Religious Concepts

Gems of the Promised Messiah & Imam Mahdi (as) – A Warning to the Muslims

Portrait of the Promised Messiah (as) & Imam Mahdi (Guided One), Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as)

You see that Islam is in a state of decline and the Christians continue to attack Islam with this very weapon of the life of the Messiah. Muslim progeny is falling prey to the Christians. I truthfully say that it is arguments such as these, which they put forth to the people so as to convert them. They are turning people away from Islam by quoting in schools and colleges the distinct qualities which the Muslims ascribe to Jesus (as) in their ignorance. Therefore, God Almighty has desired that now the Muslims be warned.[1]

Since God has desired to make the Muslims vigilant, it is very important for the progress of Islam to emphasise the issue relating to the death of the Messiah and for the Muslims not to believe that the Messiah has ascended to heaven alive. Regrettably, I must say that my opponents, owing to their own misfortune, fail to understand this secret and raise a pointless clamour. If only these fools would realise that if we all laid stress on the death of Jesus (as), the Christian faith would be no more. I proclaim with certainty that the life of Islam lies in this death. Ask the Christians themselves: if it is proved that the Messiah lives no more and has died, what would remain of their religion? They themselves are convinced that it is this very issue which uproots their religion. Yet the Muslims give them strength by believing in the life of the Messiah, and thus cause harm to Islam. Their example may be described as such:

یکے سرشاخ و بُن مے برید [2]

These Muslims have taken hold of [3] the very same weapon that the Christians use against Islam, and wielded it foolishly without understanding, thus inflicting severe injury on Islam. However, it is a matter of jubilation that Allah the Exalted has informed them of this at precisely the correct time and has armed them with a matchless weapon to break the cross; in order to reinforce it and make use of it, He has established this Community. As such, by the grace and succour of Allah Almighty, this weapon, namely the death of the Messiah, has left the religion of the cross so weak and powerless that now this is not hidden to anyone. The Christians and their supporters are well aware that if there is any sect or community that can uproot their religion it is this Community. This is why the Christians are eager to compete with the people of every other religion, but dare not face this Community. When a certain Bishop was invited to compete, he did not come forward to contest, even though various English newspapers urged him to accept the challenge. The reason for this is that we possess such weapons to uproot Christianity, which have not been given to others, the first of which is the weapon of the Messiah’s death. To prove him dead is not the real objective. This was merely a weapon of the Christians that inflicted harm upon Islam. Allah the Exalted desired to rectify this error, and so was it done in the most emphatic of ways.


[1] Al-Hakam, Volume 10, No. 6, dated 17 February 1906, pp. 2-3.

[2] ‘A person who saws off the same branch on which he sits.’

[3] Footnote: Badr states, ‘It is astonishing that the Christians use this weapon in order to cut the necks of the Muslims, and the Muslims too come forth to support them in doing so.’ (Badr, Volume 2, No. 4, dated 26 January 1906, p. 3.)

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), The Advent of the Promised Messiah (Tilford, Surrey: Islam International Publications Ltd., 2016), 19-22.