After engaging in a few early debates with Hindu scholars, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad advertised this book as his magnum opus in April In April , Mirza's initial advertisement, he says that he has written the book, and a challenge advertisement will accompany the book. If copies of each volume are printed, it costs 94 rupees per volume, for a total printing cost of no less than rupees for all 10 volumes. He asks for donations to print the already written book, saying "cooperate in the cost of its printing. Send 5 rupees each with your requests and I will send each volume as it is printed.
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After engaging in a few early debates with Hindu scholars, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad advertised this book as his magnum opus in April In April , Mirza's initial advertisement, he says that he has written the book, and a challenge advertisement will accompany the book. If copies of each volume are printed, it costs 94 rupees per volume, for a total printing cost of no less than rupees for all 10 volumes.
He asks for donations to print the already written book, saying "cooperate in the cost of its printing. Send 5 rupees each with your requests and I will send each volume as it is printed. Between April and December, he advertises again and mentions that a 10 rupee note has been received from the court of the Nawab of Hyderabad included in 11 advance payments below. In December , Mirza says that the price should be 20 rupees per set due to the quality of the paper and binding, but the new price is 10 rupees for each set.
The whole book set of 10 volumes will start printing and publishing in January and February of He jacks up the price to 25 rupees now, and Volume 1 is printed, which is the advertisement of the challenge itself. He had said earlier that the advertisement would accompany the book.
The ad is printed in a very large font, taking up 82 pages and is a pathetic attempt to say that the book is being published. The Arya Samaj, at whom the book was directed, started to make fun and smell a scam. Addressing them in the preface to Volume 2, he says ". He is admitting that Volume 1 is not part of the promised content of the book. Why could the money used to print and send these letters not be used to print the book already written?
He states in Volume 2 that he has written proofs all about the Quran and that Muslims are not helping him print the book.
He estimates the printing cost at 9, rupees. He writes: "many people have offered to buy the book after it is completely printed, but they should understand that I am not in some kind of business and the real help is needed in printing. In Volume 3, he starts Section 1 out of 4 promised , which are the proofs of the Quran.
Footnote 11, spread over hundreds of pages, is only a justification for his receiving revelations and then a litany of his own revelations that are based on the notebook that he kept by his pillow, and it contains nothing of the proofs of the Quran.
The few lines other than Footnote 11 are part of the preface to Section 1 Fasl 1. He says that he has stopped writing the names of donors in Volume 3, and may include them in Volume 4. This shows that he has collected enough money, otherwise he has always included a full list.
Mirza writes that the book's real price is rupees, as the already written matter has reached juz pages, or 20 volumes but he is only charging 25 and 10 rupees. And then he says that the 2-year delay is surprising to some, but that it was entirely due to the difficulties of the printer - Safeer-i-Hind press.
At the end of Volume 3, he says that he is not surprised that people have started to doubt him, but he claims that the press was closed for business due to the illness and problems of the printer. Mirza writes that this volume only contains 'tamheedi' preface and premise notes which are necessary to understand the real book, which is all written but cannot be published due to lack of funds.
In the last volume, he had said that he will stick with Safeer Hind. Mirza knew that a footnote does not span volumes, that is why he said Volume 3 was incomplete as Footnote 11 continues into Volume 4 and there is no change in topic. Volume 4 begins on page and there is a topic list. It does not make sense, and as we will show later, is wildly inaccurate:.
So, with even a cursory perusal of the book and analyzing these contents, it is apparent that Volume 4 has ZERO of the proofs and is composed of:. With no intention of discontinuation, Mirza announces that he is a Reformer and like Jesus and that 37 out of juz four volumes of the book are printed.
By this time, he is getting criticism from Pandit Lekhram and others, as his book was directed at Arya Samaj, according to Mirza himself. Here the fraud is evident. Since volumes 3 and 4 are full of self-promotion 5 , he has mentioned as having been written so that he places his own self-promotion after what he had promised and then in the right order, after the Prophet Muhammad and the Quran. No part of the actual promised book was ever printed, although the complete set was still being sold as late as Many of the original purchasers kept clamoring for refunds.
Finally, in , the author proposed a refund mechanism whereby people could return the original volumes for a refund. In the introduction to the first edition of the book, the author says that the book will exceed juz pages and will ultimately end up being much more due to footnotes.
Braheen-e-Ahmadiyya , Volume 1, page 2. On page 4, he says that half the book would have been published by now had it not been for the illness of the printer. In volumes 2 and 3, he repeatedly refers to the arguments in the book in the past tense, as if they have been written.
In volume 3 , he says that the book has not been published yet due to the private problems of the printer page On page volume 3 , he says that the size of the book has exceeded juz pages and that money is urgently needed to print it.
At the end of volume 3, the author announces that this volume is not complete, and the remaining portions of volume 3 will be printed along with volume 4.
He is concerned about what people are thinking, and why he cannot choose another printing press. The reason he gives is that the work of Riaz Hind press is excellent and that he has pity on the printer and his problems.
At the end of volume 4, he leaves the future destiny of the book to God, saying only he knows when it will be continued. As late as , the author was still trying to sell the book, saying that 37 juz pages out of juz had been printed. Advertisement in Barakaat-ud-Dua and Shahadat-ul-Quran.
It should be noted that the printing press that had been having problems earlier was the same one used to print the author's numerous books and booklets between discontinuation and The author started to write Volume 5 saying that, in addition to the limited refund offer, printing 5 would equate to 50 as the only difference is a '0' zero between the two numbers.
Volume 5 has no relationship to the topic of the original four volumes and was not finished. So, in the current four volumes of Braheen-e-Ahmadiyya that have been published, the prefaces and footnotes are from the original period of publication and and very little of the original real book is contained in it, i. It can be assessed that, out of the proofs he had written, only one proof has been expressed in the printed Braheen-e-Ahmadiyya, and that too in an incomplete manner.
After the printing of these four parts, the publication of the following parts was stopped as a result of Divine prerogative and it is heard that even the manuscripts were, for some reason, burnt and lost.
Absurd as it may sound, the position is that less than 1 of the 'proofs' were printed, but the original manuscript may have contained more, but it was lost. This is contradicted by the author's Mirza's own statements about discontinuation.
As the book is very unwieldy and rambling, it has not been translated into any other language despite being the magnum opus of the author. It is not very accessible and not taught to the followers of the Ahmadiyya.
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Braheen-e-Ahmadiyya – A Monumental Book
We interviewed him to ask about the recent publication of the English translation of the first and second parts of Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya, the first ever book written by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as. Can you describe the circumstances surrounding the publication of Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya? The circumstances in which Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian as starting writing Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya were as follows: The religion of Islam was being attacked from all sides, so much so that the Christians claimed that a time was approaching when they would enter Makkah. In , the number of Christians in India was approximately 91, and just within 30 years, by , their numbers increased to , So you can envisage the rapid progress of the Christians. At the time, Muslims were either unable to defend Islam, or incapable of providing convincing arguments in support of the religion of Islam and the Holy Prophet Muhammad saw.
Q & A on the epic book Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya
The first two parts were published in CE, the third volume was published in , the fourth volume in and the fifth volume in In writing the book, Ghulam Ahmad sought to rejuvenate Islam by arguing for the validity of its principles and vindicating its teachings in response to Christian and Hindu polemics against Islam as well as atheistic philosophies. The work was initially intended to be a fifty-volume series in the defence of Islam, however, Ghulam Ahmad's claim to be divinely appointed as the expected Mahdi and Messiah during the course of its writing and following the publication of volume four marked a major turning point in his life. The series thus ended with the fifth volume. However, other aspects of the work proved highly controversial within the Muslim community itself because of the author's messianic claims and his claim to be a recipient of revelation. In the announcement contained in part one, Ghulam Ahmad sets out the form, conditions and criteria of the challenge and offers a reward of 10, rupees total value of the author's property to the respondent, provided that three judges agreed upon by both parties, 'unanimously give the verdict that the conditions' have been met.