I have written extensively about Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and his “theft” of the ideas of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan of Aligarh.  Whether Esa (As) was alive or dead was a “dead” issue in Islamic thought for over 1000 years, then Sir Syed Ahmad Khan wrote his commentary of the Quran in 1880, and had already been writing publicly that Esa (as) was dead in the 1870’s.  In this entry, I am adding some new information to this story.  Afzal Upal has revealed in his book on Ahmadiyya that MGA was actually writing letters to Sir Syed back in the early 1860’s, when he was employed in Sialkot (see page 112).

The reference
“””Since Mirza Sahib liked to debate Christian clerics, Murad Beg who used the nom de guerre
of Mirza Shikasta (and later on Muwahid) and was a resident of Jallandhar, told him, “Syed
Ahmad Khan has written an exegesis of Torah and Injil. If you write to him it may be helpful.”
Thus Mirza Sahib wrote a letter to Sir Syed in Arabic”””. (Shahid, 1958: 97).  See Shahid, Dost Muhammad (1958). Tareekh-e-Ahmadiyyat. Rabwah: Idarat-ul-Musanifeen.