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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 > The Inconsistencies of Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud Sahib -- Was it 1890/1891, 1900, 1900/1901 or 1902 in which Hazrat Mirza Sahib according to you Laid Claim to Prophethood?


The Inconsistencies of Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud Sahib -- Was it 1890/1891, 1900, 1900/1901 or 1902 in which Hazrat Mirza Sahib according to you Laid Claim to Prophethood?:
Compiled by the Webmaster
Concept based on: An Article/Book by Hafiz Sher Mohammed Sahib and Dr. Zahid Aziz


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Qadianis Caught in the Date Trap:
Is it 1901 or 1902?
by Dr. Zahid Aziz

When the Qadiani Khalifa Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud Ahmad started trying to prove that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad had claimed to be a prophet, he was faced with the great difficulty that Hazrat Mirza had denied claiming to be a prophet in his writings. To overcome this difficulty, Mirza Mahmud Ahmad invented the theory that Hazrat Mirza had realized after a certain date that he was indeed a prophet, and therefore all his denials of prophethood before that date must be regarded as having been cancelled and no longer applicable.

In his book Al-Qaul al-fasl, published on 30th January 1915, Mirza Mahmud Ahmad set this date at October 1902, alleging that Hazrat Mirza has changed his claim to prophet subsequent to the publication of his book Tiryaq al-Qulub which appeared in October 1902.

So Mirza Mahmud Ahmad writes:

"It is absolutely unallowable to use any writing before 1902 as evidence because the Promised Messiah has given the decision that as regards his belief about prophethood which he expressed in Tiryaq al-Qulub, later revelation made him change it." [Al-Qaul al-fasl, p. 24]

However, Mirza Mahmud Ahmad published another book only two months later in March 1915, entitled Haqiqat an-Nubuwwat, in which he wrote:

"...the issue of prophethood became clear to him in 1900 or 1901, and as Ayk Ghalati Ka Izala was published in 1901, in which he has proclaimed his prophethood most forcefully, this shows that he made a change in his belief in 1901. . . . It is proved that the references dating prior to the year 1901 in which he has denied being a prophet, are now abrogated and it is an error to use them as evidence." [Haqiqat an-Nubuwwat, p. 121]

First Mirza Mahmud Ahmad set the date of change of claim as being after October 1902, because Hazrat Mirza was denying being a prophet in the book Tiryaq al-Qulub published in October 1902. Then when Mirza Mahmud Ahmad thought that he could use Ayk Ghalati ka Izala, published in November 1901, to prove that Hazrat Mirza claimed to be a prophet, he altered the date of change of claim to "1900 or 1901".

The very fact that Mirza Mahmud Ahmad changed this date is conclusive proof that it was all his own invention and that Hazrat Mirza never mentioned any date after which his claim changed from non-prophet to prophet.

The Qadianis are caught in a trap. To prove that Hazrat Mirza claimed to be a prophet, they are forced to set a date of change of his claim from non-prophet to prophet, but whatever date they set they are in deep trouble:

  • If Mirza Mahmud Ahmad's first date is right, that "it is absolutely unallowable to use any writing before [October] 1902 as evidence", then the Qadianis are entirely wrong in propagating the booklet Ayk Ghalati Ka Izala to prove that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad claimed to be a prophet because it was published in November 1901, almost a year before October 1902.
  • If Mirza Mahmud Ahmad's second date is right, that "the issue of prophethood became clear to him in 1900 or 1901" then the Qadianis should accept Hazrat Mirza's explanation of his claim and rank as given by him in Tiryaq al-Qulub because it was published in October 1902.


By the Webmaster [Quotations taken from a book by Hafiz Sher Mohammed Sahib -- Translation of 3 Quotations by the Webmaster]:

The Second Khalifa of the Qadian Jama'at, Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud Sahib, showed a string of inconsistencies while inventing his theory that initially Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib was unaware that he was a prophet, and only upon the publication of his book 'Ek Ghalati ka Izala' ['A Correction of an Error'], on the 5th of November, 1901, he made it known publicly that such was the case, and he was a prophet thereafter; moreover, all his previous explanations for the words 'prophet' and 'nabi' were abrogated henceforward. Below are presented five quotations from the writings of Mirza Bashir Sahib showing how inconsistent and confused was he during the invention/fabrication of this theory:

1. Was it 1890 or 1891?!:

"Hazrat Sahib made the claim to prophethood towards the end of 1890 or the beginning of 1891." [Under sworn testimony in the court of 'Deewaan Sikhanund', on the 27th of March, 1935]

2. Was it 1900?!:

"Your letter was read by Hazrat Ameer-ul-Momineen Khalifa-tul-Masih. Hazoor prayed, and said: 'Alas! That Ghair-Muba (Lahore Ahmadi) deceived you by saying that Hazrat Masih Mauood had clarified his claim before the publication of 'Ek Ghalti ka Izala'. Hence, 'Arbain' is an example of a book by him, which was published before 'Ek Ghalti ka Izala'; in it the claim to prophethood is clearly written, and Hazrat Sahib states that he receives Wahy-e-Nubuwwat [Prophetic revelation]. If you go through the third and fourth parts of this book, along with the footnotes, matters will become clear for you. After having read this book, a denier truly commits a mistake and he should be scolded. Signed by the Private Secretary -- 19/3/1935" [While replying to a letter from a follower, Mistri Muhammad Hussain of the State of Patiala, Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Sahib dictated that the claim to prophethood was laid in the book 'Arbain' in 1900.]

3. Was it 1900 or 1901?!:

"...the issue of prophethood became clear to him in 1900 or 1901, and as Ayk Ghalati Ka Izala was published in 1901, in which he has proclaimed his prophethood most forcefully, this shows that he made a change in his belief in 1901. . . . It is proved that the references dating prior to the year 1901 in which he has denied being a prophet, are now abrogated and it is an error to use them as evidence." [Haqiqat an-Nubuwwat, p. 121]

4. Was it 1902?!:

"It is absolutely unallowable to use any writing before 1902 as evidence because the Promised Messiah has given the decision that as regards his belief about prophethood which he expressed in Tiryaq al-Qulub, later revelation made him change it." [Al-Qaul al-fasl, p. 24]

5. Was it 1891 [not again!]?!:

"Question by the Court: When did Mirza Sahib first say that he was a prophet? Kindly tell us the date, and regarding this, please extend a quotation from any book of his.

"Reply: As far as I can recall, he laid claim to prophethood in 1891." [Under a sworn testimony, before the Court of Enquiry of the Punjab Riots of 1954.] 

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