Born in 1835 in Qadian (India), Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, is the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. In 1891, he claimed on the basis of Divine revelation, that he was the Promised Messiah and Mahdi whose advent had been foretold by Muhammad, the Holy Prophet of Islam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and by the scriptures of other faiths. His claim constitutes the basis of the beliefs of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community.
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Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah and Mahdi, remained dedicated to the study of the Holy Quran and to a life of prayer and devotion. Finding Islam the target of foul attacks from all directions, the fortunes of Muslims at a low ebb, faith yielding to doubt and
religion only skin-deep, he undertook vindication and exposition of Islam. In his vast corpus of writings (including his epoch-making Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya), his lectures, discourses, religious debates etc., he argued that Islam was a living faith and the only faith by following which man could establish contact with his Creator and enter into communion with Him. The teachings contained in the Holy Quran and the Law promulgated by Islam were designed to raise man to moral, intellectual and spiritual perfection. He announced that God had appointed him the Messiah and Mahdi as mentioned in the prophecies of the Bible, the Holy Quran and Ahadith.
In 1889 he began to accept initiation into his Community which is now established in one hundred and ninety-eight countries. Promised Messiah has written ninety-one books, mostly in Urdu, including some in Arabic and Persian.
One of his books "The Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam", is the translation of a well-known essay written for a conference by Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah and Mahdi, the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at (Community). After receiving prophetic revelation from God, on the 21st of December 1896, a few days before the conference, the founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement publicly declared that his essay would be the most overpowering one. A translation of his declaration is presented below:
A Grand Piece of News for Seekers after Truth
In the conference of Great Religions which will be held in Lahore Town Hall on the 26th, 27th and
28th of December 1896, a paper written by this humble one, dealing with the excellences and
miracles of the Holy Quran, will be read out. This paper is not the result of ordinary human effort but is a sign among the signs of God, written with His special support. It sets forth the beauties and truths of the Holy Quran and establishes like the noon-day sun that the Holy Quran is in truth God's own Word and is a book revealed by the Lord of all creation. Everyone who listens to this paper from the
beginning to the end, to my treatment of all the five themes prescribed for the conference, will, I am sure, develop a new faith and will perceive a new light shining within himself and will acquire a
comprehensive commentary on the Holy Word of God. This paper of mine is free from human weakness, empty boasts and vain assertions. ...