiyah in regards to being the only Messiah that was prophesied by the Holy Prophetsaw as nabiullah, and that no one would appear :

“Other than me there will be no other Messiah after my age” (Ruhani Khazain, Volume 16, Khutbah Ilhamiyya page 243)

He also States:

“O mankind! hearken, this is the prophecy of God Who made the Heavens and the Earth. He will spread this Movement in all the countries and will give it supremacy over all through reason and arguments. Remember, no one will descend from heaven. All our opponents who are living at present will die and not one of them will see Jesus, son of Mary, descend from the sky and then their children who survive them will also pass away and none of them will see Jesus, son of Mary, coming down from the heaven. Generations of their posterity will also perish and they too will not see the son of Mary descending from heaven. Then God will create restlessness in their hearts; that the day of the glory of the Cross had passed away and the world had taken another turn but Jesus, son of Mary, had still not come down from the sky. Then all the wise people will discard this belief and the third century from today will not have completed when all those who had been waiting for Jesus, both Muslims and Christians will despair of his coming and entertaining misgivings shall give up their belief and there will be only one Faith in the world and one preceptor. I came only to sow the seed. That seed has been sown by my hands. It will now grow and blossom forth and none dare retard its growth” (Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, Tadhkirah-tush-Shahadatain, Ruhani Khazain Volume 20, Page 65)

They also quote:

“It is possible and quote possible that at some time in future, such Messiah may appear upon whom the literal words of ahadith fit”

In reality Hadhrat Ahmadas is speaking of his being in the likeness of the Messiah. Hadhrat Ahmadas is simply saying that more people in the likeness of the Messiah may appear. However, it is only Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas who is the Promised Messiah and Mahdi who was given the title of Prophet of Allah in the ahadith, and who was to be the reviver of Islam in the end times, which would be a mission continued by his khulafa. Many sahaba also had the qualities of the Messiah and the khulafa also contain messianic qualities. The point Hadhrat Ahmadas is emphasising here with heavy emphasis is that, a Messiah may even fulfill some literal words of ahadith, but never will anyone descend from the heavens as Hadhrat Isaas has already died a natural death and will never return.