Family of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad

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Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad's lineage through his forefathers can be traced back to Mirza Hadi Beg, a descendant of the Mughal Barlas tribe, who migrated from Samarkand to what is now Qadian in 1530. Beg became the chief of the surrounding areas and by the time of Ahmad's birth his father remained the chief of Qadian. 


Several of the Caliphs who have led the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community following Ahmad have been direct descendants of his. This has led to some criticism from opponents of the community. Ahmadis respond that the Caliphs are elected by senior officials of the community and it is not necessary for them to be of any particular family or race; the first Caliph, Hazrat Al Hajj Hafiz Nooruddin, was not a relation of Ahmad's. Moreover they point to the fact that all four of Muhammad'ssa Caliphs were relations (two were his father-in-laws, while two were his son-in-laws) and that the Quran repeatedly gives examples of several men from one family being chosen consecutively by God as religious leaders: for example Abraham, his sons, grandson and great-grandson were all chosen as prophets:

Allah did choose Adam and Noah and the family of Abraham and the family of Imran above all peoples

- Quran 3:34

Prophecies regarding progeny

Ahmad claimed to receive a number of divinely-inspired revelations regarding the righteousness and success of his future progeny:

The moon of the Prophets will come and your affair will become manifest. Allah will make your countenance cheerful and will illumine your reasoning. Soon will a son be born to you and grace will come close to you. My light is near.

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Aina-e-Kamalat-e-Islam

The revelation 'Be grateful to Me that you have found My Khadijah' was the good news, several years in advance, of my marriage into a noble family of Sayyeds of Delhi…my wife was named Khadijah as she is the mother to a blessed progeny and a blessed progeny has also been promised to me.

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Nuzulul Masih

They desire to put out your light. They desire to attack your honour. I am with you and with the members of your family.

- Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Badr Newspaper 7 November 1902 


Several of Ahmad's cousins and relatives were irreligious, rejected his claim and outright opposed him, allowing critics of the community to raise various objections against the Ahmad's family. Ahmadis point out the Quran is replete with examples of relatives of prophets being misguided and this has no bearing on the prophet's own claim:

Allah sets forth for those who disbelieve the example of the wife of Noah and the wife of Lot. They were under two righteous servants of Ours, but they acted unfaithfully.

- Quran 66:11