Maulvi Sanaullah Amritsari

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Maulvi Sanaullah Amritsari (sometimes known as Sana Ullah, Thanaullah or Thana'ullah) was an Indian Muslim cleric and leading opponent of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. For some time, Sanaullah and his followers considered entering into a prayer duel with Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. When Ahmad stated he was ready to accept their challenge, Sanaullah publicly declined on several occasions. Ahmad had written:

I have seen the announcement of Maulvi Sanaullah Amritsari in which he claims that he has a sincere desire that he and I should pray that the one of us who is in the wrong should die in the lifetime of the one who is in the right...If he is sincere in his challenge that the untruthful one should die before the truthful one then surely he will be the first to die.

- Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Ijaz-e-Ahmadi

However Sanaullah repeatedly and publicly refused to enter into the prayer duel, meaning it never took place:

I cannot, therefore, dare to enter into such a contest. Your purpose is that if I should die before you, you will proclaim that as a proof of your righteousness and if you pass on before me (a good riddance), then who will go to your grave to call you to account? That is why you put forward such stupid proposals. I regret, however, that I dare not enter into such controversy and this lack of courage is a source of honor for me and is not a source of humiliation. 

- Sanaullah Amritsari, Ilhamat Mirza

I have not challenged you to a prayer duel, I have only declared my willingness to take an oath, but you call it a prayer duel, whereas a prayer duel involves the parties taking oaths in a contest against each other. I have declared my readiness to take an oath and have not issued a challenge to a prayer duel. Taking an unilateral oath is one thing and a prayer duel is quite another

- Sanaullah Amritsari, Ahle hadith 

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