|The Fulfillment of Prophecies|
|Prophecies require interpretation||Our opponents deny that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam
Ahmad fulfils the Hadith prophecies about the coming
Messiah; and they also ridicule some of the prophecies
made by Hazrat Mirza himself. To refute this criticism,
this Section outlines the basic principles governing the
fulfillment of prophecies, by taking examples of
admittedly fulfilled prophecies from the Quran and
Hadith. If these principles are applied, all criticism
against Hazrat Mirza on this score is banished.
The chief points to bear in mind about prophecies have been discussed in various sub-sections. Critics who lack this knowledge stumble here due to their prejudice and hostility. But a study of the Holy Quran, Hadith and classical Muslim literature shows that the whole subject of prophecies is a veritable science the terminology of which is composed of metaphors and allusions. Some measure of ambiguity and uncertainty are necessarily to be found in a prophecy, as has been shown here.
These principles also apply to the prophecies of the Holy Prophet Muhammad relating to the latter days when, according to these presages, the world was to turn away from religion, become a stranger to spiritual matters, and be heedless of Divine commandments. The tribulations of the Dajjal were to have been at their height, and at this juncture a man having the characteristics of Jesus was to have been sent to the world for its spiritual regeneration. The Holy Prophet, having received intimation from on High, told Muslims of the dramatic events to happen after the appearance of the Dajjal and of the signs of the coming of the Messiah, explaining to them all the details of these happenings.
All these prophecies are dominated by metaphorical descriptions for the simple reason that the Holy Prophet was shown these scenes of the future through his spiritual, not physical, senses. The metaphors require interpretation according to the established criteria for prophecies, and cannot be taken literally.
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