He was the father of Naseer Ahmad Faruqui, Mumtaz Ahmad Faruqi and the father in law of Maulana Mohammad Ali. Basharat Ahmad was born in Dharamsala, India, where he received his early education. He then studied at the King Edward Medical College, Lahore. He served as a doctor in East Africa as well as various cities of the Punjab. He was affiliated with the Ahl-e-Hadith sect of Sialkot, he remembers hearing Maulvi Abdul Karim give lectures at the Ahl-e-Hadith mosque of Sialkot. Maulvi Mubarak Ali was another imam at this same mosque, he also converted to Ahmadiyya, he is mentioned in the original list of 313 Ahmadi’s in 1896.
He was a regular contributor for thirty years to Paigham-i Sulh, the Urdu periodical of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement. He is famous for his commentary of the 30th and 27th part of the Quran entitled Anwarul Quran and also for his three volume comprehensive biography, in Urdu, Mujaddid-i Azam, of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement.
He is a student at the Scotch Mission High School in Sialkot, a classmate of his is the famous Sir Muhammad Iqbal. Reverend Youngson was the Principal and was a very intelligent Christian priest. His grandfather, Shaikh Ahmad Ali Faruqui, was a tutor of Persian and Urdu to British Army officers in Dharamsala Cantonment. It was there that Basharat Ahmad spent his childhood until his grandfather, after retirement, moved to Sialkot. He then went to Murray College. When Basharat Ahmad obtained admission to the Medical College in Lahore (later known as King Edward Medical College), a prestigious medical institution, his grandfather also moved to Lahore to provide all possible care and attention to his education.
He reads MGA’s book, “Fath-e-Islam”.
He remembers how MGA visited Sialkot. The community of the Ahl-i-Hadith in Sialkot had become fragmented and the mosque of the Wahhabis almost desolate. A large portion of the Ahl-i-Hadith had become Ahmadi and had shifted to Hakim Hissam-ud-din’s Mosque. The few who were left shifted to an old royal mosque. Maulvi Muhammad Ibrahim of Sialkot, at that time a young man, was made imam of the mosque. I also went to say my prayers in that mosque. But his old-style, traditional khutbas could not attract someone who had heard the khutbas of Maulvi Abdul Karim. One Friday was more than enough to disenchant me, and I stopped going there.
After qualifying as a doctor, his first appointment was in East Africa where he stayed for
one and a half years during the late 1890s. He served with an Ahmadi there, Dr. Rahmat Ali.
He then returned to India and worked first as Medical Officer and then as incharge of hospitals in major cities of the Punjab such as Gujrat, Rawalpindi and Mianwali.
His eldest son (Mumtaz Ahmad Faruqi) was sick, he decided to travel to Qadian and ask MGA to pray for his son. He ended up converting to Ahmadiyya.
Dr. Basharat Ahmad gives his daughter Mehrun Nisa to Maulvi Muhammad Ali as a wife. In September 1909, the doctor had written to Maulana Nur-ud-Din enquiring about a suitable match for his daughter. Another match was under consideration and the doctor had sought Maulana Nur-ud-Din’s permission about it, but the latter wrote in reply saying that in his view there was not a better man for marriage than Muhammad Ali. In February 1910, Dr. Basharat Ahmad took a few days’ leave to come to Qadian from Bhera, and the nikah of Maulana Muhammad Ali to his daughter took place. On 29 April 1910 Maulana Muhammad Ali went to Bhera and on 1 May 1910 he brought his wife to Qadian.
He sided with his son-in-law, Maulvi Muhammad Ali and helped setup the AAIIL at Lahore.
He objects to Mirza Bashir Ahmad’s book, “Seeratul Mahdi”, since many embarrassing stories about the life of MGA are written therein. Dr. Basharat Ahmad vigorously argues that Esa (as) had a biological father.
Dr. Basharat Ahmad publishes his famous “Mujadid e Azim”, in english that would be, “The Great Reformer”. He totally omits MGA’s famous “pension-story” among many other things.
Prominent Publications by Dr. Basharat Ahmad:
- Anwaar-ul-Quran – Commentary, in Urdu, of Part 27 and 30 of the Quran 
- Birth of Jesus — In the Light of the Quran AND In the Light of the Gospels 
- The Great Mujaddid (Mujaddid-e-Azam) — 3 Volumes – Biography of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Mujadid of the 14th century of Islam and founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement 
- Quranic View of Human Freedom 
- Taqdir or Pre-Measurement in Islam 
- Bashaaraat-e-Ahmadiyya (3 Volumes): A Compilation of Articles on Various Interesting Topics on Islam 
- Position of Sufi-ism (Tasawwuf) in Islam 
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