Mirza Ghulam Ahmed and His Claim to Be Avatar Kalki Incarnate of Vishnu
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Mirza Ghulam Ahmed and His Claim to Be Avatar Kalki Incarnate of Vishnu

Mirza Ghulam not only claimed he was the Mahdi but he also claimed that he was the Avatar Kalki. As per Hindu religious thought the supreme Hindu deity is Vishnu, who is revered as the creator. Hindu philosophy further says that Vishnu will reappear as the Avatar Kalki to save the world during the KalYuga. Mirza Ghulam claimed he was the Avatar Kalki and on this subject he had many discussions with Hindu saints and leaders.

irza Ghulam Ahmed founded the Ahmadiyya sect on 23 March 1889. The sect is mostly confined to Pakistan and India though it has a presence in 184 countries. The Ahmadiyya consider themselves Muslims, but apart from India most Muslim nations do not recognize them as Muslims and they are forbidden to call themselves Muslims.

The mainstream Muslims main reason for this is the claim of Mirza Ghulam to don the mantle of the Mahdi. The Mahdi is a belief in Islamic philosophy which ordains that a messiah will come towards the end of the world that will be called the Mahdi.

Mirza Ghulam also had a revolutionary view of the Hindus. He carried out many discussions with the Arya Samaj and also wrote extensively about the concept of Islam and Hinduism. Mirza Ghulam not only claimed he was the Mahdi but he also claimed that he was the Avatar Kalki. As per Hindu religious thought the supreme Hindu deity is Vishnu, who is revered as the creator. Hindu philosophy further says that Vishnu will reappear as the Avatar Kalki to save the world during the KalYuga. Mirza Ghulam claimed he was the Avatar Kalki and on this subject he had many discussions with Hindu saints and leaders.

Mirza also had a different view of the Hindu Gods Rama and Krishna. These views are not in consonance with mainstream Islamic thought, both Shia and Sunni. Hindus also do not recognize him as Avatar Kalki. Regarding Ram and Krishna the views of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmed are nothing short of revolutionary. He did concede that Ram and Krishna were prophets but were totally human in character. There was nothing supernatural about them. They were Human beings and believed in one god.

Mirza Ghulam was of the opinion that the Hindus have strayed from the concept of one god and brought in the concept of polytheism. These views of Mirza Ghulam are nothing short of revolutionary. Similarly his view that Sikhism is a sect of Islam and Nanak was a Sufi saint is not accepted by Sikhs. Mirza Ghulam was a man with profound intellect and the fact that millions follow him all over the world is proof that he was a man out of the ordinary.

Mirza Ghulam’s claim of being the Avatar Kalki a reincarnate of Vishnu does not go well with the Hindus. It must be mentioned that Mirza did not subscribe to the theory of reincarnation. However his claim that Hinduism drifted away from the concept of one god and that Ram and Krishna were prophets but not Gods is something the Ahmadiyya accept, but is not accepted by Hindus

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