I received this book by mail on July 1, 1902. Presumably, Peer Mehr Ali Shah has sent it with the intention to notify me that he has responded to my book Ijaz-ul-Masih, and also to Shams-i-Bazigha
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Now listen carefully to the criticism that Peer Sahib saying that the book Ijaz-ul-Masih which is a 200 page book; contains few sentences which will not be more that 4 lines if combined, some of these sentences are stolen from Maqamat al-Hareeri, some from Quran and some are stolen from other books. And some are written with some changes and some are popular Arabic phrases.
This is my theft that Peer Sahib has caught that out of 20,000 sentences 10/12 sentences; the sentences which are verse of Quran or Arabic phrase or according to him,
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from Hareeri or Hamadhani's sentences. Sorry that he did not feel any shame raising these objections. He did not consider a bit that those little and 2/4 sentences should not be considered copying, as authors' writings do contain such things, and these few sentences should be taken as quotes, then how can there be any objection? Hariri's own book contains many Quranic verses as quotes. Similarly some unchanged sentences and verses (poetry) from others are found therein and some sentences from Abu Fazal Badi-uz-Zaman are found as is. So shall we form an opinion that all of Maqamat al-Hareeri is plagiarized? Some have doubted to the extent that Hareeri's entire book was authored by someone else. And some say: once he was summoned before an Ameer/King and introduced as master of the pen. To test him, he was ordered to write something in perfect Arabic which he could not and that incident caused him a lot of embarrassment, yet he was well respected among authors and his Maqamat al-Hareeri is viewed with respect though that cannot be used in matters of faith or education because Hareeri is incapable of writing a true or real incident or hidden meaning of inspirations and prove that he can master the words to express a meaning or thought.
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Why the one who is unable to write in response says that there are sentences in the book that are stolen (plagiarized)? If such (writing) is possible by stealing, why is he not coming to face it and why is he running around like a fox. O stupid one, first prove your Arabic skills by writing an exegesis then your criticism will be given some attention. Otherwise criticizing me and accusing me of stealing and pointing out grammatical mistakes, without proving your Arabic language skills is only like eating excrement. O ignorant, shameless, first write an exegesis of a Surah in perfect Arabic, then you will have the right to point out my mistakes or declare it stolen (plagiarized) . . .
Farsi Poem : pp. 99-109
Section 2 : pp. 109-117
List of Prophecies : pp. 118-242
Here, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad presents a list of 'prophecies' in a tabular form, with numbering, the 'revelation' he received, and how it was fulfilled: