The full name of the book series is “ARBA‘IN” (LI ITMAMIL-HUJJATI ‘ALAL-MUKHALIFIN), in english as “The Forty” (Divine Arguments Against All Opponents). MGA had promised to write 40 booklets, however, he stopped at 4. Just like what they did with Braheen e Ahmadiyya and the promise of 50 volumes, as it was shrunk to 5. This 4-part booklet series was published in 1900, in Urdu at the Diya’ul-Islam Press, Qadian. This 4 part book seems to be in RK pages 343—end. MGA issued an Urdu leaflet (Arba‘in No. 1) on July 23rd, 1900. The Parcharak newspaper of Jullundur criticised the Urdu leaflet Arba‘in No. 1 to which the AI-Hakam replied on September 16th, 1900. This book is important for many reasons, the biggest reason is that MGA abrogated Jihad in this book.

Ruhani Khaza’in, volume 17, page 343:

“”Today, in order to satisfy all seekers of knowledge, I invite all my opponents, non-believers that I propose to publish forty flyers. So on the day of Judgment, I can present to God Almighty that I have fulfilled my mandate. So now, with all due respect and humility, I address all Muslim clergy, Christian clergy, Hindu clergy and Pundits and Aryans to whom I send this flyer and inform them that I have been sent to this world in order to uplift morality, and reform beliefs and remove weaknesses of faith. My step is in the footstep of Jesus, peace be upon him, and it is why I am called the Promised Messiah. And I have been commanded that I spread the word of God and of
truth by manifesting heavenly signs and teaching piety. I am against raising the sword for the purpose of spread of religion and to cause bloodshed in the name of religion. I am a Prophet of God and I try to remove all mistakes and weaknesses.”” (see Hidden Treasures of Islam).
[Arba‘in, no. 4, p. 1, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, p. 430]

“””That if someone makes a false claim of prophethood or to be appointed by Allah, he would never attain to the period of the prophethood of the Holy Prophet, may peace and blessings of Allah be on him.”””(See Tadhkirah). 
[Arba‘in No. 1, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, pp. 343-346]

“”””Today, for the purpose of conveying the message in a conclusive manner, I have made up my mind to publish forty announcements inviting those who oppose and deny me, so that on the Day of Judgement I should be able to plead before God, the One, that I had fulfilled the purpose for which I had been sent. So, with full respect and humility, I send this announcement to Muslim and Christian divines, and to Hindus and Arya Pundits, informing them that I have been sent to the world for the reformation of moral, doctrinal and spiritual weaknesses and errors. I follow in the footsteps of Jesusas, and, in this sense, I am called the Promised Messiah. I have been commanded to spread the truth in the world through miraculous signs and holy teachings. I am opposed to the use of the sword in support of the faith and the slaying of God’s creatures in the name of religion. I have been appointed that, so far as it may be possible for me, I should remove all these errors from the minds of the Muslims and should call them to pure morals, perseverance, meekness, justice and righteousness. I proclaim to all the Muslims, Christians, Hindus, and Aryas, that I have no enemy in the world. I love human beings with the love that a compassionate mother has for her children and even more so. I am the enemy only of the false doctrines which slay the truth. Human sympathy is my duty, and discarding falsehood, idolatry, every type of misconduct and wrongdoing, injustice, and immorality, is my principle.

What has roused my sympathy is that I have discovered a gold mine and have been informed of a deposit of precious stones. In this mine I have been fortunate enough to find a shining and priceless diamond. Its value is so great that if I were to divide its price among the whole of mankind, each of them would become wealthier than the person who owns the largest amount of gold and silver in the world. What is that diamond? It is the True God, and to acquire Him means to recognize Him, to believe in Him truly, to establish the relationship of true love with Him, and to receive true blessings from Him. Having found such great wealth, it would be a great wrong that I should deprive mankind of it and that they should die of hunger while I live in luxury. This I will not do. My heart burns at the contemplation of their poverty and hunger. My soul is in travail at the perception of their darkness and privation. I desire that their houses should be filled with heavenly wealth and that they should acquire so many jewels of truth and certainty that they should be filled to their capacity.

Of course everyone loves his own species. Even the ants love their own kind, unless they happen to be overcome by some selfish desire. Therefore, he who calls people to God Almighty has an obligation to love them the most. And I love mankind the most. I have no personal enmity with anyone; I am the enemy only of their misconduct and of the wrongs they commit and of their disobedience and rebellion. Out of my eager love for mankind, I offer them the treasure that I have received, which is the key to all the treasures and bounties of Paradise. The fact that the treasures that have been bestowed upon me comprise of real diamonds, gold and silver can be easily ascertained. All these coins and jewels bear the royal mark, that is to say, I have heavenly testimonies which no one else has. I have been told that of all the faiths, Islam is the only true faith; and that of all guidance, the guidance contained in the Qur’an alone is true in every respect and is free from human interpolation. I have been made to understand that of all the Messengersas, the one who has brought the most perfect holy and wise teaching and who practically demonstrated human excellences at the highest level is our lord and master Muhammad, the Chosen Onesa. I have been informed through pure and sacred revelation vouchsafed to me by God Almighty that I am the Promised Messiah and the Promised Mahdi sent by Him, and that I am the Hakam [Arbiter] of the internal and external differences. The Holy Prophetsa has honoured me by bestowing upon me the names of Messiah and Mahdi. God has also called me by the same names in His direct word. What is more, the condition of the world in the present age also demanded that these should be my names. These are thus the three witnesses to these names of mine. I call to witness my God, Who is the Master of heaven and earth, that I am from Him and He bears witness to me through His signs. If anyone can compete with me in the matter of heavenly signs, then I am false. If anyone can prove himself my equal in the matter of the acceptance of prayers, then I am false. If anyone can prove himself my equal in expounding the verities and the fine points of the Holy Qur’an, then I am false. If anyone can prove my equal in disclosing that which is hidden and foretelling, with the mighty Power of God, the mysteries before their time, then I am not from Him.

Where now are the Christian ministers who have said that, God forbid, no prophecy or miraculous matter was disclosed by our lord and the lord of mankind, Muhammad, the Chosen Onesa? I say truly that he alone is the perfect man whose prophecies and acceptance of prayers and display of other miraculous matters is something which even now rages like the ocean through his true followers. Which other religion beside Islam possesses this quality and this power? Where are the people, and in which country do they dwell, who can compete with Islam in the matter of Divine blessings and signs? A person who follows a religion which does not partake of the heavenly spirit, wastes his faith. That religion alone is worth the name which is alive and possesses the spirit of life and leads one to the Living God. I claim not only that the hidden is disclosed to me through the holy revelation vouchsafed to me by God Almighty and that miraculous signs are shown to me, but I also say that whoever follows me with a pure heart and with true love for God and His Prophetsa, will also receive this bounty from God Almighty. But remember that this door is closed upon all opponents; otherwise let someone from them compete with me in the matter of heavenly signs. I affirm that no one will be able to do so. This is a living proof of the truth of Islam and the truth of my claim….
Peace be upon him who follows the guidance.

Announced by:
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian
The Promised Messiah
July 23, 1900″”” (See Essence of Islam, vol. 4). 
(Arba‘in, p. 1 footnote, Ruhani Khaza’in, v. 17, p. 343 footnote)

“””After this flyer I will issue a flyer every fortnight provided I do not face any hurdle till I complete the number forty, or any one of my opponents without exuding any filthy air that is perceptible to anyone, comes in the field, and like me show a sign, but I must remind here that this is not intended to be any Mubahalah (Prayer Duel) with anyone or asking any prophecy in respect of anyone. This competition is about the person at whose hand God almighty reveal hidden affairs, manifest sign and accept the prayers, these should be completely be detached from any interest
personal or otherwise. Refrain from any prophecy that is intended to disturb common peace or against the Government or related to humiliation or death of anyone.”””(see Hidden Treasures). 

(Arba‘in, No. 1, pp. 2-4, Ruhani Khaza’in, v. 17, p. 344-346)

“”””I am called the Promised Messiah. I am commanded to spread the truth in the world only through pure teachings and extraordinary signs. I am against the use of the sword for the sake of religion. I am commissioned to remove, as much as I can, all wrong notions from among the Muslims and to invite them to the ways of pure morals, forbearance, meekness, fairness and truthfulness. I declare unto all Muslims, Christians, Hindus and Aryas that I have no enemy in the
world. I love mankind as does a mother, even more than that. I am an enemy only to such false beliefs which destroy the truth. Sympathy for man is my duty and hatred of falsehood, idol worship, transgression and every kind of wickedness, injustice and evil behaviour is my principle. The real reason for the effulgence of my sympathy is the fact that I have discovered a mine of gold and Jewels and it is a good fortune that I have found in this mine, a priceless diamond full of lustre. The price of that diamond is so great that if I were to distribute it amongst all my brethren of mankind each one of them would become richer than the one who possesses in the world
today notwithstanding the greatest quantity of gold and silver.

What is that diamond? The True God. To get to Him is to recognize Him, to have a true faith in Him, to seek Him it would be the height of injustice that after possessing so much wealth I should keep mankind deprived of it, that I should enjoy it while they should starve. It is absolutely impossible for me to do so. My soul is sore vexed when I see their poverty and starvation and my heart sinks when I find them in darkness. I want to fill them with heavenly wealth, and I wish them to get as many jewels of truth as humanly possible….

It has been made clear to me that among Divine messengers, he, whose teaching is perfect, holy and full of wisdom to the utmost degree, is our Chief, Muhammad Mustafasa.”””(See Hidden Treaures).
[Arba‘in, No. II Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, pp. 374-378]

“””I announce in the name of Him in whose hand lies my life, that if you people clear your minds and wish to see another Divine sign, then the All-Powerful God, without being subject to your demand, has the power to manifest a sign out of His own will and authority. I am certain that if you repent sincerely, and demand a sign from me and promise God that if some extraordinary sign, which is beyond human power, is manifested, you will discard all ill-will and rancour, and, seeking only the pleasure of God, will make the pledge of allegiance to me, surely God Almighty will manifest some sign, for He is Merciful and Beneficent. But I do not have the choice to appoint two or three days for the manifestation of a sign or to follow your desires. It is at the choice of God Almighty to appoint whatever date pleases Him….

For the adoption of this method it will be necessary that at least forty leading Maulavis like Maulavi Muhammad Hussain Sahib of Batala, Maulavi Nadhir Hussain Sahib of Delhi, Maulavi ‘Abdul Jabbar Sahib of Ghazni, now of Amritsar, Maulavi Rashid Ahmad Sahib of Ghangoha, and Maulavi Pir Mehr ‘Ali Shah Sahib of Golrah should publish an agreement in a newspaper attested by fifty respectable Muslims that if a sign, which is truly extraordinary, is manifested, they will give up their opposition out of the fear of God the Glorious, and will make the pledge of allegiance to me.

Should this method be unacceptable…there is another simpler and easier method….It is that, purely out of fear of God Almighty and out of mercy for the Muslims, you should call a meeting in Batala, Amritsar or Lahore. This meeting should be attended, as far as may be possible, by
a large number of respected divines and men of the world. I shall also attend with a number of my followers. Then all of them should supplicate thus:

Lord, if You know that this person is an impostor and is not from You, and is neither the Promised Messiah nor the Mahdi, then may You remove this cause of dissension from among the Muslims and safeguard Islam and the Muslims against his mischief, as You did safeguard the Muslims against the mischief of Musailama Kadhdhab and Aswad ‘Ansi by removing them from the world, but if he is from You and our minds and intellects are at fault, then may You Powerful One bestow understanding upon us so that we may not be ruined, and make manifest such matters and signs in his support that we should be satisfied that he is from You.

When this supplication is made, my followers and I will say Amin aloud. After that, I shall pray, holding in my hand all those revelations that I have set out….I will pray as follows:

Lord, if these revelations, which are mentioned in this pamphlet that I hold in my hand, and on the basis of which I consider myself the Promised Messiah and Mahdi, and hold Jesusas to be dead, are not Your words, and if, in Your estimation, I am a liar and impostor and dajjal who is the cause of dissension among the Muslims, and if I am under Your wrath, I supplicate You earnestly that within one year from this date You cross out my name from among the living and ruin all my enterprises and wipe out my every sign from the earth. But if I am from You and these revelations which I hold in my hand are from You and I am a recipient of Your grace, then O Mighty Benefactor, cause my Jama‘at to grow in an extraordinary manner in the coming year and bestow extraordinary blessings upon us, and bless my life and send down Your heavenly support.

When this supplication is finished, all opponents should say Amin. It would be proper that everyone should come to this meeting for the purpose of prayer with pure and serene hearts and not in a spirit of victory or defeat. This prayer should not be considered a Mubahalah [prayerduel]
because its benefit or harm is limited to me alone….The prayer should be offered with concentration and great earnestness. Sincere prayer finds acceptance with God. If all my enterprise is not in the cause of God and is an imposture and a show, the prayers of representative Muslims will soon be heard. But if my Movement is heavenly and has been initiated by God Himself, my supplication will be accepted. O you men of honour! Respond to this request of mine. There is no need for a large gathering, it would be enough if forty representative divines were to take part in the prayer. But they should not be less than forty, for this number has a blessed connection with the acceptance of prayer.”””(See Essence of Islam, vol. 3).

[Arba‘in, no. 2, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, pp. 374-375]

“”””It was for me that God caused the solar and lunar eclipses in heaven during the month of Ramadan, and caused numerous other signs to be manifested on earth, and thus, in accordance with Divine practice, my truth was conclusively established. God, in Whose hand rests my life, is my witness that if you cleanse your hearts and seek other signs from God, the Omnipotent One is capable of showing a sign according to His own will and power, without being subject to
any of your importunities. And I am sure that if you demand a sign from me, with a genuine desire to repent, and promise earnestly before God that if an extraordinary sign appears which is beyond human power, you will shed all this rancour and enmity and, purely for the sake of winning God’s pleasure, will enter into the pledge of Bai‘at with me, then God, being so Kind and Merciful, will certainly show you some sign. However, it is not within my power to fix a period of two or three days for showing a sign, or to do exactly as you wish. It is the prerogative of God to choose the time.””” (See Essence of Islam, vol. 5). 

[Arba‘in, No. III, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, pp. 387-402]

“”””In Lahore, Hafiz Muhammad Yusuf Sahib, Dila‘dar of Canals, under the false doctrines of ignorant and misguided clerics, … has stated confidently that if anyone falsely claims to be a Prophet or a Messenger or a commissioned one by God, and thus seeks to mislead people,
he can survive such imposture for twenty-three years and even more. What he means to say is that the survival of such an impostor for more than twenty-three years cannot be a proof of his truth. He also stated that he can cite the names of many people who made such false claims and continued to assert for more than twenty-three years that they were recipients of God’s word….

Through this announcement, I demand from Hafiz Muhammad Yusuf Sahib to cite such an instance as promised in his signed document. I know for certain that this principle, which is set out in the Holy Qur’an by God Himself, can never be contravened….

It is for this reason that I have made this public announcement together with an offer of five hundred rupees as an award for the citation of a single instance to the contrary, and I am prepared to deposit this amount in any government bank in advance. If Hafiz Muhammad Yusuf Sahib and those who think like him, whose names I have mentioned in this announcement, will cite an instance with adequate proof in accordance with the Holy
Qur’an, in which a person who falsely claimed to be a Prophet or a Messenger or a commissioned one of God, continued to publish his alleged revelations for more than twenty-three years, I shall pay such a person the sum of five hundred rupees in cash. They will be at liberty to cite such an instance from anywhere in the world within a fortnight of the publication of this announcement.””” (See Essence of Islam, vol. 3).

[Arba‘in, no. 4, pp. 5–7, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, pp. 434–436]

“”””A friend of mine (Based on the narration of Miyan Wazir Khan from Afghanistan, it
seems that this friend is Maulavi Muhammad Ahsan. See Riwayat-e- Sahabah, volume 14, page 363. [Mirza Bashir Ahmad]), with good intentions, had raised a point with me that verse {{(And if he had forged…to Us (surah al-Haqqah, 69:45)}} was special to the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, and was not applicable in the case of any other claimant of revelation…. I explained my point of view to him. The same night, I experienced the condition which generally presages my revelations. The scene of the discussion was replayed before me and then I received the revelation:

[Arabic] Tell them: The true guidance is the guidance of Allah. [Publishers]

This indicates that the connotation of these verses which had been disclosed to me by Allah is the correct one.(See Tadhkirah)
Arba‘in, no. 2, p. 5 footnote, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, p. 350 footnote

“””It is part of human nature that a believer on experiencing some special divine manifestation calls down blessings. Thus the revelation: They will call down blessings on you, indicates that
those who will be close to me all the time shall witness many Signs and will be so affected by them that often their eyes will start running and, in the height of emotion, they will call down blessings on me involuntarily. This is happening and this prophecy is fulfilled over and over again.””” (See Tadhkirah).

Arba‘in, RK-17, page 435

“”My teachings contain orders as well as prohibitions and renovations of important injunctions of the Shariat. For this reason, God has named my teachings and revelations (Wahi) that comes to me as FALAK (Boat)….thus, see, God has declared my revelations, my teachings and my allegiance to be Noah’s Ark and as the basis of salvation for all human beings. Let him who has eyes see and him who has ears hear”””


Arba‘in, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, pp. 442-443

“””Dear people! you are living during a time which had been foretold by all the Prophetsas and you have seen the person—i.e., the Promised Messiah—whom many Prophets had desired to see. Hence, fortify your faiths, and set right your paths, and purify your hearts and win the pleasure of your Lord. Friends! you are in this temporary abode but for a few days, and you must remember your ultimate abode. Every year some of your friends depart from you, and soon it will be you departing from your friends. So be alert and let not the poison of this corrupt age affect you. Cleanse your morals, purge yourselves of rancour, malice and pride, and display moral miracles to the world.””” (See Essence of Islam. vol. 4).

RK, v. 17, p. 443; marginal note; Arba`een Number 4

[Marginal note:]“””Allaah Almighty has gradually decreased jihaad, that is, the severity of wars/fighting. In the time of Hadrat Moosaa [Moses] the severity was so much that even accepting faith could not save [one] from being killed and even infant children were murdered/killed. Then in the time of our Prophet, the blessings of Allaah and peace be on him, the killing of children and the old and women was forbidden and then for certain nations, their being saved from punishment was accepted merely by the payment of ‘jizyah’ [a tax levied on non-Muslims for exemption from military duty] in lieu of faith. And then in the time of Maseeh Mau`ood the command for jihaad was entirely abolished.””” (see also Nuzhat Haneef, page 171).

Arba‘in, no. 4, p. 15 footnote, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, pp. 444–445 footnote

“”””(A) In His revelation God has also called me the Baitullah [House of Allah], which indicates that the more my opponents strive to demolish this House, the more treasures of divine knowledge and heavenly Signs will emerge from it. Accordingly, my experience is that with every persecution a new treasure is disclosed. One of the revelations in this context is:

[Persian] Someone kissed my foot and I told him: ‘I am the Black Stone.’ [Publishers] (See Tadhkirah)

[Arba‘in, no. 4, p. 19 footnote, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, p. 452]

“”””I have received the book of Munshi Ilahi Bakhsh, accountant, entitled: ‘Asa‘-e-Musa, in which he has made personal attacks—based entirely on ill-thinking—on me and has also attacked some of my true and holy prophecies without due consideration. When I had looked through that
book and had put it aside, I received the revelation concerning Munshi Ilahi Bakhsh:

Translation: [Arabic] They desire to see menstruation blood in you. [That is, they are
seeking to discover impurity and filth and vileness] but God desires to exhibit His continuous favours unto you.(See also Al-Hakam, volume 4, number 44, December 10, 1900).  

How can they find in me any matter resembling menstruation and what trace of it is left in me, for God has converted, through holy changes, that matter into a handsome boy; and that handsome boy has the status of a son in the estimation of Allah, meaning that although the limbs of a child are nourished and developed through menstruation blood, the child cannot be called impure like
menstruation. God has affirmed that I had developed from the state of impurity which is part of human nature into purity and that it is folly on the part of my opponents to seek impurity in me because I have become a pure child by the hand of Allah and like a son in His estimation.
God is my Guardian and Providence. There is, thus, the resemblance of a paternal relationship. God has put down the fire which has been sought to be kindled through this book ‘Asa-e-Musa. God is with the righteous who carry out their duty to the utmost and mind the finer points of taqwa [fear of God].(See Tadhkirah). 
[Arba‘in, no. 4, p. 21 footnote, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, p. 457]

“”””(A) I do not believe that I would die before God Almighty has established my innocence…of the false charges that are levelled against me… In this context, I received a definite and certain revelation on Thursday, December 11, 1900:

[Urdu] After eleven, if the Almighty God so wills.

As for ‘after eleven, if the Almighty God so wills’ I do not know whether by eleven it is meant eleven days or eleven weeks or eleven months or eleven years. In any case, a Sign in proof of my innocence will appear within that period.””” (See Tadhkirah).
[Arba‘in, no. 3, pp. 23–29, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, pp. 410–418 and
Appendix Tohfah Golarhviyyah, pp. 14–19, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, pp. 59–65]

“”””Translation: [Arabic] Glad tidings for you, My Ahmad. You are My purpose and are with Me.
I have planted for you My tree with My own hand. Your secret is My secret and you have a
good standing in My presence. I have chosen you for Myself.

You are to Me like My Unity and My Uniqueness, so the time has arrived when you
should be helped and be known among the people. O Ahmad, grace—that is verities and
points of wisdom—flow from your lips. You have been blessed, O Ahmad, and the blessing
that Allah has bestowed upon you was deserved by you.

The Gracious One has taught you the Qur’an—that is, informed you the meanings of
the Qur’an that people had forgotten—so that you might warn a people whose ancestors
passed away unheeded and so that the guilty ones might be faced with a conclusive argument
from God. Tell them: I am not saying this on my own, but on the basis of revelation from
God and I am the foremost of the believers in this age. Tell them: If you love Allah, then come
and follow me, so that Allah may also love you. These people will plan and Allah will also plan
and Allah is the Best of planners.

Allah is not such as to leave you till He has distinguished between the pure and the impure.
My mercy covers you in the world and the hereafter. This day you are in a position of
honour with Us. You are of those who are helped. You have a standing with Me of which
the people have no knowledge. We have sent you in order to show mercy for the universe. O
Ahmad, enter Paradise along with your zauj. O Adam, enter Paradise along with your zauj.

This [zauj] means that everyone who associates with me, whether it is my wife or friend, will achieve salvation and will experience a heavenly life and will ultimately enter Paradise….

This station is by the Mercy of Allah, so that it may be a Sign for people. I determined to
establish a vicegerent on the earth and so I created this Adam. This Adam will establish
the law and revive the faith.

This is a Messenger of Allah in the mantles of the Prophets—with good standing in the world
and in the hereafter and one of those who have attained nearness to Allah.

I was a hidden treasure and I liked to be known. We shall make this servant of Ours a Sign for the people and a mercy from Us and this was a matter determined since eternity.

O ‘Isa [Jesus], I shall cause you to die a natural death, that is your opponents will not
succeed in killing you, and shall raise you towards Me, that is will establish with clear
arguments and manifest Signs that you are near to Me, and shall purify you from the
charges of the disbelievers and shall place those from among the Muslims who follow you above your opponents till the Day of Judgment. A company of your followers will be from among the first and a company from among the last. They seek to frighten you of their mischief, but Allah will safeguard you Himself from the mischief of the enemies even if the people do not safeguard you and your Lord is Powerful.

Allah praises you from His Throne—that is, in contrast to the abuses of the people, Allah
praises you. We praise you and send down blessings on you. We shall suffice you against
those who mock you. They say: ‘This is a lie which he has fabricated; we have heard
nothing like it from our ancestors.’ These ignorant ones do not realize that it is not hard
for Allah to grant this station to someone. We have honoured some people above others. This
status has been granted by the mercy of your Lord so that it should be a Sign for people. But
these people have rejected the Signs of God unjustly and arrogantly while their hearts
accept them.

Tell them: I have with me a special testimony from Allah; do you believe it not? Tell them
again: I have with me a special testimony from Allah; do you submit or not. When they see a
Sign, they say: ‘This is just an ordinary thing; it has happened so since eternity.’ [And if they
see a Sign, they turn away and say, ‘A passing feat of magic.’] …Allah has decreed since
eternity: I and My messengers will surely prevail—meaning that no matter how severe
the opposition, people raised by God would never be vanquished. Allah is Supreme over
His decree, but most people know it not. He it is Who has sent His Messenger with guidance and the religion of truth, so that He might make it supreme over all religions. There is no
changing the words of Allah. Those who have believed and have not adulterated their faith
with any injustice are the ones who will be secure from every calamity and they are rightly

Do not supplicate Me in the matter of those who have committed wrong; they are a people
drowned. They treat you with mockery and say: ‘Is this the one whom Allah has raised
up?’ They look at you but do not see you. Keep in mind when the one who will declare you a
disbeliever will plan against you… and will call upon his elder Haman to light the fire of
persecution saying: ‘Initiate the edict of apostasy yourself because people have greater regard for you and you can incite them all with your edict. Therefore you be the first to put a stamp of approval, so that all ulema might be excited, and follow your stamp with their stamps. So that I should discover whether God is with this man or not though I consider him a liar.’ (Then he put the stamp.) Ruined is Abu Lahab and so are the two hands (one with which he held the edict and the other with which he put the stamp or wrote the edict). It did not behove him to intervene in this matter but in fear. Whatever pain will afflict you, it will be from Allah.

There will be a great trial after Haman puts a stamp on the edict of apostasy, then be steadfast as were steadfast the Prophets of high resolve…. This trial is from Allah, so that He might love you with a great love. It is an everlasting love that will never be cut off. Your recompense is with Allah. Your Lord will be pleased with you and will perfect your name. There are many things that you like for yourselves but they are not good for you. And there are many things that you desire not, but they are good for you. Allah knows and you know not.””””(See Tadhkirah). 
[Arba‘in, no. 3, p. 24 footnote, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, p. 412]

“””Since these revelations have been received several times in different orders, no specific order has been followed in the sequence of the sentences. Every order followed is divinely inspired as the recipient of the revelations was made to understand.”””(See Tadhkirah).
[Arba‘in, no 3, p. 27, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, pp. 415–416]

“”””This revelation which has been repeated twice… signifies that one proof is the eclipse of the sun and the other the eclipse of the moon.””””(See Tadhkirah).
[Arba‘in, no. 3, p. 28 footnote, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, p. 417]

“””God Almighty has informed me that you are forbidden and absolutely forbidden to offer your Prayers behind an imam who pronounced me a disbeliever or liar, or who is in doubt539. Indeed, your imam should be one of yourselves. There is an indication of this in one aspect of the hadith of Bukhari: {{He will be your imam and will be from among yourselves. [Publishers]}} (See Tadhkirah). 
[Arba‘in, no. 3, first edition, pp. 29–30, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, pp. 418–419 and Appendix Tohfah Golarhviyyah, p. 19, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, p. 66]

“”””As Allah the Almighty knew that my opponents would wish for my early demise so that they might be able to proclaim that I had died early because I was false in my claims, He revealed to me aforetime:

That is [Arabic] Your age will be eighty years—a few years less or some years more; and you will live long enough to witness your distant progeny.

Thirty-five years or so have passed since this revelation was vouchsafed. (See Tadhkirah).
[Arba‘in, no. 3, p. 36, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, p. 427]

“””It is impossible that every one would accept. As ordained in the

{{{{and for this has He created them. (surah Hud, 11:120) [Publishers]}}}


{{{and will place those who follow you above those who disbelieve, until the Day of Resurrection. (surah Al-‘Imran, 3:56) [Publishers]}}}

Acceptance of everyone contradicts an established divine declaration. Therefore, the noble people are meant here. (See Tadhkirah). 
[Arba‘in, no. 3, pp. 32–37, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, pp. 421–428].

“””Meaning that [Arabic] All praise is due to Allah, who has made you Masih ibn-e-Maryam
[Messiah, son of Mary]. You are the revered Messiah whose time shall not be wasted. A
pearl like you is not wasted.

And then said:

Meaning that [Arabic] We shall bestow upon you a pleasant and comfortable life, eighty
years or thereabouts—meaning, a few years less or a few years more. You will witness
distant progeny. Manifestation of the True and the High, as if Allah had descended from

Then I received the revelation:

Meaning that [Arabic] The moon of the Prophets will come and your affair will be
achieved. You are not the one who would let go of Satan before you overcome him. It is your lot to be victorious and the defeat is destined for your enemies.

And then [Allah the Almighty] said:

Translation: [Arabic] I shall humiliate him who designs to humiliate you and will help him who helps you. Allah will not leave you till He has distinguished the pure from the impure. Holy is
Allah; you are His dignity, so how should He leave you. I am Allah, then devote yourself
wholly to Me and affirm: Lord I prefer you to everything.

And then the revelation came:

Meaning that [Arabic] The enemy will say: ‘You are not from God’. We shall seize him
from his snout, that is, will close all his avenues with conclusive arguments, and shall exact
retribution from the wrongdoers on the Day of Judgment. I shall come to you suddenly with
My hosts, that is, you do not have the knowledge of the hour when you will be helped. The day will come when the wrongdoer will bite his hands in remorse and will say: ‘Fie on me; I wish I had not opposed this Messenger of God and had stayed with him.’ They say: ‘This Jama‘at will soon disperse and their affair will be frustrated;’ whereas they have not been granted the knowledge of the unseen. We have sent you as an argument and Allah has all power to send an argument at its needed time.

Then the revelation came:

Translation: [Arabic] We sent Ahmad to his people, but people said: ‘He is a great liar.’ They started bearing false witness against him and fell upon him like the waters of a flood. He
said: My Friend is near but hidden.

My help will come to you. I am the Gracious One. You possess the capability and will receive plentiful rain. I shall send to you the groups from every people in large numbers. I have illumined your house. This is a revelation from Allah, the Mighty, the Merciful. If someone asks: ‘How would we know that this is revelation from God’, the evidence for them is that this revelation is accompanied by many Signs. Allah will never furnish the disbelievers with a cause to make a real charge against the believers.

You are the city of knowledge, pure and accepted of the Gracious One. You are My
High Name. Glad tidings for you in these days. You are from Me, O Ibrahim [Abraham]. You
are established on His attributes. You are the manifestation of the Ever-Living One. You are
the beginning of the desired affair from Me. You are from Our water and they are from cowardice.

Do they say: ‘We are a host able to take retribution. All of them will flee and they will turn their backs.’ All praise is due to Allah who has provided you with good relations through marriage and a good descent. Warn your people and tell them: I am a plain Warner from Allah. We have produced for you many harvests, O Ibrahim [Abraham]. They say: ‘We shall destroy you;’ but God said to His servant: There is nothing to fear; surely I and My Messengers shall prevail. I shall come to you soon with My hosts. I shall roll like the waves of the ocean. Allah’s grace is coming and there is no one who can obstruct it. Tell them: By my Lord! This is the truth which will not be
changed nor will remain hidden, and that will come down which will surprise you. This is revelation from the Lord, Maker of the high heavens. There is no God but He, He knows
and sees everything. Allah is with those who fear Him and perform virtuous acts nicely and
carry out good deeds beautifully. For them will the gates of heaven be opened and for them
there will be glad tidings in this life. You are being reared in the side of the Prophet and [you
dwell on the tops of mountains]{{The words in brackets were not translated by the Promised
Messiahas and are given by the Publishers. [Publishers]}}} I am with you in all circumstances.

And then the revelation continued:

Translation: [Arabic] They say: ‘This is imposture and this man is ruining the faith.’ Say: The truth has come and falsehood has vanished. Say: Had this matter not been from Allah you would have found great contradiction in it, that is, you would not have found any supporting evidence for it from the Word of God.… God is He Who has sent His Messenger (that is my humble self) with guidance and the religion of truth and the reform of morals.

Tell them: If I have fabricated it, I shall bear the guilt of it, that is, I would perish. Who can
be guilty of greater wrong than one who fabricates lies against Allah? This is revelation
from Allah, the Mighty and the Merciful, so that you might warn a people whose ancestors
have not been warned and that you might invite other people to the acceptance of truth. It may
be that Allah will soon bring about friendship between you and those who are at enmity with
you and your Lord has power to do whatever He wills. They will fall down prostrate on their
faces, supplicating: ‘Lord, forgive us, we were in error.’ No blame will lie on you this day.
Allah will forgive you and He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy. I am Allah,
then worship Me, [and do not forget Me] and keep striving to reach Me and keep supplicating your Lord and be diligent in supplication. Allah is a Friend and is Compassionate. He has taught the Qur’an; then what hadith will you follow instead of the Qur’an? We have sent down mercy upon this servant. He speaks not on his own; whatever you are hearing is revelation from God.

He approached God, that is ascended and then, leaned towards the people to convey the message of truth so that it became a case of one chord between two bows—God above and the creation below. Leave Me alone to deal with those who give you the lie. I shall stand with My Messenger. My day will be a day of great judgment. You are on the straight path. We may show you some of that which We have promised in their case or We may cause you to die and fulfill the promises afterwards. I shall raise you towards Me, that is your ascension towards God will be well established in the world and My help will come to you. I am the Lord, Whose Signs overpower the hearts and take them into their grip.(See Tadhkirah). 

[Arba‘in, no. 3, pp. 37, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, p. 427]

[Arabic] I shall stand with My Messenger. (See Tadhkirah)
[Arba‘in, no. 3, p. 37, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, p. 429 and Appendix Tohfah Golarhviyyah, p. 25]

“””A title of honour seems to indicate that circumstances will be such that most people will accept and will address him with respect and this will happen after the appearance of a Sign.”””(See Tadhkirah). 
[Arba‘in, no. 3, pp. 37–38, Ruhani Khaza’in. vol. 17, pp. 427–429]

“””[Urdu] A title of honour; a title of honour.
[Arabic] [A title of honour for you].

[Urdu]There will be a great Sign with it….

God has determined to exalt your name and to illumine it greatly in the universe. I shall exhibit My flash and shall exalt you as a demonstration of My power. Many thrones have descended from heaven, but your throne has been set at the highest level. Angels helped you at the time of your meeting with your enemies. The British dealt kindly with you. God was on the side on which you were. Those who look to heaven suffer no grief whatsoever. This is not a good way. ‘Abdul-Karim, the leader of the Muslims, should be told not to pursue it.

[Arabic] [Be compassionate, be compassionate, for compassion is the principal virtue]. [Urdu] Be
compassionate, be compassionate, for compassion is the principal virtue….

[Urdu] God will set all your affairs right and will bestow on you all that you desire. The Lord of hosts will attend to it. Compared with Jesus of Nazareth, the blessings in this case are by no
means less. Threaten me not with fire, for fire is my servant and indeed the servant of my
servants. (See Tadhkirah).
[Arba‘in, no. 3, p. 38, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, p. 429 and Appendix Tohfah Golarhviyyah, p. 25]

“””(A) …Maulavi ‘Abdul-Karim had spoken somewhat harshly to his wife. This caused the commandment that such harsh language should not be used. Normally a believer should be gentle and courteous towards everyone though on occasion a harsh expression might be
employed like a bitter medicine, but only in case of need and to the degree needed. Harshness should not become a habit.”””(See Tadhkirah). 
[Arba‘in, no. 3, p. 38 footnote, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, pp. 428–429]

“””(B) This revelation contains guidance for the whole Jama‘at, that they should treat their wives with kindness and courtesy. Your wives are not your slaves. In point of fact, marriage is a covenant between man and woman. Therefore, strive not to be false to your covenant. God
Almighty says in the Holy Qur’an:

‘Lead a life of kindness and equity with your wives.’

And it is mentioned in a hadith:

‘The best among you is he who is best towards his wife.’

Therefore, be good to your wives both spiritually and physically. Keep praying for them and avoid divorce. A person who is hasty in divorce is sinful in the eyes of God. Do not hasten to break like a dirty vessel that which God has brought together.”””(See Tadhkirah).
[Arba‘in, no. 3, p. 38, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, p. 429]

“””[Urdu] People came and made all sorts of claims. The lion of God seized them and the
lion of God was victorious.

Then it was revealed:

[Persian] [Step forth for your time has approached and the feet of the followers of
Muhammad have been firmly established on a high tower].

[Urdu] Holy Muhammadsa, the Chosen [Prophet of God], the Chief of the Prophets.
[Persian] [And My Signs have been illumined].
[Urdu] That will be a day greatly blessed. A Warner came into the world, but the
world did not accept him; but God will accept him and will make his truth manifest by powerful assaults. Amin.”””” (See Tadhkirah).
[Arba‘in, no. 3, p. 38 footnote, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, p. 429 footnote]

“”””The meaning of the sentence ‘feet of the followers of Muhammad have been firmly established on a high tower’ is that the Promised Messiah of the latter days, about whom all the prophets had
prophesized, was born amongst the Muslims—even though the Jews and the Christians thought that he would be born amongst them. Hence the high tower of respect was given to the followers of Muhammad. The word [of Muhammad] has been used here to signify that those looking at only the apparent power and majesty of Islam – of which the word Muhammad is a manifestation—will now receive abundant Signs from the heavens. This is a requisite for the manifestation of Ahmad since the name Ahmadsa demands not only humility and submissiveness but also self-effacement of the highest degree—which is an essential requirement for expressing as well as deserving the true state of praise, devotion and deep love. The Signs of support go hand in hand with this true state of praise and love.””””(See Tadhkirah).
[Arba‘in, no. 3, p. 38 footnote, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, p. 429]

“””God Almighty revealed this sentence as a statement on my behalf.””(See Tadhkirah). 

[Arba‘in, No. 4, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, pp. 433-434]

“””The Holy Qur’an repeatedly proclaims that God Almighty does not spare one who fabricates a lie against Allah. He punishes such a one in this very life and destroys him; Allah the Exalted refers to it in the verse:

{{{Ta Ha, 20: 62 [Publisher] That is, he who fabricates a lie shall perish.}}}

At another place it is said:

{{{Al-An‘am, 6:22 [Publisher] Who is guilty of greater wrong than one who fabricates a
lie against God or gives the lie to His signs?

It is thus clear that those who gave the lie to the word of God on the occasion of the advent of God’s Prophets were not spared by God and were destroyed by diverse types of torments. Observe what was the end of the people of Noah and of ‘Ad and Thamud and the people
of Lot and of Pharaoh and the Meccan enemies of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him).

Thus when those who rejected the truth were chastised in this world, how can he escape who fabricates a lie against Allah and who is mentioned in the first place in the verse just cited. Would God treat the righteous and the false alike and is there no punishment in this life from
God Almighty for impostors?

{{{{‘What is the matter with you? How judge ye!’—Al-Qalam, 68:37 [Publisher]}}}}

At another place God Almighty has said:

{{{Al-Mu’min, 40:29 [Publisher] If this Prophet is an impostor, he will perish because of
his imposture, but if he is truthful, then it is a must that you too will taste some punishment, because the transgressors, whether they are guilty of imposture or rejection, shall receive no help from Allah.

What could be more explicit than the fact that in the Holy Qur’an God Almighty warns again and again that an impostor is bound to perish in this very world.”””” (See Essense of Islam, Vol. 2).  
Roohani Khazain vol.17, Arba’een No. 4, Page 442

“Just as God had initially fixed 50 prayers then reduced it to 5 in place of 50, similarly according to the Sunnah of Rabb-e-Kareem, I reduce for the sake of viewers and pronounce number 4 as 40.” (Roohani Khazain vol.17, Arba’een No. 4, Page 442,…uhani-Khazain-Vol-17.pdf, PDF 477)

RK, v 17, pp. 448-458; Arba`een Number 4

The article is dated December 1900. In this he censures his critics and claims that he has Divine support etc. Toward the end of the article is the following:

“””If I have received from you the payment for the price of Baraaheen-e-Ahmadiyya then I invoke the oath of God Almighty upon you, in Whose presence you will be made to appear, that [you should] return all those four parts of Baraaheen-e-Ahmadiyya to my custody and take your money back. Look, I make this open announcement that after this if you demand the price [refund] of Baraaheen-e-Ahmadiyya and, having shown [those parts] to some friend of mine, send [return] all four parts to me, as value payable, and if I, after receiving the four parts, do not pay their price, then [may] the curse of God [be] upon me. … And prior to this I have published three announcements, regarding the price [refund] of Baraaheen, which had the same content that I am prepared to return the price. [These people] should return all the four parts of my book and receive from me the few paltry coins that they are dying for. … [Dated] December 15, 1900 AD [RK, v 17, pp. 457-458; starts at last line of p. 457, above the marginal note; Arba`een Number 4].”””
[Arba‘in No.4, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, pp. 471-473]

“””Purely by way of advice, and for the sake of Allah, I tell the opposing clerics and their soul mates, that abuse and vilification is not the way of decency. If this be your disposition, then so be it. But if you consider me false in my claim, you also have the option to come together in your mosques and pray to God for my ruin, or you can do the same individually. If I am false in my claim, your prayers are bound to be heard. Indeed, you have been praying against me already. But remember, even if you continue to pray thus until your tongues are bruised, and you go on bewailing in your prostrations until your noses are rubbed out, and your tears wipe out your eyelashes, and the weeping reduces your vision, and your brains are so affected that you begin to suffer from epilepsy or melancholia, still your prayers will not be heard; for I have
come from God, and anyone who curses me will himself be afflicted with such a curse, though he may not be aware of it. He who enters into a prayer duel with me and supplicates that the one among us who is false may die in the lifetime of the other, will come to the same end
which overtook Ghulam Dastgir of Qasur….

No one can die on earth unless his death is decreed in heaven. My soul is inspired with the same truth with which the soul of Abrahamas was inspired. I have a relationship with God like that of Abrahamas. My secret is known to God alone. My opponents ruin themselves in vain. I am not the plant that can be uprooted by their hands. If their predecessors and their successors, and their living and their dead, were all to come together and pray for my ruin, my God would convert their prayers into curses and would fling them back upon them. Do you not see that hundreds of wise people from among you continue to join my Jama‘at? There is uproar in heaven and God’s angels are pulling pure hearts in our direction. Can man obstruct this Movement that is proceeding in heaven? Try to obstruct it if you think you have the strength. Use all the cunning and deceit that the opponents of the Prophets employed against them in the past, and leave nothing untried. Use your utmost strength. Call down ruin till you arrive at the door of death. Then see what harm you can bring upon us. Heavenly signs are descending like rain, but the unfortunate ones continue to raise objections from afar. What remedy can we provide to the hearts which have been sealed.
Lord have mercy on this Ummah, Amin.
Announced by:Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
From Qadian, 29 December, 1900.”””” (See Essence of Islam, vol. 3)
[Arba‘in No. 4, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, pp. 479-484]

“”””The readers of this announcement will be aware that, having observed the persistent condemnation and vilification of opposing clerics and custodians of shrines, and having noted their demand for a sign, I had made an announcement that was addressed especially to Pir Mehr ‘Ali Shah Sahib. The sum and substance of that announcement was that there have so far been many discussions on religious issues from which the opposing Maulavis have derived no benefit, but as they continue to ask for heavenly signs, it is possible that they might derive some benefit from them. It was published because Pir Mehr ‘Ali Shah Sahib, who claims excellence of sainthood, as well as a high intellectual calibre and, on account of his confidence in his learning, has recently renewed his condemnation of me as a disbeliever, and has published a book in order to provoke the common people against me…. And since God Almighty has honoured me with the revelation:

‘The Almighty Allah has taught thee the Holy Qur’an’;

I had, therefore, suggested that it would be enough of a sign for testing my truth or falsehood if Pir Mehr ‘Ali Shah Sahib and I both were to write a commentary in clear and eloquent Arabic on some Chapters of the Holy Qur’an. If he is judged better than me, I shall have no hesitation in acknowledging his superiority. With this in view, my announcement was made entirely in good faith … but he has completely evaded my challenge.…

Today, God Almighty has put a plan in my mind which I set forth to conclusively resolve this matter, and I believe that it will fully expose Pir Mehr ‘Ali Shah Sahib, for the whole world is not blind; there are some who are fair and just. The plan is that today I give the following answer to the constant barrage of announcements, which are being published in favour of Pir Mehr ‘Ali Shah Sahib. If Pir Mehr ‘Ali Shah Sahib is truly exceptional in his knowledge of the Qur’an and Arabic literature, and is well versed in the arts of persuasion and eloquence, I believe he must still be in possession of those qualities since it is not long since he moved to Lahore. I propose here and now to establish the truth by writing a commentary on Surah Al-Fatihah and setting down the verities and truths of this chapter of the Holy Qur’an. As for Hadrat Pir Sahib, he should also base his evidence regarding the Promised Messiah and the bloodthirsty Mahdi on Surah Al- Fatihah. He is at liberty to deduce his conclusive arguments
and crucial verities from Surah Al-Fatihah, written in eloquent and brilliant Arabic. The two books should be printed and published within seventy days beginning from the fifteenth of December, 1900. This will allow knowledgeable people to compare and decide for themselves.
If three scholars, who possess literary qualities and are proficient in Arabic and have no connection with either of us, state on oath that Pir Sahib’s book is superior to mine, both in composition and in setting forth the verities of the Holy Qur’an, I shall immediately pay five
hundred rupees to Pir Sahib…. He will be at liberty to seek help in this enterprise from Maulavi Muhammad Hussain of Batala, Maulavi ‘Abdul Jabbar of Ghazni and Muhammad Hassan of Bhin. He is even free to employ three or four Arab scholars who posses literary qualifications for this purpose. These commentaries should not be less than four juz each…. If any of us fails to publish such a commentary within the appointed term—between 15 December 1900 and 25 February 1901—he will be considered false in his claim, and no further proof of his falsehood will be necessary. Peace be upon those who follow the guidance.
Announced by: Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
From Qadian, 15 December, 1900.”””(See Essence of Islam, vol. 3)

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