When this book of mine [Jesus in India] is published, those who raise repeated allegations and ask what has been achieved by my advent will also have their answer. When I hear these sorts of objections, I am astonished. Are things achieved by some magic spell? Do tell me; after all, Noah, peace be upon him, preached his ministry for nine hundred and fifty years, so in the view of such people, what did he achieve? These people will see – and surely God Almighty will show them manifestly – what I have done. Alas! If only these people would reflect over the current state of affairs. Sixteen years from the present century have elapsed and darkness has reached the extreme; so has no one appeared as a Reformer? Such people do not act with even a shred of justice. In raising allegations against me, they ultimately object against God. For in their view, I have come and done nothing and God has sent no one who would. In fact, if the needs of the present time are put to one side for a moment, according to these unwise people, a person to misguide them has come, yet despite this, the real Mahdi has not appeared and was not sent by God. The fourteenth century was supposed to be blessed, but what blessing did it bring when with it an Antichrist has appeared! Siddiq Hasan and Abdul Hayy, who were claimants, died at the head of the century; otherwise, perhaps these two could have consoled these people. However, God has demonstrated through His grace that this work was not for them to do, but for someone else.
Whenever a reformer (mujaddid) appears, they do so in view of the need of that time, not to teach people about issues relating to how they should clean themselves after answering the call of nature or ablution. Does God, Who is Wise and Sagacious, not see that the deadly wind of naturalism and philosophy has swept through the land and that thousands of people have perished? The Christians, who worship the cross, have torn hundreds and thousands of souls away from God.
Therefore, at the present time, was a Reformer not needed who would “break the cross” and demonstrate through argumentation and conclusive facts that the religion of the cross is devoid of the light of truth; and that man cannot be the inheritor of salvation through belief in a wooden crucifix? Every other day, the Christians go on publishing and distributing leaflets, 50,000 and even 100,000 in number. Like a swarm of locusts, women, children, young and old are engaged in the work of attacking Islam in any way possible. At this time, the onslaught waged against Islam knows no bounds. On the one hand, God has promised:
وَ اِنَّا لَہٗ لَحٰفِظُوۡنَ
“Most surely We will be its Guardian.”
On the other hand, our foolish critics are so “wise” that they claim no one has appeared in Islam with the light of divine insight so as to safeguard the Faith; in fact, an Antichrist has appeared instead. Alas! What a pity! Nay, a thousand pities! This was the perfect time for God to manifest the shining hand of His support and succour. I say, in any case, He has done so. God will manifest His lustre. He will shame my opponents and show them what has been achieved at the hand of the one who has come.
(Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, Malfuzat, Vol. 2, pp. 19-20)