Mirza Ghulam Ahmad: The Origin Of Islam

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Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was an educated man from a wealthy family in Qadian, Lahore, India. Instead of following the wishes of his father by practicing law or politics, Ahmad delved himself into the world of religion. (Britannica) In 1882 Ahmad announced that he was hearing voices, and this voice , he believes, was the voice of god. He proclaimed himself to be a prophet in 1882. Bringing a new interpretation of the Quran and restoring the purity of the Islamic religion with him. (Ambalu 285) After acquiring several followers, in 1889 Ahmad founded a new sect, the Ahmadiyyas. His followers believed he is a prophet. Ahmad taught based on his belief that the Muslim community has lost their way of what is right and wrong, and he is the man that is responsible of reforming them. (Who are the Ahmadi) Soon before his death in 1908, Ahmad suggested the formation of the Anjuman; their words were law. (Valentine 55) But shortly after Ahmad’s death a successor or Caliph was chosen, Noor-ud-Din. Many (though still the minority) of the Ahmadis believe that the Anjuman should be in charge not the Caliph. This led to a separation within Ahmadiyya. The majority was known as the Muslim Ahmadiyya Community (also known as Qadiani Ahmadiyya) and Lahori Ahmadiyya. (Ambalu 285) In 1947 the Qadiani Ahmadiyya decided to make the move to Rabwah, Pakistan. (Who are the Ahmadi) On the death of Noor-ud-Din, Mirza Basheer ud-Din Mahmood was elected to be the second Caliph. He is the son of Mirza Ahmad.

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