by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
“The doctrine of Jihad as understood and propagated by the Muslim divines of this age who are called maulvis is utterly incorrect.”
“It can lead to nothing except that by their forceful preaching they would convert common people into wild beasts and would deprive them of all the good qualities of human beings; and so it has happened.”
“I know for certain that the burden of the sins of those people who commit murders through ignorance on account of such preaching’s, and who are unaware of the reason why Islam had to fight battles in its early stages, lies on the necks of these maulvis who go on propagating secretly these dangerous doctrines which result in such grievous loss of life.”
“I have brought you a commandment, which is that Jihad with the sword has been ended but the Jihad of the purification of your spirits must continue to be waged. I say this not on my own but in order to proclaim the design of God. Reflect on the hadees of Bukhari wherein it is stated that the Promised Messiah would put an end to fighting for the faith. Accordingly I command those who have joined my ranks that they should discard all such notions. They should purify their hearts and foster their mercy and should have sympathy for the afflicted. They should spread peace on the earth, for this would cause their faith to spread”
… The practice of attacking the people of other religions prevalent among the Muslims, which they name as Jihad, is not the lawful jihad [as envisaged by shariah], rather it contradicts the word of God and Prophet, and is utter sin. But as some Islamic nations have of old swept into this habit, therefore, it is not easy for them to abandon this habit. Rather, it is quite possible that they become mortal enemy of the person who gives such advice, and may even want to finish him off under the heroic passions. Yet, a way comes to my mind, and that is, if the ruler of Kabul-who has such an awe over the Afghan people that it may be impossible to find similar awe in any previous Afghan ruler-should gather renown scholars and bring the matter of Jihad into discussion, and then, through the scholars, make the public aware of their misconceptions, rather have some booklets written by the scholars of the country in Pashtu and have them widely published. Then, for sure, such action will have deep effect on public, and the emotions stirred by the ignorant mulla [religious clergy] spread among the public will subside eventually. And certainly, it will be unfortunate for of the public if the ruler does not pay attention to this necessary correction. And, the final result is the trouble for that government which sits quiet on such edicts from the mullas.
Translated from Urdu, Government Angrezi aur Jihad, p. 17-18