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Mirza Mahmud Ahmad’s father-in-law declares Hazrat Mirza as Mujaddid

Dr. Khalifa Rashid-ud-Din was a leading member of the Ahmadiyya Movement and father-in-law of Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud Ahmad, the Qadiani Khalifa 2. He wrote an article on 24 May 1908, two days before the death of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, which was published in the Ahmadiyya newspaper Badr shortly after Hazrat Mirza's death in its issue dated 11 June 1908 on the front page and page 2.

Go here to view scanned images of the entire article from Badr.

Below we translate some extracts from the article and display the image of the original text from the newspaper Badr.

The heading of the article is notable:

Does the death of a prophet or a mujaddid invalidate the principles on which his truthfulness is based, or can those who believe in those principles ever die?

This heading clearly shows that the writer is discussing the laws which apply both to prophets and to mujaddids, and is considering Hazrat Mirza to be a mujaddid.

Within the article he writes:

"So, in the 13th century hijra when the knowledge of the Holy Quran disappeared from the world and there remained no heir to this light, Allah Almighty appointed a mujaddid at the beginning of the 14th century."

A little later he writes:

"If, till the Day of Judgment, there remains even one person who believes that a man claimed to be the mujaddid at the beginning of the 14th century hijra and he was true in that claim, and moreover his claims to be the Promised Messiah and Mahdi were true, and that person possesses writings of Hazrat Mirza sahib and he believes in them fully — and Allah willing there will be many such persons till the Day of Judgment — then the eternal life of Hazrat Mirza sahib will stand proved."

There is no mention whatsoever in this article that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad claimed to be a prophet. His claim is given as that of mujaddid of the 14th century, Promised Messiah and Mahdi.

Moreover, there is no mention whatsoever that Allah will institute any khilafat in the Ahmadiyya Movement to support it. On the contrary it is clearly stated that even after Hazrat Mirza sahib's bodily death his teachings and the signs shown by him will last forever among Ahmadis. He writes: "The Ahmadi Jamaat will, Allah willing, remain till the Day of Judgment. With it Hazrat Mirza sahib will also remain alive." There is no mention of any Divinely-ordained khilafat after Hazrat Mirza which will remain forever among Ahmadis!

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