Accept the Mujaddid (Reformer) of the Age

by Shaukat A. Ali (Regional Coordinator, Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat Islam (Lahore) Asia and Pacific Region)

The Light (UK), November 2011 Issue (pp. 1–3)

وَعَدَ اللّٰہُ الَّذِیۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡا مِنۡکُمۡ وَ عَمِلُوا الصّٰلِحٰتِ لَیَسۡتَخۡلِفَنَّہُمۡ فِی الۡاَرۡضِ کَمَا اسۡتَخۡلَفَ الَّذِیۡنَ مِنۡ قَبۡلِہِمۡ ۪ وَ لَیُمَکِّنَنَّ لَہُمۡ دِیۡنَہُمُ الَّذِی ارۡتَضٰی لَہُمۡ وَ لَیُبَدِّلَنَّہُمۡ مِّنۡۢ بَعۡدِ خَوۡفِہِمۡ اَمۡنًا ؕ یَعۡبُدُوۡنَنِیۡ لَا یُشۡرِکُوۡنَ بِیۡ شَیۡئًا ؕ وَ مَنۡ کَفَرَ بَعۡدَ ذٰلِکَ فَاُولٰٓئِکَ ہُمُ الۡفٰسِقُوۡنَ ﴿۵۵﴾

“Allah has promised to those of you who believe and do good that He will surely make them rulers in the earth as He made those before them rulers, and that He will surely establish for them their religion, which He has chosen for them, and that He will surely give them security in exchange after their fear. They will serve Me, not setting up partner with Me. And whoever is ungrateful after this, they are the transgressors” (The Holy Quran, 24:55).

“Most surely Allah will raise for this Ummah (Muslim nation/community), at the beginning of every century (Hijrah), one who will reform or revive for it its religion (faith)” (Abu Dawood, Kitab-us-Sunan, chapter Al-Malahim, vol. 2, p. 241).

In accordance with the above verse of the Holy Quran and the Hadith quoted above, Mujaddids [Reformers] have been coming since the first century hijra. However, a major controversy arose during the last century when the Imam of the age, Mujaddid of the fourteenth century, made his proclamation in accordance with the Command of Allah. Those who have the fear of Allah and love for the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, in their hearts, must study for themselves to see if the claimant to this high office is justified in his claim.

There have been accusations and allegations that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad had claimed to be a prophet, after our Holy Prophet [Muhammad (pbuh)]. Nothing can be further from the truth. In fact, he had continued to deny any such claim till his death on 26 May 1908. Those who accuse him have not read any of his over 80 books and a few who may have read one or two of his books did not fully comprehend what he wrote. Most of the people who criticize or accuse him are not even aware that he had written so many books in defense of Islam and the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. Their accusations are based on allegations by others, who did not know the man who spent his entire life in the propagation of Islam and exhort Muslims to go back to pure and pristine teachings of the Holy Quran.

All of us will face our Maker and will be given the book of record of all our actions, deeds and words on the Day of Judgment.

یَّوۡمَ تَشۡہَدُ عَلَیۡہِمۡ اَلۡسِنَتُہُمۡ وَ اَیۡدِیۡہِمۡ وَ اَرۡجُلُہُمۡ بِمَا کَانُوۡا یَعۡمَلُوۡنَ ﴿۲۴﴾

“On the day when their tongues and their hands and their feet bear witness against them as to what they did” (The Holy Quran, 24:24).

Those who are genuinely interested in the truth and have the fear of Allah in their hearts should obtain the books or download them free of charge from the website: www.aaiil.org. You will be surprised to read the books and articles written by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad sahib and Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat Islam Lahore in defense and propagation of Islam and in praise of the Holy Prophet who is the last, final and seal of prophets. Members of the Anjuman (Society) have always advocated that there will be no other prophet after the Holy Prophet.

Throughout the centuries of the Muslim era, pious and saintly persons have proclaimed that they have been appointed by Allah as the Mujaddid of their respective centuries in accordance with the above quoted famous Hadith of Abu Dawood. From their writings and other historical sources, it can be gathered that the following Mujaddids appeared in Islam.

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian was the Mujaddid of the fourteenth century Hijra and he has always been included in the category of the Mujaddids as detailed below:

  1. First century: Hazrat Umar ibn Abdul Aziz (Arabia)
  2. Second century: Hazrat Imam Shafii (Palestine) and Hazrat Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (Iraq)
  3. Third century: Hazrat Abul Hasssan Ashari (Arabia), and Hazrat Abu Sharh (Arabia)
  4. Fourth century: Hazrat Abu Ubaid Naishapuri (Iran), and Hazrat Qazi Abu Bakr Baqlani (Arabia)
  5. Fifth century: Hazrat Imam AI-Ghazali (Iran).
  6. Sixth century: Hazrat Sayyid Abdul Qadir Jilani (Iran)
  7. Seventh century: Hazrat Muin-ud-Din Chishti (Iran) and Hazrat Imam ibn Taimiyyah (Turkey)
  8. Eighth century: Hazrat Hafiz ibn Hajar Asqalani (Egypt), and Hazrat Salih ibn Umar (Iraq)
  9. Ninth century: Hazrat Sayyid Muhammad Jaunpuri (India)
  10. Tenth century: Hazrat Shaikh Ahmad of Sirhind (India) aka Mujaddid Alf-i-Thani (Sani)
  11. Eleventh century: Hazrat Imam Jalaluddin Suyuti (Egypt)
  12. Twelfth century: Hazrat Shah Wali Ullah Muhaddath Dehlvi (India)
  13. Thirteenth century: Hazrat Sayyid Ahmad Barelvi (India)
  14. Fourteenth century: Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian (India) (1835–1908).

The Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, is reported to have said:

“One who dies in a condition that he has not recognized the Imam of his age, dies a death in ignorance (al-jahiliyah)” (Ahmad ibn Hanbal: Musnad, vol. 4, p. 96).

A Mujaddid is certainly the Imam of his age (e.g., Imam Shafi, Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Imam Al-Ghazali).

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad declared again and again that his belief is that the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and the blessings of Allah be upon him, is the Khatam an-nabiyyin (or, Khatam al-anbiya), and this means that no prophet whatsoever can come after him either new or old (former).

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