This book has been published at the centenary of the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha‘at Islam, or Ahmadiyya Association for the Propagation of Islam, known also as the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement, which was founded at Lahore in May 1914. It is the result of new research and brings to light some forgotten and buried material.
The Lahore Ahmadiyya exists to present Islam, by literary and missionary means, as a tolerant, rational, progressive, compassionate, and peace-loving religion, a religion of inner spirit and not merely outward form. This is Islam as found in the Quran and in the life of the Prophet Muhammad. It has published a vast quantity of highly-regarded literature on Islam in various languages, and has branches and members in several countries.
The Lahore Ahmadiyya is a direct continuation of the Ahmadiyya Movement as founded by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (d. 1908) and as led afterwards by his successor Hazrat Maulana Nur-ud-Din (d. 1914). It seeks to preserve the beliefs, mission and goals of this Movement as set down by these two guiding lights.
The Lahore Ahmadiyya holds that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad did not claim to be a prophet. No prophet, or absolute authority in Islam, can come after the Holy Prophet Muhammad, neither a new one nor the re-appearance of one from the past. It strongly proclaims that all those who profess the Kalima of Islam are Muslims and cannot be declared as outside the fold of Islam.