Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times
All Muslims including the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community believe that the Holy Prophet Muhammad is the seal of the Prophets and the last Law bearing prophet and there will be no new Law or Sharia after him.
Both the Sunni Muslims and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community also believe that a subordinate prophet, Jesus son of Mary, is going to come in Islam centuries after the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him. Notwithstanding these beliefs, the Sunni scholars have indoctrinated the masses in the last century or more into a blind faith, in claiming the Holy Prophet Muhammad, to be the unconditional last prophet.
This indoctrination has created a conflict or fallacy in the minds of common Sunni Muslims that even though Jesus or Messiah is going to come after the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him, yet he is the last prophet. I repeat, all Muslims believe that a prophet (nabi-ullah) Jesus is going to come. Yes, Jesus is going to come, and at least all Sunni Muslims believe that and yet they have a righteous indignation or insistence on a very stringent interpretation of Khatam-e-Nubuwat and claim the Holy Prophet Muhammad to be the last prophet. Such insistence can happen only by ignoring the elephant in the room.
My dear Sunni brothers and sisters the elephant in the room is your own belief in a prophet Jesus coming after the Prophet Muhammad. Yes, this is your official belief! All the Sunni Muslims believe that Jesus, son of Mary, is going to come after the Holy Prophet Muhammad! Centuries after him! Dear Sunni brothers and sisters, can you see the elephant? Look in all the four corners, do you see the elephant? I hope and pray that you do see it, sooner rather than later.
Yes, we all believe that Jesus is going to come after, of course, centuries after the Holy Prophet Muhammad, the best of the Prophets and the seal of the Prophets.
Do you see the metaphorical elephant in the room?
Praise be to Allah for providing us such blogs. In conversations it is hard to demonstrate the elephant to most of our Sunni Muslim, brothers and sisters, who have been indoctrinated in this fallacy for decades, but now we can make our presentation more lucid, with pictures. In 1980s, when I became an Ahmadi Muslim from a Sunni, I used to share this fallacy with my friends and family and many had difficulty immediately grasping the point but invariably the intelligent ones did. Now I hope and pray that many more will do. Ameen!
If our Sunni brothers and sisters begin to see the elephant even if faintly so, they may stop experiencing righteous indignation towards the beliefs of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community and we will have better coexistence and mutual love.
The Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him, taught us to love all of humanity and charity begins at home. Let us stop struggling with each other in intolerant ways, please. Let us all have love for all of humanity and hatred for none. Love!