Original Beliefs [of Mirza Mahmud Ahmad] Revealed

More from Qadiani Jamaat Website

by Dr. Zahid Aziz

The Light (UK), November 2006 Issue (pp. 7–8)

In our October 2006 issue we quoted from two translations of books by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, placed recently on the Qadiani Jamaat website alislam.org, which clearly contradict their later-coined doctrine that he claimed to be a prophet. In those translations he has made forceful declarations dismissing the charge that he was making any such claim.

Now we refer to an Urdu booklet by their Khalifa [Caliph], and real founder, Mirza Mahmud Ahmad, which is available on their website within the collected volumes of his writings entitled Anwār-ul-‘Ulūm. This is an 11-page short booklet written in 1912, two years before he became Khalifa and the Split in the Ahmadiyya Movement of 1914.

In this booklet entitled Jawab Ishtihar Ghulam Sarwar Kanpuri (‘Reply to the Poster by Ghulam Sarwar of Kanpur’), Mirza Mahmud Ahmad criticises, quite rightly, those Muslims who ascribe certain exaggerated attributes to Jesus in his second coming and assign to him qualities which would make him even greater than the Holy Prophet Muhammad. As one example of this, he writes:

“What a pity that Islam has been reduced to the state that there are Muslims who do not wish the Holy Prophet to have any distinction. He was the Khatam-un-Nabiyyin, but these Muslims said: We will not let him be the Khatam-un-Nabiyyin. They brought back Jesus from heaven after 19 centuries. Now, who is the Khatam-un-Nabiyyin: the one who comes last or the one who came earlier? They should have realised that in this way the distinction of the Holy Prophet’s finality of prophethood is removed! Jesus becomes the Khatam-un-Nabiyyin, after whom there would be no prophet. It would be through his grace that anyone would find God.” (Vol. 1, no. 14, p. 396 in Anwār-ul-‘Ulūm)

The well-known Qadiani Jamaat doctrine on this issue, since the Split in 1914, is that prophets can come after the Holy Prophet Muhammad who was the Khatam-un-Nabiyyin because, they assert, this term does not mean last of the Prophets but the best of the Prophets. They claim that the Holy Prophet still remains Khatam-un-Nabiyyin even if prophets come after him. But in this extract in 1912 Mirza Mahmud Ahmad declares to the general Muslim public that the Holy Prophet Muhammad would lose his distinction of being Khatam-un-Nabiyyin if another prophet came after him, and he laments that the Holy Prophet should be deprived of this distinction of being the last prophet! This shows how different his original belief were from those proclaimed in 1914 and later.