Full prophet with a shariah


After remaining a shadow prophet for some time, Mirza finally proceeded to take a step about which even the most accomplished ulama and Awlia (Saints) of the Ummah shuddered to think. He put forward a claim to be a full-fledged prophet of Allah with his own shariah (canonical code), and also Khatim-un-Nabiyyin (the last of the prophets). He thus ventured to transgress that most hallowed boundary which even Angel Gabriel had excused himself from crossing on the night of the Holy Prophet’s Miraj (Ascension) to the high heavens, and where the Mashaikh of the Ummah dared not to breath with ease.  

In the words of a Persian poet,


"There exists a place commanding the highest respect below the sky (i.e., the tomb of Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H), which is holier that even the Throne of Allah; 

Even (such sublime personalities as) Junaid (of Baghdad) and Bayazid (of Bastam) approach this place with held breath".

In his book titled “Eik Ghalati Ka Izalah”, Mirza wrote:

“Many a time have I told people that in consonance with the Quranic ayah (Surah Al-Juma-Ayah 3) (Translation: Along with others who have not yet joined them__ LXII, 3), I am symbolically the last of the prophets, that god named me Muhammad and Ahmad twenty years ago, and also that He pronounced me to be Prophet Muhammad himself. So when the Promised Messiah and Muhammad are one and the same in record of Allah, when they possess the same dignity, status, mission as well as name, and when there is no duality or difference between them except of a verbal nature only, how far removed from truth it would be for people to deny that the Promised Messiah is none but Muhammad himself”.

 (Excerpt published in the journal Al-Fazl dated 16 September 1915).

In his book Haqiqat-ul-Wahi, Mirza also interpreted a number of Quranic verses addressed to or glorifying Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) as having in fact been revealed concerning himself. These verses are listed below:

Translation: "Say (O Muhammad, to mankind): If ye love Allah, follow me; Allah (too) will then love you". (III, 31)

Translation: "He hath no partner. This I am commanded, and I am first of those who surrender (to Him)".  (VI, 164).

Translation: "And thou (O Muhammad) threwest not (dust in the enemies eyes) when thou didst throw, but Allah threw (it)".  (VIII, 17)

Translation: "Glorified be He who carried His servant by night from the Inviolable Place of Worship (the Holy Kaabah in Makkah) to the Far Distant Place of Worship (Jerusalem)".  (XVII, 1)

We sent thee not (O Prophet!) save as a mercy for the worlds. (XXI, 107)  

Translation: "Yaaseen. By the wise Quran, Lo! Thou art of those sent, on a straight path". (XXXVI, 1-4)

Translation: " Lo! We have given thee (O Muhammad) a signal victory, that Allah may forgive thee of thy sin, that which is past and that which is to come".  (XLVIII, 1-2)

Translation: "Lo! Those who swear allegiance unto thee (O Muhammad) swear allegiance (in fact) to Allah. The hand of Allah is above their hands".  (XLVIII, 10)

Translation: "He it is who hath sent His messenger with the guidance and religion of truth, that He may cause it to prevail over all religions".  (XLVIII, 28)

Translation: " Then he drew nigh and came down, until he was (distant) two bows’ length or even nearer". (LIII, 8-9)

Translation: "And bringing good tidings of a messenger who cometh after me, whose name is Ahmad (the Praised One)". (LXI, 6)

Translation: " Lo! We have sent unto you a messenger as witness against you, even as We sent unto Pharaoh a messenger".    (LXXIII,15)

Translation: "Lo! We have given thee abundance".  (CVIII,1)

To minimize the repugnance (from the Islamic point of view) of these unfamiliar and far fetched claims, the argument was given that Mirza was Muhammad and Ahmad himself and no separate personality. Some examples of this:

“He (i.e., Mirza) derives his inspiration, not from his own self but from the fountain-head of his Prophet and not from his own but his Prophet’s glory. That is why his name is Muhammad and Ahmad in the heaven, implying that the prophethood of Muhammad has passed on to Muhammad himself, and to non else, even though this was done in a symbolic sense.”            

  (Eik Ghalati ka Izalah)

“ And know ye that just as our Holy Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) was sent amongst the five thousandth (in the sequential order?), so did he descend (again) amongst the six thousandth by assuming the symbolic form of the Promised Messiah. Thus whoever denies this reality in fact denies the Truth and the Word of the Quran. And the truth is that the prophethood of Muhammad at the end of the six-thousandth, i.e., at the present time, is far more perfect, strong, and powerful than his earlier prophethood. It is indeed like the full moon in its ascendant”.             

Khutba-e-Ilhamiyah, The Inspired Discourse

“ It is obligatory for every believer that the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) was deputed by Allah on his mission twice, in the same manner as he is enjoined to believe in Allah’s other commands.”                 


“ Whoever made a distinction between me and the Holy Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H), and considered the two as separate entities, did not recognize, see, or understand me”.


-“The shadow (i.e., the reflected image) never gets detached from the original self. Since I am Muhammad in the reflected sense, the seal of finality of prophethood has not been broken by my arrival. Prophethood has continued to be vested in Muhammad as before, and no one but him can claim to own it.___ In other words, since I am symbolically Muhammad himself, and all his accomplishments and attributes, including his prophethood, and reflected in my “mirror”, where is the other human being who has put forward a claim to prophethood? You are obliged to accept this fact as true, since in the Prophet’s ahadith it is clearly set down that the Promised Mahdi would resemble the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) in physical creation as well as character, that he would be named Muhammad and Ahmad, and also that he would be from among the members of the Prophet’s household.

Note: The history of my ancestors proves that one of my paternal grandmothers belonged to Bani Fatima (i.e., off-spring of the Prophet’s daughter Fatima (R.A)). This fact was certified by the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) himself, who named me Salman in a dream, and said that like his grandson Hasan I would be instrumental in bringing about peace on two fronts, viz., (i) in suppressing dissension and hatred within the Muslim community, and (ii) in not only defeating the designs of outside forces inimical to Islam but, also by projecting the greatness and virtues of Islam to them and bringing them round to this faith. It appears furthermore that I am also the Salman named in the Prophet’s hadith, since the prophecy of bringing about “two peaces” is not applicable to Salman the Companion of the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H).

On the basis of the divine revelation, I also hereby affirm that I am from among the Bani Faris (children of Persia), and that according to another ahadith, the Bani Faris also rank among the Children of Israel and the Ahl-e-Bait (members of the Prophet’s Household)”.

(Eik Ghalati ka Izalah)