|American Newspaper Reporting the Demise of Dowie|
Many of us are aware that Hazrat Khalifatul Masih the Vth is by the Grace of Allah, on a visit to the United States. He recently visited Zion City and I thought I would have a look on Wikipedia to find out more about the words Zion and Zionism. Of course, I am aware that there are probably other better sources to find out about the words, but I like using Wiki.
This is what I found out that the word Zion is originally Hebrew and is used as a synonym for Jerusalem. There is a Mount Zion near Jerusalem and the word Zionism is used in more than one sense but also describes a political movement started in 1897 supporting a national home/state for Jewish people in Palestine. In the Rastafarian movement, ‘Zion’ means a place of utopia.
The Zion city in Illinois, that was visited by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vth (aba), was founded by a John Alexander Dowie (25th May 1847-9th March 1907) who was a Scottish Evangelist and faith healer who ministered in Australia but then moved to the US where he founded the Christian Catholic Apostolic Church. He claimed to be the forerunning of the second coming of Christ and he said that when Christ did return the second time round, he would destroy Islam and Muslims. I believe he used some harsh language whilst making these points and it was then that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) issued him with a prayer duel challenge. Dowie accepted and died in 1907, a younger man than Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), paralysed and deserted by his friends and family.
Of course, Ahmadi Muslims believe this event to be another sign of the truth of the claim of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and have even been blessed by the Grace of Allah with a Mission House in Zion city, Alhamdolillah.
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