The Spiritual Revival of the ArabsNo Comments | May 2014
We present extracts from the writings of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdias, on the Holy Prophetsa and the Arab World.
Have you any notion what was the strange event that occurred in the wasteland of Arabia when hundreds of thousands of the dead were revived within a few days, and those who had been misguided through generations exhibited Divine complexion, and those who were blind began to see, and those who had been dumb began to utter words of Divine wisdom, and the world underwent a revolution which no eye had seen before and no ear had heard of. Do you know how all this came about? It was the supplications during dark nights of one who had lost himself in God which caused a revolution in the world, and showed such wonders as could never have been expected from that Unlettered and Helpless one [the Holy Prophetsa]. Send down Thy blessings and peace, O Allah, on him and his people according to the amount of pain and anguish he felt for his Ummah, and pour down upon him the light of Thy mercy forever.
I always wonder how high was the status of this Arabian Prophet, whose name was Muhammad, (thousands of blessings and peace be upon him). One cannot reach the limit of his high status and it is not given to man to estimate correctly his spiritual effectiveness. It is a pity that his rank has not been recognized, as it should have been. He was the champion who restored to the world the Unity of God, which had disappeared from the world; he loved God in the extreme and his soul melted out of sympathy for mankind. Therefore, God, Who knew the secret of his heart, exalted him above all the Prophets and all the first ones and the last ones and bestowed upon him in his lifetime all that he desired.
He is the fountainhead of every grace and a person who claims any superiority without acknowledging his grace is not a man but is the spawn of Satan, because the Holy Prophetsa has been bestowed the key to every exaltation and he has been given the treasury of every understanding. He who does not receive through him is deprived forever. I am nothing and possess nothing. I would be most ungrateful if I were not to confess that I have learnt of the true Unity of God through this Prophet. The recognition of the Living God we have achieved through this perfect Prophet and through his light. The honour of converse with God, through which we behold His countenance, has been bestowed upon me through this great Prophet. The ray of this sun of guidance falls like sunshine upon me and I continue illumined only so long as I am adjusted towards it.
April 6, 1885
Just now I have seen in a dream that I am confronted with some difficulty and say:
‘To Allah we belong and to Him shall we return.’
I said to the person who was interrogating me on behalf of the government: ‘Will they imprison me or put me to death?’ His reply was somewhat to the effect that arrangements to be humiliated have been made. I said: ‘I am under the control of my God Almighty, the Glorious. I will sit where He will direct me to sit and I will stand where He directs me to stand’ and then the revelation came to me:
That is [Arabic] ‘The abdal [devotees] of Syria and the servants of Allah from among the Arabs
are supplicating on your behalf.’
Allah alone knows what the import is and when or how it might come to pass. [Allah knows best].3
September 7, 1905
A paper was shown (to me in a vision) like a money order form and fifteen rupees were laid close to it. (Within a short time after this vision, a money order for fifteen rupees was received.)
A paper was shown (in a vision) on which was written:
Again a paper was shown, on which was written:
[Arabic] ‘Setting right the affairs of the Arabs. Journey among the Arabs.’
Then a paper was shown on which was written:
[Urdu] Averting an affliction.
Mention was being made of the phrase in today’s revelation. The Promised Messiahas said:
“This can mean: Travelling among the Arabs. This might be an indication that I might visit Arab Countries. Twenty five or twenty six years ago I saw in a dream that someone was writing my name. He wrote half of it in Arabic and half in English. Migration is also a characteristic of Prophets but some of the dreams of a Prophet are fulfilled through him in his own time, and others are fulfilled through a descendant or a follower of his. For instance, the Holy Prophet, on whom be the peace and blessings of Allah, was given the keys of the treasuries of Cesar and Chosroes and these countries were conquered in the time of Hazrat Umarra.”
1. Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, Blessings of Prayer (Surrey: Islam International Publications Ltd., 2007), 17.
2. Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, Haqiqat-ul-Wahi, Roohani Khaza’in, Vol. 22, 118-119.
3. Maktubat-e-Ahmadiyyah, Vol. 1, p. 86, Letter dated April 6, 1885 (Eng. Translation in Tadhkirah, p. 160).
4. Badar, Vol. 1, 23, September 7, 1905, p. 2 and Al-Hakam, vol. 9, no. 32, September 10, 1905, p. 3 (Eng. Translation in Tadhkirah, pp. 743-744).