Review of Religions- May 2013
A Message of Peace:
The founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. In 1891, he claimed on the basis of Divine revelation, that he was the Promised Messiah and Mahdi whose advent had been foretold by Muhammad, the Holy Prophet of Islam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and by the scriptures of other faiths. His claim constitutes the basis of the beliefs of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community.
PART I OF III
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as)
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas,
The Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi
We present extracts from the writings of the Promised Messiahas and Imam Mahdi, whose advent had been eagerly awaited by the followers of the main religions of the world.
Paigham-e-Sulh (A Message of Peace) is the last written work of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi and Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. It was completed on May 25, 1908 – the Promised Messiahas passed away on May 26, 1908. The citizens of Lahore were the direct audience for this address; however its subject matter is in no way confined to them alone but is of vital importance to the world at large. The general principles of peace and harmony laid down in the work are applicable to all countries where various religions co-exist. The address was read out on his behalf at a conference held on June 21, 1908 at the Punjab University, Lahore for which it was intended. We present an English translation of the first part of this treatise.
(In the Name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful)
(We Praise Him and send blessings on His exalted Prophetsa)
O my Almighty God, my Beloved Guide! Show us the path which leads the righteous and the sincere to Thee. And save us from treading the path which leads to carnal desires, malice, spite and worldly pursuits. Having said that, I now draw your attention to the following: notwithstanding the hundreds of differences between us, Muslims and Hindus alike share one thing in common, i.e., we all believe in God, the Creator and Master of the Universe. Also, we belong to the same denomination of God’s species and are referred to as humans. Furthermore, as inhabitants of the same country, we are mutual neighbours. This requires that we become friends to each other, with purity of heart and sincerity of intentions. We should dispose kindly to each other and be mutually helpful. In the difficulties pertaining to religious and worldly matters, we should exercise such sympathy towards each other as if we have become limbs of the same body.