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Khilafat in the Ahmadiyya Movement: Brief Review

  • For the administration and financial management of the Movement after him, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad created an Anjuman or association, which was called the Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya, and decreed this body as his "successor".

  • He designated the Anjuman to be the supreme governing body of the Movement after his death, and assigned to it the decision-making authority which he himself possessed during his life.

  • The Promised Messiah appointed fourteen men to the executive body of the Anjuman, and gave the instruction that its decisions, made by majority opinion, would be final and binding.

  • The Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya held this position and functioned in this way during the period of leadership of Maulana Nur-ud-Din (from May 1908 to March 1914), the first Head of the Ahmadiyya Movement after the Promised Messiah's death.

  • However, in 1914 when Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud Ahmad (son of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, 1889-1965) succeeded in his plans to become the head of the Movement, he immediately proceeded to destroy the system created by the Promised Messiah and replace it with an autocratic, personal 'khilafat' giving the 'khalifa' absolute and supreme power over the movement.

  • M. Mahmud Ahmad invented and taught the belief that the khalifa is appointed by God, and therefore all his acts and pronouncements possess the seal of Divine authority. He cannot be questioned or called to account by any human being or by the members of the Movement, and it is the prime duty of every member to obey the khalifa totally and absolutely, without question, no matter what he orders them to do.

  • This is the system of khilafat which has prevailed among the Qadianis since then, and the highest goal and aspiration of their members is to please and obey the khalifa of the time.

  • The Qadianis consider their 'khalifa' as the real and true Head of the whole of the Muslim Umma and regard it as the duty of every Muslim in the world to take the pledge (bai`at) of absolute obedience to their khalifa. According to Qadiani beliefs, only those people are Muslims who accept their 'khalifa'. Everyone else is not a Muslim.

  • The Qadiani system of rule by a khalifa possessing absolute, autocratic power is entirely repugnant to the teachings of Islam, and no trace whatsoever of any such concept is to be found anywhere in the writings of the Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.

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