Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, The Promised Messiah (peace be upon him)
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was born on February 13, 1835 in Qadian, India. As a young man, he was deeply immersed in the study of the Holy Quran and often was seen at the mosque in ardent supplication, so much so that people used to call him ‘Maseetar’, a person who has fallen in love with the mosque.
In 1882, Hazrat Ahmad, peace be upon him, first learnt by revelation that Allah had commissioned him to be the Divine Reformer and that a long and arduous task lay ahead.
In 1889, under the Divine command of God, he established a religious organization known as the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam. He was bestowed with Divine revelations. One of his revelations was, “I shall give you a large party of Islam.” At that time, only a handful of people accepted Ahmadiyyat, but today the number of followers of Hazrat Ahmad, peace be upon him, exceed 100 million worldwide in over 170 countries.
Hazrat Ahmad, peace be upon him, wrote 85 books to establish the supremacy of Islam over all other faiths, including his masterpiece treatise Braheen-i-Ahmadiyya.
On May 26, at 10:30 in the morning, 1908, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, peace be upon him, breathed his last.
Does not your heart bear witness that the present time is the time of divine mercy, that there is great enthusiasm in the heavens for the guidance of mankind and that the case for monotheism is being heard by the one and only Allah Himself? But the blind of this age are so far unaware. They hold this divine movement in utter disregard. How I wish they open their eyes and see for themselves the variety of signs which are descending from above and how Allah helps and how light continues to spread. Blessed one are those who recognize this light.
(The Promised Messiah in Kitabul Bariyya p. 325 to 331)
O mankind! hearken, this is the prophecy of God Who made the Heavens and the Earth. He will spread this Movement in all the countries and will give it supremacy over all through reason and arguments. Remember, no one will descend from heaven. All our opponents who are living at present will die and not one of them will see Jesus, son of Mary, descend from the sky and then their children who survive them will also pass away and none of them will see Jesus, son of Mary, coming down from the heaven. Generations of their posterity will also perish and they too will not see the son of Mary descending from heaven. Then God will create restlessness in their hearts; that the day of the glory of the Cross had passed away and the world had taken another turn but Jesus, son of Mary, had still not come down from the sky. Then all the wise people will discard this belief and the third century from today will not have completed when all those who had been waiting for Jesus, both Muslims and Christians will despair of his coming and entertaining misgivings shall give up their belief and there will be only one Faith in the world and one preceptor. I came only to sow the seed. That seed has been sown by my hands. It will now grow and blossom forth and none dare retard its growth.
(The Promised Messiah in Tazkira-tush-Shahadatain)