In 1892, in MGA’s book, “A’ina-e-Kamalat-e-Islam” on page 198, MGA admits that he knew all along that he had been made Esa (as) and had been given ilham’s to that effect, however, MGA hid this from the world, this explains the writings of MGA on Esa (as) in this era, they were all lies, MGA was slowly revealing himself. In Barahin-i-Ahmadiyya Vol. 4, MGA translated WAFFA as a taking, like the common Sunni/Shia explanation as he continued to mask his beliefs. This is why there is no specific ilham which MGA got in 1890 which caused him to make his claim to be the Messiah.
In english this book (“A’ina-e-Kamalat-e-Islam”) is translated as “The Mirror of the Excellences of Islam”. It’s written in Urdu and Arabic. It was written in 1892 and published in 1893 from the Riaz e Hind Press in Amritsar. MGA’s first attempt in Arabic prose was a chapter he appended to his book, A’ina-e-Kamalat-e-Islam. This chapter contained an open challenge to anyone who could find faults in his God-given command of Arabic. The second part is in Arabic. The Arabic part of the book is named at-Tabligh (starts at page 359 of the current 5th volume of RK). This is the first time that MGA and his team of writers wrote on Islam in Arabic. The number of books that they wrote in Arabic continued to pile up till it crossed the figure of twenty.
A’ina-e-Kamalat-e-Islam, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 5, page 551 (of the most current edition)
Translation by Dawar Aziz:
“””I knew for a very long time, that Allah has made me Esa (as) son of Maryam, and I knew that it was going to be me, who would nuzool (descend). But, I kept it a secret, I didn’t tell anyone. I kept it a secret, hoping that there was some further explanation, I thus didn’t change my beliefs, and stuck to them for 10 years, I did not change”””
A fuller version of the quote
“””And I am making those who followed you above those who disbelieved until the Day of Resurrection. You are today in our presence established and trusted. You are to Me like My Unity and Uniqueness. So it is time that you be helped and that you will be known by people. And God teaches you from him. You establish Shariah and revive the religion. We made you Christ son of Marry. God protects you even if people did not protect you. Allah grants you victory even if people did not support you. The truth is from your Lord, so do not be of those who waver. Oh Ahmadi, you are my intention And with me. You are illustrious in my presence. I chose you for myself. Say if you love God, follow me, God will love you and forgives you of your sins and has mercy on you, and He is the Most Merciful.
This is a glimpse of my inspirations, and among them is an inspiration: “We made you the Messiah, the son of Mary.” I swear by God I knew since many days that I had been made Christ, the son of Mary, and that I am descending in his position,
But I hid it due to its interpretation, in fact I did not change my belief and I was among the adherents of it.
And I stopped showing it for ten years, and I was not in a hurry, and I did not take the initiative, and I did not tell a beloved nor an enemy nor any of the attendees. And if you are in doubt, ask the scholars of India, how long ago it passed the period about my inspiration: Oh Jesus, I am Mutawafika. Or read Barahin.
And I was waiting for the choice and the satisfaction, and the command of God Almighty for that inspiration to repeat itself, and the darkness was lifted, and the news were repeated (many times =Tawatour), and it reached till a number that only the Lord of the Worlds know it. And I was addressed to show it:
(So proclaim that which thou art commanded), and signs appeared that are known for the senses of Awliyaa and the minds of the chosen ones, and the morning was cleared, and the matter was confirmed, and the chest was explained, the heavens were reassured, and the heart issued a fatwa, and it was clear that (end of page)””””.
يا عيسى إني متوفيك
ورافعك إليّ ومطهرك من الذين كفروا وجاعل الذين اتبعوك فوق الذين كفروا إلى يوم
القيامة. إنك اليوم لدينا مكين أمين. أنت مني بمنزلة توحيدي وتفريدي، فحان أن
تعان وتعرف بين الناس. ويعلمك الله من عنده. تقيم الشريعة وتحيي الدين. إنا
جعلناك المسيح بن مريم. والله يعصمك من عنده ولو لم يعصمك الناس. والله ينصرك
ولو لم ينصرك الناس. الحق من ربك فلا تكونن من الممترين. يا أحمدي أنت مرادي
ومعي. أنت وجيه في حضرتي. اخترتك لنفسي. قل إن كنتم تحبون الله فاتبعوني
يحببكم الله ويغفرْ لكم ذنوبكم ويرحَمْ عليكم وهو أرحم الراحمين.”
هذه نبذة من إلهاماتي، ومن جملتها إلهام: “إنا جعلناك المسيح بن مريم.” ووالله
قد كنت أعلم من أيام مديدة أنني جُعلت المسيح ابن مريم، وأني نازلٌ في منزله،
ولكن أ خفيته نظرًا إلى تأويله، بل ما بدلت عقيدتي وكنت عليها من المستمسكين.
وتوقفت في الإظهار عشر سنين، وما استعجلتُ وما بادرتُ وما أخبرتُ حِبا ولا
عدوّا ولا أحدًا من الحاضرين. وإن كنتم في شك فاسألوا علماء الهند كم مضت من
، أو اقرؤوا “البراهين“. _ يا عيسى إني متوفيك _ مدة على إلهامي:
وكنت أنتظر الخيرة والرضاء وأمر الله تعالى حتى تكرر ذلك الإلهام، و رُفع الظلام،
وتواتر الإعلام، وبلغ إلى عدة يعلمها رب العالمين. وخوطبت للإظهار بقوله:
(فاصْدَعْ بما تؤمر)، وظهرت علامات تعرفها حاسة الأولياء وعقل أرباب الاصطفاء،
وجُلي الصبح، وأكّد الأمر، وشرح الصدر، واطمأن الجنان، وأفتى القلب، وتبين أنه
_____________________________________________________________________________________________ In 1907, MGA explained this again in Haqiqatul Wahy, but watered it down
“”The conferment of titles is the pleasure and the work of the Lord God. I have no share in it. As for the question why I have written like this? Why has this contradiction crept in? So, please, listen and understand with care. This contradiction is of the same kind as in Barahin-i-Ahmadiyya I wrote, at one time, that the Messiah, son of Mary, could descend from the heavens. Later on, however, I put forth that I, myself, am the Messiah expected to come in the later times. The basis of the contradiction in that case was the same. Although, in Barahin-i-Ahmadiyya itself, the Lord God called me Isa and also said to me that the tiding of my advent had been given earlier by God and His Apostle. Since, however, a portion of the Muslims happened to have become firm on the belief, and I myself believed the same, that Hazrat Isa would come down from the heavens, I endeavoured to take the Wahyi at the apparent level; in fact, I watered it down in interpretation, and clung to the former view I had shared with the rest of the Muslims; and this was the view I did my best to propagate in Barahin-i-Ahmadiyya. Later on, however, Revelations came down on me, like the rain from heaven, to the effect that I myself was the Promised Messiah, so eagerly expected to appear, with hundreds of wonderful Signs and the earth, as well as the heavens took their stand in support of my position; and brilliant manifestations forced me to perceive that I, myself, was the Masih expected to appear in the later times. Otherwise, my belief on these points was the same as I had stated in Barahin-i- Ahmadiyya…
Similarly, to begin with this was my belief that in no way was I comparable in quality with reference to Jesus son of Mary. He was a Prophet, great among those chosen by the Lord. Even when something occurred, which seemed to establish my superiority over him, always I took it to imply some limited and partial preference. Later on, however, the Wahyi sent down on me by the Lord, like pouring rain, it did not allow me to remain clinging to this belief; and I found the title of Nabi clearly conferred on me, in a manner that I was a Nabi from one angle, an Ummati from another… Anyway, the long and short of it all is this that there is no contradiction in what I say, I but follow the Wahyi, from the Lord. Just as long as this awareness did not come to me, I continued to say what I had said at the outset. But when I was given this awareness, I began to say different from what I had said before. I am no more than a human being: I do not claim to be the Knower of the Unseen.” (Haqiqatul Wahyi, page 148-150, online urdu version)(translated by Muhammad Ali in Prophethood in Islam).
The new english version of this quote
See pages, 182-183
“”””Meaning that, tell them, ‘As far as I am concerned, I do not want any title for myself.’ In other words, my aim and objective is higher than these thoughts. Bestowing a title is an act of God; I have no influence in it.
The question remains why it has been written so and why such a contradiction has occurred in the statements. Ponder over it and realize that it is the same kind of contradiction as I had written in Barahine- Ahmadiyya that Masih Ibn-e-Maryam would descend from heaven; and later, I wrote that I myself am the Messiah who was to come. The reason for this contradiction was the same: God Almighty had named me ‘Isa in Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya, and also informed me that God and His Messenger had prophesied my advent. But as a body of Muslims was firm in the belief—and I, too, held that same belief—that Hadrat ‘Isa would descend from heaven, I did not wish to take God’s revelation for its literal meaning, but interpreted this revelation and maintained my belief in consonance with that of the Muslims at large and published the same in Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya. But afterwards, divine revelations regarding this descended like rain, affirming that I am, indeed, the Promised Messiah who was to come. Along with them [i.e. the divine revelations] appeared hundreds of Signs, and both the heaven and the earth arose to testify to my truthfulness. The bright Signs of God compelled me to realize that, indeed, I am the Messiah who was to come in the Latter Days. Otherwise, my belief was what I had set forth in Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya. Moreover, not relying entirely upon it, I sought adjudication for my revelation from the Holy Quran. It was established by conclusive verses that ‘Isa Ibn-e-Maryam had indeed died, and the last Khalifah [vicegerent] would appear from among this very ummah under the title of the Promised Messiah. As no darkness remains after the dawn of day, in the same way, hundreds of Signs, heavenly testimonies, conclusive verses of the Holy Quran, and definitive and explicit ahadith compelled me to accept that I am the Promised Messiah.
It was enough for me that God should be pleased with me, and I had absolutely no desire for such a thing. I led a life of seclusion and no one was aware of my existence, nor did I desire that anyone should recognize me. He forced me out of my solitude. I had wished to live and die in obscurity, but He decreed that He would make me renowned with honour throughout the world. Therefore, ask God why He did so. What is my fault in this?
Similarly, I initially believed that I could not possibly be compared with Masih Ibn-e-Maryam since he is a Prophet and one of the distinguished men of God. Therefore, whenever something in my revelation appeared concerning my superiority, I interpreted it as partial superiority. But later, when revelation from God Almighty descended upon me like pouring rain, it did not permit me to persist in this belief. The title of ‘Prophet’ was clearly bestowed upon me, albeit with the proviso that I am a Prophet in one aspect and an ummati [follower of the Holy Prophet sa] in another.1٭ The instances of divine revelation that I have cited in this book also reveal what God Almighty says concerning me vis-à-vis Masih Ibn-e-Maryam. How can I reject twenty-three years of continuous revelations from God Almighty? I believe in this holy revelation of His as I believe in all the revelations of God that have occurred before me. I also note that the Masih Ibn-e-Maryam is the last Khalifah of Musa, peace be upon him, and I am the last Khalifah of the Prophet who is the Best of Messengers. Therefore, God willed that I should not be inferior to him.””””
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