Mirza Ghulam Ahmad claimed his own Wahy to be better than Hadith
Mirza Ghulam viewed his own statements as authentic as Torah, Bible, and Quran. He reinterpreted Quran in a way which contradicts the rule of Arabic language, the teachings of the Holy Prophet may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his companions, and all Muslims for the last 1400 years. He also rejected authentic Hadith only because they clearly refuted his teachings. He wrote:
The basis for our claims is not Hadith but Quran and that Wahi (revelation) which comes to me. Yes, in support we also present those Hadith which are according to Quran and do not contradict my Wahi. Rest of the Hadith, I throw them away like a waste paper.”
Nuzool-e-Maseeh, Roohani Khazain, Vol.19, P.140
Then, Maulawi Sanaullah sahib said: ‘how did the thought of the prophecy of the Promised Messiah come to your heart since it is taken from Ahadith, then why isn’t there any acceptance of the authority of Ahadith’. Simply people say this either in a mocking way or in a foolish way and we in reply, answer by swearing in the name of Allah that Hadith is not the basis of my claim instead the basis of my claim is the Holy Quran and that revelation which I have received. Though for the sake of corroboration, We do present those Ahadith that concur with the Holy Quran and do not oppose my revelation. And we throw away the rest of Ahadith like they are valueless.
The Holy Qur’an is the 100% authentic word of Allah. There is no doubt about it, but we can’t say the same concerning the Ahadith. The Ahadith can be unreliable, misunderstood or even made up. Our understanding concerning the Ahadith is not whether they are Sahih or Daeef, but whether they support the Holy Qur’an or not! Please try to understand this point, Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim, made very good checks to see which hadith can be termed Sahih or Daeef. If the chain was sound and they were happy with it, then with Sahih Bukhari he used to then pray two raka’ats and finally put it in his Ahadith book. Thousands of Ahadith he rejected because they were not sound enough for him. That is why he is looked upon as the most authentic out of all the Ahadith books, but just because he recorded it, does not make it correct. That is why no one says that Sahih Bukhari is 100% authentic, they only say that about the Holy Qur’an. If two Ahadith contradicted each other i.e. one says you should stand whilst drinking and the other says you should sit; or the two different descriptions of Hazrat Isa may peace be upon him, then if both Ahadith were sound, Imam Bukhari was not going to judge between them, who was he to reject a hadith? So he put them both in and let you judge which is right.
That is the problem with Ahadith, because it relates what the Holy Prophet may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him said or did over a 23 year period. It is related that in the beginning the Holy Prophet may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him use to pray facing Jerusalem, but he use to do it in such a way that he prayed in front of the Holy Ka’aba so that he was facing both Jerusalem and the Holy Ka’aba. But when he moved to Medina about 260 miles north of Mecca, now there was no way he could face Jerusalem and Mecca as they were in opposite directions, so he faced Jerusalem for 16 months until finally the commandment came to ‘face what he loved’ – the Holy Ka’aba. So you can find Ahadith saying he faced Jerusalem and Ahadith that he faced the Holy Ka’aba and both are correct. Likewise he use to follow the Jewish law until Allah revealed the Qur’anic law to him. So you find Ahadith stating that he killed those who committed Zina – Adultery/Fornication, but once the law of 100 lashes was imposed, then he followed the Qur’anic law. So the Ahadith do not relate when, why, what was happening at the time etc. Therefore we have to try and understand the Ahadith.
This is what Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad may peace be upon him is pointing out, that we support those Ahadith which are according to the teachings of the Holy Qur’an, but reject any hadith which goes against the Holy Qur’an. The Holy Qur’an is the word of Allah and must be followed. But sadly, these days there are some Muslim leaders who put emphasis on the Ahadith to support their claims, even though it is not supported by the Holy Qur’an, the punishment of Zina, being a classic example of this. Furthermore, he is the Imam Mahdi, Mahdi means ‘Guided One’, therefore Allah has guided him to guide the Muslims, so naturally whatever he has been guided, being from Allah, must be followed. Hence the explanations about the ‘death of Jesus’. Despite clear evidence from the Holy Qur’an, many Muslims believe that he did not die and is alive bodily in heaven. So it is the duty of Hazrat Ahmad to guide the Muslims back to the right path.