Truthfulness of the Promised Messiah: VII – Followers
The next criteria concern the followers of a Prophet. What effect did the Prophet have on them? The Holy Qur’an states
You are the Best People, raised for the good of mankind; You enjoin good and forbid evil and believe in Allah.
Holy Qur’an Chapter 3, verse 111
The Holy Bible states
Every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit
Holy Bible – Matt Chapter 7, verses 15-16
Keeping on the theme of trees, “you can tell a tree by its fruit”. So if there are apples on the tree, then you know it is an apple tree etc. So for this criterion, we, the followers, are proof as to the truth of a prophet. If the person is truly from Allah, then he must have been exhorting his followers to be good.
Sadly, these days, there are some bad examples of Muslims, who should be showing a good example; as they are followers of the Holy Prophet, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. Unfortunately, they have lost their way and are not following the Holy Prophet, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, as we know that his message was excellent and exhorted Muslims to be morally and spiritually upright. But of course, over time, bad habits and adulterous teaching and practice creep in, hence the need of the Promised Messiah & Mahdi to bring them back to the right path. This is one of the main roles of the Imam Mahdi, to guide the Muslims.
So as followers of the Holy Prophet may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, and the Promised Messiah and Mahdi, we have to ensure that we display the true Islam in our character, as exhorted by the Promised Messiah, may peace be upon him. When you examine the 10 conditions of Bai’at you see the high expectation on each and every one of us. Our motto is “Love for All, Hatred for None” which is an embodiment of the Islamic teachings.
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, may peace be upon him, has said
So listen all you who consider yourselves to be of my community. When you truly tread the path of righteousness, only then will you be counted in heaven as my community. So perform your prayers five times a day inspired by such awe and awareness of the presence of Almighty God as if you, were seeing Him with your own eyes.Also observe the days of fast sincerely for the sake of Allah, fulfilling their requirements. Each one of you who is assessable to Zaka’at, should pay Zaka’at. Similarly anyone upon whom Pilgrimage has become obligatory and has no cause for exemption must perform the Pilgrimage. Do good deeds in the best of manners and reject evil with repugnance. Remember that no deed of your which is devoid of righteousness will ever be entertained by God. An act of goodness is only that which is rooted in the fear of God.
Roohani Khazain Vol. 19: Kishti Nuh, p17