Allegation that Lahore Ahmadiyya organ Paigham Sulh initially published that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was a prophet
It is alleged that the Lahore Ahmadiyya Urdu organ Paigham Sulh, in one or two of its issues before the Split in the Ahmadiyya Movement in March 1914, published statements to the effect that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was a prophet. An announcement is quoted containing the following declaration:
“We, all the Ahmadies connected with this newspaper, … solemnly hold that the Promised Messiah is the Prophet for this age, a Prophet, and a Messenger from God, raised to deliver the Muslims, and all mankind from sin and evil.” (Paigham Sulh, 16 October 1913, p. 2)
A poem is quoted from another issue saying that:
“What great perfection khatm-i risalat (ending of prophethood) has shown; it has made a river of prophethood to flow in this Umma. By receiving this grace we became the best Umma; so what is the harm if a prophet has arisen in this Umma.” (Paigham Sulh, 12 February 1914, p. 3)
These quotations are put forward by our critics to allege that the founders of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Anjuman used to believe Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad to be a prophet before they formed their own separate organization in Lahore after the split of March 1914.
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