Foreword to the book
The Ahmadiyya Case
by Dr. Saeed Ahmad Khan
Head and President of the
Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement
This book deals with the recent court case in Cape Town, South Africa,
between members of our Movement there and some organisations of
Sunni Muslim religious leaders, in which the essential issue was
whether Ahmadis are Muslims or not. By the grace of God, the final
verdict was pronounced in our favour. The court accepted the plaintiffs
claim that Ahmadis are Muslims, and on that basis it granted an
order prohibiting the defendants from publishing false allegations
that Ahmadis are outside the fold of Islam and must be ostracised
by the Muslim community. The court also granted orders restraining
the defendants from denying our members the right to use a certain
mosque and cemetery, meant to be open to all Muslims.
Not only have we always claimed to be and considered ourselves
to be Muslims, but in fact our organisation The Ahmadiyya
Anjuman Ishaat Islam Lahore was founded for the very
purpose of disseminating knowledge of Islam among non-Muslims and
Muslims, and showing the truth of Islamic teachings. These beliefs
and aims were strongly proclaimed by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (d.
1908), who started the Ahmadiyya Movement.
Throughout the history of our Movement, all fair-minded Muslims
have regarded us as their Muslim brothers and have even commended
our work. It is only the politically motivated religious leaders,
with their hold on the masses, who have all through spread false
propaganda against us and persecuted us, and denied us our due rights.
It was adverse circumstances of this kind which compelled our
members in Cape Town to approach the courts to seek relief from
the relentless campaign of abuse, vilification and maltreatment
waged against them. Otherwise, we do not take part in inter-Muslim
sectarian disputes, thereby wasting time and resources which could
be spent constructively. We only put our case and complaint before
The account of the three-year long litigation is summarised in
Part I of this book. It shows clearly that the defendants, and more
importantly the international anti-Ahmadiyya experts
whose help they had, tried their hardest to prevent the court from
admitting religious evidence, i.e. evidence based on the teachings
of Islam as to the definition of a Muslim, and whether Ahmadis fulfil
that definition. This itself is proof that their allegations against
our Movement have no religious basis. They asserted that the court
must simply accept their verdicts about Ahmadis as authoritative.
When the court rejected this position, the defendants withdrew from
The evidence presented on the plaintiffs behalf at the final
hearing by our distinguished scholar Maulana Hafiz Sher Mohammad,
ably assisted by Dr. Zahid Aziz as translator, is reproduced in
Part III. It should dispel the various misconceptions prevalent
about our beliefs. A notable feature of this evidence is that, by
quoting extensively from the writings of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad,
it makes clear the position of this holy man who has been so much
misrepresented by various quarters. As head of the Lahore Ahmadiyya
Movement, I affirm that this evidence is a true and accurate representation
of the beliefs our Movement has always held and proclaimed.
This book has been compiled as a concise source of information
for those in search of the true facts regarding the beliefs of the
Ahmadiyya Anjuman Lahore. I commend it to all students of Islamic
matters, especially to Muslims themselves, with the prayer that
God may cause its truth to enter their hearts. I am sure that this
book will also be an invaluable source of information for Ahmadis,
especially the younger ones, as regards the claims of Hazrat Mirza
Dr. Saeed Ahmad Khan, S.K.
President, Ahmadiyya Anjuman Lahore,
Head of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement.
This Foreword, dated 1989, is to the second
edition of The Ahmadiyya Case. The second edition has not
yet been published in print, but is the version available on this
website. The Foreword in the printed, first edition, is dated December
1986, and was slightly revised in 1989 to the above version.