Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Shah Waliullah and Second Advent of Prophet ﷺ

I have discussed the theory of the second advent of the Prophet Muhammad extensively here and here. This notion of a second advent is derived from the opening passage of Surat-al-Jumu’a (Sura 62) of the Holy Quraan, specifically when Allah Most High says:

وَآخَرِينَ مِنْهُمْ لَمَّا يَلْحَقُوا بِهِمْ ۚ

And Allah is the One Who has sent an Apostle in the Others too, who is from among them

(Sura 62: 3)

Despite the grammatical structure and wording of this Quraanic passage which manifestly establishes a second بعث ‘advent’ for the Prophet Muhammad to be raised among the Aakharin, there are those who stubbornly persist in denying any such notion of a second advent. For this reason, if there are any from among them who have any regard for the great Mujaddid of the 12th century H, namely, Shah Waliullah, Muhaddith of Delhi, then they should know that the latter subscribed to the notion of a second advent. He wrote:

وأعظم الأنبياء شأناً من له نوع آخر من البعثة أيضاً وذلك أن يكون مراد الله تعالى فيه أن يكون سبباً لخروج الناس من الظلمات إلى النور وأن يكون قومه خير أمة أخرجت للناس فيكون بعثه يتناول بعثاً آخر

“The greatest of the Prophets in the matter (of excellence) is the one that that has a second advent too. The intention of Allah Most High in this is that it (the second advent) become a means for the bringing out of the people from darkness into Light. His (such a Prophet’s) people become the best Umma raised up from mankind, so the purpose of his (first) advent is fulfilled in the second advent too.”

Source: Hujjat Allah al-Baligha; v. 1 p. 156



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