This article aims to discuss the reasons why there is still no peace in this world even after the advent of the Promised Messiahas.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the only Islamic organization to believe that the long-awaited Messiah has come in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad(as) (1835-1908) of Qadian. Ahmad(as) claimed to be the metaphorical second coming of Jesus(as) of Nazareth and the divine guide, whose advent was foretold by the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad(saw). The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community believes that God sent Ahmad(as), like Jesus(as), to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice and peace.
It has been said that in the time of the Promised One, there would be peace, that children would play with snakes and lambs with wolves, but that there would also be wars; in other words, that peace and war would exist side by side. We find that this startling spectacle is presented by the world on every side today. Patriotism, on the one hand, has in most countries put an end to oppression and strife which were only too prevalent in earlier days and has enabled states to put their respective territories in order, and on the other, international relations are in a state of confusion, causing one nation to live in constant dread and suspicion of another, and international jealousies are at their height (Extracted from Ahmadiyyat or The True Islam).
Maintaining peace has always been a major concern and a great challenge for mankind throughout history. Bloodshed is occurring daily in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, Egypt, Gaza, Pakistan, Kashmir, Burma, Somalia, Mali and Uganda- just to name a few places. Many of the violent acts have been committed along ethnic and religious lines. The recent refugee crisis in Europe has further contributed to religious and ethnic tensions. Arm sales are on the rise, military spending in some countries has gone up and the threat of nuclear war has heightened. So how can the Ahmadiyya community still proudly claim that the man they accept as the Promised Messiah and Mahdias is the one that is promised to bring peace?
Allah the Almighty has mentioned some prophecies in the Holy Quran. He mentions in the Holy Quran “… but they would not cease to differ.” (Chapter 11 Verse 119)- meaning that the people of the world will always be in disagreement with each other. “Save those on whom thy Lord has had mercy…” (Chapter 11 Verse 120) – Except those fortunate people on whom thy Lord showers His mercy, and who associate themselves with a Prophet or Khalifa.
On one occasion it is mentioned “… So We have caused enmity and hatred among them till the Day of Resurrection…” (Chapter 5 Verse 15) – So when Jews and Christians rejected the Holy Prophet of Islamsaw who brought the message of the oneness of all mankind, they will continue to be at loggerheads with each other and the phantom of world peace will also continue to elude humanity.
And on another occasion it is also mentioned “… And we have cast among them enmity and hatred till the Day of Resurrection…” (Chapter 5 Verse 65) – That We have created enmity and hatred between the Jews and Christians till the Day of Resurrection. Ponder over these verses, in fact, Allah the Almighty mentions in Surah Al-Maidah “…And what has been sent down to thee from thy Lord will most surely increase many of them in rebellion and disbelief…” (Chapter 5 Verse 65) – meaning that the teachings of the Holy Quran will surely make the Jews, Christians and many enemies of Islam more rebellious. These verses show that “Ilaa Yaumil Qayamah” (Chapter 5 Verse 65) – that in the world, there will be no such time of apparent peace where no one would fight with each other till the Day of Resurrection. Because if there is enmity between the Jews and Christians till the Day of Resurrection, where is the peace then? When there is hate between them, there is no peace. Due to the teachings of the Holy Quran, the majority of the Jews and the Christians will become more rebellious, and because of this increase in rebellion, peace will disappear. Therefore, in the presence of these verses, if anyone is to say that there will be a time in the world with no enmity, hate and corruption after the Promised Messiahas and that the wars will come to an end and there will be peace everywhere, is against these prophecies of the Holy Quran.
The Holy Quran also mentions that “Surely, associating partners with Allah is a grievous wrong” (Chapter 31 Verse 14). So now considering this verse, it means that when the Promised Messiahas comes, he will end shirk (associating partners with Allah) with arguments, he will abolish Christianity with arguments. Not that he will kill the people who associate partners with Allah, or that associating partners with Allah will come to an end. It means that in terms of evidence and arguments he will end shirk. Thus mentioning this topic in the Holy Quran, Allah the Almighty says “And proclaim: Truth has come and falsehood has vanished.” (Chapter 17 Verse 82) Jaa al haqqu – The truth has come. Wa Za Haqqal Batil and falsehood has vanished, in which terms did it vanish? It has been 14 centuries since this verse was revealed and still the falsifiers are the majority in the world compared to the righteous, who are still less in terms of numbers. So how did falsehood vanish then? It vanished in terms of arguments. Truth prevailed in terms of intellectual evidence and falsehood was defeated. So this is the purpose that when the Promised Messiahas comes he will end associating partners with Allah (Shirk) in terms of evidence. He will destroy them in terms of arguments. There is a hadith from Bukhari (Hadith No 3532), the Holy Prophetsaw mentions “Li khamsa tu asmaai” – I have five attributes. One of them is “An Al Maahi” – meaning I am “Maahi” (the eraser). “Allazi Yamhullahu Biyal Kufra” meaning Allah the Almighty will erase blasphemy through me. It has been more than 1450 years now and yet blasphemy still exists in the world. And the verses mentioned above show that blasphemy will exist till the Day of Resurrection. The Jews will remain, the Christians will remain and so will their enmity with each other will remain till the Day of Resurrection. And people opposing each other will also exist in the world till the Day of Resurrection. So how did Allah the Almighty erase blasphemy through the Holy Prophetsaw? He did it through arguments. Similarly, the Promised Messiahas also abolished Christianity, broke the cross and made an end to associating partners with Allah (Shirk) through arguments and evidences.
There is no peace because the role model set for man to follow is not being followed. The example of leading a righteous and peaceful life set by the Holy Prophet of Islamsaw, Chief of the Prophets is being ignored. There is no peace because the world at large has not yet accepted the teachings of the Promised Messiahas who was sent by Allah to eliminate violence and conflicts that cause bloodshed. Peace has not happened yet because the Muslims have refused to accept him and the guidance from Allah. There is no peace because humanity is still unwilling to accept the sacred system of Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya, which is established by Allah to bring peace at home, in society and at national and international levels.
For the present times, Allah has sent the Promised Messiahas to revive the teaching and practice of peace as set out by Prophet Muhammadsaw. The Prophet Muhammadsaw instructed his Ummah (whole community of Muslims) to not only accept the Promised Messiahas when he arrives but to convey his SALAM (SALAM = PEACE) to him. This very special and unique instruction of conveying the SALAM of the Holy Prophetsaw to the Messiahas has its own deep significance to the establishment of PEACE through the Promised Messiahas. That is why one of the revealed names given to Promised Messiahas by Allah is the Prince of Peace.
The Promised Messiahas made it obligatory for all men and women who decide to accept him to follow the Ten Conditions of Ba’ait (declaration of initiation). One condition in the pledge states “that under the impulse of any passion, he/she shall not cause any harm whatsoever to the creatures of Allah in general, and Muslims in particular, neither by his/her tongue nor by his/her hands nor by any other means” (Condition IV). Another condition is “that he/she shall entirely give up pride and vanity, and shall pass all his/her life in lowliness, humbleness, cheerfulness, forbearance and meekness” (Condition VII); and again another condition is “that he/she shall keep himself/herself occupied in the service of Allah’s creatures, for His sake only, and shall endeavour to benefit mankind to the best of his/her God-given abilities and powers” (Condition IX). What else could be a better foundation for enduring peace than sincerely adopting these conditions and moulding our lives accordingly? Only by accepting the Promised Messiahas can we then see a real change in our lives, a real change in humanity and see peace being established.
After the Promised Messiahas passed away, the system of Khilafat (the spiritual institution of successorship to prophethood) was established in the Ahmadiyya community. All of his Khulafa have always been guiding us on how to live in peace and to resolve issues of conflict. Under their guidance, the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community have learnt how to remain patient and steadfast under all kinds of persecutions and extreme atrocities inflicted upon them by their opponents. The Ahmadiyya Khilafat has always fore-warned Heads of States and political leadership of the world to take necessary steps to avert the possibility of war. The community’s fifth and current spiritual head, His Holiness the Khalifa of Islam Mirza Masroor Ahmad, continually advocates for the establishment of universal human rights, a just society and a separation of religion and state. In 2012, both the United States Congress and the European Parliament benefited directly from His Holiness’s message of peace, justice and unity. Thus, the office of Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya is fully engaged in a continuous process of soliciting and maintaining peace in the world.
One cannot simply reject the Promised Messiah just by claiming that his advent did not bring about peace in this world. With the advent of the Promised Messiahas, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the process of establishing peace has started. Even the Holy Prophetsaw only ruled over Arabia when he passed away, it was through his Khulafa that Islam spread far and wide. Similarly the Khulafa of the Promised Messiahas will continue his mission of establishing peace and only by accepting the Promised Messiahas can we then reconnect with Allah who is the Fountainhead of Peace.
The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect or represent the official views of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
- Ahmadiyyat or The True Islam by Hadrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmood Ahmadra , Second successor to the Promised Messiahas. (https://www.alislam.org/library/books/Ahmadiyyat-or-The-True-Islam-20080506MN.pdf)
- Allah as-Salam, The Source of Peace by Imam Mubashar Ahmad at USA West Coast 2012 Annual Convention. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFannLYjgW8)
- Translation of Urdu Youtube video- If the Promised Messiahas has arrived, then why is there no peace in the world? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGhWs-E5LsU) by sister Zara Tahir, Sadr Lanja Imaillah Central Halqa, Ahmadiyya Jamaat Singapore.
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