The Promised Messiahas & Imam Mahdi (Guided One)
THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas
O ye who yearn and thirst for truth, listen! These are the days that have been promised since the beginning. God will not permit much delay in these affairs. Just as you can see that the lamp placed on top of a minaret spreads its light far and wide, and just as lightning in one part of the sky also illuminates all other parts, so too will it be in these days. God has Himself provided the means for fulfilling His prophecy that the message of the Messiah will spread in the world like lightning and will encompass all four corners of the earth like the light from a tower. The railways, telegraph, steamships, excellent postal services, easy modes of travel and tourism and other such means have been established to fulfill the prophecy that the message of the Messiah will illuminate every corner like lightning. The true nature of the tower of the Messiah that is mentioned in the ahadith [oral traditions of the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa] is that the Messiah’s invitation and message will spread on this earth very quickly just as light or sound from a tower reaches far. Therefore, trains, postal services, steamboats and ease of preaching and travelling are all special signs of the time of the Messiah that have been mentioned by many prophets.
The Holy Qur’an also says:
This means that the age of open invitation, which is the time of the Promised Messiah, will occur ‘when camels would be rendered useless.’ Some new modes of travel would be invented and therefore camels would no longer be needed. It is also stated in the hadith that:
In other words, camels will be rendered useless in that age. This sign has not been appointed for the time of any other messenger. So be grateful that preparations are being made in heaven for spreading Divine light. Blessings are also stirring up in the earth. You are witnessing an ease in travel and movement that was not known to your parents and grandparents. It is as if this is a new world. Fruits are available out of season, trips that once took six months can now be completed in days, news is instantly transmitted thousands of miles and there are devices and machines to assist with every task. If you wish, you can travel by train with the same comfort that you would have in an orchard at your home. Has the earth not undergone a revolution? Just as there is an astounding upheaval on earth, God also wills that an astounding upheaval take place in the heavens. Both of these are signs of the days of the Messiah. 1
1. Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, The British Government and Jihad (Tilford, Surrey: Islam International Publications, 2010), 18-20.