Per Ahmadiyya sources, he was born in roughly 1833 (See Dard). Ahmadi sources claim that he was 55 years old in 1883 when he died (see dard, page 33), this would make him 7 years older than MGA (if we use 1835 as MGA’s birth, which Dard did), Dard is the only source that estimates his age. In 1865, the Punjab Chiefs accidentally wrote his name as Mirza Ghulam Kadar and wrote that he was the nephew of Mirza Ghulam Murtaza, this was an error, however, the 1890 edition carried the same error and even called him as the son of Mirza Ghulam Muhammad (Mirza Ghulam Murtaza‘s brother). It even says that he died in 1883. The Punjab Chiefs tells us that Mirza Ghulam Qadir was a major warrior under General Nicholson in the battle of Trimu Ghat, this was where the mutineers were stuck on an island and were forcibly drowned, this was the 46th native infantry. This is why the Mirza family was above the law in British-India. His cousin, Mirza Imam ud Din also helped the British extensively in Delhi and was a soldier in Hodge’s horseman. Many of his uncles also served. In fact, a letter was given by General Nicholson stating that the Mirza family was the most loyal in the Gurdaspur district, General Nicholson died shortly thereafter. It should be noted that before the British took over, the entire Mirza family was serving in the Sikh military and Mirza Ghulam Murtaza was soooo trusted that he was a commander of an infantry regiment. However, as soon as the sikhs lost to the British, the Mirza family seems to have lost all prestige, this is from 1848 to 1857. It is unclear what the Mirza family did in this era. In 1858, a pension of 200 rupees was given to the Mirza family. The famous pension incident happened in 1864, MGA then moved to Sialkot. In 1865, the famous settlement took place and the rest of the Mirza family were included as it rose to 700 rupees.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________Mirza Ghulam Qadir served in the British military in 1857, along with his father, uncles and cousins

Griffin mentions both cousins in his 1890 edition of the Punjab Chiefs and seems to confuse them with each other, Mirza Ghulam Kadir, who served in the British military in 1857 and helped kill the mutineers at Trimm Ghat. Mirza Ghulam Qadir was under the force of his father, and even was in-charge, as a result of his military service to the British, he was given a seperate pension.  Later on, he worked as a canal contractor, later on he joined the police (roughly 1860–1876). When his father died (1876), he then became a Dil‘adar, after which he was appointed superintendent of the deputy commissioner’s office at Gurdaspur (in 1876 when his father died). He was the custodian of the traditions and the heritage of his ancestors. He managed the whole estate. The British government gave him his own pension in 1876, it was 180 rupees per year, which he had to presumably split with MGA, so it was 90 and 90. When Mirza Ghulam Qadir died, Mirza Sultan Ahmad applied to continue a smaller pension amount, however, it was rejected. It is important to note that in a book published in 1909, MGA and his team of writers wrote that MGA’s brother died in 1881, which is a glaring error.

His sister, Murad Bibi is born. NO dates are given, she is married to Ahmad Baig’s elder brother in Hoshiarpur.

He is born and not in Qadian. No Ahmadi source gives a location of his birth.

Ranjit Singh dies, the Mirza family is allowed to move back to Qadian.

MGA is born.

During the last days of the Sikh rule an abortive effort was made by some Sikhs to kill Ghulam Murtaza and his brother Mirza Ghulam Muhyuddin in Basrawan, near Qadian, where the two had been confined by them, but they were eventually rescued by their younger brother Mirza Ghulam Haidar (see Dard). This was the person who’s son went missing and his land was thus in dispute, MGA agreed to transfer the land to Ahmad Beg, however, MGA wanted his daughter to be married to him, the famous case of Muhammadi Begum. Per the Punjab Chiefs, MGA tells us that his father “awaited the arrival of the British monarchy like a very thirsty person looks forward to water” [RK, v. 15, p. 113; a little below the middle of the page].

See Dard, pages 17-18. This proves that the Mirza family turned on the Sikh Empire and was to be awarded.

On June the 11th, 1849, Mr. J. M. Wilson, Financial Commissioner, Lahore, wrote from Lahore to Mirza Ghulam Murtaza:

“””I have perused your application reminding me of you and your family’s past services and rights. I am well aware that since the introduction of the British Government you and your family have certainly remained devoted, faithful and steady subjects and that your rights are really worthy of regard. In every respect you may rest assured and satisfied that the British Government will never forget your family’s rights and services which will receive due consideration when a favourable oppor-tunity offers itself. You must continue to be faithful and devoted subjects as in it lies the satisfaction of the Government as well as your own welfare.“””

He was married to his first cousin, Hurmat bibi (the sister of Imam ud Din) in roughly 1854 (this is based on the fact that MGA was 14 when he got married) and his son, Mirza Sultan Ahmad was born when MGA was 16 (1856). MGA was married in roughly the same time frame  In fact, their marriage ceremonies were celebrated much differently. Mirza Ghulam Qadir’s marriage had 22 dancing girls and a huge party that probably lasted a few days. MGA’s wedding was a funeral, no one had any fun nor was anyone happy (see dard).

He served under his fathers 50 horses and 50 fighters, as a result of this military service, he was awarded a separate pension from the British (see Ishaat us Sunnah of 1883-84 and ROR of August 1907). His father, cousins and uncles helped kill the mutineers from Sialkot as they were travelling from Sialkot to Delhi to join in the mutiny.

MGA and his cousin Imam ud Din blew the families “new” pension money, MGA was thus banished from Qadian. Mirza Qadir Ahmad then adopted Mirza Sultan Ahmad as his own child and raised him. However, via the famous settlement of 1865, MGA’s cousins and uncles were now also getting pension money.

Mirza Ghulam Qadir’s (and MGA’s) mother dies. MGA finally moves back to Qadian and his sons are raised by his brother. His own son, Abdul Kadir dies (see “Families of note” by Griffen).

His father dies. He becomes the head of the Mirza family (see Dard, page 19 and 67). He did not give MGA much money at all. In fact, even his wife (Hurmat Bibi) disliked MGA. After the death of Mirza Ghulam Murtaza, his nephews took Mirza Ghulam Qadir and his MGA to court over the land that was given to Mirza Ghulam Murtaza. Since he was given 1/5th separately.  MGA’s cousins won the case, thus, when Mirza Sultan Ahmad came into power (1883) he immediately transferred the land to his cousins (see Dard, page 69-70). This would come to play out in the case of the wall in 1901. Mirza Ghulam Qadir continues to receive a pension at 180 rupees.

Mir Nasir Nawab comes to Qadian at stays at the mirza house per the invitation of Mirza Ghulam Qadir.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________The late 1870’s

Mirza Ghulam Qadir, was a Sub-Inspector of Police and Mr. Nisbet, D. C., once suspended him. The D. C., spoke of it to the Mirza Sahib when he came to Qadian, whereupon Mirza Sahib said that if his son was really guilty he should be punished in such a manner that his punishment should serve as an example to the sons of all respectable families. The D. C. was much pleased and pardoned Mirza Ghulam Qadir, saying that the son of such a father needed no punishment (see Dard).

He dies. His nephew Mirza Sultan Ahmad takes over as the family representative to the British government (see Punjab Chiefs, 1890 edition). There was lots of tension in the Mirza family in this era, in fact, MGA’s cousins won a huge against him and the Mirza Ghulam Murtaza estate, which seems to be the reason that Mirza Ghulam Qadir died. MGA claims to have seen a dream wherein the death of Mirza Ghulam Qadir was intimated to him, this was published after MGA died (1909). In the same book, in the same arrogant vein, MGA claims that he told his brother that this court case would fail. This is yet another example of MGA claiming revelations after the fact (see Tadhkirah, online 2009 edition). MGA’s family friend, Syed Muhamamd Hussain Batalvi mentioned his life in the British military in his newspaper, Ishaat us Sunnah in this year, it was quoted by Ahmadiyya sources in the ROR of 1907, see page 290, August-1907.

He died in 1883, in 1907-1907 via “Haqiqatul Wahy” (see pages 458-459, online english edition), MGA claimed that this brother also suffered from migraine and dizziness, which led to epilepsy. MGA claimed to be afflicted with same 2 diseases. MGA claimed that his brother died as a result of this disease and that it was heriditary.

It is unclear where he was buried at.

After strained relations with his cousins and a 6 year court case over land wherein MGA lost.  MGA had the gall to ask for a wedding into this same family. He asked to marry Muhammadi Begum when Ahmad Beg approached him about some land that belonged to a missing family member.

MGA claims that he see’s a dream wherein Mirza Ghulam Qadir is telling him that the word Qadian is in the Quran (See Tadhkirah, 2009 online edition and Izala Auham).
Kitab-ul-Barriah, Roohany Khazaen, Vol. 13, P. 4, 5, 6, 7;

“I come from a family which is out and out loyal to this government. My father, Mir Ghulam Murtaza, who was considered its well-wisher, used to be granted a chair in the Governor’s Darbar (cabinet) and has been mentioned by Mr. Griffin in his ‘History of the Princes of Punjab‘. In 1857, he helped the British government beyond his means, that is he procured fifty (50) cavaliers and horses right during the time of the mutiny. He was considered by the government to be its loyal supporter and well-wisher. A number of testimonials of appreciation received by him from the officers have unfortunately been lost. Copies of three of them, however, which had been published a long time ago, are reproduced in the margin (in English). Then, after the death of my grandfather, my elder brother Mirza Ghulam Qadir remained occupied with service to the government and when the evil-doers encountered the forces of the British government on the highway of Tanmmun, he participated in the battle on the side of the British Government (under General Nicholson he killed several freedom fighters). At the time of the death of my father and brother, I was sitting in the sidelines; but, since then, I have been helping the British for seventeen years with my pen.”

MGA was claiming to see dreams wherein Mirza Ghulam Qadir was talking to MGA and etc (see Tadhkirah, 2009 online edition).

He died in 1883, in 1907-1907 via “Haqiqatul Wahy” (see pages 458-459, online english edition), MGA claimed that this brother also suffered from migraine and dizziness, which led to epilepsy. MGA claimed to be afflicted with same 2 diseases. MGA claimed that his brother died as a result of this disease and that it was heriditary.
The widow of Mirza Ghulam Qadir, the sister of Imam ud Din, ‘Hurmat Bibi’ accepted Ahmadiyya in 1916???

The Al-Fazl claims that Hurmat bibi converted to Ahmadiyya in 1916. They also report that she died in 1927 at the age 97 (See the 2009 online edition of Tadhkirah, page 1042). That would make her birth years as 1830.

March 1916: MGA’s elder brother, Mirza Ghulam Qadir’s widow, Hurmat Bibi, performed Bai‘at and accepted the message of the Promised Messiahas. In this way, she fulfilled the prophecy of “Tai ayi”, that is “The senior aunt came.”

He is mentioned in the ROR of June-1939.

He is mentioned in the ROR of Aug-1939.

He is mentioned in the ROR of Nov-1946.
Who is General Nicholson?
(see Charles Allen, Soldier-Sahibs: The Men who made the North-West Frontier, London: Abacus/Time Warner Books UK, 2002 ed, various references between pp. 2-328)

“””Nicholson was best known for his role in the Indian Mutiny, planning and leading the Storming of Delhi. Famously dismissive of the incompetence of his superiors, he said, upon hearing of Colonel (later General Sir) Archdale Wilson’s hesitancy while on his deathbed, “Thank God I have yet the strength to shoot him, if necessary”. One famous story recounted by Charles Allen in Soldier Sahibs is of a night during the Rebellion when Nicholson strode into the British mess tent at Jullunder, coughed to attract the attention of the officers, then said, “I am sorry, gentlemen, to have kept you waiting for your dinner, but I have been hanging your cooks.” He had been told that the regimental chefs had poisoned the soup with aconite. When they refused to taste it for him, he force fed it to a monkey – and when it expired on the spot, he proceeded to hang the cooks from a nearby tree without a trial.”””
_____________________________________________________________________________________________Links and Related Essays


Who is Mirza Ghulam Murtaza (1791–1876)?

The Punjab Chiefs by Lepel Griffin (1865, 1890 and 1909 edition), its data and scans

Who is Mirza Ata Muhammad (died in 1814)?

Even in 1907, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was still lusting for his niece, Muhammadi Begum

Who is Mirza Nizam ud din (1845–?)? The first-cousin of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad

Mirza Sultan Ahmad, MGA’s eldest son, 1856–1931

22 dancing girls were brought to Qadian by the Mirza family (1848-ish)

Who is Mirza Nizam ud din (1845–?)? The first-cousin of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad

Who is Mirza Ghulam Muhi-ud-Din? Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’s paternal uncle (died in 1866)

“The Punjab Chiefs”, 1909 edition, officially states that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was born in 1839

The Mirza family was above the law in British-India

Click to access Life-of-Ahmad.pdf


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