Mirza Mahmud Ahmad
Influence of European Fascism
Born into affluence and adulation of the devotees of his father, he had initial setbacks when the autocratic rule of a young person was not very effective and the number of followers took a nosedive. He met Mussolini on the 19th August, 1924, and on his return he organized youth and women on the lines of the Nazi women and youth organizations. Here is a glimpse of the fascist mindset even into the 1930s:
I do not have the power of government to coerce people to reform; and like Hitler or Mussolini whoever disobeys my orders should be exiled; and who is not prepared to listen to what I am saying and act upon it should be punished severely. If I had the power of government I would have accomplished this in one day and a second day would not have dawned to these shortcomings being among us. If I get the power of government today and I ordain that any person who does not attend the congregational prayer would be sentenced to seven years' rigorous imprisonment, then who would not pray regularly in congregation?
Alas the only punishment I can mete out is that whoever does not observe the congregational prayer risks Allah's anger, but who cares about Allah's anger today? People may be afraid of angering the British, but if they are told that God will be angry at a certain deed, they do not care about it.
If I had the power of government today and I announce that whosoever will not give his daughter inheritance will have his entire estate confiscated, will there be a single person in India who would not give his daughters their inheritance? . . . .the problems is that I do not have the power of government and I have to solve the problem in another way. Either I will have to look for some type of power that can be established while under the British government, or search for means that achieve the same end without government . . . (page 337, Khutbat Mahmud - Sermons of 1936)
Since this site only focuses on documents not available from the official Ahmadiyya site, the following selection is of publications we have not been able to find. Before the establishment of Pakistan, Mirza Mahmud Ahmad's policy appeared to be one of alienation from Muslims and a grab for political power. His writings from that era cannot be located. Any information would be appreciated:
- Hindu-Muslim problem and the solution (1927)
- The Indian Problem (1930)
- Truth about the Split