True Conception of the Ahmadiyya Movement

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Visions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad Come True

As a matter of fact, if we give just a little thought to the subject, we shall discover that the Ahmadiyya Movement has opened new avenues for the glory and success of the Holy Prophet’s mission. It has shown to the general Muslims how the prophe­cies made thirteen hundred years before have now come true. This in fact has been a source of great help to increase their faith in the Holy Prophet. All the events in the world foretold by the Holy Prophet have happened before our eyes. The ‘ulama’ read those prophecies day in and day out but did not realize their significance.

There was only one person who lifted the veil from these reports and interpreted them in our age. That one person was Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian. For lifting this veil of dark­ness one needed the light which comes from above. It was, of course, under heavenly guidance that he clarified many wrong notions about these reports. Reports about the Antichrist and the Gog and Magog, discussed elsewhere, which reveal the depth of the Holy Prophet’s spiritual insight, are only a part of these prophecies over which the Founder has thrown light. There are other prophecies as well mentioned in the Quran and the Hadith which have come true and the Ahmadiyya Movement has drawn attention towards them to enhance the faith in the Holy Pro­phet’s visions. For instance, the great World War has been called al-mulhamat al-kubra or al-mulhamat al-‘uzma,1 which means the Great War. The first World War (1914–1918 C.E.) is known exactly by that name. It is also reported that the Chris­tians (al-rum) would far exceed the other nations in numbers at that time,2 and Muslims would treated most severely at their hands;3 al-rum in the reports refers to Christian nations. And that Muslims would become so weak that it would appear that other nations would completely devour them up.4 Their internal wranglings, their declaring one another infidels (kafirs), the disappearance of the knowledge of the Quran from among them, their worship of the outward ceremony, their following in the footsteps of the Jews and the Christians, their mental and moral debasement, all these are mentioned in the Hadith. The absence of faith and religious knowledge, the scarcity of people interested in the spiritual matters have also been repeatedly described therein. The irreligiousness about which the whole material world is proud today has also been foretold by the Holy Prophet thirteen hundred years before. As compared with this, the abundance of the material wealth was also recorded in the reports. Similarly, the Quran also mentions many prophecies relating to this age. The giving up of camels, for instance, for more comfortable and swifter modes of conveyance:

“And when the camels are abandoned.”5

And it is found in the Hadith also:

“The camels shall certainly be neglected so that they shall not be used for going swiftly (from place to place).”6

Barbarous nations will be civilized:

“And when the wild nations are assembled.”7

And all the nations of the world will come into close contact with one another:

“And when men are united.”8

Magazines, newspapers, pamphlets, etc., will be published in abundance:

“And when the books are spread.”9

These and many other prophecies like these are found more or less about every age, but most of them can particularly be applied to our own times. The detailed description of the age we live in, which distinguishes itself from all the previous ages, has been made with such a clarity in these reports that it simply baffles the human intellect. This engenders new faith in the Holy Prophet’s visions. By directing attention towards all these aspects, the Ahmadiyya Movement has, in fact, opened up a new path for proving the truth of Islam and of Islamic tradi­tions.



  1. Mishkat, Chapter al-Malaham.
  2. Musnad Ahmad, Vol. IV, p. 230.
  3. Musnad Ahmad, Vol. IV, p. 230.
  4. Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah.
  5. The Holy Quran, 81:4.
  6. Imam Muhammad Tahir of Gujrat, Majma Bihar al-Anwar (Lucknow, India, Nawal Kishor Press) Vol. III, p. 165; Mishkat, Chapter, Descent of Messiah.
  7. The Holy Quran, 81:5.
  8. The Holy Quran, 81:7.
  9. The Holy Quran, 81:10.