- Mirza Bashir Ahmad was a son of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad who was named Qamrul Anbiyaa (the moon of the prophets) by his father. He was born in 1893 and died on September 2, 1963, at the age of 71. He helped his brother throught the latter’s period as head of the Qadiani Ahmadiyya. This help came in the form of:
- Managing properties in Qadian
- Writing books that ultimately proved to be quite controversial. See below.
- His role and his works are now greatly minimized by the Qadiani establishment. Very few Ahmadis know know much about him and his writings.
- He was married to the daughter of Maulvi Ghulam Hassan Khan when he was only 9 years old: In 1902, the Promised Messiah asked for the hand of Maulana Ghulam Hassan Khan Niazi’s second daughter, Sarwar Sultan, for marriage with his son Mirza Mian Bashir Ahmad. The nikah was solemnized on September 12, 1902 and the nikah was conducted by Hakeem Nooruddin, who also delivered the khutba-e-nikah (marriage sermon). (Al-Hakm of 17 September 1902, 31 October 1902 and 17 November 1902. The full text of the khutba is also published in Khutbat-e-Nur(pp. 102-109). (The late Mirza Muzaffar Ahmad CSP, who had retired from the Civil Service of Pakistan and was residing in Washington, D.C. at the time of his death, is the son of Mirza Bashir Ahmad and Sarwar Sultan. (http://aaiil.org/text/articles/hope/2009/hope200905_lifesketchghulamhassankhanniazi.pdf)
- 8 years later (1910) later he matriculated, or he graduated from high school. He was 17. After 7 more years of college he graduated with an M.A. in Arabic. Yet he never wrote anything in Arabic in his whole life.
This title was given to him by his father, allegedly told to him directly by God. It literally means ‘moon of the prophets’. It is meant to signify that all the light of all the prophets is reflected in him.
Such a lofty title does not equate with the reduced importance that the Qadiani Ahmadiyya give to him now. In another article in the Review of Religions, circa 1918, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad himself has been referred to as the ‘sun’ and the ‘moon’ of the prophets, together with an explanation of why it is so.
In addition to the publications on the official sites, the controversial books have either been edited or are not available. We have tried to collect and present them here: