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What does the minaret of Second Coming symbolize?

April 30, 2009

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah says:

What does the minaret symbolize?

It represents the holy, pure and resolute soul, which is given to
that perfect man
who is worthy of heavenly light, and this meaning is inherent
in the word ‘minaret’ itself.

The loftiness of the
minaret signifies the high resolve of such a man, its
strength signifies the fortitude which he shows at times of
trial, and its pristine whiteness represents his innocence,
which must ultimately be established.

And when all this
has taken place i.e., when his truthfulness has been established
with arguments, and his fortitude, steadfastness,
patience and perseverance has become apparent like a
shining minaret, the period of his first advent—which was
marked by trials and tribulations—comes to an end, and
the time is now ripe for him to appear in glory.

Spirituality, which is imbued with Divine glory, descends upon
him who is like a minaret, and invests him with Divine
powers by God’s permission. All this happens in his second
advent, and this is exactly the manner in which the
Promised Messiah was supposed to appear.

The Traditions
prevalent among the Muslims which speak, for
instance, of his descent near a minaret, are only meant to
signify that his advent will be a glorious one and that he
will be accompanied by Divine power. Heaven holds him
back until the time God has appointed for his advent, but
this does not mean that he was not [physically] present on
the earth before that.

It is also a Divine practice that He uses physical illustrations
to explain some spiritual matters. The Temple in
Baitul Muqaddas [Jerusalem], and the Ka‘bah in Mecca,
for example, serve as symbols of Divine manifestation. It
is in this context that the Islamic Shariah speaks of the
Promised Messiah’s descent on, or near a minaret, in a
country which lies to the East of Damascus—just as Adam
was given a dwelling in the East.

There is no harm if a
physical minaret is also built before his glorious advent; it
is, in fact, mentioned in the Hadith literature that a minaret
shall be built before the advent of the Promised Messiah,
and it will serve as a sign of his glorious appearance.

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http://www.alislam.org/library/books/How-to-be-Free-from-Sin-20080806MN.pdf


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