We have new information that proves that uptil the age of 53-58, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was not proficient in the Arabic language, remember, MGA claimed to be the Messiah and Mahdi by 1893. The quote comes from Seeratul Mahdi, which was published in late 1923. In this quote, Ghulam Nabi Seth relates a story to Mirza Bashir Ahmad whish was archived in Seeratul Mahdi and proves that MGA was never proficient in Arabic before his first arabic booklet (At-Tabligh) in 1893, which was Part-2 of “A’ina-e-Kamalat-e-Islam”, (The Mirror of the Excellences of Islam). Also written as Mian Ghulam Nabi Sahib Sethi, in 1898, he told his disciple Seth Ghulam Nabi that it is OK to use money received from interest towards religion. In this quote, MGA was supposed to write his essay in Urdu and Noorudin and Maulvi Abdul Karim were supposed to translate it into Arabic. It should be noted that Noorudin had just moved to Qadian and was living in MGA’s house. However, Mian Ghulam Nabi Sahib Sethi claims that MGA came out with the Arabic paper and Noorudin and Abdul Karim didn’t need to translate it. However, this is a farce, this event happened in 1893, Ghulam Nabi Seth was relating it 30 years later in 1923 and seems to have purposely lied. Further, the second Khalifa wrote in 1921 that MGA learned 40,000 roots in minute.

The quote
Sirat-ul-Mahdi, Vol. 1, Part II, p. 315, via 

Mirza Bashir Ahmad states:

“Mian Ghulam Nabi Sahib Sethi related to me that he was in Qadian once and the Promised Messiahas was writing Aina-e-Kamalat-e-Islam. Hazrat Sahib consulted with the Jamaat [members] as to how tabligh be carried out to scholars and gaddi nasheens [successors of a saint, or pir]. Different opinions were exchanged. The Promised Messiah said, ‘There should be a book in Arabic for such people but the problem is that I do not have proficiency in Arabic as compared to them. However, I will write an article in Urdu and we will then translate it into Arabic by combined effort.’ Thus, the Promised Messiah went inside his house. Then, the Promised Messiah came out with a draft he had written in Arabic. Maulvi Nuruddin Sahib and Maulvi Abdul Karim Sahib were surprised to see it. Consequently, Maulvi Abdul Karim Sahib said, ‘I have studied a lot of Arabic literature, but I have never seen such an excellent piece in Arabic [writing].’ The Promised Messiahas said, ‘I prayed to God Almighty about it. Hence, 40,000 origins of Arabic words have been taught to me by God.’” 

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