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of Suchaaee kaa Izhaar:
Soon after Hujjat-ul-Islam, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib of Qadian had occasion to publish this booklet entitled A Declaration of the Truth. The need so arose that a debate at Amritsar [India] was initially to have taken place between the Muslims and Christians of Jandiala, but the former invited Hazrat Mirza Sahib and the latter called upon Dr. Henry Martin Clarke to their aid. In this way, the lesser conflict turned into a high profile confrontation between Hazrat Mirza Sahib and the priests of Amritsar, i.e., between Islam and Christianity. The Christians were to be represented by Abdullah Aatham, a retired extra-assistant commissioner, whose knowledge and learning were highly regarded in Christian circles. Dr. Clarke, however, was not easy in his mind about facing Hazrat Mirza Sahib and eventually tried to squirm his way out of it by publishing a notice in the Christian newspaper Noor Afshaan on 12th May, 1893, in which he scoffed at the Muslims of Jandiala for choosing as their representative such a person who was declared as kafir and apostate by all Muhammadan scholars and called upon them to appoint someone else to the job. The Muslims of Jandiala paid no heed to these gibes and asserted that no religion was without some internal differences -- Christianity had its share of conflict too -- and they considered the maulvis [clerics] who called a Muslim a disbeliever to be mischief-mongers. Moreover, many renowned scholars were counted among Hazrat Mirza Sahibs supporters, and it was insisted that Islam would be represented in this debate by none other than Hazrat Mirza Sahib. In this way, Dr. Clarkes attempts to avoid meeting Hazrat Mirza Sahib were thwarted.
After relating this incident in Suchaaee kaa Izhaar, Hazrat Mirza Sahib has addressed Dr. Clarke and written:
"All the genuine scholars of Islam -- who have been blessed with knowledge by Allah, who practice what they preach, and who have been granted the true light and insight of faith -- are with me, and they number about forty at present. And the majority of the latter group [his opponents] are maulvis only in name and are devoid of any excellence in both their preaching and their practice."
Hazrat Mirza Sahib has then cited letters from three Arab scholars who have praised his erudition and insight and sustained his claims and his command over the Arabic language. He goes on to quote Mr. Aathams affirmation that he would accept Islam in case of his defeat in the debate (which promise was not kept). At the end, Hazrat Mirza Sahib has published a notice concerning Maulvi Abdul Haq Ghaznavi, who was bent on declaring him a kafir, and agreed to have a mubahila [religious duel] in order to establish the truth of his claims.