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Split in the Ahmadiyya Movement

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

This is a classic book which discusses the Split in the Ahmadiyya Movement in 1914 that came about because, after Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’s death, his son M. Mahmud Ahmad coined “novel doctrines” opposed to the Founder's beliefs. He alleged that the Promised Messiah was a prophet, and that all Muslims who do not believe in this prophet are outside the pale of Islam. Maulana Muhammad Ali refutes these false doctrines and shows that the Promised Messiah never taught any such beliefs. The Maulana warns that “the gravest of all the consequences of the teaching of M. Mahmud” is that he has changed “the very basis of Islam” by asserting that no one can now remain or become a Muslim unless he believes in a prophet who has come after the Holy Prophet Muhammad.

This book derives great authority and value from the fact that it was written and published in 1918, very close to the time of the Split. As it was written in English, it gives the English-reading public direct access to an original source dealing with the religious aspects of the Split.


Publisher’s Note  
Preface 1
1. General remarks 3
2. Prophet Muhammad is the coming Ahmad 18
Ahmad was Holy Prophet’s name 22
Prophecy of Jesus fulfilled by Holy Prophet 33
Promised Messiah’s belief that Holy Prophet was the coming Ahmad 42
3. Finality of prophethood 50
Finality of prophethood according to the teachings of Islam 52
Use of word nabi for non-prophets 60
Promised Messiah’s belief in the finality of prophethood 72
4. Are all non-Ahmadis unbelievers? 79
Promised Messiah did not call other Muslims as kafir 81
Practical relations with other Muslims 87
5. An Appeal 94

Notes 100
Index 112