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Books Section > The Promised Messiah [The Second Coming of Jesus] by Maulana Muhammad Ali Sahib


The Promised Messiah [The Second Coming of Jesus]:
English Rendering of: 'Maseeh Maood'
Original Book in Urdu by Maulana Muhammad Ali
English Rendering by Sheikh Muhammad Tufail Sahib

Note: This book is also available in pdf format

Contents:

Introduction

  • Introduction to the Second Edition
  • Assessing the truth of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad's mission
  • He did not create dissension among Muslims
  • What is sectarianism?
  • The importance of little things
  • The advantage of his claims
  • The beneficial aspects of the Ahmadiyya Movement
  • The revival of the defence and propagation of Islam

Chapter I: The way to resolve differences:

  • The Quran is the covenant of God
  • The spirit of unity infused by the Quran
  • Accepting the authority of the Quran by the Companions of the Holy Prophet
  • Argument from a verse of the Qu'an on the death of the Holy Prophet
  • Hazrat `Umar's sermon about dowry and his acceptance of his mistake in public
  • The need for invitation to good
  • The Mujaddid of this century was assigned the task of the propagation of Islam
  • The Quran is the sole arbiter
  • The principle of arbitration
  • Furu' (branches) should be subjected to usul (principles)
  • The Quran should hold precedence over the Hadith
  • The various Muslim schools of thought are united on the Quran but differ on the Hadith
  • Promise for the protection of the Quran
  • Special arrangement for the protection of the Quran
  • The Holy Prophet gave preference to the revelation of God over everything else
  • Five reasons for the Quran holding precedence over the Hadith
  • The Hadith is not untrustworthy
  • Stories and prophecies in Traditions
  • Metaphors found in prophecies
  • Sayings of the Companions of the Holy Prophet and Imams
  • Footnotes on Chapter I

Chapter II : Finality of Propehthood:

  • On Finality of Prophethood depends the Unity of Islam
  • What is meant by the Finality of Prophethood?
  • The significance of the verse, Khatam al-Nabiyyin
  • The interpretation of the Finality of Prophethood by the Holy Prophet himself
  • Unity of Godhead and the Finality of Prophethood are two basic principles of Islam
  • The Prophet is only one
  • The Finality of Prophethood in the eyes of the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement
  • Prophethood which is perfect and complete has been cut off
  • The Holy Prophet is the last of the prophets and the Quran is the last of the Books
  • Nobody can come after the Holy Prophet, but one who is like a messenger
  • Prophetic revelation cannot start after the Holy Prophet
  • The advent of a prophet after he Holy Prophet is a disgrace to Islam
  • The meaning of Khatam al-Nabiyyin is the one who brings prophets to an end
  • It is essential for a prophet to receive apostolic revelation through the agency of Gabriel and that is totally forbidden now
  • There is no prophet in this ummah after the Holy Prophet
  • Prophets and prophetic revelation have come to an end and there is no messenger after the Holy Prophet
  • Prophethood has come to an end; the Promised Messiah will be from this ummah
  • To believe in a prophet after the Holy Prophet amounts to denying the Last of the Prophets
  • The period of prophethood of Muhammad extends to the Day of Judgement
  • God will not send a prophet after the Khatam al-Nabiyyin
  • The door of prophetic revelation is closed and the explanation of Khatam al-Nabiyyin is "there is no prophet after me"
  • A claimant to prophethood cannot be a Muslim
  • The Prophet being Khatam al-Nabiyyin refers to the fact that he is the father of the righteous servants of his ummah and by following him the excellence of prophethood, that is, the favour of God's communication, will be granted
  • In this ummah, prophets cannot come because the Quran has made the Shari'ah complete and perfect
  • All prophethood has come to an end because of the perfection of the prophethood of Muhammad
  • The granting of the excellenc by the Seal of the Holy Prophet means the advent of auliya (saints) in this ummah
  • Prophethood has been cut off after the Holy Prophet and only abundance of Divine communication has remained
  • The special grace of the Holy Prophet's prophethood has come to an end but his followers will be honoured by Divine communication
  • Footnotes on Chapter II

Chapter III : The Appointment of Mujaddids (Renovators):

  • The need for the advent of prophets
  • What is the basis of the appointment of mujaddids (renovators)?
  • God's communication with non-prophets in the previous ummahs
  • The second example is the mother of Jesus
  • God's communication cannot end with the termination of prophethood
  • Mubashshirat (true visions) are a part of prophethood
  • Persons who are spoken to by God - (muhaddathin)
  • Who is a muhaddath?
  • The status of muhaddath
  • The view of Mujaddid Alf Thani (Mujaddid of the Second Millennium)
  • Summary of the discussion about muhaddath
  • A mujaddid is needed to promote the cause of religion and this need has not come to an end
  • Reference in the Quran about the appointment of mujaddids
  • The hadith of mujaddid
  • The claimants to the office of mujaddid
  • The claim of Mujaddid Alf Thani
  • The claim of Shah Waliullah
  • Accepting the mujaddid does not amount to showing contempt to other Muslim dignitaries
  • A mujaddid in every century
  • Footnotes on Chapter III

Chapter IV : Descent of the Son of Mary:

  • The descent of the son of Mary and the Finality of Prophethood
  • The basis of the Finality of Prophethood is decisive, whereas that of the descent of the son of Mary is allegorical
  • During the second advent, the son of Mary will not be a prophet
  • Not to function as a prophet amounts to dismissal from the office of prophethood
  • The dismissal from prophethood of a person is against the Quranic principles
  • Sending a prophet to do the work of a mujaddid is against Divine Wisdom
  • The Quran and its followers are enough to provide conclusive arguments against the Christians
  • The son of Mary will be a follower
  • The mention of different complexions proves that the coming Messiah is not the Israelite Messiah ….
  • Prophecy of the descent, or the second advent of a person in the previous scriptures, means the appearance of a like of that person
  • Prophecy about the second advent of Elias (Elijah)
  • How did Jesus interpret the prophecy of the second coming of Elias?
  • Circumstantial evidence that this was a divine prophecy
  • The second advent of the Messiah will be similar to the second advent of Elias
  • If Jesus Christ himself appears he will definitely be a recipient of prophetic revelation
  • The use of the word prophet for the coming Messiah
  • The Quran does not mention the coming of an Israelite Messiah
  • There is a reference about the descent of Jesus in 24:55
  • Why was a promise given to the Holy Prophet for the appearance of khalifas like that of the khalifas of Moses?
  • The verse of succession (istikhlaf), 24:55, shows that none of the Holy Prophet's khalifas will appear from outside the ummah of Muhammad
  • The explanation of the word descent (nuzul)
  • Footnotes on Chapter IV

Chapter V : Death of Jesus:

  • Importance of the question of the death of Jesus
  • Onus of proof about Jesus being alive is on those who hold that view
  • Negation of Jesus' death on the Cross or negation of his being slain do not prove that he is alive
  • The meaning of qatl (slaying) and salb (crucifixion)
  • People of the Book and their concept of Crucifixion (salb)
  • The Quran does not belie the history of the People of the Book, but belies their false doctrine
  • Evidence from the Gospels that Jesus did not die on the Cross
  • The Jews claimed that they slew Jesus; the Quran denied that he was slain or that he was crucified
  • The meaning of wa la-kin shubbiha lahum
  • History verifies the statement of the Quran and rejects the beliefs of the People of the Book
  • What was the need of executing someone else who resembled Jesus?
  • Further evidence from the Quran that Jesus appeared like a person who was crucified
  • Further explanation of 4:159
  • The question of exaltation (rafa`na)
  • The use of the word rafa` for Jesus cannot be the basis of the doctrine of his going up to heaven
  • What is the significance of rafa` (exaltation) of a person towards God?
  • The meaning of rafa' (exaltation) in the Hadith
  • Reason for the use of the word rafa`
  • Other verses analysed
  • The Muslim scholars who believed in the death of Jesus
  • The meaning of tawaffa
  • Proof of the death of Jesus from the verse inni mutawaffi-ka (3:54)
  • Proof of the death of Jesus from the verse fa-lamma tuwaffaitani (5:116)
  • Enjoining the payment of zakat on Jesus shows that he is not alive
  • Partaking of food by Jesus is other proof that he is not alive
  • All those who are taken for God besides Allah are dead
  • 3:143 proves that Jesus is dead
  • Proof about the death of Jesus from the Hadith
  • Footnotes on Chapter V

Chapter VI : Renovator (Mujaddid) of the Fourteenth Century:

  • Only one claimant appeared at the head of the century
  • Mirza Ghulam Ahmad's claim of being a mujaddid
  • The services rendered to Islam by the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement
  • The Mujaddid's mission
  • The need for an organisation for the propagation of Islam
  • The negligence of Muslims
  • The greatest need of Islam in this age is to propagate the teachings of Islam
  • The success of the work of propagation
  • Footnotes on Chapter VI

Chapter VII : Messiah of the Muslim ummah:

  • For its spiritual progress and purification, the Muslim ummah needs only the guidance of the Holy Prophet
  • Jesus was not taught and purified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad
  • The Mujaddid of the fourteenth century Hijrah was made the like of Jesus
  • The knowledge of this likeness was given to him by God
  • The Promised Messiah can only be the person on whom the truth about the descent of the Messiah was manifested
  • The first reason why the Mujaddid of the fourteenth century Hijrah was going to be the Promised Messiah - dominance of Christianity in the world
  • The second reason - present-day condition of Muslims
  • Signs of the advent of the Promised Messiah
  • Three main works of the coming Messiah
  • The first task of the Promised Messiah - was to prepare a jama'at for the propagation of Islam
  • The second task of the Messiah
  • No sword is needed for the proclamation (izhar) of Islam
  • The significance of the proclamation of religion
  • Signs for the propagation of Islam are in sight
  • A principle of profound value
  • The Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement addressed himself to the followers of all religions
  • How to solve the internal disputes among Muslims
  • A unique hero
  • Footnotes on Chapter VII

Chapter VIII : The Mahdi:

  • In spite of the weakness and discrepancies of the reports about the Mahdi, their collective evidence cannot be rejected
  • Common factors in the reports about the Mahdi
  • Whether the Mahdi will spread Islam by the sword
  • This wrong conception was removed by the Mahdi himself
  • Messiah and Mahdi are one
  • A prophecy becomes a great miracle after its fulfilment
  • The significance of the two names
  • Other prophecies about the Mahdi
  • Some of the signs are only in the form of metaphors in the prophecy about the Mahdi
  • Footnotes on Chapter VIII

Chapter IX : Prophecies of the Promised Messiah:

  • The difference between the miracles of Islam and that of other religions
  • A dual system of prophecy in Islam
  • Evidence from the Quran and the Hadith that prophecies will continue to be granted to Muslims
  • Conciseness in prophecies
  • Different kinds of prophecies
  • Clear and important prophecies
  • Prophecies of warning
  • A prophecy could be misunderstood or misinterpreted
  • Principles for understanding prophecies
  • Prophecy is not the only criterion for judging the truth of a claimant
  • The unforeseen part in a prophecy is a source of knowledge about God's existence
  • Prophecies about the success of the Founder's mission
  • Prophecies about the partition of Bengal
  • Prophecy about Japan
  • Prophecy about Iran
  • Prophecy about the World War and the destruction of the Tsar of Russia
  • The testimonies of the prophecies
  • Footnotes on Chapter IX

Chapter X : Allegations against the Promised Messiah:

  • The beginning of takfir
  • Allegations made the basis for the pronouncement of heresy
  • Insistence of the maulavis on the pronouncement of heresy
  • The use of the term prophet by way of metaphor
  • The extremist group of followers
  • Correction of an Error
  • The significance of the Finality of Prophethood -- the Founder did not change his views on the subject
  • His belief remained unchanged before and after 1901
  • The Founder has asked his followers not to become zealots and extremists
  • Belief in Lailat al-Qadr, angels and miracles
  • The Founder did not declare other Muslims to be kafirs (unbelievers)
  • Marriage relations with others
  • The question of imamat
  • The name Ahmadiyya
  • Footnotes on Chapter X
  • Annexe to Chapter X
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