In 1884, after BA4 was published, MGA was immediately called a Kafir by a few of the Ahl-e-hadith ulema of North India. They accused MGA of claiming prophethood in the Barahin. Two brothers Maulana Abdullah and Maulana Muhammad Ludhianvi issued a decree of excommunication against Mirza immediately after he issued first volumes of Barahin Ahmadiyya (See Tarikh e Ahmadiyya).
MGA remained silent, however, MGA’s closed friend and fellow ahl-e-hadith Muslim Syed Muhammad Hussain Batalvi came to MGA’s aid in his own newpaper, the “Isha‘atus-Sunnah” of winter 1884. In his newspaper he defended MGA to those who were doing Takfir on him, He argued that MGA was not really claiming prophethood, it was all a mis-understanding.
In 1902, MGA mentions this incident in “I’jaz-e-Ahmadi”, in english as “Miracle of Ahmad”, he mentions 3 ahl-e-hadith imam’s who called him Kafir: Muhammad, Abdul Aziz and Abdullah. MGA explains that they called him Kafir since MGA had named himself as Eisa (As) and ascribedall the prophecies of Eisa (as) onto himself. Maulvi Muhammad Hussain Batalvi argues on behalf of MGA and told Muhammad, Abdul Aziz and Abdullah (ahl-e-hadith imam’s from Ludhiana) that they were wrong with their assertions, since MGA was also claiming that Eisa (As) would physically return in the same book. However, time would tell, MGA was lying. He lied about his prophethood the same way.
MGA never said a word about this topic until 1891. In January of 1891, MGA claimed to be the Messiah and again denied prophethood. However, this time, Syed Muhammad Hussain Batalvi was at the forefront of the Takfir vs. MGA. MGA kept on denying his prophethood for 10 years, until 1901, wherein he finally claimed prophethood in a sneaky way and backdated it to 1880, when he first published the Barahin-i-Ahmadiyya vol. 1-2.
Nevertheless, in the below, we have made the 156 page review by Syed Muhammad Hussain Batalvi from 1884 available as a free download.
Review of Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya By Abu Syed Muhammad Hussain Batalvi
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