A Convert’s Guide to Ruhani Khazain

By Melissa Ahmedi

When one contemplates that leap of faith—conversion from one way of life to another, and in my case, Ahmadiyyat, there are an entire host of things that help a person make the decision. God certainly guided me, but it was the words of the Promised Messiah that, to me, were something that said that they cannot be written by a false pretender.

When it comes to matters of faith, everyone finds something they connect with. For me, I have a lot of memories surrounding the discussion of poignant books which are faith-affirming, and often shattering of worldviews. Books have a powerful way of being able to take you out of your daily setting, beyond the here and now. They can transport your mind across space and time – to live in history or perhaps the future.

For me, when I think about what books I connected with during the process of researching about Islam Ahmadiyyat, two specifically come to mind. They are the Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam and Jesus in India, both penned by the Promised Messiah and Promised Reformer of the Age, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (peace be upon him).

There is much to say about both and their impact on me. I was fortunate to study these books in a study group not long after I converted to Islam Ahmadiyyat and I learnt significantly from the discussions. When I think of these books or reread parts of them, it transports me back to those study circles, where as a group of young Lajna, we’d discuss deep questions surrounding the meaning of life and what it meant to believe in the Promised Messiah of the Age in an environment where no question was too simple or complex.


In the Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam, there are questions about the existence of purpose of our souls; and how our souls need nurturing and protecting as they are the only part of us that are everlasting. If you want to know why you’re here, how to attain spiritual inner peace and how to spiritually progress and the stages of your soul – then this book is where you start that journey.

When speaking on the highest state of the soul, or the “soul at rest” nafse mutma’ina, the Promised Messiah (as) writes:

 “This  is  the  stage  when  the  soul  of  a  person  being delivered  from  all  weaknesses  is  filled  with  spiritual powers  and  establishes  a  relationship  with  God Almighty  without  Whose  support  it  cannot  exist.  As water flowing  down  from  a  height,  on  account  of  its volume  and  the  absence  of  any  obstruction,  rushes  with great  force,  in  the  same  way  the  soul  at  rest  flows towards  God.  That  is  indicated  by  the  divine  direction to  the  soul  that  has  found  comfort  in  God  to  return  to its  Lord.  It  undergoes  a  great  transformation  in  this  very life  and  is  bestowed  a  paradise  while  still  in  this  world”.

(The Philosophy of Teachings of Islam, Page 7)

I feel, in our age of materialism and social media, that this book is soul-deep in a world of skin-deep. It awakens questions that you perhaps hadn’t thought of and introduces concepts that are beyond the realm of normal daily conversation. If reading it for the first time, I recommend a highlighter and someone to read it with at the same time to discuss it to truly benefit from it.


Jesus in India is equally poignant. It is an enlightening study of the events following Jesus’ crucifixion on the cross. It covers the journey to fulfilment of his mission of reuniting the 12 lost tribes of Israel and bringing them back to the truth of Mosaic law and following the ten commandments. It just wouldn’t make sense for Prophet Jesus (as) in his actual body to return as the Messiah as he was a reformer prophet meant for the Israelites; his message did not extend beyond the Israelite people. The role of the Messiah is for the whole world.

This book gives a significant insight in to what happened to Jesus (as) following the events of the Cross, and how he, like every other prophet, has passed away. This begs the question, if he himself would not return, then who is the Messiah (as)? As Ahmadis, we accept the Promised One to be Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), born in Qadian, India. The book, Jesus in India, sheds light on the connection of Jesus (as) and his tomb in Srinagar, Kashmir which exists today.

“I trust that those who read  this  book will do  so  carefully, and will  not reject, out  of prejudice,  the  truth contained in  it. I should  like to  remind that  this  is  not  a  cursory and  passing investigation;  the  proofs  contained  in  this book  have  been made available after  a  deep  and searching inquiry.  I pray  to God  that He  may  help  me in this  undertaking and lead me by  His  special  revelation and  inspiration to  the  perfect  Light of truth, for  all true knowledge and  clear perception descend from  Him, and  only  with His leave  can it  guide human  hearts  to truth.  Amen!”

(Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), 25th April  1899, Qadian, India)

We are living in an age where holding on to faith is like holding burning coal. When we were gifted the roohani khazain, did anyone consider that these “spiritual treasures” will form our building blocks to attaining spiritual peace and clarity?

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