In 1915, the Qadiani-Ahmadi’s published a short commentary of the first 2 chapters of the Quran in english. They covered 2:4 (2:5 in the Qadiani Quran) and claimed that the last sentence was translated as, “the revelations to come”. This would become the basis of the Qadiani belief that the revelations of MGA were mentioned in the Quran. This commentary was created to counteract the Lahori-Ahmadi’s. Muhammad Ali and the Lahori-Ahmadi’s published their famous commentary in 1917 and from London, England, the Nation of Islam used this commentary to create their kufr.
Per Ahmadiyya sources 25 years later, in 1942, the 2nd Khalifa ordered Malik Ghulam Farid to create urdu and english commentaries which would be ascribed to the Khalifa. They begun to be published in early 1947, the Khalifa signed off on the introduction on 2-28-1947, thus it was published in late February from Qadian, British-India. An english commentary also appeared in 1947.
The introduction of these commentaries are now a book called, “Introduction to the study of the Holy Quran”. This was the first instance of the Ahmadiyya movement (Lahori or Qadiani) arguing that there were humans on Earth before Adam (as) of the Quran arrived and were Jinn. Ahmadiyya sources claim that “Tafseer-e-Kabeer” was split into two parts. The first volume of “Tafseer-e-Kabeer”, which was nine chapters along with an introduction appeared in February of 1947 and from Qadian, British-India. Volume 1 part I, containing the introduction & the first two chapters (now Vol. 1), was reprinted in 1964, and volume 1 part II, dealing with the next seven chapters (now Vol. 2) was reprinted in 1965 in Pakistan. These Tafseer’s were most likely written by the paid Mullahs who worked directly for the Khalifa. The Khalifa didn’t have a full commentary written on the Quran, only about half, per the introduction of the 1988 edition of the 5 volume commentary by Malik Ghulam Farid (died in 1977), Mirza Basheer ud Din’s “Tafsir-e-Kabir” only covered Chapters 1, 2, 10-29 and 78–114, he missed Chapters 3-9 and 30-77, he missed 53 chapters and purposely, since most of the controversial verses about Jesus and prophethood were contained therein, as well as the famous verse of Ismuhu Ahmad and the famous verse of Chapter 62:3 that #ahmadis quotes as they claim that MGA was the second coming of Muhammad (saw)(nauzobillah).
The first edition of “Tafseer-e-Sagheer” was printed in Dec 1957. The final volume was published in 1979. Ahmadiyya sources claim that the first ever 5-volume english commentary was published in 1962 and an abridged version showed up in 1969, however, these are missing from the records.
In 1988, a new 5-volume commentary of the Holy Quran was published with Malik Ghulam Farid‘s name on it. He had died in 1977, thus, this was dubious. Nevertheless, this became the official commentary that all Ahmadi’s in the west read. In 2018, another 5-volume commentary was published and can be found on alislam.org.
We have found a Qadiani english commentary on the Quran from 1915
English Translation Mirza Mahmood (1)
The first Ahmadi to write an Urdu translation of the Quran was the famous Ahmadi-apostate, Dr. Khan. He also wrote an english translation of the Quran in 1905. Since Dr. Khan left Ahmadiyya in 1906, his Tafsir was thrown out, thus, Ahmadiyya leadership had to write another official translation and commentary.
When the split happened, the famous Lahori-Ahmadi, Muhammad Ali was already working on an Urdu and English full commentary on the Quran. However, by 1914, it wasn’t officially done yet. He ended up finishing his commentary and getting it published in 1917. Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad, who was the Qadiani Khalifa at the time threatened to sue the Lahori-Ahmadi’s over the matter, and claimed that all of the commentary work that Muhammad Ali had performed actually belonged to him. Khwaja Kamaluddin wrote a book about this in 1915
Muhammad Ali’s famous english commentary of the Quran is published. MGA is barely mentioned.
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