(In light of Qadiani own Writings)
Mirza Ghulam of Qadian made a number of outlandish claims: from being the Promised Mahdi and the Promised Messiah to a reincarnation of Hazrat Muhammad(SAW) and a prophet with new Sharia. In this article we will examine one of the possible motives for these claims.
Mirza Gul Muhammad, the great grandfather of Mirza Ghulam was a landlord of substantial power and influence in the district of Punjab, India. In his writings, Mirza Ghulam speaks in detail of his dynasty’s aristocratic splendor. However, after the death of Mirza Gul and the occupation of the region by Sikhs, nothing remained of the great fortune of the Mirza’s family. Toward the latter days of Ranjit Singh’s rule, when the British influence in the Punjab region had become established, Mirza Ghulam Murtada, the father of Mirza Ghulam, moved to the village of Qadian and was granted five adjacent villages as property.
The family of Mirza were indebted to and remained very loyal and cordial towards the established British rule. In his writings, Mirza Ghulam boasts, with excessive pride, of his father’s loyalty to the British Government and the fact that he was honored with a seat in the Governor’s darbar (cabinet). He also mentions his own unflinching gratitude to that Government. Apparently, the feeling of loyalty for the British had been ingrained in Mirza’s very soul ever since his childhood.
Yet, the overwhelming majority of Muslims did not share this sense of gratitude toward the British power. After all, the British had taken power away from the Muslims, who had peacefully ruled India for over 1000 years; had established an ungodly and tyrannical government; had opened the way for missionaries to attack and ridicule the principles of Islam; and had influenced the younger generation with Western cultural values resulting in social anarchy, ethical demise, and atheism among the gullible.
In reaction to this, the Muslims led Indians through the famous Indian struggle for independence of 1857. Due to the disloyalty of a small minority who sided with the British, the heads of the movement and a number of Ulama were seized and hanged, and the British emerged as the triumphant rulers of the entire India. The Muslims became object of further ridicule and subjugation; they were denied access to respectable employment or government assignments; their religious endowments where confiscated by the government; and their way of life became once more under attack.
Through it all, Mirza’s family sided by the British Imperialism and served the government, as well as they could. Let’s review some of the writings of Qadianis to try to shed some light on the service of Qadianism to the British Imperialism.
Mirza Ghulam proudly wrote:
- “My father was a well-known landlord in this country and he enjoyed great eminence in the Government’s offices. He was a true devotee and well wisher of the British Government. In the mutiny of 1857 (the Muslim independence movement against colonialism is called ‘mutiny’ by Mirza), my father supplied fifty horses and riders to aid the British Government. For this favor to the Government, he was very popular among the officials.”
(Izala-e-Auham, P. 58, footnote)
- “The benevolent Government is aware of the fact that we are from among their servants, their sympathizers and well wishers. We have come to their aid with a firm mind in every hour of need. My father was held in close and high esteem by the Government; and our services to this Government held clear distinction. I do not think that the Government has forgotten these services of ours. My father, Mirza Ghulam Murtaza, son of Mirza Ata Muhammad Al-Qadian, was a great well wisher and friend of this government and enjoyed great respect from among them. Our loyalty has been proven beyond doubt. Rather our fidelity was proven among the people and became clear to the government officials. The Government may confirm this from the officers who came to this side and lived among us; so that they may tell what sort of life we lived, and how faithful we have been in serving their Government.”
(Noor-ul-Haq, Roohany Khazaen, Vol. 8, P. 36–37; Noor-ul-Haq, Vol. 1, P. 27-28)
- “I come from a family which is out and out loyal to this government. My father, Mir Ghulam Murtaza, who was considered its well-wisher, used to be granted a chair in the Governor’s Darbar (cabinet) and has been mentioned by Mr. Griffin in his ‘History of the Princes of Punjab‘. In 1857, he helped the British government beyond his means, that is he procured fifty (50) cavaliers and horses right during the time of the mutiny. He was considered by the government to be its loyal supporter and well-wisher. A number of testimonials of appreciation received by him from the officers have unfortunately been lost. Copies of three of them, however, which had been published a long time ago, are reproduced in the margin (in English). Then, after the death of my grandfather, my elder brother Mirza Ghulam Qadir remained occupied with service to the government and when the evil-doers encountered the forces of the British government on the highway of Tanmmun, he participated in the battle on the side of the British Government (under General Nicholson he killed several freedom fighters). At the time of the death of my father and brother, I was sitting in the sidelines; but, since then, I have been helping the British for seventeen years with my pen.”
(Kitab-ul-Barriah, Roohany Khazaen, Vol. 13, P. 4, 5, 6, 7;
Shahadat-ul-Quran, Roohany Khazaen, Vol. 6, P. 385-387;
Ishtihar Wajib al-Izhar, Sept. 20, 1897, P. 3-7; appended with Kitab-ul-Barriah)
- “I am scion of a family which the English Government acknowledges to be faithful to it. British officers have also admitted that my father and my people are amongst those who served the Government in all sincerity and with heart and soul. I can not find the words to express my homage and gratitude to the beneficent Government on account of the peace and composure which we have found as subjects of the Government. For this reason, we – myself, my father and my brother – have girded up our loins that we will exhibit the favors and advantages of this Government, make obedience to it incumbent on the people and embed it in their hearts.”
(Tabligh-e-Risalat, Vol. 7, P. 8-9)
It is unfortunate to see how Mirza Ghulam proudly boasted about his father and brother having fought on the side of the British and against the Muslims. Nevertheless, in these very brief passages, Mirza expresses his immense gratefulness for all the benefits his family has enjoyed under British rule and indicates to have no goal but to somehow convince Muslims to become obedient and subservient to the British Imperialism. He was apparently ignorant of the following verses of the Holy Quran:
O ye who believe! Take not into your intimacy those outside your ranks: They will not fail to corrupt you. They only desire your ruin: Rank hatred has already appeared from their mouths: What their hearts conceal is far worse. We have made plain to you the Signs, if ye have wisdom.
O ye who believe! take not for friends and protectors those who take your religion for a mockery or sport,- whether among those who received the Scripture before you, or among those who reject Faith; but fear ye Allah, if ye have faith (indeed).
As indicated before, Mirza’s family was not alone in having this feeling toward the British imperial powers. A few other influential and wealthy families had received similar favors from the government and saw it in their own best interest to promote the interest of the government and plot against the Muslim Ummah.
She said: ‘Kings, when they enter a country, despoil it, and make the noblest of its people its meanest thus do they behave’.
To Mirza, the best way to control the mind of “simple-minded Muslims” was through religion. Thus, his “religious mission” was born.
Mirza Ghulam wrote:
- “The majority of people who have joined my sect are those who are either holding eminent posts with the British Court, or the goodly rich men, their servants and friends or businessmen, lawyers or those educated in the modern way or such famous scholars, servants and noblemen who have either served the British Government in the past or are serving it at present or their relations or friends who accepted the influence of their elders and the weekly holders of the office of the caretakers of some religious orders. In short, this is a party which is the protege of the British Government from whom it has earned good name and who is worthy of the Government’s favors. Or it consists of people who are related to me or are among my servants.”
(Poster dated Feb. 24, 1897;
Tabligh-e-Risalat, Vol. 7, P. 18, recorded by Qasim Ali Qadiani)
Indeed, the people who initially joined the calling of Mirza Ghulam consisted of the very same people who were indebted to the newly established British government. Having found Mirza’s aim to be their own, they provided him with the seed money to start his movement and took every opportunity to praise and glorify each one of his insignificant undertaking.
Slowly, they managed to convince some of the naive people of the village of Qadian and neighboring region that Mirza Ghulam was a formidable and well respected Muslim scholar; someone whose object was to defend and promote Islam and the Islamic way of life. Unaware of the truth purpose of Mirza’s movement, Muslims of the village of Qadian began investing in the movement they hoped would prove to be their weapon against the decadence of the society.
Having been quickly raised to the status of a “scholar”, Mirza Ghulam began fulfilling the promise he had made to his British supporters. It was time to deliver on his promise and make sure that Muslims would not try to repeat the uprising of the 1857. The first step was to make obedience to the anti-Islamic British government an article of faith. He declared:
- “It has been proven from my continuous seventeen year long speeches that I am faithful and sincere to the English Empire from the core of my heart and soul. I am the son of a father who was also a friend to this Government. My faith is to obey this Government and love the people; These are the conditions set for my devotees and followers who take the oath of allegiance to me. I have stressed this clause under the fourth item of my pamphlet Shuroo-al-Baiat (oath of faith) which has been distributed among my devotees and followers.”
(Kitab-ul-Barriah, Roohany Khazaen, Vol. 13, P. 10; Kitab-ul-Barriha, P. 9, Supplement)
- “I published the provisions of faith so that these may become a constitution for my sect and for everyone who follows me and I have named it as: ‘Completion of the Mission and requirements of Fealty‘. I have sent one copy to the Government so that it may know that I have planned for my followers to be faithful to the British Government.”
(Tabligh-e-Risalat, Vol. 7, P.16)
- “No doubt my faith and doctrine, which I stress, is that Islam is composed of two parts. One is obedience to Allah and the other is obedience to the Government which has created peace and under whose protection we are safe from oppressors – that is the British Government.
(Shahadat-ul-Quran, Roohany Khazaen, Vol. 6, P. 380;
Shahadat-ul-Quran, P. 86)
His son and a ruler of the Qadiani (Ahmadi) movement emphasized this fundamental doctrine of Qadianism:
- “The promised Messiah included among the conditions of fealty faithfulness to the English Government and said: ‘Whoever does not obey the Government, takes part in demonstrations against it or does not enforce its orders is not a member of our community’.”
(Tohfatul-Mulhuk, P. 123; by Mahmood Ahmad Qadiani)
He said: “O my Lord! For that Thou hast bestowed Thy Grace on me, never shall I be a help to those who sin!”
However, Mirza’s goal was to weaken the unity of Muslims and ensure no further uprising would occur. To achieve this, he hoped to demolish the very doctrine of Jihad against the oppressive regime in control of India. He wrote:
- “I have been writing in favor of the British Government from the past seventeen years. During all these seventeen years, in all the books which I wrote and publishes, I have been advocating to the people to be loyal to the British Government and have tried to persuade them to be sympathetic and obedient to government officers. I have given convincing lectures against Jihad and, as a matter of policy, I wrote many books in Arabic and Persian and published them in Arabia, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan abrogating Jihad and spent thousands of rupees in this propaganda.”
(Al-Barriah, Sept. 2, 1867, No. 3)
- “I have filled shelves with books which I wrote in praise of the British, especially about the abrogation of Jihad in which many Muslims believe. This is a big service to the Government. So I hope for an appropriate and good reward.”
(Tabligh-e-Risalat, Vol. 7, P. 19)
- “I have spent most of my life in ‘yeamanship’ (supporting and defending) of the British Government and in opposing Jihad. I continued my efforts till the Muslims became sincerely faithful to this Government.”
(Tiryaq-ul-Qulub, Roohany Khazaen, Vol. 15, P. 155; Tiryaq-ul-Qulub, P. 15, Mirza Ghulam Qadiani)
However, all his writing did not bring about the desired effect. Even as a make-believe scholar, he did not possess the authority to change the Sharia of Islam and to abolish Jihad. At about this time, he claimed in succession to have been nominated Mahdi and Messiah. Obviously, his claim to being Mahdi and Messiah contradict all authentic hadith regarding these two prophesied personalities. However, he was not concerned since he was dealing with people who after a few generation of rule by non-Muslims (first by Sikhs and then the British) had grown uninformed about the true doctrine of Islam. Mirza Ghulam’s real aim by making these claims is somewhat exposed in his following writings:
- “Let the Government ascertain through inquiry whether or not it is a fact that thousands of Muslims who dub me as a Kafir and who deem it their duty to condemn and persecute me and my followers who are to be found in large numbers in the Punjab and India. One of the reasons behind this attitude is that, quite against the sentiments of these foolish Muslims, I published thousands of posters to demonstrate heartfelt gratitude to the British Government and sent books to Arabia, Syria, etc. My claims are not without proof. If the Government so likes, I can produce conclusive proof in support thereof.”
(Tabligh-e-Risalat, Vol. 7, P. 13; Letter to British Lieutenant Governor)
- “I believe that as my followers increase, the believers in the doctrine of Jihad will decrease. For, accepting me to be the Messiah and Mahdi itself means the rejection of the doctrine of Jihad.”
(Tabligh-e-Risalat, Vol. 7, P. 17; Letter to British Lieutenant Governor)
- “From today, the order of manly Jihad by sword is abrogated, by the commandment of God. From now on, anyone who lifts a sword against the unbelievers and calls himself a Ghazi will be considered to oppose the Prophet of God – the Prophet who had informed 1300 years ago that Jihad with sword will be abrogated in the time of the Promised Messiah. Thus, now after my arrival, there is no Jihad. From our side we have raised the flag of Peace.” (Author: actually, the prophecies state that Jihad will be abolished after everyone becomes a believer in Islam and there are no oppressors or enemies of Islam to fight.)
(Khutba-Ilhamia, Roohany Khazaen, Vol. 16, P. 28-29)
Collection of Advertisement P. 295, Vol. 3; Khutba-Ilhamia, P. 28-29; Tabligh-e-Risalat, Vol. 9, P. 47)
Mirza Ghulam and his associates went on publishing in favor of British control and even tried to convince Muslims in other Muslim countries that a British government would be in their favor!
- “From my early days till now that I am sixty years old, I have been engaged, with my pen and tongue, in the important task of turning the hearts of Muslims to faithful loyalty to the British Government and to create the feeling of goodwill and sympathy for the Government; and that I obliterate false notions like Jihad from minds of the foolish among them, as it is these ideas that prevent them from establishing an open-hearted and sincere link with this government… I have not only made the Muslims of British India sincerely obedient to the British Government, I have also written a number of books in Arabic, Persian and Urdu to apprise Muslims of other Islamic countries of the peace, prosperity and freedom under the benevolent protection of the British Government.”
(Kitab-ul-Barriah, Roohany Khazaen, Vol. 13, P. 350; Tabligh-e-Risalat, Vol. 7, P. 10; Letter to Lieutenant-Governor of Punjab, Feb. 24, 1898)
- “For the sake of the British government, I have published fifty thousand books, magazines and posters and distributed them in this and other Islamic countries. I have stressed that the British Government is the benefactor of the Muslims and it is, therefore, incumbent upon every Muslim to extend his faithful obedience to this Government, express gratitude from the bottom of his heart to that (government), and pray for it. And I have written these books in Urdu, Arabic and Persian and have distributed them throughout the entire Muslim world, so much so that they have reached the two sacred cities of Mecca and Medina; and, as far as possible, also in the Capital of Room – Constantinople and Syria, Egypt and Kabul and many other cities of Afghanistan. As to the best approach, these have been published in Istanbul and in the different cities of countries like Syria, Egypt and Afghanistan. It is as the result of my endeavors that thousands of people have given up thoughts of Jihad which had been propounded by ill-witted mullahs and embedded in the minds of the people. I can rightly feel proud of this that no other Muslim in British India can equal me in this respect.”
(Sitara-e-Qaisaria, Roohany Khazaen, Vol. 15, P. 114; Sitara-e-Qaisaria, P. 3-4; Letter to Queen Victoria; Khutba-Ilhamia, Appendix)
This stance was confirmed repeatedly by high officials of the Qadiani movement. Here are two comments from Maulvi Muhammad Ali, who later on created the Lahori faction:
- “This sect, which is known as Ahmadiyya, is endeavoring both day and night to erase the nonsensical idea of Jihad from Muslim minds.”
(Review of Religions, Vol. No. 1, P. 12, 1902; by Maulvi Muhammad Ali)
- “It is binding upon the British Government to be aware of the services of the Qadianis by every care as their Imam (Mirza Ghulam Ahmad) spent twenty two years of his life preaching to the people that Jihad is Haraam (forbidden) and is strictly abrogated. He not only propagated this idea in India, but also in other Muslim countries such as Arabia, Syria and Afghanistan.”
(Review of Religion, No. 1, P. 2, 1902; by Maulvi Muhammad Ali)
Yet, the Holy Quran is clear on the fact that opposing the oppressors is a duty of every Muslim:
And why should ye not fight in the cause of Allah and of those who, being weak, are ill-treated (and oppressed)?- Men, women, and children, whose cry is: “Our Lord! Rescue us from this town, whose people are oppressors; and raise for us from thee one who will protect; and raise for us from thee one who will help”!
And fight them on until there is no more Tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in Allah; but if they cease, Let there be no hostility except to those who practice oppression.
Those of the believers who sit still, other than those who have a (disabling) hurt, are not on an equality with those who strive in the way of Allah with their wealth and lives. Allah hath conferred on those who strive with their wealth and lives a rank above the sedentary. Unto each Allah hath promised good, but He hath bestowed on those who strive a great reward above the sedentary;
- “The greater part of my life has been spent in supporting and defending the British Government. I have written and published so many books against the theory of Jihad and the need for obedience to the British that if all these tracts and books were put together, it would take fifty almiras (large trunks) to accommodate them. I have distributed these books to all the countries: Egypt, Syria, Kabul (Afghanistan), and Room (Turkey). It has always been my aim to convert these Muslims to have true faith in the British Government and to discard from their minds the baseless traditions of cruel Mahdi and bloody Maseeh, as well as instigating the idea of Jihad, which mislead foolish people.”
(Tiryaq-ul-Qulub, Roohany Khazaen, Vol. 15, P. 155; Tiryaq-ul-Qulub, P. 15/25)
- “For the last twenty years, I have been publishing books in Persian, Arabic, Urdu and English, in which I have been repeatedly and passionately persuading the Muslims to become sincere loyal subjects of the Government. It is their duty and, if they do not fulfill it they will be sinning against God. I have also been insisting upon them to discard absurd notions like those of Jihad and a blood-thirsty Mahdi which have no basis in the Quran. Even if they are not prepared to give up these wrong notions, the least they are duty bound to do in this sphere is that they should not show ingratitude to this benign Government and should not become sinners against God by committing any act of disloyalty against it.”
(Tiryaq-ul-Qulub, Roohany Khazaen, Vol. 15, P. 488-489; Tiryaq-ul-Qulub, P. 307)
Obviously, Mirza’s goal was not so much to abrogate Jihad, but only declare it Haraam against the British Government and to convince Muslims to surrender to British domination!
It should be by now clear that Mirza and his family owed a debt of gratitude to the British imperialists. For them, their continued success ran hand-in-hand with the success of the British government. Mirza and his close associates made it incumbent upon their followers to pray, spy, kill, and die for the interest of the British government. Mirza Ghulam did not hesitate to show his pride for his exemplary service to the British government and was not shy in expressing that, in return, he expected protection and compensation from them.
- “My Arabic publications were merely for lofty purposes and my books were in continuous supply in the Arab world until I felt they were bearing fruit – some Arabs came to see me personally and some contacted me through the mail. Some called me bad names and others were enlightened and agreed with my mission, seemingly in search of the truth. I have spent a lot of time on these publications, so that for nearly 11 years I have published these books and have never neglected this duty. I am therefore entitled to say that I am unique in respect of these services to the government and that I am like a fortress and an amulet for this British Government. I am he who safeguards them from evil. God has revealed to me and said: ‘When you are among them, God will not punish them.’ So, there is no one equal and similar to me in serving this Government and, if it is capable of knowing people, it will realize the value of my services.”
(Noor-ul-Haq, Roohany Khazaen, Vol. 8, P. 44–45; Noor-ul-Haq, Vol. 1, P.33-34)
- “God, the Exalted as a token of His special favor, has made the British Government protect and shelter me and my followers. The peace we enjoy here under the British Government can not be found in Mecca al Mukaramma or in Medina al Munaawara… You want me to become the enemy of my own comfort?”
(Tiryaq-ul-Qulub, Roohany Khazaen, Vol. 15, P. 156; Tiryaq-ul-Qulub, P. 26)
- “In fact, we owe a heavy debt of gratitude to this (British) Government. If we stop, even Mecca or Constantinople would not give us refuge. How can, then, we cherish in our hearts any idea against it!”
(Malfoozat-e-Ahmadia, Vol. 1, P. 146)
High ranking Qadiani officials clarified this point even more:
- “Verily, the British government is our shield. We move forward and on and on under the protection of this shield. If this shield is removed, we would be torn and pierced by a volley of poisoned arrows from all direction. Our interests are linked with this Government to such an extent that its ruin will be our ruin and its progress our progress. Wherever the British empire spreads, we find a field for our mission.”
(Al-Fadl, October 19, 1915; by Mirza Mahmood Ahmad)
- “The Muslim Ulama accuse us of cooperation with the England and taunt us at our happiness at their victories. We ask: Why shouldn’t we be happy? Why shouldn’t we rejoice? Our Imam has said: ‘I am the Mahdi and the British Government is my sword.’ We rejoice at this victory, and we wish to see the glare and lightening of this sword in Iraq, in Syria, and everywhere. He has said: ‘Verily, Allah had sent down angels to lend support and help to this Government’.”
(Al-Fadl, No. 22, 12 July, 1918, by Mohammad Amin Qadiani)
The verdict of Allah(SWT) is forthcoming:
The Unbelievers are protectors, one of another: Unless ye do this, (protect each other), there would be tumult and oppression on earth, and great mischief.
Do the Unbelievers think that they can take My servants as protectors besides Me? Verily We have prepared Hell for the Unbelievers for (their) entertainment.
After a missionary distributed blasphemous literature against the holy Prophet(SAW) and his wives(RAs), Mirza Ghulam declared that demonstration against the British Government, “God’s Shadow on Earth”, was strictly Haraam (prohibited). When he was rebuked by the Ulama, he proudly stated:
- “We suffer all tribulations for the sake of our beneficent Government. We shall bear these in the future also as it is a duty of ours to thank it for its beneficence and kindness towards us. Undoubtedly, we will sacrifice our soul and our property as a ransom for the British Government.We continually pray for their height and might secretly and openly.”
(Arya Sharm, Roohany Khazaen, Vol. 10, P. 81; Arya Sharm, P. 79-80)
Subsequent to that, he deliberately uttered blasphemy against Jesus(pbuh) and his family, so that the fury of his ignorant followers may somewhat abate and the status quo may prevail.
- “I also confess that when some of the writings of priests and Christian missionaries became extremely severe and exceeded moderation, and especially when very filthy writings began to appear in Nur Afshan, a Christian paper from Ludhiana, and when these writers used, God forbid, such words with regard to our holy Prophet (upon him be peace and benediction of Allah), then by reading such books and papers, I feared that in the hearts of Muslims, who are a sentimental people, these words might create a highly provocative effect. Therefore, to calm down wrath of the Muslims, I considered it expedient that proper policy would be to reply to these writings somewhat harshly so that the enthusiasm of easily inflammable people is suppressed and no breach of peace in the country takes place.” [Read: Mirza Ghulam’s Tirade against Jesus(pbuh) for more]
(Tiryaq-ul-Qulub, Roohany Khazaen, Vol. 15, P. 490;
Tiryaq-ul-Qulub, P. 309-310, Appendix 3; A Petition to British Government)
Mirza did not stop at anything to keep and increase the good fortune of his family in this earthly existence. Yet, the Holy Quran admonishes the believers:
Therefore stand firm (in the straight Path) as thou art commanded,- thou and those who with thee turn (unto Allah); and transgress not (from the Path): for He seeth well all that ye do.
And incline not to those who do wrong, or the Fire will seize you; and ye have no protectors other than Allah, nor shall ye be helped.
In his quest to ensure that every attempt at resurgence against the British powers would be crushed in infancy, Mirza Ghulam instructed his followers to maintain a secrete list of Muslims opposed to the regime and submit these to the authorities:
- “For the Attention of the Government from … Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Qadian…Whereas, it is expedient to make a list of the names of such stupid Muslims who consider British India a country of enemies of Islam against whom Islamic Sharia enjoins war and therefore such rebellious Muslims hide mutiny in their hearts;…
Whereas, it is proposed to lay out a format – example below – in which names of such ungrateful individuals should be preserved for all times; although by the good fortune of the British India such Muslim mutineers who are hiding rebellion in their hearts are few;
Whereas, it is a most opportune time to identify those insurgents who are having secret designs against the Government;
Whereas, we are moved by the political well-wishing of our generous Government to make a list of names of these wicked men who by their beliefs prove their seditious nature;…
We Resolve, to inform the Government, in all our humility, that such lists of names shall remain in our custody as ‘Political Secrets’ till such time that the Government demands it from us. We fully trust that our sagacious Government shall keep these statements in their offices treating them as a ‘National Secrete’.”
(Majmua Ishtaharat, Vol. 2, P. 227-228;
Collection of Posters, Vol. 2, P. 227-228, No. 145; Rabwah)
- “For the welfare of the government, it is good policy to prepare a list of those Muslims who are against the British government inwardly and who consider this country as an enemy country. We hope that our wise government will keep these lists as State Secrets in safe custody in one of its offices. The following are the names and addresses of such persons.”
(Tabligh-e-Risalat, Vol. 3, P. 11)
This same form of spying was also carried out by other members of the Qadiani movement in other Muslim countries. The following is the account of two Qadiani missionaries who were executed in Afghanistan:
- “The Minister of Interior of Afghanistan Government has published the following announcement:Two persons living in Kabul, Mulla Abdul Halim Chahar Asiani and Mulla Nur Ali, shopkeeper, had become enamored with Qadiani beliefs and used to mislead people from the right path by preaching this creed. The people angered at this, filed a suit against them. The result was that, having been found guilty, they were transported at hands of the people to the realm of non-existence on Thursday, Rajab 11. Against them, there had also been pending another case for a long time and harmful letters to the interest of the Afghan kingdom had been captured which proved that they had sold themselves to the enemies of Afghanistan.”
(Al-Fadl, March 3, 1925; Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmood proudly mentioned this in his address to Price of Wales on Jan. 19 1922 and Friday speech on August 6, 1935)
“… Sahibzada Abdul Latif (Qadiani) was martyred because he preached against Jihad and the Afghans had begun to fear that the spirit of freedom of the Afghans would be weakened and the British would predominate… Had our people in Afghanistan remained silent and refrained from promoting the Ahmadi viewpoint in respect to Jihad, they could not have been blameworthy from the viewpoint of the Sharia. But they fell victim to the excessive zeal they had for the British Government; they courted punishment because of that sympathy which they had imbibed at Qadian.”
(Al-Fadl, August 6, 1935; by Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmood)
The truth is that even other military powers of the era mistrusted Qadianis:
- “The whole world considers us to be the agents of the British. That is why an explanation was called from a German Minister, when he attended the opening ceremony of the Ahmadiyya building in Germany, as to why he had attended the celebration of community which was the agent of the British.”
(Al-Fadl, Nov. 1, 1934; by Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmood)
- “I went to Russia only to preach Ahmadiyyat. But because the good aims of Ahmadis are interrelated with the aims and objects of the British Government, I was anxious to serve the Government and do my duty by it.”
(Al-Fadl, Sept. 28, 1923, By Mubashshir Amin Qadiani)
Mirza Ghulam made faithfulness to the oppressive regime an article of his faith and banned Jihad against non-Muslims; however, he indicated that his followers should be willing to lay down their lives in the way of British government, the survival and expansion of which meant the survival and growth of his establishment. His followers lived to this standard and even went as far as fight on the side of the British during the conquest of the Iraq and Turkey. Apparently, shedding the blood of oppressors and Kafirs is absolutely Haraam in Qadianism; but, it is acceptable to shed the blood of oppressed Muslims!
- “I have written scores of books in Arabic, Persian, and Urdu with the view to (preach that) Jihad against the benevolent government was in no way justified; rather, whole hearted obedience to it was a religious duty. I got these books published at great cost and then had them distributed in Islamic countries. And I know that these books had a great influence even on this country and those people who owe allegiance to me, they are growing into a party whose hearts are full to the brim with sincere fidelity to the Government whose moral condition is excellent; I think they will be a boon to this country and are wholeheartedly ready to lay down their lives for the Government.”
(Arizah ba-ali khidmat Government, Tabligh-e-Risalat, Vol. 6, P. 65)
The Qadianis heard the call of their Sire, Mirza Ghulam, and rejoiced at the fall of Iraq and Turkish Empire to the British Empire:
- “Hundreds of Ahmadis joined the British Army to conquer Iraq and shed their blood on the way.”
(Al-Fadl, August 31, 1923; by Mirza Mahmood Ahmad)
- “We thank God a thousand times on the victories of Britain. This surely is a cause for our joy and happiness as our imam used to pray for her victories and advise his sect to pray for her. Also, the doors of our call towards Ahmadiyyat which where hitherto barred, have been opened. All this is because of the extension of the British empire over other countries.”
(Al-Fadl, Nov. 23, 1918; by Mirza Mahmood Ahmad)
- “(in a challenge to Muslim Ummah) … We will be victorious and you will surely be brought before us like criminals and on that day you will meet the same fate which befell Abu Jehal and his party on the occasion of the conquest of Mecca.”
(Al-Fadl, Nov. 23, 1952)
The evidence shows that Qadiani (Ahmadi) leadership had engaged in the plot to attack the religion of Allah(SWT), they failed as per Allah’s(SWT) promise.
Fain would they extinguish Allah’s light with their mouths, but Allah will not allow but that His light should be perfected, even though the Unbelievers may detest (it).
They swear by Allah that they said nothing (evil), but indeed they uttered blasphemy, and they did it after accepting Islam; and they meditated a plot which they were unable to carry out: this revenge of theirs was (their) only return for the bounty with which Allah and His Messenger had enriched them! If they repent, it will be best for them; but if they turn back (to their evil ways), Allah will punish them with a grievous penalty in this life and in the Hereafter: They shall have none on earth to protect or help them.
In a letter to the British appointed Lieutenant Governor of Punjab, Mirza Ghulam explained the true nature of the relationship between his movement and the British government.
- “This petition that I present before Your Excellency along with the names of my followers does not have any aim other than that you may appreciate the eminent services which I and my forefathers rendered you. Hereby, I beseech and hope from the exalted Government that they protect the family which has proven through fifty years of extreme faithfulness and sincerity that it is most loyal to the Government and ready to make sacrifices; a family whose friendship and service has been accepted and attested by the highest officers of the all-powerful Government in their letters and memorandums; and that this family is a family of sincere servants. So, this Government should be mindful when dealing with its own self-implanted seedling, with due attention, and should order its officers to take into consideration the devoted services of this family and give preferential and sympathetic consideration to me and my followers.”
(Tabligh-e-Risalat, Vol. 7, P. 19; Petition of Mirza Ghulam Qadiani to Lieutenant Governor of Punjab)
After some Christian missionary had accused Mirza to have taken side with the Muslims, Mirza Ghulam was quick to compose another letter to the British representative in which he denied all the charges.
- “(after reiterating the services Mirza and family were rendering to the British)… all this should not go to waste and, God forbid, that the British government should get any ill feelings in its heart about their long-time faithful and well-wisher family. It is impossible to stop these people from lying about us due to religious difference, jealousy or personal reasons. We only request that the government should take good care of this self-implanted seedling family which has continually proven itself to be a faithful and devoted (jan-nesar) family for fifty years and about which there are issued letters from the British government attesting to their faithfulness and servitude for a long time; Also, direct the subordinates that they render special consideration to me and my family due to our proven faithfulness; and our family has never hesitated in shedding their blood in the way of British rulers and did not stop from laying down their lives, nor do they now. In light of our prior services, it is our right to ask that the British government provide us with full favors and special attention, so that people don’t get encouraged to insult us without reason. Here are the names of few members of my Jamaat:…”
(Kitab-ul-Barriah, Roohany Khazaen, Vol. 13, P. 350)
From its very conception, the goal of the movement founded by Mirza Ghulam of Qadian was in clear contrast to the interest of Islam, Muslims, oppressed people of India, and freedom and peace loving people everywhere. Mirza Ghulam and his “mission” engaged, “openly and secretly”, in operations aimed at weakening the unity and faith of Muslims, so that armed victories of British Imperialism would be assured. While Mirza Ghulam, his family, and his close associates were superbly compensated for their effort and were being planted throughout British colonies and the Western world, the subjects of the British Imperialism suffered inhuman treatment by the British Imperialism.
His own son and the second Caliph of the movement once expressed a complaint levied against his father:
- “Mirza’s over enthusiasm which smacked of servility and flattery towards the British Government lead even his followers to criticize his action as below the dignity of a claimant to Prophethood.”
(Al-Fadl, July 7, 1932; by Mirza Mahmood Ahmad Qadiani)
However, Dr. Muhammad Iqbal, the great Muslim philosopher and poet of the Indian subcontinent and a contemporary of Mirza Ghulam, expressed the views of Mirza Ghulam beautifully in the following verses:
“The Shaikh is a murid (lover) of the Farangi (foreign) Lord;
though he speaks from the heights of Bayazid.
He said: Religion’s glory lies in slavery;
and life consists of lack of ego (Khudi).
He reckoned the state of others to be a blessing,
danced around the church, and died.”
(from: Pas Che Bayad Kard Ay Aqwam-i-Sharq)
Obviously, the aims and interests of Qadiani leaders are in opposition to those of Islam and Muslims.