The Promised Messiah
In today’s world, mankind has become distant from God. Divine religions have prophesised the appearance of a reformer in the latter days. However, a multitude of reformers would create confusion. For true peace to prevail, it must mean that all such prophecies referred to the advent of a single reformer who would unite mankind under the banner of one religion and bring mankind close to its Creator.
The teachings of Islam are timeless, eternal and, uniquely, they encompass the truth of all previous religions. Therefore, the revival of faith in the Creator will be through Islam.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community believes that the long-awaited Messiah is Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (peace be upon him) of Qadian, India (1835-1908). Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (peace be upon him) claimed under Divine guidance that he was the metaphorical second coming of Jesus of Nazarath (peace be upon him) and the divine guide, whose advent was foretold by the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Explaining the purpose of his advent Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmed (as) stated:
‘ The task for which God has appointed me is that I should remove the malaise that afflicts the relationship between God and His creatures and restore the relationship of love and sincerity between them. Through the proclamation of truth and by putting an end to religious conflicts, I should bring about peace and manifest the Divine verities that have become hidden from the eyes of the world. I am called upon to demonstrate spirituality which lies buried under egoistic darkness. It is for me to demonstrate by practice, and not by words alone, the Divine powers which penetrate into a human being and are manifested through prayer or attention. Above all, it is my task to re-establish in people’s hearts the eternal plant of the pure and shining Unity of God which is free from every impurity of polytheism, and which has now completely disappeared. All this will be accomplished, not through my power, but through the power of the Almighty God, Who is the God of heaven and earth.’
[Lecture Lahore, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 20, p.180 (English Translation: Essence of Islam, vol 4, p. 111)]
In his countless prophecies, the Promised Messiah (peace be upon him) foretold of the phenomenal expansion of his community. From 1889 until the time of his demise in 1908, tens of thousands of people accepted him. This blessing of expansion has continued through his Caliphs (spiritual successors). Currently, under the fifth successor, the community stands as a truly global community with tens of millions of members in more than 206 countries.
‘I have come just to sow the seed, which has been sown by my hand. Now it will grow and flourish and no one can arrest its growth.’ (Prophecy of the Promised Messiah, peace be upon him, on the success of his peaceful revival of Islam)