Religious Leader. He was the founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam. He claimed to be the Mujaddid (divine reformer) of the Fourteenth Islamic century, the promised Messiah and Mahdi. As opposed to the mainstream Islamic view of Jesus (or Isa), being alive in heaven, Ghulam Ahmad declared that he had in fact survived crucifixion and migrated to Kashmir, where he died a natural death and that the notion of his physical return was therefore erroneous. He claimed to have been divinely appointed as the Mahdi and Messiah, in the likeness of Jesus (mathīl-iʿIsā) in fulfilment of Islam's eschatological prophecies. Ghulam Ahmad's claim to be a 'non-law-bearing' prophet within Islam has remained a central point of controversy between his followers and mainstream Muslims, who believe Muhammad to be the last prophet. He travelled extensively across the Indian subcontinent preaching his religious ideas and ideals and won substantial following within his lifetime. He is known to have engaged in numerous debates and dialogues with Christian missionaries, Muslim scholars and Hindu revivalists. Ghulam Ahmad founded the Ahmadiyya Movement on 23 March 1889. The mission of the movement, according to him, was the revival and propagation of Islam in its pristine form. Ghulam Ahmad was a prolific writer and wrote more than ninety books on various religious, spiritual, theological and moral aspects. Many of his books bear a polemical and apologetic tone in favour of Islam. He advocated a peaceful propagation of Islam and emphatically argued against the permissibility and necessity of Jihad in its military form in the present age. While he was in Lahore at the home of Dr. Syed Muhammad Hussain (who was also his physician) On 26 May 1908, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, died at 10:30, as a result of weaknesses of the body and complications arising from dysentery. His body was subsequently taken to Qadian and buried there.
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Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad