Moving on, غَيۡرِ الۡمَغۡضُوۡبِ عَلَيۡهِمۡ وَ لَا الضَّآلِّيۡنَ (Not the path of those who have incurred Thy displeasure, and nor those who have gone astray) corresponds with مٰلِكِ يَوۡمِ الدِّيۡنِ (Master of the Day of Judgement). One who incessantly prays to be saved from incurring divine displeasure and being led astray receives grace from the fountain of مٰلِكِ يَوۡمِ الدِّيۡنِ (Master of the Day of Judgement).
The meaning and connotation of this is: ‘O You Who are the Master of the Day of Judgement, save us from being like the Jews who fell prey to the plague and other worldly afflictions, etc., and who were destroyed by divine wrath; or from being like the Christians, to whom the path of salvation was lost.’ In this verse, the Jews have been described as maghdhub or those who have incurred the wrath of God, because the misfortune of their evil deeds brought upon them divine chastisement in this very world. For they rejected the pious Prophets of God Almighty and His righteous servants, and hurt them time and again. It should also be borne in mind that here in Surah Fatihah, God Almighty has guided us to refrain from following the way of the Jews. Furthermore, He has brought this chapter to a close on the word al-dhaleen and in doing so, He has taught us to save ourselves from the path of the misguided.
What is the secret in this? The hidden reality is that an era was to dawn upon the community of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, when Muslims would imitate the Jews and only give regard to the apparent; they would rise up to reject the holy men of God, whilst applying literal meanings to metaphors, just as the Jews rejected the Messiah, son of Mary. The trial which the Jews were faced with was that they mocked the interpretation of Jesusas and asserted that if God had really intended that someone else would appear in the likeness of Elijah, why then did God not clearly state this in the prophecy?
Similarly, our opponents have taken the same route in practice and have left no stone unturned in rejecting me and causing me grief. They have even issued edicts of death against me and have sought to disgrace and annihilate me through all kinds of schemes and conspiracies. If, by the grace of God Almighty, the British government had not ruled this land, these people would have gladdened their hearts with my murder. However, God Almighty frustrated them in all their objectives and fulfilled His promise in my favour:
وَ اللّٰهُ يَعۡصِمُكَ مِنَ النَّاسِ
“And Allah will protect thee from men.” Therefore, in this prayer, the phraseغَيۡرِ الۡمَغۡضُوۡبِ عَلَيۡهِمۡ (Not the path of those who have incurred Thy displeasure), informs us about the state of a party from among the Muslims that will oppose the Promised Messiah. Moreover, the word al-dhaleen indicates that in the era of the Promised Messiahas, the trial of Christianity would reach its pinnacle in severity. At that time, the dispensation unveiled by God Almighty would be the community of the Promised Messiah.
It is for this reason that God Almighty named the Promised Messiahas, ‘the one who would break the cross’, as we learn from the Holy Prophetsa in the hadith. The actual fact is that every Reformer (Mujaddid) came to rectify the disorders that were prevalent at the time.
Now reflect for the sake of God and it becomes evident that presently, the pen and tongue have been employed in support of the Christian concept of salvation so forcefully that if one flips through the pages of history, no parallel can be found to exist in any other era, as far as efforts to support a false doctrine are concerned. At present, proponents who support this disorder of Christianity have gone to the very extreme in their writings. So when unjust and vigorous allegations have been levelled against the true concept of God’s Unity, and upon the chastity, dignity and truth of the Noble Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, and upon the divine origin of the Book of Allah, would the jealousy of Allah Almighty not demand that he be sent from on high who was to come and break the cross? Has God Almighty forgotten His promise اِنَّا نَحۡنُ نَزَّلۡنَا الذِّكۡرَ وَ اِنَّا لَهٗ لَحٰفِظُوۡنَ(Verily, We Ourself have sent down this Exhortation, and most surely We will be its Guardian).
Verily, remember that the promises of God are true. In accordance with His promise, He has sent a warner to the world, and while the world has not accepted him, God Almighty will surely accept him and demonstrate his truthfulness with immensely powerful onslaughts.
I tell you truthfully that in accordance with the promise of God Almighty, I have appeared as the Promised Messiah; accept if you will, or reject me if you so please. But remember, your denial will amount to nothing. Whatsoever God has willed shall indeed come to pass, because God Almighty has already revealed to me, as recorded in Barahin-e-Ahmadiyyah:
صَدَقَ اللّٰهُ وَرَسُوْلُهٗ وَكَانَ وَعْدًا مَّفعُوْلًا
The prophecy of Allah and His Messenger has been fulfilled at its duly appointed time and whatever God had willed was bound to happen.
(Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, Malfuzat, Vol. 1, pp. 212-214)