Allah the Almighty revealed to Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas a promise, stating “I shall not leave any such thing that may lead to your embarrassment.”
The life of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, the Promised Messiah, has been recorded in hundreds of books and thousands of articles. While Hazrat Maulvi Abdul Karim Sialkotira started writing a series of articles on the blessed life of the Promised Messiahas in Al Hakam in 1900, there were opponents like Rev. Griswold who was writing about the Promised Messiahas in satirical tones.
As we move further and further away from the time of this era’s saviour with every passing moment, it becomes incumbent upon us that we try and read as much as we can about his blessed life.
Al Hakam, in its early phases, would carry a daily diary of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, along with his latest revelations as they were received and many of his sayings; all this laid the foundations for the many books that were later to be written on the life and character of the Promised Messiahas.
We will, God willing, try to uphold this flagship of Al Hakam by bringing to the readers of Al Hakam various aspects of the life of the Promised Messiahas in every issue.
Alongside that, we will also provide a list of biographies on the life of the Promised Messiahas for our readers to benefit from. This list has been attained from Sirat-e-Ahmad which is being compiled by Syed Mubasher Ahmad Ayyaz (Principal, Jamia Ahmadiyya Rabwah, Pakistan). He has very painstakingly put together this list and arranged them in chronological order, however, he has listed the biographies written by the very own children of the Promised Messiahas. We will serialise this list in this issue and the issues to follow:
1. Sirat Hazrat Masih-e-Maud (Urdu), by Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra. This can be found in the third volume of Anwarul Ulum, or at the following link:
Introducing this book, the author wrote in his foreword:
“I wished to write a booklet describing the status of the Ahmadiyya Community and its founder, so as to work as a guiding light for those in pursuit of truth, with the blessings of Allah the Almighty. This brief tract will give an account on the life of the founder of the Jamaat, his biography, claims and arguments, the difficulties he faced, his prophecies and his services.”
2. Hazrat Masih-e-Maud Ke Karnamay (Urdu) [The Achievements of the Promised Messiahas] by Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra. This can be found in volume 10 of Anwarul Ulum or at the following link:
This is a speech delivered by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra on 28 December 1927 at Jalsa Salana, Qadian. It was later published in book-form.
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra has selected fifteen of the many accomplishments of the Promised Messiahas. These carefully selected services of the Promised Messiahas are the ones related to the existence of God, correction of the concept about the attributes of Allah, Angels, removing misconceptions about prophets, miracles, worship; rectifying issues of fiqh [jurisprudence], rights of women and peace.
3. Ahmad, The Messenger of the Latter Days (English) by Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra.
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra gives a chronology of events from the early phase of the Promised Messiah’sas life. Also given is a brief sketch of the history of Ahmadiyyat and the claims of the Promised Messiahas, some of his prophecies with explanations and a concise account of his services.
4. Sirat-ul-Mahdi (Urdu) [The Life of the Mahdi] by Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmadra MA.
This is a collection of traditions related to the life of the Promised Messiahas narrated by his companions and collated by Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmadra, the son of the Promised Messiahas. All traditions have a detailed account of who narrated a tradition, who recorded it and how it was communicated to the author. This book is spread over three volumes.