In June of 1948, the Ahmadiyya Movement was given the opportunity to have a separate army regiment.  It was called the Furqan Force and was formed in June of 1948.  At the same time, the Ahmadiyya Khalifa was negotiating a steal of a deal for the rights to a piece of land now called Rabwah.  In those days the Ahmadiyya Movement had lots of political power and was using it to spread its tentacles in the newly formed Pakistan.  The unit fought for Pakistan against India in the First Kashmir War.

Bashir Ahmad Rafiq tells us
“””In 1948 when I was a Matriculation student in Chiniot, the Headmaster once directed all students in the 9th and the 10th classes to assemble in the hall. He said that Hadhrat Syed Wali ul Allah Shah, a high-ranking office bearer of the Jamaat, would address us. His address was indeed full of fervor and enthusiasm. He explained in detail the importance of Jihad and said that at the request of the Pakistan Government the Jamaat Ahmadiyya had established a voluntary Battalion to serve at the Kashmir Front. He said that Hadhrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad had been appointed as the Commander. Further, he said that it was Hadhrat Khalifa tul Masih II’s wish that some students from the High School should volunteer and join the force.”””

Who is Bashir Ahmad Rafiq? 
He is a famous Ahmadi imam.  He worked out of the UK mostly and is famous in Ahmadiyya history.  He wrote many books and even left behind a blog and website.  When he was 14 years old, he volunteered and fought with the Furqan Force in Kashmir.  He writes about getting training in grenades and rifles.  He says that he heard speeches everyday about Jihad and its importance.

Bashir Ahmad Rafiq did 3 months in the trenches of Kashmir
He describes his story as grueling experience wherein he lived in a full war zone.  Due to the absence of cleanliness and sanitation, boils and pimples appeared all over his body, he was relieved of his duties and was sent for medical review.  3 months later, he was discharged from the Furqan Force, he then resumed his schooling.

The Khalifa appoints his son, Mirza Mubarak Ahmad as in-charge of this Ahmadi platoon
Under the command of Mirza Mubarak Ahmad, a platoon of 45 Ahmadi’s, eventually moved to MirajKay to fight on the Jammu front.  A newspaper, the “Lahore” seems to have requested the Khalifa, it needs to be further investigated.  An organizing committee under Mirza Nasir Ahmad, he then recruited Ahmadis to join.  By June of 1948, the Furqan Force was ready for training.  A retired British-India-era Ahmadi colonel, Sardar Muhammad Hayat Qaisarani took charge of the batallion and was stationed at Sarai Alamgir near Jhelum.  Mirza Mubarak Ahmad was the commander.  The Furqan Forced camped near Zubair and the commanding officer was called “Alam Kabob”, (a name revealed to MGA for the future Musleh Maud).  Other Ahmadi’s officers from the old British India were Major Waqi-uz-Zaman, Major Hameed Ahmad Kaleem, Major Abdul Hamid, Major Abdullah Mahar and Captain Naimatullah Sharif. (See “Ahmadiyya, British-Jewish Connections”, pages 290-292).

9 Ahmadi’s were killed during the Kashmir War
See the Weekly, “Lahore”, Lahore 31 March, 1975, also Tarikh-i-Ahmadyat, vol. 6, P. 267

While the war was going on, the Khalifa was making moves behind the scenes
The Khalifa seems to have been giving orders from Lahore, since he hadn’t moved to Rabwah yet.

The Khalifa authorizes Violent Jihad

MGA abrogated Jihad, but his sons re-authorized it
Ahmadi’s aren’t made to follow MGA, they follow their current Khalifa.  This is yet another point of contention.  After 1900, MGA abrogated Jihad (see Nuzhat Haneef), and Jihad of any kind of sword or martial Jihad, it was all banned, the only thing that remained was spiritual Jihad.  After this era, 1900-1902, MGA and his team never clarified this position.

A quote from Arbaeen, wherein MGA abrogates jihad in 1900
[Marginal note:] Allaah Almighty has gradually decreased jihaad, that is, the severity of wars/fighting. In the time of Hadrat Moosaa [Moses] the severity was so much that even accepting faith could not save [one] from being killed and even infant children were murdered/killed. Then in the time of our Prophet, the blessings of Allaah and peace be on him, the killing of children and the old and women was forbidden and then for certain nations, their being saved from punishment was accepted merely by the payment of ‘jizyah’ [a tax levied on non-Muslims for exemption from military duty] in lieu of faith. And then in the time of Maseeh Mauood the command for jihaad was entirely abolished. [RK, v. 17, p. 443; marginal note; Arbaeen Number 4]


Links and Related Essays

  1.  Report of the Court of Inquiry constituted under Punjab act II of 1954 to enquire into the Punjab disturbances of 1953. Printed by the Superintendent, Govt. Printing, Punjab. 1954. Retrieved 4 April2012.
  2. Jump up^ Bashīr Aḥmad (1994). The Ahmadiyya Movement: British-Jewish connections. Islamic Study Forum. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  3. Jump up^ Simon Ross Valentine (23 September 2008). Islam and the Ahmadiyya jamaʻat: history, belief, practice. Columbia University Press. pp. 204–. ISBN 978-0-231-70094-8. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  4. Jump up^ Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan (1978). Ahmadiyyat: the renaissance of Islam. Tabshir Publications. Retrieved 4 April 2012.