EditorialNo Comments | May 2012
In this Edition: Means to Peace
In the last Edition of The Review of Religions, we featured the historic letters sent by Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad(aba), Khalifatul Masih V, Head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to various world leaders. In the letters, His Holiness reminded world leaders of their responsibilities to uphold justice, and that hostilities between nations on a small-scale were threatening to erupt into a World War. He said that world leaders needed to take urgent action, or otherwise, as a result of the availability of nuclear weapons, a global conflict would result in colossal destruction that would lead to generation after generation being born with defects. His Holiness presented the true teachings of Islam and explained that the Holy Prophet Muhammad(saw), the Founder of Islam, was the ‘Mercy to all Mankind’, who brought teachings of peace, love and brotherhood to the world.
In light of these urgent letters to world leaders, we have decided to base our current Edition around just 3 articles.
The first main article is the continuation of our serialisation of The Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam, the most important treatise by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad(as). Hadhrat Ahmad(as) was the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi who had been prophesied to appear in the latter ages by the Holy Prophet Muhammad(saw). His mission was to revive the true teachings of Islam. The Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam presents the deep philosophy of Islamic teachings in a manner unmatched by anyone in this age. It is of vital significance in light of the current of negativity that surrounds Islamic doctrines in the media, and in the Western world.
Our second main article in this Edition is the historic and moving address by Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad(aba), Head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, at the 9th Annual Peace Symposium (a concise overview of the Peace Symposium has been provided in the Notes & Comments on the following pages). We included a small extract from this address in our last Edition to introduce the letters sent by His Holiness. In this Edition, we have included the full transcript of the address, which is the first time the full transcript will have been published anywhere. His Holiness provides a stark warning to the world of the consequences of continued negligence to God’s commands. The outbreak of a Third World War is discussed in detail, as well as the means for mankind to prevent such a disaster from occurring.
In his letters to world leaders, and his address at the 9th Peace Symposium and in fact at every occasion, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad(aba) has presented the peerless example of the Holy Prophet Muhammad(saw) as a model for mankind to follow. The Holy Prophet(saw) was the Prince of Peace, and provided the best and most effective guidance for the establishment of mutual harmony at every level of society.
In this light, The Review of Religions is also proud to present the start of our exclusive serialisation of the new English translation of Volume II of Seerat Khatamun Nabiyyin—The Life and Character of the Seal of Prophets, prior to its release in book form. This is the Magnus Opus of Hadhrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad(ra), and is one of the most outstanding biographies of the Holy Prophet(saw). Volume I was being serialised in The Review of Religions up until the last Edition. As Volume I has been published as a book, we are discontinuing its serialisation and instead will start featuring Volume II from this Edition.
We hope and pray our readers derive maximum benefit from the articles in this Edition.