Promised Messiah Speaks: Islam, the True and Living Faith
by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian
(Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam; Mujaddid of the Fourteenth Century Hijrah; The Mahdi and the Promised Messiah)
The Islamic Review (UK), October/November 1988 Issue (Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. i, 12)
Islam means losing oneself for the sake of God and surrendering one’s own pleasure for the pleasure of God.
I perceive that through believing in Islam fountains of light are coursing through me.
The true purpose of adopting a faith is that one should acquire such certainty concerning God, Who is the Fountainhead of salvation, as if one can see Him with one’s eyes. The wicked spirit of sin seeks to destroy a man and a person cannot escape the fatal poison of sin till he believes with full certainty in the Perfect and Living God and till he knows for certain that God exists, Who punishes the offender and bestows upon a righteous one every lasting joy. It is a common experience that when one believes in the fatal effects of anything one does not have recourse to it. For instance, no one swallows poison consciously. No one deliberately thrusts his hand into the hole of a serpent. Then why does a person commit sin deliberately? The reason is that he has not that certainty in this matter as he has in other matters of the kind that we have mentioned. The first duty of a person, therefore, is to acquire certainty with regard to the existence of God, and to adopt a religion through which this certainty can be acquired so that he should fear God and shun sin. How can such certainty be acquired? It cannot be acquired through mere stories. It cannot be acquired through mere arguments. The only way of acquiring certainty is to experience God repeatedly through converse with Him or through witnessing His extraordinary signs, or by keeping company with someone who has that experience (Naseem-e-Dawat, pp. 81–82).
The purpose of religion is that man should obtain deliverance from his passions and should develop personal love for God Almighty through certain faith in His existence and His perfect attributes. Such love of God is the paradise which will appear in diverse shapes in the hereafter. To be unaware of the true God and to keep away from Him and not to have any love for Him is the hell which will appear in diverse shapes in the Hereafter. Thus the true purpose is to have full faith in Him. Now the question is which religion and which book can fill this need. The Bible tells us that “the door of converse with God is closed and that the ways of obtaining certainty are sealed. Whatever was to happen, happened in the past and there is nothing in the future.…” Of what use then is a religion which is dead? What benefit can we derive from a book that is dead? What grace can be bestowed by a god who is dead? (Chashma Masihi, pp. 20–23).
The purpose of accepting a religion is that God, Who is Self-Sufficient and is in no need of His creation or its worship, may be pleased with us, and that we should experience such grace and mercy as should wipe out our inner stains and rusts so that our breasts may be filled with certainty and understanding. This is not possible for a man to achieve through his own devices. Therefore, God the Glorious, keeping hidden mainly His own Being and the wonders of His creation, for instance, souls in bodies, angels, heaven, hell, resurrection and messengership, etc., and yet disclosing them partially through reason, appointed his servants to believe in all these mysteries (Surmah Chashm Arya, p. 33).