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Lesson - 58

Aal Imran (Family of Imran)

"Say: O Allah, Owner of the Kingdom, Thou givest the kingdom to whom Thou pleasest, and takest away the kingdom from whom Thou pleasest, and Thou exaltest whom Thou pleasest and abasest whom Thou pleasest. In Thine hand is the good. Surely, Thou art Possessor of power over all things. Thou makest the night to pass into the day and Thou makest the day to pass into the night; and Thou bringest forth the living from the dead and Thou bringest forth the dead from the living; and Thou givest sustenance to whom Thou pleasest without measure." (Ch. 3:25,26)

In the two previous lessons on these verses, I pointed out that one cannot find a precedence in the annals of world history which matches the universal dominance given by Allah to the European nations. In order to perpetuate this dominance, they attempted to convert the subject nations to Christianity. To achieve this purpose, they worked hard and utilized all their resources on a large scale, including their monetary and political strength. It is worth noting that these nations achieved political power and kingdom first, and used it later on to spread their faith. The Holy Quran fourteen hundred years earlier foretold a similar sequence of events in the verses under discussion, which point out that if Allah The Most High gives kingdom and rule, he can also take it away. In the verses that follow, the principles of Christianity are discussed. To predict these events fourteen hundred years ago in the exact sequence they occurred in this age, provides a clear proof that the Holy Quran is from Allah — the Knower of the Unseen.

The tribulation of the dajjal

Since the rule of the European nations extended over subjects of different faiths, Christianity had to challenge their religious beliefs in order to convert them. In this matter the Christian missionary movement did not feel imperiled by, or face a strong opposition from any other faith besides Islam. The reason for this was that association with God had permeated all these other religions on a scale larger then Christianity, thus facilitating the acceptance of its principles amongst the followers of those faiths. The missionaries, however, felt a grave threat from the pure monotheism of Islam, for falsehood is always intimidated by the truth. The offensive launched against Islam was therefore not only extremely powerful in comparison with other religions, but was also unique in that never before in its history had such a strong assault been launched against the faith of Islam. The spiritual eye of Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), after receiving knowledge of the unseen from Allah, the Most High, had perceived this danger thirteen hundred years earlier. Calling it the tribulation of the dajjal, he made several prophecies which are safely preserved in the books of Hadith. As I have mentioned, in the annals of Islamic history never before was Islam in such danger or under such a powerful attack. I am going to relate only a few of the Holy Prophet's many truthfully revealed prophecies. In Mishkat he is quoted as saying: "From the day of Adams birth till the day of Judgment, there has never been a greater tribulation than that of the dajjal."

As I have mentioned earlier, the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) called the attack of Christianity on Islam as the tribulation of the dajjal and he said on more than one occasion: "O men, ever since the creation of the human race by Allah, the Most High, there has been no greater tribulation than that of the dajjal on the face of the earth."

The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) called it a tribulation or trial because the European nations, employed their worldwide political and international dominance and made use of their economic and scientific progress to impose their religion upon others. The prophecies of the Holy Prophet mention how the European nations will extract treasures (oil and other minerals) out of the wilderness and will control the energy resources of the earth. Calling these nations by the name of dajjal, he said:

"He shall come upon a nation, and invite them (into his faith), and they will believe in him. The heavens will bring down rain upon his command, and the earth will produce on his behest. He will then come upon a nation and they will disobey him, he will be offended, and as a result they will face famine and none of their wealth will remain in their hands."
In another hadith, after a similar prophecy, he states:

"The rivers of the earth and its fruits will be made subservient to the dajjal and whosoever will follow him, he will feed him and turn him into a disbeliever. He will deprive whosoever disobeys him and hold forth his sustenance."
The Holy Prophet also mentioned those people who will try to obtain worldly benefits by ingratiating these European nations. He particularly warned against the instigations of the dajjal in these words:

"Whosoever hears of the dajjal, should stay away from him; for a person considering himself to be a believer, will come to him and the dajjal will create such doubts in his heart that he will become his follower."
That is exactly what happened in the nineteenth and the earlier part of the twentieth centuries. Hundreds and thousands of Muslim youth thus turned towards atheism, lost their faith and became worshippers of materialism and worldly gain. The hundreds of thousands who converted to Christianity were besides these. Their ranks included well educated persons, lawyers, barristers, landlords and other reputable persons including religious scholars.

The crumbling of the Cross and the prayer of the Promised Messiah

The Muslims were in such dire straits during the nineteenth century of the Christian era that Allah appointed the Mujaddid (Reformer) of the 14th century Hijra Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad also as the Promised Messiah. The task of crumbling the cross, i.e., effectively counteracting the Christian religious propaganda and manifesting the fallacy of Christian doctrinal beliefs, was (according to the prophecy of the Holy Prophet), to be done by the Promised Messiah who was to be (as the hadith of Bukhari states) "Your imam from amongst yourself," that is, a spiritual leader from amongst the followers of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

Hazrat Mirza, in accordance with the prophecies of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, accomplished this task so well that it was appreciated by the enlightened Muslim minds of the age. Even the flag bearers of Christianity accepted their defeat by prohibiting their followers from entering into debate with members of the Ahmadiyya Movement. The literature produced by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and the organization he formed for this purpose, the Ahmaddiyya movement, provides written testimony of how well the task of crumbling the cross was accomplished. At a time when Christianity was at its zenith, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad also predicted that Christianity as a religion will be finished before the turn of the 14th century Hijra. Thus in the last few years, the enlightened scholars of Europe and America, professors of Christianity in institutions of learning, and members of the clergy have openly admitted, in fact have written books, that Jesus was neither god nor son of god nor did he make any such claim, and the doctrine of trinity is a later innovation and an erroneous belief. Some have even confirmed the declaration of the Promised Messiah that Jesus did not die on the cross, but escaped alive to Kashmir (where he died at an age of hundred and twenty years, in accordance with the saying of the Holy Prophet), and the grave located on Khan Yar street bearing the inscription, 'Prophet Yuz Asaf,' is in fact the grave of Jesus. These, however, are later developments.

A hundred years earlier the European nations and their religion were at the peak of their dominance. I have discussed in my previous lesson, by submitting written and historical evidence, that they were using this material superiority to convert people to their faith. It was not therefore possible to neutralize this danger without severing their worldly dominance. Their predominance and military might was such that as the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) had predicted: "No one would have the power to fight them." The Holy Prophet had also made this wonderful prophecy that the Promised Messiah will overwhelm these nations by means of his prayer. This has been stated in the Hadith collection Kanz-ul-Amal (vol.7, page 3021) as:

"I have created some of my servants, such that no one has the power to do away with them, except myself."
It was thus the command of Allah and His messenger that the worldly dominance and kingdom of the European nations will be brought to an end by the prayers of the Promised Messiah. This is the reason why the verses that I qouted in the beginning of this lesson open with the Arabic word qul, which means 'Say.' The subject matter of the prayer that follows can be applied thus:

O Allah You are the Owner of the Kingdom, You can give it to whom You please, and take it away from whom You please, You have given dominance to these European nations over the world, only You can take it away. Because these nations are using their world wide dominance in a wrongful manner to corrupt the faith and religion of people, take it away from them.
For the purpose of carrying out this magnificent and historical prayer, the Promised Messiah had a separate room constructed, wherein he supplicated for many years. His prayer was accepted, and he was given the knowledge by Allah that world wars will break this dominance of the European nations, and the Muslims and other enslaved nations will gain freedom. I have discussed the details of this in the issues of the Urdu paper Paigham Sulah dated 17th-24th May 1978, 21st May 1980 and 20th-27th August 1980 and also in the English paper The Light, dated 24th May 1978.

The remaining verses of this lesson can also be very appropriately applied to the events of this age in the following manner. While there is the supplication to remove the great tribulation created by the misuse of their worldly dominance by the European nations, there also is prayer for the freedom of the Muslims and other enslaved nations. For the verses state:

O Allah You are The Owner of The Kingdom, You can give it to whom You please, and take it away from whom You please. You can exalt whom You please and abase whom You please. In Your hands is all good and You have power over all things.
This is followed by the prayer that as You change the night into the day and daylight into darkness in the material world, You can convert the darkness enveloping the Muslims and other subjugated nations into daylight. Just as You bring life to the dead and death to the living, give life to these dead nations, and bring death to the political power of the nations whose political dominance has brought death to the liberty of others. The Muslim nations at the time were mostly in the desert regions of the world. In response to the prayers of the Promised Messiah, deposits of oil were discovered in those desert regions. Today, these Muslim nations are the richest nations of the world, and there is no material comfort beyond their reach. All Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.

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