Mirza Mahmud Ahmad believed, at one
time, that Prophet Muhammad was the Last Prophet
The Qadiani Khalifa Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud Ahmad (their leader from
1914 to 1965), who originated the belief of the Qadiani Movement that
prophets can come after the Holy Prophet Muhammad, himself at one time
wrote that no prophet can come after the Holy
Prophet Muhammad because he was the Khatam an-nabiyyin.
In 1910, two years after the death of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad,
Mirza Mahmud Ahmad wrote an article entitled Najaat (Salvation)
which was published in the monthly Tashhiz-ul-azhan, the
magazine of which he himself was the proprietor and editor. Shown
below is the front cover of that issue (April 1910, vol. v, no.
4) in which this article appeared:
(We have highlighted the name of the editor, Mirza Bashir-ud-Din
Mahmud Ahmad, and the title of the article in question.)
In this article, he explains the meaning of the Khatam an-nabiyyin
verse of the Holy Quran as follows:
|Translation of relevant portion:
||Image from original Urdu book of the full pages
151 and 152:
| "In this verse God has said that the Holy
Prophet Muhammad is the Khatam an-nabiyyin, and none
shall come after him who may be raised to the status of prophethood,
and who may abrogate his teachings and establish a new law. Nay,
however many saints (auliya) there
are, and righteous and pious persons, they will get all
that they get through service to him. Thus God has said that the
Holy Prophet's prophethood was meant not only for his times, but
that in future too no prophet would come.
"Another point must be remembered here, namely, that
in this verse God says: 'God is ever Knower of all things'.
This does not appear to have an obvious connection here because
it was not necessary to say, regarding the things God has explained,
that He is the Knower of everything. The fact is that the Holy
Prophet's being the Khatam an-nabiyyin contains a prophecy.
| This is that before the Holy Prophet Muhammad
there arose hundreds of prophets in the world that we know about
and who had great success. In fact, there does not appear to be
any century in which, at one place or another, no claimant to
prophethood could be found. So Krishna, Ramachandra, Buddha, Confucius,
Zoroaster, Moses and Jesus are those whose followers still exist
in the world, and are forcefully doing their work, each group
putting forward the claim of its truth. But
thirteen hundred years have passed since the Holy Prophet's claim,
and no one who claimed prophethood has ever attained success.
After all, prior to his time people used to claim prophethood,
and many of them were successful, whom we believe to be true.
But why has this arrangement stopped with his advent? Why is no
one successful now? Obviously because of the prophecy that he
is the Khatam an-nabiyyin. Now we ask the opponents of
Islam, what greater sign can there be than the fact that, after
the Holy Prophet, no person who claimed prophethood was successful.
It is this which is referred to in the words: 'God is ever Knower
of all things'. That is to say, We have made him Khatam an-nabiyyin
and We know that no prophet would come after
him, and any liar making such a claim would be destroyed.
This, therefore, is a historical prophecy which no one can possibly
It is clearly stated in this article that:
- "... none shall come after him [Prophet Muhammad] who may be
raised to the status of prophethood"
- Those who come after him among the Muslims are the auliya
- "the Holy Prophet's prophethood was meant not only for his
times, but that in future too no prophet would come"
- "... what greater sign can there be than the fact that, after
the Holy Prophet, no person who claimed prophethood was successful
- God says in the Quran that "We know that no prophet would come
after him, and any liar making such a claim would be destroyed".
This proves conclusively that the Qadiani belief that prophets can
come after the Holy Prophet Muhammad and that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
was a prophet, was developed sometime after 1910, while Hazrat Mirza
Ghulam Ahmad had died in May 1908. Therefore Hazrat Mirza could never
have taught these beliefs, and indeed what he taught was exactly what
Mirza Mahmud Ahmad has written in the above article.