Mirza Ghulam Ahmad stole directly from Sir Syed. Sir Syed was the first Muslim to ever deny that hell was forever (abadan in arabic, see 4:169). In the BA-3, written in 1879-1881, MGA seemed to acknowledge that hell was in fact forever (See the ref in the below). However, 20 years later, MGA totally changed up and stole Sir Syed’s position. The islamic position on hell is that it is for all disbelievers and eternal, it never ends. However, the Quran does say that even some Muslims will go to hell, but will be later released to heaven after time served (see Tafsir Ibn Kathir, 4:165–170). In 1901, via the Al-Hakam, there might have been a change. In 1902, MGA was calling hell as “eternal”. In 1906 (Via Chashma Masihi, see in the below), MGA quoted a hadith and claimed that hell will be emptied out. MGA also quoted 11:107 of the Quran, as he argued that hell is temporary.
In 1882, MGA reiterated the islamic position in Braheen e Ahmadiyya, Vol. 3
Transliteration::: “Kafir or Mushrik k jo shirk or kufar par marian un k gunah nahi bakhshay ja’ain gay or Khuda un ko un k kufar ki halat ma apni marfat ka rao nahi dikhlay ga, haan jahanam ka rah dikhlaya ga jis ma wo hamasha rahain gay” (rk vol. 1 page 264, which is Ba. vol. 3).
English: “”The disbelievers and idolaters who die in their state of denial and idolatry
will not be forgiven. Nor will God show them the path of His cognition while they are in disbelief. But He will show the way to Hell, wherein they will abide forever.”” (see Braheen e Ahmadiyya, english edition (2016), online, page 172).
24th May 1901, Al-Hakam
In Noah’s Ark, MGA uses the phrase, “eternal hell” twice.
”It is unreasonable and is contrary to the perfect attributes of God, the Glorious, that once a person has been condemned to hell, only the Divine attributes of chastisement should be manifested in his case and the attributes of mercy and forgiveness should be suspended forever and should not come into operation. From what God Almighty has said in His Book, it appears that those condemned to hell shall dwell therein for a long period which is metaphorically described as forever, but then the attribute of mercy will be manifested and, as is mentioned in a Hadith, God will stretch forth His hand into hell and all those who fall into His grip will be taken out of hell. This Hadith indicates that in the end all will attain salvation as the hand of God is unlimited and no one can be left out of it. ”
In 1917, Muhammad Ali published his commentary on the Quran
In terms of 4:169, he writes: “Except the path of hell, to abide in it for a very long time, and this is easy for Allah”.
Writings of MGA are translated into english and assert that hell won’t be forever.
Malfuzat, Volume 2, page 14
“Those condemned to hell shall dwell therein for a long period which is metaphorically described as forever, but then the attribute of mercy will be manifested and, as is mentioned in a Hadith, God will stretch forth His hand into hell and all those who fall into His grip will be taken out of hell.”
Mahmud Ahmad and the Qadianis agree with the Lahoris on this topic
see page 589
“Except the way of hell, wherein they shall abide for a long long period, and that is easy for allah”
A video wherein the Ahmadiyya concept of hell is discussed
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “I know the person who will be the last to come out of the (Hell) Fire, and the last to enter Paradise. He will be a man who will come out of the (Hell) Fire crawling, and Allah will say to him, ‘Go and enter Paradise.’ He will go to it, but he will imagine that it had been filled, and then he will return and say, ‘O Lord, I have found it full.’ Allah will say, ‘Go and enter Paradise, and you will have what equals the world and ten times as much (or, you will have as much as ten times the like of the world).’ On that, the man will say, ‘Do you mock at me (or laugh at me) though You are the King?” I saw Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) (while saying that) smiling that his premolar teeth became visible. It is said that will be the lowest in degree amongst the people of Paradise.
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