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Books Section > by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib of Qadian > A Complete List of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib's Books > Summary of Haqeeqat-ul-Wahy (The Truth about Revelation)

Summary of Haqeeqat-ul-Wahy (The Truth about Revelation):
15 May, 1907

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Having started its writing in 1906, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib published the voluminous book titled ‘Haqeeqat-ul-Wahy’ (The Truth about Revelation) in 1907.

Dr. Abdul Hakeem Khan was a former disciple of Hazrat Mirza Sahib who had made a dangerous attack on Islam by declaring that believing in God and the Judgement Day was necessary, and that believing in the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and the Holy Quran was redundant! Following the concoction of this strange belief, he had sought to impress the masses and popularise his notions by relating to them the dreams and revelations he claimed to have received from God. Hence, Hazrat Mirza Sahib immediately resolved to write a book in order to discuss these two matters. First, at what stage of a person’s spiritual development can that person’s visions and revelations be deemed as trustworthy, and as being received from Allah? Second, it is necessary to believe in prophets and revealed books in general, and in the Holy Quran and the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in particular; without this, belief cannot progress to perfection, and neither can man progress in the doing of good deeds nor can he attain nearness to God.

Following an introduction as to the need for his undertaking this writing, Hazrat Mirza Sahib has classified dreams and revelations into three categories to delineate the developmental stages of man’s spirituality. To this effect he has devoted three entire chapters as follows: The first chapter deals with the ‘lower group’, whom Hazrat Mirza Sahib describes as "those people who see true dreams or who receive revelations, but who have not developed any relationship with God. And they do not possess an iota from that light which arrives with establishing a relationship with God. Their selves are mired in worldly affairs and they are leagues away from that light." The second chapter treats the ‘middle category’ of people. Hazrat Mirza Sahib states that "these people see true dreams and receive true revelations, and they also have some relationship with God. However, this relationship is not significant, and their worldly selves have not been obliterated and replaced by the light of spirituality. They move in this direction to a certain extent, though." The third chapter discusses the ‘people of excellence’ in this regard. In Hazrat Mirza Sahib’s words, these are "those who receive clear and complete revelations from God, and God speaks to them. They see true dreams that are true like the morning. They harbour pure and absolute love for their Creator. They enter the fire of the love of God, and their worldly self is burnt to ashes by the spark of spirituality."

In the fourth chapter Hazrat Mirza Sahib states that Allah has placed him in the third category (the finest level) of people. He avows that the first quality endowed to him by God was a ‘righteous heart’ (qalb-i-saleem) -- signifying the banishment from the heart of desires for all things worldly. He then describes how he was endowed with a righteous heart, as well as with other blessings from God, and attributes all he has obtained solely to the obedience of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

Hazrat Mirza Sahib goes on to explain the salient qualities that are inherent only in the dreams and revelations of the saints of the Islamic community. He then describes the chief indicators that signify that it is truly God Who is speaking to man. This allows a truth-seeker to differentiate these instances from instances of fiendish or diabolical suggestions. Hazrat Mirza Sahib presents, as samples, the revelations that he had received in several languages (Arabic, Urdu and Persian). Most of the revelations are in Arabic. The enumeration of these revelations occupies about 39 pages of the book. Following this, Hazrat Mirza Sahib catalogues the heavenly signs and prophecies that Allah had manifested at his hands; these number in excess of 200.

Hazrat Mirza Sahib also forcefully refutes the misleading belief of Dr. Abdul Hakeem Khan by presenting arguments from the Holy Quran, the reliable Hadith and the consensus of the Islamic community, as well as profound rational arguments, thereby clearly demonstrating that salvation is not possible without obedience to the Holy Prophet. This debate makes highly worthwhile reading, and the original book is extant [still available]. Furthermore, Hazrat Mirza Sahib gives convincing replies to the objections raised by Dr. Abdul Hakeem Khan and others.

Towards the end of the book Hazrat Mirza Sahib has added a section in Arabic, titled Al-Istiftaa (literally meaning, ‘the consultation of learned persons in the matter of religion’), consisting of 87 pages. After stating his beliefs and claims with great clarity, he asks for a decree from the entire community of religious scholars regarding the matter of whether they consider Hazrat Mirza Sahib a believer or a disbeliever. In explaining his beliefs, he has elucidated the use of the word ‘prophet’ in reference to the revelations that he received, the same word also having been employed in the Hadith for the Promised Messiah. He writes: "This prophethood that I have received means absolutely nothing more than a reference to the fact that God speaks to me, and that God informs me regarding unseen events ..." At another place in Al-Istiftaa, Hazrat Mirza Sahib declares: "Undoubtedly, Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is the Seal of the Prophets, and the series of prophethood ended with him. So nobody has the right to claim prophethood after the Prophet Muhammad. Following Prophet Muhammad, what remains is only the abundance of God’s communication with man, and this in itself is contingent upon obedience to Prophet Muhammad, and not otherwise. By God! I could not have attained this status of mine without the light of the obedience to Prophet Muhammad. Allah has called me a prophet only in a metaphorical sense and not in the literal sense." [Webmaster’s note: It is noteworthy how the Qadiani belief that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib was a Prophet negates his own teachings. The above reference becomes even more significant in the light of the fact that this book (Haqeeqat-ul-Wahy) was published in 1907 – a year before his death – and shows that the Founder of the Movement did not change his beliefs in terms of being a Prophet and not a Reformer after 1901, as claimed by the Qadianis!]

Haqeeqat-ul-Wahy is one of Hazrat Mirza Sahib’s most voluminous and momentous writings. Its significance may be gauged by the fact that prior to its publication, Hazrat Mirza Sahib issued separate announcements to capture the attention of the Islamic scholars, the Arya and the Christian priests, exhorting all of them to carefully read the book in its entirety, to investigate the truth and come to the path of righteousness. He arranged to send copies of the book free of charge to many scholars. As for those who did not read it in spite of all this, and remained engaged in maligning Hazrat Mirza Sahib, then may God thwart and abase such people in this world and in the Hereafter.


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