Born in 1835 in Qadian (India), Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah and Mahdi(as), devoted himself to the study of the Holy Quran and to a life of prayer and devotion. Finding Islam the target of foul attacks from all directions and the fortunes of Muslims at a low ebb, he undertook the vindication and exposition of Islam. In his vast corpus of writings (including the epoch-making Brahin-e-Ahmadiyya), his lectures, discourses, religious debates etc., he argued that Islam was a living faith and the only faith by following which man could establish contact with his Creator and enter into communion with Him. The teachings contained in the Holy Quran and the Law promulgated by Islam were designed to raise man to moral, intellectual and spiritual perfection. He announced that God had appointed him the Messiah and Mahdi as mentioned in the prophecies of the Bible, the Holy Quran and Ahadith. In 1889 he began to accept initiation into the Ahmadiyya Jama‘at, which is now established in almost two hundred countries. His eighty books are written mostly in Urdu, but some are in Arabic and Persian.
Mr. Sirajuddin, a professor at Forman Christian College Lahore, became a Christian under the influence of Christian missionaries. The four questions he submitted to the Promised Messiah(as) relate to the teaching of Islam regarding Salvation, Oneness of God, Jihad, Love and Compassion.
Chaudhry Muhammad Ali
January 1st, 2009