Did the Promised Messiah a.s. claim that he completed the religion of Islam?

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The enemies and rivals of the Promised Messiah and Mahdi, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas are so keen on proving the founder of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat to be false that they do not hesitate to concoct untrue and fabricated allegations against him.

One such accusation is that he claimed to be the person who completed and perfected the religion of Islam. In this objection, a great slander has been made against the Promised Messiahas that he claimed to have “completed Islam”, as though it was flawed and incomplete. The Promised Messiahas never held such a claim.

On the contrary, the Promised Messiahas claimed that he was Divinely appointed to revive faith by proving the truth of Islam, the Holy Quran and Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, and to defend Islam by responding to allegations.

Hence, he was not sent to change or distort an iota of the Holy Quran or Islam, nor did he add
anything. It was only to revive the pristine teachings of Islam. Th e Promised Messiahas says:

نعتقد ان کل اية القران بحر مواج مملو من دقائق الھدی۔ و باطل ما يعارضه و یخالف بيانه من قصص و علوم الدنيا و العقبی۔

“We believe that all verses of the Holy Quran are like a giant sea filled with countless pearls of wisdom and guidance. Any narrative and knowledge of this world or the next that opposes and contradicts its [the Holy Quran’s] statements is null and void.” (Aina-e-Kamalat-e-Islam, Ruhani Khazain, Vol. 5, p. 387)

At another place, the Promised Messiahas said:

“An essential teaching for you is that you should not abandon the Holy Quran like a thing forsaken, for therein lies your life. Those who honour the Quran will be honoured in heaven. Those who give precedence to the Quran over every Hadith and every other saying will be given precedence in heaven.

“Today, there is no book on the face of the earth for mankind except for the Quran. The sons of Adam have no Messenger and Intercessor but Muhammad, the Chosen One, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. Endeavour, therefore, to cultivate true love for this Prophet of glory and majesty, and do not give precedence to anyone over him, so that in heaven you may be counted as those who have attained salvation.

“Remember, salvation is not something that will be manifested after death. On the contrary, true salvation exhibits its light in this very world. Who is the one who attains salvation? Such a person is he who believes that God is true and that Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, is the Intercessor between God and all His creation, and that under the heavens, there is no Messenger equal in rank to him, nor is there any book equal in status to the Quran. God did not desire that anyone should remain alive eternally, but this Chosen Prophet lives forever.” (Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, Noah’s Ark, pp. 22-23)

He further writes:

So beware and do not take a single step contrary to the teaching of God and the guidance of the Quran. I tell you truly that anyone who disregards even a small injunction of the 700 commandments of the Quran, shuts upon himself the door of salvation. The ways of true and perfect salvation have been opened by the Quran and all else is its reflection. Therefore, study the Quran with deep contemplation and hold it very dear. Love it more than anything else. God has said to me: ِ

اَلْخَیْرُ کُلُّہٗ فِی الْقُرْاٰنِ

“Meaning, ‘All good is contained in the Quran.’

This is the truth. Pity those who favour anything besides it. The fountainhead of all your prosperity and salvation lies in the Quran. There is no religious need of yours which is not fulfilled by it.

“On the Day of Judgement, the Quran will confirm or deny your faith. There is no other book beneath heaven besides the Quran, which can directly guide you. God has been most beneficent towards you in that He has bestowed upon you a book like the Quran.

“I tell you truly that if the book which has been recited to you was recited to the Christians, they would not have perished. If this favour and guidance which has been bestowed upon you had been granted to the Jews in place of the Torah, some of their sects would not have denied the Day of Judgement. Therefore, appreciate this favour that has been bestowed upon you. It is a most precious favour; it is a great wealth.

“If the Quran had not been revealed, the whole world would have been nothing more than a filthy half-formed lump of flesh. The Quran is a book, in contrast with which, all other guidance amounts to nothing.” (Noah’s Ark, pp. 42-43)

In another book, the Promised Messiahas states:

“[The Holy Quran] possesses the distinction that whatever verities a person might discover by diligence, effort and devotion relating to religion through the exercise of his own intelligence and perception, or whatever new subtle verities he might discover and whatever points of truth and wisdom or proofs and arguments he might set forth by the exercise of his own reason; or should he offer, for comparison, the subtlest verity that the ancient philosophers may have discovered through great toil and labour; or should he desire to discover the Quranic remedy for the inner disorders and spiritual maladies from which most people suffer; he can test [the Quran] in whichever aspect and by whatever method he might desire, and he will find that, in setting forth its truth and wisdom, the Holy Quran encompasses everything like a circle and that no religious verity is left out of it. Rather, it completes and corrects the verities that past philosophers misstated due to their deficient knowledge and wisdom.

“What is more, it describes and brings to light with perfect meticulousness and accuracy the subtleties that never occurred to any sage or philosopher. It articulates clearly all the subtle points of knowledge of the Divine that were written in hundreds of lengthy books and yet remained defective and far from complete. The Holy Quran does not leave room for any wise person in the future to come up with a subtle point that it does not already contain. This is despite the fact that it is a book of such a small size that it requires no more than 40 sheets of paper if written in normal handwriting. Now, it is clear that this is an aspect of matchlessness that even a person of meagre intellect cannot doubt. It is clear to every reasonable person that it is not within the power of man, nor within the capacity of any other creature to set out every type of religious truth, all the facts and insights relating to the subject of divinity, and all the arguments in support of true principles and the means of attaining them, which have resulted from the intellectual exercises of all thinkers, ancient and modern, with such completeness in a book of moderate size, from which no verity has been left out.

“For every person, literate or illiterate, there is a clear and straightforward way for testing this aspect of the Holy Quran. If anyone should doubt as to how the Holy Quran can be comprehensive of all religious verities, I undertake the responsibility myself that if anyone – as a seeker after truth, that is, aft er making a written promise that if he is satisfied he would accept Islam – should set forth a certain number of religious verities from any book in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, English, Sanskrit etc., or should set forth a subtle point relating to any subjects of divinity out of his own intellect, I shall produce for him the same from the Holy Quran – provided he sends it to me while this book is being compiled, so that it can be incorporated and published at an appropriate place as a footnote in this book.” (Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya Part III, pp. 32-33)

He then says:

کل برکة من محمد صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم۔ فتبارک من علم و تعلم

“Every blessing is from Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him; so, highly blessed is he who taught and he who has been taught.” (Barahin-eAhmadiyya Part III, pp. 207-209)

On another occasion, the Promised Messiahas states:

“The sublime light which was bestowed on man, i.e., the most perfect among them, was not shared by angels, nor by stars; nor was it in the moon, nor in the sun, nor in the oceans and the rivers. It was not to be found in rubies or emeralds, nor in sapphires, nor in pearls; It was not in any earthly or heavenly object. It was only bestowed upon the perfect man, whose highest and loftiest and most perfect example was our lord and master, the chief of all creation, Muhammad, the chosen one, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.” (Aina-e-Kamalat-eIslam, Ruhani Khazain, Vol. 5, pp. 160-161)

Regarding the perfect religion of Islam and its holy founder, the Promised Messiahas says:

“The faith of Islam is the only right path, and now, under the heavens, there is only one Prophet and only one Book; meaning that Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa [the Chosen One], peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, who is higher and more exalted than all Prophets, is the most perfect and complete of Messengers, is Khatamul-Anbiya [the Seal of the Prophets] and Khairul-Wara [the Best of Men], by following whom God Almighty is found, the veils of darkness are lifted and the signs of true salvation are witnessed in this very life; and [the Book is] the Holy Quran, which comprises true and perfect guidance and effectiveness, through which divine knowledge and understanding are obtained and the heart is cleansed of human impurities; and, being delivered from ignorance, heedlessness and doubts, a person arrives at the stage of haqqulyaqin [true certainty].” (Barahin-eAhmadiyya Part IV, pp. 355-356)

Beyond any shadow of doubt, the Holy Prophetsa came to the world with a complete religion. In his time, the message of Islam reached the land of Arabia. In the era of the Rightly Guided Khulafa, the message of Islam spread from Arabia to Iran, Egypt, Syria and the Russian states. After that, Islam gradually spread to other parts of the world.

Over the course of time, Allah the Almighty created the means of advance transportation and communication in this world. The press was invented. Modern ways of publication and promulgation were introduced.

Currently, Islam is being spread in every country of the world through radio, television and dish antenna etc. Hence, Allah the Almighty appointed the Promised Messiahas in the last age to revive Islam and spread it to the corners of the earth.

Explaining the reason and purpose of his appearance, the Promised Messiahas said:

“In every respect, the perfection of guidance took place during the first advent of the Holy Prophetsa and the perfection of the propagation of faith (i.e. the spread of this message) was to take place through the second advent of the Holy Prophetsa. This is because the verse in Surah al-Jumuah that reads, ‘And there are others from among them’ demands that another group of people should also be prepared through his grace and guidance. From this, it becomes clear that there is another advent of the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa, and this advent in the form of a buruzi manifestation [spiritual reflection of the Holy Prophetsa] is taking place in this era.

“Hence, this age is one in which there was to be a complete spread of this faith. This is also why all means of communication and conveyance are also reaching their pinnacle. There is a multitude of publishing houses, countless printing presses and with each day, there are further improvements and developments in publishing and printing. There is also the use of courier and mail services and the emergence of post offices, wired mail, the railroad, aeroplanes and the publication of newspapers – all of these things have combined to transform the world into a global village.

“In actual fact, these advancements are in service to the Holy Prophetsa because through them, the perfect renaissance of Islam, i.e. the complete spread and delivery of his message, is taking place.” (Malfuzat, Vol. 4, p. 10)

We have presented only a few excerpts from the writings of the Promised Messiahas to show his dedication, loyalty and passion for the Holy Prophet of Islam, the Holy Quran and the teachings of Islam. However the readers should decide for themselves if the said allegation is true or false in light of the above sayings. Readers are urged to study the books of the Promised Messiahas to evaluate the false statements of the opponents of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat and become properly acquainted with the reality.

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