All these traditions in very clear words are "foretelling the advent of Prophet Jesus" son of Mary (a.s.) who was born from the womb of Mary without any father, some 2000 years ago.
As I told earlier, it serves no purpose to argue whether he is dead or alive. Even if he is dead, when Allah wants to bring him down at the time of the appearance of Imam Mahdi Akheruz-zaman (a.j.). He is powerful enough to bring him back to life.
The second thing which should be clear even to a blind is that Imam Mahdi (a.j.) and Prophet Jesus (a.s.) are two persons not one. But Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani claimed to be Imam Mahdi (a.j.) and Jesus, son of Mary, both together.
They always proclaim a supposed tradition that 'There is no Mahdi (a.j.) except Jesus'
But those very authors who have recorded it have declared it to be a forgery, Sheikh Suleiman Barahi Qanduzi quotes in his book "Yanabi-ul-Mawaddah", from Jawahir-ul-Iqdain of Samhudi:
"And the tradition of Hasan Basri from Anas bin Malik: The condition will get from bad to worse; the world will be in the worst state, miserliness will be most prevalent among the, people; Qiyamah will occur when the worst of the people will be existing. Mahdi (a.j.) is no other (person) but Jesus son of Mary has been narrated by Shafei and by Ibn Majah in his Sunan and by Hakim in his Mustadrak; and, he (Hakim) has said: "l have narrated this tradition thinking it ridiculous, not that I think it authentic".
"And Baihaqi has said that: 'This tradition is narrated only by Muhammad bin Khalid; and Hakim said that he was unknown and Nasai has clearly said that he was unacceptable; and Ibn Majah said that nobody has narrated it from Muhammad bin Khalid except Shafei".
Then the author of Yanabi-ul-Mawaddah has given three clear proofs showing that this tradition is nothing but forgery.
Now, the attempts of Mirza Qadiani and his followers to make Mahdi (a.j.) and Jesus one and the same person on the strength of this forged tradition is just pathetic. Those who wrote it in their books refuted it as being unauthentic, forged and based on the authority of someone who is either non-entity or unacceptable.
And compare it with hundreds of traditions which clearly show that Imam Mahdi (a.j.) and Jesus son of Mary are two separate identities. Can anyone in his right senses say that all those hundreds of authentic tradition should be discarded for one forged tradition just to prove that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was Mahdi (a.j.) and Messiah both in one Christians 3-in-l god?
The third thing which is clear to the same degree from these traditions is that Prophet Jesus son of Mary will come in the second appearance as a Nabi. There will not be any revelation to him; he will not bring any new message; nor a new Shariah; he will not add or subtract anything from the Shariah of Muhammad; he will not renew the Shariah of Muhammad in this world; he will not call people to believe in him; he will not make a separate ummah of his followers.
He will be sent down just one special duty; that will be to annihilate the Fitna (sedition) of Dajjal. He will come down for this purpose, in such a manner that the Muslims amongst whom he will come down, will have no doubt that he is the Jesus, son of Mary whose advent was foretold by Prophet Muhammad Al-Mustafa (S).
He will mingle in the Jama'at of the Muslims, and will follow Imam of the Muslims and will keep forward the same Imam Mahdi (a.j.) who will be the Imam of the Muslims at that time, so that nobody may entertain the idea that he has come back in his previous position of an Ulul-Azm Prophet.
When he will come and join the Jama'at of the Muslims as a common Muslim he will automatically demonstrate that he has not come as a prophet to call the people to believe in him. And it was for this reason that all the Muslim authors have expressly said that the second advent of Prophet Jesus, son of Mary is not against the belief in the Finality of the Prophethood of Prophet Muhammad Al-Mustafa (S).
His second coming will be just like the presence of a previous president of a country in the country during the tenure of the office of the ruling president. If he helps the present president on the order of the latter, nobody will say that the previous president is acting in the capacity of the president of the country. If a previous president helps the ruling president, it is not deemed as challenging the validity of the presidency of the present president.
Of course, if that previous president were to try to usurp the office of the present president, or if somebody was to reject even the previous presidency of the ex-president, it would be tantamount to treason. But if nobody rejects or refutes the previous validity of the ex-president, and if that ex-president is not calling people to swear their allegiance now to him, nobody can say that just by helping the present president, the ex-president is breaking the tenure of the office of the ruling president.
Thus, if Prophet Jesus (a.s.) during his second advent were to call people to believe in him or if somebody was to reject even his previous prophethood, it will be against the Islamic belief. But as Prophet Jesus (a.s.) at that time will not call people to believe in him, the Muslims will not be required to believe in a new Nubuwwah (Prophethood).
They will be required to keep the same belief in his previous Nubuwwah (Prophethood) which they do have even today and which even Prophet Muhammad Al-Mustafa (S) had had. Thus his second coming will not affect the Khatm an-Nubuwwah (Finality of the Prophethood) neither today nor in the days to come.
The fourth thing which is clear from these traditions and other numerous similar traditions is that Dajjal, who will be annihilated during the second advent of Prophet Jesus (a.s.), will be from among the Jews, and will present himself as Messiah.
It is necessary to mention that after the death of Prophet Solomon, Bani Israel's history goes from one fiasco to another. At last, after the captivity in Babylonia and Syria, they were scattered everywhere; and their prophets gave them good tidings that a Messiah was to come from God who would save them from dishonor and disgrace.
So, they were awaiting a Messiah who according to their thinking was to be a king, who was to fight wars, conquering countries, gathering Israelites from all over the world, and bringing them within Palestine, establishing a very great, strong and powerful kingdom of the Jews. Against their expectations, Prophet Jesus, son of Mary, came from God; they did not accept him as Messiah as he was not a king, he did not establish any kingdom neither strong nor weak so they refuted his claim and tried to kill him.
Thenceforth, all the Jews in the world are awaiting the expected Messiah, hoping that he would be a martial and political leader who will establish a Jewish Kingdom from Nile to Euphrates and will collect all the Jews in that land which they believe is theirs by inheritance. Now if somebody looks at the condition of Middle East today and studies the above-mentioned prophecies of the Holy Prophet of Islam, he will feel that the stage is well prepared for the appearance of that Dajjal who would claim to be the promised Messiah of the Jews.
Muslims have already been turned out of a bigger part of Palestine and a Jewish state has been established in the name of Israel. The world's Jews are coming to reside in that state and thanks to the Western powers, it is now a power to reckon with. The Zionists have declared openly that they want to reclaim the lands of their inheritance and the maps which they have published of the future Jewish state encircle the whole of Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, almost whole of Iraq and some parts of Turkey, Egypt, the delta of Nile and the parts of Saudi Arabia including Khaiber and Medina.
It does not require great intelligence to realize that if in future a world war is started, the Jews will try to capture these lands. At that time Dajjal will appear claiming to be that promised Messiah; and as the Holy Prophet (S) said, at that time Muslims will undergo such hardships and disasters that one day will appear like one year.
For this reason he told his Ummah to seek the refuge with God from this Fitna of Dajjal. And to fight against that impostor Messiah, Allah will not send any likeness of Messiah but the same original Messiah who two thousand years ago was rejected by the same Jews and whom they, according to their thinking he crucified and destroyed; the place of coming down of that original Messiah will not be India, Africa or Pakistan; but Damascus, because it will be at that place that fighting will be going on at that time. And that impostor Messiah will enter Syria with an army of 70,000 Jews, and will reach near Damascus.
Exactly at that crucial time, Prophet Jesus, son of Mary will come down on the eastern part of Damascus near the white minaret. And after the morning prayer, will lead the Muslims to fight against Dajjal and Dajjal will flee away from his attack and at last Prophet Jesus will catch him near the gate of Ludd (Lod) and he will be killed.
Then the Jews will be killed and Judaism will vanish. Likewise the present-day Christianity will come to an end by the declaration of Prophet Jesus (a.s.). All religions will merge into Islam.
So it is clear from all these traditions that the prophecies of the Holy Prophet (S) do not entertain the idea of any likeness of Messiah or the appearance of Messiah; but the same Messiah who was rejected by the Jews and who will bring the Jews as well the Christians to the right path by helping Imam Mahdi (a.j.) Akheruz-zaman; and thus the whole world will gather under the banner of Islam and will recite one Kalema "La Ilaha Illallah Muhammadun Rasulallah".
Apart from that general review, let us compare some of the particulars of Prophet Jesus, son of Mary with those of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani to see what justification he had in claiming to be the 'promised Messiah':
1. Genealogy: Prophet Jesus always been mentioned in these traditions (some of which begin with the oath in the name of Allah) as 'Jesus, son of Mary'. According to Mirza Qadiani himself, "the oath proves that the news is to be taken at its apparent meaning and there is no interpretation or exception". (Vide Hamamat-ul-Bushra, p.14).
It means that these traditions are to be taken at their face-value. When they say Jesus son of Mary they do mean Jesus, son of Mary; they cannot refer to Ghulam Ahmad son of Ghulam Murtaza and Chiragh Bibi.
2. Minaret of Damascus: Prophet Jesus (a.s.) will come down at the eastern minaret Damascus mosque, Mirza Qadiani was born in Qadian, and never set his foot in Damascus1.
3. Following the Imam of the Muslims: Prophet Jesus (a.s.) will not call people to follow him and will not establish any new Ummah. Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani called the people to believe in him and established a separate Ummah of his followers.
4. Killing of Dajjal: Prophet Jesus (a.s.) will kill the Dajjal, at the gate of Ludd (Lod), which is situated in present day's Israel. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani said that Dajjal means the British nation. And then, instead of destroying the British, he made the obedience to their tyrannical rule and integral part of his religion.
5. Hajj and/or Umrah: Prophet Jesus (a.s.) will perform Hajj or Umrah or will combine both. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani did not even see the Kaba, let alone the Hajj or Umrah.
6. Death: Prophet Jesus (a.s.) will die between Mecca and Medina. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani did not even enter the land of Hejaz. He died at Lahore.
7. Burial: Prophet Jesus (a.s.) will be buried in the room in which is buried the Holy Prophet of Islam (S). Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani is buried in Qadian.
8. Two Yellow Robes: Prophet Jesus (a.s.) at the time of his coming down will be wearing two yellow robes. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani says in this connection: "(The Holy Prophet of Islam) had said that Messiah (The word used in the tradition is 'Jesus, son of Mary not Messiah'), at the time of his coming down from sky will be wearing two yellow robes. 'Thus, I have two diseases: one of the upper part of the body; i.e.'Miraq', and another of lower part, i.e., diabetes (Dairy. of Mirza Qadiani; Akhbar Badr, Vol. 2; No; 23, dated· 7/6/1906).
'Miraq' is a type of 'Malikhulia' (Melancholia) which is a type of insanity; and Mirza Qadiani in various places has declared himself Miraq'. It was not an acquisition laid against him by his enemies. It was a fact accepted by Mirza himself. Now let us see what are the symptoms of Malikhulia:
"In some patients this abnormality reaches a stage where he thinks himself to be knowing the future events and unseen things, and many times prophesies of future happenings, and some patients think that they are angels". (Sharh-ul-Asbab wal 'amat by Burhanuddin Nafis).
"Most of the fancies of the patient concern that field of work in which he was engaged during his health. For example, if the patient is a learned man he claims to be a prophet and claims to show miracles, talks of divinity and preaches accordingly. (Iksir-e-A'zam, Vol. 1 p.l88; by Hakim Muhammad Azad Khan).
Dr. Shah Nawaz (one of' the followers of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani) wrote in Review of Religions (August, 1926):
"If it is proved about a claimant of revelation that he was suffering from Hysteria or Maliklhulia (Melancholia) or Epilepsy, then no other blow is needed to refute his claim; because it is such a blow which knocks out the building of his truth from its foundation". (The reference is taken from Muhammadiyya Pocket Book).
Anyhow, apart from the fact that a person suffering from Miraq or melancholia cannot be a prophet, let us see what other 'likeness to Jesus, son of Mary' this comparison shows:
Prophet Jesus (a.s.) cured the sick people. And that was his miracle. Here Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadian claims to be Jesus, son of Mary by showing that he is suffering from Miraq and Diabetes!
And according to Qadiani interpretation, coming down of Prophet Jesus (a.s.) means the birth of a 'likeness to Messiah'. Well, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was not wearing two yellow robes (or, for that matter, any robe) at the time of his birth.
All these comparisons, explanations and admissions show that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadianis particulars do not fit the particulars of Prophet Jesus, son of Mary (a.s.) which have been mentioned in the traditions of the Holy Prophet.
Thus his claim to be a likeness of Jesus, son of Mary (a.s.) is proved to be as baseless as was his claim to be the Imam Mahdi (a.j.), or a prophet.
- 1. A Qadiani chief missionary once wrote: “In Damascus, at a place called Karbala, Seyyidina Hussein was wartyred by so-called Muslims. Kadian is exactly on the east of Damascus and at the same latitude- Kadian is given the name of a place where an innocent Imam was martyred.” (A Lively Discussion). This “highly qualified” chief missionary of Qadians thinks that Karbala is “ a place in Damascus”. I think this revelation is beyond any comment, If Karbala’ is in Damascus, then Tokyo is in London, and Dar-es-Salaam is in Cairo!