Tadhkira

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Mīrzā Ghulām Aḥmad
Founder of
The Ahmadiyya Movement
Claimed to be Mujaddid (divine reformer) of the fourteenth Islamic century, the Promised Messiah (Second Coming of Christ), and the Mahdi
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (c. 1897).jpg
Full name
Mīrzā Ghulām Aḥmad
Born (1835-02-13)13 February 1835
Qadian, Sikh Empire
Died 26 May 1908(1908-05-26) (aged 73)

Tadhkira (Book) [ تذکرة ] is a collection of the “The divine revelations, dreams and visions vouchsafed to the Promised Messiah “ Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad,”[1][2] Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community since his early young age till his death on 26 May 1908. He had claimed to be the promised Messiah and Mahdi for the Islamic Dispensation of Muhammad, as Jesus son of Mary was for the Dispensation of Moses. The English rendering of the Urdu, Arabic and Persian text was initially done by Sir Chaudry Muhammad Zafarullah Khan in 1976. The present revised edition has been published in 2009 under the auspices of Hadrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad Imam and the Head of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at, Fifth Successor to the Promised Messiah, by Islam International Publications Ltd. “Islamabad” Sheephatch Lane Tilford, Surrey GU10 2AQ UK [ISBN 978-1-84880-051-9].

Dreams, Visions and Revelations[edit]

Unlike the widespread belief that dreams, visions and revelations are the work of human mind and its different states and experiences,[3] the Quran claims that true dreams, visions and verbal revelations are a bounty of God and descend from Him.[4] Mirza Ghulam Ahmad maintained his claim of being a recipient of divine revelation for more than 30 years right till the time of his death. The Quran claims these experiences are Signs of the Existence of God.[5] All human beings are potentially capable of these experiences.

God Speaks to Man[edit]

The main theme of this Collection is to testify the Quran’s claim that God Speaks to man. It is explained that God may Speak to man in at least three different ways: Direct verbal Revelation, from behind a veil, and by sending a messenger.[6] In Tadhkira, we find examples of all three kinds of Revelations. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad claims that, although every human being has the inbuilt potential to be the recipient of Divine Revelations, however, it is the hallmark of a true believer that God may Speak to him.

Revelation and Prophecy[edit]

It is claimed that God is the Possessor of Knowledge of the Hidden and the Unknown, this is the basis of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’s claim that Divine Revelations contain news of the Hidden, beyond the reach of human beings. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’s dreams and visions, along with his verbal revelational experiences have been put forth as proof of his claims to prophethood. This collection, Tadhkira, is replete with such prophecies.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tadhikira (Urdu)
  2. ^ Tadhkira (English Translation) 2009
  3. ^ “Freud: Urges and impulses are released through dreams”
  4. ^ “Your companion has neither erred, nor has he gone astray, Nor does he speak out of his own desire. It is nothing but pure revelation revealed by Allah. The Lord of the Mighty Powers has taught him”. (The Holy Quran, 53:2-5)
  5. ^ “He is of most exalted attributes, Lord of the Throne. He sends His Word by His command to whomsoever of His servants He pleases, that He may give warning of the Day of Meeting.”The Holy Quran, 40:15
  6. ^ “And it is not for a man that Allah should speak to him except by direct revelation, or from behind a veil, or by sending a messenger to reveal by His command what He pleases. Surely, He is High, Wise.” The Holy Quran, 42:51