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Hadrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad

Hadrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad (1928–2003), may Allah have infinite mercy on his soul, a man of God, Voice articulate of the age, a great orator, a deeply learned scholar of phenomenal intelligence, a prolific and versatile writer, a keen student of comparative religions was loved and devoutly followed by his more than 10 million Ahmadi Muslim followers all over the world as their Imam, the spiritual head, being the fourth successor of Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (the Promised Messiah and Mahdi), to which august office he was elected as Khalifatul Masih in 1982.
After the promulgation of general Zia-ul-Haq anti-Ahmadiyya Ordinance of 26th April 1984 he had to leave his beloved country, Pakistan, and migrated to England from where he launched Muslim Television Ahmadiyya International (MTA) which would (and still does) telecast its programmes 24 hours a day to the four corners of the world.
Besides being a religious leader, he was a homeopathic physician of world fame, a highly gifted poet and a sportsman.  He had his schooling in Qadian, India, and later joined the Govt. College, Lahore, Pakistan, and after graduating from Jami‘ah Ahmadiyya, Rabwah, Pakistan with distinction, he obtained his honours degree in Arabic from the Punjab University, Lahore. From 1955 to 1957 he studied at the School of Oriental and  African Studies, University of London.
He had a divinely inspired and very deep knowledge of the Holy Quran which he translated into Urdu. He also partially revised and added explanatory notes to the English translation of the Holy Quran by Hadrat Maulawi Sher Alira. Revelation, Rationality, Knowledge and Truth is his magnum opus.  Though he had no formal education in philosophy and science, he had a philosophical bent of mind and tackled most difficult and abstruse theological-philosophical questions with great acumen and ease and his intellectual approach was always rational and scientific.  For a layman he had an amazingly in-depth knowledge of science, especially life sciences which attracted him most. He also had deep knowledge of human psychology. His was an analytical mind of high intelligence—an intellect scintillating with brilliance, capable of solving knottiest problems with ease, leaving his listeners and readers spellbound.
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His biographer, Iain Adamson introducing him on the back cover of the biography titled, A man of God, writes:
“He is the fourth successor of  Ahmad who proclaimed that he was the Messiah promised in all the great religions of the world. Today followers of Ahmad have become most dynamic missionary force of Islam. They have translated Holy Quran or selected verses in more than 117 languages and established missions, hospitals, and schools in more than 120 countries and directed doctors, teachers, and engineers to work along side their missionaries. Thousands and thousands of children are already dedicated by their parents to become missionaries to convert Russia, China and South America.
The man who leads Jihad, this holy war of words and pen to convert the world to Islam, is TAHIR, the fourth Successor.
More than 10 Millions have taken the covenant of allegiance to him – among them a Nobel Laureate, a director of World Bank, A president of General Assembly of the United Nations and government ministers in many countries. This is story of his life.”
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