Mahdi-Based Off-shoots Movements and Religions

بسم الله الحمد لله و صلاة و سلام على رسول الله و على آله و سلم

In Islam’s 1400 year history, its gone through wax and wane. At some points in time, the Muslims divided into hundreds of micro-states only to be united a generation later. During the periods of down-turn, an interesting phenomena would occur. In the pain and hardship, some Muslims would be led to believe that they were the blessed generation that would see Imam Mahdi. They would become absolutely convinced of it, after all, were not the signs everywhere?

The belief in Imam Mahdi is often invoked by oppressed, down-trodden Muslims or during times of immense social change. Ahmadiyya is not the first to claim to have the Mahdi, nor will they be the last. In this short presentation, we will explore some of the groups, provide a short background, and list their modern manifestations.

In no specific order:

Movement of Juhayman – Perhaps the most dramatic of these movements was led by Juhayman ibn Muhammad ibn Sayf al-‘Utaybi. Born in 1936 in Saudi Arabia, Juhayman witnessed the transformation of his country from traditional bedoin society to a 1st world modern country. Many of the social ills that crept into the birthplace of Islam deeply disturbed Juhayman. He convinced his brother-in-law, Muhammad ibn Abdullah, who bears the very name of the Mahdi mentioned in the Hadith, that he was the Mahdi. His movement started as a social reformation movement, but later developed a secret radical element. On November 20th, 1979, Juhayman ordered weapons to be brought into the Ka’bah, quickly overthrew the guards, and declared that his brother-in-law was the Mahdi. He took bay’ah (pledge) from his followers between the Rukun and Maqam of Ibrahim, the very spot foretold in the hadith. He setup sniper positions on the mimbars, killing the Saudi guards who came to stop the comotion.

Sadly, it took tanks, soldiers, and innocent bloodshed to put down the revolt. Ustadh Yasir Qadhi has an excellent talk on it available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLAm8wSPVAo. (The talk itself is about religious extremism, but he talks about this movement.)

Mahdiyya – A Sudani-based order, the Mahdiyya was started by Muhammad Ahmad, a leader in the Samaniyya Sufi order. Born in 1884, he claimed to be the Mahdi, and led a successful military campaign against the Turkish, Egyptian, Italian, Belgium, and Ethiopian forces that were occupying Sudan. Following his victory, he established a short-lived Mahdist state. The overthrow of the oppressive foreign forces led many to believe that he truly was Imam Mahdi. The movement was subsequently led by his “Khalifah”. Because Mahdiyya was never antagonistic towards mainstream Islam, it was reabsorbed back into the Jama’ah. But to this day, many Muslims in Sudan consider themselves adherents of Mahdiyya and still consider Muhammad Ahmad to be the Mahdi.

Mahdaviyya – An Indian Mahdi-based faith which believes the Messiah is Muhamamd Jaunpuri. Born in 1443, from a young age, Jaunpuri was regarded for his knowledge and wisdom. He made a series of self-aggrandizing claims, including being the Lion of the Scholars and Master of the Saints. He claimed to be the Messiah during a trip to Hajj, where he was subsequently ignored, but managed to spread his teachings in India, mostly in Ahmedabad. Mahdavis still exist in India, with small communities in the US, specifically in Chicago.

Ahmadiyya – An Indian Mahdi-based faith which believes the Messiah is Mirza Ghulam. Born in 1883, Mirza was respected by a sizeable contention of Muslims of India. He made a series of self-aggrandizing claims, such as being Krishna, the Messiah, a Prophet and others. One claim of his many claims was that he was the Mahdi. He managed to spread his teachings in parts of India and Pakistan. Ahmadis still exist in India, Pakistan, and parts of the UK, Canada and West Africa.

Babism and the Baha’i Faith – Perhaps the most successful Mahdi-based off-shoot, Baha’ism was started by Ali Muhammad Shirazi from Persia. At the age of 25 he claimed to be the Bab (Gateway) to the Mahdi, the Mahdi himself, and eventually a prophet of Allah. The spread of his new religion would not have been possible had it not been for the Shaykhi branch of Twelver Shi’ism, which holds the belief in the coming of Imam Mahdi to be imminent. Many of the Shaykhis accepted Shirazi as the Mahdi and this led to the rise of the movement.

Ali Muhammad Shirazi was executed by firing squad in 1850 by the ruling authorities in Persia. Afterwards, Mirza Husayn Ali Nuri, a disciple of Shirazi, became his most influential believer. He declared himself as Baha’u’llah, a prophet foretold by Shirazi, and gained considerable prominence amongst early Baha’is. Threatened with imprisonment and immense persecution, he traveled around the Persian and Ottoman Empire to spread his new faith.

To this day, the Baha’i Faith has spread all around the world. Ahmadiyya and the Baha’i faith are twin religions, with many common characteristics and remarkably similar arguments. The Babi Faith, as distinct from the Baha’i faith, still exists, but in extremely small numbers. Adherents refer to themselves as “Orthodox Baha’i“.

Al-Harith ibn Surayj – From Khurasan, Al-Harith was an insurgent against the ruling Umayyad Dynasty. He accused the dynasty of of committing many public evils, much of which was true. But Al-Harith went to the extreme of claiming to be the Mahdi, who would fill the world with justice. He allied with the enemies of the Muslims and took refuge with the neighboring pagans of modern-day Turkmenistan to help them in their fight against Banu Umayyad.

Interestingly, he enlisted Jahm ibn Safwan, one of the first ones to mix Greek Philosophic elements with Islam, which led to many of the early heretical groups. The Muslims en masse rejected Al-Harith for many reasons, amongst which was that it is well-established that the name of Imam Mahdi will be Muhammad ibn Abdullah. He was killed in 128 AH in a battle with rival rebellion groups.

(There are dozens of other groups, but I hope this short list should suffice. For more Mahdi-claimants, read this or listen to Ustadh Yasir Qadhi’s excellent series of talks)

Muslims – But what about the Muslims? What do we believe? Reflect on the fact that Allah never disclosed to us an exact date of the coming of Imam Mahdi, nor is it a major point of ‘aqidah in most classical books, nor is it explicitly mentioned by name in the Qur’an, and only a handful of hadith on him exist. This was no accident. We certainly believe in him, but Muslims should not sit back and rely on Imam Mahdi to come and fix everything. Instead, we should be active in reforming the wrongs of our time. He will certainly come, but Allah is our focus, not a knight in shining armor.

These groups started because of legitimate anger and frustration, wide-spread social change and political chaos. It creates a feeling of immediacy, of “lets me do something!” Complainency leads to a sense that the Muslims are not good enough, that we need to join a new movement of change! But we Muslims must not allow ourselves to be led astray by joining fringe cults or political movements. We already have a Jama’ah! It it does not date back to a new leader or founder, it dates back to the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم! All of these groups began on legitimate concerns, but later went astray. Ahmadiyya is yet another one of them.

A man once came to the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم and asked “When is the hour?” (ie, Day of Judgement). The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم responded by asking him “What have you prepared for the day?” Our goal is not to bring about the end of times and search for the Mahdi, but to purify our hearts and connection to God through his noble prophet.

If you want to find signs for something, you will see them everywhere. On a person note, I personally believe his signs are everywhere that he will come soon. But I am not actively waiting for him, counting down days on a calendar or announcing it on the street. Instead, we should focus on increasing our tawakkul, yaqeen, sabr and love of the prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم. Rectify the problems in your community, help the poor, feed the hungry, the meat of Islam! This is what matters, not running away to join some false claimant to Imam Mahdi.

May Allah guide us all to what is true and keep us away from going astray.
Ameen.

The Plague – Episode Six

The last episode is regarding the actual prophecy of the plague by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. I will keep this short and simple, insha’Allah.

When did Mirza Ghulam Ahmad specifically announce the prophecy of the plague?

February 6, 1898
(A) Today, Sunday February 6, 1898, I saw in a dream that God’s angels were planting black trees in different parts of the Punjab. Those trees were very ugly, black in colour, terrifying and of small size. I asked some of those who were planting them: What kind of trees are these? They answered: These are trees of the plague which is about to spread in the country. It remained unclear to me whether it was said that the plague would spread during the coming winter or the winter after, but it was a terrible sight which I saw. [Announcement of Plague, February 6, 1898, Majmu‘ah Ishtiharat, vol. 3, p. 5, Ayyamus-Sulah, p. 121, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 4, p. 361] (Tadhkirah, 2009 Edition, Page 407/408)

Direct Link: http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Tadhkirah.pdf

This dream culminated in his announcement of the plague on the 6th of February 1898. However some may argue that ‘revelation’ prior to this informed him of this calamity, the earliest is dated November 1897.

November 1897
al-Hakam reports that: Hudur Hujjatul-Islam [The Promised Messiahas] saw in a dream that plague had invaded Qadian. But he was given to understand that this would only mean itching. [Mentioning the dream] he said: Qadian will be safeguarded and protected against the disastrous plague, but perhaps itching might spread here (Tadhkirah, 2009 Edition, Page 403)

Direct Link: http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Tadhkirah.pdf

We can accept either one, though the announcement in February 1898 would be the most accurate as this is when he actually claims he received the prophecy. To remove any ambiguity, refer to the U.S Magazine for children, Al-Hilal, Issue 2 for 2002.

The Promised Messiah, peace be upon him, had prophesied the spread of a plague on February 26, 1898 on the basis of one of his dreams. (Al-Hilal, Page 25, Issue 2, 2002)

Direct Link: http://www.alislam.org/alhilal/H2002-2.pdf

The final piece of evidence regarding this, so there is no confusion, is from ‘Revelation, Rationality, Knowledge & Truth’ by Mirza Tahir Ahmad.

In February 1898, Hazrat Ahmad received revelations about an impending plague, and he immediately published this important warning through newspapers and pamphlets to the world at large. (Revelation, Rationality, Knowledge & Truth, Page 637)

Direct Link: http://www.alislam.org/library/books/RRKT.pdf

There is no doubt that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad claimed he received revelation from God to the effect that plague would consume the land in the year 1898. Why is it important to locate the exact date? Well as you have read from previous episodes, we are all aware that Hong Kong was inflicted with plague in 1894, so let us proceed with the assumption that he was referring to India and India only . Here is a revelation for all Ahmadis, the British Government, who as we all know occupied India at the time, issued precautionary measures regarding the plague as shown below:

No. 1345.- Notification.- In exercise of the powers conferred by the Notification of the Government of India No. 302, dated 4th February 1897, the Hon’able the Lieutenant-Governor, being satisfied that the Punjab is threatened with an outbreak of a dangerous epidemic, namely bubonic plague, and that the ordinary provisions of the law are insufficient for the purpose of preventing such outbreak, is pleased to prescribe the following Regulations for the inspection of persons traveling by railway and the segregation of persons suspected of being infected with bubonic plague, and for other matters under sub-section (1) and sub clause (l) of sub-section (2) of Section 2 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, in supersession of the Regulations published with Notification No, 146, dated the 12th of February 1897, as amended by Notification No. 634, dated the 8th of April 1897:- (The Punjab Record (1898), Volume 32, Page 76)

Direct Link: http://www.archive.org/details/punjabrecord02courgoog

The above information from official records of the Government verify that they knew a year prior to Mirza Ghulam Ahmad about the bubonic plague. How can one even label his announcement a ‘prophecy’? How have you fallen for this grand ‘prophecy’? How did his god Yalesh not know that the Government were issuing warnings a year before his ‘prophet’? Quite clearly Government officials were busy issuing precautions on how to prevent this epidemic from spreading. Yet Mirza Ghulam Ahmad claims he foresaw this event before it arrived? His God told him to warn people before it arrived? This man was a liar, a dishonest insincere con-man yet you raise his status higher than the Prophets of Allah (SWT)?

Ahmadis, reevaluate your belief in this man, why turn a blind eye to this? As Allah (SWT) is my witness, we are not here to brag and take pride in showing how we’re right and you’re wrong, this is not our intention. We couldn’t care less about it, all we want for you to do is to investigate the information we present with an open mind and heart. If we have made mistakes we will happily hold our hands up and admit to our mistakes. On the other hand you should have the courage to assess the information we have provided with an open mind. We don’t do this out of boredom or for bragging rights. We genuinely cannot understand, if one was to investigate Ahmadiyya, how s/he can continue to follow the creed of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and his movement. Come back to the Ummah of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

With this, I bring to a close the issue of the plague. I hope everyone has benefited from this six part episode and if anything I have said is correct, useful or helps anyone whether Ahmadi or not then it is from the blessing of Allah (SWT). If there are any mistakes, then they are mine and I apologise. I hope Allah (SWT) helps those Ahmadis whom have rejected Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in their heart but feel as though they are trapped, may Allah (SWT) give them strength and make it easy for them. Thank you to everyone at thecult.info for bearing with these episodes as I know they are many other topics to blog about…

May Allah (SWT) guide the Ahmadis back to Islam. All praise is due to Allah (SWT).

The Plague – Episode Five

The fifth episode explores yet another deception, this time regarding protection from the plague. The plague is a deadly disease caused by bacteria usually started by other disease outbreaks in rodents. It is more often than not carried by rats and spreads to humans through fleas who contract it from rodents such as rats. In 1855 a large pandemic of plague struck China and spread to India through the ocean trade killing up to 15 million people worldwide. Two different sources seem to have resulted in the spread of this deadly disease. The first as mentioned was primarily bubonic, carried around the world through trade, transporting infected persons, rats and cargoes harbouring fleas. The second was primarily pneumonic in character with a strong person to person contagion. In 1894 the bubonic plague spread from Hong Kong to India and as the calamity spread throughout India, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad took this opportunity to announce that this was a sign of his truthfulness from God.

“In this age, God’s commandment from heaven has shaken the earth with the plague so that it should be a sign for His Messiah.” (The Essence Of Islam, Volume 1, Page 160)

Direct Link: http://www.alislam.org/books/essence1/Essence-1.pdf

He then moved on to counsel people on how to avoid this calamity. It was the next obvious and logical step to take to further his claim and take advantage of the terrible situation. He declared that the plague shall not disappear until he is accepted as the prophet and messenger of God or as a minimum, the defamation towards him by his opponents should stop. This particular aspect was explored in episode four. In addition to this, he claimed the town in which he resided, Qadian, will be protected from the plague because of his presence.

“Allah has willed not to remove this pestilence until and unless people do away with the thoughts lurking in their hearts. In other words, until they accept the Prophet and Messenger of God, the plague shall not go away. And the All-Powerful God shall protect Qadian against the ravages of the plague, in order to show you that it was spared only because a Messenger of God was present in it.” (The Essence Of Islam, Volume 5, Page 95)

Direct Link: http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Essence-5.pdf

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad has made two prophecies in the quote presented above. The first is that until the people accept him, the plague will not go away, this was dealt with in episode four. The second is that Allah (SWT) will protect Qadian from this calamity. I will explore the latter in this episode which he reiterates below as a sign for all nations to heed.

“…as long as the plague stays in the world, even if it were to persist for seventy years, God Almighty will always protect Qadian from its ravages, because it is the seat of His Messenger. This is a sign for all nations.” (The Essence Of Islam, Volume 5, Page 97)

Direct Link: http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Essence-5.pdf

This alleged revelation of protection did not hold weight for long as Mirza Ghulam Ahmad himself confesses.  The quote presented below is his admission that the plague was raging in Qadian in contradiction to his boast that because of his presence, Qadian would be protected by God.

“At a time when Qadian was afflicted with the plague my son Sharif Ahmad appeared to be suffering from very high fever like typhoid… plague was raging in Qadian.” (Tadhkirah, 2004 Edition, Page 592)

Direct Link: http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Tadhkirah.pdf

How would he now counter this? He had to think of another deceptive claim in order to restore the balance of faith in his self proclaimed status as the saviour. The contradiction is clear cut yet some people fall in to his devious misgivings and counter claims. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad defies the alleged revelation that Qadian will be protected to a more elusive claim as evidenced in the subsequent quote.

“Since God Almighty knew that the plague would break out in this country on a large scale, and even Qadian would not remain completely immune from it, He had, therefore, already revealed to me twenty three years ago that anyone who would enter this mosque and this house, with sincerity and faith, would be saved from the plague. In the same context, He also said to me… I shall safeguard all those who dwell in thy house from death by the plague, with the exception of those who are arrogant and think highly of themselves. And I shall particularly safeguard thee.” (The Essence Of Islam, Volume 5, Page 105)

Direct Link: http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Essence-5.pdf

God Almighty knew that the plague would breakout in Qadian? Indeed Allah (SWT) is All-Knowing but what about the God of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad? How could he say God knew the plague would consume Qadian when the same God assured him that Qadian would be protected from the plague? The prior revelation is refuted by the spread of the plague in Qadian; however, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad then reinvents his claim and restricts it to his house. He obviously learnt his lesson from his earlier admission as he now adds a qualification to his claim just in case someone should die as a result of the plague. Thus he is protected should an individual die as he could merely claim that the individual was arrogant within his heart and as a result, no one could refute the alleged arrogance he would make claim to. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad even goes on to compare his house to Noah’s Ark:

“God has assured me that He would safeguard all those who dwell in my house. My house will then be like Noah’s Ark, whoever enters it will be saved.” (Tadhkirah, 2004 Edition, Page 878)

Direct Link: http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Tadhkirah.pdf

However, if any sign of infection was displayed by anyone residing in his so called ‘Noah’s Ark’ he would resort to removing them from the alleged safe haven. What did he fear? Did he have no faith in the assurance God allegedly gave him? He claimed whoever entered his house would supposedly be saved so how do his followers explain the letter which he sent to his son-in-law in reference to this matter.

“I received your letter in today’s mail. So far, by the grace and blessings of Allah everything is fine in our house and in your house. Ghousan (an elderly woman) is afflicted by fever; she has been expelled from the house. But in my opinion, she is not afflicted by plague; she is expelled as a precaution. And Master Muhammad Din is afflicted with fever and there is growth of gland, he has also been expelled. Even on our side, there is intensity in plague but less than previously.  I wrote before that in this village, often those kids who are weak or ill are dying… Last night a lady guest who came from Delhi, caught fever… I pray day and night and sometimes I supplicate with such intensity that I feel ill and think that only a few minutes are left in my life and serious signs start to appear.” (Maktoobat, Volume 5, Page 115)

Direct Link: http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Maktoobat_20080720MM.pdf

This should leave no doubt of his falsehood and how he switched claims and acted accordingly when the heat was on. He first claimed that Qadian would be protected by Allah (SWT) what happened when it actually afflicted Qadian? He altered his initial claim to a more elusive claim in that those who reside in his house would be safe so long as they comprise no arrogance in their heart, something which couldn’t be proved. What did he do once those who inhabited his house illustrated any signs of affliction?  He chose to hurl them from his alleged safe house. If his house was safe from the plague then why is he throwing people out as a precaution? This is mockery in the name of Allah (SWT). An example of his charade is quoted for you below. Notice how upon being exposed he changes his position or reinterprets his original stance.

“This means that God protected the village of Qadian from the plague in order to manifest the true standing of this Intercessor. And you can see that it has indeed been immune to the plague for the last five, six years.” (The Essence Of Islam, Volume 5, Page 102)

Direct Link: http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Essence-5.pdf

“This revelation means that some people will die of the plague in Qadian also. This would not be contrary to the revelation… which has been translated as sheltering.” (Tadhkirah, 2004 Edition, Page 838)

Direct Link: http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Tadhkirah.pdf

He jumped from protected to sheltering, what was his stance before anyone died? He claims above that Qadian has been protected as proof of the true standing of God and that it has been immune to the plague for the past five to six years which implies it would continue to be protected from the plague. However, when this was no longer the case, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad then claimed that what was actually meant was that people would be sheltered and thus some people would die, but what did he say before anyone died in addition to claiming that Qadian would be protected?

“…he was given to understand that this would only mean itching… Qadian will be safeguarded against the plague, but perhaps itching might spread…” (Tadhkirah, 2004 Edition, Page 380)

Direct Link: http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Tadhkirah.pdf

Is this meant to be joke? From Qadian will be protected he moves his claims to a safer stance in that if Qadian is afflicted it will only be the spread of itching as opposed to death, and then when Qadian was afflicted and people died he moved to a shady standpoint in that God meant he would only shelter Qadian and that people were bound to die. To end this episode, everyone should consider the following words of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in 1907:

“I supplicated for the spread of plague. Thus that supplication was granted and plague spread in the whole country.” (Roohani Khazain, Haqiqat-ul-Wahi, Volume 22, Page 235)

Direct Link: http://www.alislam.org/urdu/rkold/rk-22-80.pdf

As a result he boasted:

“God has also informed me that the number of my followers will be augmented through the plague and the number of other Muslims will thereby be reduced…” (Tadhkirah, 2004 Edition, Page 653)

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad considered the plague a punishment from God:

“…God Almighty says: …We never send an extraordinary punishment upon a people until We have sent a Messenger to fully convey Our message… Is it not an extraordinary calamity with which you have been afflicted for some years now? The afflictions… The plague and earthquake…” (Divine Manifestations – Page 11)

Direct Link: http://www.alislam.org/library/books/DivineManifestations.pdf

Now I ask you sincerely, to end this episode, contrast the words of the Messenger of Allah (SWT), Muhammad (SAW) to the above by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.

Sahih Bukhari
Volume 7, Book 71, Number 628:
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
Allah’s Apostle said, “(Death from) plague is martyrdom for every Muslim.”

May Allah (SWT) guide the Ahmadis back to Islam. All praise is due to Allah (SWT).

The Plague – Episode Four

The forth episode is regarding the remedy of the plague. This is not the ‘divine’ medicine that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad received from ‘Yalesh’ but the opportunity he saw to take advantage of the suffering of people.

“But, instead of showing any sign of repentance, they continued to abuse me and published announcements full of foul language against me. The result is the plague you are witnessing now…” (The Essence Of Islam, Volume 5, Page 94)

Direct Link: http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Essence-5.pdf

“The message that God revealed to me for removing this disease is that people should wholeheartedly accept me as the Promised Messiah.” (The Essence Of Islam, Volume 5, Page 95)

Direct Link: http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Essence-5.pdf

“The plague has visited the world because the Promised Messiah, who is from God, has not only been rejected, but has also been tormented. Plots have been hatched to kill him, and he has been called a disbeliever and Dajjal…” (The Essence Of Islam, Volume 5, Page 96/97)

Direct Link: http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Essence-5.pdf

There are many more examples where he reiterates and emphasises this point. For clarity, his claim is that the plague has occurred because people have rejected and reviled him and the only remedy to prevent and eliminate this disease is to accept him or in the least to desist from abusing and using foul language against him.

However, in accordance with the above limitations, the plague should be continuing to this day. The abuse has not stopped and did not stop even up to the day he died and a very small percentage accepted his claim. The following quotes from his own books detail that he was still being abused even after making his requests and ‘remedy’.

“…they mock at the one who has been sent by Him for the reform of mankind. This mocking and abuse have exceeded all bounds…. (…1905).” (Tadhkirah, 2004 Edition, Page 507)

The following quote has been taken from Haqiqut-ul-Wahi which was written on 15th May 1907. He continues to talk about the abuse directed towards him, bear in mind that he died a year later.

“Maulavi Ghulam Dastgir of Kasur had similarly crossed all limits in hurling abuses at me. He had procured from Mecca edicts of disbelief against me and would invoke curses upon me day in and day out. ‘The curse of Allah be upon the liars’ was his routine invocation…” (The Essence Of Islam, Volume 5, Page 163/164)

Direct Link: http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Essence-5.pdf

Yet more evidence from the same book evidencing further abuse:

“About me it said: ‘This man is selfish, self-conceived, depraved and a sinner; that is why he sees dirty and unholy dreams…Mirza of Qadian is an immoral fame seeker, and a glutton…A wretched, one who shirks work to earn a living, and a past master at cunning, deception and lying…We will surely expose his shenanigans, and we do hope to succeed in our plans…Mirza is an impostor and a liar. Members of the Mirza’i community are evil-doers and rogues.’ In short, every single issue of their paper has been full of filthy abuse. (The Essence Of Islam, Volume 5, Page 207)

Direct Link: http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Essence-5.pdf

This abuse obviously didn’t stop even after his death and as a matter of fact, the more that people learned or heard about his claim, the more he was labeled Dajjal (The Anti-Christ) and cursed. How can he then claim that in the least, if he is not to be accepted, the abuse should stop and the plague would then disappear? It is fair to say that the majority of people only knew of him after his demise especially in the age of television and the internet and along with this came more abuse. Therefore in accordance with his claim, the plague should not have stopped. The subsequent remedy he puts forth is accepting him as the Messiah sent by God, however this did not happen. Observe the exaggerated claim he has made below in the year 1904 in Sialkot.

“…some people came to their senses and, in a short time, about two hundred thousand people pledged allegiance at my hand and this process is ongoing.” (Lecture Sialkot, Page 57)

Direct Link: http://www.alislam.org/library/books/LectureSialkot.pdf

He has made, what would seem like an unverifiable claim above. However in 1918, an author by name of H.A. Walter wrote a book entitled ‘The Religious Life of India – The Ahmadiya Movement’. In this book the author consults the census of 1911 which specifically details the amount of adherents to the movement of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. The author too states that in 1900 the members of the community were, at their own request, entered under the name ‘Ahmadiyya’ in the official census list of the Government of India, as a distinct Muhammadan sect. For this reason the figures representing the sect in the census of 1911 cannot be said to be erroneous. A scan of the book which consults the census and lists the total members is given below:

“…the Government of India Census of 1911 where, in the section on the Panjab (Vol. XIV, Part 2), the statistics of the movement are given as follows: Males, 10,116; Females, 8,579; total, 18,695… Dr. H. D. Griswold stated that in his opinion 50,000 would be a liberal estimate of the numerical strength of the Ahmadiya movement at that time. Allowing for a considerable increase in the six years that have since elapsed, it is safe to say that at the very most there are not more than 70,000 followers of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad at the present time.” (The Ahmadiya Movement, Page 112)

Direct Link: http://www.archive.org/details/ahmadiyamovement00walt

The report written in 1918, citing the census of 1911, numbers the followers of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad at a meagre 18,695. Compare this to the statement he made in 1904 claiming that 200,000 people had pledged their allegiance to him. This not only proves that he lied but falsifies his claim about the plague. He stated that the single remedy for cessation of the plague would be to accept him as the Promised Messiah. Undoubtedly, this did not happen as by the year 1912 he only had 18,695 adherents. The author then generously states that an estimate for 1918 would be no more than 70,000 and this is in comparison to a figure of 500,000 given in 1908 by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as can be seen on the second line of the link above on page 112. This therefore proves he is a liar and establishes his failed remedy in that the only way the plague will withdraw is if he is accepted. Additionally, the 2001 Pakistan Government statistics have Ahmadis as 0.22% of the population.

96.28% of the Pakistani population are Muslims, 1.85% Hindus, 1.59% Christians, and 0.22% Ahmadis (Government of Pakistan, Statistics Division, No. SD. PER.E (53)/99-449, Islamabad, 16 July 2001). (Thematic Chronology of Mass Violence in Pakistan, 1947-2007 by Lionel Baixas, Tuesday 24 June 2008, Page 16)

Direct Link: http://www.massviolence.org/IMG/article_PDF/Thematic-Chronology-of-Mass-Violence-in-Pakistan-1947-2007.pdf

“…there is absolutely no remedy against it except that His Messiah be accepted wholeheartedly and in all sincerity. This is a sure remedy. But a lesser remedy is that people must refrain from rejecting him, and must hold their tongues from uttering profanities against him, and must realize his true status.” (The Essence Of Islam, Volume 5, Page 100)

Direct Link: http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Essence-5.pdf

If this was the only remedy then why has the plague ceased? He is being reviled more now than during his lifetime, this proves yet another phony prophecy. Many people know of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in this day and age in comparison to his own time. Many people who hear of his claim label him as a forerunner to the Anti-Christ and one of the false claimants to prophethood as foretold by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and as a result, curse him.

“…plague raced north and west through to the rural parts of the Bombay Presidency and on into the Punjab…The third plague pandemic… disappeared by the 1940s…” (Plague Ports, Page 51)

Direct Link: http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=qw1M_3amPcQC&pg=PP1&dq

May Allah (SWT) guide the Ahmadis back to Islam. All praise is due to Allah (SWT).

The Plague – Episode Three

For the third episode in the series, observe the following quote:

“…And just as it happened at the time of Noah that a period of calm was granted after many people had been killed, the same shall happen now…that is… calamities shall recede.” (Divine Manifestations, Page 8 )

Direct Link: http://www.alislam.org/library/books/DivineManifestations.pdf

This is yet another false prophecy as there have been many calamities since the death of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. Some major incidents have been listed below:

Worldwide
1918 – 1920 – The Avian Flu

It is often referred to as the Spanish flu which took place in 1918, 10 years after the death of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. It was an influenza pandemic that spread to nearly every part of the world. It is estimated that anywhere from 20 to 100 million people were killed worldwide, or the approximate equivalent of one third of the population of Europe, more than double the number killed in World War I.

1960 – ‘El Tor’ Cholera
El Tor is a causative agent of cholera which spread through Asia in 1963 and then into the Middle East, Africa and Europe. From North Africa it spread into Italy by 1973.

1981 – HIV – Human Immunodeficiency Virus
This deadly disease could lead to AIDS which is a condition in humans in which the immune system begins to fail, leading to life-threatening opportunistic infections. No cure has been found to eliminate this disease. The HIV infection in humans is now regarded as pandemic. As of January 2006, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimate that AIDS has killed more than 25 million people since it was first recognised on December 1st, 1981.

Asia
1931 – Flood – China

It is generally considered the deadliest natural disaster ever recorded, and almost certainly the deadliest of the 20th century and in China. The human casualties are estimated from lows of 400,000 to highs of 3.7 million to 4 million.

1970 – Bhola Cyclone – Bangladesh
This was a devastating tropical cyclone that struck East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) and India’s West Bengal on November 12th, 1970. It was the deadliest tropical cyclone ever recorded, and one of the deadliest natural disasters in modern times. Up to 500,000 people lost their lives in the storm.

1974 – Smallpox – India
This is regarded as one of the worst smallpox epidemics of 20th century.

1976 – Tangshan Earthquake – China
This disaster took place on July 28th, 1976 and is believed to be the largest earthquake of the 20th century by death toll. The number of deaths are said to be around 240,000 to 255,000. A further 164,000 people were recorded as being severely injured.

2002 – Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) – China
This was a respiratory disease in humans which is caused by the SARS corona virus. There were 8,096 known infected cases and 774 deaths (a case-fatality rate of 9.6%).

2004 – Tsunami – Indonesia
It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history, killing more than 225,000 people.

2010 – Floods – Pakistan
We are still feeling this presently and I am sure I do not need to remind people about the devastating effect this has had on the people of Pakistan.

Africa
2001 – Cholera – Nigeria

An outbreak of cholera in northern Nigeria led to the loss of up to 400 lives.

2003 – Plague – Algeria
An outbreak of plague occurred in the region of Oran, Algeria, from June to July 2003. Algeria had not reported this disease for 50 years.

2007 – Ebola – Congo
Prior to this, the last major Ebola outbreak struck in Kikwit in 1995, killing 245 people.

South America
1985 – Volcanic Eruption – Colombia

The eruption in Nevado Del Ruizel killed up to 23,000 people.

2000 – Dengue Fever – Various
During the summer of 2000, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua underwent outbreaks of dengue fever that also included cases of DHF and deaths.

North America
1952 – Poliomyelitis – U.S.A.

In the United States, the 1952 polio epidemic became the worst outbreak in the nation’s history. Of nearly 58,000 cases reported that year 3,145 died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis. In 1977 there were 254,000 persons living in the United States who had been paralysed by polio.

2009 – Swine Flu – Mexico
Mexican officials stated that since March 2009, there have been over 1300 reported cases and put the death toll at 83.

Europe
1908 – Earthquake – Italy

The Messina earthquake took up to 200,000 lives on December 28th, 1908 in Sicily and southern Italy.

1918 – Typhus – Russia
Typhus is any of several similar diseases caused by Rickettsiae which is an obligate parasite and cannot survive for long outside living cells. Typhus should not be confused with typhoid fever which is a completely different disease. During World War I typhus caused more than three million deaths in Russia out of 20–30 million cases.

1972 – Smallpox – Yugoslavia
The outbreak of smallpox in Yugoslavia was the last major outbreak of smallpox in Europe. The epidemic was efficiently and ruthlessly contained by enforced quarantine and mass vaccination. The 1982 film Variola Vera is based on the event.

2003 – Heat Wave – Western Europe
The 2003 European heat wave was one of the hottest summers on record in Europe, especially in France. The heat wave led to health crises in several countries and combined with drought to create a crop shortfall in Southern Europe. More than 52,000 Europeans died as a result of the heat wave.

Evidently, his claim that a period of calm would materialise after the plague and it would resemble the period of calm after the flood in the time of Hazrat Nuh (AS) was clearly false. Many calamities emerged after the plague and barely 100 years have passed since Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.

May Allah (SWT) guide the Ahmadis back to Islam. All praise is due to Allah (SWT).

The Plague – Episode Two

Let us commence, inshaAllah, with the second episode of the plague with the following quote:

“Since the Punjab is closest to the residence of the Promised Messiah, and the Punjabis are the first to be addressed by him, that is why the Punjab has been the first to suffer from this epidemic.” (The Essence Of Islam, Volume 5, Page 104)

Direct Link: http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Essence-5.pdf

Punjab was the first to be afflicted with the plague? This is obviously not true as it broke out in Hong Kong from where it spread to India. Even in India it did not strike Punjab first and Mirza Ghulam Ahmad knows this himself:

“I have heard that when the plague broke out in Bombay…” (The Essence Of Islam, Volume 5, Page 92)

Direct Link: http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Essence-5.pdf

Even history testifies to this fact as the quote below from the ‘Plague Ports’ makes it perfectly clear that Bombay had been struck by this pandemic before Punjab.

“…bubonic plague found it easy to make its way from Canton to Hong Kong in 1894… The city of Bombay… was next to be visited by bubonic plague” (Plague Ports, Page 15)

Direct Link: http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=qw1M_3amPcQC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA15#v=onepage&q&f=false

“…plague raced north and west through to the rural parts of the Bombay Presidency and on into the Punjab…” (Plague Ports, Page 51)

Direct Link: http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=qw1M_3amPcQC&pg=PP1&dq

The image in the link below has been produced from the 1911 census of India for anyone disputing the location of Bombay and Punjab as one and the same. They are two distinct districts as illustrated by the map below.

“Map showing the area, density and population of the main political divisions.” (Census Reports, 1911)

Direct Link: http://censusindia.gov.in/Census_And_You/old_report/Census_1911.html

Quite clearly the plague did not strike Punjab first but broke out in Hong Kong in 1894. If Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was not referring to the whole world then even within India the plague epidemic broke out in the colonial port city of Bombay in September 1896 and spread from there to other parts of the country. Its initial impact was limited to port cities, particularly Bombay, but later also Pune, Calcutta and Karachi. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad simply deceived illiterate villagers by stating Punjab was struck with the plague first. To justify his lie he states that Punjab was first to hear his claims and reject them, thus the plague appeared in Punjab first. Based on such logic within the Punjab, Qadian should have been the first to suffer. In any case, it has been evidently proven that this is not true, the Punjab district was not the first to be hit by the plague. Ahmadis, I must ask if this is not deception then what is?

The Holy Qu’ran – 003.161 – Al-e-Imran (3) Ayah (161)
And it is not attributable to a prophet that he should act dishonestly and he who acts dishonestly shall bring that in respect of which he has acted dishonestly on the day of resurrection; then shall every soul be paid back fully what it has earned, and they shall not be dealt with unjustly.

May Allah (SWT) guide the Ahmadis back to Islam. All praise is due to Allah (SWT).

The Plague – Episode One

The issue of the plague and Mirza Ghulam Ahmad is one which displays the egotistical nature of man as well the cunning psyche of a opportunist con man. I have thus decided one blog entry would be overwhelming as there are so many inconsistencies with this episode in the life of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. I will therefore make some simple observations in each episode in no particular logical order. Thus let us begin, inshaAllah, with the following quote:

“Another prophecy was that the plague would rage as an epidemic at the time to such an extent that seven out of ten people would die. Now has this sign appeared or has it not?” (Lecture Ludhiana, Page 61)

Direct Link: http://www.alislam.org/library/books/ludhiana/LectureLudhiana.pdf

Is he talking about seven out of ten people in the world would die or seven out of ten people in India would die? Regardless, the following is written by Myron J. Echenberg:

“Between plague’s arrival in 1896 & 1921, an estimated 12 million Indians lost their lives, compared with 3 million in the rest of the world combined.” (Plague Ports, Page 51)

Direct Link: http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=qw1M_3amPcQC&pg=PP1&dq

Below are the figures for the population of India and the world in 1920-21:

“Population of India:
Year – 1921
Population – 251,321,213”
(Gandhian Perspectives On Population And Development by A.K. Sharma, Page 32)

Direct Link: http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=H-O42ZDX5GUC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA32#v=onepage&q&f=false

The above table states that the population of India in 1921 was 251.3 million. According to David Lucas below, the world population was approximately 2 billion in 1920.

“The population of the world was two billion (2,000,000,000) around 1920” (World Population Growth by David Lucas, Chapter 3, Page 1)

Direct Link: http://adsri.anu.edu.au/pubs/BAPS/BAPSChap3.pdf

The World
The world population in 1920 was 2 billion, thus if his prophecy of “seven out of ten people would die as a result of the plague” was accurate and duly fulfilled then accordingly, approximately, 1.4 billion people should have died worldwide as a result of the plague. However an estimated 15 million people died by 1921 throughout the world and thus his prophecy has failed if he indeed was referring to the whole world.

India
The population for India in 1921 was 251,321,213, thus if his prophecy of “seven out of ten people would die as a result of the plague” was accurate and duly fulfilled then accordingly, approximately 175,924,849 people should have died in India alone. However, an estimated 12 million people died as a result of the plague and thus his prophecy has failed on both counts, i.e. if he was referring to the entire world or if he was referring only to India. At this point I would like to remind you that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad said:

“Another prophecy was that the plague would rage as an epidemic at the time to such an extent that seven out of ten people would die. Now has this sign appeared or has it not?” (Lecture Ludhiana, Page 61)

Direct Link: http://www.alislam.org/library/books/ludhiana/LectureLudhiana.pdf

The answer to his question is, “it has not” and therefore without a shadow of doubt, the prophecy of “seven out of ten” has failed.

May Allah (SWT) guide the Ahmadis back to Islam. All praise is due to Allah (SWT).

The Confused Yalaash

 

ALL Arabic Writings Are from God (Yalaash)

Urdu  ((Hazrat Messiah Mauod said “all my Arabic writings are type of Ilham since all have been written with special support from God. Sometimes I write many words and sentences without knowing their meanings, then I check in the dictionary after writing them to know their meanings)) – Seerat-ul-Mahdi , part 1, page 91 (Click Here)

Not a Nabi

Arabic  ((I am NOT a Nabi)) – Rouhani Khazain, vol 5, Aina Kamalat al-Islam, page 383 February 1893 (Click Here)

A Nabi

Arabic Qadiani Wahi  ((Oh Ya Nabi / Prophet)) – English Tadhkirah, p 884 (Click Here)

A Messenger

Arabic Qadiani Wahi  ((You have been made a MURSAL / Messenger)) – English Tadhkirah, p 591 (Click Here)

The First Nabi

Arabic Qadiani Wahi  (([We sent you] so that you may warn a people whose fathers were not warned)) – Tadhkirah, page 230 (Click Here)

The Last Nabi

Arabic  ((Allah wanted to end the matter and to complete the building (of Islam) through the LAST BRICK. Oh you who are witnessing, I am that LAST BRICK)) – RK, vol 16, Khutba-Ilhamiyya, page 178 (Click Here)

The Tenure of My Prophetic Mission

This prophecy ties in with one of my previous blogs relating to the age of the death of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad though this entry focuses directly on a fixed period he prophesied his ministry would last.  To put it bluntly, he claims in the following quote that once he announces he is the ‘Promised Imam’, he will preach for an additional forty years from that day forward. Why forty years? Because the following hadith states that once Hazrat Isa (AS) returns, he will live for forty years, thus Mirza Ghulam Ahmad had to in some way attempt to fulfill this prophecy.

Sunan Abu Dawud
Book 37, Number 4310,
Narrated Abu Hurayrah:
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “There is no prophet between me and him, that is, Jesus (peace be upon him)… He will destroy the Antichrist and will live on the earth for forty years and then he will die. The Muslims will pray over him.”

The explanation of the above hadith by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad is given below:

“This means that he will live to forty years from the day he becomes the recipient of revelation and proclaims to be the Promised Imam. Now, let it be clear, that I was commanded, through a specific revelation, to call the people to Allah, in the fortieth year of my life, and I was given the glad tidings that I will live up to eighty years or thereabout. In view of this revelation, the tenure of my prophetic mission will extend to forty years out of which ten full years have already passed.” (The Heavenly Sign – Page 27-28)

Before going any further, the front cover of the original book verifies that this statement was made in 1892 as does the English rendering:

“Nishan-e-Asmani first published in 1892…” (The Heavenly Sign – Foreword)

This means at the time he wrote this, in 1892, he was fifty years old, as he says he was appointed when he was forty years of age and ten years had passed at the time of writing this book. This is clear as he says “…I was commanded, through a specific revelation, to call the people to Allah, in the fortieth year of my life.” In union with this he says “…the tenure of my prophetic mission will extend to forty years out of which ten full years have already passed”.  This therefore means from the day he invites people, commencing at  the age of forty, he would have an additional forty years to live and since ten years of the prophesied forty have passed, he would be fifty years old in the year 1892 (thus he was sixty-nine when he died this reinforces ‘the age of my demise’ blog entry).

However, if ten years of his further forty year preaching period had passed in 1892, this would mean he had thirty remaining years to preach from 1892 onwards before he died, as prophesied in his quote and attempt to fulfill the hadith in ‘Sunan Abu Dawud’. Nevertheless, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad died in the year 1908 thus consider the fact that in 1892, regardless of his age, he unambiguously states that he has an additional thirty years of preaching remaining before his demise. In spite of that, 1892 up until the year 1908 only covers sixteen years, not even close to the thirty year period he prophesied he had yet to cover. This cannot be refuted as mathematics, unlike words, cannot be twisted. Again let us be clear that he stated in 1892 that from the forty years of divinely commissioned preaching, “…ten years have passed”. The quote above verifies he said this in 1892 and the following quote is verification of the year he died.

“Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was born in February 1835 at Qadian, India and died at Lahore on May 26th 1908. (Tadhkirah, Page vii)

Conclusion
To reiterate, he states that once he reveals himself by virtue of inspiration, he  would have an additional forty further years of his divinely commissioned preaching tenure remaining, hence he would die at the age of eighty. He states in 1892, that he revealed himself by virtue of inspiration at the age of forty and that ten of the continuous forty preaching years had passed, thus in the year 1892 onwards, he has at least thirty years of continuous preaching remaining according to his prophecy. However he died in 1908 therefore the prophecy failed as the difference between 1908 and 1892 is sixteen years, not thirty. He therefore only preached for an additional sixteen years and had another prophesied fourteen years remaining in order for the prophecy to stand fulfilled, this never happened and ultimately the prophecy failed.The only way this prophecy would have been fulfilled is if he died in the year 1922 (1892 plus thirty years equals 1922).

May Allah continue to guide Ahmadis away from Ahmadiyya and to Islam.