Sufi Terms and Concepts
Fana fir-rasul --- a person ``effaced'' in the Holy Prophet   This Section discusses various terms employed in Sufism (Tasawwuf), or Islamic mysticism, referring to saints which denote these holy people's close relation to prophets. The explanations of these concepts are drawn both from standard Sufi authorities and from the writings of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in order to show how Hazrat Mirza's use of these ideas and expressions was entirely in line with Sufi tradition and the message of the Holy Quran.

Hazrat Mirza did neither invented these terms nor misrepresent these concepts in order to support his claims. In fact, he made it plainer than ever had been made previously that a person to whom these terms of high spiritual rank are applied still remains in the category of saints, i.e. non-prophets, and does not become a prophet because the Holy Prophet Muhammad was the Last of the Prophets.

Just as, in his capacity of the Reformer (mujaddid) of the formal side of Islam (the Shari`ah), Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad expressed himself in the terminology of the Holy Quran and Hadith, so did he, as the Reformer of the spiritual and mystical side of Islam, discuss the nomenclature of Sufism at great length. He did this so that none would fall into error, realizing that the terminology of Tariqat employed in his works (or the works of other great Sufi saints, or even the prophecies of the Holy Prophet Muhammad about the coming Messiah and Mahdi) cannot be properly understood without referrence to the concept of Shari'ah.

Finally, the claims of various eminent muslims saints, particularly some from India, are presented to reveal the spiritual climate in which Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad expressed himself

Zill --- ``image'' or ``shadow''
Burooz --- ``manifestation''
Masil anbiya --- the ``like'' of prophets
Ummati wa nabi --- a follower as well as a prophet
Finality of Prophethood & Mujaddids, Muhaddiths and Awliya
Expressions used by eminent Muslim Saints
Muslim Saints & Sufi's of India
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