All Ahmadi’s want to talk about is 3:55 of the Quran and the alleged death of Eisa (as). Ahmadi’s will argue that it is obvious that Eisa (as) is dead, they give 30+ verses of the Quran and give other silly arguments. However, none of this proves that MGA is a prophet and the messiah, it is all a deflection. We immediately point out to them that MGA was 50 years old when all of a sudden, he claims to have figured that Eisa (as) has been dead this whole time, and the common belief (ijma) is wrong on Eisa (as).
However, a few years before MGA, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and his group of Muslims at the famous Aligarh College were already arguing that Eisa (as) was dead and never coming back, and MGA knew about this too. Sir Syed Ahmad’s beliefs were publicized all throughout British India in the 1870’s. This was before MGA began his Barahin-i-Ahmadiyya series. MGA had already planned to make all his claims as early as 1878, when he began marketing his Barahin-i-Ahmadiyya and begging Muslims for money. Sir Syed’s famous Tafsir of the Quran was published in 1880 and the portion about Eisa (as) was published in 1882. Sir Syed Ahmad Khan denied all miracles of Eisa (as) and even said that he had a biological father. MGA seems to have copied, almost verbatim, the only issue that MGA had was with prayers and how prayers could make anyone a prophet.
Nevertheless, MGA knew he was going to claim to be Eisa (as) as early as the 1870’s and kept it a secret (See At-tabligh, via Ainah Kamalate Islam).
In the Braheen-e-Ahmadiyya vol. 4, while published in his own revelations and explaining them:
“””I shall give you full reward and shall raise you towards Me. I shall place those who follow you—that is, truly enter into the fold of the followers of Allah and the Messenger—above those who deny you until the Day of Judgment.””” Braheen-e-Ahmadiyya vol. 4, online english edition, page 398.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________Mutawafeeka in 3:55 doesn’t mean FULL reward either
Another point to take notice of is the fact that MGA was already taking up the Sir Syed position as he wrote BA 1–4. MGA claims to have written all 4 volumes of BA as early as 1879, the delay was only in publishing. Nonetheless, we can see how MGA was slowly changing his claims, he was already asserting Mutawafeeka means something other then “capturing in fully, body and soul”.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________This very same reference as recorded in Tadhkirah, 2009 online edition
Under a lengthy Arabic revelation, which starts off with “Inni-Mutawafeeka, wa rafia o ka…”
“””I shall give you full reward and shall raise you towards Me…”””
Tadhkirah, 2009 online edition refers to the Urdu version of BA-4
Barahin-e-Ahmadiyyah, part 4, pp. 510–521 sub-footnote 3,—Urdu
Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 1, pp. 608–623 sub-footnote 3]—Urdu
_____________________________________________________________________________________________MGA refers to this issue in 1898, in his book Ayyam us Sulah
“””In the Barahin-e-Ahmadiyyah I had mistakenly interpreted tawaffa as meaning ‘full reward’, which some of the maulavis cite as a criticism against me. They are not justified in this as I confess that I was mistaken in this. But there is no mistake in the revelation. I am a human being and am subject to human frailties such as mistake and forgetfulness like other human beings, though I know that God does not leave me under the influence of a mistake. I do not, however, claim that I cannot be mistaken in an interpretation Divine revelation is free from mistake but man’s words are not free from the possibility of mistake, because forgetfulness and mistake are essential human characteristics.
[Ayyamus-Sulah, p. 41, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 14, pp. 271–272
See also Barahin-e-Ahmadiyyah, vol. 5, p. 73 footnote,
Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 21, p. 93 footnote]
^^Taken from Tadhkirah, 2009 online edition, pages 118-119
The full Arabic revelation from BA-4, online english edition
اني متوفیك ورافعك اليَّ وجاعل الذین اتبعوك فوق الذین کفروا الی یوم القیٰمۃ ولا تھنوا ولا
تحزنوا و کان الّٰل بکم رءُوفًا رحیما۔ الا ان اولیاء الّٰل لا خوف علیھم ولا ھم یحزنون۔ تموت
وانا راض منك فادخلوا الجنۃ ان شاء الّٰل اٰمنین۔ سلام علیکم طبتم فادخلوھا اٰمنین۔ سلام
علیك جعلت مبارکا۔ سمع الّٰل انہ سمیع الدعاء انت مبارك في الدنیا والاخرۃ۔ امراض
الناس وبرکاتہ ان ربك فعال لما یرید۔ اذکر نعمتي التي انعمت علیك وانی فضلتك
علی العلمین۔ یاایتھا النفس المطمئنۃ ارجعی الی ربك راضیۃ مرضیۃً فادخلی فی عبادی
وادخلی جنتی۔ منَّ ربکم علیکم و احسن الی احبابکم وعلمکم مالم تکونوا تعلمون۔ وان
تعدوا نعمۃ الّٰل لا تحصوھا۔
Tafsir Ibn Kathir on 3:55
(55. And (remember) when Allah said: “O `Isa! I will take you and raise you to Myself and purify ﴿save﴾ you from those who disbelieve, and I will make those who follow you superior to those who disbelieve till the Day of Resurrection. Then you will return to Me and I will judge between you in the matters in which you used to dispute.”
Ibn Kathir goes on to write
“””I will take you) is in reference to sleep, for Allah raised `Isa while he was asleep.””
“””(For surely; they killed him not But Allah raised him up unto Himself. And Allah is Ever All-Powerful, All-Wise. And there is none of the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) but must believe in him before his death. And on the Day of Resurrection, he ﴿`Isa﴾ will be a witness against them.) ﴿4:156-159﴾
`His death’ refers to `Isa, and the Ayah means that the People of the Book will believe in `Isa, before `Isa dies. This will occur when `Isa comes back to this world before the Day of Resurrection, as we will explain. By that time, all the People of the Book will believe in `Isa, for he will annul the Jizyah and he will only accept Islam from people. Ibn Abi Hatim recorded that Al-Hasan said that Allah’s statement,””””
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