Funeral Prayers for other Muslims
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Mirza never instructed his followers
that they must refrain from saying the Islamic funeral
prayers for a deceased Muslim who did not belong to the
Ahmadiyya Movement. To the contrary, on all the occasions
when this question was put to him, Hazrat Mirza clearly
and unequivocally permitted his followers to hold funeral
services for non-Ahmadi Muslims in general. This also
constitutes conclusive proof that he regarded the general
non-Ahmadi Muslim population as being Muslims and not kafir,
because holding the Islamic funeral service for any
person implies recognition of the deceased as a Muslim.
And moreover, the proof is of a plain, practical and easy
to understand nature.
Given below are four clear rulings of Hazrat Mirza on this issue:
[2.] About a year before his death, Hazrat Mirza received a letter from a follower, Ghulam Qadir of Jeonjal (district Gujrat), asking for guidance on some points, one of which related to saying funeral prayers for non-Ahmadi Muslims. Hazrat Mirza instructed one of his assistants, Mufti Muhammad Sadiq (later a prominent Qadiani), to write the following reply:
In the two rulings given above, the condition that the imam of the prayer service must be from among Ahmadis does not detract from our argument. The crucial point is that the deceased is not an Ahmadi, and funeral prayers for him are allowed by Hazrat Mirza, showing that he is being regarded as a Muslim. As to the reason for the condition regarding the imam of the prayer, see the following section: Saying prayers behind non-Ahmadi Imam.
[3.] In 1908, Ahmadis and other Muslims in a place called Bhudyar, in the district of Amritsar, made an agreement in which one clause proposed by the Ahmadis was as follows: "We will say funeral prayers for those non-Ahmadi relatives who are neutral" (i.e. not opponents of the Ahmadiyya Movement). Hazrat Mirza wrote the following note on it in his own hand:
[4.] In reply to one Muhammad Ismail, a short letter was written at the direction of Hazrat Mirza, by the hand of Mufti Muhammad Sadiq, bearing the date 19 April 1907, which runs as follows:
Certain prominent Ahmadis have also testified that when some of their near relations died, who were not members of the Ahmadiyya Movement, they requested Hazrat Mirza to say funeral prayers for them, and he did so.
Mir Abid Ali of Badomalhi testified to the following effect. His mother strongly disapproved of his having become an Ahmadi. When she died, unchanged, he informed Hazrat Mirza by letter, requesting him to pray for her and to personally lead the funeral prayers. In his reply, Hazrat Mirza wrote that they would hold the funeral prayers on Friday.
A renowned scholar of the Movement, Mirza Khuda Bakhsh also made a sworn statement declaring that: "The Promised Messiah said the funeral prayers for my mother. She had not taken the bai`at. She always believed that he was a saintly man, but did not accept the claim of the Promised Messiah''. This was in late 1901 or early 1902. He added that in early 1904, his uncle died, holding the same view as his mother. He explained his late uncle's beliefs to Hazrat Mirza, informing him that he had not taken the bai`at. Having heard him, Hazrat Mirza personally led the funeral prayer.
Khawaja Ghulam Farid of Chachran was a famous saint who spoke out against the accusations leveled at Hazrat Mirza by his opponents, and called him a truthful man. But he did not take bai'at or become Ahmadi. Praising the Khawaja after his death, Hazrat Mirza writes:
This prayer is only allowed for a deceased who is Muslim, and prohibited for one who is a kafir.