Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra wrote so extensively that his writings are still being compiled to this day. Although every effort has been made to introduce all the books of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra that are available in English, it is possible that some may have inadvertently been missed. Nonetheless, the major part of his written works accessible in English have been listed below.
Ten Proofs for the Existence of God – 1913
Ten Proofs for the Existence of God is an elegant and thoughtful disposition of the proofs of God’s existence found in the Holy Quran.
From the principle that the loved ones of God always meet with success to the moral awareness of human beings to the fine-tuning of the universe, Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra, the Second Khalifa of the Promised Messiahas, sets forth 10 Quranic arguments to show with compelling force that the existence of God can be established with full certainty and in a manner which is beyond refute.
Anwar-ul-Ulum, volume 1 contains the original Urdu, while the English translation can be read at:
Blessings of Khilafat – 1914
The Urdu is titled Barakat-e-Khilafat and consists of the addresses of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra during the first Jalsa Salana of his Khilafat in 1914.
Huzoorra gives a detailed account of the events following the demise of Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih Ira and his election to the august office of Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya. Huzoorra also addressed issues facing the Jamaat – politics, marriages between Ahmadis and non-Ahmadis, Zakat, settlement of disputes, doctrinal issues etc. His insights on these points are as pertinent today as they were then.
During these speeches, Huzoorra provided a sublime commentary of Ayat-ul-Kursi.
The Urdu can be read in the second volume of Anwar-ul-Ulum, while the English translation is at:
The Islamic Mode of Worship – 1914
This is a revised version of an essay which Huzoorra wrote for The Review of Religions in March 1914. It was later published as a standalone title under the name Islami Namaz, before being reproduced in Anwar-ul-Ulum (Vol. 1). The second edition included additional material that was published with Huzoor’sra approval and has been incorporated in this translation.
In The Islamic Mode of Worship, Hazrat Mahmudra provides a brief, yet comprehensive overview of the formal Islamic prayer and its primary purpose. Key concepts including the sequence of positions, ablution and prescribed timings are explained in lucid terms and through the use of integrated illustrations. Important verses of the Holy Quran pertaining to prayer are also highlighted and presented in a simple manner. The book is a valuable resource for those who wish to know more about one of Islam’s most fundamental pillars.
The English translation can be accessed at the following link:
A Present to Kings – 1914
Tohfat-ul-Muluk (A Present to Kings) is a letter from Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra to His Highness The Nizam of Hyderabad.
This is the first article or book written by Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra after being blessed with the mantle of Khilafat. It was written in June 1914 after seeing a dream and was delivered through his companions to the Nizam of Hyderabad (the largest princely state in British India), Mir Osman Ali Khan.
In keeping with the simplicity that Islam teaches, as well as its dignity, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra conveyed the message of the Promised Messiahas to the Nizam.
Where this book proved to be an effective means of tabligh, it also paints a picture of the state of the Muslim society at that time; it explains the prophecy of the Holy Prophetsa as regards the Promised Messiah’s mission, that in his time, the antichrist would appear.
The Urdu transcript of this letter can be found in Anwar-ul-Ulum (Vol. 2) and the English translation can be read here:
Remembrance of Allah – 1916
This is an English rendering of a speech delivered by Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih IIra during Jalsa Salana Qadian on 28 December 1916 and reprinted in Urdu as Zikr-i-Ilahi by the Fazl-e-Umar Foundation (in December 1982).
Zikr-i-Ilahi shows a true understanding of the relationship between Allah, the Creator, and human beings in their search of Him. It is replete with points of wisdom on how that relationship can be nurtured through Zikr-i-Ilahi – Remembrance of Allah. It is a treasure that will benefit all those who use it to inculcate a living relationship with their Creator.
The Urdu can be accessed in Anwar-ul-Ulum (Vol. 3) and the English is available in the following link:
Hazrat Ahmad – 1916
This booklet was written in Urdu by Hazrat Mahmudra in 1916, only eight years after the death of the Promised Messiahas and was first published in English in 1917.
Signs of the Living God – 1917
Signs of the Living God is comprised of two short essays in which Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra details various prophecies of the Promised Messiahas to establish the truth of the Promised Messiah’sas claim and to show that God manifested the same signs through him that were manifested at the hands of the prophets of the past. These prophecies include one regarding Alexander Dowie, prophecies relating to the First World War and the prophecy about the fall of the Tsar of Russia.
These essays were originally published in Urdu under the titles Zinda Khuda ke Zabardast Nishan and Khuda ke Qehri Nishan; these can be found in volume 3 of Anwar-ul-Ulum. The English translation is available at:
The Outset of Dissension in Islam – 1919
A lecture delivered by Hazrat Mahmudra, the primary purpose of this lecture was to provide a correct and accurate historical account of the conflicts which arose most prominently during the Khilafat of Hazrat Uthmanra.
In this lecture, Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra has shed light on the life of Hazrat Uthmanra, his piety and righteousness and his status in the eyes of the Holy Prophetsa. He expounds upon the virtues of the Companionsra of the Holy Prophetsa and has explained how conflicts actually arose in the early period of Islam. Moreover, he refutes various allegations levelled against the person of Hazrat Uthmanra and his companions.
The lecture is an academic masterpiece of scholarship and explains the events of the era of the Third Khilafat in a manner that no other historian has been able to match, be it Muslim or non-Muslim; all this is done in an eloquent, academic, yet simple manner, in the form of an interesting narrative.
The Urdu can be found in the fourth volume of Anwar-ul-Ulum and the English translation can be studied below:
The Truth About the Split – 1921
The Truth About the Split, the English translation of A‘ina-e-Sadaqat, written by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra, is a detailed reply to The Split by Maulvi Muhammad Ali, who, after having denied the institution of Khilafat, had seceded from the main body of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat and established his party headquarters at Lahore.
The Truth about the Split has been divided into two main parts. The first part consists of the refutation of the 11 misstatements and unfounded charges leveled against Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra in The Split and of the thoroughly fabricated story of the Ahmadiyya dissension.
The first few misstatements revolve around a person named Zahiruddin who was believed to be, by the Lahore Party, the originator of the belief of the prophethood of the Promised Messiahas.
Another controversy was whether those who denied the Promised Messiahas should be regarded as Muslims or kafir-bil-ma‘mur. In fact, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra already proved that the Promised Messiahas regarded them as the latter.
Another controversy generated by Maulvi Muhammad Ali was that people had pledged bai‘at with the Second Khalifa in ignorance and that they had later renounced their bai‘atwith him.
The second part of the book deals with the true story of the split. It elaborates how Khawaja Kamaluddin, Maulvi Muhammad Ali and a few others, who, intrigued to bring down the institution of Khilafat during the time of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira, openly showed their hostility after his demise by proposing delay in the election of the next khalifa and what finally impelled them to set up their own separate organisation.
The book then sets out, in clear terms – in the light of Al-Wasiyyat by the Promised Messiahas – as to who (Anjuman or the Khalifa) should actually succeed the Promised Messiahas.
The Urdu has been preserved in Anwar-ul-Ulum (Vol. 6) and the English translation can be read at:
A Present to His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales – 1922
Edward VIII was King of the United Kingdom and Emperor of India, from 20 January 1936 until his abdication on 11 December of the same year.
He arrived in India in December 1921. During this visit, he travelled far and wide across the Indian subcontinent where he was received by the local rulers, rajas and maharajas and a great deal of ceremonial pomp and joy was exhibited through costly gifts and presents by the aristocrats of Indian states and provinces.
Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra revived the tradition of the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa and that of the Promised Messiahas and welcomed this member of the Royal Family by presenting to him the message of Islam.
The Urdu text of this book is preserved in Anwar-ul-Ulum, volume 6, while the English can be read at:
Invitation to Ahmadiyyat – 1922
Da‘watul-Amir (Invitation to Ahmadiyyat) was written specifically addressing the Amir of Afghanistan, Amanullah Khan, who ordered the execution by stoning of three Afghan Ahmadi Muslims a couple of years earlier.
Such atrocities underscored the need to refute the false allegations and misconceptions that the orthodox clergy had been circulating about the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat.
The purpose of the book, therefore, was to provide the King an authentic explanation of the beliefs, doctrines and purpose of the Jamaat, as well as the strong foundation upon which it stands. Although the specific events and the original book are now relics of the past, the book lives on as a general primer of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat’s doctrinal beliefs.
Da‘watul-Amir elaborates the fulfilment of the prophecies made by the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa which are documented in the Holy Quran and the ahadith, highlighting their true essence and import. It presents an exposition of the claims of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas of Qadian and details the reasons in their support.
It goes on to establish, on the basis of the Holy Quran and the ahadith, that the Promised Messiah and Mahdi, who was prophesied to appear in the Latter Days, had appeared in the person of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas and emphasised that humankind’s salvation was in accepting and following him.
The Urdu can be studied in the seventh volume of Anwar-ul-Ulum, whereas the English is present at the following link:
Ahmadiyyat or The True Islam – 1924
This book is an extended treatise of a lecture read at The Conference of Living Religions Within the Empire in London. The treatise exhaustively deals with subjects as the conception of God, His relation to man and attainment of communion with Him. It also deals with the Islamic teachings on morals and their social aspects – relations within family, the community, between partners in business and between government and people. Nature of the human soul, life after death and the nature of Heaven and Hell have also been addressed.
Most important of all is that all the issues dealt within the treatise have been supported and documented from the Holy Quran and hadith, which places this unique dissertation among the most authentic works on Islam.
It is as relevant today as it was when first published to present the true teachings of Islam and to counter hostile propaganda against it.
The Urdu has been preserved in Anwar-ul-Ulum, volume 8, while the English can be studied at:
Ahmadiyya Movement – 1924
Ahmadiyya Movement is a gist of Ahmadiyyat or the True Islam.
Holy Prophet Muhammad and His Teachings – 1924
A lecture by Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra at Harrow on the Hill, England on 28 September 1924, this lecture is preserved in Anwar-ul-Ulum (Vol. 8, p. 538). According to records, this was originally delivered in English and in the brief lecture, Huzoorra outlined beautiful aspects of the life of the Prophetsa in Mecca and Medina so that the British public could be acquainted with the noble character of Muhammadsa.
Way of The Seekers – 1925
An exposition of the Islamic theory of morals and the way of its translation into daily life, this book is based on speeches delivered by Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih IIra, on 27 and 28 December 1925 at the Jalsa Salana Qadian.
Huzoor provides immense guidance through his divinely inspired wisdom with regard to the essential subject of moral training of oneself and the future generations – tarbiyat.
These speeches, delivered in Urdu, were published in book form with the title Minhajut Talibeen in 1926 and reissued in 1956.
The Urdu can be found in the ninth volume of Anwar-ul-Ulum and the English translation can be found below:
Muhammad the Liberator of Women – 1928
Originally titled in Urdu as Aurton ko Ghulami sey Nijat Dilaney Wala Nabi, this written piece was originally included in Al Fazl, 12 June 1928, after they requested Huzoorra to share some enlightening words for a special number of Al Fazl on the noble life and example of Prophet Muhammadsa.
Throughout history, women have been deemed powerless and weak. Before the Holy Prophet Muhammad’ssa arrival, women were regarded as objects and property for men and no religion or nation could offer women rights and freedom. When their husbands died, they were forced to marry relatives or sold for money during the time preceding the Prophetsa. There was no law that could protect them.
Prophet Muhammadsa proclaimed in the name of God that men and women were equal. He declared that a man did not own his wife. He could not sell or force her into slavery. The teaching of the Holy Prophetsa raised the status of women as being not only equal to men, but also gave them freedom for social, physical and spiritual development.
This book is about women’s rights and freedom in Islam and shows that Holy Prophet Muhammadsa was indeed the liberator of women.
The Urdu words can be read in Anwar-ul-Ulum, volume 10, while the English can be read at the following link:
A Call to Faith – 1930-1933
In this inspiring and authoritative collection of short essays, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra calls on the Muslim world to accept the message of the Promised Messiahas and eschew the doctrine of the second coming of Jesusas in order to bring about the revival of Islam.
In a lively, vibrant and insightful manner, Huzoorra captures the attention of the reader with the cogency of his arguments and the passion of his words.
These essays were originally published in Urdu under the series titled Nida-e-Iman and can be found in volumes 11, 12 and 13 of Anwar-ul-Ulum. The English translation of this book is below:
The Quetta Earthquake – A Mighty Divine Sign – 1935
On 31 May 1935, a deadly earthquake erupted in Quetta, Pakistan. This earthquake was not only the worst in the province of Balochistan, but the whole of the Indian subcontinent at the time.
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra wrote on this subject on 19 July 1935 and proved this earthquake to be a grand sign in fulfilment of the Promised Messiah’sas truth. As regards Hazrat Ahmad’sas truth, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra cited the Holy Quran’s statement, “We never punish until We have sent a Messenger” and revelations vouchsafed to the Promised Messiahas. He also alluded to the miraculous safety of Ahmadis living in Quetta.
In this book, while fulfilling the duty of tabligh, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra prayed for those afflicted by this earthquake and answered any allegations that can be raised after such a sign is shown in manifesting the truth of a prophet of God.
The Urdu text of this article is published in Anwar-ul-Ulum (Vol. 13), while its English translation can be read at the following link:
Political Solidarity of Islam – Fatwas of Kufr and their significance – 1935
On 26 April 1935, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra delivered a Friday Sermon in Urdu at Qadian. This was later given book form and published by the manager of the Book Depot in Qadian.
In those days, as the disturbances of the Ahrar – a group of Muslims whose goals appeared to be religious, but whose agendas were entirely political – were in full force, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra provided an insight of Ahrar’s actions that were proving detrimental to Islam and the Muslims.
Huzoorra highlighted the negative results of the Ahrar’s political activities and the blunders made by them in order to prevent such happenings from occurring again.
The Urdu text of this sermon is preserved in Khutbat-e-Mahmud and the English can be read here:
Real Revolution – 1937
This is a translation of a lecture, Inqilab-i-Haqiqi, at Jalsa Salana Qadian on 28 December 1937.
In this book, Hazrat Mahmudra expounds on profound intellectual and historical matters. After mentioning five extraordinary global secular philosophies that have appeared in the history of the world, Huzoorra elaborated seven revolutionary eras in religious thought. He talks about the Islamic teachings regarding culture and draws our attention to many pertinent issues.
The Urdu can be found in the 15th volume of Anwar-ul-Ulum and the English can be studied at:
Khilafat-e-Rashidah – 1939
Khilafat-e-Rashidah, a remarkable speech made by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra on the silver jubilee of his Khilafat in 1939 addresses all relevant issues in regard to Khilafat, whether related to the past Khilafat-e-Rashidah or the present one.
The prophecy about Khilafat in the Muslim ummah – a long cherished belief held by the Muslims – has been corroborated by the Quran and hadith and also by the writings of the Promised Messiahas.
The issue of the authority and role of a khalifa in the affairs of government has also been expounded on by the writer. Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya, in the true sense, is in harmony with the prophecies of khilafat in the footsteps of prophethood.
Huzoorra also sheds light on issues regarding the Ahmadiyya Khilafat being questioned by dissidents and their ultimate failure. The book is a must read for all those who harbour doubts and have misgivings about the veracity of Khilafat-e-Rashida.
After explaining various aspects of khilafat, Huzoorra answers allegations raised against Ayat-e-Istikhlaf and provided the Jamaat with ample guidance and direction as regards Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya.
Anwar-ul-Ulum, volume 15 bears the original Urdu of this extraordinary book, while the English can be read at:
The New World Order of Islam – 1942
In the backdrop of the then prevailing ideologies of communism and capitalist democracy, the Second Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya Movement, Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra, addressed this lecture at Jalsa Salana on 28 December 1942.
The address answers the question, “How does Ahmadiyyat, the True Islam, propose to deal with the grave problem of socio-economic inequality in the world?”
The Ahmadiyya solution is the solution of Islam shaped under divine guidance for present needs by the Holy Founderas of the Ahmadiyya movement.
The speaker examines and analyses the role played by different movements to alleviate poverty and suffering, such as, socialism, international socialism, Marxism, Bolshevism, Nazism, fascism and so on. Huzoorra also explores the major religions of the world regarding the basic question “social inequality, a serious problem.”
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, the Promised Messiah and Mahdi, laid down the foundations of the New World Order, by initiating the scheme of Wasiyyat based on Islamic teachings and under the Divine guidance in his book, Al-Wasiyyat, written in 1905.
Later, in 1934, Hazrat Mahmudra inaugurated Tahrik-e-Jadid to prepare the ground for the full implementation of the New World Order of the institution of Wasiyyat.
In the present lecture, he elaborates the aims and objectives of Tahrik-e-Jadid and claims that the New World Order in all its aspects – economic, social and religious, as introduced byWasiyyat – will, at the end, prevail and a new and genuine revolution will take place.
This speech was delivered at Jalsa Salana 1942. The English translation can be found in the link below:
The Economic System of Islam – 1945
Known also by its original Urdu name, Islam Ka Iqtisadi Nizam, The Economic System of Islam is an English rendering of a lecture delivered in Urdu by Hazrat Mirza Mahmud Ahmadra to a gathering of academia in Lahore in 1945.
The book presents a detailed account of the teachings of Islam regarding the system of economics. It demonstrates that the economic system of Islam is placed within the broader teachings of Islam, with the objective of attaining the pleasure of Allah and everlasting bliss in the Hereafter. It provides for a healthy and progressive society in which the basic needs of all are met and incentives for achieving excellence are provided, with due regard to justice and fair play.
The lecture then makes a critical evaluation of the economic aspects of communism. It provides ample evidence that communism has failed in its pretensions of promoting justice and equality both within its own borders and in international affairs. It brings out serious objections against communism from a religious point of view and cites three prophecies about the decline of communism.
Anwar-ul-Ulum, volume 18, contains the original Urdu, while the English rendering can be read in the link below:
Introduction to the Study of The Holy Quran – 1947
An inspiring introduction initially written as a prologue to the English translation and commentary of the Holy Quran and printed separately by popular demand, this masterpiece includes an excellent and affectionate life sketch of Muhammadsa, the Holy Prophet of Islam; a history of the compilation of the Quran; some prophecies in the Quran and how these have been fulfilled and characterestics of the main Quranic teachings.
Anwar-ul-Ulum, volume 20, bears these profound words, while the English can be easily accessed here:
What is Ahmadiyyat? – 1948
The question of “What is Ahmadiyyat?” is answered authoritatively in this book by Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra, Musleh-e-Maud.
This question was answered in a lecture delivered at the request of the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Sialkot.
The lecture clears several misunderstandings about Ahmadiyyat, but its central theme is the question, “Why have Ahmadis organised themselves into a separate community, or a ‘Jamaat’?”
This book addresses the following topics: Ahmadiyyat is not a new religion, Khatm-e-Nabuwwat, angels, the question of salvation, hadith, taqdir (divine decree) and jihad.
The original Urdu can be found in volume 20 of Anwar-ul-Ulum, whereas the English can be read at the following:
Life of Muhammad – 1949
Life of Muhammad is part of Introduction to the Study of the Holy Quran by Hazrat Mirza Bashirduddin Mahmud Ahmadra.
Introduction to the Study of the Holy Quran was translated into English by Qazi Muhammad Aslam Sahib and was first published in 1949 from London.
This biography is a popular edition of an account of the life of the Prophetsa of Islam, described as the most influential man in the history of the world.
This book does not merely recount the major events and turning points of Muhammad’ssa life, but helps the reader draw a code for himself from the many walks of life through which Muhammadsa traversed. No one can afford to read this detailed and fascinating account and not be influenced by it. Yet, Muhammad’ssa life has always been an open book pieced together by followers who observed everything he did. This book certainly opens up this life in a wonderful manner.
The original Urdu is preserved in Anwar-ul-Ulum, volume 1. The English can be found at:
Did Jesus Redeem Mankind? – 1960
This book is an English version of the Urdu commentary and notes on Surah Maryam (Ch.19) by Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra and has been reproduced from his famous work of Tafsir-e-Kabir (Vol. 4). The book is an analytical examination of Christian theories of original sin, the Messiah’s sonship of God, the crucifixion and the doctrine of human redemption through atonement in light of Biblical works and the Biblical concept of the divine image as reflected in the shape of man.
Points to Ponder
Points to Ponder is a translation of an Urdu booklet Sochney ki Batein, consisting of stories collected by Malik Ataullah Sahib and Mirza Khalil Ahmad Qamar Sahib from the writings and lectures of HazratMusleh-e-Maudra.
The stories related in this collection share a common theme; that is, they describe incidents in which the main characters consistently display the ability and the courage to say or to do “the right thing”, no matter what.
By exemplifying virtues such as piety, integrity, honesty and self-discipline, these people confirm to us that standing up for what is right during times of challenge and controversy is the best way to teach others. They bring truth to the adage that states, “Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.”
Muhammad the Kindred to Humanity
This small booklet expounds on the beautiful life of the master spirit of mankind, the Holy Prophet of Islam, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. It was first condensed and translated into English by the American Fazl Mosque, Washington.
(Compiled by Awwab Saad Hayat, Al Hakam)