Abdullah Timapuri appears on the scene some time in the last years of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad‘s life. Like other Qadiani claimants of Divine appointment, he created the fine distinction between him being the ‘Mahdi’ while Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was the ‘Messiah’. His books were published by the same [Riaz Hind Press] that used to publish the books of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. In fact, the back cover of the book presented below shows the list of his books alongside those of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, side by side, and the two columns titled ‘Ahmadi Chain’ and ‘Muhammadi Chain’. A substantial part of the rest of the book can be found in the attachments to this page. Even the name of this book is derived from a ‘revelation’ of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in which he was given a book by this name, but he never wrote a book with this title. This book, ‘Nahj-al-Musalla’ is filled with the ‘revelations’ and ‘visions’ of Abdullah Timapuri. Abdullah called himself, in Tafseer Asmani, one of his books, Maamoor minal Allah, Naib Rasool Allah, Muhammad Abdullah, Mazhar E Awal Qudrat e Sani Der Silsila Imam Rubani Hazrat Masih Maood Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani. So Obviously he was claiming big status. There was also a Maulvi Yar Muhammad who had similar claims. At the same time Zahir ud Din (also spelled Zahir al_din) was also making claims of prophethood and Khilafat. Zahir uddin or Al-Din was a clerk in the Canal Department of Gujranwala (see Muhammad Ali, “The Split” 1994 online edition). Noorudin was thus dealing with 3 claimants, while he wasn’t able to walk, since his leg was amputated and he was vacillating. It is important to note, that the first claimant of prophethood in Ahmadiyya, after MGA of course was a certain Chiragh ud Din, who was ex-communicated by MGA himself. We are not sure as to which Yar Muhammad this was. There were a few in Ahmadiyya history. Furthermore, it should be noted that Noorudin didn’t care if MGA claimed to be a law-bearing prophet.
Some additional data on Maulvi Abdullah Timapuri from
Maulvi Abdulla of Timapur (a suburb of Shorapur, in the Deccan) had been successively Sunnite Muslim, Wahhabi, and Ahmadi, before he created his own sect, declaring,
“I am the man from God : You must all follow me.. I am the real Khalifa of Qadian.”
He has about three hundred disciples at present, and is much’ more friendly to Christians than to Muslims. I am indebted for this information to Rev. N. Desai, the pastor of a self-supporting Indian Christian congregation at Shorapur (see Walter).
He is mentioned by Walter in 1916
Walter wrote his historic book about Ahmadiyya in this era. He mentioned that there was another claimant. See also, Al-fazl. January 1, 1935, via “Qadiyaniat: an analytical survey” by Ehsan Elahi Zaheer (1984) 21st edition.
Nur Ahmad Qadiani was another claimant of prophethood in this era
There was yet another Ahmadi who claimed prophethood after MGA, it was Nur Ahmad Qadiani (See “Qadiyaniat: an analytical survey” by Ehsan Elahi Zaheer (1984) 21st edition, page 259).
He wrote the book, “Lekulle Ummatin Ajal”, wherein he wrote:
“There is no god but God, : Nur Ahmad is the apostle of God . I am the apostle of Allah. Whosoever obeys me, obeys Allah and whosoever disobeys me has disobeyed Allah. I have been commissioned to be the mercy for all the world as I am a synthesis of all the prophets”
He was also mentioned in the Al-Fazl of Nov. 11,1934, via “Qadiyaniat: an analytical survey” by Ehsan Elahi Zaheer (1984) 21st edition.
The Khalifa, Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad mentions him in 1922
In his book, “Truth About the Split” (1922), he says:
“””In the years 1911 and 1912, some tracts were published by two men named Maulawi Yar
Muhammad and Abdullah Timapuri. Each of these men claimed to be the Imam (leader) of the
Community under special authority from God. There was therefore some danger of people being deceived by their tracts and notices. Hence, Khalifatul Masih Ira was obliged to make an announcement against them in one of his speeches. But the words used by him in the announcement were general and only Abdullah Timapuri was mentioned by name. The words of the announcement were as follows:
“Again, there are young men who are in too great a hurry to write books although they possess neither the wisdom nor the insight required by an author. Mere fancies are of little avail so long as one does not get into touch with facts. Such writings give rise to dissension. If, therefore, difficulties should arise, one ought to seek help from God and have recourse to prayer. I would warn our members to shun such people. There is a number of them who go about giving publicity to their pretensions.” (The Badr 25th January 1912). (See “Truth About the Split” by Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad, the 2007 online english edition).
Zahir ud Deen’s book, “Nabi Ullah Ka Zahur” is published (see Muhammad Ali, “The Split” 1994 online edition). In fact, the Ahmadiyya newspaper, the Al-Badr published an advertisement for it’s sales (See “Truth About the Split” by Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad, the 2007 online english edition).
The urdu version of the Review of Religions praised Zahir ud Deen’s book, in fact they even called him as a Munshi (See “Truth About the Split” by Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad, the 2007 online english edition).
Noorudin writes a generalized announcement in the Al-Badr newspaper that some men are giving rise to dissensions. This seems to be about Maulvi Abdullah Timapuri and Maulvi Yar Muhammad(see Muhammad Ali, “The Split” 1994 online edition).
Per Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad in June of 1912, Zahir Al-Din wrote a letter to the Khalifa asking whom the Jan-1912 announcement was about. Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad reports that the Khalifa clarified that Zahir al-Din was good, the announcement was about Maulvi Yar Muhammad and Maulvi Abdullah Timapuri (See “Truth About the Split” by Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad, the 2007 online english edition).
On July 11th, 1912, per Muhammad Ali, an announcement was published in the Al-Badr wherein Zahir Al- Din was officially ex-communicated by Noorudin (the Khalifa)(see Muhammad Ali, “The Split” 1994 online edition). The Khalifa called him Zaheer ud Din Arupi. Arupi is probably the name of the city or village that he was from in India (See “Truth About the Split” by Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad, the 2007 online english edition).
Zahir had repented and was allowed to re-enter the Ahmadiyya Movement at the hand of Noorudin, most likely via a letter of repentance (see Muhammad Ali, “The Split” 1994 online edition).
In the issue of 14 OCT–1912, Zahir ud Din gets published in the Al-Badr in contempt vs. the Khalifa. He impertinently writes that he disagrees with the Khalifa on many beliefs (See “Truth About the Split” by Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad, the 2007 online english edition).
The second part of his book was published on April 20th, 1913, it was only 12 pages and entitled, “Ahmad Rasul ul Allah, Ka Zahur”, in english as : “Ahmad, the messenger of Allah, his appearance”(see Muhammad Ali, “The Split” 1994 online edition). In this book, he formulated a new Kalima for Ahmadi’s, which replaced the word “Muhammad” from the Kalima with “Ahmad”, which was a direct reference to (see Muhammad Ali, “The Split” 1994 online edition). the Khalifa, Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad agrees that this book was published in April of 1913(See “Truth About the Split” by Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad, the 2007 online english edition).
A newer Ahmadiyya newspaper, “Al-Haq” tells Ahmadi’s to leave Zahir ud Din, Maulvi Yar Muhammad and Maulvi Abdullah Timapuri alone. The editor of this newspaper is Mir Qasim Ali. However, there was no official letter or announcement of ex-communication by the Khalifa, most likely because the Khalifa was out of commission based on his health. Nevertheless, there is no announcement of ex-communication by the Khalifa.
Zahir ud din was made a member of the advisory committee, which was formed at Lahore after the death of Noorudin (vide the Paigham-e-Sulh of 24th March, 1914) and his articles against the family Khilafat found a place in Maulawi Muhammad Ali’s magazine called the Al-Mahdi (See “Truth About the Split” by Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad, the 2007 online english edition).
Zahir ud Din was present at the Lahori-Ahmadi Jalsa of this year and was even allowed to speak (See “Truth About the Split” by Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad, the 2007 online english edition).
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