Editorial: By Mubasher Ahmad, the Chief Editor
The theme of this issue of the Muslim Sunrise is “Revelation.” This topic is of great significance for the followers of all world religions. Most of the sacred religious scriptures claim to have been revealed by God to His select spiritual elite for the betterment of humanity. Hindus believe that the Four Vedas were composed by Rishis (saints) and the revealed portions of the Vedas are called Sruti. The Buddha himself received “enlightenment” in a unique mode that contained the truth about how to get rid of human sufferings. Daoism understands revelation as the agency that brings one closer to “the way.” In Judaism, Moses (as) received Divine Commandments through direct communications from God, and the entire Torah (the first five books of the Bible) was also revealed to him. Not only that, many prophets appearing after Moses were the recipients of the word of God. Jesus (as) himself is called “Word of God,” that is, he communicated what God told him what to say. His disciples and also the writers of various books of the New Testament felt inspired to write down the life story and teachings of Jesus (as) with such conviction that all the four Gospels, the books, and the letters are now called the “Word of God.” The last book in the New Testament is entitled as “The Revelation of Jesus Christ,” and focuses on the prophetic events of the future.
Islam confirms that all Prophets and Messengers, such as Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and many others did receive revelations from God. According to the Holy Qur’an, God spoke with prophets as well as pious men and women who were not prophets. Islam not only presents the Holy Qur’an as a “Revealed Book” to the Prophet Muhammad (sa) but historically speaking there have been countless “Friends of God” (Auliya Allah), including Muslim Sufi saints, who claimed to have divine converse with God in response to their prayers and supplications. God also inspires men of intelligence in their pursuit of knowledge, and in this issue of the Muslim Sunrise, one article deals specifically with the revelations to scientists. Another article explains the neurobiology of dreams and revelations. The Holy Qur’an has also used the term “revelation” concerning the instinctive pursuits of animals and insects as well.
Most importantly, one article is about the revelations received in this time and age by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah and Mahdi (as). Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) himself has written a very comprehensive book entitled “Haqiqatul Wahi” (The Essence of Revelation). A brief review of this treatise of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) is also presented in this issue. In addition, his thoughts on the need for revelations in the present age are also included which are taken from his famous book “The Philosophy of the teachings of Islam.”
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