Selections from the Discourses and Exhortations of the Promised Messiah

by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian

The Path of Righteousness

Reward of Faith:

The reward of faith is the Garden of Paradise and, as streams of water are required to keep the garden green and luscious, such “streams of flowing water” are the consequence of acts of goodness. The reality of this is that acts of goodness performed in this world will take on a symbolic resemblance to the flowing streams of water in the next world. In this world, too, we witness that the more a person progresses in his acts of goodness and the more he safeguards himself against deeds that may be acts of disobedience to God Almighty, and the more he abandons the practices that go outside the limits set by God, the greater is his faith. Every new act of goodness brings him greater satisfaction and he attains a deeper inner strength. The knowledge of God begins to give him pleasure until such time as a believer is granted by God’s grace, a state of love for God in which he becomes totally immersed. The light of God engulfs his heart completely and all types of darkness and hindrances are removed from his path. In this state, all difficulties and tribulations that are placed in the path towards God do not worry the seeker for one moment. Instead, facing tribulation in the path of God becomes a source of pleasure for such people. This is the final stage of belief.

Seven Aspects of Faith and Doors of Paradise:

There are seven aspects of belief and an additional, final, one that is granted through the love and grace of God. This is why there are seven doors of paradise and the eighth one is opened only through the special Grace of God. It is worth remembering that the heaven and hell that will be found in the next world will not be something entirely new. They are an image formed by a person’s faith and his actions and this is its true philosophy. It will not be something that will be given to a person from the outside — it is something that emanates from within a human being. For the true believer there is a “paradise” in this world for every situation in which he may find himself. The “paradise” that exists for him in this world contains the promise of paradise in the next world. How clear this matter is that paradise lies within people’s own beliefs and good deeds! The enjoyment of its pleasure begins in this very world. It is the same belief and righteous actions of this world that appear as gardens of paradise together with the flowing streams of water.

[Source: Malfuzat, vol. 2, pp. 386–388]

The best and most satisfactory state for a human being is that in which the state of his deeds is clear and correct. His actions should vouch for this and the blessings of God and powerful and extraordinary signs should be with him and always support him. It is only then that he is with God and God is with him. Satan creates an opportunity for himself in everything to deceive and divert people from the right path. It is because I have repeatedly presented my own revelations that some people have had the idea that they, too, should do the same. This is a tribulation that has been imposed upon them and Satan helped them in this path of destruction. Consequently, they began to receive satanic revelation and to hear voices from within themselves. …

Taqwa, that is, righteousness is no small thing. Through it one has to battle against all those “satans” that overwhelm a person’s inner strength and power. All these forces in the state of nafs-e-ammara, that is, the self that incites to evil, are a satan within man. If these forces are not controlled, they will eventually enslave a person. Knowledge and intelligence also become “satans” when used improperly. The task of the righteous person is to develop these and all of his capacities correctly. Similarly, those who consider revenge, anger and marriage to be a bad thing in all circumstances, also go against nature and they battle against the basics of human nature and human instinct. The true religion is that which nurtures human capabilities and not one that degrades them. Anger and virility of man are aspects of human nature that have been placed there by God and, therefore, to abandon them such as becoming a hermit or a monk is to fight with God. All such matters that go against human nature usurp the rights of human beings. If matters were in fact as they try to depict them then it would be posing an objection against God who created and placed within us those capabilities.

[Source: Malfuzat, vol. 1, pp. 33–51]