I Realized Mirza was no 'Isa Lookalike
Brigadier (retired) Ahmad Nawaz Khan
"Even if someone were to incorrectly believe that the second coming
of 'Isa(a.s.) alludes to the birth of an 'Isa-lookalike, still Mirza Ghulam
can not be given the benefit of a doubt to be that lookalike. Indeed, Mirza
does not even come remotely close to the prophecies regarding return of
I am extremely grateful to Allah Ta'ala since, after being the victim
of Ahmadiyyat for thirty years, He guided my family and me back to Islam.
It happened one day, as I was reading some of the Islamic poetry of Allamah
Iqbal. It affected my heart and caused me to reflect upon my situation and
the reality of this deen. Soon after, Allah Ta'ala granted me an
opportunity to research the subject in more detail; It did not take me long
to discover the Truth and unveil the emptiness of the Ahmadi drama.
I am thankful to Allah Ta'ala in every way. I have, alhamdolellah,
been blessed with seven sons and three daughters. My three daughters are
in the Army Medical Core; three of my sons are physicians in Pakistan Army;
two are in the foreign affairs services; one is in P.I.A. and one is in U.N.O.
By the grace of Allah Ta'ala, all my children are good practicing
Muslims, very much devoted to Islam and true followers of Prophet
Muhammed(s.a.w.). Indeed, Allah Ta'ala has showered me with his blessings.
However, the greatest blessing of all is the peace of mind that I found
in Islam, after I was led away from Ahmadiyyat. I am truly grateful to Allah
Ta'ala for this, since it was only by His infinite mercy that my children
and I were led away from the falsehood of the Ahmadi leadership and to the
teachings of Prophet Muhammad(s.a.w.).
As Muslims, it is our belief that, before the Day of Judgement,
'Isa(a.s.) will return to this world to fight the Dajjal. No
Muslim has ever denied this in the history of Islam. But Mirza Galam Ahmed
conjectured that the prophecies on the second coming of 'Isa(a.s.)
allude to the fact that someone with the qualities of 'Isa(a.s.) will
be born! By rejecting the doctrine of return of 'Isa(a.s.) and advancing
this conjecture, Mirza Ghulam opened the door for his subsequent claim at
being that alleged 'Isa-lookalike, allegedly commissioned to fulfill
the mission stated by Rasulollah(s.a.w.).
I would like to point out that not only the claim of Mirza to be the "prophesied
'Isa-lookalike" is without any merit in Islamic teaching, but also
it has no logical connection with what he was and accomplished. For the sake
of brevity and clarity, let us set aside the debate on the question of the
return of 'Isa(a.s.) and concentrate on the claim of Mirza and his
The point I encourage you to consider here is whether there is any similarity
between Mirza Ghulam and 'Isa(a.s.) and whether Mirza Ghulam even
came close to fulfilling what he himself had acknowledged the alleged
'Isa-lookalike would be sent to fulfill. Upon an examination of the
evidence, I trust every person will realize that, even if by "the return
of 'Isa(a.s.)", Rasulollah(s.a.w.) had been unclear
(astakhforellah) and had actually meant that an 'Isa-lookalike
will be born, still Mirza Ghulam could not have been that person! In short,
there is no logical or rational support for any of the claims propagated
by the family and inheritors of Mirza Ghulam's business.
Obviously, there were tremendous differences between the characters, habits,
births and capabilities of Mirza Ghulam and 'Isa(a.s.), and there
is absolutely no resemblance in their physical features. For the purpose
of comparison, the following is a brief description of the tasks that Mirza
carried out, versus what 'Isa(a.s.) is supposed to complete upon his
return. This should suffice to reveal the truth to anyone seeking it.
In the Qur'an and Hadith, Prophet 'Isa(a.s.) is referred to as 'Isa
bin Maryam(a.s.) (Jesus son of Mary). Also, his grandfather's name is
mentioned as 'Imran (Surah Aal-e 'Imran and Surah Maryam). In comparison,
Mirza's father's name was Gulam Murtaza and his mother's name was Chiragh
Bibi. Thus Mirza's name was not "'Isa bin Maryam"; he was the grandson
The Hadith informs us that 'Isa(a.s.) will be married in the family
or nation of Shu'ayb(a.s.), in Jordan (Miqrezi, vol. 5, p. 350). In
comparison, Mirza was married in India.
According to Hadith, 'Isa(a.s.) will appear in Syria and the center
of his activities will be in the Middle East. In comparison, Mirza never
walked in the Middle East.
Hadith informs us that 'Isa(a.s.) will perform Hajj and
'Umrah and then will visit Roza-e-Mubarak (grave) of Prophet
Muhammad(s.a.w.), in Madina-e-Munawwarah. He will wear Ahram from
the place called al-Roha, which is located sixty miles towards
Badr from Madina-e-Munawwara (Musnad Ahmad, v.2, p290), and
perform Hajj and/or 'Umrah. Mirza never performed Hajj
or 'Umrah and had never been to Roza-e-Mubarak of Prophet
According to traditions, 'Isa(a.s.) will wage war against the unbelievers
and wrong doers, including Jews, until Islam is the only religion on the
face of the earth (Bukhari,v6, p75). In contrast, Mirza abolished Jihad and,
not only never fought against the Jews, he was very friendly with them. It
was due to this friendship that, while Muslims were being oppressed in Israel,
Mirza's followers were allowed to establish a Center in Israel's city of
The traditions state that, upon 'Isa's(a.s.) return to this world,
all Christians will embrace Islam. Like a pot filled with water (Musnad Ahmad
p.430, Abu Dawud, v.4, p.17), only Muslims will be left in this world. Compared
to this, in Mirza Ghulam's time, Christianity became stronger and the power
of Jews also increased. Mirza also praised the Christian queen of England,
who had forcibly subjugated India from the hands of the Muslim leaders.
The Hadith inform us that, after 'Isa's(a.s.) appearance and victories,
there will be total peace in the world and all wars will come to an end.
In contrast, both of the World Wars occurred after Mirza was born. India
and Pakistan alone have fought three major wars since that time and the amount
of evil and immorality which has appeared on this planet, during and after
Mirza's life, have been unprecedented throughout human history.
We furthermore are told that, after 'Isa's(a.s.) descend, there will
be unprecedented wealth around the globe. No one will be willing to accept
charity and everybody will be well off. A poor person cannot be even found
(Sahih Muslim v.2, p.193, Musnad Ahmad v.3, p.345) to accept charity. However,
since Mirza's time, there have been billions of poor individuals and families
around the globe, even in the wealthiest of the nations.
According to hadith, 'Isa(a.s.) will eat foods not cooked on fire
(Kanz al-Ummal v6, p126), but Mirza's favorite food was roasted meat.
As taught by authentic traditions, 'Isa(a.s.) will die in
Madina-e-Munawwara and will be buried next to the grave of Prophet
Mohammed(s.a.w.), in his Roza-e-Mubarak (Musnad Ahmad, v.2, p.437).
But Mirza died in Lahore, Pakistan, and is buried in Qadian, India.
At the time of his death, 'Isa(a.s.) will have reappeared on this
earth for 40 years (Abu Dawud, Vol. 2, p. 266). Contrary to this fact, Mirza
was born in 1833 and died at the age of 76, in 1908. He claimed to be a
Mujaddid (renewer) in 1884, Messiah in 1891 and a prophet in 1901.
By any method of calculation, his age contradicts authentic teachings.
Soon after the death of 'Isa(a.s.), the signs of Day of the Judgement
will begin to manifest. Thirty years after the clan of Banu Tamim, which
had helped 'Isa(a.s.), has died off and, after the death of scholars,
the knowledge of Qur'an will be taken away from this world. Mirza and his
successors have all died for a long time and such a thing has not occurred.
After reviewing these fundamental and irrefutable differences, allow us to
revisit the original question. Even if someone were to incorrectly believe
that the second coming of 'Isa(a.s.) alludes to the birth of an
'Isa-lookalike, still Mirza Ghulam can not be given the benefit of
a doubt to be that lookalike. Indeed, Mirza does not even come remotely close
to the prophecies regarding the return of 'Isa(a.s.).
May Allah show the right path to all those who seek it, and give the wealth
of His love and the love of Rasullulah, Prophet Muhammad(s.a.w.), like he
has given me. Allahumma Rabbana Aameen.
"It is those who believe and confuse not their beliefs with wrong - that are (truly) in security, for they are on (right) guidance."
(The holy Quran, Al-Anaam, 6:82)