Sadid Ahmad, Calgary, Canada
قُلۡ اِنۡ كُنۡتُمۡ تُحِبُّوۡنَ اللّٰهَ فَاتَّبِعُوۡنِىۡ يُحۡبِبۡكُمُ اللّٰهُ وَيَغۡفِرۡ لَـكُمۡ ذُنُوۡبَكُمۡؕ وَاللّٰهُ غَفُوۡرٌ رَّحِيۡمٌ
“Say, ‘If you love Allah, follow me: [then] will Allah love you and forgive you your faults. And Allah is Most Forgiving, Merciful.’” (Surah Al-e-Imran, Ch.3: V.32)
The reason I present this verse of the Holy Quran is so we can all see that the love the Promised Messiahas had for the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa roots from the Holy Quran as it instructs all Muslims to follow the Holy Prophetsa if they truly love Allah.
To become a Muslim, a person has to declare that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammadsa is the messenger of Allah. This is the core belief of Islam. As Muslims, we all possess love for the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa which is essentially embedded within us. It is this love that fuels over a billion Muslims around the world every single day. From the ummah of the Holy Prophetsa, there was no one greater than Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi, who was completely intoxicated in the love of his master, Hazrat Muhammadsa, as he states:
بعد از خدا بعشقِ محمّد مخمرم
گر كفر ايں بود بخدا سخت كافرم
“Next to God, I am inebriated with the love of Muhammadsa; if this be disbelief, then by God I am a great disbeliever.” (Lecture Sialkot [English], p. 69)
The opponents of the Promised Messiahas accuse him of being disrespectful towards the Holy Prophetsa, but they cannot even begin to comprehend the love he had for his master, the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa, which exceeds all bounds of earthly love.
Not a single person has been born in this Ummah who has had more love for the Holy Prophetsa than the Promised Messiahas. And this angelic love was undeniable and evidently clear looking at the blessed personage of the Promised Messiahas.
In accordance with the love for the Holy Prophetsa, to an extent, he used to manage himself just as his beloved mastersa used to manage himself. This included showering on the blessed day of Friday, managing his hair in the same manner as his master, using miswaak (chewing sticks) to brush, applying oil, using fragrance, and using a comb in accordance with the sunnah.
Another magnificent example of the love for the Holy Prophetsa can be found in Al-Qaseedah, penned by the Promised Messiahas in his book Aina-e-Kamalat-e-Islam (pp. 590-594).
Opponents object that the Promised Messiahas only showed love for the Holy Prophetsa before his claim and after his claim, he stopped praising him, and considered himself to be greater than him (God forbid).
This allegation is completely baseless as there are many examples that show us that the Promised Messiahas praised and had love for the Holy Prophetsa until his death, this qaseedah being a paramount example. It is imbued with love for the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa.
Some of the beautiful couplets from this qaseedah are presented below:
اني أري في وجهك المتهلل
شأنًا يفوقُ شمائل الانسان
“I find such a glory in your sparkling countenance as surpasses all human excellence.”
لا شك انّ محمّداً خير الوریٰ
ريق الكرام ونخبة الاعيان
“Without any doubt, Muhammadsa is the best of the best; a man of extreme generosity, the soul and strength of the noble, the elect among the elite.”
تمّت عليه صفات كل مزيّة
خُتِمت به نعماء كل زمان
“All noble virtues culminated in his person, the blessings of all times reached their apex in him.”
يا حِبِّ انك قد دخلت محبةً
فِي مُهْجَتي ومداركي وجناني
“O my beloved, my adoration for you has penetrated into my blood, heart, soul and body.”
These are just some examples that convey to us the unlimited and divine love the Promised Messiahas had for the Holy Prophetsa. When one reads these couplets carefully, they will find a light illuminating from them.
These couplets have been blessed so much that when the Promised Messiahas finished writing the Qaseedah, his face lit up and he stated:
“This qaseedah has been accepted by Allah, and Allah has informed me that whoever memorises this qaseedah and repeats it constantly, such a person’s heart would be granted a deep love for me and for Prophet Muhammadsa and I will reward him with nearness to Me.” (Sharah Al-Qaseedah, Ya Aina Faizillahi Wal Irfani, p. 2)
This qaseedah is just one example from the Promised Messiah’sas books. His books are filled with such writings. If one was to search through the blessed books of the Promised Messiahas, he would come across countless and captivating examples deeply embedded in them expressing love for his mastersa.
The Promised Messiahas writes in relation to the pain he feels on the attacking of his mastersa:
“I swear by God, if these people had murdered my children before my eyes, and cut my sincere friends into pieces, and had killed me with great humiliation and had possessed themselves with all my possessions, I would still have not been so pained and my heart would not have been so grieved as compared to the pain that I feel by the insults thrown at the Holy Prophetsa.” (Aina-e-Kamalat-e-Islam, Ruhani Khazain, Vol. 5, p. 15)
Indeed, no one in this Ummah has been born who loved the Holy Prophetsa more than Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi.