Jesus in India is an English version of Masih Hindustan mein, an Urdu
treatise written by the Holy Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement in
Islam, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835 - 1908).
The main thesis expounded in the treatise is Jesus' escape from an
ignominious death on the Cross and his subsequent journey to India in
quest of the lost tribes of Israel whom he had to gather into his
fold as mentioned in the New Testament.
Abundant evidence has been furnished from Christian as well as Muslim
Scriptures, old medical books and books of history, including ancient
Buddhistic records, to illustrate the theme.
Starting upon his journey from Jerusalem and passing from thence
through Nasibus and Iran, Jesus is shown to have reached Afghanistan,
where he met the Jews who had settled there after their deliverance
from the bondage of Nebuchadnezzar.
From Afghanistan Jesus went to Kashmir, where some Israelite tribes
had also settled. He made this place his home and here he died. His
tomb has been traced and found in Khanyar Street, Srinagar.
In the section dealing with the evidence adduced from ancient
Buddhistic records, Hazrat Ahmad has resolved a question which, owing
to its difficult nature, has for a long time confounded many a
These writers have been baffled by the striking resemblance that
exists between Christian and Buddhistic teachings and between the
life events of both Jesus and Buddha as revealed in their respective
Some of these writers hold the view that Buddhistic teachings must
somehow have reached Palestine and been assimilated by Jesus in his
own sermons. But there is absolutely no historical proof to support
A Russian traveller named Nicolas Notovitch stayed for quite some
time with Lamas in Tibet and had their sacred books translated for
him. He is of the opinion that Jesus must have come to Tibet before
the crucifixion and gone back to Palestine after having imbibed
Buddhistic teachings. This also is a mere statement unsupported by
reliable historical evidence.
Repudiating both these views, Hazrat Ahmad writes that Jesus came to
India not before the event of the Cross but after it and that it was
not he who borrowed Buddhistic teachings but the followers of Buddha
who seem to have reproduced the entire picture of the Gospels in
According to Hazrat Ahmad Jesus also visited Tibet during his travels
in India in search of the lost tribes of Israel. He preached his
messages to Buddhistic monks, some of whom were converted Jews. The
followers of Buddha were deeply impressed by his teachings and took
him to be the manifestation of Buddha and their Promised Teacher.
With faith in him as their Master, they mixed his teachings with
their own records and ascribed it all to the Buddha. Ample evidence
in support of this is furnished from ancient Buddhistic records.
Masih Hindustan mein was written in 1899 and it marks the end of an
era in which for centuries Muslims and Christians had believed in the
ascension of Jesus to Heaven. It being the first book ever written on
the subject with such a rational approach, the book produced a most
Its arguments were broadcast and in the past half-century it has
achieved remarkable success in divesting Jesus of false appurtenances
of divinity and in presenting him to the world merely as a divine
prophet as he actually was.
In Muslim circles the effect has been so marked that the Rector of
the Al-Azhar University in Cairo issued a Fatwa (verdict) that
according to the Holy Quran Jesus had died a natural death. Its
influence on the Christian mind has also been greatly disturbing.
As stated in the Introduction and also at the end of the book, Hazrat
Ahmad intended to write a second part in which he would have given,
besides some additional proofs of Jesus' journey to India, a
comparative evaluation of the teachings of Islam and Christianity
with some cogent arguments in proof of the truth of Islam as well as
of his own claim to be the Promised Messiah.
Though no other book among his writings bears this title, yet Hazrat
Ahmad has discussed thoroughly all these issues with many more
important ones concerning the truth of Islam, of his own claim and of
the death of Jesus in quite a number of books which he wrote after
the above-mentioned book.
The present English translation was made by Qazi Abdul Hamid,
formerly editor of a weekly, The Sunrise, Lahore, in which it
appeared serially during 1938-39. It was first published in book form
in 1944 by Nashr-o-Ishaat, Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya, Qadian.
Besides others who have assisted us in any way in the production of
this book, our thanks are due to Mr. Mauloud Ahmad Khan, a former
Imam of the London Mosque, who went to great pains to gather relevant
quotations from the original books which have been referred to by
Hazrat Ahmad in support of his thesis. The quotations have been
attached to the book in the form of an appendix.