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Mirza Ghulam Ahmed and His View About Hindus and Claim to Be Reincarnate of Vishnu

An Air Warrior and devotee of Lord Krishna has published over 120 short stories and 15 books on fiction and 4 on military history.



Mirza Ghulam Ahmed (1835-1908) founded the Ahmadiyya sect on 23 March 1889. The sect is mostly confined to Pakistan and India though it has a presence in 184 countries. The Ahmadiyya sect considers themselves Muslims, but apart from India, most Muslim nations do not recognize them as such. The Kerala High Court in a judgment has laid down that Ahmediyyas come within the fold of Islam. In most countries of the world, they are tolerated and live side by side with other Muslims but It is only in Pakistan that the Ahmadiyya’s are not only forbidden to call themselves Muslims but systematically persecuted and frequent riots take place against them. Many prominent Ahmaddiya's are killed routinely.

The mainstream Muslim's main reason for this is the claim of Mirza Ghulam to don the mantle of the Mahdi. The Mahdi is a belief in Islamic philosophy which ordains that a messiah will come towards the end of the world that will be called the Mahdi.


Mirza Ghulam and Hindus

Mirza Ghulam also had a revolutionary view of the Hindus. He carried out many discussions with the Arya Samaj and also wrote extensively about the concept of Islam and Hinduism. Mirza Ghulam not only claimed he was the Mahdi but he also claimed that he was the Avatar Kalki. As per Hindu religious thought, the supreme Hindu deity is Vishnu, who is revered as the creator. Hindu philosophy further says that Vishnu will reappear as the Avatar Kalki to save the world during the Kaluga. Mirza Ghulam claimed he was the Avatar Kalki and on this subject, he had many discussions with Hindu saints and leaders. He also subtly suggested that he had come earlier in this world as Lord Krishna.

Mirza also had a different view of the Hindu Gods Rama and Krishna. These views are not in consonance with mainstream Islamic thought, both Shia and Sunni. Hindus also do not recognize him as Avatar Kalki. Regarding Ram and Krishna, the views of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmed are nothing short of revolutionary. He did concede that Ram and Krishna were prophets but were totally human in character. There was nothing supernatural about them. They were Human beings and believed in one god.

Mirza Ghulam was of the opinion that the Hindus have strayed from the concept of one god and brought in the concept of polytheism. These views of Mirza Ghulam are nothing short of revolutionary. Similarly, his view that Sikhism is a sect of Islam and Nanak was a Sufi saint is not accepted by Sikhs. Mirza Ghulam was a man with a profound intellect and the fact that millions follow him all over the world is proof that he was a man out of the ordinary.

In the west and even in India many people have claimed that they are the reincarnate of Jesus Christ and Lord Krishna. This is just a belief and so long as they are not creating any violence it does not justify attacking and killing such people who pronounce heretic views. Pakistan is the only country in the world where this is not followed.

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Mirza Ghulam’s claim of being the Avatar Kalki a reincarnate of Vishnu does not go well with the Hindus. It must be mentioned that Mirza did not subscribe to the theory of reincarnation. However, his claim that Hinduism drifted away from the concept of one god and that Ram and Krishna were prophets but not Gods is something the Ahmadiyya accept but is not accepted by Hindus.

Ahmadis regard Krishna as a prophet. As evidence, they cite the Hadiths and Qur'an. Ghulām Ahmad stated that the terms "avatar" and "prophet" were synonymous and that the Avatar was equivalent to the Qur'anic Messenger.

We cannot comment on whether Mirza Ghulam was an ordinary man or a super being but definitely, his views are very revolutionary. The general take among Hindus is not to take any notice of what the views of Mirza Ghulam are and there is no strife on this account. Mainstream Islam that is Sunnis in Pakistan are greatly incensed and Ahmadiyyas are at the receiving end there. Zulfikar Bhutto having passed a specific law in the constitution declaring that the Ahmadiyyas are non-Muslims and as such in case if they were to call themselves Muslims they would be punished under the blasphemy act. Due to the persecution of the Ahmadiyya community the global headquarters which was earlier in Pakistan has now been shifted to England.

Further reading

Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, Revelation, Rationality, Knowledge and Truth Hinduism archive -Islam/ Ameddiyya

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