Did the Promised Messiah a.s. claim that obsolete words of various languages were divinely revealed to him?


The opponents of the Promised Messiah and Mahdi, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, object that the founder of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat falsely claimed that his revelations contained obsolete words of different languages, i.e. English, Sanskrit, Hebrew, etc.

As always, the deniers and rejectionists have twisted the words of the Promised Messiahas and realising that their customary practice is not enough, they have personally added some words to his statement.

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Moreover, they have either deliberately tampered the translation of the actual statement of the Promised Messiahas which is present in his book, Nuzul-ul-Masih, or they are not well-acquainted with the Urdu language.

The actual Urdu quote of the Promised Messiahas and its correct translation is as follows:

وہ ان زبانوں میں بھی مجھ پر نازل ہوا جن زبانوں کو میں نہیں جانتا تھا جیسا کہ زبان انگریزی اور سنسکرت اور عبرانی۔ اس نے بڑی بڑی پیشگوئیاں اور عظیم الشان نشانوں سے ثابت کر دیا کہ وہ خدا کا کلام ہے اور اس نے حقائق و معارف کا ایک خزانہ میرے پر کھول دیا جس سے میں اور میری تمام قوم بے خبر تھی۔ وہ کبھی کبھی زبان عربی یا انگریزی یا کسی دوسری زبان کے ان دقیق اور نامعلوم الفاظ میں میرے پر نازل ہوا جن سے میں بے خبر تھا۔

“He [Allah the Almighty] manifested upon me in languages I did not know, such as English, Sanskrit and Hebrew. He proved with great prophecies and glorious signs that they were divine words of God. He opened for me a treasure of knowledge and wisdom, of which my entire nation and I were unaware. At times, He expressed Himself to me in fine words of Arabic, English or some other language that were not known to me. I was completely unaware [of those words].” (Nuzul-ul-Masih, Ruhani Khazain, Vol. 18, p. 466)

The opponents have translated the Urdu words “na maloom alfaz” as “obsolete words,” which is absolutely wrong. If they have done this intentionally, it shows that they can stoop to any low to prove the Messiahas of Muhammadsa false.

However, if they are not familiar with the Urdu language as was the Promised Messiahas with English, Sanskrit and Hebrew, we have presented above the correct translation of Hazrat Ahmad’sas words.

The statement of the Promised Messiahas plainly means that such words and phrases were revealed to him by Allah the Almighty that were unknown to him. The Promised Messiahas himself explains:

“Some of the revelations that I receive are in languages I have no knowledge of, such as English, Sanskrit or Hebrew, etc. A few of those examples have been mentioned in [the book], Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya. I swear by the God in Whose hands is my life that this is surely how Allah deals with me. This is one of the signs that has been given to me that the unseen is revealed to me in various ways. My God does not care if any word that is revealed to me as a revelation is already recorded in an Arabic, English or Sanskrit book because for me it is just like the unseen.” (Nuzul-ul-Masih, Ruhani Khazain, Vol. 18, p. 435)

The Divine revelations consisting of matters which are previously not in the knowledge of prophets fall in the category of unseen, even if those things are known to other people.

For example, the angel of Allah the Almighty conveyed the message of God to Hazrat Maryamas. She got its knowledge and other people of her nation also came to know about it through her. However, the Holy Prophetsa did not know it and to him it was like the unseen. Thus, when it was revealed to him, Allah the Almighty said:

ذٰلِکَ مِنۡ اَنۡۢبَآءِ الۡغَیۡبِ نُوۡحِیۡہِ اِلَیۡکَ

“This is of the tidings of things unseen which We reveal to thee.” (Surah Al-e-Imran, Ch.3: V.45)

Likewise, referring to the events of Noah’sas life, God Almighty addressed the Holy Prophetsa and stated:

تِلۡکَ مِنۡ اَنۡۢبَآءِ الۡغَیۡبِ نُوۡحِیۡہَاۤ اِلَیۡکَ ۚ مَا کُنۡتَ تَعۡلَمُہَاۤ اَنۡتَ وَ لَا قَوۡمُکَ مِنۡ قَبۡلِ ہٰذَا ؕۛ فَاصۡبِرۡ ؕۛ اِنَّ الۡعَاقِبَۃَ لِلۡمُتَّقِیۡنَ

“This is of the tidings of the unseen which We reveal to thee. Thou didst not know them, neither thou nor thy people, before this. So be thou patient; for the end is for the God-fearing.” (Surah Hud, Ch.11: V.50)

Mentioning Hazrat Josephas, his parents and brothers, Allah the Almighty said to the Holy Prophetsa:

ذٰلِکَ مِنۡ اَنۡۢبَآءِ الۡغَیۡبِ نُوۡحِیۡہِ اِلَیۡکَ

“That is of the tidings of the unseen, which We reveal to thee.” (Surah Yusuf, Ch.12: V.103)

The opponents also say that the English words, which were presented by the founder of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya as revelations, are too imperfect and weak.

The truth of the matter is that the Promised Messiahas claimed that God Almighty spoke to him in different languages, i.e. Arabic, English, Sanskrit, Hebrew, etc. If he was false in his claim, the Promised Messiahas would have been annihilated and his Jamaat would never have spread, according to the following declaration of Allah the Almighty:

وَ لَوۡ تَقَوَّلَ عَلَیۡنَا بَعۡضَ الۡاَقَاوِیۡلِ۔ لَاَخَذۡنَا مِنۡہُ بِالۡیَمِیۡنِ۔ ثُمَّ لَقَطَعۡنَا مِنۡہُ الۡوَتِیۡنَ۔ فَمَا مِنۡکُمۡ مِّنۡ اَحَدٍ عَنۡہُ حٰجِزِیۡنَ

“And if he had forged and attributed any sayings to Us, We would surely have seized him by the right hand, and then surely We would have severed his life-artery. And not one of you could have held Us off from him.” (Surah al-Haqqah, Ch.69: V.45-48)

On the contrary, the Promised Messiahas was blessed with Divine succour and his Jamaat, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, reached the corners of the Earth. God Almighty’s continuous support and the overwhelming defeat of his opponents are proof that the claims of the Promised Messiahas were absolutely correct.

The English revelations that were sent to the Promised Messiahas by Allah the Almighty were fulfilled to the letter. For example, if the phrase, “I love you” is not a revelation of God but a mere fabrication, then why did Allah treat the Promised Messiahas the way He treats His beloveds and chosen ones? God Almighty accepted his prayers, gave him glad tidings which came to pass and helped him at every step of the way, etc.

These things clearly show that the Promised Messiahas was truly God’s beloved and the English phrase was surely a divine revelation. Moreover, God Almighty assured the Promised Messiahas through the fulfilment of countless other prophecies and divine signs that the revelations he was receiving in foreign tongue were not the result of mental delusions.

Hence, no matter how many imperfections the revelations of the Promised Messiahas may have in view of the opponents, their fulfilment and the manifestation of the following promise of God Almighty prove them true and perfect:

کَتَبَ اللّٰہُ لَاَغۡلِبَنَّ اَنَا وَ رُسُلِیۡ ؕ اِنَّ اللّٰہَ قَوِیٌّ عَزِیۡزٌ 

“Allah has decreed:

‘Most surely I will prevail, I and My Messengers.’ Verily, Allah is Powerful, Mighty.” (Surah al-Mujadala, Ch.58: V.22)

(Research conducted by the Research Cell)

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