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    We are asked why we deny the re-coming of an Israelite prophet?

    We are asked why we deny the re-coming of an Israelite prophet. But what can we do? We cannot change our hearts. We cannot show our love for the Holy Prophet except in ways which are normal and natural. The honour of the Holy Prophet is dearest to us. We cannot brook the thought that, for the reformation of his followers, the Holy Prophet should need the help of another and become indebted to him. We cannot contemplate for a minute that when on the Day of Judgement, mankind, from the first-born to the last, will assemble before God, and the deeds and achievements of all will be cited, the Holy Prophet will stand burdened by the debt he would owe to the Israelite Messiah, the angels making the citation will declare in the hearing and presence of all human-kind that when the Holy Prophet's follower became corrupt, the Prophet's own spiritual example failed to restore them to spiritual strength, the Israelite Messiah, out of compassion for the Holy Prophet, decided to return to the world to reform the Prophet's followers and rid them of spiritual stagnation! We cannot contemplate such a thought. We would rather have our tongues scourged than attribute such a humiliating proposition to the Holy Prophet. We would rather have our hands perish than commit to writing such a thing about the Holy Prophet. The Holy Prophet is God's beloved. His spiritual power can never lapse. He is the Seal of the Prophets. His spiritual grace and munificence can never end. He has no need to be indebted to any one else. It is other prophets who are indebted to him. There is not a prophet whose truth Holy Prophet has not proclaimed to his deniers. It is the Holy Prophet whose teaching has converted millions of human beings to a belief in prophets they had not heard of before. There are about 80 million Muslims in India. A few among them have come from outside. The others belonged to this very land and they had not heard of any prophet. But since they came to believe in the Holy Prophet Muhammad, they began to believe in the Abraham, Moses, Jesus and others (on all of them be peace). If they had not become Muslims, they would have continued to disown these prophets, even to remain hostile to them. They would have continued to regard them as pretenders as indeed Hindus in India continue to do so to this day. The same is true of Afghanistan, China, and Iran. The inhabitants of these countries did not know, so they did not acknowledge, Moses or Jesus as prophets. The Holy Prophet's message and teaching spread to these countries, and the people of these countries came to believe in the Holy Prophet and whatever he taught. They began to own other prophets and revere them as true prophets. They Holy Prophet, therefore, has laid all earlier prophets, under debt. Their truth was unknown. The Holy Prophet revealed it. The Holy Prophet is under nobody's debt. The grace and beneficence of his teachings must continue for ever. For the reform and resuscitation of his own followers he does not need the assistance of another prophet. Whenever such a need arises, God will raise one of his own followers to lead and guide the other followers. Such a one will owe everything to the Holy Prophet. He will have learnt everything from him. Whatever he is able to do, by way of reform and reconstruction, will be credited to the Holy Prophet. What one owes to any one teacher, one really owes to the teacher's teacher. A follower cannot be separated from his founder, even as a pupil cannot be separated from his teacher. The follower, who leads other followers will be under debt to the Holy Prophet.

    In short, the coming of a former prophet for the purpose of reforming the followers of the Holy Prophet is an insult to the Holy Prophet. Such an event would injure the greatness of the Holy Prophet. It would also contradict the teaching of the Holy Quran which says:

    "God never withdraws the reward from a people except when the people themselves become undeserving of it." (Al-Ra'd: 12)

    In the face of this teaching of the Quran, we have to admit either that the Holy Prophet, (God forbid), has become undeserving of God's promise, or that God Himself has gone back on that promise. With all others, God's practice has been to withdraw a reward once made; but with the Holy Prophet, His way is different! To entertain such a thought amounts to unbelief. It amounts to the denial of God. It amounts either to a denial of God or a denial of His Prophet. Because of this grave consequence we shun such beliefs. We believe that the Messiah, whose coming was foretold by the Holy Prophet, is to raise from amongst the Holy Prophet's followers. It is for God to award this status to whomsoever He likes.
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