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Great Prophecy Fulfilled:

by Naseer Ahmad Faruqui

The Light (May 24, 1978)

The most telling proof of Allah’s Presence is the revelation He sends down containing not only sublime wisdom and knowledge, without which man would be utterly in the dark as to why he was created and how best he could achieve the object of his creation and at the same time be in bliss in this life and the hereafter, but also containing undeniable proof of the Divine origin of the revelation in the form of great prophecies which look impossible when they are made but which amaze one when fulfilled. They show not only knowledge of the distant future which no man can have, but their fulfilment could not be possible without the might and majesty of Allah. The Holy Quran is full of such prophetic knowledge. For instance, when Islam and the Holy Prophet were in their weakest possible state, great prophecies were made about their final victory over the most overwhelming forces of opposition out to destroy them. Those prophecies were fulfilled within a short time, as we all now know.

Of the long-range prophecies, the most important relate to the rise to power in this age of Christianity and Christian nations who, we were foretold, would adopt a hostile and aggressive attitude towards Islam and the Muslims. The all-out attack of Christianity on Islam began in the nineteenth century as the Christian Powers sought to perpetuate their imperial hold over the rest of the world by inter alia converting its people to their own religion. They found Islam to be the only rational and vital religion which stood in their way. The Holy Prophet had forewarned the Muslims that the virulent Christian attack on their religion would be the most critical time in the history of Islam. He also prophesised the appearance of the Promised Messiah at that time to come to the rescue of Islam and to make it prevail over not only Christianity but also all other religions.

The Holy Quran had also prophesised a similar crisis. To quote one such prophecy (the explanatory words within [brackets] are mine):

"They [i.e., the Christians] will want to put out the light of Allah [i.e., Islam] with their mouths [i.e., by verbal assaults] but Allah will perfect His light [i.e., He will bring out the perfection of Islam by showing that what was criticised was actually a good point in Islam] though the disbelievers may be averse [i.e., the non-Muslims will strive to prevent this].

He it is who sent His Messenger with perfect guidance [i.e., other religions meant for a particular people and a particular time served only that time and were admittedly imperfect] and true religion [at a time when the previously revealed religions had lost such truth as they possessed] so that He may make Islam prevail over all other religions, though the polytheists will be averse [because their own religions had lost the vital principle of monotheism revealed in all religions]" (61:8-9).

The commentators of the Holy Quran have said that this prevalence of Islam over all other religions will be brought about through the Promised Messiah. We now know that the Promised Messiah did appear in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement) at this critical juncture and he did turn the tables on those out to destroy Islam. He not only answered effectively all criticism against Islam but also exposed the faults and shortcomings of other religions. It is as a result of his writings and those of his followers, which have permeated the religious thinking of the Christian world, directly or indirectly, that a revolution has come about in its own faith in Christianity.

The Holy Quran itself said nearly 1400 years ago, when the Christians believed their own faith to be the only true one, that those who attribute a son to Allah "speak nothing but a lie" (18:4-5). Confirmation was to come centuries later when some of the modern Christian scholars were to give their finding that St. Paul, the founder of the Christian faith as known to us these days, was "a liar" (see "Sources of Christianity" by Kamaluddin). In more recent times, in fact only last year, the distinguished professors and teachers in the Department of Theology and Religion, in Southampton University (England) wrote a letter dated July 8, 1977 to the important "Church Times" of London in which they said inter alia:

"We believe that it is the duty of theologians, especially of those who teach at universities, to raise publicly questions about the principles of Christian faith, to justify those principles or to show them as false in accordance with the evidence and with sound reasoning.

(We believe)

a. That there is no divine son never has been and never could be.

b. That the belief in Jesus as divine Son rests upon a false interpretation of the facts by the authors of the New Testament.

c. That this belief belongs to "myth" or "symbol", is incapable of apprehension by "modern man" and should be abandoned."

And so on. The word "false" has been italicised by me to show how modern Christian scholarship has passed the same verdict as the Holy Quran had 1400 years ago (18:4-5).

A little earlier, a book described in England as "explosive," appeared under the title "The Myth of God-Incarnate" which contained articles by learned professors and teachers of divinity at Oxford, Cambridge and Birmingham Universities, which said in a nutshell that:

a. Jesus in his time did not lay claim to divinity.

b. He was only a man chosen by God but not the Son of God.

c. Jesus never taught the doctrine of Trinity. It was invented later under pagan and other influences.

These, however, are Protestant scholars. Roman Catholicism, being the Orthodox Church, was supposed to be immune to such a heretical turn of events. The Will of Allah, however, knows of no barriers to thwart it. The world-renowned weekly "Time" dated May 24, 1976 had its cover announcing in bold letters "US Catholicism—A Church Divided." And on the cover too, the Cross was shown split in two! The article itself, to highlight the disappearing faith in Roman Catholicism, opened with an elderly lady’s remark: "I hope to die soon so that I can die a Catholic."

Describing Roman Catholicism as a former spiritual fortress guaranteeing the safety of the Christian faith, the article went on to say:

"That fortress has crumbled. Before the Second Vatican Council in 1962, the US Catholic Church had seemed, at least to outsiders, to be a monolith of faith, not only the Church’s richest province but, arguably, its most pious. When the Council ended in 1965, American Catholicism had been swept by a turbulent new mood, a mood of opened windows, tumbled walls, broken chains. It became a painful experience for many and over the next decade the casualties were heavy: nuns leaving their convents, priests their ministries, lay Catholics simply walking away from worship and belief."

The article also quoted the following words of the interview given to the periodical US Catholic by Archbishop Joseph L. Bernardin, President of the US Bishops Conference:

"So many consider themselves good Catholics, even though their beliefs and practices seem to conflict with the official teaching in the church. This is almost a new concept of what it means to be a Catholic today."

The article went on to say:

"Some 35,000 American nuns and 10,000 priests — even a brilliant bishop — left their ministries, and sometimes even the church, in a great exodus. Some of them left explicitly to marry, others out of disillusionment or loss of faith, still others because they believed they could serve God or humanity more effectively in the secular world."

But that was the picture of Roman Catholicism in the United States. It could be argued that the scientific and technological advancement of that country, and the riches that flowed in with it, had made the American Roman Catholics more secular in their outlook. The other stronghold of Roman Catholicism, in fact its birth place, was Europe. But a recent article in the same world-renowned weekly, the "Time", reports signs of revolt against the Roman Catholic beliefs even in this stronghold of Catholicism. In its issue dated February 27, 1978, this universally read weekly has an article with the following heading in bold letters "New Debate over Jesus’ Divinity." The article is long and I would therefore confine myself to a few extracts.

Extract "A":

"The belief that Jesus Christ was both "true God and true man" has been the bedrock of Catholic orthodoxy for more than fifteen centuries. Yet over the past decade some Roman Catholic theologians have been at odds with the church hierarchy about this dogma. They argue that orthodox theology is too static and abstract and has over-emphasised Jesus’ divinity to the point where he has been stripped of his full humanity. One of the most outspoken advocates of this school of thought is Priest-Theologian Hans Kung, 49, of the University of Tubingen, Germany, who has previously struggled with the Vatican on other issues, and has been accused by his country’s bishops of disseminating dangerous views about Christ.

"This is not merely the conflict of one celebrity priest against the hierarchy, for Kung is part of an international group of theologians who are demanding that the Catholic Church take a bold new look at Christology (the theological interpretation of Christ). Influenced by liberal Protestants, these theologians are saying things about Christ’s nature that only years ago would never have been uttered publicly by priests in good standing. Though these theologians still profess belief that Christ is divine, conservative opponents maintain that in the New Christology, Christ is not as divine as he used to be. At first the case was pressed in abstruse books of theology and all but inaccessible journals. Angry arguments were muffled behind closed clerical doors in the Netherlands, Germany, and Rome. But in 1974 the debate became more general with the publication of Kung’s "Christ Sein" (English edition: "On Being a Christian", Doubleday; 1976), which quickly became Germany’s best selling religious book in a quarter century.

"In the book, Kung reinterpreted the dogmas that were hammered out by the church’s early ecumenical councils to counter prevalent heresies that threatened to split the church. Those councils insisted that Jesus was really a man, not some sort of divine apparition.

"The German bishops, authorised by the Vatican to handle the case, feared the book’s wide influence and demanded amendments. They were not upset by what Kung said, but by what he did not say. Letters passed back and forth, and a summit meeting with Kung was held a year ago in Stuttgart. Three months later, Joseph Cardinal Hoffner, Chairman of the bishops’ conference, wrote a letter accusing Kung of evading a binding creed, and demanding in exasperation: "Is Jesus Christ the pre-existing, eternal Son of God, one in being with the Father?" Because Kung continued to provide no flat answer, the hierarchy last November issued a formal warning that the book created a "distressing insecurity of faith" and charged that Kung had failed to explain how his Christology could be reconciled with the historic creeds.

"Kung’s reply is in his 394-page "Um Nichts Als Die Wahrheit" (Nothing But the Truth), published last week by Piper Verlag. The book’s full documentation of the dispute attempts to prove that Kung is the victim of an unfair inquisition. In a concluding proclamation, Kung states that he accepts the Chalcedon formula but that interpretations of it must follow the view of many modern scholars that Jesus did not proclaim himself as the eternal Son of God, nor did the early Christians. What is more, Kung argues, the ancient dogmas were flawed because they relied upon Greek concepts of man and nature that are now outdated."

Extract "B":

"Disputes over Christology are not limited to Catholics. Though many Protestant scholars have been questioning the dogmas for more than a century, elements of the Church of England were scandalized last year when seven university theologians put out a book contending that Jesus was not really God at all. In the United States, Southern Baptist Theologian Robert S. Alley, religion chairman at the University of Richmond, was abruptly switched to another department after he told a meeting of atheists that ‘Jesus never really claimed to be God, nor to be related to him as son.’ Next month the board will debate a faculty demand that Alley be reinstated."

Extract "C":

"Among Roman Catholic thinkers, the New Christology first appeared at the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, in 1966, when the late Ansfried Hulsbosch, an Augustinian, issued a manifesto against the Council of Chalcedon. The church, he wrote, should "no longer speak of a union of the divine and human nature in one pre-existent person." One of the Dutch movement’s two leading figures has been his Nijmegen colleague, Jesuit Piet Schoonenberg. In his 1969 book, published in English as "The Christ" (Herder and Herder; 1971), Schoonenberg also discarded the "two natures" approach, speaking instead of "God’s complete presence in the human person Jesus Christ." Canadian Theologian Bernard J.F. Lonergan later said that Schoonenberg’s book could lead to the logical (and heretical) conclusion that Jesus was "a man and only a man." The other important Dutch liberal is Dominican Edward Schillebeeckx, whose first volume on Christology will be published in English by Seabury later this year. The elliptical book describes Jesus as a human being who gradually grew closer to God.

"Some recent writings in France are even more adventuresome. Jacques Pohier, a Dominican at the Institute Catholique in Paris, says "at the limit, it is an absurdity to say that God makes himself into man. God cannot be anything other than God." Father Pierre-Marie Beaude of the Center for Theological Studies in Caen thinks that early church leaders had to "murder their founding father Jesus" to develop into maturity, while Father Michel Pinchon, editor of the magazine "Jesus", writes of his liberation from "idolatry" of Jesus, who "does not present himself as an end or an absolute."

"In Spain, Jose-Ramon Guerrero, Director of Catechetics at Madrid’s Pastoral Institute and author of the 1976 book "El Otro Jesus" (The Other Jesus), told "Time" that Jesus is "a man elected and sent by God, and has been constituted by God as the Son of God." At the Jesuit Theological School in Barcelona, Jose Ignacio Gonzales Faus insists that during his earthly life, Jesus was not aware of being God, and displayed such human traits as doubt and ignorance.

"Similar points are made by a German-trained Basque, Jon Sobrino, who has written the most thorough study of Christ’s nature based on Latin America’s "liberation theology." The Maryknoll Fathers’ Orbis Books will publish it in English in June as "Christology at the Cross-Roads." Sobrino, a Jesuit and professor at the Universidad Jose Simeon Canas in El Salvador, says that Christians working for justice should realize that Jesus was mistaken in his social outlook because he expected the imminent appearance of the kingdom of God. In fact, he thinks that Jesus had to undergo a "conversion" in his views of God."

It will be seen that Roman Catholicism’s strongholds namely Rome, France, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands are all now beginning to question and repudiate the concept of the divinity of Jesus — basic to Christianity. This, and the general upheaval in the Christian faith (both in the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches) depicted by the earlier quotations in this article were foretold by the Promised Messiah, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, seventy to eighty years ago when Christian dogmas were firmly believed in by most Christians. And Christian missionaries and orientalists were going all out to attack and, if possible, destroy Islam. At that time, the Promised Messiah, under Divine revelation, made a number of prophecies, only some of which are quoted below:

"In this century, the Christian attacks on Islam have become intense. Their polemics and vituperation have exceeded all limits. Had Allah so desired, He could have swept away the opponents’ activities with one stroke. But He wishes to give His judgement in a fashion more visible to all. The time has now come that the true position of the Christian faith should be exposed. I am convinced that even if I had not launched a movement against the worship of a dead person (Jesus Christ), and God had not even sent me, the condition of this religion had now reached a stage where it would dissolve like salt in water (as prophesised by the Holy Prophet Muhammad).

"My spiritual eye can see Allah’s support and aid to Islam which will become evident to others later on. And my mind’s eye can even see death befalling the dogmas of Christianity. It cannot now withstand the truth and reasonableness of Islam. The foundations of the structure of Christian dogmas have now become hollow. The time is coming when the people of Europe and America will turn away from the Christian worship of a dead person and believe in the true religion of Islam in which they will find their salvation" (Al-Hakam, dated 31-5-1901).

Earlier he had written:

"Remember that the false divinity attributed to Jesus will soon disappear. The day will come when the right-minded among the Christians will recognise the True God (Allah) and rush to Him weeping as separated sons. This is proclaimed by the spirit which speaks within me. Let him who wants to quarrel with the truth go on quarrelling with me. But these Divine promises will not be thwarted" ("Siraj-e-Muneer", page 66, published in 1897).

Now that the Christian dogmas about the divinity of Jesus Christ and his being resurrected after dying on the cross have been repudiated by the Christian scholars themselves, can anyone now doubt that:

a. The other great prophecy about the right-minded Christians embracing Islam will also be fulfilled as the next step? All we have to do is to intensify the propagation of Islam.

b. That Mirza Ghulam Ahmad who made these great prophecies was indeed a man of God?

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