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. Ahmadi’s abandoned this college as they left in 1947, it was re-established at Qadian in March 1948 by the Sikhs.
MGA’s bait form required loyalty to the British
To be fair, living life in British-India was difficult without giving allegiance to the British, thus, almost all Islamic organizations gave their allegiance, however, this was via coercion, furthermore, none of the Imam’s in British India were claiming prophethood/Mahdi/messiah status. MGA’s official bait form from 1889 is mysteriously missing from the records. As is the first list of Ahmadi’s who took bait in 1889, read about the controversy herein.
In 1897, MGA published his bait form in Kitab ul Barriya
When was the bait for changed? 1948?
All of this information begs the question, when did they change the bait form? Was it after moving to Pakistan?
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.
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