In the second part of the book, which deals with Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan's other book Usulut Tafsir (On the Principles of Commentary of the Holy Quran), the Promised Messiah presents his criteria or guiding principles for the correct interpretation of the Holy Quran.
Were any miracles shown by him?
Did he possess the knowledge of the Unseen?
These and some other questions are answered in this book, by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah and Mahdi(as), founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at. The Author corrects the miss-interpretation of the verses of the Holy Quran, spread by the detractors of Islam. He describes in detail the genesis of miracles, in the light of the Miracle of the Holy Quran, and repudiates the aspersions cast on Islam, through strong arguments and pertinent examples from the Gospels.
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Why have mistaken notions about jihad taken root in the minds of some Muslim groups and what part have Muslim clerics and Christian priests played in this process?
Is it legitimate for a Muslim to revolt against a government that maintains law and order and permits religious freedom?
These questions, which have become the focus of worldwide attention today, were answered over one hundred years ago with God-given guidance and understanding by the man who claimed to be the Promised Messiah.
God of Hinduism has only limited powers. His role is just like that of a mason who joins only already existing things and enjoys no role as a Creator. God of Christianity went through all the travails of life. That their God died for the sins of his followers is yet another invention of Christians. The idea of deifying humans was invented by Brahmans from whom the idea was borrowed by Greeks and was in turn borrowed by Christians from Greeks. The Christian dogma of Atonement only encourages to commit sins, to freely spread sinfulness, impiety and every kind of evil.
As against the views of Hinduism and Christianity about God. 'Islam's understanding of God', according to the author, 'is very simple and clear, and is in keeping with human nature. Even if the books of all other religions were to disappear along with all their teachings and concepts, God — towards Whom the Holy Quran leads would still be clearly reflected in the mirror of the laws of nature and His might and wisdom shall be found glowing in every particle. This claim is fully substantiated in the book which covers many important aspects of Islamic concept of God.
In this small book, the author also argues against the doctrines of Trinity and Atonement held by present-day Christians, and shows that these beliefs have nothing to do with the teachings of Jesus(as) himself.
The second part of the book, or Epilogue, consists of a profound thesis on the meaning of true salvation. The Promised Messiah(as) describes salvation as "The abiding peace and happiness which man, by his very nature, hungers and thirsts for,and which is achieved through personal love and recognition of God, and through a perfect relationship with Him."
The Promised Messiah(as) also argues that a true religion must be judged by its ability to lead its followers to certainty about the existence of God. The holy author makes a detailed comparison between Islam and other major religions, and concludes that Islam alone can lead man to perfect awareness and, consequently, to freedom from sin.
The first English translation of this article was published under the title How to get rid of the Bondage of Sin, in the English edition of The Review of Religions, January 1902. The current translation has been prepared by Wakalat Tasnif, Rabwah.
Previously the Promised Messiah (as) had announced, on the basis of Divine revelations, that God had promised to grant him a son who would possess extraordinary qualities, would have a long life, and would be Musleh Mau'ud (the Promised Reformer).
Thus when Bashir the First died after sixteen months, the opponents pounced at the opportunity and began denouncing the Promised Messiah (as) ever more vehemently. In this announcement, the Promised Messiah (as) made it clear that he had never claimed that this particular boy would be the Promised Reformer. He also forcefully reiterated that the promised child would be born within the nine year period specified in the prophecy (1886-1895).
Subsequent events showed each and every word of the prophecies to be true. In keeping with the prophecies, Bashir the Second (Hadrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmood Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih II ra) was born on 12th January 1889. He was gifted with such extraordinary and unique qualities as were acknowledged by friend and foe alike. He died at the age of 76 after a life of tremendous achievement and is remembered as Musleh Mau'ud or the Promised Reformer.
To this simple message is "A Gift For An-Nadwah" dedicated.
In this short and incisive tract, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad(as) responds to the contention made by Hafiz Muhammad Yusuf that even false claimants of Prophethood can establish successful missions. Through the use of this critique Muhammad Yusuf hoped to undermine the success of the Promised Messiah(as). With strong, reasoned arguments Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad(as) deconstructs this thesis and exposes its inherent flaws and defects. He argues that false prophets can never succeed and that to hold such beliefs is a direct contradiction of the teachings of Islam. Instead, the triumph of God's Messengers is a miracle and a Divine sign in support of their truth. The principle audience of this work were the ulema of An-Nadwah who were called on by Hafiz Muhammad Yusuf to judge the merits of these contending claims.
The book covers important subjects of divine knowledge and spiritual insight. It opens with an account of the precision with which the Promised Messiah's prophecies regarding earthquakes had been fulfilled, and foretells the coming of five more terrible catastrophes. In this context, Haduras also explains the philosohopy behind divine chastisement.
The difference between divine and satanic dreams, an account fo the fulfilment of the prophecy regarding 'Abullah Atham, and a profound prophecy about global acceptance and victory of Ahmadiyyat - the true Islam - are but a few of the many singular themes discussed in this book.
It is a closely reasoned thesis, primarily based on prophecies made by some earlier Muslim saints and seers about the Coming of the Promised Messiah and Mahdi. That all the events precedent to the Coming happened as prophesied and that they conclusively established the claim of the revered author to be the Promised Messiah and Mahdi, is part of history. He has since been globally hailed and accepted by tens of millions of devoted followers - the Ahmadiyya Jama'at, known for their genuine commitment to religious values, devotion to the Living God, service to the mankind, piety and peaceful communication of the Truth.
The Promised Messiah (as) has also discussed at length such abstruse and subtle themes as the nature of Angels, their relationship with God and man, and how they function as intermediaries and carry out divine commands.
* Swords can win territories but not hearts, force can bend heads but not minds;
* The role of women is not of concubines in harems nor a society imprisoned in the four walls of their homes;
* Richer nations provide aid with strings attached and yet the flow of wealth continues to be in the direction of the rich while the poorer sink deeper in the red;
* Religion does not need to be the predominant legislative authority in the political affairs of a state;
* Irrespective of the thawing of the Cold War, the issue of war and peace does not only hang by the thread of superpower relationship;
* Without God there can be no peace.
It also contains comprehensive discussion on interest; financial aid; international relations; and the role of Israel, America and the United Kingdom in a new world order.
Its message is timeless and relates to the future prospects for peace. It is a compulsory read for non-Muslims as well as for those Muslims who have forgotten the true message of Islam.
Denial of a Nabi (Prophet) is tantamount to believing that this umma has been deprived of Divine address and converse. Only, door for a law bearing Prophet has been closed after the Holy Prophet (sa). The Promised Messiah (as) says: 'Whenever I have denied being a Prophet or Messenger, it has only been in the sense that I have not brought an independent law nor am I an independent Prophet.'
The coming of a Prophet and Messenger in the form of Buruz (spiritual manifestation of a Prophet) is substantiated by the Holy Quran.
Since its initial publication, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order has become a classic work of international relations and one of the most influential books ever written about foreign affairs. An insightful and powerful analysis of the forces driving global politics, it is as indispensable to our understanding of American foreign policy today as the day it was published. As former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski says in his new foreword to the book, it “has earned a place on the shelf of only about a dozen or so truly enduring works that provide the quintessential insights necessary for a broad understanding of world affairs in our time.”
Samuel Huntington explains how clashes between civilizations are the greatest threat to world peace but also how an international order based on civilizations is the best safeguard against war. Events since the publication of the book have proved the wisdom of that analysis. The 9/11 attacks and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have demonstrated the threat of civilizations but have also shown how vital international cross-civilization cooperation is to restoring peace. As ideological distinctions among nations have been replaced by cultural differences, world politics has been reconfigured. Across the globe, new conflicts—and new cooperation—have replaced the old order of the Cold War era.
The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order explains how the population explosion in Muslim countries and the economic rise of East Asia are changing global politics. These developments challenge Western dominance, promote opposition to supposedly “universal” Western ideals, and intensify intercivilization conflict over such issues as nuclear proliferation, immigration, human rights, and democracy. The Muslim population surge has led to many small wars throughout Eurasia, and the rise of China could lead to a global war of civilizations. Huntington offers a strategy for the West to preserve its unique culture and emphasizes the need for people everywhere to learn to coexist in a complex, multipolar, muliticivilizational world.
J. M. Rodwell's accessible translation restores the traditional ordering of the suras, or chapters, with early text dealing with God as creator, his greatness and authority, the role of Muhammad as God's messenger and of Islam in history. Later chapters deal with legal, social, and ethical issues. The text is divided into 114 chapters, each of which, like the Bible, is subdivided into verses.
This edition of the Koran, in a convenient size that is ideal for prayer or study, will be invaluable to students of religion, history, and politics and of interest to anyone concerned with cultures of the Middle East.
After an informative introduction that focuses on the book's literary characteristics, historical context, and interpretive problems, Roloff explores each successive unit of the text under the following headings: text: fresh translation; form: literary Gattung, structure, and function; and commentary: verse-by-verse discussion of the text in its original context.
The commentary also includes several helpful excursuses that explore specific issues related to a particular unit of the text.