November 2004

Editorial
‘I shall cause thy message to reach the corners of the world.’ This was one of the earliest revelations received by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad( a s ), a person hardly known outside Qadian, a village in the Punjab. (Basit Ahmad - UK)
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad - The Promised Messiah and Mahdi The Human Soul
The soul is created by God from the union of two [seminal fluids]. It is not eternal and uncreated as the Vedas claim. Nor is it created somewhere else and then injected into the body at or just before the birth of a human being. (Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad - The Promised Messiah and Mahdi (as))
Universality of Islam
An in-depth refutation of claims made by Western Orientalists, that Islam was originally intended only for the local Arab tribes. Exposing the weakness of arguments raised against the univerality of Islam and clearly establishing that the message of Islam from the outset was for the whole world. (Nuruddin Muneer)
Interview With Montgomery Watt
An interview from 1999 of the one whom the Muslim press has described as ‘the Last Orientalist.’ The Reverend Professor Montgomery Watt was 90 at the time. His interest in Islam was aroused by an argumentative Muslim back in 1937. His study of Islam appears to have influenced his own interpretation of Christianity. Professor Montgomery Watt is alive in Scotland and is a member of the ecumenical Iona Community. (Alastair McIntosh, Bashir Maan)
Economic Values
The author reflects on verses of the Qur’an and the hadith relating to economic values. Economic values go hand in hand with social values. Recognising that all prosperity proceeds from God should lead individuals and society as a whole to realise that, even from the purely selfish point of view, the greatest benefit is to be derived from beneficent spending and distribution of wealth and not from avariciously holding it back. (Chaudhry Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan)
Letter to the Editor
Sumera Ahmed, Germany