Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
1835 – 1908
Who was Mirza Ghulam Ahmad?
He claimed to be the Mujaddid of the Fourteenth Islamic century, the promised Messiah and Mahdi. His followers are known as Ahmadis. Ghulam Ahmad declared that Jesus had in fact survived crucifixion and migrated to Kashmir, where he died a natural death. He claimed to have been divinely appointed as the Messiah, in the spirit and power of Jesus. Ghulam Ahmad is regarded by many mainstream Muslims as a heretic, for claiming to be a non-law-bearing prophet after Muhammad, whom mainstream Muslims believe to be the final prophet sent to guide mankind.
He traveled extensively across the subcontinent of India preaching his religious ideas and ideals and won substantial following within his lifetime. He is known to have engaged in numerous debates and dialogues with Muslims, Christians, and Hindus. Ghulam Ahmad founded the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam on 23 March 1889. The mission of the movement, according to him, was the propagation of Islam in its pristine form.
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