He was born in roughly 1833 and not in Qadian. 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. He had a cousin with a similar name, Mirza Ghulam Kadar (see Punjab Chiefs, 1909 edition), his uncles, father and some cousins had served in the Sikh military up to that time, however, they were exiled from Qadian. In 1839, he moved back to Qadian after the death of Ranjit Singh.  His father and uncles, Mirza Muhi ud Din and Mirza Ghulam Murtaza served in the Sikh military from roughly 1839 to 1848. All of a sudden, his uncles seems to have abandoned, deserted and helped the British in 1848, they were responsible for making 600 Sikh military personnel’s death via being pushed into the river. After taking over the Punjab from the Sikhs, the Mirza family seems to have been given Raj status over Qadian in roughly 1848-1849 by the British.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________Mirza Ghulam Qadir and his cousin Mirza Ghulam Qadar both served in the British military in 1857

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.

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.

Mirza Ghulam Qadir’s (and MGA’s) mother dies. MGA finally moves back to Qadian and his sons are raised by his brother.

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.

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.

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).

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

The widow of Mirza Ghulam Qadir, the sister of Imam ud Din, ‘Hurmat Bibi’ accepted Ahmadiyya in 1917???
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: The Promised Messiah’sas elder brother, Mirza Ghulam Qadir’s widow, Hurmat Bibi Sahiba, 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.”

Links and Related Essays

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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