Faith moves Mountains
Muslims need Faith in Triumph of Islam — Rally around Promised Messiah’s [Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian’s] Banner
by Maulana Muhammad Ali
The Light & Islamic Review (US), May/June 1993 Issue (Vol. 70, No. 3, pp. 5–6)
The whole superstructure of religion rests on faith. Apparently, faith seems to be an insignificant matter. It is a word which everybody can utter. But the depth to which faith may penetrate one’s heart, though hidden from external view, yet its results arc tremendous. As the saying of Jesus Christ goes, faith moves mountains. Today Muslims say that they believe in Islam. But the result of such a belief is stagnation. The companions of the Holy Prophet [Muhammad (pbuh)] were also believers in the same faith; they shook the whole world. What a tremendous difference between these two faiths. It is therefore said in the Quran:
یٰۤاَیُّہَا الَّذِیۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡۤا اٰمِنُوۡا بِاللّٰہِ وَ رَسُوۡلِہٖ
“O you who believe, believe in Allah and His Apostle” (The Holy Quran, 4:136).
It is not enough that one should utter the Kalimah [pronouncement of faith] and enter the fold of Islamic brotherhood. This is a beginning and if the faith thus achieved is not nurtured, it may lead nowhere and die in its infancy. It is only by persistent endeavour and ceaseless toil that the seed of faith sown by declaring the Islamic formula, develops into a tree, blossoms and bears its fruits. One of the greatest mistakes of Muslims of today is that they are satisfied with the seed, nay with the husk of the thing and care little about advancing. They please themselves with the idea that they are members of the brotherhood of Islam and therefore need nothing else for individual, as well as national, progress.
Faith in the Triumph of Islam:
Every Muslim heart may have some faith, however insignificant it be, in the ultimate victory of Islam. This in itself helps the cause, but little. Let us compare this superficial traditional faith with what a great sage cherished in his heart. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. the Promised Messiah, had also in his heart this faith in the success of Islam. But his faith was entirely of a different stamp. It moved him all his life. It was a passion with him which had possessed him and all his inner urges. There was not a single adversary of Islam whom the Promised Messiah left unanswered. There is not a single principle of Islam, the excellence, the utility and the beauty of which he has not unveiled. During his life he worked day and night. His one aim, his one object, was to prove the worth of Islam and the value of its tenets. He was not a man of education in the modern sense of the word. Born in a village he had never crossed the boundaries of his province. He did not know modem languages. But what was his vision? His dominating passion was to see Islam spread over the western world. This was not only his heartfelt desire but it was at the same time his conviction that the time was fast approaching. He was not only convinced of the victory of Islam but he initiated the battle. He knew the weapons that were required. The path of glory was open to him. He treaded it and demonstrated its value. He created a group of persons and coloured their lives with the same hue of faith.
Why Ahmadis are in the Forefront:
Some minds arc puzzled when they see that the disciples of the Promised Messiah win victories for Islam which others cannot. It is not a difficult problem to probe. The difference in the two cases is one of faith. As the Quran has beautifully put it:
اَلَمۡ تَرَ کَیۡفَ ضَرَبَ اللّٰہُ مَثَلًا کَلِمَۃً طَیِّبَۃً کَشَجَرَۃٍ طَیِّبَۃٍ اَصۡلُہَا ثَابِتٌ وَّ فَرۡعُہَا فِی السَّمَآءِ ﴿ۙ۲۴﴾ تُؤۡتِیۡۤ اُکُلَہَا کُلَّ حِیۡنٍۭ
“The likeness of a good word is the likeness of a good tree whose roots are deep down into the earth and whose branches high up in the sky, it gives its fruits always” (The Holy Quran, 14:24–25).
Here the phrase good word signifies genuine faith. Ahmadis have the same Quran in which they believe: they have the same Prophet Muhammad whom they obey; yet Ahmadis are successful because they have that spark of faith which wins. They are convinced of the triumph of Islam in this age. They possess arguments which are destined to win the world today. Muslims, as a whole, were despairing of the hold of Islam even upon Muslims under the onslaught of modem civilization. But a tiny section of theirs — those whose hearts had been kindled with the light of faith — demonstrated that Islam could conquer even the hearts of the very advocates of twentieth century culture. While all others look to the West and seek their salvation in imitating western ideals, the Ahmadis endeavour successfully to save the West from its imperfect and unbalanced civilization. It is not a small change that has been brought by the Mujaddid [Reformer] of this century. He has revolutionized the whole outlook. He has brought back faith to this earth and has infused new life into dead bones. Many enlightened persons enquire what object is gained by rallying around the banner of the Promised Messiah while they are Muslims. I say to them that it is a question of advancement and of progress or of stagnation and standstill. It is a question of the victory of Islam or of its decadent condition. Where can one get that faith which will move him to successful efforts? How to free himself from the domination of the West and from its perilous ideals of materialism and unbelief today? What way is open to Islam today to march with victorious footsteps? None can answer these questions satisfactorily but the man of light and faith whom the Almighty has raised for the revival of Islam. The work that the Ahmadiyya Movement has done already is revolutionizing the world and has attracted many a living soul. Let those who cherish any love for their religion stop speculating and come forward like chivalrous men and plunge themselves into the battle that is winning Islamic glory at the present time.