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“The Judgement of the Mirza Case” (1932), edited by Maulvi Sanaullah

Dear friends, we have found a rare book from 1932 wherein the famous Maulvi Sanaullah is the editor.
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Who is M. Abdullah Sanauri (1864-1927)? The famous toilet attendant of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad

He was another early toilet attendant of MGA, the other was Shaikh Hamid Ali. His name is also spelled as Muhammad Abdullah of Sannour. He was the 4th person to become an Ahmadi in the famous bait ceremony of 1889. His name can also be spelled as Muhammad Abdullah Sanauri. He passed away on October 7th, 1927 on a Friday (See Dard). He related many stories to Mirza Bashir Ahmad which were published in Seeratul Mahdi. His nephew is the famous Dard who wrote, “Life of Ahmad” (1947). The other famous toilet attendant was Shaikh Hamid Ali. His name is also spelled as Miyan ‘Abdullah of Sannour, who is a patwari [A village registrar of land] in Patiala State (See Tadhkirah, 2009 edition). He lived in MGA’s house.

At barely 18 years old, he is employed by MGA as a toilet attendant.

He is the main witness for the famous story of the red drops.

Along with Shaikh Hamid Ali, he accompanies MGA to Hoshiarpur. MGA occupied the upper story of the Taweila and entrusted different duties to his three companions. M. Abdullah Sanauri was to prepare food for MGA and serve it. Sh. Hamid Ali had to do the house work and also attend to visitors. Fateh Khan was required to do the shopping.

He worked with MGA as a letter writer and general servant. He was involved in MGA’s discussions with The Rev. Mr. Stanton.

He is #4 on the original bait list.

He was a witness to MGA’s death prediction from Athim. He also reported the happenings in and around Qadian when the Athim prophecy failed.

He is listed on the famous list of the first 313 Ahmadi’s, he is listed as #36.

He dies and is buried with some of the clothing of MGA in terms of the story of the red drops.

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Maulvi Sanaullah vs. Maulana Ghulam Rasul Sahib [Rajeki], Debate in Kartarpur in 1918

Maulvi Sanaullah had many debates with Ahmadi’s in British-India.  One such debate was held in Kartarpur, British India in 1918.  Maulana Ghulam Rasul Sahib [Rajeki] represented the Ahmadi side.

The data from Ahmadiyya sources, Taken from Al Fazl, 4 June 1918

Maulvi Sanaullah [Amritsari] took advantage of the fact that we did not obtain the books of the Promised Messiahas on the first day of the debate, and in doing so attributed a false doctrine to the Promised Messiahas. For this reason, we regretted not having the books of the Promised Messiahas and today, we have ordered many books and files containing newspapers of the Promised Messiahas from Kapurthala, which is 6-7 miles away from Kartarpur. Jamaat Kapurthala did a remarkable job in getting the literature to us.

Nonetheless, Maulvi Sanaullah Sahib did not even address those accusations and arguments, as he knew that we now had the books of the Promised Messiahas to answer from, thus able to reveal his evil plots. Otherwise, we had prepared many references that would have nullified the accusations of Maulvi Sanaullah Sahib. We could have, thus, proven that the victory of Islam is destined at the hand of the Promised Messiahas, however this Amritsari Maulvi steared clear of those subjects.

First session

The convention commenced at 9 o’clock, and instead of Maulvi Sanaullah, Maulvi Nawabuddin approached the podium. Maulana Ghulam Rasul Sahib [Rajeki] represented us. The first session of the debate lasted three hours long.

Ahmadiyya arguments

As the Ahmadiyya representative, Maulana Ghulam Rasul Sahib proved the truthfulness of the Promised Messiahas through verses of the Holy Quran …

Further, he proved Huzoor’sas victory through Huzoor’sas very own revelations.

Maulvi Nawabuddin’s response

How could Maulvi Sahib answer Quranic arguments? So instead, he stood up and began reading from Maulvi Sanaullah’s journals Aqaid-e-Mirza and Chistan-e-Mirza, from beginning to end, thereby consuming his allotted time reading these journals aloud.

Readers will be aware that a written response to Chistan-e-Mirza was published quite some time agoand Aqaid-e-Mirza is a recent publication which is based on nothing but fabrications. I do not feel the need to document each and every argument raised therein, as our readers are well-acquainted with most of them. Some, however, I shall present below …

Maulvi Sanaullah alleged: “I have a following of 150,000. 1,400 of them possess bachelor’s degrees, while 1,500 to 1,600 have master’s degrees. They are all my servants. I am a Godly saint and even if a person who sweeps my shoes rises up, no Ahmadi bears the strength to overpower them.”

The Ahmadi response: Maulvi Ghulam Rasul Sahib stated that to make such fabricated bold claims could not prove the truthfulness of anybody. “If you are indeed truthful, then surely you should be able to tell us where those people are who possess bachelor’s degrees. Otherwise, of course we will consider you a liar. And as far as your claim is concerned, that a person who sweeps your shoes is no match for any Ahmadi in argumentation, then we will have to see…”

Allegation: “Mirza Sahib[as] said that he was appointed as a prophet at the end of 1300 AH, but then in another place he states that he was appointed as a prophet in 1290 AH. Here, there is a difference of ten years. In another place he states that he was bestowed the honour of Divine discourse in 1275 AH, thereby creating a difference of 25 years. This is something that our minds cannot fathom.”

The Ahmadi response: “Maulvi Sahib, what a wonderful example of a discrepancy you have picked! But will you be so quick to reject the Quran on the basis of such a discrepancy. God states,

وَ اِ ذْ وٰعَدْنَا مُوْسيٰ اَرْبَعِيْنَ لَيْلَةً

[And remember the time when We made Moses a promise of forty nights. (Surah Al-Baqarah, Ch.2: V.52)]

whereas in another place, He states,

وَوَاعَدْنَا مُوْسيٰ ثَلَاثِيْنَ لَيْلَةً

[And We made Moses a promise of thirty nights (Surah Al-A‘raf, Ch.7: V.143)]

“Here, there is a difference of 10 days. Now, will you discard the Quran?

“The fact is that the difference is not of 25 years. In one place the Promised Messiahas refers to his prophethood, whereas in the other, he refers to the time when he began sharing words with his Lord. The year he was given prophethood was 1300 AH and he began receiving Divine revelations 25 years prior. Hence, there is no discrepancy.”

Allegation: “Mirza Sahib[as] writes that he saw God flicking ink from a pen and the drops of ink from the pen fell on Mirza Sahib[as].”

The Ahmadi response: “The Holy Prophetsa also saw God, and that too in the embodiment of a young man whose hair fell to his neck. This tradition is narrated in Sahih Al-Bukhari. If anyone should have any objection in seeing the Almighty, then it should first be raised against the Holy Prophetsa. As far as the red ink is concerned, that actually happened and the red ink did fall on him. There can be no denying it. Yes, you may obtain its proof from us, should you wish.”

Allegation: “Mirza Sahib[as] claims that he saw God personified as well as in visions and dreams.”

The Ahmadi response: “Perhaps Maulvi Sahib deems personification and visions to be two opposing phenomena. The fact is, Maulvi Sahib, that personifications occur in visions, and by not knowing this, the allegation occurred to you. Perhaps you would do better if you thought before you spoke.” …

The first session came to a close and the crowds discussed Maulvi Sahib’s embarrassing ignorance among themselves, so much so that when they reached home, the chairman of the congregation said, “Today, had anyone asked me the outcome [of the debate] I would have said that Maulvi Nawabuddin Sahib lost.” Upon this, Maulvi Nawabuddin replied, “Well, that does not make me a disbeliever!”

Second session 

Before the debate commenced, participants of the event were told that if they could prove that Jesusas was raised to the heavens in bodily form, then the organisers would reject the claim of Hazrat Mirza Sahibas as the Promised Messiah and would accept that the same Jesusas was due to appear. However, if the Ahmadis were able to prove that Jesusas had passed away, then it would be accepted that Hazrat Mirza Sahib’sas claim was truthful.

Maulvi Sanaullah’s answer

Maulvi Sanaullah said to Miyan Muhammad Ismail Sahib Ahmadi, “If you wish to understand the reality about the ‘Death of Jesus’, then come with me and I shall explain this matter in private. This debate is unnecessary.”

Upon this, the response from our [the Ahmadiyya] side was, “Whatever you wish to explain in private, explain it here in front of everybody so that everyone can benefit from it. We will give you the proof of his death so that the issue is settled once and for all.” Maulvi [Sanaullah] Sahib evaded the opportunity with excuses.

Proof of Jesus’as death

At that moment, Hazrat Maulana Ghulam Rasul Sahib presented a lecture on the truthfulness of the Promised Messiahas and briefly expounded on the death of Jesusas in such a great manner that Maulvi Sanaullah Sahib was not given an opportunity to even whimper. Maulvi Sahib paid no attention to those arguments, even though he was directly questioned on them and was summoned to present a response. However, Maulvi Sahib avoided coming to those points.

Maulvi Sanaullah’s speech

As opposed to using the Quran, Maulvi Sanaullah Sahib succumbed to the prophecy pertaining to the nikah [marriage] with Muhammadi Begum instead. (As readers are aware of the sort of allegations Maulvi Sanaullah raises at this prophecy, it would be unfitting, and a means of prolonging this report, to mention each and every allegation. However, we shall present the core arguments.)

Maulvi Ghulam Rasul Sahib established the argument through the Quran that God reserves the right to abrogate or alter His signs, as He stated:

وَاِذَابَدَّلْنَا آيَةٍ مَّكَانَ آيَةٍ

[And when We bring one sign in place of another … (Surah Al-Nahl, Ch.16: V.102)]


مَا نَنْسَخْ مِنْ آيَةٍ

[Whatever Sign We abrogate … (Surah Al-Baqarah, Ch.2: V.107)]

and … the life of anything is in the Hand of God. As He states Himself,

يَمْحُوا اللہُ مَا يَشَاءُ وَ يُثْبِتُ

[Allah effaces what He wills, and establishes what He wills. (Sural Al-Ra‘d, Ch.13: V.40)]

Thus, if any abrogation or alteration is witnessed in a sign of God, then no objection can be raised against the truthfulness of the one who received the revelation. A prophecy containing a warning is more suitable to be altered or abrogated, as was the prophecy vouchsafed to Jonahas concerning a punishment that would appear within forty days on his nation. That punishment was avoided as a result of their repentance and it is God’s promise,

وَمَا كَانَ اللہُ مُعَذِّبَهُمْ وَهُمْ يَسْتَغْفِرُوْنَ

[And Allah would not punish them while they sought forgiveness (Surah Al-Anfal, Ch.8 : V.34)]

Thus, according to the prophecy of Ahmad Baig’s demise, his son-in-law and the rest of his family witnessed the truth of the prophecy, which ultimately made them fearful and led them to repent and seek forgiveness from God. They wrote letters to the Promised Messiahas and that is why he [Ahmad Baig’s son-in-law] avoided death and Muhammadi Begum’s nikah was also abrogated.

In response, Sanaullah cited the verse,

وَعْدَ اللہِ ۖ لَا يُخْلِفُ اللہُ وَعْدَهُ وَلَـٰكِنَّ أَ كْثَرَ النَّاسِ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ

[Allah has made this promise. Allah breaks not His promise, but most men know not. (Surah Al-Rum, Ch.30: V.7)]

showing his resolute belief that God never alters His promise. This is the summary of Maulvi Sahib’s argument. Readers can decide for themselves what the outcome was.


Umaruddin Ahmadi

City of Jalandhar 

(Al Fazl, 4 June 191

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Tafser Sanai BY:Moulana Sanaullah Amratsari تفسیر ثنائی از مولانا ثناء اللہ امرتسری

Maulana Sanaullah of Amritsar



  2. ^ “Biography of Shaykh Al-Islam Thanaullah Amritsari”

Who is Maulana Sanaullah Amritsari (1868–1948)?

Maulana Sanaullah Amritsari was an Ahl-e-Hadith (Wahabi) Muslim from British India, he was born into a family of Kashmiri descent. He was born on June 12, 1868 and died on March 15, 1948 in Sarghoda, Pakistan. He was a major opponent of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and the early Ahmadiyya movement. Sanaullah Amritsari served as the general secretary of Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith Hind form 1906 to 1947. He was also the editor of the “”Ahle Hadees”” magazine. He moved to Pakistan at the Partition, losing his son in the process, and himself dying in SargodhaPunjab, Pakistan, in 1948, after suffering from a stroke. Syed Muhammad Hussain Batalvi was also an Ahl-e-Hadith scholar who beefed with MGA uptil about 1902, Sanaullah seems to have stepped up for the Ahl-e-Hadith of India as they battled vs. Ahmadiyya. In 1907, he refused to enter into a Mubahila challenge vs. MGA, instead, MGA prayed that if he was a false prophet, he would die in the lifetime of Sanaullah. He had many debates and arguments with various Ahmadi leaders, he eventually wrote many books, the most famous book in terms of his battles with Ahmadiyya is Ilhamat-e-Mirza (1928)– a critical account of the ‘revelations’ of Mirza. He was also the main editor and owner of a monthly magazine called, “Muraqqa-Qadiani” which lasted from 1907 until MGA died in May of 1908.
Its articles were compiled in the shape of book titled “Muraqqa Qadiani” published in 1917.

He seems to have also written the famous “”Tafsir Thana’i””, also spelled as Tafsir Sanai or Tafeer Sanai. This was published before 1908. MGA referred to it in Barahin-i-Ahmadiyya Vol. 5, MGA lied and claimed that Maulana Sanaullah had also written that Abu Hurairya was deficient in knowledge.
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“ilhamat-e-Mirza: in english as “The Revelations of Mirza” (1928) by Sanaullah Amritsari

After Batalvi was ordered by the British government to stop cursing and offending MGA, the Ahl-e-Hadith seem to have asked Maulvi Sanaullah to engage MGA.  MGA issued a death prophecy for Sanaullah, but he survived for approximately 40 years after the death of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. There was a ‘reverse’ death prophecy that the Mirza would die within Amritsari’s lifetime, which happened almost a year after the publication of these dual prophecies.  This book was published in July of 1928.  Maulana Sanaullah Amritsari was an Ahl-e-Hadith (Wahabi) Muslim from British India, he was born into a family of Kashmiri descent.  He was born on June 12, 1868 and died on March 15, 1948 in Sarghoda, Pakistan.  He was a major opponent of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and the early Ahmadiyya movement. Sanaullah Amritsari served as the general secretary of Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith Hind form 1906 to 1947.  He was also the editor of the “”Ahle Hadees”” magazine.  He moved to Pakistan at the Partition, losing his son in the process, and himself dying in SargodhaPunjab, Pakistan, in 1948, after suffering from a stroke.  Syed Muhammad Hussain Batalvi was also an Ahl-e-Hadith scholar who beefed with MGA uptil about 1902, Sanaullah seems to have stepped up for the Ahl-e-Hadith of India as they battled vs. Ahmadiyya.  In 1907, he refused to enter into a Mubahila challenge vs. MGA, instead, MGA prayed that if he was a false prophet, he would die in the lifetime of Sanaullah.  He had many debates and arguments with various Ahmadi leaders, he eventually wrote many books, the most famous book in terms of his battles with Ahmadiyya is Ilhamat-e-Mirza (1928)– a critical account of the ‘revelations’ of Mirza.  He was also the main editor and owner of a monthly magazine called, “Muraqqa-Qadiani” which lasted from 1907 until MGA died in May of 1908.
Its articles were compiled in the shape of book titled “Muraqqa Qadiani” published in 1917.

Some quotes from Ahmadi.answers website

“Since this humble one is not in actuality or like yourself a prophet, messenger, the son of God, or claim to receive revelation, therefore I dare not accept such a challenge.” (Illhamat-e-Mirza, Edition 2, Page 85).

“This statement of his itself shows that he only believed a Prophet can do such a challenge and has clearly himself stated that he dares not to accept a challenge” (Illhamat-e-Mirza, Edition 2, Page 85).

Sanaullah Amritsari published these books, among others:

  • Aafatullah – an account of the prophecy against him and the attempts to justify it.
  • Ilhamat-e-Mirza – a critical account of the ‘revelations’ of Mirza.
  • Shah-i Inglistan aur Mirza Qadiyan (The King of England and Mirza of Qadian), 1921, 12 pages
  • Ilham‎ (Revelation), 1904, 16 pages
  • Islam aur British Law, yani siasat-i Muhammadiya aur qavanin-i Angrezi ka muqabla (Islam and British Law: Muhammadan politics and Confrontation with English Law), 1924, 48 pages
  • Shamʻ-i Tauheed (Candle of Divine Unity), 1938, 40 pages
  • Masʻalah-yi Hijaz par nazar (A look at the Problem of Hijaz), 1925, 28 pages, Muslim pilgrims and pilgrimages
  • Tarikh-i Mirza (History of Mirza), 1923, 64 pages
  • Muraqqaʻ-i Qadiani (The Qadiani Mosaic), 1917, 64 pages
  • Nikat-i Mirza, 1926, 40 pages
  • ʻAqaʼid-i Mirza (Beliefs of Mirza), 1928, 8 pages
  • Khitab ba Maududi (An Address to Maududi), 1946, 64 pages
  • Hudus-i Ved, 1905, 16 pages
  • Bahas-i Tanasukh (Controversy of Transmigration of Souls), 1909, 46 pages
  • Hadith-i nabavi aur taqleed-i shakhsi, 1924, 32 pages
  • Turk-i Islam bar Tark-i Islam (Turks and Islam), 1903, 236 pages
  • Fiqh aur faqih (Jurisprudence and the Religious Jurist), 1925, 28 pags
  • ʻAjaʼibat Mirza risālah “ʻIlm-i Kalam-i Mirza” ka doosra hissa (The Oddities of the booklet ‘Writings of Mirza as Literature’, part two), 1933, 25 pages
  • Qadiani Half ki Haqeeqat

The book

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If Ahmadis want equal status, they should stop pretending to be Muslims: Sanaullah

As we all know, Ahmadis are trained by their mullahs to bother and annoy Muslims all over the world.  This is the “tabligh” that is mandatory on all Ahmadis.  As a result of this, many innocent Ahmadis are jailed and punished for breaking the laws of Pakistan, which prohibit Ahmadiyya “tabligh”.

A news report

LAHORE: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan on Friday said the Ahmadi minority community should stop declaring themselves as Muslims if they want to be treated in the same manner as other religious minority groups in Pakistan.

Addressing a press conference organised to ‘clear his position’ on the issue, Rana Sanaullah said that some media outfits had quoted his statement on Ahmadis out of context.

“I said that Ahmadis pretend to be Muslims as they quote Quranic verses and perform religious rituals just like us in a bid to propagate their faith. But let me state it very clearly that, according to Islam and Pakistan’s constitution, those who do not believe in Khatam-e-Nabuwwat (finality of Prophethood) are not Muslims,” he said.

The Punjab law minister said that all other minority communities are enjoying equal status as citizens of Pakistan and “so will the Ahmadis if they admit to the fact that they are not Muslims and are a religious minority”.

“It is our duty to protect minorities of the country but the Ahmadis will first have to stop claiming to be Muslims. There is no other way around it,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court Bar Association has suspended the membership of Rana Sanaullah.

Moreover, the bar association also imposed a ban on his entry in the bar premises.

The decision was made in a condemnation meeting about a statement of the law minister over Ahmadis, chaired by Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Secretary Aftab Bajwa.

The members of legal fraternity also staged a protest within the bar premises, calling for the immediate resignation of the minister.

Addressing the protesting lawyers, the SCBA secretary said that a blasphemy case would be registered against Sanaullah for challenging the finality of Prophethood (Khatm-e-Nabuwwat).

“The lawyers will not sit silently on the matter,” he remarked.

On the occasion, other representatives of the lawyer bodies also echoed similar sentiments. The minister has hurt the public sentiment after calling the Ahmadi community as Muslims, they said.

The protesting lawyers also sought an apology from the law minister over his remarks.

“Fate of a False Prophet” by Syed Hasanat Ahmad in The Review of Religions, August 1984

I am reproducing an entire article which is from the Review of Religions of 1984.  This article was re-produced on the official Qadiani-Ahmadi website  It can be found here, (retrieved on 10-5-17),

**However, it should be noted that Shaikh Mubarak Ahmad wrote the section about Piggot, its in his foreword to the article.  

The article

Fate of a False Prophet

Syed Hasanat Ahmad
The Review of Religions, August 1984
Sent by Brother Hasan Hakeem (USA)

Some of the American newspapers were liberal and fair in the treatment of this “News-story.” The Boston Herald carried a detailed and documented feature on Dowie in its issue of June 23, 1907. It devoted a full page to the Prophecy of Ahmad along with a large size portrait of him. The feature was headed with two banners. They ran:

“Great is Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, The Messiah Foretold Pathetic end of Dowie.”

The Boston Herald then recalled some of the observations of Alexander Dowie, which he made in great contempt about Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. The paper also repeated the haughty assertion of Dowie in reply to Ahmad’s challenge: In India, there is a foolish Messiah… If I put my foot on them, I would crush out their lives.

The paper also quoted another direct reference made by Dowie in this journal, the Leave of Healing (December 12, 1903). If I am God’s Prophet, there is none on God’s earth. At another place Boston Herald quoted him as saying in his journal (Feb. 14, 1904), “I pray to God for the day to come when the Crescent shall disappear and may God destroy it.” The Boston Herald was not the only paper which carried a feature on the great “prayer-duel.” Even in the lifetime of Dowie, American newspapers like the New York Commercial Advertiser (October 26, 1903) immediately after the New York fiasco, published the following challenge of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad at great length which an Indian newspaper had not the courage to publish. The story in the New York Commercial Advertiser ran thus:

“Dowie Challenged”

“Far far away-India, comes a printed circular from Mirza Ghulam Ahmad who writes from Qadian in the Punjab. He has issued a challenge to Elijah III (Dowie) to make his prediction, but so far Zion City’s own and special Messiah has failed to reply. In support of his claim, the Indian Messiah declares that when the Lord saw how badly things were being managed on earth, He raised him in the land of Punjab for His works are wonderful.”

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was further quoted as saying:

“I am the true Messiah who was to come in the last ages. This has Almighty spoken to me. I do not claim to be the Promised Messiah by my own assertion, but Almighty God, who made the earth and heaven, has borne witness to the truth of my claim. The evidence of God has passed His grace on me in far greater abundance than upon the Messiah who has gone before me. In the looking glass of my person, the face of God is revealed to a far greater extent than in that of Jesus’ person. If these simply are my own words and there is no authority for them, then I am a liar; but Almighty God bears witness to my truth. No one can give lie to me. Thousands of times, I should say, times without number, has He borne witness to the truth of my claim. A sign of evidence of God in my favor will appear in the death of Mr. Piggot — the arrogant pretender to divinity, who shall be brought to destruction within my life time. Another sign will appear on Dr. Dowie’s acceptance of my challenge. If the pretender of Elijahship shows his willingness by any direct or indirect means to enter the lists against me, he shall leave the world before my eyes with great sorrow and torment. These two signs are for Europe and America.”

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad emerged victorious in this historic prayer duel. It was left to an American newspaper to acknowledge this historic event. The Truth Seeker, another leading American Journal, referred to the clear victory of Ahmad in its issue of June 15, 1907. In an editorial captioned The War of the Prophets, it said:

“Dowie called Muhammad (Holy Prophet) as king of impostors. He not only prophesied that Islam will meet its destruction at the hands of Zion, but he used to pray daily that the crescent is wiped out from the surface of the earth. When the news of the prophecy reached the Indian Messiah, then he challenged the Elijah and invited him to join him in a prayer-duel that whosoever is the liar should die in the lifetime of the true Messiah.

Qadiani Messiah prophesied that if Dowie accepted the challenge, he would die in his (Ahmad’s) life time with great disgrace and adversity. And even if he did not accept his challenge, even then his end is drawing close and death will overtake him. His Zion City will meet a great fall. This indeed was a great prophecy that Zion will fall on bad days and Dowie will die in his lifetime. This was dangerous assertion on the part of the Promised Messiah that he should challenge the Elijah the second in the contest of a long age, especially when the challenger himself is about fifteen years older than Dowie and had many diseases.


The Fate of a False Prophet unfolds a classical tale where truth was successful against falsehood with all its false promises and false claims. The prayer-duel between Ahmad, the Promised Messiah (who fulfilled the predictions regarding the Second Advent of Jesus) and Dr. Dowie, was not a casual contest between two unknown claimants. It was a great media event in the USA from 1902 to 1907. The tragic death of Dr. Dowie from acute paralysis in 1907, proved beyond doubt that Divine Hand had intervened in favor of Islam and it was but a fit ending for the erroneous Christian doctrine of the God-head of Jesus.
It was a great sign for the Americans who witnessed this miracle with awe and reverence. It is, therefore, only fit and proper that God-fearing and righteous among the people of this country, take heed and listen to the call of Ahmad, the Promised Messiah; so that the blessings of the Al-Mighty should be with them forever.

Washington DC Sheikh Mubarak Ahmad Feb. 18, 1985

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Ever Merciful
We praise Him and invoke His blessings on His Noble Prophet


By Syed Hasanat Ahmad

On June 2, 1901, in the newly founded city of Zion, north of Chicago, John Alexander Dowie declared himself to be Elijah, the Prophet. This assertion by Dowie represented the culmination of a movement launched in the United States. This movement captured the fancy of the Americans and prestigious papers like the Century and Independent New York published articles and features on this emerging figure.
The deep impression Alexander Dowie created on the American mind can be judged from the following, written by Mr. Napes, in the Independent New York of August 1, 1901:

“When I left Church, my heart was full of respect for this prophet and his followers, for these people with dedication and sincerity are trying to follow the teachings of the Holy Book.”

Dowie claimed the divine power of healing and his fame spread so fast that it caught the imagination of many credulous and wealthy Americans. The progress was so tremendous that soon his Apostolic Church had its own bank, its own printing plant and thousands of people were flocking to this movement.

Elated with this unprecedented success, fond of drama and pageantry, Alexander Dowie fixed the midnight of December 31, 1899, the turn of a new century, as the Zero hour for the formal launching of a new Jerusalem of his movement-the Zion city, to be located along the banks of the beautiful Lake Michigan.

Before a galaxy of thousands of joyous Americans, at the Altar of a leading church of Chicago, hung a rich velvet curtain 25 feet high and 25 feet wide, hiding from the eyes of the eager spectators the much-awaited “object”.

As the clock struck twelve, ushering a new year and a new century, Alexander Dowie, dressed in rich crimson gown, drew the curtain. And lo! A blueprint of the Promised land was unfolded. This blueprint was a piece of land eleven square miles, along the bank of Lake Michigan. People were weeping with joy-a new Jerusalem being born before their eyes.

The Night drama having ended, soon an unprecedented rush started for securing a piece of land in this holy city. So tremendous was the demand for a piece of land that lots had to be drawn to avoid bickering among the followers.

Leaves of Healings, the official organ of the movement began rolling out of a new printing plant and started carrying out colorful details at every stage of its construction.

On July 15, 1901 — exactly fifteen months after the night drama — the gates of this holy city were formally opened. Nine months later, on March 31, 1902, Zion became a legal entity. Alexander Dowie was the Genghis Khan of this city. His word was the law. Banks, stores, hotels, restaurants, shopping centers, industrial areas, factories and Mills, all that was in the town, belonged to Dowie-the Elijah.

Munsey’s magazine, September 6, 1902, published an article by Grover Townshend, saying:

“Alexander Dowie ranks with the outstanding personalities who founded a new city capable of housing a million people. A city, which its founder proposes to convert into a spiritual headquarters of the whole world.”

John Alexander Dowie had come to the USA in June 1888 and founded the Christian Catholic Church in 1896, which came to be known later as the Christian Catholic Apostolic Church.

The Elijah of the modern times enjoyed the most robust health, claiming that being a messenger of God, no disease could touch him. He arrogated to himself the much attributed power of Jesus Christ and claimed that he could heal all kinds of diseases.

Jesus Christ wandered from settlement to settlement to announce that the kingdom of Heaven was at hand, but this “successor” travelled by the most expensive mode of travel, occupying the most luxurious and expensive hotel rooms. A well paid army of evangelists worked for him all over the United States proclaiming to the people: “the advent of Elijah, blessed are those who join him and his band of followers as early as possible.”

The success of the movement became established so early that Dowie was now planning to raise up many cities like Zion.

In 1902, one of the issues of Leaves of Healings carried a prophecy of John Alexander Dowie that all the Muhammadans living on the face of the earth would be destroyed unless they bowed before the Cross. He further prophesied:

“That nation, that people and that kingdom that will not recognize him and the Christian Catholic Church of the Zion as the forerunner of the Church of the living God, that nation and that kingdom will perish because God has said it so.”

Dowie was at the peak of his career. His voice was obeyed like an oracle. An army of followers was around him. His sway over the masses was growing so much that a leading U.S. daily, the New York commercial Advertiser in its issue of October 1903 acknowledged this fact.

A Challenge to Dowie

From the far distant land of India, and from a little known and inaccessible town of Qadian, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad took note of his tall talk. He addressed a polite letter which was published in a relatively unknown English Magazine, The Review of Religions, in the issue of September 1902. Ahmad’s request was simple. He made a plain invitation saying:
“Since Dr. Dowie is the messenger of the powerful deity who was crucified by the Jews, I would entreat him to refrain from destroying the whole body of Muhammadans living on the face of the earth. If they do not take the son of Mary for their God, the fault is not theirs. Where is the requisite proof of Jesus’ deity and how can they be convinced of the divinity of the one whose very tomb has been discovered in this very country. Nay, more than this, they have in their midst the Promised Messiah whose appearance is in accordance with the Prophetic promises, at the close of the sixth and on the commencement of the seventh thousand year and with a host of heavenly signs.”

Alexander Dowie did not take notice of this polite invitation. He ignored this straightforward assertion and continued to be abusive.

His followers drew his attention to accept the invitation. In the issue of December 27, 1902, of the Leaves of Healings, he replied with great contempt:

“In India, there is a foolish Messiah who writes to me often telling me that the tomb of Jesus Christ is in Kashmir and the people sometimes say to me, why do you not reply to this and that or other things. Reply! Do you think, that I shall reply to these gnats and flies. If I put my foot on them, I would crush out their lives. I give them a chance to fly away and live.”

At another place, in the same month of December, in another issue of the Leaves of Healings, Alexander Dowie displayed some haughtiness, when he observed, “My part is to bring out the people from the East and the West, from the North and the South and to settle them in the cities of Zion, until the time shall come, when all the Muhammadans are swept away.”

In the face of this abusive language, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad still tried to reason with him. He repeated his plea and invited him to a more convincing method of deciding who is the liar. Using, in his usual way, the language of moderation, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad said:

“Whether the God of Muhammadans or the God of Dowie is the true God, may be settled without loss of millions of lives which Dr. Dowie’s prediction intended. The method is simple and plain. Without threatening the whole body of Muhammadans with destruction, he should choose me as his opponent and pray to God that of us two, whoever is the liar may perish first. I look upon the son of Mary as a weak human being, although I recognize him as a Prophet of God, while Dr. Dowie takes him as the Lord of the Universe. Which of us is on the right path is the real point at issue. If Dr. Dowie has the courage to accept the challenge, he will hereby open a way for all others to follow and accept the truth. Dowie fixes the appearance of the Promised Messiah within next twenty five years, while I give him the tidings that the Promised Messiah has already appeared. Let Dr. Dowie, like an honest gentleman, obtain permission from his Lord to accept the challenge and take his stand against me. I am an old man of 66 years and Dr. Dowie is eleven years younger (Dowie was 55) therefore on grounds of age he need not have any apprehension. Moreover, I am suffering from various diseases and my life does not depend on health but upon the Will of God. If the self made deity of Dr. Dowie has any power, he shall certainly allow him to appear against me and procure my destruction in his lifetime, and he will have in his hand a clear manifestation of his mission.”

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was comparatively an unknown figure in the United States, yet his brave challenge to John Alexander Dowie evoked countrywide publicity and the text of his challenge was extensively published in the American newspapers, such as:

The Chicago Inter Ocean, June 28, 1903
The Telegraph, July 5, 1903
The Literary Digest, June 20, 1903
The New York Mail & Express, June 25, 1903
The Herald Rochester, June 25, 1903
The Record Boston, June 27, 1903
The Advertiser Boston, June 25, 1903
The Pilot Boston, June 27, 1903
The Pathfinder Washington, June 27, 1903
The Detroit English News, June 27, 1903
The Democratic Chronicle Rochester, June 25, 1903
The Burlington Free Press, June 27, 1903
The Albany Press, June 25, 1903
The Baltimore American, June 28, 1903
The Buffalo Times, June 25, 1903
The Groomshire Gazette, July 17, 1903
The Houston Chronicle, July 3, 1903
The Trichmond News, July 1, 1903
The Argunaut San Francisco, Dec. 1, 1903
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad waited for a reply to his challenge, but none was forthcoming. On August 23, 1903, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad made a further public announcement:

“It should be borne in mind that Dr. Dowie has not given any reply to my challenge made in September last (1902) nor has he even so much as mentioned it in his paper (i.e., Leaves of Healings). For an answer to my challenge, I will wait for a further period of seven months from this day (i.e., August 23, 1903) if he accepts the challenge within this period and fulfills its conditions, as published by me, and makes an announcement to the effect in this paper, the World will soon see the end of this contest. I am about 66 years of age, while Dr. Dowie is about 55 years. Therefore, compared to me he is still young. Since the matter is not to be settled by age, I do not care for this great disparity in years. The whole matter rests in the Hands of Him, Who is the Lord of Heaven and Earth, and Judge over all the Judges and He will decide it in favor of the true claimant. But, if Dr. Dowie can not even now gather courage to appear in the contest against me, let both the continents bear witness that I shall be entitled to claim the same victory as in the case of his death in my life-time. If he accepts the challenge, the pretension of Dr. Dowie will be settled. Though he may try hard as he can to fly away from the death which awaits him, yet his flight from such a contest will be nothing less than a death to him and the calamity will certainly overtake him in Zion for he must face the consequences of either acceptance of the challenge or its refusal.”

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad spoke with a conviction and belief that cannot be the product of human ingenuity. Thus all avenues of flight for Dr. Dowie were closed. In either case, whether the challenge was accepted, refused or ignored, his doom was forecast with a conviction that could only be described as divinely inspired. The text of the handbill of August 23, 1903 was again extensively published by the newspapers of Europe and the United States, and these papers kept on commenting on it. About forty papers editorially commented on this challenge. Judging from the extent of the publicity that it gained, it could be safely said that nearly two and a half million people came to know about the proposed Prayer duel.

Dowie, who had so far kept silent and kept himself out of this contest with Ahmad, unwittingly entered this contest, when he described Ahmad as a “Worm”, and said he could kill him with his foot.

The Beginning of the Downfall

The times for verbal exchanges having ended, the Hand of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’s God moved and moved with great majesty. For the challenge of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was not his own. The sharpness of his challenge came from a divine conviction. Within two months of the issuance of the handbill, a great heavenly sign was witnessed all over the United States. The following were the events leading up to it.
For a long time, this modern Elijah had been nursing a fond wish to storm New York as never had been done before. Having reached heights that no other American clergy had yet reached, Dr. Dowie announced with much fanfare, the holding of a Mass Rally in October 1903 at Madison Square Gardens in New York, a venue known for big international gatherings.

A team of top-notch organizers spent ten months of hard work carefully planning out details for the rally of rallies. The New York Journal (Feb. 3, 1903) reported the news under a banner: “INVASION OF NEW YORK BY DOWIE’S ARMY.”

With the backdrop of Ahmad’s prophecy, Alexander Dowie wanted to make it a memorable event in the history of American clergy. Although Zion city was 900 miles from New York, yet he considered it absolutely necessary to marshall 3000 soldiers of the movement to impress the minds of New York.

Dr. Dowie had an eye on the millions of New Yorkers who would be a source of immense revenue. Dr. Dowie knew well that if he captured the hearts of the New Yorkers, he had literally captured the entire United States. Prospects were simply unlimited. Preliminaries began weeks in advance. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent on publicity.

The Zero hour struck on October 18, 1903, 57 days after Ahmad’s handbill announcing the divine verdict. From early dawn, on October 18, the Madison Square Gardens started filling. Gradually it was packed to capacity. It was literally overflowing. Thousands could not get an access and had to be content on standing outside. Three thousand Guards of Zion Restoration Host, as they were called, had lined up and over fifty different bands were in attendance. There was a stillness as the proceedings commenced. All the fifty bands located at vantage points struck Zion tunes. This was followed by a comely songstress singing religious hymns. It was Dowie’s hour.

Dowie was fortified by the conviction that his awaited moment had come. The setting had been to his heart’s content. His magic was his voice. His spell lay in his voice. His remarkable oratory, on several occasions had held great gatherings spellbound in Chicago. The greater the gathering the greater the spell and the magic of his voice. The hypnotic effect of his voice rose to heights corresponding to the size of the gathering, and this was the greatest gathering he was ever to address.

With measured and majestic gait, Alexander Dowie approached the rostrum, his followers eagerly awaiting that charm and magic for which he was so well known. But lo! that charm and magic which was his sole asset suddenly left him.

He made a false start, and then made another effort to cast his magic spell. The mammoth crowd was eager to hear him speak, but before hundreds of thousands of people of New York and among some of his closed followers, he stood there speechless. It had never happened before. People who had eagerly been awaiting to listen to Alexander Dowie now had begun to stir and then slowly started moving to leave the arena. Dowie asked the Zion Guards to close the door, but it had a reverse effect. More people left and eventually it developed into a stampede.

What did happen, nobody knew. Was it a heavenly sign? What was clear at that moment was that thousands of New Yorkers left a furious Alexander Dowie making desperate efforts to save whatever was left of this gigantic rally on which he had pinned his hopes of great victories. He fondly hoped to convert at least a hundred thousand New Yorkers to his creed.

The Chicago Examiner in an issue four days before this rally had estimated that no less than a hundred thousand New Yorkers would become his followers. Next morning (October 19, 1903) the leading daily of the time, The New York American carried the news of the rally with the banner reading: “NEW YORK-THE WATERLOO OF THE ELIJAH.” Another leading daily, the New York Times carried the news with the heading: “MASSIVE GATHERING DESERTS ELIJAH.”

Not only this, Alexander Dowie had to muster all his courage and persuasion to hold back his own followers for a few days more in New York but even they disappointed him. Despite a great deal of cajoling and coaxing, the three thousand Zion Guard, described as Zion Restoration Host, insisted on a speedy return and left for Zion.

A crestfallen Dowie escaped to Zion by rail that dropped him at Zion station unsung and unheard.

That was the first heavenly strike that Dowie received after he was challenged by Ahmad and that within two months of the challenge.

Conscious of his bold prophecy that he would be victorious over his enemies and conscious of his fast falling popularity, Dowie was now desperately looking for fresh pastures where he could rehabilitate himself as the Elijah. He decided to undertake a world tour to win converts. The tour took him to Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Italy, and finally to England, the land of his mother.

This world tour brought further cracks into the Catholic Church of Zion Movement. In Honolulu, he was found reveling in the company of scantily dressed alluring girls. On arrival in Australia he was refused accommodation by every hotel in Melbourne. The success which he enjoyed during his earlier sojourn in Australia before he migrated to the United States had deserted him. He left for Europe.

In desperation and bitterness, he abused and insulted the loyal editor of the Leaves of Healings. This devoted follower had accompanied him to send details of the successes he was to achieve on this world tour. He resigned and left his company.

During his visit to Germany, the American Ambassador refused to make an appointment for him with William Kaiser.

The reception in London was even worse. It was outright disgraceful and shameful. People refused to listen to him. In disgust he had to leave England in disguise.

When he returned to the United States, he faced a hostile press wanting to know the exact nature of his relationship with a “Charming Damsel” – a constant companion throughout his world tour.

Logic and reason fail to give a satisfactory answer to this sudden change in Dowie’s fortunes-except Ahmad’s public challenge of August 23, 1903.

The irony of this whole episode is that Alexander Dowie was facing charges on the very count he attacked Islam. In an issue of the Leaves of Healing (September 12, 1903) Dowie had attacked the teachings of Islam which permitted polygamy and described it as a lustful teaching. He wrote, “Islam drew Quraish tribes in the name of carnal lust so that they could live a life of self-gratification.”

What a divine punishment! The hidden hand of God was mercilessly chasing this self-styled Prophet and Elijah. The prophecy of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of August 23, 1903, was so all embracing that it offered no escape route to Alexander Dowie.

Something further happened! His followers and companions sensing the approaching end revealed that Zion was financially in a bad way. Alexander Dowie was gradually inching towards his final end.

Two years after the historic fiasco of New York, in September 1905, he made a final effort and staged another drama to catch the old spark of his great fame.

On a Sunday in September 1905, he summoned an extraordinary meeting of the Central Tabernacle, the supreme body of Zion movement. He took great pains in organizing and planning this meeting. There was a long line of Zion guards which he duly inspected before entering the Hall. He ascended the high alter, dressed in the costume of modern Elijah. All eyes were on him. There was a pin drop silence as he started his traditional oratorical performance. Newcomb, his biographer, says that on that evening he was superb and at his best. This historic sermon was followed by the Lord’s supper. After the supper, Dowie appeared in his white silken robes before his followers. Verses from the Bible were recited and then the traditional bread and wine were served among those who were present. The main function was drawing to a close. Dr. Dowie was only to make some valedictory remarks before it ended. Suddenly Dr. Dowie shook his right hand violently as if something had bitten it. He did it several times. His followers silently watched. Then lo! All of a sudden he fainted and collapsed. Paralysis had hit him. The tongue that wagged to abuse the Holy Prophet of Islam and his spiritual son, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, stopped wagging.

The Final Blow

In December the same year, another attack of paralysis struck him down and this time he was completely crippled. But along with the physical torture, mental torture followed.
His own wife and son disowned him. They revealed his misdeeds. Dr. Dowie’s son got hold of letters that the modern Elijah had written to a rich heiress of Switzerland, Miss Hofer. Startling disclosures came to light that he was involved with several women. His private rooms were found to be stocked with the choicest wines, although he denounced publicly all intoxicating liquor. He was found intoxicated on several occasions. His own followers denounced him as an impostor.

Great was his fortune, but still greater was his adversity. Great was his rise, but still greater was his fall. He asserted that disease was a sin, and claimed the power of healing and yet he was laid low by the worst of diseases. Denounced and cast out, John Alexander Dowie was leading a miserable life.

On February 20, 1907, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad issued another handbill announcing the appearances of another heavenly sign. The Handbill said:

“God has informed me: I will reveal a fresh sign which will be a great victory. This will be a sign for the whole world.” (i.e., its appearance will not be confined to India only) The sign will be at the Hand of God and everyone should wait for it. God will manifest this sign shortly. It will be an evidence of divine help. It will be in testimony of this humble being who is being abused by all. Blessed is he, who hearkens this sign.”

Within a fortnight of the publication of this handbill came the death of John Alexander Dowie in the first week of March. The death of Dowie within the lifetime of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad caused a great sensation. The news of the death of Dowie was extensively published in the United States. Even in India, details of his death were carried by The Pioneer Lukhnow (March 11, 1970); The Civil & Military Gazette (March 12, 1907); and The Indian Daily Telegraph (March 12, 1907).

It was not merely the death of Dr. Dowie that got publicity but also the disgrace and the shame which this modern “Elijah” faced at the hands of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. Also that both the contenders invoked divine help and assistance and how tellingly the words of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad were fulfilled.

This indeed was a great prophecy that Zion will fall on bad days and Dowie will die in his lifetime. This was dangerous assertion on part of the Promised Messiah that he should challenge the Elijah the second in the contest of long age, specially when the challenger himself is about fifteen years older than Dowie and had many diseases. Circumstances were against Ahmad, but ultimately Ahmad emerged victorious.

It was an acknowledgement from a non-Muslim, non Indian paper.


Haqiquatul Wahy (The Reality of Revelation) by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.
Invitation to Ahmadiyyat by Mirza Bashirud Din Mahmud Ahmad.
Review of Religions, Various issues from 1903 to 1907.
Ibrat Naak Anjam (The Terrible End) by Khalil Ahmad Nasir.
Life of Ahmad by A. R. Dard.
Dowie-Anointed of the Lord by Arthur Newcomb.

The Final decision with Mawlana Sanaullah Amritsari by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1907)

Maulana Sanaullah Amritsari was an Ahl-e-Hadith (Wahabi) Muslim from British India, he was born into a family of Kashmiri descent. He was born on June 12, 1868 and died on March 15, 1948 in Sarghoda, Pakistan. He was a major opponent of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and the early Ahmadiyya movement. Sanaullah Amritsari served as the general secretary of Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith Hind form 1906 to 1947. He was also the editor of the “”Ahle Hadees”” magazine. He moved to Pakistan at the Partition, losing his son in the process, and himself dying in SargodhaPunjab, Pakistan, in 1948, after suffering from a stroke. Syed Muhammad Hussain Batalvi was also an Ahl-e-Hadith scholar who beefed with MGA uptil about 1902, Sanaullah seems to have stepped up for the Ahl-e-Hadith of India as they battled vs. Ahmadiyya. In 1907, he refused to participate in a Mubahila challenge vs. MGA. MGA then turned it into a one-sided prayer wherein he asked his GOD to kill him (MGA) if he was a liar in the lifetime of Mualvi Sanaullah. Which happened about 15 months later. He has a long history of debates and disputes vs. Ahmadiyya, he eventually wrote many books, the most famous book in terms of his battles with Ahmadiyya is Ilhamat-e-Mirza (1928)– a critical account of the ‘revelations’ of Mirza.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________1907, 4th of April

Maulvi Sanaullah refuses to participate in a Mubahila challenge with MGA.
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Mirza Ghulam Ahmad published an advertisement labelled ‘Maulvi Sanaullah Sahib Amritsari ke saath aakhri faisla’, on :

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Maulvi Sanaullah visited Qadian

MGA was always under police protection.  However, sometimes, his critics would come to Qadian to confront him, Lekh Ram did this back in the mid-1880’s.  In this case, Maulvi Sanaullah came to Qadian, and MGA avoided him.

The Quote
‘Bismillah Al-Rehman Al-Raheem. To Janab Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Saheb, Raees-e-Qadian.        This humble self, according to your invitation mentioned in Aijaz-e-Ahmadi pp. 11-13, I am presently here in Qadian. Until now, Ramadhan prevented me from accepting your invitation, otherwise I would not have delayed it. I swear upon God that I do not have any personal grievance or animosity against you. Since according to you, you are appointed on such a high position which is for the guidance of all humanity in general and for sincere persons like me especially, therefore I firmly hope that you will not spare any effort to make me understand, and as promised, you will give me permission that I will express in front of people my thoughts about your prophecies. Once again I remind you of my sincerity and the trouble that I have taken to travel all the way, and by virtue of the grand position, please give me a chance.’ …. from Abu al-Wafa Sanaullah. dated 10th January 1903.’ (Tareekh-e-Mirza by Maulana Sanaullah Amratsari p. 61)

Mirza was stunned. He never thought in his wildest dreams that Molvi Sanaullah Saheb would ever come to Qadian. He replied, trying to avoid facing him. He wrote:

“I have promised God that I would never debate with those people (opponents). Thus that way which is quite far away from debates is that to clear this stage you will have to promise that you will not go out of the ‘Minhaj-e-Nabuwwat – way of the prophethood’ ……. 2nd condition is that you will not be allowed to speak at all. You will only give a written objection, one line or two lines, that this is your objection. Then in the gathering, a detailed reply would be given. For objection, there is no need to write in detail, just a line or two is enough. 3rd condition is that you would raise only ONE objection per day. Since you have not informed us of your coming, rather you have sneaked in like a thief, because of lack of free time and work of printing the book, we cannot spend more than three hours. Remember that this will never be allowed that you give a long lecture like a sermon in front of public, instead you will have to absolutely keep your mouth shut, as deaf and dumb, so that the talk does not turn into a debate. First you will ask only regarding one prophecy. For three hours I can give its reply, and at each you will be cautioned that even if now you are not satisfied then write it down. It would not be your task to let (people) hear your objection. We will read ourselves, but it should not be more than two or three lines. This way, you will not suffer, since you have come to clear your doubts, this way is excellent to remove doubts. I will announce to the people that regarding this prophecy, such and such doubt has come into the heart of Molvi Saheb, and this is its reply. This way all the doubts will be cleared. But if you want that like a debate you are allowed to talk, then this will never happen. (Mirza repeated the same conditions at least two more times in the next paragraph) …. From my side, I swear upon God, that I would not go out of this, and will not hear anything, you will not dare to utter a single word from your mouth. And I bind you also with the swear of God, that if you have come with a true heart, then be bound to it and do not spend your life in creating trouble and disturbance. And whosoever among the two of us, breaks this oath, then God’s curse be on him, and may God will that he sees the fruit of this curse in his life. Ameen….. by the pen of Mirza  Ghulam Ahmad by his own hand” (Tareekh-e-Mirza pp.62-64)

One would have thought that Molvi Sanaullah would have given up after reading such absurd conditions where he is not even allowed to say a single word. But Allah had given him long patience. He wrote back to Mirza Saheb:

“I received your long letter. Alas! what is the expectations of the whole country, same thing has happened. Respected Sir! When I have come according to your invitation mentioned in Aijaz-e-Ahmadi, and in clear words I have given reference of the same pages, then such long talk from you …. me dear Sir, it is so sad that on the one hand you invite me to come to do research, that I prove your prophecies wrong to get the cash reward Rs. 100 for each, and then in your letter you are binding me to write just one or two lines whereas for your self you propose to have three hours!!!

Is this the way of research that I write one or two lines and you make a speech for three hours? This shows clearly that you are now regretting having invited me, and is denying your own invitation, and refraining from research, for which you had invited me on page 23. Dear Sir! Did you invite me to your house write these two lines only? I could have done better sitting in Amratsir, and am doing it already. But remembering the troubles of my journey, I do not want to go empty handed, therefore I accept your injustice as well and will write only two three lines, and you can no doubt speak for three hours. However I would request this much alteration that I would read my two three lines to the audience, and after every hour of your speech, I would express my thoughts about your speech for 5 minutes, maximum 10 minutes. Since you do not like public audience, therefore the gathering from sides would be limited to 25 persons. You akin my coming without informing you to be like a thief! Is this how you greet your guests? There was no condition that you have to be informed in advance. Moreover, you would have received the news from heavens. Whatever speech you are going to make, kindly give it to me then, and proceedings will start from today. After I receive your reply, I will send you my brief question. As far as the talk about cursing is concern, it is the same which is mentioned in hadith…. from Sanaullah dated 11th January 1903” (Tareekh-e-Mirza p.65) (Hadith about Curse: If the person who has been cursed, does not deserve the curse, then it returns to the one who has cursed)

Mirza Ghulam A Qadiani did not reply to this letter, instead instructed his disciple Mohammed Ahsan Amrohi to write the reply:

“Molvi Sanaullah Saheb, your letter was read to Hazrat-e-Aqdas, Imam-uz-Zaman, Maseeh Mowood … since its contents were purely racist and hateful, which is far away from seeking the truth, therefore this reply is enough from Hazrat-e-Aqdas (Mirza) that you do not want to investigate the truth … Hazrat has sworn that he would not enter into any debate with his opponents, how can an appointee of Allah go against his promise of God?… therefore your proposals are absolutely not acceptable…. From Mohammed Ahsan by order of Hazrat Imam-uz-Zaman dated 11th January 1903” (Tareekh-e-Mirza p.66)

Molvi Sanaullah went back to Amratsir, continued his relentless campaign, exposing the lies and fraud of Mirza Ghulam A Qadiani in the name of Islam, in his newspaper, Ahle Hadith. This shook the whole building of Ahmadiyyat. Finally Mirza could not take it any more. He wrote the following letter and published it in an advertisement.

The Last Rejoinder with Molvi SanaullahPrayer of Mirza Ghulam, against his erstwhile opponent, Molvi Sanaullah Amratsari seeking judgment from Allah

“Dear Mr. Sanaullah. Salaam on those who follow the right path.  My rejection and disapproval has been going on for a long time in your magazine. You have always remembered me in your paper as Mardood, Liar, Dajjal, corrupt and have advertised me all over the world that i am a Fabricator and Dajjal, and Liar and that my claim of Maseeh Mowood is absolutely a Fabrication. …..If I am such a Liar and FAbricator, as you remember me in your paper, THEN I WILL DIE IN OUR LIFETIME, because i know that a LIAR and Corrupt does not have a long life and at last he dies as a failure within the lifetime of his fierce opponents with great humiliation and discontentment….If I am not a LIAR and FABRICATOR and is honored by the addresses of God and am Maseeh Mowood, then I hope by the Grace of God that according to the Tradition of God you will not be safe from the punishment of a LIAR. Thus that punishment which is not by human hands but only at the hands of God, such as Plague and Cholera etc. deadly diseases are not afflicted upon you than I AM NOT FROM GOD. This is not a prophecy because of inspiration or revelation, rather just as a prayer i have sought justice from God and I pray to God…. {O my Master! Baseer and Qadeer who is Aleem and Khabeer, who knows my inside the heart! If this claim of Maseeh Mowood is just a fabrication of my egotistical self, in Your Eyes I am Corrupt and Liar and day and night Fabrication is my business, then O my Beloved Master! I pray with great humility in your Presence that kill me in Molvi Sanaullah and with my death make him and his Jamaat happy. Ameen.

But O my Perfect and True God! If Molvi Sanaullah is not right in these allegations which he accuses me of, then kill him in my lifetime, BUT not by human hands, rather by Plague or Cholera deadly diseases, … but i see that his tongue has crossed all boundaries, he considers me worse than those thieves and dacoits….he considers me worse than the whole world and has spread about me in far away places that this man actually is corrupt and trader and Liar and fabricator and an extremely bad person….Thus now I am now taking refuge in you and requests you that make true judgment between me and Sanaullah. Whoever is in your eyes truly a Liar and corrupt, KILL HIM IN THE LIFETIME OF TRUTHFUL PERSON, or afflict him with some serious illness which is like death. O My Beloved Master! Do Just that. Ameen.”

Links and Related Essays

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  1.  “Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind”Archived from the original on 2017-10-12.
  2. ^ “Biography of Shaykh Al-Islam Thanaullah Amritsari”
  3. ^ “Sanaullah Amritsari – wiki”wiki.qern.orgArchived from the original on 2016-10-02.
  4. ^ “Tafseer Sanai (By Molana Sana ullah Amritsary) — Australian Islamic Library”AUSTRALIAN ISLAMIC LIBRARYArchived from the original on 2016-09-30.
  5. ^ Faz̤lurraḥmān bin Muḥammad. (11 February 1988). “Hazrat Maulana Sanaullah Amritsari”Archived from the original on 11 February 2018 – via Hathi Trust.
  6. ^ Qureshi, Aqeel (25 April 2016). “Seerat sanai(Hazrat Molana Sanaullah Amritsari RA) ~ Siqarah Public Library islam pora jabber”Archived from the original on 19 October 2016.

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