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of Izala Auham:
Published in two volumes in the year 1891, Izala-i-Auham is one of Hazrat Mirza Sahibs most important works. In this book he has presented no less than thirty verses from the Holy Quran which clearly prove the death of Jesus Christ. The word used by the Holy Quran for the Israelite Messiah is tawaffa, which means to cause to die (See the Quran, 3:54; 5:116, 117). Notwithstanding this clear statement of the natural death of Jesus by the Book of Allah, the maulvis had misled the masses by twisting the words of the Divine verses to make it appear as if Jesus had been bodily raised to the heavens and was still alive there. After conducting extensive research in this context, Hazrat Mirza Sahib issued a forceful challenge to all religious scholars to prove from the Quran, Hadith or any Arabic lexicon that the word tawaffa has any meaning other than to cause to die under such a condition when the subject is Allah and the object is any animate creature, and offered a prize of Rs. 1000 to the person who would do so. The challenge stands open and the prize unclaimed to this day, for there is no other meaning of the word tawaffa as the maulvis know only too well.
In addition, Hazrat Mirza Sahib has claimed in the second volume of the book that he is also the Mahdi who was to appear in this age, since the Messiah and Mahdi are one. He has based this statement on a Tradition recorded by Ibn Majah and Hakam in which the Holy Prophet is reported to have said: "There is no Mahdi except Jesus." A most authentic Tradition to the same effect is, furthermore, recorded by Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal as follows:
It is related by Hazrat Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah said: "Whoever lives from among you shall meet Jesus, son of Mary, who is imam, Mahdi, arbiter and judge."
Hazrat Mirza Sahib has penned a very illuminative discussion of all aspects of his claim of being the Promised Messiah, for which the book is to be referred.
Another very edifying segment of this masterly book is a detailed discussion of the prophecy of the advent of the Dajjal or Anti-Christ as contained in the Tradition. The prophecies pertaining to the Dajjal as found in the Tradition are all based on the kashf (holy visions) and ruyah (true dreams) of the Holy Prophet, on whom be peace and the blessings of Allah. Now it is evident that such visions and dreams are always subject to interpretation; so, too, do the prophecies regarding the Dajjal stand in need of correct interpretation. As is often the case with visions and dreams, analogies and metaphorical expressions are frequently used in these prophecies and it would be foolish to expect them to come true literally. Anyone interested in finding out the identity of the Dajjal, against whom the Holy Prophet has issued such dire warnings to his people, is strongly recommended to read Hazrat Mirza Sahibs enlightening exposition on the subject in Izala-i-Auham.