This magazine was founded by Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad in 1906 out of Qadian.  The first edition was published on March 1st, 1906. Muhammad Ali praised Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad heavily and even supported the prophethood of MGA therein. By 1913, Qazi Muhammad Zahuruddin Akmal seems to have become the editor. However, he was the editor from the very beginning, Mirza Basheer ud Din lied and claimed to be the editor. Mirza Basheer ud Din could barely read and write. March 1922: The magazine Tashheez-ul-Azhan was merged with the Review of Religions Urdu.

Muhammad Ali’s comments on the Tashhiz al-Adhan magazine in the Urdu ROR of April 1906
“The editor of the magazine is Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad, son of the Promised Messiahas. In the first number there is an introductory article from his pen running over 14
pages. The article will, of course, be read in due course by members of our Movement but what I wish to do is to cite this article before the opponents of our Movement as a manifest evidence of the truth of the Movement. The article purports to say that when disorders prevail, on the earth and the majority of the people abandon the path of God, and betake themselves to the path of vice, and sit down like vultures to feast on the carrion of a dead world forgetful altogether of the life to come, at such a time it is always the rule with God that from among the same people He raises a Nabi to remind the people of the time of His true teachings and to point out to the
people the right way to Him. Then such of them as have been blinded by their vices in the intoxication of material enjoyment, either laugh at the words of the Nabi, or persecute him and his followers, and seek to overthrow his Movement. But since the Movement is founded by God, it cannot be destroyed by the machinations of man. On the contrary, the Nabi even under such circumstances informs his adversaries in advance that it is they who will ultimately be overthrown and that a portion of them will be destroyed and making of them an example God will
guide the rest to the right faith. All these prophecies come to pass as predicted. This is the rule with God, which has always held true, and the same has happened in the present case.””””
(See Truth About the Split, 2007 online english edition, page 72-73)[The Review of Religions (Urdu ed.), Vol. V, p. 119].

March 1st, 1906
Tashhiz-ul-Azhan (v. 1, pages 5&6) Written by Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad
“We are now to see whether or not there is any need for a Nabi to appear in this age, and whether we should call this age a good or an evil one. So far as can be seen, no age of the world has exceeded the present in vice and crime. The whole world has been crying with one voice that the high water mark of iniquity has been reached. This is the age which more than any other stands in need of a Divine Messenger.”

(See Truth About the Split, 2007 online english edition, page 71-72)
March 1st, 1906
Tashhiz-ul-Azhan (v. 1, page 8) Written by Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad

“In short, every nation has been expecting a Nabi and the time assigned for his advent is the one we are now in, Our beloved Prophet Muhammadsa mentioned certain signs which were to mark the advent of this Nabi and in other ways made it easy for us to recognise him. Such predictions go to prove how high and great the rank is of our Prophet.”

(See Truth About the Split, 2007 online english edition, page 71)
March 1st, 1906
Tashhiz-ul-Azhan (v. 1, page 10) Written by Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad

“Do you think that because you belong to a great nation or because you possess gold and jewels, or because you have a large following, or because you are a millionaire or a king or a scholar or head of a pious foundation or a fakir—that there is, therefore, no need for you to obey this Rasul?”

(See Truth About the Split, 2007 online english edition, page 71)
March 1st, 1906
Tashhiz-ul-Azhan (v. 1, page 11) Written by Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad

“Only a few have accepted him, most have rejected him. This has been the Divine rule in the case of all previous Ambiya’; and the same has been the case now.”

(See Truth About the Split, 2007 online english edition, page 71)
(Tash’hidh-ul- Adh’han, June 1906)
“””The Holy Prophetsa prophesied about my illness, which manifested itself in these forms.
The Holy Prophetsa stated that when the Messiah descends from heaven, he would be
clad in two yellow robes. “”””
Tashhiz-ul-Azhan (v. 3, no. 6–7, June–July 1908)

Shortly after the death of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in May 1908, Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud Ahmad wrote a lengthy article in the magazine of which he was editor, Tashhiz-ul-Azhan (v. 3, no. 6–7, June–July 1908), answering allegations by the opponents of the Ahmadiyya Movement that some of the prophecies of the Promised Messiah had not been fulfilled in his lifetime. One objection related to the non-fulfilment of the prophecy of the birth of a noble and glorious son who would bring a great transformation in the world (the Muslih Mau‘ood). In answering this objection, Mirza Mahmud Ahmad wrote that the word ‘son’ in this prophecy could apply to a later descendant of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad from some future generation or it could even apply to any true follower who is not physically related to him in any way.
Tashhidhul Adhhan of June and July 1908

“Sadiqoń Ki Raushni Ku Kaun Dur Kar Sakta Hai” (Who Can Extinguish the Light of the Righteous) by Hadrat Khalifatul Masih Ira, acting under the direction of a revelation. This essay was also issued separately as a booklet.

(See Truth About the Split, 2007 online english edition, page 83).

Annual Conference of the year held in April 1909 (not sure if this is the Jalsa), the speech delivered by me contained the following words. This speech was published both in The Badr and in the Tashhidhul Adhhan. Hadrat Khalifatul Masih Ira, was in the chair

“This Divine promise was not made to us in order that we might believe in the death of Jesusas; rather, God promised to us through His Rasul, the Promised Messiahas that if we should make a purchase similar to what was made by the previous people, then we too should receive a similar favoured treatment” (Tashhidhul Adhhan, February 1909, p.28).(See Truth About the Split, 2007 online english edition, page 85-86).
1909, exact date unknown

(Tashhidhul Adhhan Vol. 3, page 217)(See Truth About the Split, 2007 online english edition, page 84-85).

“Well, if they should still persist in their denial, then what else can one do than say in the
words of the Promised Messiah’sas revelation i.e. (12:87 of the Quran)

“There came a Nabi and spent days and nights grieving for the people till he departed from this life. But still the people persisted in their denial.” We do not pray to God for the destruction of these unbelievers; we have anguish in our hearts for their sake and a yearning that God may grant to them His guidance and the grace to recognize His Nabi. They may mock and scoff at us but we would still pray for them “God Omnipotent! Thou knowest our hearts and art aware how sorely stricken they are for the sake of these erring ones. Thou Knower of the unseen and the manifest! Mark our sufferings and have pity on us and relieve us of our woe and inform our brethren of thepath of Thy guidance, the path of light which Thy Nabi has opened for us and grant them the grace to recognise the same.”
April 1910

(Tashhizul Azhan, April 1911, page 139).  Also quoted in Muhammad Ali’s “Heresy in Islam” (1922) see page 34.

“Thirdly, the fate of the people who are not aware of the teachings of the Promised Messiah is known to Allah.  It cannot be said with certainty what is in their minds.  Since the Sahriah takes cognizance of what is patent we are bound to consider them Kafirs”. 

(Tashhizul Azhan, April 1911, page 141). Also quoted in Muhammad Ali’s “Heresy in Islam” (1922) see page 34.

“Thus not only the person who does not declare him Kafir but happens to ignore his call is an unbeliever, but even one who considers him truthful in his heart and does not reject him outright but is hesitant to take the pledge, is an unbeliever”.
(Tashhizul Azhan ) Vol. 1V & VI pages 130, 131, April, 1911)

“It is our faith and belief that Hazrat Sahib was an apostle of God, appointed by the Lord. It is our conviction that Allah has always been sending His prophets. At the same time it is also our belief that the Holy Prophet Mohammad, is Ra’uf, Rahim, Apostle of Allah, and Khataman -Nabiyin. After him, there has been no prophet with a new Sharia ; and he is the seal for all kinds of Nabuwwat in the future. Whosoever will reach God now, he will do so only by virtue of obedience and loyalty, and devotion to him, as we read in the Holy Quran: ` ‘ `Say, if you love Allah, follow me, and God will begin to love you.’ His honour lies only in this. Can a man be called honoured who has no subordinates under him? No, really honoured and high in rank would only be one who has many people of position and power placed under him. Look at things in this world itself. Would you prefer to be a king, or an emperor? The world emperor denotes a higher position than does the word king. It carries the sense that he rules over kings. He stands higher than kings, not lower. Similarly a Nabuwwat is higher which has some prophets placed under its authority, than another Nabuwwat which has no prophet placed under it. So, on this same principle, we hold the Promised Messiah as a Nabi, and a Mamur, duly commissioned, in the light of unassailable Reports in the works of Hadith.”
As quoted in Burney, see page 25

“”He (MGA) has declared the person (as Kafir), who believes in him to be true, but hesitates to become his disciple for fuller satisfaction, nay, he also who admits him to be true and does not deny him orally, but only hesitates in Bait, has been judged to be a Kafir”””. (Tasheedul Azhan, Vol. VI, dated 4th April, 1911).

(Tashhidhul Adh-han, January 1913, p 39)

“If any one could become alive after death, after three centuries, he would see that the world is as full of Ahmadis as the sea is full of water drops.”
1913-March, in the magazine Tashheez-ul-Azhan under the title دس ابری تعالیٰ 􀋄 دلائل ہستی (Das Dalail Hasti Bari Ta‘ala) before being reproduced in Volume I of Anwar-ul-‘Uloom, the same argument is mentioned.

“””Ten Proofs for the Existence of God”””


(Tashhiz al-Azhan, April 1913, pp. 165 – 170)

“The reverend says that all Muslims are agreed upon this issue, except Sir Sayyid who has rejected it on rational grounds, but that no one has rejected it on the basis of the Holy Quran. However, I will go on to show that he is wrong in saying that no one has rejected it from the Holy Quran. I will prove that people have shed light on this from the Quran itself and have proved that Jesus was not born without a father, but was born like the rest of the world. What I mean to say is that there have been differences on this issue, and that some people have believed Jesus to have had a father.”


Tashhizul Azhan, 1914

In 1914, Pir Manzur Muhammad wrote to the Khalifa (Noorudin) and asked about the “Musleh Maud”, Pir Manzur Muhammad was already indicating that Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad was in-fact the Musleh Maud (see Tashhizul Azhan, 1914, and Tarikh-i-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. IV, page 369) and (“Truth Prevails”, pages 90-91).


(Tasheed-ul-azhan, Qadian, No.8, vol.12, p.11 dated August 1917)

“These quotations prove that except for the Promised Messiah no one else can be a Prophet…After Holy Prophet (pbuh) only one Prophet was necessary and the coming of too many Prophets would have hindered the Wisdom and Schemes of God.”


100 Years Ago… – An Ahmadiyya Mosque in London

Tash-heezul-Azhan, February 1920

The former editor of Paigham-e-Sulah [magazine], Dost Muhammad Sahib ridiculed Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Sadiq Sahib in his letter, asking, “Where is your Ahmadiyya Mosque about which you have reported in the newspaper that Eid Prayer was offered in it?”

It is Divine Providence that on the one hand, this taunt was being written in London, against the practice of righteous men. I say this because the ummah of the prophets have to initially follow the instruction of وَاجْعَلُوا بُیُوتَکُمْ قِبْلَۃً [make your houses a qibla (mosque)] and the holy hadith also states جعلت لی الارض مسجدا [the entire earth has been made a mosque for me] and therefore, a room is being used as a mosque in London.

On the other hand, Hazrat Mufti Sahib was writing on the very same day that an Ahmadiyya mosque should be built there with our own efforts.

On 4 January, this taunt was being written and at the same time, God impressed upon the heart of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih to appeal for the Ahmadiyya mosque. Hence, he expressed this subject in Masjid Mubarak on 6 January and 30,000 rupees were already sent to London by 14 January [for the new mosque]. The money reached there with an increase in its value to nearly 52,000, as the rate of the pound dropped in the UK. Owing to the unchallengeable ways of God, the message of 4 January was published on 14 January and so the slander that was about to be conveyed by the brothers of Joseph became a dagger and was stuck in their ribs before it could reach us.

The appeals for chanda are made quite frequently but the enthusiasm present in the participation of this call suggests that God’s will is to build the Ahmadiyya Mosque in London at the earliest possible time, which will attract many blessings. In order to grant an opportunity of doing good deeds, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih has raised the demand of chanda to 100,000 rupees, but the speed of offerings suggest that even this sum will be collected very soon.

Therefore, members of the Jamaat should take part in it with all possible haste, lest this opportunity go out of hand. Let alone London, mosques will be built all over Europe. Moreover, instead of bells ringing, the listeners of “Allah-o-Akbar” [God is great] will surely hear it but the privilege and significance which this first mosque possesses will not be held by the second.

So friends! Once again, in انفاق الاموال فی سبيل اللہ [sacrificing wealth in the way of God], present the model of the companions before the world.

اِنَّمَا یَعۡمُرُ مَسٰجِدَ اللّٰہِ مَنۡ اٰمَنَ بِاللّٰہِ وَ الۡیَوۡمِ الۡاٰخِرِ وَ اَقَامَ الصَّلٰوۃَ وَ اٰتَی الزَّکٰوۃَ وَ لَمۡ یَخۡشَ اِلَّا اللّٰہَ فَعَسٰۤی اُولٰٓئِکَ اَنۡ یَّکُوۡنُوۡا مِنَ الۡمُہۡتَدِیۡنَ

[“Verily, he alone is worthy of maintaining the Mosques of Allah in a good and flourishing condition who believes in Allah, and the Last Day, and observes Prayer, and pays the Zakat, and fears none but Allah; so these it is who are far more likely to be counted among the guided”].

The attributes of

ایمان باللہ، اقامۃ الصلوٰۃ، ایتاء الزکوٰۃ

[having faith in Allah, performing prayer, offering zakat (obligation for a Muslim to donate a certain proportion of wealth each year for charitable causes)] and showing fear before none but Allah, are only present in you, so the mosques would surely be inhabited by you.

May you be granted assistance through the divine power of the Mahdi.

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