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Inscription on the Head-stone of the Grave of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Proving his Status as a Mujaddid and not as a Prophet:

by Maulana S. Muhammad Tufail

Foreword to the English translation of 'Prophethood in Islam' by Maulana Muhammad Ali, pp. 3–5.


If we put aside the distorted version of the Qadiani interpretation of the statements by the Founder on the subject of prophethood, the issue can otherwise be settled quite simply. When the Founder died, an inscription was put on the head-stone of his grave which contained the words:

"Promised Messiah and Mujaddid of the 14th Century." (Al-Fazl [organ of the Qadian section] 12 September 1936, p. 7 col. 3. See also Tarikh Ahmadiyyat, by Dost Muhammad Shahid, vol. 3, p. 564, Rabwah, 1962 edition.)

This was done by Maulana Nur-ud-Din, the first successor of the Founder within the full knowledge of the Ahmadiyya community. This inscription remained there for many years; the words became dim, almost unnoticeable by thick layers of dust and variations of weather. Then a member of the Lahore section, one Malik Abd-ur-Rahman (now deceased) of Rawalpindi (Note: now in Pakistan, the twin city of Islamabad — the capital of Pakistan), visited Qadian and rediscovered the original text by carefully brushing aside the dust. To his surprise and to those who accompanied him, he found out the rank of the Founder described as Mujaddid. He pointed it out to his Qadiani friends present and said: "Look, according to what is inscribed on this stone the Founder was a Mujaddid and not a prophet." Someone immediately remarked: "It must have been a mischief done by Maulana Muhammad Ali." Abd-ur-Rahman replied "This solves another problem; it shows that Maulana Muhammad Ali also believed the Founder to be a Mujaddid and you have been accusing him of changing his belief about prophethood after the Founder’s death." The next year (1931) Abd-ur-Rahman went to Qadian again with some other friends of the Lahore section to show them his discovery and made arrangements to have that head-stone photographed. But, alas, the head-stone was replaced and the word Mujaddid was omitted from the new inscription.

When I visited Qadian in 1980, I asked the in charge of the graveyard (Bahishti Maqbarah) about the head-stone: whether it was still there somewhere stored away in a room (after all it was not a small piece of paper which could have been misplaced). He expressed his ignorance and later said that the new Headquarters in Rabwah, Pakistan, might know about that. My feeling is that, most probably, it was destroyed. Apparently it was not wise to keep in existence such a ‘concrete’ proof of the Founder’s rank. The only record of this is now in the newspapers and books of the Ahmadiyya community.

Whatever reason they may give for replacing it, the fact is that the inscription was changed and the word Mujaddid was omitted.

Those who do not have time to go through hundreds of pages of the Founders’ writings could easily determine by this inscription what the true rank of the Founder was. If an army officer of the rank of colonel died, he would be remembered as colonel x and no body would put an inscription on his grave as captain x, unless in fact he was a captain. When Maulana Nur-ud-Din recommended that inscription for the Founders’ grave it is evident that the whole Jama’at at that time believed that the Founder was a Mujaddid and not a prophet. This is in conformity with the statement made by the Founder himself in one of his later books:

"I am the Promised Messiah who is the Mujaddid of the latter ages." (Haqiqat al-Wahy, 15 May 1907, p. 194.)

Nearly the same words were used in the inscription as well. In the inscription, ‘Fourteen Century’ was mentioned instead of ‘latter ages’.

It has always bewildered me that in spite of these clear proofs the opponents of the Ahmadiyya Movement keep on harping on the same point that the members of the Qadian section faithfully represent the views about the Founder.

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