Translator’s Note

Ahmadiyyat is not a Separate Religion

True Conception of the Ahmadiyya Movement

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

These words of Maulana Muhammad Ali are rather prophetic in their nature which found partial fulfilment in 1954 C.E. when a written statement by the delegate of the Qadianis was submitted to the Munir Court of Inquiry in Pakistan that:

“A Muslim is a person who belongs to the ummat of the Holy Prophet and professes belief in the kalimah tayyibah” (Report of the Court of Inquiry into the Punjab Disturbances of 1953, p. 218).

At another place in this report it has been mentioned that:

“On the question whether the Ahmadis [Qadianis are meant — Editor.] consider the other Musalmans [Muslims] to be kafirs in the sense of their being outside the pale of Islam, the position taken before us is that such persons are not kafirs and that the word kufr, when used in the literature of the Ahmadis in respect of such persons, is used in the sense of a minor heresy and that it was never intended to convey that such persons were outside the pale of Islam.” (Report of the Court of Inquiry into the Punjab Disturbances of 1953, p. 199)

The above are the remarks by the judges. The actual answers given at the Court were as follows:

“Question: Do you include Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib among the mamurs [appointed ones of God — Editor.] whose acknow­ledgement is necessary to be called a Muslim?

“Answer: I have already answered this question. No one who does not believe in Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib can be taken as out of the pale of Islam.” (Proceedings of the Court of Inquiry, 84th sitting, dated 14th January 1954 C.E.)

“Question: Please look at page 22 of Dhikr-i-Ilahi [Zikr-i-Ilahi], which contains the following passage:

”میرا تو یہ عقیدہ ہے کہ دنیا میں دو گروہ ہیں۔ ایک مومن دوسرے کافر۔ پس جو حضرت مسیح موعود پر ایمان لانے والے ہیں وہ مومن ہیں اور جو ایمان نہیں لائے، خواہ اُن کے ایمان نہ لانے کی کوئی وجہ ہو ، وہ کافر ہیں۔“

[i.e., My belief is that there are two groups in the world, viz. one mumin (believer) and the other kafir. Thus those who declare faith in the Promised Messiah are mumins and those who have not believed in him, whatever reason there may be for their non-belief, are kafirs — Editor.] Is not the word kafir used here in contradiction to the word mumin?

“Answer: In this context the word mumin means one who believes and the word kafir means one who does not believe in Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib.

“To Court: Is belief in Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib, therefore, a part of iman?

“Answer: No. The word mumin here has been used merely to convey the sense of belief in Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib, not of belief in the fundamentals of Islam.” (Proceedings of the Court of Inquiry, 85th sitting, 15th January 1954 C.E.)

Thus, Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud Ahmad, Head of the Qadianis, admitted that belief in the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement was not a part of faith (juzw-e man), but forty years before he had openly declared:

”مسیح موعود کا ماننا جزوِ ایمان ہے۔ پس کس کا دل گردہ ہے کہ اُن کا مقابلہ کر کے کہے کہ حضرت مسیح موعود کا ماننا جزوِ ایمان نہیں؟“ (الفضل، قادیان، ۲۰ مئی ۱۹۱۴ء)

“Belief in the Promised Messiah is a part of faith (juzw-e iman). Thus who can have the heart to say by standing in opposition to him that belief in him is not a part of faith?” (Al-Fadl [Al-Fazl], Qadian, 20th May 1914 C.E.)

The contradiction in the above statements is obvious.