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The Islamic wars, fought by Muhammad, were not fought to spread the faith but only to protect the lives of the persecuted and innocent Muslims

May 11, 2009

~ War was always thrust upon Muslims of Muhammad’s time and they never fought with the intention of spreading the faith
~ The blame lies wholly with the ignorant Maulawis who do not value human life, and are so thirsty for blood that they eagerly await a Mahdi who, they believe, will come to cause bloodshed

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad 1835-1908, the Promised Messiah, the Second Coming says:

Those who are acquainted with the early history of Islam
are no doubt aware of the cruelty and barbarity that was
perpetrated by the opponents in Mecca, and the number of
innocent people who were killed as a result. But this did
not deter people from embracing Islam. Even those of
limited intelligence could see that its teachings were far
more rational and convincing than those of the idol-worshippers.
When the opponents saw the futility of their
efforts, they decided that the only solution was to assassinate
the Holy Prophet (sa),but God rescued him from their
hands and led him to Medina in safety.

The Meccans,
however, persisted in their evil designs, and continued
their efforts to kill him even in Medina. Under these circumstances,
the Muslims had to defend themselves and to
avenge those who attacked them unjustly. The Islamic
wars were not fought to spread the faith but only to protect
the lives of the Muslims. Can any reasonable person
believe that Islam was unable to prove the Oneness of
God before the idolaters—who worshipped stone idols
and other inanimate objects, and were engrossed in all
kinds of vice—and had to resort to the sword for this reason?
God forbid! These allegations are groundless and
those who make them, do a grave injustice to Islam by
concealing the truth.

The Maulawis have played their part in perpetrating this
injustice, but the Christian clerics are no less guilty, for
they too have impressed these thoughts in the minds of the
Muslims by highlighting the edicts of foolish Maulawis.
When Muslims hear their own Maulawis issuing edicts in
favour of Jihad, and hear the Christian clerics—who are
also eminent scholars—raising the same objection against
Islam, they fall prey to the concept that Islam encourages
this kind of Jihad. Both these positions have given rise to
these unfounded objections against Islam.

Had the Christian clergy not adopted this course, and had
they honestly and truthfully admitted that the edicts of the
Maulawis are based on sheer ignorance, and that the circumstances
which had necessitated the Jihad during the
early days of Islam are not present in this age, the very
notion of this kind of Jihad would have disappeared from
the world. But they failed to understand this, being guided
more by their passions than their reason.

God only permitted the Muslims to fight when He saw
that the disbelievers had become deserving of death due to
their atrocities. But He also made the provision that anyone
who accepted Islam would be spared. It is this which
has, perhaps, caused the critics to draw erroneous conclusions.
They do not seem to understand that the injunction
was concerned not with coercion but with offering clemency
to those who deserved to die. Calling this teaching
coercive is the height of absurdity.

They merited their
punishment, not because they were non-Muslims, but because
they were killers. And since God was aware that
they had perfectly understood the truth of Islam, therefore,
out of His grace, He granted them an opportunity to
atone for their sins. This is further evidence that Islam did
not teach coercion, rather it provided respite to those who
should have been killed for their bloodshed.
Muslims suffered many hardships, and the degree of
prejudice that existed against them was such that if any
member of a tribe entered Islam he would at once be executed
or would live in constant fear of his life.

Muslims
had to fight to win peace. But even under these difficult
circumstances, they never drew the sword unless the two
conditions of war were met. War was always thrust upon
them and they never fought with the intention of spreading
the faith. They only fought for the sake of security and
self-defence, but ignorant Maulawis later gave it a different
complexion and began to take pride in something
quite barbaric and shameful.

But it would be wrong to lay
the blame on the teachings of Islam. The blame lies
wholly with those who do not value human life, and are
so thirsty for blood that they eagerly await a Mahdi who,
they believe, will come to cause bloodshed. They wish to
convince people that Islam has always depended upon
force and coercion for its propagation and that it does not
possess an iota of truth.

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

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

These are the days of Armageddon – the final battle between good and evil : The peaceful Version! 3

April 29, 2009

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Second Coming 1835-1908 says:

“Another testimony which shows that these are the days [of the final battle], is that the sixth millennium since the birth of Adam, in which the second Adam was supposed to appear, has also passed.

Since the sixth day is the day of the birth of Adam and, according to the scriptures, a day symbolizes a thousand years, we have to accept that the second Adam has already appeared in keeping with God’s promises, even though he has not yet been fully recognized.

We also have to believe that the place God has appointed for his advent is in the East and not in the West. Since Adam was given an abode in a garden towards the East (Genesis 2:8), the second Adam must also
appear in an Eastern country in order to maintain his similarity to the first. Muslims and Christians are both equally obligated to accept this, unless of course they are inclined towards disbelief.

Thus, there should be no difficulty in understanding the truth, for it is quite apparent that this is the time for the final battle between light and darkness. The forces of darkness are exerting their utmost power, and it is futile to think that they can now be subjugated by any other means except through the light that descends directly from heaven.

Darkness has completely pervaded the world and the flickering lamp of righteousness is about to die out. Customary belief, traditional knowledge and superficial prayers can no longer bring back its faded light.

Can the blind lead the blind? Can darkness dispel darkness?

No! A new minaret has to be built on the earth which rises above the lowly dwellings, so that the heavenly lamp may be placed on it, and the whole world may be illuminated by its light. How can light reach distant places unless it is placed somewhere high? “

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How-to-be-Free-from-Sin.pdf (alislam.org)

 

end of the world – they naïvely interpret a spiritual battle to mean a physical one

April 27, 2009

Second Coming 1835-1908 says:

In this article, I intend to show that the remarkable material
progress of the current age has been more than
counterbalanced by its deplorable spiritual decline, to the
extent that the souls of men have lost their ability even to
grasp obvious truths.

It is apparent from a close study of
humanity that a hidden and formidable force is pulling it
downwards, and man is swiftly being dragged into a pit
which is termed Asfalus Safilin [the lowest of the low].

Such a complete change has come over the intellects of
men, that they have come to admire and praise things
which are abhorrent and detestable to the spiritual eye.
Every soul feels itself being dragged downwards by a
force, which, through its devastating influence, has already
caused a whole world to fall into decline.

Pure truths are
laughed at and ridiculed, and complete submission to God
is looked upon as an absurdity. Every spiritual eye is drawn towards
the world as if constrained by some hidden force.
As I have often stated before, attraction forms the basis
for everything that happens in the world, and the side
which possesses greater conviction is able attract others
towards itself.

There is every truth in the principle that a
force can only be counteracted by another more powerful
than itself. It is impossible for this world, which is being
pulled downwards by the force of base attractions, to rise
up again, unless an opposing force appears from heaven
to reinforce people’s faith, and to show them that there is
more substantial and lasting joy in submission to the
commandments of God than in the fulfilment of carnal
passions, and to convince them that transgression is worse
than death.

This heavenly light of conviction is granted to
man through the ‘Sun’, i.e., the Imam of his age, and failure
to recognize him amounts to dying a death of
ignorance. The person who thinks he has no need of this
true source of light is deluded, for he sets himself against
the immutable laws of God.

Human eyes, even though
they possess a light of their own, cannot see without the
sun. The sun is the source of the light which descends
from heaven and illuminates the earth, and without it our
eyes are as good as blind. He who attains conviction
through this heavenly light is drawn towards piety, and it
is natural for a struggle to ensue between the two attractions,
one pulling him towards virtue and the other
towards vice, one towards the East and the other towards
the West.

The clash is all the more ferocious when the
two attractions are at their peak—as they are during times
of tremendous material advancement. As the earth undergoes
phenomenal progress, rest assured that spiritual
preparations are also being made and an attraction has been
formed in heaven to counter the earthly one.

The days
when neglect and evil reign supreme upon the earth are terrifying,
because they have been marked for the spiritual
battle foretold by the Prophets in the form of various metaphors.
Some people describe it as the final battle between
the Angels of heaven and the Satans of the earth, which
will culminate in the end of the world; others naively think
that it will be a physical battle, fought with swords and
guns.

The latter are completely mistaken, for they naïvely
interpret a spiritual battle to mean a physical one.
In short, a fierce clash between the darkness of the earth
and the light of heaven is imminent, as foretold by all the
Prophets, from Adam to the Holy Prophetsa.

The commander
of the one side is called ‘the Concealer of the
truth’, while that of the other is known as ‘the Revealer of
the truth’. The one who comes from heaven in the company
of angels is the manifestation of [the Angel]
Michael, and the one who is raised from the earth with the
powers of darkness is the manifestation of Satan.

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