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Denials of claiming to be a prophet

Below we quote statements published by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad denying that he claimed to be a prophet.
1. "I have heard that some leading Ulama of this city Delhi are giving publicity to the allegation against me that I lay claim to prophethood. ... I respectfully state to all these gentlemen that these allegations are an entire fabrication. I do not make a claim to prophethood. ... After the Holy Prophet Muhammad, I consider anyone who claims prophethood and messengership to be a liar and unbeliever."
(Statement issued in Delhi, 2 October 1891. Majmu`a Ishtiharat, 1986 edition, vol. 1, pp. 230-231)
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  • 2. "Other allegations made against me are that 'this man denies the Lailat al-Qadr and miracles and the Mi`raj, and further that he makes a claim to prophethood and denies the finality of prophethood.'

    "All these allegations are entirely untrue and false. ... Now I make a clear and plain affirmation of the following matters before Muslims in this house of God: I believe in the finality of prophethood of the Khatam al-anbiya, may peace and the blessings of Allah be upon him, and I consider the person who denies the finality of prophethood as being without faith and outside the pale of Islam.''
    (Speech in Delhi Central mosque, 23 October 1891. Majmu`a Ishtiharat, 1986 edition, vol. 1, p. 255)

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  • 3. "Question: In the booklet Fath-i Islam you have made a claim to prophethood.

    "Answer: There is no claim of prophethood. On the contrary, the claim is of sainthood (muhaddasiyyat) which has been advanced by the command of God.''
    (Izala Auham, pp. 421-422, Ruhani Khaza'in, vol. 3, p. 320)

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  • 4. "I believe also that the Holy Prophet Muhammad is the best of messengers and the Khatam an-nabiyyin, and those people have fabricated a lie against me who say that this man claims to be a prophet."
    (Hamamat al-Bushra, p. 8. Ruhani Khaza'in, vol. 7, p. 184)
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  • 5. "One of the objections of those who call me kafir is that they say: This man claims prophethood and says I am one of the prophets. The answer is that you should know, O brother, that I have not claimed prophethood, nor have I said to them that I am a prophet. But they were hasty and made a mistake in understanding my words ... It does not befit me that I should claim prophethood and leave Islam and become an unbeliever ... How could I claim prophethood when I am a Muslim?"
    (Hamamat al-Bushra, p. 79. Ruhani Khaza'in, vol. 7, pp. 296-297)
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  • 6. "Look how far this is from a claim to prophethood. O brother, do not think that what I have said contains even a whiff of a claim to prophethood. ... God forbid that I should claim prophethood after God has made our Prophet and master Muhammad, peace be upon him, as the Khatam an-nabiyyin.''
    (Hamamat al-Bushra p. 83. Ruhani Khaza'in, vol. 7, p. 302)
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  • 7. "By way of a fabrication, they slander me by saying that I have made a claim to prophethood. But it should be remembered that all this is a fabrication. Our belief is that the Holy Prophet Muhammad is the Khatam al-anbiya."
    (Kitab al-Bariyya, p. 182, footnote. Ruhani Khaza'in, vol. 13, p. 215)
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  • 8. "I make no claim to prophethood. This is your mistake, or you have some other motive in mind. Is it necessary that he who claims to receive revelation also becomes a prophet?"
    (Jang Muqaddas, p. 67. Ruhani Khaza'in, vol. 6, p. 156)
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  • 9. "Let it be clear to them that I also curse the person who claims prophethood. I hold that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is His Messenger, and I believe in the finality of prophethood of the Holy Prophet. So, as there is no claim of prophethood on my part either, only that of being a wali (saint) and mujaddid ..."
    (Majmu`a Ishtiharat, old edition, vol. iii, p. 224. 1986 edition, vol. 2, pp. 297-298)
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  • 10. "If the objection is that I have made a claim to prophethood, and such a thing is heresy, what else can I say except that may the curse of Allah be upon liars and fabricators."
    (Anwar-ul-Islam, p. 34. Ruhani Khaza'in, vol. 9, p. 35)
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  • 11. "Can a wretched imposter who claims messengership and prophethood for himself have any belief in the Holy Quran? And can a man who believes in the Holy Quran, and believes the verse `He is the Messenger of Allah and the Khatam an-nabiyyin' to be the word of God, say that he is a messenger and prophet after the Holy Prophet Muhammad?"
    (Anjam Atham, p. 27, footnote. Ruhani Khaza'in, vol. 11, p. 27)
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