This Ahmadiyya Religion was founded in the 19th century with the life and teachings of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in what is now Pakistan. He proclaimed that he was the Mujaddid (divine reformer) and believed in the second coming or Mahdi as awaited by Muslims. They consider themselves as leading the revival and peaceful propogation of Islam.
The Ahmadiyya consider themselves as Muslims and to be practicing Islam in the truest form. This is not accepted by mainstream Muslims and in fact the parliament of Pakistan have declared they are indeed non-Muslims and in 1984 the Ahmadiyya Religion were outlawed and their lives were considered criminal.
Persecution and systematic persecution have caused many to migrate to the west.
After the death of the first successor of Ghulam Ahmad the movement split into two groups based on interpretations of the original prophethood and the rules of succession. The two groups were the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
Ahmadiyya Beliefs Note Wikipedia
That the prophecies concerning the second coming of Jesus were metaphorical in nature and not literal and that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad fulfilled in his person these prophecies and the second advent of Jesus, that he was the promised and Mahdi and Messiah.
The Quran has no abrogated verses and all Quranic verses have equal validity in keeping with their emphasis on the “unsurpassable beauty and unquestionable validity of the Quran”.
The continuation of divine revelation. Although the Quran is the final message of God for mankind, he continues to communicate with his chosen individuals in the same way he is believed to have done in the past.
All of God’s attributes are eternal.
That Jesus, contrary to mainstream Islamic belief, was crucified and survived for four hours on the cross. He was later revived from a swoon in the tomb.
Ahmadis believe that Jesus died in Kashmir of old age whilst seeking the Lost Tribes of Israel. Jesus remains are believed to be entombed in Kashmir under the name Yuz Asaf.
Ahmadis believe that Jesus foretold the coming of Muhammud after him.
That Jesus Christ did not bring a new religion or law and was not a law bearing prophet but was the last in the line of Israelite prophets who appeared within the dispensation of Moses akin to that of David, Solomon, Jeremiah and Isaiah.
That Jihad in its form of physical fighting can only be used under exceptional circumstances to protect against extreme religious persecution.
That the “Messiah” and the “Imman Mahdi” are the same person and that his followers will defeat the Anti-Christ or Dajjal.
That the history of religion is cyclic and is renewed every seven millennia.
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