A group of Ahmadi’s who were living in Lahore, British India in 1913 got approval from the Khalifa (Noorudin) to publish this magazine. It was another Ahmadiyya magazine, there were just a few at the time, the english ROR, the urdu ROR, the al-Badr was shut down by the British government towards the end of 1913, and the Al-Hakam. In the early part of June-1913 the first edition of the “Paigham-e-Sulh” was issued from Lahore, and towards the middle of the same month the Al-Fadl (6-18-1913)(also spelled Al-Fazl) made its appearance from Qadian. Sayyid
Inamullah Shah was a manager of the Paigham-e-Sulh, as was Babu Manzur Ilahi. The archives can be found here.
(Paigham-i-Sulha, Lahore, October 16, 1913, page 2), See also Qazi Muhammad Nazeer, “Truth Prevails” (the Principal of the Jamia-Ahmadiyya at Rabwah) it was published on 10-4-1966.
“It has been gathered that some people have been involved in creating a misunderstanding that by those at the back of this journal, or one of them, anyway, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah, and the Mehdi, is being assigned a position far below the one, in fact, which belongs to him. We, all the Ahmadies connected with this newspaper, in one way or other, go on solemn oath, before God, Who knows the innermost secrets of what lies in the mind, openly and honestly declare that this view being imputed to us is nothing more than a gross accusation, a pernicious charge, against us. We solemnly hold that the Promised Messiah is the Prophet for this age, a Prophet, and a Messenger from God, raised to deliver the Muslims, and all mankind from sin and evil. The high rank and elevation which the Promised Messiah himself has said belongs to him, we have a firm and implicit faith in it; and we believe that an attempt to add to it, or bring it down even a fraction of an inch, is enough to burn all vestige of belief and faith in the heart. We firmly believe that there can be no deliverance without firm faith in the Holy Prophet Mohammad, and the Promised Messiah. After him, we have firm faith in Hazrat Maulvi Nuruddin, the first Khalifa, as our true religious leader. Now that we have made our position absolutely clear, those who are spreading this misunderstanding against us, if they do not desist, we are content to leave the matter in the hands of God.”
Paigham-i-Sulha, February 12, 1914, See also Qazi Muhammad Nazeer, “Truth Prevails” (the Principal of the Jamia-Ahmadiyya at Rabwah) it was published on 10-4-1966.
“””What a wonderful perfection has Khatm-i-Risalat shown to the world! It has made the river of Nabuwwat (Prophethood) to flow in the Ummat . On the basis of this blessing we have achieved the foremost position, in comparison with the other Ummats. What is the harm, among the followers of the Holy Prophet Mohammad, if one has appeared among us as a Prophet? For the true Believer, if there is any glad tiding, it lies in this point, and whatever miracle is now possible among the Muslims, it is only on this account!””
The Paigham-e- Sulh dated 14th January 1914, page 13, as quoted by the Khalifa in “Truth About the Split”
“The people who wrote the Izharul Haq and those who published the open letter as well as those who discussed the question of Khilafat and those who published the booklets what right had they to do so?”
Paigham-e-Sulh March 3, 1914, as quoted by the Khalifa in “Truth About the Split”
—’even the Miyań has not understood it’
Paigham-i-Sulha, March 24, 1914, See also Qazi Muhammad Nazeer, “Truth Prevails” (the Principal of the Jamia-Ahmadiyya at Rabwah) it was published on 10-4-1966.
8. Maulvi Mohammad Ali, and his friends, have repudiated the Khilafat of the second Successor of the Promised Messiah; but during his Amart, the Lahore Section elected three Khalifas, in the sense acceptable in their eyes, namely, Maulvi Ghulam Husain of Peshawar, Syed Hamid Shah of Sialkot, and Khawaja Kamaluddin.
Paigham-i-Sulha, May 5, 1914, Page 5, Column 3, See also Qazi Muhammad Nazeer, “Truth Prevails” (the Principal of the Jamia-Ahmadiyya at Rabwah) it was published on 10-4-1966.
“By this time, hardly one twentieth part of the membership of the Movement has accepted him (Sahibzada Mirza Mahmud Ahmad) as Khalifa.”
Paigham-i-Sulha, Vol. 2 No. 119, April 16, 1915, See also Qazi Muhammad Nazeer, “Truth Prevails” (the Principal of the Jamia-Ahmadiyya at Rabwah) it was published on 10-4-1966.
“As far as I can see, the view that the Promised Messiah was a Prophet is tantamount to pulling up and destroying Islam by the roots. In fact I believe that this view exposes the position of the Promised Messiah to a dangerous attack. If you do not close the door to Prophethood, in my opinion, it is an extremely dangerous path and you make a very dangerous and a fatal error.”
Thus in a Friday khutba published in Paigham Sulh of 6 June 1916, see also “Mujahid e Kabir”, “A Mighty Striving”, online english edition of 2004.
he (Muhammad Ali ) said:
“I put the proposal of translating the Quran before the Anjuman and wrote in it that if the Anjuman cannot bear the expenses then Allah will provide some other means for me. I did not say to the Anjuman I am your employee so give me some work, but I said I want to translate the Quran and if the Anjuman cannot bear the expenses then God will provide some other means. Allah brought that about as well, that the Anjuman declined to pay the expenses and the generous Lord gave me other means.”
Paigham-i-Sulha, January 27, 1931, page 6, column 2,
The first two (Maulvi Ghulam Husain of Peshawar, Syed Hamid Shah of Sialkot), out of this trio, accepted the Khilafat of Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad, while Khawaja Kamaluddin cut his mission in Woking, England, clean from any control by the Ahmadiyya Isha’at-i-Islam, Lahore.
1931,(Paigham-i-Sulha, January, 27, 1931), See also Qazi Muhammad Nazeer, “Truth Prevails” (the Principal of the Jamia-Ahmadiyya at Rabwah) it was published on 10-4-1966.
“In front of the throne was a room where the accused had to stand in the dock… Maulvi Mohammad Ali was with me… It appeared there was some case against us, we were present in the court as the accused, facing trial. I understood there was decision from the throne of the Almighty, which Hazrat Mirza Sahib rose to announce, though he too seemed to be in the grip of fear. But he announced the verdict, in a voice full of anger.”
Khawaja Kamaluddin published this dream in his book, entitled Mojaddid-i-Kamil, and raised some objections against the way affairs of the Anjuman Isha’at-i-Islam, Lahore, was functioning, which drew a long reply from Maulvi Mohammad Ali.
Paigham-i-Sulha, December 15, 1934, See also Qazi Muhammad Nazeer, “Truth Prevails” (the Principal of the Jamia-Ahmadiyya at Rabwah) it was published on 10-4-1966.
“Today, under the executive authority of Mian Mahmud, the progress attained by the Qadian Section, has been possible because he has been helped by a number of favourable circumstances. He obtained a base in a Movement already firmly established; various institutions for handling numerous plans and programmes; schools; boarding houses; and the solid support of financial arrangements already made to provide funds for missionary activity. (In the treasury there were only a handful of coins when the Muslih Mau’ud became the Second Khalifa – author). He found a Centre already established; and the general goodwill of the membership of the Movement, being a son of the Founder. The progress attained on this basis is hardly a matter of credit for him. If he had started without these solid supports, and then obtained some measure of success, we would have been ready to give him credit for it. As things have transpired, however, there is little room for us to hold that, by propagating his views on Nabuwwat and the question of kufr, he had won a following initially, and essentially, on that basis – that would have been a measure of success for him to be proud of.”
Paigham-i-Sulha, January 3, 1936, page 9, column 1, See also Qazi Muhammad Nazeer, “Truth Prevails” (the Principal of the Jamia-Ahmadiyya at Rabwah) it was published on 10-4-1966.
“If you are seeking to issue some fatwa in regard to Ahmadies of the Lahore Section, the beliefs of our Section are available in print. They have no connection with any writing of mine of thirty years ago. On the basis of these beliefs, you are free to issue any fatwa you want to. If it is a question of a fatwa concerning me, personally, then a fatwa buttressed with passages written thirty years ago, may not be of any use.”
(Paigham-i-Sulha, May 19, 1937), See also Qazi Muhammad Nazeer, “Truth Prevails” (the Principal of the Jamia-Ahmadiyya at Rabwah) it was published on 10-4-1966.
“It is true literature produced by us has become very popular. But why has it not yielded the fruit it should have? The answer is there is no one here to do the work.”
Khutba, Paigham-i-Sulha, Feb. 27, 1937, See also Qazi Muhammad Nazeer, “Truth Prevails” (the Principal of the Jamia-Ahmadiyya at Rabwah) it was published on 10-4-1966.
“The basis of organisation is just one thing: Listen, and obey. Unless this spirit is cultivated; unless all train themselves that they respond unitedly, and immediately, when the gesture comes unless all rise to the same level and quality of obedience, progress is almost impossible.”
Paigham-i-Sulha, February 7, 1937, See also Qazi Muhammad Nazeer, “Truth Prevails” (the Principal of the Jamia-Ahmadiyya at Rabwah) it was published on 10-4-1966.
“Unless the reins are held by a leader to whom the people are pledged to make financial, intellectual, and all other kinds of sacrifices, permanent and lasting progress is not possible. This will come only when the control of the entire affairs of the Community is vested in one man whom all are pledged to obey. All individual members should jump into action when he gives the signal. All eyes should remain rivetted on his lips. The moment they move to give a command, all should hasten to carry it out.”
Paigham-i-Sulha, January 27, 1941, See also Qazi Muhammad Nazeer, “Truth Prevails” (the Principal of the Jamia-Ahmadiyya at Rabwah) it was published on 10-4-1966.
“Without doubt, I hold that anyone who denies Khatm-i-Nabuwwat, he is irreligious, and out of the pale of Islam.”
Paigham-i-Sulha, November 3, 1943, page 6, See also Qazi Muhammad Nazeer, “Truth Prevails” (the Principal of the Jamia-Ahmadiyya at Rabwah) it was published on 10-4-1966.
“A fatwa of kufr was issued in regard to the Ahmadies, a boycott proposed, and carried out, in the sense that no Ahmadi could be taken into the employment of the Anjuman Himayat-i-Islam; nor could any Ahmadi be given any scholarship or stipend. Mirza Yaqub Beg was a member of the General Counsel of the Anjuman. He opposed this Resolution in the meeting. He urged that a sober and sedate institution, like the Anjuman Himayat-i-Islam should remain far above the general level of issuing fatwas of kufr. There at, a member with a number of degrees to his credit, in all likelihood very much younger than Dr. Mirza Yaqub Beg, flew into a temper and insisted in an insulting manner on a fatwa of kufr being passed in regard to the Ahmadies. Hazrat Mirza Yaqub Beg was so heavily shocked by this incident that he became red in the face. He walked out of the meeting, and went straight home. While still going up the steps, he had a seizure, then passed away about ten or twelve days afterwards. In other words, this was the reward extended to an old and sincere venerable worker, by the Anjuman Himayat-i-Islam.”
Paigham-i-Sulha, October 11, 1944, See also Qazi Muhammad Nazeer, “Truth Prevails” (the Principal of the Jamia-Ahmadiyya at Rabwah) it was published on 10-4-1966.
(a) “People who do not believe in the appearance of any new Prophet, but believe in an old and earlier Prophet to appear a second time, after the Holy Prophet Mohammad, they also deny Khatm-i-Nabuwwat, quite as much, and to the same extent, as they who believe that a new Prophet can come after the advent of the Holy Prophet Mohammad.”
(b) “The truth is that at the present juncture, apart from the Lahore Section of the Ahmadies, there seems to be no one who really believes in the real Islamic Khatm-i Nabuwwat .”
(Address by Al-Hajj Sheikh Mian Muhammad, published in Paigham-i-Sulha, February 6, 1952, page 7, column 1)See also Qazi Muhammad Nazeer, “Truth Prevails” (the Principal of the Jamia-Ahmadiyya at Rabwah) it was published on 10-4-1966.
“Thirtyseven years have passed since the day we started our work here in Lahore; but it is discouraging to note that, so far, we have failed to emerge out of the four walls, hemming us in… Spirited discussions take place as to what are the causes of the disappointing stalemate, wherein we find ourselves bogged down. Some of us argue that the Qadian Section’s view that the Promised Messiah was a Prophet, and those who rejected this claim were kafirs, not Muslims, really speaking, has filled the public mind with a strong poison against the Ahmadiyya Movement, creating a gulf not easy to be bridged… In spite of the hurdles created by these beliefs, on the part of the Qadian Section, the steady progress of that Section continues… My view is that the reason for lack of progress, on our side, lies in the fact that our Centre does not hold any attraction. We have, before us, a number of young men whose fathers, or grandfathers, were ardent members of the Movement; but that spirit and ardour seems to have flown out of their own hearts.”
(Paigham-i-Sulha, January 24, 1954), See also Qazi Muhammad Nazeer, “Truth Prevails” (the Principal of the Jamia-Ahmadiyya at Rabwah) it was published on 10-4-1966).
“The Movement has become a corpse devoid of life from which a few people are tearing off the flesh, and eating it up.”
Paigham-i-Sulha, January 15, 1958, as quoted in Tarikh-i-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. V, page 143, See also Qazi Muhammad Nazeer, “Truth Prevails” (the Principal of the Jamia-Ahmadiyya at Rabwah) it was published on 10-4-1966).
“Some people with a poor grasp bear an idea in their mind which they express from time to time. Since this century is drawing to its close, they argue, the Movement, started by the Mojaddid of the time, has reached the last stages of its life. Now only the coming Mojaddid of the next century would be able to put new life into it. To put a soul into this body is not our task: nor does it lie within our power.”
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