Monday, 11 January 2021

Did Ghulam Ahmad Claim Prophesy (Part 14): Partial Excellence Over Jesus


بِسۡمِ اللّٰہِ الرَّحۡمٰنِ الرَّحِیۡمِ

سبوحٌ قدوسٌ رب الملائكة والروح

One of the notable allegations made against Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, founder of the Ahmadiyya movement, is that he considered himself superior to some of the Prophets of God, particularly Jesus of Nazareth على نبينا وعليه الصلاة والسلام and that this is a proof that he was claiming to be a prophet himself. In answer to this allegation, I shall quote the statements of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in which he clarifies that any indication he may have made about possessing superiority and excellence over Jesus of Nazareth is in fact partial and not absolute:

تم تو قائل ہو کہ جزئی فضیلت ایک ادنی شہید کو ایک بڑے نبی پر ہوسکتی ہے۔ اور یہ سچ ہے کہ میں خدا کا فضل اپنے پر مسیح سے کم نہیں دیکھتا۔

"It is even conceded by you that an ordinary martyr may have partial [juz’i] superiority over a great prophet. Verily, I do not see myself less favoured with divine grace than the Messiah” (Siraje Munir, p.4):

اس مسیح کو اسرائیلی مسیح پر ایک جزئی فضیلت حاصل ہے کیونکہ اس کی دعوت عام ہےاور اس کی خاص تھی

"this Messiah has a partial superiority [fazilat] over the Israelite Messiah because the call of the former is universal whereas that of the latter is endemic” (Izalah Auham, p.647):

اس جگہ کسی کو یہ وہم نہ گذرے کہ اس تقریر میں اپنے نفس کو حضرت مسیح پر فضیلت دی ہے کیونکہ یہ ایک جزئی فضیلت ہے جو غیر نبی کو نبی پر ہوسکتی ہے

"Let not the reader take it that in this discourse I have placed myself superior to the Messiah. It is in fact a partial superiority [juz'i fadilat] which a non-prophet may have over a prophet” (Tiryaq ul-Qulub, p.157):

This last statement I have quoted is particularly important in proving that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad not only considered himself inferior in rank to Jesus of Nazareth, an actual prophet, but also that Ghulam Ahmad explicitly called himself ‘non-prophet’.


  1. Brother, what about his statements after 1902?

    In 1907, in HW, in a poem, he wrote:

    "Haqiqatul Wahy", online english edition, page 600

    """Speak not of Ibn-e-Maryam [the son of Mary],
    For better than him is the slave of the [Holy Prophet] Ahmad [sa].""

    1. As you have stated this couplet is from a poem, so the words are poetic and not meant to be understood at face value. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad himself spoke quite highly of Jesus Christ throughout his writings, so obviously the words "leave the mention of the son of Mary" are not to be taken at face value. The true meaning of this couplet is that the follower of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم is superior to a Christian. Just as Ghulam-e-Ahmad is generic and not referring to a specific person, but any Ummati of Prophet Muhammad who is worthy of calling himself his servant, likewise, the term Ibn-e-Maryam does not refer to Jesus specifically, but to the Christians who take pride in being the spiritual progeny of the Virgin Mary. So in this context a Ghulam-e-Ahmad (Muslim) is better than an Ibn-e-Maryam (Christian).

    2. I totally disagree, you need to read the Urdu-ROR. 1902
      -1902, in the Urdu Review of Religions, vol. 1, no. 6, p. 257, he specifically claimed to be greater than Esa (as).

      """God has raised the Promised Messiah from this Ummah, who far exceeds the first Messiah in his glory.""""

      Urdu Review of Religions, vol. 1, no. 12, p. 475-478.

      ""I swear by Him in whose hands my life is that, had Masih Ibn-e-Maryam [Messiah, the son of Mary] lived in my time, he could never have performed what I can, and could not have shown the Signs which are being manifested through me."""

      And in Haqiqatul Wahy, MGA was clearly claiming to be greater than Esa (as)(naozobillah)

    3. Answered, in sha Allah, in the next part (part 15) of this series:


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