In the section Debates with Christian Clergy, we have discussed how the Western Christian world always made sure that they were well informed of the efforts of their missionaries wherever they went. For this reason, missionaries would send back their reports to communicate the details of their missionary work. For instance, The Church Missionary Society began with ‘The Record’ a monthly periodical on the work of the Church Missionary Society mission worldwide but later the mission decided to present an organised version of these reports known as “The Church Missionary Intelligencer”.

Similarly, there were other such annual reports on missionary activities and challenges published by numerous missionary
societies. One such report on the Promised Messiahas although derogatory in its assumptions was sent by Prof. R. Sirafuddin of Forman College which was published in the ‘Missionary Review of the World Vol X, 1897’.
Although these disparaging reports were filled with the Christian bias, yet it does bring forward the efforts of the Promised Messiahas in new light from external source material. Prof. R. Sirafuddin of Forman College speaking about the Promised Messiahas wrote: “Unlike the Mohammedans universally, who believe Jesus Christ to be alive and yet
Christianity to be false, the Mirza has seen the apostolic truth and has come to the conclusion that Christianity stands or falls with the life or death of its Founder.  Therefore, the stress laid by him on the death of Christ All his writings his resound with the one note that Christ died like all other mortals and is no longer living.”

Similarly at the end Prof. R. Sirafuddin speaking about the future of the movement wrote: The Mirza will, of course, pass away and his work will perish, but he will have rendered one important service. viz: that of calling the attention of the Mohammedan world to the cardinal facts in the history of Christ which the Mohammedans have so long thought lessly admitted and blindly believed. This may be the means of opening the eyes of Mohammedans and setting them on Him who is “the Chiefest among TenThousand,” the “King of kings and the Lord of lords.[2]

This criterion is both the Holy Quran and the Bible. The Holy Quran says:

کَتَبَ اللّٰہُ لَاَغۡلِبَنَّ اَنَا وَرُسُلِیۡ ؕ اِنَّ اللّٰہَ قَوِیٌّ عَزِیۡزٌ
‘Allah has decreed: ‘Most surely I will prevail, I and My Messengers.’ Verily, Allah is Powerful, Mighty.’
(The Holy Quran Al-Mujadalah Chapter 58 Verse 22)

It is also mentioned in Luke 6:43–45: ‘For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 For every tree is known by its own fruit.’

As per the principle mentioned above the community, despite much opposition and persecution is established in over 200 countries of the world.




[1] The Missionary Review of the World Vol X October (new series) P.751.

[2] Ibid P.756