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Mirza Ghulam Ahmad

1835 - 1908

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Mirzā Ghulām Aḥmad (13 February 1835 – 26 May 1908) was an Indian religious leader and the founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam. He claimed to have been divinely appointed as the promised Messiah and Mahdī—which is the metaphorical second-coming of Jesus (mathīl-iʿIsā), in fulfillment of the Islamic prophecies regarding the end times, as well as the Mujaddid (centennial reviver) of the 14th Islamic century.Born to a family with aristocratic roots in Qadian, rural Punjab, Ghulam Ahmad emerged as a writer and debater for Islam. When he was just over forty years of age, his father died and around that time he believed that God began to communicate with him. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad has received more than 2,629,359 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Mirza Ghulam Ahmad is the 688th most popular religious figure (up from 951st in 2019), the 99th most popular biography from India (up from 134th in 2019) and the 8th most popular Indian Religious Figure.

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Among religious figures, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad ranks 688 out of 2,238Before him are Erasmus of Formia, Romanos the Melodist, Johann Tetzel, Guru Gobind Singh, Paulo Miki, and Ibrahim ibn Muhammad. After him are Antipope Ursicinus, Eusebius of Nicomedia, Theophilus of Antioch, Maudgalyayana, Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria, and Canaan.

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Among people born in 1835, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad ranks 18Before him are Samuel Butler, Demetrius Vikelas, Giosuè Carducci, Eduard Strauss, Josef Stefan, and William Stanley Jevons. After him are Fukuzawa Yukichi, Nikolai Rubinstein, Leopold, Prince of Hohenzollern, Ferdinand IV, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Shoqan Walikhanov, and Iwasaki Yatarō. Among people deceased in 1908, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad ranks 11Before him are Randal Cremer, Grover Cleveland, Pablo de Sarasate, Edmondo De Amicis, Carlos I of Portugal, and Demetrius Vikelas. After him are Pat Garrett, Luís Filipe, Prince Royal of Portugal, Joseph Maria Olbrich, Butch Cassidy, Machado de Assis, and Ferdinand IV, Grand Duke of Tuscany.

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Among people born in India, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad ranks 99 out of 1,493Before him are Vishvamitra (-2000), Guru Gobind Singh (1666), Varāhamihira (505), Ramanuja (1017), Maharana Pratap (1540), and Razia Sultana (1205). After him are Lawrence Durrell (1912), Maudgalyayana (-568), Bindusara (-320), Radha (null), Syed Ahmad Khan (1817), and Pete Best (1941).


Among religious figures born in India, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad ranks 8Before him are Sathya Sai Baba (1926), Mahavira (-599), Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486), Mahavatar Babaji (1900), Mahākāśyapa (-550), and Guru Gobind Singh (1666). After him are Maudgalyayana (-568), Radha (null), Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1918), Dayananda Saraswati (1824), Anthony de Mello (1931), and Ravi Shankar (1956).