In 1988, the Ahmadiyya Movement, per the order of Mirza Tahir Ahmad, published the official 5-volume complete commentary on the Quran. However, in the publishers note, it is written that this 5 volume commentary is a translation of Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad’s Urdu language (incomplete) Tafsirs of the Quran. However, if you check those Urdu-only Tafsir’s, you will notice that the Khalifa seems to have skipped Chapters 3–9 and 30–77 of the Quran, which are the most controversial in terms of Ahmadiyya. You don’t have to check the urdu-only Tafsir’s to understand this point, it is written as such in the publishers note of the english 5-volume commentary. In fact, he seems to have skipped half of the Quran! It is important to note that Malik Ghulam Farid was dead by 1988 when this 5-volume commentary was published. The question remains, where did Malik Ghulam Farid get his data for the remaining chapters?
A 3-man committee started this work in 1947
Maulvi Sher Ali, Mirza Bashir Ahmad and Malik Ghulam Farif started this work. However, Sher Ali died in 1947, his daughter was even kicked out of Ahmadiyya by 1955-56, since she was married to a son of Noorudin.
Who is Malik Ghulam Farid and where did he get notes for Chapters 3-9 and 30-77?
Malik Ghulam Farid (1897–1977), was a notable Ahmadiyya scholar. He was deputed the task of preparing the 5 Volume The English Commentary of the Holy Quran, in 1942, by Mirza Mahmood Ahmad, the second Khalifa. He published the said Commentary in 1962. Later, in 1969, Malik published the Abridged Edition. Malik Ghulam Farid also produced a Dictionary of the Holy Quran, but it could not be published in his lifetime. He died in 1977.
Links and related Essays
- The 5 Volume English Commentary of Quran
- ‘Introduction’ ; Dictionary of the Holy Quran by Malik Ghulam Farid (2006)
- The Abridged Edition
- Dictionary of the Holy Quran by Malik Ghulam Farid (2006)
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