Responding to allegations: Why did Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) not perform Hajj?

Awwab Saad Hayat, Al Hakam

Opponents of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat raise a question as to why the Hazrat Ahmadas did not perform Hajj. Let it be known that this allegation is not new; rather, it was raised during the lifetime of the Promised Messiahas. In response to this allegation, the Promised Messiahas said:

“These people raise this objection out of mischief. The Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, lived in Medina for ten years. It was only a two-day journey between Medina and Mecca, but the Holy Prophetsa did not perform any Hajj for ten years, even though he could have arranged for transport, etc. However, the condition for Hajj is not only sufficient wealth, but it is also essential that there is no danger of mischief and that there are means available to reach there in peace to perform the Hajj. When barbaric-natured clerics are issuing edicts of death here and do not fear the government, then what else could they not do there? But what interest do these people have if we do not perform Hajj? If, for instance, I do perform Hajj, then will they consider me a Muslim? And will they join our Jamaat?

“Firstly, these Muslim scholars should write a declaration that if I perform Hajj, then all of them will repent at my hand, enter my Jamaat and become my followers. If they do so and take a solemn oath, then I will perform Hajj. Allah the Almighty will arrange means of convenience for me, so that the discord emanating from the maulvis comes to an end in the future. It is not proper to object mischievously. Otherwise, this objection of theirs would not only fall on us but on the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, as well, because he only performed Hajj in his final year.” (Malfuzat [1984], Vol. 9, pp. 324-325)

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