The Ark of Noah

English translation of ‘Kishti-e-Nuh’

by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian

Our Beliefs: Beliefs of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement for the Propagation of Islam

I bear witness that there is no object deserving to be worshipped besides Allah, Who is One and has no associate and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and His Messenger.

  1. We believe Allah to be the Possessor of all perfect attributes, free from all defects and imperfections, unique in His Person, unrivalled in His attributes and works, and One without a partner.
  2. We hold it is essential to believe in angels, all the Divine Books, and all the prophets and messengers of Allah.
  3. We believe that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is Khatam-un-Nabiyyin [Last of the Prophets]. With hisadvent, religion has been perfected, so he is the Last Prophet after whom no prophet will appear, either a new one or a former one (like Jesus Christ [AS]).
  4. We believe in the life after death, and in all matters relating to the grave, the Day of Judgement, and paradise and hell, that are proven from the Quran and the Hadith.
  5. From the depth of our hearts, we hold the righteous Caliphs, the Ashaab (Holy Companions [Allah is pleased with them] of the Holy Prophet Muhammad [may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him]), the purified wives, and members of the holy household (Ahl-e bait), as beloved, worthy of respect, and honourable in the sight of Allah.
  6. We hold Imams Abu Hanifah, Shafi’i, Malik, and Ahmad bin Hanbal, to be the leaders of fiqh (jurisprudence); and saints such as Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani, Khawaja Naqshband and Shaikh Ahmad Sirhindi to be the leaders of Tasawwuf (the spiritual sciences). We believe all such elders of the religion to be worthy of esteem.
  7. In accordance with the Holy Prophet’s sayings about mujaddids and muhaddaths [Most surely Allah will raise from this Ummah [Muslim nation] the commencement of every century one who will bring about the revival of their religion” (from the Collection of the Sayings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) — Abu Dawud)], we believe in the truth of the Mujaddids of all the centuries, and in accordance with the same tradition, believe in Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian as the Mujaddid of the fourteenth century of Hijrah, and not as a prophet.
  8. We consider each such person to be a Muslim who professes to believe in the Kalimah [‘Pronouncement of Faith’], Laa ilaa-haa ill-Allah, Muhammad-ur rasool Allah (There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah), and who calls himself a Muslim.
  9. All the members of the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-e-Islam Lahore [Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement for the Propagation of Islam] believe in acting according to God’s Book, the Holy Quran, and the Sunnah [Actions] and Hadith [Sayings] of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, and if no specific direction is found there, they give precedence to the Hanafi school of jurisprudence.
  10. The Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-e-Islam Lahore [Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement for the Propagation of Islam] has not only been proclaiming these beliefs but, for nearly a century, it has been engaged in the propagation of Islam and the rendering of service to its cause. The whole world and in particular the Muslim religious scholars of the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent have borne witness to this fact.

Sworn Declaration of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Founder of the Ahmadiyya Community:

I make it clear to the public that I swear by Almighty Allah thatI am not a kafir (disbeliever). My belief is Laa ilaa-haa ill-Allah, Muhammad-ur rasool Allah, and regarding the Holy Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), I believe that ‘he is the messenger of Allah and Khatam an-Nabiyyin [Last of the Prophets]’ (The Holy Quran, 33:40). I swear to the truth of this statement of mine as many times as there are holy names of Allah, and as many times as there are letters in the Holy Quran, and as many times as there are virtues of the Holy Prophet in the sight of Allah. No belief of mine is opposed to the directions of Allah or of the Holy Prophet, and he who thinks otherwise is mistaken. Whoever still considers me a kafir, and does not refrain from declaring me as such, should remember with certainty that Allah will question him after his death” (Karamat as-Sadiqeen, p. 25).

“In all matters my beliefs are the same as those of the other followers of the Ahl-e Sunnah. In this house of Allah, I admit most clearly that I believe in the finality of prophethood of the Khatam al-Anbiya, theHoly Prophet. Whoever denies the finality of prophethood, I consider to be a kafir (disbeliever) and outside the pale of Islam” (Taqrir Wajib al-Ilan at Delhi, 23 October, 1891).

Sworn Declaration of Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Ali, the First Head [Ameer] of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement:

“I, Muhammad Ali, Head of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Community, do swear by Allah, Most High, that my belief is that Hazrat Mirza Sahib was a Mujaddid and the Messiah, but not a Prophet, and that a person cannot become a kafir [disbeliever] and excluded from the pale of Islam by denying him as such; this was also the belief of Hazrat Mirza Sahib himself. O Allah, if I have lied in swearing by Thy name, send upon me such exemplary punishment as could not come from human means, and by which the world would see how terrible and frightening is Allah’s punishment for those who deceive His creatures by swearing falsely in His name.”

Sworn Declaration of Maulana Sadr-ud-Din, the Second Head [Ameer] of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Community:

“Knowing Allah to be present and to be our witness, we state on oath that from the beginning we have believed, and we still believe, that no Prophet, either a new one or a former one, can appear after our Holy Prophet Muhammad.”

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