Jesus in India

Older Book Reviews (1899 – 1999)

Did Jesus Redeem Mankind? – Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad, published in Qadian, India, 1973

The book is the English rendering of the Urdu commentary by Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad, on a chapter from the Quran, Surah Maryam. The book was published eight years after his death. Basic Christian doctrines of Original Sin, divinity of Jesus, and Trinity are discussed both in the light of the Bible and the Quran. The book is certainly “hard core” theology, but yet is very readable, with abundant anecdotes of debates he personally had. Towards the end of the book, the author outlines the rationale for Messiah’s journey to Kashmir, after showing from the New Testament itself that Jesus survived the crucifixion.

The Myth of the Cross – AlHaj A.D Ajijola, published in Lahore, Pakistan, 1975

The book is written by a non-Ahmadi Muslim, dedicated to Nigerian Muslim youth subjected to “vigorous propaganda by the Christian missionaries.” He essentially concludes that Jesus was saved from death upon the cross and nursed to recovery by his disciples. He went on to preach to the lost sheep of Israel, scattered from Ethiopia to India (page 48) .The author is careful not to be too explicit and chooses his words carefully, apparently fearing scrutiny from the orthodox Muslim community.

Unfortunately, he has plagiarized portions of Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad’s book, Introduction to the study of the Holy Quran. Chapters 3,4,5,7, and 8 are exact reproductions from Hazrat Ahmad’s work, which deal mainly with the unreliability of the New Testament testimony, and the scope of Jesus’ mission.

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