The Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in the Eyes of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian (Promised Messiah and Mujaddid of the 14th Century of Hijra)

The Light (UK), July 1998 Issue (p. 2)

“The Holy Prophet [Muhammad (pbuh)] had to confront the whole world. The task entrusted to His Holiness (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was, in fact, a task which required one or two thousand prophets. However, God wanted human kind to become one nation and one people and for the differences (among them) to disappear. Just as humanity had started in unity, it should also end in unity. That is why One Final Guidance (the Holy Quran) was sent for all peoples of the world. The age had also arrived when, because communications had opened up and each nation had become aware of others, the initial process of uniting humanity had started. Also, because of mutual interaction, ideas from one country had started to influence others. This process is advancing further even now, and resources such as rail, telegraph and ships are being developed daily. From these, it may be seen with certainty, that the Almighty is determined that some day the whole of humanity should become one nation.

“Efforts of earlier prophets were limited because their messengership was limited to one nation. Efforts of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him) were wide and without limit because his messengership was common (to all nations). This is the reason why the Holy Quran has arguments refuting the false teachings of all religions. But the New Testament is only directed to the waywardness of the Jews. Thus, the superiority of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) is proven by the fact that his efforts were not limited (to any particular people). Apart from this, the greatest and most superior good deed is to remove shirk [idolatry] and worship of created beings and to establish the Unity and Glory of Godhead. Can anyone deny that this virtuous task was not carried out by any other prophet in the same way as the Holy Prophet. In the world today, apart from the Holy Quran, which book is it that has kept tens of millions firm on Unity? It is obvious that the greatest (prophet) is the one who brought about the greatest reform.” (Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya, Vol. II, p. 125, footnote 10)

“If our Master [Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)] had not married, how would we have known that, when the time came for sacrifice, he behaved as if he did not have a wife. That he married many times was to prove that he did not hanker after physical pleasure. His life was so chaste that nothing could detract him from the path of God. Historians know that he had eleven sons and they all expired. At the death of each one of his sons, he said that the son meant nothing to him for his own life belonged to God to whom he shall return. Every time one of his children died, he said,

‘O Lord, I give You precedence over everything else and the child that passed away meant nothing to me.’

“Does this not prove that he was free of the desires and lusts of this world and that he was ever ready to sacrifice his life for God!

“Once Hazrat Umar (Allah be pleased with him) went to the Holy Prophet’s house. He saw that the house was bare and the Holy Prophet was laying on a bed and the rope used to string the bed had cut into the Holy Prophet’s back. This condition brought tears to Hazrat Umar’s eyes. The Holy Prophet asked:

‘O Umar, why do you cry?’

“Hazrat Umar answered that the sight of the Holy Prophet’s suffering had brought tears to his eyes. He added that the rulers of Persia and Byzantine, who were unbelievers, lived in comfort while the Holy Prophet suffered in this manner. The Holy Prophet replied:

‘O son of Khitab, what have I to do with this world. I am like a camel rider travelling in severe heat; when the mid-day sun makes it unbearable, he stops in the shade of a tree to rest awhile. And after a few minutes, he is on his way again.’

“All his wives, except Hazrat Ayesha (Allah be pleased with her) were elderly, some had even attained an age of sixty years. This shows that the overriding objective of having many partners was to make known to them the object of religion and to teach them about the religion by keeping them in his company. This was done so that they may guide other women by their example and their knowledge.

“The Muslims still follow this example of the Holy Prophet so that, when someone dear to them expires, they say,

‘we all come from Allah and to Him shall we return.’

“This phrase full of loyalty and purity was first uttered by the mouth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad. Then others too were Commanded to follow his example. If he had not had wives and the sons had not been born, how would we have known that he had sacrificed his own being in the way of God to the extent that, in comparison, he thought nothing of his own children.” (Chashma-e Marifat, pp. 285, 286)

“The Holy Prophet [Muhammad] (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is the Khatam un-Nabiyeen (the Last Prophet) and the Holy Quran is the Khatim ul-kutub (the Last Book). Now there can be no new kalima (profession of faith) or prayer. The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) set an example by putting into practice whatever he said. Ye cannot attain salvation by forsaking the Holy Quran. He who forsakes the Holy Quran is destined for hell. This is what we believe and this is our religion. However, also remember that for this ummah (Muslims) the door of Communication with God is still open. This door provides fresh evidence of the truthfulness of the Holy Quran and the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) at all times.” (Paigham-e Imam, pp. 30, 31)

“How can we make peace with those who do not desist from using bad language for the Holy Prophet [Muhammad (pbuh)]. Truly, I say unto thee, I can make peace with the snakes underground and the wolves in the wilderness but I cannot make peace with those who make scathing attacks on our Prophet who is dearer to me than my mother and my father.” (Paigham-e Sulh, p. 30)