The Great Reformer (Vol. 2) [‘Mujaddid-e-Azam’]
Biography of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian
by Dr. Basharat Ahmad
Translated by Akram Ahmad
Chapter 46: Barahin Ahmadiyya (Proofs of the Truth of Islam) Volume V
A period of about twenty-three years had elapsed from the publication of the fourth volume of Barahin Ahmadiyya before Hazrat Mirza turned his attention to writing the fifth volume of the book in early 1905.
In this interim period of approximately twenty-three years, he had written about eighty other books. He gave a dual title to his new venture — Barahin Ahmadiyya Volume 5 and Nusrat-ul-Haq (The Triumph of Truth). During the period Hazrat Mirza sojourned in the park as a result of his prophecy regarding an earthquake (Chapter 45), Hazrat Mirza continued writing the book and stayed busy with its composition for several months. He stated the objectives of the book as:
“A major argument in favor of Islam’s claim to being the true religion is that the teachings of Islam emerge victorious over all other religions. From the standpoint of being comprehensive, no other religion can contend with Islam.
“Another way in which Islam is unique and triumphs over other religions is the presence of the living blessings and miracles that are completely absent from all other religions, and this feature puts a definitive seal of authentication on the truth of Islam. These are such decisive signs that through them Islam not only triumphs over other religions but also attracts the hearts of people to its perfect light.”
Further on, Hazrat Mirza expressed his intention to focus in this book on the second kind of triumph, Islam’s living blessings and miracles. Hazrat Mirza had made several prophecies in the third and fourth volumes of Barahin Ahmadiyya. In the long period of 23 years that had elapsed since he had written these volumes, many of these prophecies had been fulfilled, and thus achieved the status of heavenly signs. A benefit of the long hiatus between the fifth volume and its predecessors was that it made it possible for Hazrat Mirza to catalogue these heavenly signs in the fifth volume.
The Fifth Volume of Barahin Ahmadiyya:
Hazrat Mirza opened this book with the following statement:
“All thanks are due to that Gracious God who has granted us a religion that is such a wonderful means of finding God and of devoting oneself to Him, that the like of it has not been found anywhere in history.
“May thousands of blessings be upon Prophet Muhammad because of whom we entered this pure religion, and may thousands of blessings be upon the companions of Prophet Muhammad who nurtured this orchard with their blood. Islam is a blessed religion that manifests God. If anyone truly submits to it and follows the injunctions and advice that are given in the holy word of God — the gracious Quran — then such a person shall see God in this world itself.
“There is no other means of identifying God, Who from the perspective of worldly sight is cloaked in thousands of curtains, except through the teachings of the Quran.”
Discussion on Miracles:
In Nusrat-ul-Haq, Hazrat Mirza first discussed the true nature of miracles and the need for miracles. This discussion is worth reading because it is very rational and unencumbered by any sort of immoderation. In this context, he shed light on the miracles of Jesus, and clarified their real nature. After this discussion, Hazrat Mirza detailed those signs that had manifested themselves as a result of the fulfillment of prophecies that had been written down and published approximately twenty-three years ago, in Barahin Ahmadiyya.
Following this, Hazrat Mirza answered all the objections raised by a reader in the newspaper Paisa Akhbar concerning his prophecy about the earthquake. In responding to these objections, Hazrat Mirza provided a commentary on the beginning verses of chapter 23 of the Holy Quran titled Al-Muminun. He compared the physical birth with spiritual birth and showed that just as there are six stages in the process of physical birth from its beginning as a life germ, there are similarly six stages in the process of spiritual birth and development. The discussion is profound and a veritable ocean of knowledge whose waves crest to great heights.
In the context of replying to the objection of the reader in Paisa Akhbar, the discussion moved on to the death of the Israelite Messiah and Hazrat Mirza’s claim of being the Promised Messiah. Hazrat Mirza provided powerful and cogent arguments in support of the death of the Israelite Messiah and of his own claim. A eulogy in Arabic along with its Urdu translation is also included in this book.
Unfortunately, Hazrat Mirza did not get a chance to complete this book. While Hazrat Mirza was engaged in its composition, a serious contention arose with Dr. Abdul Hakim Khan that diverted Hazrat Mirza’s attention and he had to undertake the writing of the book Haqiqat-ul-Wahy to dispel the misgivings arising from this controversy.
Soon afterwards, the Hindu Arya sect went on the offensive, details of which follow in a later chapter. This compelled Hazrat Mirza to write the book Chashma Marifat to refute the charges of the Arya Hindus. Hazrat Mirza left this earthly abode shortly after the completion of Chashma Marifat. The fifth volume of Barahin Ahmadiyya, also titled Nusrat-ul-Haq, was published posthumously in its partially-completed form on October 15, 1908.