The Promised Messiahas & Imam Mahdi (Guided One)
THE REVIEW OF RELIGIONS
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas
[In addition to this,] all historians know well that in the past whenever someone acquired full cognition of God and His perfect attributes, it was only through revelation. The concept of the Oneness of God was never propagated through rational arguments alone in any age. This is why those whom divine revelation did not reach remained unaware of the existence of God, and were left uncivilized and uncultured like animals. Can anyone show us a book written in the past that spoke of divine knowledge and contained real verities, and yet its author claimed that he did not discover the right path to recognizing God through revelation, nor did he hear of the One God from elsewhere; rather, he discovered God and learned about divine attributes by his own reason, reflection, meditation, and diligence; that he found the concept of Oneness of the Divine without being taught by anyone; and that his mind attained true enlightenment and perfect cognition on its own?
Who can prove to us that there was an age when there was no sign of divine revelation and the door to the holy scriptures of God was closed, and yet the people of such an era had attained true knowledge of God and His Tauhid [oneness of God] merely through the study of the book of nature? And who can name us a country whose inhabitants reached God through their reason alone while remaining ignorant of the existence of revelation, or came to believe in the Oneness of God, the Creator, through their own reflection and observation?1
1. Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya, Part III (Tilford, Surrey: Islam International Publications, 2014), 121-122.