Excessive literalism results in misguidance


The calamity which befell the Jews was that they went on rejecting the Messiah, on whom be peace, on account of their strict literal understanding of words. Not only this, they even continued to reject our Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.

The Jews believed that when the Messiah was to appear, he would come as a king and that he would sit on the throne of Davidas with great majesty and glory. They also held that Elijahas would descend from the sky before the advent of the Messiah, but when the Messiah did appear, he said that John was the Elijah that they were expecting.

Moreover, instead of appearing as a King, Jesusas demonstrated such humility that he could barely find a place to rest his head. But how could those Jews who held an extremely literal view accept this? And so, they rejected the Messiah fiercely and to this day they continue to do so.

Today, the Muslim clergy are prey to the same affliction. They expect that the Messiah and Mahdi will come to fight wars, but this was never the will of God Almighty anyway, and the words یَضَعُ الْحَرْبَ (He will suspend war) in Bukhari have put an end to this dispute. However, despite all this, they do not wish to accept this ambassador of peace and security.

(Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, Malfuzat, Vol. 1, p. 245)

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