The Jewish Quest for Afghan Cousins – Editorial

THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS FEBRUARY 1985 FROM THE WRITINGS OF HAZRAT AHMAD Allah the Exalted The God Who has manifested Himself to all the Prophets, and ap- peared to Moses on Mount Sinai and appeared to Jesus on Mount Seir and shone forth to Hazrat Muhammad, the chosen one, peace be on him, on Mount Paran, the same Mighty and Holy God has manifested Himself to me. He has talked to me and has said: I am the High Being to establish Whose worship all’ the Prophets were sent. I alone am the Creator and the Master and have no associate. I am not subject to birth or death. (Zameema Risalah Jehad, p. 8). The pure life that is free from sin is a brilliant ruby which no one possesses today. God Almighty has bestowed that brilliant ruby on me and He has commissioned me that I should inform the world of the way in which that brilliant ruby might be acquired. I affirm with confidence that by treading on this path everyone would certainly ac- quire it. The only way in which it might be acquired is the true recognition of God; but this is a difficult and delicate matter. A philosopher, contemplating the heavens and earth and reflecting on the perfect orderliness of the universe, merely states that there ought to be a Creator. But I lead to a higher stage and affirm on the basis of my personal experience that God is. (Malfoozat, Vol. 3, p.16). God is the light of the heavens and the earth. Every light that is visible on the heights or in the valleys, whether in souls or in bodies, whether personal or impersonal, whether apparent or hidden, whether in the mind or outside it, is a bounty of His grace. This is an indication that the general grace of the Lord of the worlds envelopes everything and nothing is deprived of that grace. He is the source of all grace and is the ultimate cause of all lights and is the fountain- head of all mercies. His Being is the support of the universe and is the refuge of all high and low. He it is who brought everything out of nothingness and bestowed upon everything the mantle of being. No other being than Him is in itself present and eternal or is not the reci- pient of His grace. Earth and heaven, man and animals, stones and trees, souls and bodies, have all come into existence by His grace (Braheen Ahmadiyya, p. 181, footnote). The God of Islam is the same God who is visible in the mirror of the law of nature and is discernible in the book of nature. Islam has not presented a new God but has presented the same God Who is presented by the light of man’s heart, by the conscience of man, and by heaven and earth (Tableegh-e-Risalat, Vol. VI, p. 15).