As soon as MGA died (May of 1908), the Ahmadiyya editing team began changing his year of birth. In the Review of religions for June 1908 (english)(see pages 235-238), they began trying to backdate MGA’s year of birth, since they knew that MGA died abruptly and failed his famous prophecy that he would live 40 additional years after 1891-1892, just like it was prophecied in the hadith in terms of the Messiah, (see Nishan asmani {1892}, page 14–17). Furthermore, Ahmadiyya editors purposely edited (and added to) Braheen-e-Ahmadiyya Vol-5 as they were desperately trying to make MGA look older so as to fulfill the “age-prophecy”, they then published it in October of 1908. BA5 was never written by MGA, it was his editors who inserted the information in BA5 trying to show that MGA was 70 by 1905 (in fact, Dard, in his famous biography of MGA writes that the BA5 was written in 1905, which is a lie). Furthermore, they also inserted the part wherein MGA claims “5 years more or less of 80″. Thus, they created a window of age from 74 to 85. The Khalifa wrote exactly this in 1916 in his short autobiography on his father’s life. The Moslem Sunrise used 1837 and later 1836 and finally 1835 after 1946. Nuzul ul Masih was published in 1909, and the lies continued. After the split of 1914, Muhammad Ali wrote a book (1918) about MGA and continued to write that MGA was born in either 1839 or 1840.

It should be noted that this quotation is an announcement about the Promised Son and seems to be from 1887, although Ahmadi editors claim that it is from 1888 (see Izala Auham, online urdu edition). This quotation is problematic in many ways. Firstly, it shows that MGA’s god was telling MGA that he was Esa (as) the son of Mary as early as 1887. Secondly, there is a specific arabic revelation of MGA at the very bottom which uses the quranic phraseology “Qareebun”, which means “near to”. However, the english translations of 1976, 2004, 2006 and 2018 don’t properly translate “Qareebun” as “close-to”, instead they purposely mistranslate it as “thereabouts”, thus, giving an english reader the impression that MGA’s revelation meant 5 or 6 years more or less from 80, which is ridiculous. Finally, see 2:186, Allah is near, there are many examples like this in the Quran. See also 4:7, 90:15, 26:214, 56:11, 17:32 and many many others.
The full quote from Tadhkirah (2018) edition
Izala-e-Auham, pp. 632–635, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 441–443

“””This is God’s grace and it appears strange in your eyes. We shall soon show you Our Signs in
your own selves and also around you. Proof will be established and the victory will be clear. Do
they say: ‘We are a large party?’ All of them will be routed and shall turn their backs. Even if people desert you I shall not desert you; if people do not safeguard you, I shall safeguard you. I shall exhibit My flash and shall exalt you as a demonstration of My Power. Peace on you, O Ibrahim [Abraham], We have chosen you with sincere friendship. God will set all your affairs right and will bestow upon you all that you might desire. You are to Me like My Unity and My Uniqueness. Allah is not the one to leave you till He has separated the impure from the pure. He will raise your status and will increase your progeny and thereafter you alone will be considered the progenitor of your family. I shall make you famous with honour to the ends of the earth and shall exalt your name and shall put your love in the hearts of the people.

–[Arabic] We have made you Masih Ibne-Maryam [Messiah, son of Mary].

–[Urdu] Tell them: I have come in the footsteps of Jesus. They will say: ‘We have not heard any such thing from our ancestors’ Respond to them that: Your knowledge is limited; God knows
best. You are content with the letter and obscurity. The true reality has not been disclosed to you. He who realises that the foundation of the Ka‘bah was a design of divine wisdom is very wise, for he has partaken of the mysteries of the universe. One of high resolve will be born. He will be like you in beauty and benevolence. He will be of your progeny.

–[Persian] [Son, delight of the heart, high ranking, noble;]

–[Arabic] [A manifestation of the True and the High, as if Allah had descended from heaven. You will pass through different periods with different companions and will behold distant progeny. We shall bestow upon you a good life; eighty years or thereabouts.””
MGA was 51-52 years old.
see Nishan asmani {1892}, page 14–17).

MGA makes his famous prophecy that he would live 40 additional years after 1880, just like it was prophecied in the hadith in terms of the Messiah,

“””These verses also indicate that after being commissioned, the reformer will live for forty years, while it is well known that Sayyid Sahib passed away from this transitory world just a few years after his advent. It is evident from Brahin-e-Ahmadiyya that I was commissioned to revive the faith at the age of forty, about eleven years ago.””
MGA was 58 years old

[RK, v. 13, p. 177; 2nd paragraph of 1st, marginal note; Kitaab-ul- Bariyyah] Year of publication: 1898, online english edition can be found here–

“Now my personal life sketch is as follows. My birth took place in 1839 or 1840, during the last part of the Sikh period, and in 1857 I was 16 years [of age] or in my 17th year. And [my] beard and mustache had not yet started.”


“My age was about 34 or 35 when my respected father passed away.” [RK, v. 13, p. 192;
1st line of marginal note; Kitaab-ul-Bariyyah] Year of publication: 1898.

The english scan from the Lahori-Ahmadi website

MGA was 61 years old

Mirza Khuda Bakhsh is well-known for writing, Asl-e-Musaffa (Vol. 1)(published in 1901) and Asl-e-Musaffa (Vol. 2)(both of these books compromised 1400 pages, it was published during the life of MGA), which contain details about the advent of MGA and the prophecies and signs that MGA claimed for himself. Interestingly, in this book, it is clearly written how MGA was born in 1839/1840, later on, when MGA died early, Ahmadiyya editors went back and changed MGA’s year of birth to 1835.

MGA writes in Al-Hakam that he is 60 years old.
Tohfa-e-Golarhviyyah, Ruhani Khazain, Vol. 17, p. 281 [footnote], via

“This humble one was born on Friday 14th of the lunar calendar.”

and Via Nuzhat Haneef::
[RK, v. 17, p. 66; approx. middle of the page; Appendix of Tohfa-e-Goldrawiyah]

“And it is not the habit of God Almighty that there just be ordinary Divine conversation [with me], in the revelations [to me], but rather most of my revelations are full of prophecies … For example, … [God Almighty] addressed me as follows: [Arabic text] – that is, your life will be 80 years or two/four years less [than that] or a few years more [than that] and you will attain such age that you will be able to witness a far-away generation.”
Via Nuzhat Haneef
RK, v. 19, p. 93; approx. middle of the page; Tohfat-un-Nadwah

“For me too there is a prophecy of 80 years of life …”
Via Nuzhat Haneef
RK, v. 19, p. 239; near the top; Mawaahib-ur-Rahmaan (Arabic and Persian)

“So my God has given me the good news that I shall live for 80 years or perhaps more than that”.

In letters to newspapers in the USA, MGA and his team of writers claimed that MGA was 70.
MGA was 64 years old

Noorudin writes his own biography entitled, “Nur ud Din”, in this book, he writes that MGA was born in 1839.
MGA was 66 years old

During MGA’s lifetime, Maulvi Muhammad Ali writes an article about MGA in the English-ROR and clearly writes that MGA was born in either 1839-1840.
Akhbar Ahl-e-Hadith, 3 May 1907, p. 6, via

Some commentary first
This quote is short, we need to see the full context, Ahmadiyya sources refuse to show the full quote. Thus, we assume that this only means that MGA was constantly lying about his age.

“As far as this question is concerned that he [i.e. the Promised Messiahas] will die after or before every enemy of his will be annihilated, it has been answered in the negative by Mirza Sahib in his Risala al-Wasiyyat. It means, he has stated that his death is expected around the age of 80 years or thereabouts and he has probably crossed all of its steps already.”


In Haqiqatul Wahy, online english edition, on page 386

“”””135. One Hundred Thirty-Fifth Sign—Once on account of diabetes, from which I have suffered for the last twenty years, I was quite fearful about my eyesight, for in case of such ailments one is in danger of developing epiphora. It was then that God Almighty in His grace and kindness reassured, consoled, and comforted me through the revelation which is as follows:

نزلت الرحمۃ علٰی ثلٰث۔ العین و علی الاُخریین

Meaning that, blessing was extended to three organs—eyes and two others, which have not been specified.

I swear in the name of God Almighty that I am about seventy years old and my eyesight even in this age is as good as it was when I was fifteen or twenty years old. This is the very blessing which was promised in the revelation of God Almighty.”””

In Haqiqatul Wahy, online english edition, on page 573

“”And God manifested so many Signs in my support that they cannot be counted. Let any wise person who fears God and is moved by His majesty and is reasonable enough to have regard for decency and honour, judge for himself whether the way of God is such that He treats anyone whom He knows to be an impostor and who lies in His name, the way He treats me. I assert with absolute truth that I was young when I started having these revelations and now I am old and almost seventy years of age, but over this period of thirty-five years, my God did not separate Himself from me even for a single day.””

In Haqiqatul Wahy, online english edition, on page 639, see footnote

“””I published an announcement in English on 23 August 1903, opposing Mr. Dowie. It says; ‘I am about seventy years in age and Mr. Dowie, as he states, is a young man of fifty but I do not care for my age because this mubahalah will not be decided by our ages but God who is the Most Supreme Authority will decide it. If Mr. Dowie flees from this confrontation—even then, the calamity will certainly befall his Zion soon.”””


Badr, 10 November 1907, pp. 5-7

“This means that those of my enemies who say that only 14 months of my age are left after July 1907 or prophesy my death within a certain time, I shall prove them false and increase your age as well, so as to demonstrate that I am God and everything is under His control.”

MGA was 68 years old

In the Review of religions for June 1908 (english)(see pages 235-238), they began trying to backdate MGA’s year of birth, since they knew that MGA died abruptly.


The Zamindar newspaper made some errors  as they asserted that MGA went to work in Sialkot in 1860-1861, it was actually 1864. They also guessed and claimed that MGA was 22-24. Which is somewhat true, MGA was 24 when he was forced to go and work in Sialkot. See (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 1, p. 94 [Zamindar Akhbar, 28 May 1908]), via
Zamima Baraheen-e-Ahmadiyya Vol 5 page 193, via

—“God knows the real age but according to my knowledge, my age is near 70 years at present in the year 1323 AH. God knows best”

“As Adam was born on a Friday, so was I born on a Friday as well.” (Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya Part V, p. 348)
The same quote from the english BA-5, page 347

“””I am now almost seventy years [of age], and a period of more than thirty years has passed since God had informed me in clear terms that I would live to the age of eighty, or that five to six years more or five to six years less.”””

Urdu scan for the BA-5 quote


In Massey’s, “Chief’s and families of Note in the Punjab”, which was based on the data from the Punjab Chiefs, 3rd, edition, it is clearly written that MGA was born in 1839.
Punjab Chiefs_Rivised Pedigree++ Table Mukamal

The PDF, see pages 81–93

In this essay, they are directly quoting an announcement from 1887-1888, which was later added to Izala Auham (see page 86). 

June 1915, Review of Religions

“Qadian and the Ahmadi’s” by Abul Hasham Khan Chaudhry from Barisal, Bengal (1915)

In an article written by Abul Hasham Khan Chaudhry from Barisal, Bengal, it is stated that MGA was born in 1839, the Ahmadiyya community seems to have copied and pasted his article, however, they added a note that MGA’s year of birth was earlier than 1839.

1915 June ROR

The ROR of July-1915 has a summary of speeches that were given by Sayyal in and around London in 1915, he claims that MGA was born in 1830.

The ROR of January-1916 alleges that MGA died at age 75 in 1908, which means that MGA was born in 1833. 

The ROR of Dec-1916 reports that MGA was born in 1837 (see page 452). The author of this essay is unknown, the title of the essay is “Life of Ahmad”. 

The ROR of Sep-1917 reports that MGA was born in either 1836 or 1837. The author of this article is unknown. 

In this book, which was published in 1918, Muhammad Ali agreed that MGA was born in 1839 (see page 1). However, later editions of this book have changed the date to 1836 and then 1835. The ROR of June-1918 claims that MGA was born in 1837.

Via the ROR of Nov-1920 and Dec-1920, MGA’s birth year is written as 1836. The ROR of July reports that MGA was born in 1837.

Mufti Muhammad Sadiq travels to America, and starts a newspaper called the Moslem Sunrise, in his 1922 edition he writes that MGA was born in 1837.
English ROR

It is written that MGA was born in 1839.

In SM volume 1, 1923 edition, reference #131, page 117, Bashir MA quotes ‘Punjab Chiefs’ which says that MGA was born in 1839. However, they argue that MGA was born in 1836.


In another instance, he claims that MGA was born in 1832.



We found yet another rare book in the history of Ahmadiyya. This one comes from the Lahori-Ahmadi’s. This specific book is called, “Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the man” by Muhammad Yakub Khan (1924). The second edition of the book seems to have been published in 1949, a few other editions were published thereafter, the Lahori-Ahmadi’s have put this book on their official website, feel free to compare and contrast. In all editions of this book, it is clearly written that MGA was born in 1839.

The Khalifa, Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad writes a book, “Ahmad, The Messenger of the Latter Days”, Part-1, by Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad (1924). In this book, he writes that MGA was born in 1836, however, he quotes the Punjab Chiefs of 1909, wherein it is written that MGA was born in 1839.

Mufti Muhammad Sadiq’s book, Zikr-e-Habib is published, in this book, he argues that MGA was born on a Friday, in the month of Phalugna. Sadiq argued that MGA had personally told him that he was born in the Punjabee month of Phalguna, on a Friday, on the 14th night of the moon.  However,  the Punjabi month (and we know Phalguna always starts from 13 February and ends at 13 March. Second, Date of Islamic month was 14 and Day was Friday.

The quote
“This humble one was born in the month of Phalugna on a Friday on the 14th night of the moon” [Zikr-e-habib by Mufti Muhammad Sadiq Sahib pages 238 & 239]
The Winter 1930 edition gives 1836

Sufi Bangalee, the Ahmadiyya missionary in-charge (and editor) listed MGA’s birth year as 1836, under a heading wherein MGA’s name appears, it is followed by “1836-1908” (see page 5).

The 2nd edition of Seeratul Mahdi is published. They quote the Punjab Chiefs wherein it is stated that MGA was born in 1839, then they argue that it should be 1836.



The ROR of Oct-1937 quotes a report by a western writers about Ahmadiyya, it is listed that MGA was born in 1838. In the same edition, another western writer is quoted to have written that MGA was born in 1839.

The ROR of May-1939 alleges that MGA was born in 1835.

The ROR of June-1939 alleges that MGA was born in 1835.

The ROR of Sep-1941 alleges that MGA was born in 1835.

The ROR of Oct-1941 claims that MGA was born in 1836, they seem to have been quoting an encyclopedia.
The Spring 1946 edition

Ahmadi missionaries continued to write 1836 as the birth year of MGA, they wrote this in almost every single issue. The reason it needed to be written was as follows, in the format of the magazine, first they quote the quran, then Muhammad, then MGA. When they wrote his name, they also wrote 1836-1908, thus it is easy to figure out (wink wink).
The 3rd quarter of 1946 edition changed it to 1835

You will see that as soon as new murrabi’s came from India, the date changed to 1835 (see page 5).

The ROR of Nov-1946 wrote that MGA was born in 1835.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________Links and Related Essay’s

Maulana Nur-ud-Din wrote a book entitled “Nur-ul-Din” (1904)–MGA was born in 1839

Izala Auham (1891), Part-1 and 2, quotes and background information

“Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the man” by Muhammad Yakub Khan (1924)

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad swears that he was nearly 60 years old in 1901

“Ahmad, The Messenger of the Latter Days”, full book, by Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad (1924)

The Punjab Chiefs by Lepel Griffin (1865, 1890 and 1909 edition), its data and scans

ASLE MUSAFFA (Pure Honey) by Mureed Khuda Bakhsh Qadiani (1902), MGA was born in 1839-40

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’s life, the first-40 years

The Moslem Sunrise on the Date of Birth of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, 1836 or 1837?

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad claimed that the city of Zion would suffer great calamities


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