Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was taking money from poor Ahmadi’s and living lavishly in Qadian. He seems to have been caught in the 1905-6 era when new female Ahmadi’s would come to Qadian to visit and see the living standards of MGA’s wife and extended family, which covered all the employees that lived within MGA’s house, like Muhammad Ali, Ahsan Amrohi, Noorudin and others. In some case, MGA admitted to misappropriation of funds. In 1900, Maulvi Abdul Karim told us the same. 

In 1898, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad gave the British govt. a brief layout of his economic position in connection with his newly formed religion:

“The income from my followers during the year assessed is about Rs. 5,200. The average annual income is about Rs. 4,000. I say this from memory. There is no written record… The income from my followers is spent under different heads. The chief of them is Langar Khana.” (see Dard, Life of Ahmad, page 596)

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was compelled to admit that the management of his “free kitchen” was the highest expenditure for which he allocated funds. Subsequent events will allow the reader to come to the realization that the excess monies from this “free kitchen” were used to support Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’s growing family as well as other private expenses.

MGA threatened all Ahmadi’s as follows:

(Al-Hakm, March 21, 1905)

“This money was given to me by God. I shall not return it to anyone – not even a penny, as I am not accountable to anyone. Anyone who asks me to render account should not give me anything in the future.”

MGA also said
“It is the duty of all my followers to remit some amount out of their earnings. After this announcement, we shall wait for three months. We shall remove from the list of devotees the name of anyone who does not remit a portion of his earnings during these three months.”
(Lauh-ul-Mahdi, P. 1; As reported in Qadiyaniat-An Analytical Survey).

MGA sets up the Wasiyyat system wherein Ahmadi’s who sign up will be forced to pay 10-30% of their assets when they die. After MGA dies, they turned this into 10% per month.

In 1906, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad created the Sadr Anjuman which was poised to control all the economic affairs of the community, except the Langhar Khana, MGA even famously said that if anyone else ever managed the “free-kitchebn” it would surely fail.

In 1908, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad went to Lahore for preaching and other related matters. In his absence, Maulana Muhammad Ali was placed as “in-charge” of the free kitchen. This was the first time that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad allowed any other person to peek into the economic operation of the free kitchen. I will present some references that prove that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and his family misappropriated funds.

Just 12 hours before the death of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad he was found to have misappropriated funds by one of his chief followers, that was Maulana Muhammad Ali. Mirza Mahmud Ahmad claims to have witnessed this entire controversy. After the death of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the 1st Khalifa (Noorudin) managed the free kitchen, in 1911-12 he turned over the control of the free kitchen to the Sadr Anjuman, this enraged the family of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, particularly Mirza Mahmud Ahmad who was the main representative of the family and in a private letter that was written from Mirza Mahmud Ahmad to Maulvi Noorudin (the Khalifa at the time) he wrote:

“….And the Promised Messiah on the last day of his life, just a short while before his death occurred, said: The Khwaja Sahib and Maulvi Muhammad Ali mistrust me and say that I misuse and misappropriate the funds of the jamaat. This they should not have done, for the result thereof would not be good. He further added: Today the Khwaja Sahib came to me with a letter from Maulvi Muhammad Ali and said: Maulvi Muhammad Ali writes that the expenditure of the free kitchen is not much, and what then becomes of all the money that is received? And when the Promised Messiah returned home, he gave expression to his resentment, saying, These people suspect that I am dishonest and deceitful. What concern have they with this money? And if I were to cut off all connection and separate, all this income will automatically stop and cease…….” (see True Facts about the Split by Maulana Muhammad Ali, page 21, 22)

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This is proof that there was conflict in terms of the financial matters of the community. This reference proves that one of the top followers of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad observed that the funds that were allocated for the free kitchen were much more than was needed. And the excess monies were not returned for re-distribution. In conclusion, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad willfully misappropriated all funds that he received from all of his blind followers, but he took special exception to the free kitchen. He kept his hands firmly on this income stream and tried to keep the management of it with his family.
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Page 1055

“The Promised Messiah said: God has told me that so long as the management of the public kitchen is in my hands it would continue to run. But that if I were to commit it into their hands, it would be closed down within a few days.1267 [Friday Sermon delivered by Hadrat Khalifatul Masih II on February 12, 1915, al-Fadl, vol. 2, no. 109, February 25, 1915, p. 6]”

“1267– Note by Maulana Abdul Latif Bahawalpuri: The reference is to the people who criticized the expenses of the public kitchen. Hadrat Khalifatul Masih II said: When the Promised Messiah was in Lahore, one of the critics wrote a letter to his friend saying that actual expenditure of the public kitchen was much less than its income, and some of the money was spent on the family and friends of the Promised Messiah. …The letter was sent to Lahore a few days before he passed away, and the Promised Messiah was greatly grieved upon hearing about it. (al-Fadl, volume 1, number 50, May 27, 1914, page 21). He said: ‘The writer is totally senseless and un-informed. He should realize that the guests are coming here [in Lahore]. Very few people are visiting Qadian at this time. He should have added the expenses made in Qadian and Lahore.’ [al-Fadl, vol. 2, no. 109, February 25, 1915, p. 6]”
see True Facts about the Split by Maulana Muhammad Ali, page 21, 22

“Himself the Promised Messiah lives in ease and comfort, but unto us the sermon that we should cut short and curtail our expenses, and come to his aid and contribute.”
____________________________________________________________________________________________ The 2nd Khalifa instituted the Chanda Aam rate of 6.25%

In the 1930’s, the Khalifa instituted “General Chanda” at its rate. The exact date is unknown.

In 1936, the Khalifa said:

“I am not a merchant to keep accounts with me nor am I a treasurer of the community to be asked to render account. I am God’s vicegerent on earth. It is not proper to ask me where I spent the money. Those are truly the believers who gift me their money and afterwards do not question me. It is all the same whether they understand or not. They understand that an objection of this sort will result in the bankruptcy of their faith.” (Published in Al-Fadl, Sept. 19, 1936).


“The ‘Heavenly Graveyard’ is such a central point of this movement and an institution or department of such dimensions that it excels in importance all other departments.” (Al-Fadl, Vol. 24, No. 65, Sept. 15, 1936).
Al-Fadl, August 31, 1938

“Once a man from Ludhiana said that we sent donations to Qadian after bearing hardships and misfortunes. These amounts are spent on ornaments and dresses of the wife of Ghulam Ahmad. So what is the use of these donations? When this news reached his holiness, the Promised Messiah, he said it is unlawful for him to send anything to us after what he has said. Then, we shall see what harm it does to us.” 
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