Bismillah Al-Rehman Al-Raheem
Assalamo alaikum wr wb
New edition of Al-Fatwa is being presented here.
The so-called self appointed Imam and Khalifa of Jamaat Ahmadiyya, Mirza Tahir Ahmad Qadiani passed away on 19th April 2003. Everyone has to die one day, but some deaths are a lesson for others.
In 1988 Mirza Tahir Ahmad gave a challenge of Mubahila (prayer duel) to the entire Muslim Ummah, labeling them as disbelievers and liars. This challenge of Mubahila became nuisance for Mirza Tahir. He had was embroiled in such a messy situation that he could never extricate himself from it, ultimately it took his life. Mirza Tahir went into hiding after giving a single challenge of Mubahila, but Muslim scholars made his life hell by repeatedly challenging him for a prayer duel. Many scholars accepted his challenge and invited him for a face-to-face prayer duel (as was the Sunnah of Holy Prophet Muhammad SAAW). Syed Abdul Hafeez Shah, who started Anti Ahmadiyya Movement in 1991, also accepted the challenge of Mubahila (prayer duel) but Mirza Tahir could have the courage to face anyone for a face to face prayer duel. From the platform of Anti Ahmadiyya Movement, I challenged Mirza Tahir for Mubahila in 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2000, but Mirza Tahir adopted such silence that he did not even acknowledge my challenge, let alone accepting them. Maulana Manzoor Ahmed Chinioti has been going to London every year since 1989 and challenging Mirza Tahir to make a prayer duel that he (Mirza Tahir) had never been an active or passive gay (homosexual). It is worth remembering that the father of Mirza Tahir, Mirza Basheeruddin Mahmud, the 2nd Khalifa, was a notorious adulterer, debaucher, homosexual, who did not even spare his own daughter and other close relatives with whom marriage is forbidden in every revealed religion. But Alas! Mirza Tahir remains hidden in his Gressenhall residence. Former Ahmadi, Ahtesham-ul-Haq Abdul Bari of Mumbai Anti Ahmadiyya/Qadiani Movement has also been throwing repeated challenges of Mubahila and in 1995 even went to Ahmadiyya Headquarter in London for a face to face prayer duel with Mirza Tahir who refused to grant him audience.
However ultimately Mirza Tahir made the fatal mistake of accepting the challenge of prayer duel (even though not face to face). On 3rd June 1999 a prayer duel was agreed on between Mr. Illias Suttar of Karachi and Qadiani Murabbi of Karachi Mr. Mohammed Usman Shahid. The basis of this Mubahila was the 1988 Mubahila Challenge of Mirza Tahir. Three witnesses from either side witnessed the historical moment. On 30th July 1999, in front of 18,500 Qadiani delegates from all over the world who had gathered for the London Jalsa Salana (Annual Gathering), Mirza Tahir announced the acceptance of this challenge of Illias Suttar and said: "God will punish the liar within one year.
Even the echo of these words had not died down that the liar was indeed caught in the divine grip. On 20th August 1999 Mirza Tahir was delivering a Friday sermon in Norway, when suddenly an attack of stroke made his speech unintelligible. He was flown to London immediately where he remained confined for nearly a month. On 10th September 1999 he delivered a 10 minutes speech in which he admitted that he was mentally ill due to which he was finding difficulty in expressing himself and that was the reason for his absence. He could not lead the prayers that day and Ataul Mujeeb Rashed had to be the Imam. For quite sometime afterwards he was noticed to be making frequent mistakes in sermons and prayers, sometimes ending the prayers only after one rakaat. This divine punishment proved Mirza Tahir, as well as Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani, to be liars in the eyes of the world. Illias Suttar is still alive and well till this day. Jamaat Ahmadiyya had maintained a total silence on this issue of Mubahila of Illias Suttar. People in and out of the Jamaat have asked repeatedly: who is the winner of this Mubahila, but Mirza Tahir has also kept mumb on this issue and did not issue any formal statement till the end.
Another big fraud and deception of Mirza Tahir was regarding the increase in the numbers of converts. Since 1993 Mirza Tahir had been announcing that every year double the number of previous year's converts are entering the fold of Jamaat Ahmadiyya. Thus according the announcement of Mirza Tahir in the year 2000 alone around 20,000,000 people embraced Ahmadiyyat. This was such a lie that even the followers of Mirza Tahir do not believe it. Professor Munawwar Malik, a born Ahmadi from Jhelum, Pakistan, could not take it any more, denounced Ahmadiyyat and reverted to Islam. Praise be to Allah for that. He wrote a detailed article exposing this fraud of figures, which was published by monthly Laulaak from Multan. This article is available on my website at: http://alhafeez.org/rashid/figures2.htm
Another jolt that Mirza Tahir received a few months back was the expulsion of a close associate and senior member Mr. Hadi Ali Chaudhary from Jamaat on charges of corruption. For readers’ information, this is the same Hadi Ali Chaudhary who wrote a book entitled, 'Disciples of Satan' on the instructions of Mirza Tahir. This book was written to neutralize the Anti Ahmadiyya Movement's awareness campaign, and especially made personal attacks on Syed Abdul Hafeez Shah and myself. After his expulsion, Hadi Ali Chaudhary reacted by exposing the corruption of Mirza Tahir and all the big muballighs of Jamaat Ahmadiyya. He mentioned how all of them including Mirza Tahir has made huge properties by misusing the donations of ordinary Ahmadis.
Nevertheless the humiliation and afflictions that Mirza Tahir has faced after the Mubahila challenges of Illias Suttar, Ahtesham-ul-Haq, Maulana Manzoor Chinioti and Anti Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam is not hidden from the eyes of everyone. Afflictions, sicknesses and sufferings are part of life. Likewise death is also an inevitable fact of life, but when they come as a result of prayer duel, then it is a sign. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani had written:
"The liar among the contestants of Mubahila, die in the lifetime of truthful." (Malfoozaat, Roohani Khazain II vol.9 p.440)
Thus Mr. Illias Suttar, Mr. Ahtesham-ul-Haq, Maulana Manzoor Chinioti, Syed Abdul Hafeez Shah and myself are by the Grace of Allah alive and well, whereas Mirza Tahir Ahmad Qadiani, the 4th Khalifa left this temporary abode on 19th April 2003, leaving behind admonishing signs for those who would heed them. Alas! He did not pay attention to the last letter of Ahtesham-ul-Haq who invited him to repent and embrace Islam before death. We pray that Mirza Tahir will eternally remain in the company of his father (Mirza Mahmud) and grandfather (Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani). Ameen.
Praise be to Allah, the One and Only. His Love and Peace be upon Him, after Whom there is no prophet.
Respected Mirza Masroor Ahmad Qadiani Saheb
Salaam on those who follow the Hidayah
Congratulations on becoming the leader of Ahmadiyya Jamaat. I read this news in "Khabrain" daily newspaper that you have barred Qadiani murabbis and muballighs the world over from indulging in any kind of prayer duel or debate. If this news is true, then at least it proves that the reproachful end of your predecessor is in front of you. It could be that you are planning some new strategy or it could be that you are afraid of the death of Mirza Tahir.
Through this letter I want to make something clear to you. If really want to learn a lesson from the death of Mirza Tahir, then you must remember that the basis of Mubahila between Mr. Illias Suttar and Mirza Tahir was the 1988 challenge of Mubahila by Mirza Tahir. The defeat of Mirza Tahir in this Mubahila was in effect the proof of lies of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani. I request you to heed the lesson from the admonishing end of Mirza Tahir, for the sake of saving the souls of yourself and those of your followers, denounce this hundred years of fraud of Ahmadiyyat and embrace Islam. InshaAllah this way you will be successful in both the worlds and rewarded by Allah.
Otherwise, I invite you to a debate to judge the truth and lies of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani. Be courageous and accept it. For the protection of the honor of my Lord and Master, Syedna Muhammad SAAW, I am prepared to come face to face with you. Now let me see that whether you, who are the 5th Khalifa of Mirza Ghulam, are prepared to face this challenge and meet me or not. In view of the affliction of Mirza Tahir in prayer duel probably you would not be prepared to face a prayer duel, rather there is no necessity of it now, but there should be no hesitation in organizing a debate. By accepting this challenge, on the one hand you would consolidate your newly gained khilafat in the Jamaat and on the other hand you will get a rare opportunity to expose the truths or lies of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani in front of the world.
I hope that you will give a reply at your earliest.
Wassalam on those who follow the hidayah
Dr. Syed Rashid Ali
13th May 2003.
Truth is always bitter. It takes a great courage to accept to face. Hidayah (guidance) is always from Allah and is given to one who seeks it. Our task is nothing but to convey the truth. The vast literature containing truth regarding the writings and personality of the founder of Ahmadiyya Movement, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani, that is being presented by Anti Ahmadiyya Movement have created a big dilemma for Ahmadiyya Movement and its followers. Not knowing how to negate these facts, they resort to unethical and illogical methods, simply to satisfy and boast the morale of their own followers and divert their attention from the real issue. Mostly they accuse us of distorting the writings or deny the existence of such writings. Other times they write such books as "Apostle of Satan" in which they make personal attacks on us, trying to discredit our writings on that basis. However there are times when they resort to more aggressive measures. In order to silence their opponents, they try to implicate them in false police cases or even try to eliminate them. In this edition of AlFatwa, we will look at some of these instances.
In 1974 during the prime ministership of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the elected legislative assembly of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, after deliberations of six months in which Qadiani and Lahori scholars were given ample opportunity to prove their case, unanimously passed a law declaring Ahmadis/Qadianis/Lahoris to be non-Muslim minority, giving them all those rights which are enjoyed by all the other minorities in Pakistan. Despite this legislation, Qadianis/Ahmadis/Lahoris openly continued their preaching in the name of Islam, thus fomenting the emotions 150 millions of Muslims in Pakistan. In 1984 President of Pakistan General Ziaul Haq took notice of this issue and issued an ordinance, which later became part of the legislation, thus making it a criminal offense to misuse Islamic epithets by Qadianis/Ahmadis/Lahoris or anyone else. General Ziaul Haq was killed in an air crash under mysterious circumstances. Despite evidence of Qadiani connection, for some reason culprits have never been brought to justice.
Another instance during recent times is the gruesome murder of Maulana Yusuf Ludhianvi in broad daylight. For the last two decades Maulana Yusuf had been engaged in a scholarly exposition of Qadiani deception through his writings and lectures. He had written numerous books on this issue. On the morning of 18th May 2000 when Maulana left his house to go to the office of Khatme Nabuwwat in Karachi, he was killed by a burst of Kalashnikov. Murderers were riding a bike, who ran away after riddling his and his driver with bullets. His son was also seriously wounded. To date murderers have not been arrested.
Ahtesham-ul-Haq is a former Ahmadi, who lives in Mumbai India. His father was trapped into Ahmadiyyat long time back, thus the whole family including children became members of Ahmadiyya Community. They moved into a flat AlHaq building, where most of the tenants were Qadianis/Ahmadis. However after few years, father of Ahtesham started having doubts and AlHamdolillah before his death he reverted to Islam along with his children. As is usual Qadiani murabbis started harassing the family, trying to lure them back into Ahmadiyyat. As Ahtesham grew older he gathered more information about the deception of Ahmadiyyat and became an active member of Anti Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam. He had set up Anti Ahmadiyya/Qadiani Movement in Mumbai to educate Muslims about this deception, with AlHamdolillah good success. He traveled extensively in and around Mumbai and other parts of India, exposing the falsehood of Ahmadiyyat, defeating all Qadiani Murrabbis in lives discussions and debates. Thus Ahmadiyya Jamaat lost lot of recent converts in India. He even traveled to London to challenge the then Khalifa of Ahmadiyyat, Mirza Tahir, who refuse to meet him.
In an attempt to silence him, Jamaat Ahmadiyya has used every trick in the book, threatening him with his life, involving him in false cases, using high handed tactics to throw him and his family out of the flat of AlHaq Building. Recently they falsely implicated his brother in a murder case. But Allah is All Powerful, AlHamdolillah, after two years his brother was proved innocent and acquitted in this case.
Bashir Masri's father Abdur Rehman Masri embraced what he thought was Islam at the hands of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani. Abdur Rehman Masri became a very active member of Jamaat and during the Khilafat of Hakeem Nuruddin and Mirza Mehmud he had rendered great services for Jamaat Ahmadiyya. Mirza Mehmud was the son of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani, who was an adulterer, homosexual and debaucher of extreme degree. During the lifetime of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad he was accused of raping a young girl of one of the follower of Mirza Ghulam, but the incident was hushed through the connivance of his father and his faithful followers. Once he became the Khalifa of Qadian young boys, girls and married women in Qadian were victims of his lewdity. Even his own daughter, Ummatul Rasheed - a minor, did not escape his lechery. She fainted as a result of this experience, her mother (wife of Mirza Mehmud) objected:
"Why were you in such a hurry, you could have waited for a year or two, she wasn't running away anywhere. Did you not have other women?" (City of Sodom p. 108 by Shafiq Mirza)
When a close associate of Mirza Mehmud objected to this incestuous behavior, he is on record to have said:
"People are so stupid. They plant a garden, irrigate it, and when the trees grow and bear fruits, they say that someone else should pluck the fruits and somebody else should eat it!" (City of Sodom p. 108 by Shafiq Mirza)
Bashir Masri was born in Qadian in 1914. He was an 18 year old beautiful Kashmiri youth, when one day Khalifa Mirza Mehmud called him for a private interview at his palace. In Ahmadiyya Jamaat, Khalifa is like a demigod, revered and awed. Bashir Masri considered himself greatly honored at this invitation. However soon this dream was shattered when he was introduced into an inner circle where boys and girls were being regularly raped/sodomised by the Khalifa or were forced to perform intercourse with Khalifa's household ladies with Khalifa enjoying the play. He spent many a sleepless nights, crying in anguish, not knowing how to come out of this predicament. Finally he summoned his courage, prepared a list of names of players in this game with dates and timings, and related the whole story to his father, Abdur Rehman Masri. Initially his father did not believe him, but at the insistence of his son, he sought an interview with Khalifa, hoping that all the doubts would be cleared after this meeting. However when he returned from this meeting he was convinced of his son's story. He wrote letters after letters to his 'HUZOOR', Mirza Mehmud, to either deny these allegations under oath or abdicate the Khilafat. In response, the Khalifa excommunicated the Masri Family. The rest of the story in the words of Basheer Masri is as follows:
"Since my alienation from the Khalifah’s ‘inner circle’, my life had been constantly in danger. His mafia-like thugs started shadowing me. In desperation, I decided to take the bull by the horns, went to the Khalifah and showed him a long letter in which I had recorded all the details of his private life with names, dates, facts and figures. I told him that sealed copies of that letter had been deposited with some persons in authority, instructing them to open the letters only in case if my death or disappearance. From then on, I felt safe and walked about freely in the streets of Qadian.
The more I saw of this corruption the more I became sick of religion, one and all, till ultimately I ended up as an atheist. This morbid phase of my life, however, left a spiritual vacuum with which I could not cope on my own, and I had to tell my father. It came to him as a great shock. Naturally, he could not accept the word of a young boy without corroboration and started making discreet inquiries. It did not take him long to be convinced that I was telling the truth.
My father wrote a very long letter to this so-called Khalifah, asking him for an explanation of his conduct and demanding his abdication. There was no reply, but two reminders afterwards, the Khalifah declared that Shaikh Abdul-Rehman Masri (my father) and all members of his family had been expelled and excommunicated. These three letters were later published in India.
This excommunication in practice meant complete boycott and social dissociation. Our lives were so much in danger that the Government had to detail twenty-four hours guard of military police around our house. No member of our family could go out without a police escort. In spite of all such precautions, I and two of my companions were attacked in broad daylight in the bazaar. One elderly companion was stabbed in the chest and died. The other was stabbed in the neck and shoulder and had to remain in hospital for quite a long period. I managed to fight back and succeeded in giving such a blow on the skull of my assailant with a cudgel, which I was carrying, that he started bleeding. The wounded assailant was whisked away to a hiding place by his accomplices, but the police caught up with him by following the blood drops from his skull. He was later founded guilty of murder and hanged. Such was the flagrant disdain of law and order in Qadian that the murderer’s funeral service was held with great pomp and show, the Khalifah himself leading the prayer.
After this incident a Muslim organization known as ‘Majlis-e-Ahrar-ul-Islam’, started sending squads of volunteers to guard our house, in addition to the military police. They pitched their tents in the open fields around our bungalow, which started looking like a besieged fortress.
The Mirzai (Ahmadiyya) Administration started involving my father in trumped-up court cases to discredit his high repute for uprightness, as well as to drain his meager savings. In short, all sorts of dirty tricks were played to make life impossible for him. To support his family with eleven children, he had to sell the family jewelry and chattel. The most unfortunate of these disasters which befell our family during this period was the setback to the education of children. All the details of these attacks and persecution used to be published in Indian Press.
There was a great pressure on our family, both from the Government and others to leave Qadian and we ultimately migrated to Lahore. My father joined the Lahori Party. Although there is not much difference between their beliefs and those of Qadianis, at least their society was not riddled with moral corruption. I, however, kept myself unattached. As I have said earlier, I had lost faith in the very institution of religion. However during this period I started coming in contact with the leaders of Ahrar, who had a profound effect on me. Among them were Syed Ataullah Shah Bukhari, Maulana Habib-ur-Rehman Ludhianvi, Chaudhari Afzal Haque, Maulana Mazhar Ali Azhar - I found these people devout Muslims and very sincere friends.
My father had accepted my atheism only with ostensible resignation. While at heart he was very unhappy about it. He told me that he prayed for me regularly and used to ask me to seek God’s guidance through prayer. My answer to that used to be that he was asking me to pray to a Being who did not exist. Finally after lengthy discussions, he started advising me to make my prayers conditional and started to pray in words such as: "God if you exist, give me some indication of it; otherwise if per chance you do exist don’t blame me for not believing in You……"
Although this kind of prayer might sound blasphemous to the real believers, it produced esoteric results for me. Within about a year of praying. I saw two dreams in quick succession. Since they are very much of a personal and subjective nature, I dare not relate them here. Suffice it to say that they especially the second dream, were of long duration, very explicit and coherent. Even for a sinful man like me there remained no room for doubt that there did exist a Supreme Being whom we call God or Allah, I may mention though that in the concluding part of the dream I was shown the Mirzai Khalifah as a depraved miscreant with a heinously tarred face.
After these dreams I felt much relieved. It seemed as if my spiritual crisis was over. I decided to turn a new leaf and become a Muslim formally. The late Syed Ataullah Shah Bukhari took me along to Maulana Mohammed Ilyas (the founder of the Tablighi Jamaat) in a village called Mehroli, a few miles from Delhi. There, in 1940, I took my oath of fealty to Islam (Bai’at) at his hand. It was a blissful coincidence that the Sheikh al Hadith of India Maulana Muhammed Zakariyah also happened to be present, after the sunset (Maghreb) prayers, led by Maulana Ilyas, all the congregation of about 40 worshippers said a special prayer for me.
In 1941 migrated to East Africa with the mixed feelings of relief and guilt. Standing on the deck of the steamer in the Bombay harbor, I stated reciting under my breath the following Quranic Verse: "And what reason have you not to fight for the cause of Allah to help those weak men and women who are crying out: Our Lord take us out of this town whose people are oppressors". (Al Nisa 4:75)
After 20 years stay in Africa I migrated to England in 1961.
THE IMAMATE IN WOKING
In 1964 I was appointed as the Imam of the Shahjehan Mosque in Woking, England. This appointment calls for some explanation for record. This mosque was built by an orientalist, Dr. Leitner in 1889 with funds from Muslims in India and later, a Trust was formed to run it. That was the period when Mirzaiyat (Ahmadiyyat) had not shown itself fully in its true colors and the Trust readily agreed to hand over the management of the mosque to the Lahori section of this Movement
By nineteen sixties quite a few Muslim Organizations had established themselves in the United Kingdom and the pressure started increasing for this Mosque to be reverted to its originally intended position of an Islamic Center. I was approached by the Secretary and the Treasurer of the Trust to accept the Imamate. I made it clear to them that I was a Sunni Muslim and showed them copies of some published articles, which I had written against Mirzaiyat. They told me that they were aware of my views and that they considered it as an asset. They also assured me that the High Commissioner of Pakistan, who was the ex-officio Chairman of the Trust and who would sign the letter of my appointment, had given his blessings.
After taking charge of the Mosque, it soon became obvious to me that I was being branded by the general Muslims as a Mirzai. For the last about three quarters of a century there had been a successive line of Mirzai Imams. Muslims could not believe that all of a sudden a Sunni Imam would appear out of the blue, I found myself falling between two stools. My theological differences with both the Lahori and the Qadiani sections were irreconcilable; while the Muslims took it for granted that I must be a Mirzai, otherwise I would not have been appointed. It took me long to win over the trust of some Muslim religious leaders in the UK.
It had been my life long ambition to tour the Islamic countries by car, so that I could travel even into the rural areas and study first hand how they were transacting their religious affairs in practice. (This tour took me about three years covering 45,000 miles in more than 40 countries). Before leaving the Mosque however, I wanted to make sure that this far-famed Mosque and the Islamic Center remained in the Muslim hands permanently. There were only two or three Mirzai members on the Board of Trustees, but they were very active and wielded a great influence. They were leaving no stone unturned to bring back a Mirzai Imam after I had left.
After long discussions and consultations with my Muslim friends, I called a meeting of all Muslim Organizations in UK and Eire, on the 20 July 1968, at East London Mosque. It was attended by more than hundred delegates. I explained the situation to them that I was due to start on my tour by the end of the year and that Mirzais (Ahmadis) were trying their best to have their own Imam installed.
There was one very important legal point, which was to prove helpful to us in the tug of war, which ensued. According to a clause of the trust deed, the legal status of the Mirzais, from the very beginning had been that of tenants of the Trust, which could be terminated. This clause had remained unnoticed by the Muslims until I pointed it out to them. At this meeting it was decided unanimously to form a "Woking Mosque Regeneration Committee" which should take over the physical possession of the Mosque under protest, and appoint an adhoc Muslim Imam after my departure. It further resolved the Mosque Trust should be asked to expel all its Mirzai members on the Board and never to appoint a Mirzai Imam again. It was in these circumstances that, in November 1968, I handed over the Mosque to Muslims and left England on my tour,
The general impression among the non-Muslims is that our opposition to Mirzaiyat stems from religious intolerance. They fail to appreciate the fact that apart from doctrinal differences, this clique is being used by the anti-Islamic powers as collaborators in the promotion of their political and economic interests throughout Muslim world. On top of all this there is a growing apprehension among the Muslims that the pattern of Qadiani libertinism is liable to corrode the moral fabric of Muslim youth.
Al-Hafiz B. A. Masri
(Bane of Ahmadiyyat by B A Masri, dated 18 August 1988 published in London as 'An open Letter to Mirza Tahir Ahmad in response to Mubahila' and available online at http://alhafeez.org/rashid/bane.htm)
Fakhruddin Multani was another devoted Ahmadi who had taken oath of allegiance at the hands of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani. He migrated from his ancestral town of Multan to Qadian. He established Ahmadiyya Book House in Qadian and spent his life serving the Jamaat and the Qadiani Royal Family. The allegations regarding the lewd character of Khalifa Mirza Mehmud also disillusioned him the Ahmadiyya Khilafat. Alongwth Abdur Rehman Masri, he started demanding that Khalifa should declare on oath that these allegations are false and if Khalifa is lying then he should be afflicted with divine punishment. Or else a committee should be constituted to investigate these allegations and present its finding. As usual Khalifa expelled him from the Jamaat and ex-communicated the whole family. It is a long story, but in a nutshell after 32 years of service to Ahmadiyyat, Multani was thrown out of Jamaat with just a stroke of pen. Excommunication meant that no one in Qadiani was allowed to talk to them, deal with them, sell them anything, even in the way of daily food items.
Fakhruddin Multani wrote:
"The announcement of my expulsion from Jamaat simply stated this punishment that talking, greeting or communicating with Fakhruddin was banned forthwith. However what is being practiced is this:
· My wife and children were also boycotted simply because they were my children.
· Supply of milk for my sick toddler has been stopped simply because he is my child.
· Maid who gives bath to my disabled wife has been stopped from coming to my house.
· My near and dear ones have been stopped from visiting my house.
· Tenants of my houses have been forced to vacate them.
· Disabled Shamsuddin was removed from my shop simply because he is looking after my shop (in my absence).
· My family is being intimidated terrorized by putting scores of men and boys around my house round the clock.
· Ahmadi shopkeepers have been stopped from selling me daily utility items.
· Scheme has been devised to close down my business to impoverish me and my family and even have nothing to feed on.
· After surrounding my house, on the night between 13th and 14th, white clad thieves entered my house to attack me and take away my belongings. For the last 13 years I am living in this house, but under siege these things are happening.
· In front of the outer windows of my house, 24 hours such boys are sitting that when I turn on the outer lights for security reasons, some of these boys take of their clothes and stand nude their even in the presence of my wife and daughter.
· My innocent children have been refused education in school and expelled."
(Truth Behind the Announcement of My Mysterious Expulsion by Fakhruddin Multani)
If the Qadiani Khalifa, Mirza Mehmud was thinking that through such methods he would force Multani to give up his demands of taking an oath or commission of inquiry, then he was sadly mistaken. Fakhruddin Multani and Abdur Rehman Masri persevered in their demands through letters and flyers. Now the Khalifa changed his tactics and through his inflammatory sermons against them started inciting his gullible followers:
"On 6th August 1937, Khalifa Saheb delivered his last sermon on Friday in which his followers and warriors were roused pointing towards these persons (Multani, Bashir Masri etc.). The very next day on Saturday 7 August, around 4.30 pm at the time of Asr prayers Maulana Fakhruddin Saheb Multani, Hakeem Abdul Aziz Saheb and Hafiz Bashir Ahmad Masri Saheb (son of Shaikh Abdur Rehman Masri), all three were going towards police station, about 100 yards from the police station they were attacked by a sharp-edged weapon. This sharp-edged weapon went through the rib cage of Fakhruddin Saheb Multani and punctured his lung. Then Hakeem Abdul Aziz Saheb also received serious wounds on the mouth and cheeks through the same weapon." (Pope of Rabwa p.52 by Mohammed Mazharuddin Multani)
Fakhruddin Multani was attacked in broad daylight and he was lying bleeding wriggling with pain at the gate of Khalifa's Palace, but no one dared to attend him. Later some Muslims from Majlis-e-Ahrar (a Muslim organization dedicated to exposing the fraud of Ahmadiyyat) heard the news and they came and took the injured persons to Gurdaspur Hospital. Fakhruddin Multani died in the hospital on 13th August 1937. Amongst the 1000 Ahmadis living around the scene of crime, none could find the courage to give evidence against the culprits. Dr. Gurbakhsh Singh MBBS had his clinic in the same bazaar and he was an eyewitness of this incident. Although he was given lot of financial enticement, but the glitter of money could him stop him from giving evidence of the truth. Upon his evidence, Aziz Ahmad Qadiani was given capital punishment. Mirza Mehmud, 2nd Khalifa, offered his funeral prayer with great pomp, and labeled him a martyr of Ahmadiyyat. (Pope of Rabwa p.52 by Mohammed Mazharuddin Multani)
The era after unsuccessful War of Independence of 1857 was a very trying period for the Muslims of Indian Subcontinent. On the one hand British had usurped the power from Muslims and on the other hand Christian missionaries and Hindu Arya Samaj had started a vigorous campaign to convert illiterate Muslim masses. To further their ulterior designs, in such difficult times, through a conspiracy hatched by the Colonial Masters (British) in which Mirza was selected to create division amongst the Muslims and subdue the Islamic from their hearts so that they won't fight the Imperial Colonialism, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was introduced into the Islamic society as a servant of Islam. He reached Lahore in 1869 and on the pretext of serving Islam, started challenging Christian missionaries and Hindu Arya Samaj leaders for religious debates. The purpose of such an exercise was not to serve Islam but to gain popularity amongst the Muslim masses of India, and he was quite successful in that. Through his challenges to Hindu Arya Samaj leaders, he was able to attract that attention of simple-minded Muslim, certain Muslim friends living in Lahore also played a significant role in this propaganda. Wherever they go, they would praise Mirza Saheb and his love of Islam. This was Mirza Ghulam's first step in the direction of establishing his credentials as a servant of Islam. Here it should be made clear that Mirza Ghulam was not an eloquent speaker or debater, rather he would feel more comfortable in writing articles. In the history of Ahmadiyyat there is no instance available where Mirza Ghulam had challenged his opponent for a debate and have come out of it successful. Yes, his ignorant opponents would certainly get impressed by his talk but whenever a scholarly person would stand up against him, then Mirza Ghulam try to trap him in his tortuous conditions and intimidate and impress him with his prophecies.
After spending few months in creating religious commotion in Lahore, Mirza Saheb went back to Qadian and started a regular campaign of advertisement. The purpose of this whole exercise was not to serve Islam, as he would have everyone believe, but to promote his own image. Addressing Arya Samaj was also part of the same process. Mirza Saheb began this campaign of Advertisements in 1877. In 1880 Mirza published part 1 of Braheen Ahmadiyya in which he announced his claim of being 'Appointed by Allah' to prove the truthfulness of Islam. This was just the beginning. From being 'Appointed by God', Mirza gradually proceeded to claim being a Mujaddid (rejuvenator) and Messiah. In the light of his inspirations he also claimed to be Hindu Avtar, Lord Krishna. To propagate these claims it was necessary that he should challenge Arya Samaj (a Hindu group).
There are certain rules laid down in Islam for its propagation. Allah says in Holy Quran:
"Invite (all) to the way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for thy Lord knoweth best who have strayed from His Path and who receive guidance".(Quran 16.125)
"Revile not those unto whom they pray beside Allah lest they wrongfully revile Allah through ignorance." (6.108)
However when we examine the methods adopted by this so-called 'Preacher of Islam', Mirza Ghulam, we see that these basic principles have been blatantly ignored. For thousand years Muslims and Hindus have been living in the Indian Subcontinent in peace and harmony, regarding each other's religions with respect, having scholarly discussions on the merits of each but never resorting to abusive and slanderous attitude. However after the coming of British Raj to India, things changed. This 'Self-cultivated seedling' of British played his role perfectly well.
Ever since the debates initiated by Mirza Ghulam, Hindus started slandering Islam and the Founder of Islam SAAW openly, something which was not observed over the centuries. How this happened? It is a long story, but in a nutshell it is like this. In 1877 Mirza announced that he is going to write a book in 50 volumes, namely 'Braheen Ahmadiyya', to prove the truthfulness of Islam. Mirza announced that whosoever would write a rebuttal of this book would be presented with Rs. 10,000 (a big fortune in 1880s). Book came into the market, and people read with shock the manner in which Mirza had repeatedly challenged Hindus and reviled Vedas and Shasters of Hindu religion. In these early volumes of Braheen Ahmadiyya, in his Advertisements and other books of earlier years, Mirza had used a humiliating and provocative attitude towards people of other faith, especially Hindus. Some examples are given here:
"It is the task of these people to address as liars, their religion and faith and god and Bhagwan is only lust for the worldly things, or crude honor or their nation and tribe.... then who will call them Pundit Ji and Guru Ji and Swami Ji?" (Braheen Ahmadiyya part 1, Roohani Khazain vol. 1 p.107)
"This new sect which has come out amongst the Hindus, which call their religious gathering as Arya Samaj, these days its leader, rather the founder of this sect, is a Pundit Saheb whose name is Diyanand. All those thoughts and metaphorical meanings that this sect has created regarding Vedas, they are not found collectively in any ancient Hindu religion .... rather among those collection of different thoughts some are the desires of his own heart." (Little did Mirza know at the time that a time would come when he will be in the situation in religion to Islam and its preachings!!!... Rashid) Braheen Ahmadiyya, Roohani Khazain vol. 1 p.72)
"Now O Arya! Congratulations! The whole reality about your God (Permeshwar) has been exposed and from the evidence of Pundit Diyanand himself it is evident that your Permeshwar is a dense body, which falls on the ground like other souls and is eaten like vegetables. That is why sometimes he became Ramchander, and sometimes Krishna, and sometimes Much and once it appeared as pig and entertained those who came to see him by eating the delicate food (faeces)." (Roohani Khazain vol 2 p.395)
"Permeshwar is 10 fingers below the umbilicus, those who are clever will understand." (Meaning penis ... Rashid) (Roohani Khazain vol.23 p. 114)
The language of Braheen Ahmadiyya was so offensive that it was impossible for a Christian and Hindus to read it and not get furious. Same things which were written in a provocative and aggressive style could have been said in a polite and appealing manner. Such slanderous approach of Mirza generated a permanent hostility against Islam and Founder of Islam in the hearts of Christians and Hindus.
"Mirza Saheb started scolding Hindus and their ladies in volumes of Braheen other literature and advertisements. On page 19 of his book, Shuhna-e-Haq, he writes: ' You are not going to give me the hand of your daughters that you are investigating my property'. In his book, Surma Chasme Arya, he mentioned Arya girls in bad language and abused their idols. Moreover he started intimidating Hindus in his Inspirations. Such things made Hindus furious and a source of permanent animosity." (Asha'at us Sunnah vol. 18 p.13-14)
Pundit Lekhram Peshawari of Arya Samaj was a very out-spoken and rude person. In response to Braheen Ahmadiyya, immediately he wrote a book called 'Takzeeb Braheen'.
"Mirza Saheb had announced that any non-Muslim who would write a reply to Braheen Ahmadiyya would be rewarded with Rs. 10,000. Pandit Lekhram wrote a reply by the name of Takzeeb Braheen. However this rebuttal was a shameless collection of slanders and abuse and I believe that since the humans have been born, no anti-God had abused Prophets and other people close to God in such a manner that Pandit Lekhram had penned in his book.... If one looks with fairness then it will be obvious that it was Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Saheb who provoked the said Pandit against Islam and Prophets of Islam and forcing him into writing such slander." (Raees-e-Qadian p.1332-133 by Rafiq Dilawari)
On 24th June 1893, Pandit Lekhram wrote in his letter to Mirza Ghulam Ahmad:
"If writing a rebuttal of Braheen is ill-mannerism, then you are the first criminal, because according to Quran you had committed Kufr, you provoked us, because of which we wrote a reply. Had you not provoked us, then Permeshwar knows, that we had never thought of writings against religion of Islam. Thus if God forbid, divine punishment will descend then first its lightening will fall on your sitting room in Qadian. Then if self defense is a crime, then I too should be blamed." (Weekly Satdharam Parcharak, Jallundher, dated 16th July 1897, mentioned in Raees-e-Qadian by Rafiq Dilawari p.133)
By the publication of Braheen-e-Ahmadiyya, Mirza Saheb was hoping that his greatness would be publicized to all corners of the globe. But Alas! He was in for a big disappointment. Scholars of Islam issued fatwa (edict) of kufr against him. Mirza changed his strategy. Since the intention was to impress upon the public his greatness, he started advertising his so-called spiritual powers and powers of performing miracles. In 1885 he published an advertisement and thousands of English and Urdu copies of it were distributed, in which he invited non-Muslim chiefs and religious leaders to come and observe the miracles.
"If you have any doubt about the truthfulness of this religion or the veracity of heavenly signs, then come to Qadian as a true seeker and stay with this humble self for ONE YEAR and observe with your own eyes these heavenly signs; but with this condition of intention (which is the sign of a true seeker), that after viewing these heavenly signs you will announce embracing Islam or attest to the viewing of an un-natural sign. If you come with this intention, then you will surely observe the heavenly sign. This has been promised by God and there is no possibility of faltering it." (Collection of Advertisement vol.1 p.21)
"This suggestion (showing a miracle) is not the result of my own thinking or decision, rather it has been permitted by God Al-Mighty and as a prophecy this gladtiding has been received that the addressees of this letter will be denounced and speechless and subdued." (Collection of Advertisements vol.1 p.20)
"If you come and did not observe any heavenly sign after staying for one year, then you will be paid Rs. 200 per month as a penalty or damages." (Collection of Advertisements vol.1 p.21)
SubHanAllah! What a Miracle-exhibiting-power!! Who will have the spare time of ONE YEAR to spend in God-forsaken village of Qadian with Mirza Ghulam, forget about his life and family for this period and keep a watch for ONE FULL YEAR for some unknown signs, that no one knows when it might happen at the hands of Mirza. And then what is fishy about the whole thing is that as a precaution he had applied a condition of INTENTION of a TRUE-SEEKER to see the heavenly sign. If someone does not observe the heavenly signs, then Mirza can very safely claim that that person did not come with a truth-seeking intention.
Did The True, Last and Final Messenger of Allah, Holy Prophet Muhammad SAAW demand such a conditional performance of miracle from the Kuffar of Makkah? Did He (SAAW) ask them to stay with Him for one year to wait for an unspecified heavenly sign that may appear any time during that period? No. When the kuffar of Makkah demanded to show them a Miracle, Holy Prophet SAAW did not hesitate, did not make any conditions and did not give them a time frame. Instead He SAAW simply pointed towards the moon and it was split into two parts. The great sphere of the Moon had split into two distinct parts in front of their very eyes. The two parts had separated and receded so much apart from each other that to the on-lookers one part had appeared on one side of the mountain and the other on the other side of it (See Sahih Bukhari). One Kafir demanded that if the small stones in the hands of Holy Prophet SAAW will bear witness that Muhammad SAAW is the Prophet of Allah, he will accept the truth. Immediately Holy Prophet SAAW took some pebbles from the ground, and they recited the Shahadah in the hands of Holy Prophet SAAW and the Kafir could hear it. No preconditions attached, no time frame given, no requirement of having a good niyah. To convey the truth was His responsibility, whether the other person accepts it or not, that was the last of His concern, because hidayah was in the Hands of Allah.
Such was the August Character of Holy Prophet SAAW, the True Prophet of Allah, the Last and Final Messenger.
Miracle is by definition is something that defies laws of nature, something that defies human logic, something which human beings are completely helpless to perform or to understand. By the Will of Al-Mighty Allah, the Creator and Master of Universe, miracles were performed by His True Prophets, to prove to the public the Honor and Augustness of His Prophets, to show them that Allah is with them and He who has created the Laws of Nature has the Power to by-pass those laws. They were performed instantaneously with no strings attached, to subdue the disbelievers and to increase the faith of those who believed in the Prophet. Another point worth remembering is that no Prophet of Allah had ever boasted about these miracles, let alone advertises them.
However the character of impostors was entirely opposite to this, as has been shown above and as the readers will discover later in the following pages.
As soon as Pandit saw the advertisement, he targeted Mirza to expose the fallacy of his claims. He was already annoyed with the way Mirza had ridiculed Hindu religion and its books, and saw a golden opportunity to take his revenge. He wrote to Mirza and expressed his willingness to stay in Qadian. He wrote:
"I saw your letter published by Murtazai Press Lahore. In this letter you have been instructed by God to write that anyone belonging to other religion, despite staying with you for one year, does not observe any heavenly sign and does not become Muslim after satisfying himself, then you will pay Rs. 200 per month as penalty or damages. Therefore to discover the heavenly sign I am prepared to some to you on the condition that at the rate of Rs 200 per month deposit Rs 2400 in Government bank for safe keeping, and give an undertaking that if am not satisfied and do not embrace Islam after one year of your guidance and heavenly sign and miracles, then that Rs. 2400 would be handed over to me, and for a period of one year that amount will remain deposited in the government bank, you will not be entitled to take that money back. I accept to be your student for one year." (Letter to Mirza Ghulam dated 3rd April 1885, mentioned in Raees-e-Qadian by Rafiq Dilawari p.163)
Mirza Ghulam must have become very nervous at the response of Pandit Lekhram. As was his way, he started trapping the Pandit in convoluted conditions, in an attempt to get rid of him. He wrote:
"In my published letter I have addressed those people who are respected scholars and famous leaders of their community, whose acceptance can affect a large group of people, but you are not a man of such position or status, and if I am mistaken in this opinion of mine and you are actually a leader of your community then very good, I do not want to bother you too much, just do this that all the members of five organizations, Arya Samaj Qadian, Arya Samaj Lahore, Arya Samaj Amritsar, Arya Samaj Ludhiana, Arya Samaj Peshawer, all of them should give an undertaking on oath stating that Pandit Lekhram who is our leader, if he is subdued in this matter and will observe some sign, then all of us will embrace Islam without delay. If you do compile and send me such an undertaking within two weeks, then you will be considered a common man, who is not worth addressing." (Letter of Mirza Ghulam dated 17th April 1885, mentioned in Raees-e-Qadian by Rafiq Dilawari p.163)
"That proverb fits on you: Teeth of Elephant,
for showing different than for eating. And I thought that according to the
contents of your letter you will be keep your promise, but I was wrong. Your
statement that I should get the undertaking of members of five Arya Samaj (of
five cities) proves that proverb correct that 'a dodger have lots of excuses'.
How can the members of five Arya Samaj be forced to embrace Islam by my
subduing and accepting Islam? If suppose you become an Arya, your brother,
relatives and other Muslims of Qadian will also embrace Arya religion? Never.
Mirza Saheb! By meaningless claims lead to nothing but embarrassment. If after full investigations you embrace Arya religion, then it would be a good proof of the truthfulness of Arya religion. Similarly becoming a Muslim of a person like me will a glaring proof of the miracle of Religion of Islam. Since the fallacy of your claims of miracle have already been fully revealed to me through the Arya Samaj of Qadian, therefore I should not have really followed the saying 'to test a tested person is foolishness'. However I would like to state this much that you are deliberately avoiding and dodging the issue." (Letter to Mirza Ghulam dated 9th April 1885, mentioned in Raees-e-Qadian by Rafiq Dilawari p.164)
"Rs 200 per month was fixed for people of high status. If I fix Rs 200 for all high and low status, then from where am I going to get this much amount? If you are earning this amount from some other place, then I have no objection. Prove it that you are a man of this status .... It is obligatory on you to come to Qadian to get rid of this evil thought and verify it." (Letter of Mirza Ghulam dated 16th April 1885, mentioned in Raees-e-Qadian by Rafiq Dilawari p.163)
"Mirza Saheb! The meaning of your first published was something else, letter of 7th April is saying something else and letter of 16th April is revealing something entirely different. God knows, why do you keep backing off from your statements. My last request is that if you are really truthful in your promise, and explorer of Truth, seeker of the guidance and have been appointed for the guidance of mankind, then deposit Rs 2400 at the rate of Rs 200 per month in Government bank and give an undertaking that if am not satisfied and do not embrace Islam after one year of your guidance and heavenly sign and miracles, then that Rs. 2400 would be handed over to me, and for a period of one year that amount will remain deposited in the government bank. If you are really appointed by the God Al-Mighty, then why do you refrain from giving such an undertaking and deposition of amount. When truth should not be scared and you have full faith in your miracles, then it is useless to evade it. If God has informed you and He has made this prophecy, and you, according to your own statement, have tested your prophecies on numerous occasions, then I will surely be incriminated, be subdued and become speechless. God has promised you and now you are evading fulfilling this promise. Then how can it be accepted that there is no question of it being postponed, when you yourself do not have full faith on it. Claims of completion of altercation and to give advertisement to the effect that when the sun will rise from the west, then you will pay the amount, is casting a dark stain on an intelligent person like you. It is because of such flouting of promises by you that no Arya brother is willing to come to you. I am writing again and again that to test you miraculous power, I want to offer myself as a test and with an honest heart I accept being your student and stay in Qadian for one year. If this time as well you will evade this issue then further correspondence is useless." (Letter of Mirza Ghulam dated 30th April 1885, mentioned in Raees-e-Qadian by Rafiq Dilawari p.164)
When Mirza realized that Lekhram will not leave at any cost, he accepted to deposit the money but with another new condition:
"On the one hand this humble self will deposit Rs 2400, and on the other hand you will also deposit the same amount according to my wish on the shop of a muhajin (muhajin is a shop owner in villages who gives loans on interest), as a penalty of refusing to accept Islam, so that whoever is given victory by God, it would become a souvenir of his victory." (Letter of Mirza Ghulam dated 17th July 1885, mentioned in Raees-e-Qadian by Rafiq Dilawari p.163)
"The basis of our correspondence is that advertisement that you published from Mutazai Press Lahore and in which you had claimed in clear words that God has ordered you to invite people of other religions to Islam and whosoever stays with you in Qadian for one year and after seeing the heavenly sign and miracle does not embrace Islam, you will pay him damages at the rate of Rs 200 per month, an amount of Rs. 2400 for the whole year. Upon this I had requested you that I am prepared to stay with you for one year. Now you have forwarded a new condition... my dear! Why do you run away from your own publicized promises and why have you forsaken justice? Is this is the way of religious people and rightly guided persons? Now it is only fair that first you publish this advertisement that what you had publicized earlier, you are canceling it. When you had announced your miracle, you should have full belief that you will definitely perform the miracle and its impact would be right on the mark and he who witness it would surely embrace Islam. The literal meaning of miracle is to make everyone powerless. If the opponent does not become powerless and subdued then that cannot be a miracle. This shows that you yourself are in doubt about your miracle that this man (Lekhram) will not be subdued by your miracle. That is why now you are stating a new condition. Nevertheless, according to the principle 'See the liar unto his home', I am even prepared to accept this new condition, like you I will also deposit Rs 2400." (Letter to Mirza Ghulam dated 20th July 1885, mentioned in Raees-e-Qadian by Rafiq Dilawari p.168)
After accepting this new condition, Lekhram further wrote to Mirza Ghulam:
"Since I doubt your steadiness, therefore make clear what kind of heavenly sign are you going to perform...... also fix the date and time of exhibiting your miracle so that it can be advertised." (Letter to Mirza Ghulam dated 20th July 1885, mentioned in Raees-e-Qadian by Rafiq Dilawari p.168)
"I cannot make any condition on exhibiting miracle and neither can I show demanded miracle. I do not know what will appear. We are just an appointed servant. We do not know that what kind of sign God will exhibit. We know and understand that sign is that thing which is beyond the power of human being. We claim only that God will definitely manifest such a sign for which humans are powerless, but the CONDITION is that to give an opinion of YES or NO regarding our miracle, such accepted judges be appointed from both sides who do not belong to the religion of both the parties." (Letter of Mirza Ghulam, mentioned in Raees-e-Qadian by Rafiq Dilawari p.170)
"If you had wanted the opposite party also to deposit money, then you should have mentioned this condition in your first advertisement that like a gambler put your money against my money, so that later the conditions would not have to be changed and canceled. And if you had written clearly then even a person with low intelligence would not have paid attention to such gambling, let alone that I would have taken all the trouble of writing to you. The reason for not trusting your promises is your baseless boasting and baseless claims. .... Truth is that you have made this boastfulness your source of earning. It was for these reasons that I had requested you to deposit the promised amount in advance. You were not right in thinking that because of your harsh conditions no one would like to remain imprisoned without chains in Qadian for one year among the peasants and ignorant people; and moreover that if no one responds then your claims would be accepted one-sidedly. But when I stood up to prove your claim wrong and because of above-mentioned reasons tried to get the promised compensation in advance, then against your advertisement you invented a new evasive tactic ……
By saying that 'we are only an appointed servant'
and most of what you have written in the first two lines of your advertisement,
it is very obvious that you are claiming prophethood, and by writing the
respected name of Hazrat Eisa, you have expressed yourself to be equal to him.
It wouldn't be out of place to draw attention of Respected Muslim Scholars,
because it is obvious like a sun on all special and common Muslims that Hazrat
(Muhammad) is the Last Messenger. Thus why don't they issue a religious edict
on such a person, because internal enemies bring most destruction and a snake
in the sleeve is more likely to be deadly. Your (Mirza's) statement that I do
not what kind of sign will God exhibit is most flimsy. The way you have been
appointed for a very important service and a grand task, why have you not been
informed about the secrets of your mission? And when you do not know what kind
of sign will be exhibited then why did you publicize the claim of heavenly sign
without God's saying so? When the Bismillah of your inspiration is itself wrong,
what are you going to achieve later? It is obvious that because of this
ignorance, to appoint you to the Grand Status of a Prophet cannot be the
working of God, the Knower of All Hidden Things. This is the blessing of some
other person (satan). I had also requested you to show the signs that are
beyond human power, we didn't ask anything more. By you have evaded that as
well. Now you have forsaken half portion of your claim, from 'HEAVENLY SIGN'
you have retained only one half, the 'SIGN', and this second part that is SIGN,
that also you have made it obscured, because you do not know how and what it is
going to be. Thus your claim has been become totally false. At long last, you
After admitting all this, I do not know why do you make this condition that to give an opinion of YES or NO, judges should be appointed. It is true that when a case is being conducted, a doubtful matter is being presented, then you need judges. But since humans do not have knowledge of the hidden, they also shoot in the dark. If your miracle is also of such doubtful nature, then you better show such miracles to shepherds of goats and excuse us. Instead of seeing the miracles of your boasting, we prefer to stay quite." (Letter to Mirza Ghulam dated 5th August 1885, mentioned in Raees-e-Qadian by Rafiq Dilawari p.171-172)
Mirza Ghulam was dumbfounded by the above, thought it wise to shut up in response. After three months Pandit wrote a post card of reminder. In reply, Mirza also sent a post card and wrote that Qadian is not far away, come and meet me, hopefully at this meeting conditions can be finalized. (Takzeeb Braheen-e-Ahmadiyya by Pandit Lekhram, mentioned in Raees-e-Qadian by Rafiq Dilawari p.171-172)
This correspondence between Mirza Saheb and Pandit spanned over five months. It was published in various newspapers of Punjab, for instance Aaftaab Punjab, Kohinur etc. (Takzeeb Braheen-e-Ahmadiyya by Pandit Lekhram p.331, mentioned in Raees-e-Qadian by Rafiq Dilawari p.171-172)
Since Mirza Saheb was openly subdued and humiliated in these exchanges, we do not find such correspondence in Ahmadiyya literature. Takzeeb Braheen-e-Ahmadiyya and its Zameema (extra edition) was published during the lifetime of Mirza Saheb, he had read them and had complained about Pandit's harsh language in several of his books. When this correspondence was published in Zameema of Takzeeb, Mirza Saheb could not have the courage to refute it.
As soon as Pandit received the invitation, he immediately arrived in Qadian and started to discuss the conditions. Mirza once again started dodging and evading the issue. Unfortunately for him, Pandit was not the kind of person to give him any reprieve. He clung to Mirza Ghulam like an albatross around his neck. However hard Mirza tried to get rid of him, Pandit Lekhram, who had served in the police force for years would not let him off the hook One day Pandit was sitting in the house of Mirza Ghulam finalizing the conditions of staying in Qadian for observing the heavenly signs. During the conversation the word 'KHAWARIQ-E-AADAAT' (against nature) came under discussion. Pandit said:
"'Khawariq-e-Aadaat' means breaking the nature. Knife has been given the power to cut, fire will burn anything put in it, trees are fixed in the earth. If by God's order you (Mirza) break this principle, that is if your miracle prevents the knife from cutting or the fire does not burn the thing put in it or the tree start walking on earth, then I will become Muslim. And if you could not perform such a miracle then you should become Arya and stop making false claims."
Mirza Saheb said:
"In Quranic terminology this is not the meaning of Mau'jiza (Miracle)."
"When this word is not even mentioned in Quran, how can an argument of Quranic terminology be correct when such a word does not even exist in Quran."
Mirza Saheb kept insisting that this word is mentioned in Quran. Pandit Lekhram himself gave the Quran to Mirza Saheb and asked him: For God's sake show me where in Quran the word 'mau’jizah' is mentioned. (It is true that this word is not mentioned in Quran, instead the word 'JAMAAT - signs' have been used .... Rashid) Mirza Saheb turned the pages of Holy Quran for a few minutes but could not find anything. Finally he gave up and said: I take back my claim, this word is actually not present in Quran. Pandit Lekhram wrote in his book that at that time Hakeem Kitten All, ALA Inhale Chained, Pandit Jai Kitten, ALA Lax Sahib, Mirza Sahib's cousin Mirza Kamaluddin, Mince Mural Ali and one old traveler was sitting with us, and hopefully Mirza Saheb would also not deny this happening."
(Takzeeb Braheen-e-Ahmadiyya by Pandit Lekhram p.86, mentioned in Raees-e-Qadian by Raffia Dilawari p.172-173)
Pandit tried his best that Ilhaami Saheb (Mirza) stops dodging and somehow agrees for fair and judicious conditions for one year's stay in Qadian. But he could not succeed in bringing Mirza to a rational level of discussion. Ultimately he gave up talking on the conditions of stay in Qadian. Rather he started demanding immediate performance of a miracle. Daily Pandit Lekhram used to visit Mirza's house and say: If you are truthful in your claims, then show me some miracle. Poor Mirza had nothing to show except hang his head in shame, because performing a miracle was an impossible feat for an impostor. Simultaneously, Pandit had made a routine of gathering hundreds of Hindus (Arya) in the market of Qadian, make venomous speeches and ridicule Mirza and his so-called piety, people would laugh their hearts out and then Pandit would return home. Mirza Saheb had bitterly complained about this whole episode in his book, 'Faryaad-e-Dard'. For instance he wrote:
"During those days when Lekhram was determined to abuse Islam and at every sentence he used to utter abuse, in his excitement he also did this that to argue with me he came to Qadian and stayed for one month. I did not go to his village or district to debate with him, neither did I initiate correspondence with him. He himself came to me in Qadian with his beastly excitement, and all Hindus of this place are witness that he stayed for nearly 25 days in Qadian, and he could not stop himself even for a single day from extremely abusive and harsh language. In the market on the track used by Muslims, he used to hurl abuses at our Holy Prophet SAAW and used words to incite Muslims. Due to fear of disturbance of peace, I had instructed Muslims not to stand in the market at the time of his speeches and no one should try to face him. Therefore, despite the fact that every day he used to be ready to create disturbance in collaboration with some ruffians, but because of my repeated advises Muslims had suppressed their excitement. Several honorable Muslims came to me during those days complaining that this man (Pandit Lekhram) is openly slandering our Holy Prophet SAAW, and I saw that they were very agitated, then I advised them politely that he is a traveler, he has come for debate, be patient. By my repeated checking, they refrained from their agitation. And Lekhram had adopted this attitude that daily he used to come to my house and demand to see some sign or miracle, and extremely ridiculing sneering words used to come out of his mouth. Always he used to come in the morning or in the afternoon, used to slander Islam and Holy Prophet SAAW in various manners, and as the cruel Christian Padres had propagated, he used to say repeatedly that 'your Prophet (SAAW) had not performed any miracles, neither any of His prophecies were fulfilled; just to glorify your religion Mullahs have filled the books with fake miracles'." (Faryad-e-Dard by Mirza Ghulam p.A, mentioned in Raees-e-Qadian by Rafiq Dilawari p. 175-176)
Question is that when Pandit Lekhram was openly ridiculing Mirza, disparaging Islam and slandering the Holy Prophet SAAW right in front of Mirza Ghulam in his own house, Pandit Lekhram was daily demanding to show him some miracle, if Mirza Ghulam really had some power of performing miracles (as he had claimed in his original advertisement) what prevented him from showing any miracle? What happened to his sense of honor for Holy Prophet SAAW? Why did he not subdue this Pandit who, day in and day out, was uttering extremely foul slanders against The Holy Prophet of Islam SAAW? After claiming (by his so-called God's permission) to have the power to perform miracle, why did he not silence Lekhram once and for all, so that others would heed the message? Mirza's following claim is on record:
"As compare to previous Prophets, I have more miracles and prophecies, rather there is no comparison between the miracles and prophecies of previous Prophets with my miracles and prophecies; moreover their prophecies and miracles are now merely anecdotes and stories, but my miracles and prophecies are eye witness accounts for thousands of people and are of such grand and august status that none can be imagined more majestic than them; that is thousands of people in the world are their witnesses, but for the miracles and prophecies of previous Prophets, there is not a single witness alive, except for our Holy Prophet SAAW for whose miracles and prophecies I am an alive witness, and Holy Quran is a live witness. And I am that one, for some of whose miracles and prophecies there are millions of witnesses." (Statement of Mirza Ghulam, Roohani Khazain vol. 18 p. 460-461)
However, a practical proof of this claim was that despite being pressed by an enemy of Islam Mirza could not perform even a single miracle. It is obvious that had there been an iota of truth in his claims of having been appointed by God or that he has power of performing miracles or that God has promised him that a heavenly sign will be exhibited at his hands, then at such a critical juncture when an enemy of Islam was lampooning Islam and openly attacking the Holy Prophet of Islam SAAW, there was no reason why Allah would not have instantaneously shown a sign at the hands of his appointee. Not only that he could not perform any miracle, he could not even subdue this enemy of Islam by his speech. He even stopped others from protesting. This proves that all his claims of being appointed by God, being told by God that heavenly signs can be observed in Qadian or that he can perform miracles, were nothing but the deception of his own nafs (flesh). Since he had made a fabrication on Allah, therefore deliberately disgraced him at the hands of this enemy of Islam. Alas! Mirza still could not read the writing on the wall.
After suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of an idolater and kaafir (Lekhram), in 1886 Mirza wrote a book entitled 'Surma Chashm-e-Arya'. In this book he invited the respectable Aryas for Mubahila (prayer duel). He wrote that the effect of this Mubahila will appear within one year.
InshaAllah in the next issue of Al-Fatwa, you will read the rest of story of Lekhram that ended in the murder of Lekhram.
Dr. Syed Rashid Ali
Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam
Dr. Syed Rashid Ali
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