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Books Section > by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib of Qadian > A Correction of an Error [Ek Ghalti ka Izala] by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib > A Sworn Testimony of 70 Leading Lahori Ahmadis Concerning this Book ['Ek Ghalati ka Izala']

A Sworn Testimony of 70 Leading Lahori Ahmadis Concerning this Book ['Ek Ghalati ka Izala']:
Taken from: The Ahmadiyya Case [with modifications by the Webmaster]


In around 1915, shortly after the Split, the assertion was first made by the Qadianis that, in the pamphlet ‘Correction of an error’ (Ayk Ghalati Ka Izala) published in November 1901, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad had announced that he claimed to be a prophet and that his previous denials of such a claim were now abrogated. To refute this assertion of a change in Hazrat Mirza’s position in November 1901, seventy of his prominent followers who had taken the pledge into the Movement before that date, issued the following sworn public statement:

“We, the undersigned, declare on oath that when Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement, announced in 1891, that the prophet Jesus was dead according to the Holy Quran, and that the ‘son of Mary’ whose advent among the Muslims was spoken of in Hadith was he [Hazrat Mirza] himself, he did not lay claim to prophethood. However, the Maulavis misled the public, and issued a fatwa of kufr against him by alleging that he claimed prophethood. After this, the Promised Messiah declared time after time in plain words, as his writings show, that to ascribe to him a claim of prophethood was a fabrication against him, that he considered prophethood to have come to a close with the Holy Prophet Muhammad, and that he looked upon a claimant to prophethood, after the Holy Prophet, as a liar and a kafir. And that the words mursal, rasul, and nabi which had occurred in some of his revelations, or the word nabi which had been used about the coming Messiah in Hadith, do not denote a prophet in actual fact, but rather a metaphorical, partial or zilli prophet who is known as a muhaddas. After the Khatam an-nabiyyin the Holy Prophet Muhammad, no prophet can come, neither new nor old.

“We also declare on oath that we entered into the pledge of the Promised Messiah before November 1901, and that the statements of Mirza Mahmud Ahmad, the head of the Qadian section, that though in the beginning Hazrat Mirza Sahib did not claim prophethood, but that he changed his claim in November 1901, and laid claim to prophethood on that date, and that his previous writings of ten or eleven years denying prophethood are abrogated — all this is entirely wrong and absolutely opposed to facts. We do swear by Allah that the idea never even entered our minds that the Promised Messiah made a change in his claim in 1901 or that his previous writings, which are full of denials of a claim to prophethood, were ever abrogated; nor, to our knowledge, did we ever hear such words from the mouth of even a single person until Mirza Mahmud Ahmad made these statements [in 1914/1915].”

Signed by: 1. (Maulvi) Sayyid Muhammad Ahsan Amrohi; 2. (Maulvi) Muhammad Abdullah Khan Patialvi; 3. (Maulvi) Muhammad Mubarak Ali (Sialkoti); 4. (Maulvi) Ghulam Hasan, sub-registrar, Peshawar; 5. (Maulvi Hakim) Mirza Khuda Bakhsh, author of Asal Musaffa; 6. (Maulvi) Muhammad Ali (Lahore); 7. (Maulvi) Muhammad Yahya (Debgaran); 8. (Maulvi) Muhammad Yaqub (Debgaran); 9. (Shaikh) Rahmatullah (Merchant, Lahore); 10. Dr. Mirza Yaqub Beg (Lahore); 11. Shaikh Ziaullah (former headmaster, Taleem-ul-Islam School, Qadian); 12. (Maulvi) Muhammad Hasan Quraishi, Qiladar; 13. (Baba) Hidayatullah (poet Punjabi, Lahore); 14. (Mian) Nabi Bakhsh (Government Pensioner, Lahore); 15. Dr. Sayyid Tufail Husain (Lahore); 16. Mirza Jamal-ud-din, copyist (Lahore); 17. Shaikh Din Muhammad (Lahore); 18. (Master) Faqirullah (Lahore); 19. Dr. Nabi Bakhsh (Bhati Gate, Lahore); 20. Hafiz Fazl Ahmad (presently Badomalhi); 21. Hafiz Ghulam Rasul (Trader, Wazirabad); 22. Chaudhry Ghulam Hasan (former Station Master, resident of Lowairiwala); 23. Shaikh Ghulam Husain Siddiqi Ahmadi (Sialkot); 24. Shaikh Muhammad Jan (Merchant, Wazirabad); 25. Shaikh Abdur Rahman (Wazirabad); 26. (Maulvi) Aziz Bakhsh, B.A. (Dera Ghazi Khan); 27. Wali Muhammad, court reader (Dera Ghazi Khan); 28. (Master) Ghulam Muhammad, B.A. (Headmaster, Rawalpindi); 29. Hakim Sardar Khan (brother of the late Hakim Shah Nawaz, Rawalpindi); 30. (Seth) Ahmad-ud-din (former Municipal Commissioner, Jehlum); 31. Shaikh Qamar-ud-din (optician, Jehlum); 32. Mistri Abdus Sattar (Jhelum); 33. Shaikh Ghulam Muhayy-ud-din (appeal recorder, Jehlum); 34. (Maulvi) Muhammad Ibrahim (Imam mosque, Jehlum); 35. Dr. Hayat Muhammad (Tooth-maker, Rawalpindi); 36. Babu Allah Bakhsh (Officers' Clerk, Jhelum); 37. Babu Abdul Haq (Clerk, Canal Department, Jehlum); 38. (Mistri) Abdul Sattar (Jehlum); 39. (Mistri) Yaqub Ali (Jammu); 40. Master Muhammad Ramzan (Jammu); 41. Malik Sher Muhammad Khan (B.A., Personal Assistant, Jammu); 42. Mufti Fazl Ahmad (Jammu); 43. (Mistri) Shahab-ud-din (Jammu); 44. Muhammad Shah (Jammu); 45. Nawab Khan (Jammu); 46. Sayyid Masud Shah (Teacher, Jammu); 47. (Mistri) Nizam-ud-din (Jammu); 48. Sayyid Amir Ali Shah (Pensioner sub-Inspector); 49. Shaikh Hidayatullah (Peshawar); 50. Ramzan Ali (Peshawar); 51. Mian Muhammad Makki (Peshawar); 52. Sayyid Lal Shah Barq (Peshawar); 53. Shaikh Fazl Karim (Peshawar); 54. (Munshi) Nawab Khan (sub-Inspector Police, Gujranwala); 55. Shaikh Maula Bakhsh (Sialkot); 56. Hakim Shams-ud-din (Sialkot); 57. Mian Boora (Sialkot); 58. Allah Din (Sialkot); 59. Shaikh Muhammad Jan (Trader, Sialkot Cantonment); 60. Babu Ata Muhammad (Engineer, Sialkot); 61. Mirza Hakim Beg (Sialkot); 62. Mistri Muhammad Akbar (Contractor, Sialkot); 63. Mistri Abdullah (Sialkot); 64. Muhammad-ud-din (Sialkot); 65. Haji Fazl-ud-din (Sialkot); 66. Sayyid Amjad Ali (Court Inspector); 67. (Dr.) Hasan Ali; 68. Muhammad Sarfraz Khan (numberdar, Badomalhi); 69. Shaikh Muhammad Naseeb (former Head Clerk, Qadian); 70. Abdul Haq (Rawalpindi)

No person was ever able to counter this statement by testifying on oath that as an Ahmadi he came to know in November 1901 that Hazrat Mirza, by publishing ‘Ayk Ghalati Ka Izala’, was retracting or in some way modifying his previous statements, of the ten-year period 1891 to 1901, in which he had clearly denied claiming prophethood and, as against this denial, claimed to be a ‘muhaddas’.

Opening Line of Pamphlet:

‘Correction of an Error’ opens with the following line:

“Some people among my followers who are not well-acquainted with my claim and its arguments, not having had the occasion to study the books carefully, nor having stayed in my company for a sufficient length of time to complete their knowledge, in some instances in response to an objection of the opponents give a reply which is against facts.”

Therefore it is the error of some followers that Hazrat Mirza is correcting, and not any error on his own part. Moreover, the said followers would not have committed these errors about his claims if they had studied his previous books and statements to gain knowledge of these matters. Therefore, Hazrat Mirza has not only confirmed here the validity of his previous writings and statements, but has instructed that these should be studied to get accurate information about his claims.


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