As everyone knows, this was the famous “Ahl-e-Hadith” newspaper that made MGA popular and gave him an opportunity to do free marketing.  In February of 1878 he started publishing the magazine Isha‘atus Sunnah. It was a voice of the Ahle Hadith movement in the Punjab of the time. The magazine became quite popular and was recognized by notable scholars and Government Officials. When Sir Charles Umpherston Aitchison, Governor of the Punjab from 1882-1887,[7] left the area in April 1887, he gave Muhammad Hussain, a certificate testifying to his ability and learning. Muhammad Hussain proudly records this fact.[8]

I present some interesting quotes in the below.  Muhammad Husain’s request for a Mubahila vs. MGA may be seen in his lsha‘atus-Sunnah No. 3, Vol. 18, p. 77, 1. 11: No. 12, Vol. 14, pp. 338-339; No. 7, Vol. 18, p. 197, 11. 6-8.

May 1881
Ahmadiyya sources claim that Batalvi published a notice in his magazine which indicated that Braheen-e-Ahmadiyya Vol. 1 was published (see Dard, page 90).  Isha‘atus-Sunnah No. 4. Vol. 2, pages 3 and 4.

“””‘In our opinion, from the point of view of the modern age, this book stands unique in the
history of Islam. No book has ever been published like it in the past, and we cannot say
anything about the future, which is known only to God. The perseverance of the author in the
service of Islam, through his life, his energy, pen, tongue, and every form of activity is almost unprecedented amongst Muslims. This should not be taken as Asiatic exaggeration. We
challenge anyone to show us the like of this book.'”””” (Isha‘atus-Sunnah. vol. 6, Nos. 6-11).

“Some of our Muslim brothers believe that the present misfortunes of the followers of Islam cannot be removed without the sword. It is no use acquiring worldly education. However, looking at the present condition of the Muslims, this belief appears improbable.”
“Brethren! the age of the sword is no more. Now instead of the sword it is necessary to wield the pen. How can the sword come into the hands of the Muslims when they have no hands. They have no national identity or existence. In such a useless and weak condition, to consider them as a nation is to exceed the imagination of Shaikh Chilli (a proverbial, comical figure in Urdu fiction).” (Isha’at-as-Sunnah, vol. 6, no. 12, December 1883, p. 364).

“In our opinion, in this age and in view of the present circumstances, this is such a book that the like of it has not been written up to this time in Islam. … Its author … has proved himself firm in helping the cause of Islam, with his property, with his pen and tongue and his personal religious experience, to such an extent that an example of it is rarely met with among the Muslims who have gone before … who, besides helping Islam … have also come forward with
their religious experiences and have proclaimed, as against the opponents of Islam and the deniers of revelation, the manly challenge that whoever doubted the truth of
revelation might come … and witness the truth thereof and who have made non-Muslims taste of the same” (Isha‘atus-Sunnah, vol. 7, June-Nov., 1884, Batala, India)(See also Lahori-Ahmadi website and this book, page 10:

Batalvi wrote about MGA as follows: that I (MGA) lead a highly pure and virtuous life, love truth and am one of the most ardent well wishers of the British Government.(Isha’at us Sunnah, No. 9, Vol. 7).

Maulawi Muhammad Husain devoted about 14 pages of his paper to this book and instead of reviewing it he gave quotations which he said spoke for themselves. He asked every Muslim to buy ten or twenty copies of the book for distribution amongst the Hindus so that the hostile activities of the Arya Samaj against Islam might be checked.  MGA’s book was Surmah Chashma Arya(Isha‘atus-Sunnah Vol. 9, No. 5 and No. 6, pp. 145-158)(See Hidden Treasures).

See Hidden Treasures, pages 23-24.

“””The author of the Barahin-e-Ahmadiyyah is well-known to us. In fact, few know more about his thoughts, aspirations and circumstances etc. than we do. He belongs to our district, and when
young, attended the same course and the same instruction with us. Since those days we have corresponded, communicated and conferred with him regularly. Nobody, therefore, should take it an exaggeration if we say that we know the author and his circumstances rather well.”””Volume 11, No. 6, pages 6-11. 

1889 and 1890
“Isha’at al-Sunnah 12 (1889): 353-388; 13(1890): 1-100, under the titles, “A Discourse with the imaginary Messiah Mirza of Qadiyan”  (Khayali masih Mirza Qadiyani se guft o gu) and “A discourse with the fictitious apostle” (farazi hawari se guft o gu).  An account of the debate itself was published in the same journal, 13(1890): 115–326.”  

Dec 1889
Maulawi Muhammad Husain of Batala, a great friend of MGA, was also much perturbed. Fath-e-Islam was being printed at the Riaz-e-Hind Press, Amritsar, he happened to go there and saw the proofs of it. He wrote a letter on January 31st, 1891, asking whether MGA had really claimed to be the Promised Messiah.  Ahmadas thought it sufficient to write only ‘Yes’
in answer. Muhammad Husain had asked him to say Yes or No.  (Isha‘atus Sunnah, Vol. 12, No. 12).

January 1890
Batalvi and MGA go back and forth on his claims. 
(Isha‘atus Sunnah, No. 1, Vol. 13).

Batalvi says that since it was he who had thus raised him (MGA) in the eyes of the masses, so now he was under obligation to bring Ahmad down for his fresh claims.  Isha’at-us-Sunnah, Vol-13, No.1, page. 4.

March 1890
“Dear readers it is 30th April 1892 today , three days have passed after the expiry of 40 days time line. I am flourishing and am better than Mirza in health, wealth and in children. Maybe Mirza would justify his failed prophesy by telling his Mureeds that It was meant a metaphoric AZAB would fall on me on qayamah or he could say look Batalvi felt great distress during fasting or see Batalvi’s son has suffered from cold and cough and in this way my prophesy has fulfilled with extreme grace.”” (Vol. 13, No. 3). 

Dec 1891
“””‘If you are a man and have any courage, then prove both your claims in an assembly of
learned men—you will not come into the field—I challenge you to a Mubahila. Come out into the field of Mubahila and take an oath”””. (Vol. 14, No. 12 p. 338).

“”Otherwise He [God] would send down the severest punishment upon you and drive you to destruction””” (Isha’at-us-Sunnah, Vol. 15, No. 1, p. 15. and also Vol 18, No. 7, p. 215.)

MGA claims that Batalvi mischievously accuses my wife of adultery and says that it has been revealed to his friend Mullah Muhammad Bakhsh that my wife shall have unlawful connection with my followers and, becoming loose, shall get a divorce from me and marry the said mullah. (Vol. 15, No. 7, p. 215).

Batalvi gives MGA permission to give a death prophecy against him.
(Isha‘atus Sunnah Vol. 15, No. 8. p.170).

“””That the Qadiani is a Dajjal of this time, a second Musailma, perfidious, deceiver, cheat,
liar and impostor, and that he is the enemy of the faith of Islam and all other heavenly faiths.””” (Vol. 16, No. 1, p. 6.).

“”””Mirza Saheb started scolding Hindus and their ladies in volumes of Braheen other literature and advertisements. On page 19 of his book, Shuhna-e-Haq, he writes: ‘ You are not going to give me the hand of your daughters that you are investigating my property’. In his book, Surma Chasme Arya, he mentioned Arya girls in bad language and abused their idols. Moreover he started intimidating Hindus in his Inspirations. Such things made Hindus furious and a source of permanent animosity.”””” (Isha’at us Sunnah vol. 18 p.13-14).

“”And when he (Lekhram) was murdered, and in assigning the cause of his murder the public
differed, the Hindus got an excuse for saying that the above mentioned revelation of the
inspired murderer Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was the cause of his murder and they published it as
certain that their representative had been murdered by the Mirza to fullfil his own
revelation. Some Hindus alleged that other Muhammadans were also involved in the conspiracy of murder and wrote that as the Muhammadans had been unsuccessful in the
prosecution of the Pandit so they obtained a fatwa of his murder from the mullahs.””
(Isha‘atus-Sunnah Vol. 18, No. 1, p. 14).

“””To calm the excitement of the Hindus, which has passed due limits, I ask them—and this is a
sure remedy for putting a stop to all disturbances—to give up the certainty that the murderer was a Muhammadan and to think also of the probability of the murderer being a Hindu. The reason for this is that the Hindus had been injured to the same extent by the abuses of the pandit as the Muhammadans and, in the words of the Editor of the Akhbar-e-‘Am who is himself a pandit, Lekhram used to abuse Hindu saints in the same harsh tone as the Muhammadan saints and that therefore an orthodox Hindu or an orthodox Muhammadan may equally be suspected of his murder. There is no reason, therefore that a Muslim be specified for such suspicion. And the private reason of this murder has also been published in newspapers; and the Civil and Military Gazette, which is a neutral paper, remarks that it is possible that after all the murder may only have been a private one.””” (Isha‘atus-Sunnah Vol. 18, No. 1, p. 16).

“””Had we been under Muslim rule, we would have given you (Ahmad) a proper reply. We

would have at once cut off your head with a sword and made you a dead body”””. (Vol. 18, No. 3, p. 95).

MGA claims that Muhammad Hussain charges me with a false accusation and instigates the Ahl-e- Hadith, a sect of which he is the leader, to murder me. He also got it published through some men of his party that carrying away my wife and the wives of my followers forcibly was meritorious. I have got this Ishtihar and request that it may be filed.(Vol. 18, No. 3. p. 95).

“””Have pity on the creatures of God and give up stratagems. Either accept Islam—or prove by means of a controversy or a Mubahala that these articles of faith which you profess do not
lead to Kufr.””””(Vol. 18, No. 3, p. 77 See also Vol. 17, No, 12, p. 384; Vol. 18, No. 4, p. 132).

MGA claims that Muhammad Hussain incites Muslims against me while speaking of the Sultan of Turkey. He writes that I do not regard the Sultan as the rightful Caliph, and religious
leader of the Muslims. Over the Sultan’s rule Muhammad Hussain opposed me and took the
contrary view, while Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan in his paper, dated July 24th, 1897, took my
side and rejected the views of my opponents. (Vol. 18, No. 5, p.143).

“”””Mirza is ready to carry the filth and dirt of the Christians and to rub his face on their shoes.
He has given to the British Government the dignity of God. This donkey of an Antichrist
has published such nonsense regarding His Majesty the Sultan that one has a strong desire
that this Satan of impure mind … should be beaten with shoes two hundred times. Curse on
this offspring of a dog! He should rather have become an open apostate to Christianity than
use contemptuous words for the Sultan. I have made five prophecies about him:

(1) The Qadiani shall be involved in a serious case and shall be banished or charged and thrown into prison.
(2) While in prison, he shall go mad.
(3)  He shall suffer from a fistula.
(4) He shall become a leper and his figure shall be deformed.
(5) His wife shall have unlawful connection with his disciples and, after getting a divorce from him, shall marry me. Maulawi Abu Sa‘id Muhammad Husain will pronounce the marriage sermon.
(6) Eventually the Mirza shall become blind, deaf and dumb and, committing suicide, shall be thrown into hell.””””” (Vol. 18. No. 5, pp. 150, 154,155).

MGA claims that his character was showing the character of the foul and grossly vulgar language used form and the vile attacks made on MGA.
(Vol. 18, No: 5, pp. 154-155).

MGA claims that Batalvi called him a mad elephant, thirsty for the blood of Muslims,
disloyal, traitorous and rebel; again in Vol. 16 p. 116, he calls me a murderer and a
dacoit; and in his fatwa of Takfir, he calls me kafir, heretic, apostate, innovator, Dajjal,
accursed, impostor and deceiver. All these papers are herewith attached.(Vol. 18, pp. 85,
120, 161, 165, 180.).

“””Having expressed many a time my readiness to have a Mubahala with him, I prevented his having recourse to a challenge for Mubahila. I showed the mischief contained in the conditions added by him to a Mubahila—when these machinations of his were broken and he was left helpless he devised another plan which he published in his Ishtihar of May 19th, 1897,
viz. both parties should pray to God without coming into the presence of each other. This
showed clearly that he was unable to have a Mubahila with me in my presence, and that
therefore no one should go to him in Qadian. I accepted this method also.””” (Vol. 18, No. 7, p.

“””Otherwise He would send down the severest punishment upon you and drive you to
destruction”””(Vol. 15, No. 1, p. 15. See also Vol. 18, No. 7, p. 215).

 “””I do not regard the Mirza as the murderer of Lekhram, nor do I believe in his being involved
in the conspiracy of murder.””””(Vol. 18, No. 9, p. 265).

April 1898
Sir Charles Umpherston Aitchison, Governor of the Punjab from 1882-1887, left the area in April 1887, he gave Muhammad Hussain, a certificate testifying to his ability and learning. Muhammad Hussain proudly records this fact (See ‘ Isha‘atus Sunnah’ Vol. 20, No. 3).

September 1899
Batalvi talks about his children.
(Isha‘atus Sunnah, Vol. 22 No. 8, pp. 225, 226).

Sections of the book

  1. pp 1 33- : Polemical question/answers:
    1. Murder attempts were made on Atham and the author says that since Atham did not go to the police, he was afraid from inside. Muhammad Hussain Batalvi said that since Atham openly declared the attempts to be orchestrated by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the latter should have filed a criminal complaint against him.
    2. People left MGA when he prophecied the death of Atham. MGA responds with saying that Jesus promised to restore the throne of David but did not. He uses very aggressive language but with the caveat that he is talking about the ‘Jesus who claimed to be God and not the Jesus of the Quran’.
    3. In addition to attacking Atham, he attacks Christians in general and says:Sadly this was the first instance to determine the integrity of the Christians but none of them cared for the truth. Even the editor of the Civil and Military Gazette, who claimed to be unbiased and straightforward, told a dirty lie on this occasion. I am not sad about Hasam-ud-Din as these people who join the ranks of the Padres (priests) are usually puppets of lies and insects who feed on filth. They have no natural shame nor fear of God.
    4. Gloating over Atham’s death –See how today the reality of the prophecy has been laid out. Didn’t all of them die today who put Atham on a vehicle and paraded him through the streets of Amritsar? Hasn’t it been proven today that all their happiness was false?
    5. In response to a question from Shuhna Hind paper in Meerath (1 September 1896) about MGA claiming to be a prophet:How can a person who believes in the Quran . . . that I am a prophet or messenger after Muhammad(saw). . . . I have never claimed in real terms to be a prophet or messenger; and using a word in its non-real meaning, and using its dictionary meaning in normal conversation does not obligate ‘kufr’. However, I don’t even like that as there is a chance that common Muslims will be deceived by it. But I cannot hide the conversation of God to me that frequently uses the words of prophet and messenger, as I am an appointed one. I repeatedly say that the word ‘mursal’ (messenger) or ‘rasool’ or ‘nabi’ (prophet) used for me in those revelations is not used in its real sense (common usage) – and the real truth to which I bear solemn witness is that our Prophet Muhammad(saw) is the ‘khatam-ul-anbiyaa’ and no prophet will come after him – old or new. . . . Sometimes, the revelations of God, some words are used about some of His friends (saints) in allegory and similitude, and are not based on fact. The whole quarrel which foolish and biased (people) have dragged in a different direction: the name of the coming promised messiah stated from the blessed tongue of Muhammad(saw) as quoted in Sahih Muslim etc. – i.e. prophet of Allah – is in the spirit of the same accepted allegorical usage in the books of Sufis (reference to ibn Arabi) and a common idiom for communication with God. Otherwise, what prophet after the Khatam-al-Anbiya (Last Prophet).
    6. p.28:
    7. Best way to resolve this is by way of Mubahila (prayer duel) and invites Fateh Maseeh by name.
  2. pp 34-44: A good way for the priests of Punjab and India to solve the issue
    1. Cartoon of Trinity
    2. MGA invites one of the following Christian priests: Dr. Martin ClarkImad-ud-Din, Thakar Das, Hasam-ud-Din, Safdar Ali Bhandara, Thomas Howell, or Fateh Maseeh
    3. Christians eat pigeons with relish although the pigeon is their God (Holy Spirit). Hindus are better as they do not eat their God, the bull.
    4. Offers to gather in a field (Mubahila) and let the wrath of God descend on the person opposite. Offers 10,000 rupees (3,000 advance) in case nothing happens to the opposite person within one year.
  3. Challenge of Mubahila to Muslim scholars
    1. Declares Nazir Hussain of Delhi to be the originator of the declaration of ‘kufr’ against MGA
    2. pp. 51-62 : samples of Arabic revelations from God
    3. My claim is based on two aspects: Quran/Hadith and my revelations. You have not accepted Quran/Hadith, now let us come to the challenge of my revelations. This is how it will work: I will write down all these Arabic revelations on a paper and come to a field and pray God to kill me or send a terminal disease in one year if these revelations are fake, as I do not want to misguide people.
    4. pp. 69-72 and 283: Names of Islamic scholars invited. See Contemporary Muslim Scholars
  4. pp. 73-282: Arabic with Persian translation
  5. pp. 283-284: Arabic rejoinder to the editor of the Civil and Military Gazette
  6. Appendix: Atham and the prophecy (in response to Fateh Maseeh:If any of the prophecies of Jesus, the dead god of Christians, is proven to be equal in weight to this (Atham’s death) prophecy, I will pay any sort of fine. What were the prophecies of that helpless person? Only this that earthquakes and droughts will happen and there will be battles? May God’s curse be on those minds who took these prophecies as evidence of his divinity and made a dead person their god. Don’t earthquakes happen all the time? and droughts occur all the time? Isn’t there some war going on somewhere all the time? Then why did this foolish Israeli (Jesus was of the progeny of the Biblical Israel) term these normal occurrences as prophecies? Only because the Jews were after him? When they asked for a miracle, Jesus replied that these adulterous and promiscuous people ask me for a miracle . . . see how Jesus sidetracked them . . . now someone would have to be adulterous and promiscuous to ask for a miracle . . .
    1. the author then goes on to describe the low moral character of Jesus (lying and relationship with prostitutes and being the offspring of prostitutes, etc.) and then ends by saying, ‘Quran does not mention anything about Jesus’ life’ and had Fateh Maseeh not insulted Muhammad(saw), he would not have insulted Jesus.
    2. pp. 299-301: advertisement about a conference in Town Hall, Lahore, where the author’s paper will be read.
    3. pp. 307-308: Maulvi Sanaullah Amritsari has said, after my current call to Mubahila, ‘what happened to your Mubahila with Abdul Haq Ghaznavi?If, by these words, Maulvi Sanaullah means that as the Christians, after the duration of the (Atham) prophecy, made a lot of noise in Amritsar and the unclean group of Christians were dancing in the street like courtesans; and all priests and their like-minded maulvis and some filthy-natured newspapermen were all abusing me and calling me all sorts of things – that all this was the effect of the Abdul Haq mubahila? . . . . so all that show of happiness that the filthy and lewd people had over Atham, the same happiness is now turned to shame and disappointment. Now find him – where is Atham? Is he not in his grave as a result of the prophecy? Has he not been dropped into Hawia (hell)? . . . . the second matter that raised my respect after the said Mubahila (with Abdul Haq) are the pamphlets that I wrote in Arabic . . . (see Plagiarism for a discussion of the author’s Arabic books). . . . the sixth matter that was the cause of my respect and embarrassment for Abdul Haq after the mubahila was that Abdul Haq advertised that he will have a son . . . I have been blessed by a son as prophecied . . . (see elsewhere for MGA’s failed prophecies of sons) . . . and Abdul Haq should be asked where is the son that was the blessing of the mubahila? Did he dissolved inside the womb, or regressed back into sperm?
    4. pp. 320-324: Letter from Ghulam Fareed of Chachran Sharif
    5. pp. 324-328:Shaikh Ali Hamza bin Ali Malik Al-Toosi, in his book Jawahir-al-Israr published in 840 A.H. writes this about the Promised Mahdi: ‘(Farsi) It is in Arbaeen that the Mahdi will merge from Kad’ah. (Arabic – Hadith): Said the Prophet (saw): the Mahdi will arise from a village known as Kad’ah and Allah the Exalted will verify him and will gather his companions from the far reaches of the land – on the number of those of Badr, 313 men – and with him will be a written book (or printed) in which will be the numbers of his companions with their names, places and occupations.’The author then goes on to print the names of these 313, at least one of which is duplicate and a few are ambiguous and many are already dead at the time of this writing. You can view the list here.
    6. p.338Remember that the second part of this prophecy (about Muhammadi Begum‘s husband) is not fulfilled then I will stand as the worst of the worst. O stupid people, it is not the fabrication of man, not the business of an evil forger. Surely know that this is the true promise of God – the same God whose words cannot be circumvented – the same Lord of Glory whose intent no one can stop. You have lost the knowledge of His ways and methods, and that is why you faced this tribulation. In Braheen-e-Ahmadiyya 17 years ago, there was an indication of this prophecy and it is the revelation on page 496 of the book: ‘O Adam abide you and your spouse in the garden; O Maryam abide you and yourspouse in the garden; O Ahmad abide you and your spouse in the garden.’ The word spouse is mentioned three times and I was named in three ways: the first name was Adam when Allah the Exalted gave me a spiritual form with His own hand, and the first wife was mentioned at that time. Then he named me Maryam at the time of the second wife as I was given blessed children at the time who resembled the Messiah and, also, I had to face many tribulations at the time just as Mary was put into trial with the bad assumptions of the Jews at the time of the birth of Eesa(as). And now the third wife is awaited and the word ‘Ahmad’ has been associated with it and this word is an indication that there will be praise and adulation in this time. This is a hidden prediction whose secret God has opened upon me now. Thus this mention of ‘spouse’ with three different names points to this prophecy.(MGA never married the third time, and had to suffer humiliation because of his pursuit of Muhammadi Begum even when she was married to someone else).
    7. p.342I hear with sadness that this Ghaznavi group that is maligning Islam and who live in Amritsar are saying to people that: the unfortunate Muhammad Saeed of Delhi who left my following and his brother Kabeer who died in Maleer Kotla in December 1896 are the effect of the mubahilawith Abdul Haq. Now Muslims – see what Satanic fabrications this are being employed by these dark-hearted group of Ghaznavi’s followers.
    8. p. 344:Now Abdul Haq Ghaznavi should eat something and kill himself that God is showing my respect to hundreds of thousands of people, and which is humiliation for him. The filthy person should think whether this is the effect of the mubahila? or that his (AHG) brother should die and he should take over control of his old wife as the sign of success in the mubahila.

MGA wrote his book entitled, “The Review of the Debate with Batalvi and Chakrhalvi”, its a book of roughly 11 pages and now in english.  The details of the debate can be found in the issue no. 5, v. 19, pages 141-231.  (See Hidden Treasures, since this seems to point towards 1896).  


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