Its no secret, MGA and his family enjoyed British support, since MGA’s father, brother and uncles helped them put down the great mutiny of 1857. In fact, after MGA died, the British government funded and built a huge building for Ahmadiyya in Qadian and for free!!!! In today’s money it would be half a million US dollars. At the time, this was the biggest building in Qadian, nowadays it is home to the Sikh College. In 1915, the Review of Religions published an article about MGA and his place among the prophets, they also declared that ALL Ahmadi’s must have loyalty to the British, or they will be kicked out of Ahmadiyya (see page 45).
Ahmadi’s abandoned this college as they left in 1947, it was re-established at Qadian in March of 1948 by the Sikhs. Nevertheless, MGA began accepting Bait’s in March of 1889, however, his own wife didn’t accept nor did any of his children. In 1906, Muhammad Ali wrote a famous essay in the ROR of May-1906 wherein he listed the 10 conditions of Bait. However, by 1948, Dard in his famous book about the life of MGA denied that this 4th condition ever existed in a different format. Furthermore, the first Bait form is totally tampered with by the Mirza family and thus totally missing.
On January 12th, 1889, MGA published an announcement with the 10 conditions of Bait
This announcement is totally missing. However, 8-9 years later he admitted that loyalty to the British was the 4th condition (see the scan in the below). We are unsure when it was taken out and deleted. Dard tells us that this was the same day that MGA’s son, Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad was born (see Dard, pages 201-208).
Dard seems to quote the announcement of January 1889
This is very odd. Dard totally ignores what MGA wrote in Kitab ul Barriyya and seems to quote the announcement of Jan 1889. This is a total lie by Dard, he knew that this wasn’t the first list of conditions, however, he was most likely pressured to cover this up, since the headquarters of Ahmadiyya had just moved to the semi-independent-puppet-state called Pakistan.
Dr. Basharat Ahmad in Mujadid-e-Azim skips the entire topic of any Bait form
Interestingly enough, the Lahori-Ahmadi’s don’t ever mention any Bait Form at all.
In 1897, MGA published conditions for bait form in Kitab ul Barriya
In this book, MGA goes into detail about when he was born (1839 or 1840) and the services that his family rendered to the British Government, especially in 1857. We have archived many of the court statements that were recorded in that book herein.
Quotes from Kitab ul Barriyah
“”””It has been proven from my continuous seventeen year long speeches that I am faithful and sincere to the English Empire from the core of my heart and soul. I am the son of a father who was also a friend to this Government. My faith is to obey this Government and love the people; These are the conditions set for my devotees and followers who take the oath of allegiance to me. I have stressed this clause under the fourth item of my pamphlet Shuroo-al-Baiat (oath of faith) which has been distributed among my devotees and followers.””””
(Kitab-ul-Barriah, Roohany Khazaen, Vol. 13, P. 10; Kitab-ul-Barriha, P. 9, Supplement)
The Lahori-Ahmadi’s have published an abridged english translation of Kitab ul Barriya, but left out the bait form
In an interesting development, the Lahori-Ahmadi’s, led by Zahid Aziz have published an abridged english translation of this book, however, they left out the bait form. This isn’t the first time they have done this, they did the same with Khutbah Ilhamiya and Braheen-e-Ahmadiyya.
In the english-ROR of February 1902, Muhammad Ali (the editor of the ROR) seems to have written an essay entitled, “Religious controversies and our position in them”. In this essay, Muhammad Ali endorsed MGA’s views on Jihad, he admitted that the first bait form contained a condition which forced Ahmadi’s to be loyal to the British government (which was changed later in 1905), and that MGA and all Ahmadi’s considered the British government as the Khalifa of Muslims, and indirectly denied the Khilafat of the Ottoman Empire.
By 1906, the 4th condition was totally edited
In 1906, Muhammad Ali wrote a famous essay in the ROR of May-1906 wherein he listed the 10 conditions of Bait (see page 198). The 4th condition was not loyalty to the British, instead it was “””Fourthly, that he shall in no way harm God’s creatures in general and Muslims in particular under the influence of his passions— neither with his hands, nor with his tongue, nor by any other means.””””
The scan from the ROR of 1906
1948, Dard writes that the 4th condition is
“””Fourthly, that he shall in no way harm God’s creatures in general and Muslims in particular under the influence of his passions— neither with his hands, nor with his tongue, nor by any other means.””””
The review of Religions, 1915, on loyalty to the British, or you can’t be an Ahmadi
The flattery towards the British government last all of MGA’s life, and in fact, it was Ahmadiyya policy until they moved to Pakistan in 1947
Another example is that of MGA’s book, Roohani Khazyian 15- page 114 – Chapter Sitara Qaisera, which translates into english as: “The Star of Victoria” and is a 16 page pamphlet published in 1899. In this book, MGA says:
“”””THE SERVICE WHICH I HAD PROVIDED FOR ENGLISH GOVERNMENT THAT I HAD PRINTED FIFTY THOUSAND OF BOOKS, MAGAZINES AND ADVERTISEMENTS FOR THIS COUNTRY AND HAVE SEND AFTER PUBLICATIONS TO OTHER ISLAMIC COUNTRIES THAT ENGLISH GOVERNMENT IS BETTER TO US SO IT IS OBLIATORY ON EVERY MUSLIM TO BE REAL SINCERE TO THIS GOVERNMENT AND SHOULD BE THANKFUL TO THIS DOWLAT ( ASSET ) AND PRAY FOR IT.””””
The scan work
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