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Statement of beliefs
by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad

The following are some statements of his beliefs by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad:

  1. “We believe in the five fundamentals upon which Islam is based, and we abide by the word of God, i.e. the Holy Quran, which it is incumbent upon us to follow. We believe that there is none to be worshipped but Allah, and our leader Muhammad Mustafa, may peace and the blessings of Allah be upon him, is His Messenger and the Last Prophet. We believe that whatever Allah has said in the Holy Quran, and whatever the Holy Prophet Muhammad has said, is true, as stated above. And we hold that any person who removes even one jot from the Shari‘ah of Islam, or adds even an iota to it, is without faith and excluded from Islam.

    I enjoin upon my followers that they should have whole-hearted faith in the Kalima Tayyiba: La ilaha ill-Allahu, Muhammad-ur rasul-ullah (There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah), and should die in that faith. They must believe in all the prophets and all revealed books, whose truth is proved from the Holy Quran. And they must adhere to Islam, properly and correctly, by considering obligatory upon themselves: Salat (prayer), Saum (fasting), Zakat (charity) and Hajj (pilgrimage to Makka), and all duties laid down by Allah and His Messenger; and by considering as unlawful all that is prohibited. To conclude, it is obligatory to believe in all those matters, relating to faith and practice, on which the past righteous religious elders of Islam were agreed, and which, by consensus of opinion of the Ahl as-Sunna, are considered to constitute the religion of Islam. And we call heaven and earth to bear witness that this is our religion.”

    Ayyam as-Sulh, pages 86-87.

  2. “Our Kalima is: There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. I believe in Allah, the angels, the messengers, the revealed Books, paradise and hell and the Day of Resurrection. I accept the Holy Quran as the Book of Allah, and Muhammad, on whom be peace and the blessings of Allah, as the true Prophet. I lay no claim to prophethood. And I do not allege, God forbid, that there is any addition or subtraction to the Holy Quran as given to us by the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and the blessings of Allah be on him. And I bear witness that he is the last of the Prophets and the greatest of all the prophets, and an intercessor for the sinners.”

    Anwar al-Islam, p. 34.

  3. “And brothers, you know that the fatwas of kufr [pronouncements of disbelief against Hazrat Mirza] were not based on proper investigation and did not contain even an inkling of truth. Rather all those declarations were sheer fabrication based on deceit, injustice and falsehood, out of personal jealousy. These people know very well that I am a believer and they have seen with their own eyes that I am a Muslim, that I believe in the One God with Whom there is no associate, that I profess the Kalima: There is no god except Allah, that I accept the Book of Allah, the Quran, and His Messenger Muhammad, on whom be peace and the blessings of Allah, as the last of the Prophets, and I believe in angels, the Day of Resurrection, heaven and hell, that I offer prayers and keep fasts, that I belong to the Ahl-i Qibla [those who face the Muslim direction of prayer], that I consider unlawful all that the Holy Prophet had declared unlawful and lawful all that he had declared lawful, that I have neither added to the Shari‘ah, nor taken away anything from it, not even to the extent of an iota, and that I accept all that has reached us from the Messenger of Allah, on whom be peace and the blessings of Allah, whether I understand its secret or not, and that by Allah’s grace, I am a believer and believe in One God.”

    — Nur al-Haq, vol. i, p. 5.

  4. “These people deceive the masses and lead them into mistakes of thinking that we have invented a new Kalima or a new prayer. What reply can I give to such fabrications? By similar fabrications they placed a humble human being in Trinity. Look, we are Muslims and belong to the Ummah [followers] of Muhammad. With us, fabricating a new form of prayer or turning away from the Qibla are acts of kufr [disbelief ]. We accept all commandments of the Holy Prophet and believe that disregard of even a minor commandment amounts to mischief. My claim is subordinate to the Word of Allah and the word of the Holy Prophet. We have not introduced a new Kalima, a new form of prayer, a new Hajj or a separate mosque of our own in disregard to the obedience of the Holy Prophet. Our mission is the service of this religion [Islam], making it overcome all other religions, and following the Holy Quran and the traditions which are proved to have emanated from the Prophet of God. We consider it necessary to follow even a weak Hadith if it is not against the Holy Quran. We consider Bukhari and Muslim [the two compilations of Hadith] as the most reliable books after the Book of Allah [the Holy Quran].”

    Ruhani Khaza’in No. 2, compilation of talks and discourses of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, vol. vii, p. 138.

  5. “Prophets come for the purpose of changing the religion, changing the qibla [direction in which people pray], cancelling some of the [existing] commandments and introducing some new commandments. But in my case there is no claim of such a revolution. There is the same Islam as before, the same prayers as before, the same Chosen Prophet as before, and the same Holy Book as before. One does not have to omit any such thing from the original faith as to cause so much bewilderment. The claim to be the Promised Messiah would have been dangerous, and worthy of being treated with caution, if, along with this claim, there was some alteration — God forbid — in the commandments of the faith, so that our practices would have been somewhat different from those of other Muslims. When there is none of this, and the only issue in dispute is the life or death of Jesus, the claim to be the Promised Messiah being only an off-shoot of this issue, and this claim does not mean a change in the practices of the faith, nor does it adversely affect the tenets of Islam, then is there any need for a great miracle or sign to be shown in order for this claim to be accepted, the demand for which is the old custom of people in case of a claim to prophethood? Is it difficult for a fair-minded and God-fearing person to accept a Muslim whom God has sent in support of Islam and whose objects are that he make manifest to the people the beauties of Islam, and prove that Islam is free from the objections of modern philosophy, and make the Muslims lean towards the love of Allah and the Messenger?

    If the claim of being the Promised Messiah entailed any imperatives which adversely affect the commandments and beliefs of the Shari‘ah, that indeed would have been horrible. What ought to be looked into is what Islamic truth have I transformed by my claim, and which are the commandments of Islam in which I have made an increase or decrease of even a dot? True, I have interpreted a prophecy in a manner revealed to me by the Almighty Allah in this age. The Holy Quran is witness to the truth of this interpretation, and so are the reliable traditions of the Holy Prophet. Why is there then so much hue and cry?”

    Ainah Kamalat Islam, p. 339.

  6. “It is preposterous to imagine that in accepting my claim there is any fear of damage to the faith. I fail to understand what could cause that damage? There would have been damage only if this humble one had compelled people to follow new teachings, opposed to the teaching of Islam, e.g. if I had declared a lawful thing to be forbidden or vice-versa, or had introduced any changes in those beliefs of the Faith which are essential for salvation, or had introduced any increase or decrease in matters of fasting, prayer, pilgrimage, poor-rate (Zakat), etc. which are duties prescribed by the Shari‘ah. For instance, if I had prescribed ten or two prayers in place of the five daily prayers, or prescribed two months of fasting in place of one month, or fasting for less than a month, then there should have been total spiritual loss, rather disbelief and destruction. But when the situation is that this humble one repeatedly says only this, O brother, I have not brought any new religion nor any new teaching, but I am one of you, and a Muslim like you, and for us Muslims there is no other book to follow except the Holy Quran, nor is there any other revealed book to which we invite others to follow, and when I affirm that except for the Arabian Ahmad, the last of the Prophets (on whom be peace and blessings of Allah) there is none to guide us and none to be followed by us, and none whom we would like others to follow, then where lies the risk for a religious Muslim to accept my claim which is based on revelation from Allah?”

    Izala Auham, pages 181–182.

  7. “In the end, I again declare before the general public that I swear by Almighty Allah that I am not a kafir. My belief is: There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. And regarding the Holy Prophet, I believe [the verse of the Quran]: ‘He is the Messenger of Allah and the Khatam an-nabiyyin. I swear to the truth of this statement of mine as many times as there are holy names of God, and as many times as there are letters in the Holy Quran, and as many times as there are virtues of the Holy Prophet in the sight of God. None of my beliefs is contrary to the commandments of Allah and the Holy Prophet. Whoever thinks otherwise is himself under a misunderstanding. Whoever considers me a kafir even now and does not desist from takfir [calling a Muslim a kafir], let him remember for certain that he shall be questioned after death. I swear by the Exalted Allah that I have such faith in Allah and the Holy Prophet Muhammad that if all the beliefs of this age were placed in the balance against my belief, then by the grace of the Exalted One, my belief will be the heavier.”

    Karamat as-Sadiqeen, p. 25.

Thus Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement believe in all the doctrines and practices of Islam as laid down in the Holy Quran and the Books of Hadith, and as recognised throughout history by the religious leaders of the Ahl as-Sunna.