You will find Ahmadis trolling Muslims on the internet and in-person all the time, they have all been radicalized by the Mirza family. A common verse that these “trolls” bring up is 3:144. Ahmadis argue that this verse proves that Esa (As) died. MGA made this argument in Izala Auham, which appeared in the Summer of 1891. This argument became a major theme and marketing point for Ahmadis. They also refer to a hadith which references this verse. Further, MGA never told Ahmadis to add the word “all” to this verse, it was the Qadiani branch that seems to have added it later after they moved to Pakistan.
MGA made this argument in 1891
MGA had read this verse many times in his life. He was roughly 50 years old by 1891, all of a sudden, MGA changed his position on this verse and began to assert that the word “all” belongs in this verse. However, that is a total lie, and MGA knew it. Lahori-Ahmadis collected 30 verses that MGA presented in Izala Auham, i.e. proof that Esa (as) had died per the Quran. Per the Lahori-Ahmadi translation, MGA wrote:
“””The seventh verse is:
“And Muhammad is but a messenger — messengers have already passed away before him. If then he dies or is killed, will you turn back upon your heels? And he who turns back upon his heels will do no harm at all to Allah. And Allah will reward the grateful”
The sum and substance of this verse is that if it was essential for a prophet to remain alive forever, then the proponents of such a view should name from those who have gone just one
prophet who is still alive at the present time. It is quite evident that if Prophet Jesus (as) is still alive, then it will disprove the evidence that is put forward in this verse.”””
See here, page 10: http://www.aaiil.org/text/books/mga/deathprophetjesus30versesholyquran/deathprophetjesus30versesholyquran.pdf
MGA didn’t even add the word ALL
As is obvious, MGA didnt even add the word “all” to the translation of this verse. It seems to be a later-addition by Ahmadi writers.
Is MGA wrong?
Ahmadis need to quote the books of MGA on this topic, not create their own interpretations of what MGA wrote. Sadly, this is the problem.
A proper translation and interpretation of 3;144
“”””With regard to their being routed when it was rumoured that the Prophet had been killed and the hypocrites had said to the believers ‘If he has been killed go back to your previous religion’ the following was revealed Muhammad is only a messenger; messengers have passed away before him. Why if he should die or is slain like others will you turn back on your heels will you return to unbelief the last statement is the locus of the interrogative of denial in other words ‘he was not a worshipped being so that if he were to die you should turn back to your previous religion’. If any man should turn back on his heels he will not harm God in any way but will be harming himself and God will requite those that are thankful for His graces by staying firm.”””
Tafsir Ibn Kathir on 3:144
(144. Muhammad is no more than a Messenger, and indeed Messengers have passed away before him. If he dies or is killed, will you then turn back on your heels And he who turns back on his heels, not the least harm will he do to Allah; and Allah will reward the grateful. )
See here: http://www.qtafsir.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=491&Itemid=46#7
Ibn Kathir’s extended commentary on 3:144
See here: http://www.qtafsir.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=490&Itemid=46
|The Rumor that the Prophet was Killed at Uhud|
Ahmadis quote a certain hadith in connection with this verse, however, the word “all” doesnt exist there either
“Abdullah Bin Abbas narrated that Abu Bakr came out while Umar was conversing with the people. He said to Umar to sit but he refused to comply with. So, the people turned towards him (Abu Bakr) and left Umar. Then Abu Bakr said: Whoever amongst you worshipped Muhammad, let him know that Muhammad is dead, and whoever amongst you worshipped Allah, let him know that Allah is Living, there is no death for Him. Allah has said, `And Muhammad is only a Messenger. Verily, all Messengers have passed away before him…’ The narrator says, by God, the people did not know that God had sent down this verse until Abu Bakr has recited it. So, the people in their entirety learnt it from him; then, whosoever amongst the people heard it recited it. Then Saeed Bin Musayyeb has told me, that Umar swearing by God said, did not know of this verse till he heard it from Abu Bakr, and consequently his legs could not support him, he staggered and fell down in an outburst of grief.” (Bukhari Kitabun Nabiyye Ila Kisra Wa Qaisara, Musnad Imam Abu Hanifa, p. 188, Hamamul Islamiyya, p. 54, Bukhari, Vol. 2, Manaqib Abu Bakr)
Ahmadis add the word “all” to this hadith also
So remember…MGA didnt even add the word “all”..so Ahmadis are caught looking stupid in this instance and many others.
Sunan Ibn Majah on 3:144
Muhammad Ali, the Lahori-Ahmadi didnt even add the word “All” to this verse
Although he dishonestly translated this verse, he didnt add the word all. This is from his 1917 edition, and was the only Ahmadiyya commentary on the quran up to that point.
“And Muhammad (saw) is no more than an apostle, the apostles have already passed away before him, if then he dies or is killed, will you turn your back upon your heels?…..”
See here, page 182 : http://www.aaiil.org/text/hq/comm/muhammadalienglishholyquran1917/muhammadalienglishholyquran1917.pdf
^^^This proves that MGA never wrote that the word “all” is included in this verse.
Malik Ghulam Farid added the word all to the official 5-Volume commentary on the quran
Finally, in the 1960’s, Malik Ghulam Farid wrote the official 5-volume Commentary on the Quran and “officially” added the word “all”. See here: https://www.alislam.org/quran/view/?page=456®ion=E1&CR=
Ahmadis have been editing the writings of MGA and inventing new “ideas” since MGA died in 1908. This is very sad. Further, when you ask Ahmadis about 3:144, remember to ask them to see what MGA wrote, not his sons or grandsons or any other Ahmadi mullahs.