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Prophecies of Muhammad ﷺ, Incorrect?

The allegation which the non Ahmadi Muslims try to state is that AhmadasGod Forbid, stated that the revelations of the Holy Prophet Muhammadsawwere incorrect. This is just another lie of the anti Ahmadi Muslims. Ahmadasnever claimed such, nor will anyone ever be able to find such a statement from his books. These are all misinterpreted statements which the non Ahmadi Muslims make for the purpose of deceiving innocent Muslims. Ahmadas in this passage, was speaing in regards to the vision of Muhammadsaw where he beheld that he entered the precints of the Ka’aba and his journey towards Mecca with his companions to perform Umra in the sixth year of Hijra. This was the same year in which the treaty of Hudabiyya had ended and the Muslims returned to Medina without being able to perform Umrah. Ahmadasstated:

 

“It cannot be doubted that the Holy Prophetsaw had untertaken this journey hoping that he would be able to perform the sacred rites at the Ka’aba and this is undoubtedly a part of the Holy Prophetsaw’s vision. But, since he had not been made aware of the error which had been committed in understanding the actual meaning of this vision, God knows after how many days arduous journey he reached Mecca. Had the Holy Prophetsaw been made aware of this enroute to Mecca, he would have definitely returned to Medina”(Izala Auham, Page 688, Ruhani Khazain Volume 3, page 473)

 

The statement makes everything clear as Ahmadas has beautifully explained the error in understanding the meaning of the revelation. No one denies that this vision was misinterpreted. It is a clear fact. Allah fulfilled this vision with the Treaty of Hudabiyya as it permitted Muslims to enter the Ka’aba the following year. The revelation was true, however at first it was misinterpreted. There is nothing wrong with misunderstanding a revelation. Ahmadas also gives an example in regards to a hadith which states:

 

حَدَّثَنَا مُوسَى بْنُ إِسْمَاعِيلَ، حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو عَوَانَةَ، عَنْ فِرَاسٍ، عَنِ الشَّعْبِيِّ، عَنْ مَسْرُوقٍ، عَنْ عَائِشَةَ، رضى الله عنها أَنَّ بَعْضَ، أَزْوَاجِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قُلْنَ لِلنَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم أَيُّنَا أَسْرَعُ بِكَ لُحُوقًا قَالَ ‏ “‏ أَطْوَلُكُنَّ يَدًا ‏”‏‏.‏ فَأَخَذُوا قَصَبَةً يَذْرَعُونَهَا، فَكَانَتْ سَوْدَةُ أَطْوَلَهُنَّ يَدًا، فَعَلِمْنَا بَعْدُ أَنَّمَا كَانَتْ طُولَ يَدِهَا الصَّدَقَةُ، وَكَانَتْ أَسْرَعَنَا لُحُوقًا بِهِ وَكَانَتْ تُحِبُّ الصَّدَقَةَ‏.‏

 

Narrated `Aisha:Some of the wives of the Prophet (ﷺ) asked him, “Who amongst us will be the first to follow you (i.e. die after you)?” He said, “Whoever has the longest hand.” So they started measuring their hands with a stick and Sauda’s hand turned out to be the longest. (When Zainab bint Jahsh died first of all in the caliphate of `Umar), we came to know that the long hand was a symbol of practicing charity, so she was the first to follow the Prophet (ﷺ) and she used to love to practice charity. (Sauda died later in the caliphate of Muawiya).(Sahih Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 24, Hadith #501)

 

This was also misinterpreted as Sauda had the longest hands but Zainab Bint Jahsh died before her. These are two misunderstandings of two prophecies and there are more as well. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this occurring. The noble wives of the Prophetsaw even measured their hands but this was the wrong interpretation. In reality, it meant that the one who gives the most charity and this was proven when Zainab died after the Prophetsaw since it was her who gave the most charity. The revelation was not wrong, rather it was the understanding of it which was wrong. Ahmadas also stated:

 

“However, all these incidences indicate that the apostles of God can also make errors in understanding the meaning or in the interpretation of prophecies. As far as the words of the revelation are concerned, these are without a doubt positively true. But, in matters concerning religion and faith, there is absolutely no possibility of an error” (Izala Auham, page 690, Ruhani Khazain Volume 3, page 472)