Introductions to the two central figures who engaged in the discussion entitled ‘Sermon on the Mount.’

Hazrat Mirza Bashir-Ud-Din Mahmud Ahmadra (1889–1965)

Hazrat Mirza Bashir-Ud-Din Mahmud Ahmadra was the second Successor of the Promised Messiahas and the Second Worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

He became the Khalifah of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community at the young age of 25 and steered and nourished it to its maturity for more than 50 years with his spiritual guidance, incredible wisdom, prayers and exceptional administrative acumen.

Also, a renowned scholar with a remarkable depth of both religious and secular knowledge that, however, learned a scholar, armed with whatever worldly knowledge attacked Islam he would prove to be a mere academic novice.

His scholarly excellence has been preserved in a 19 volume set known as Anwarul’ Ulum amounting to over 200 books, lectures and essays expounding on a vast array of subjects. An example of his vast and deep wisdom is reflected very early in his life, at the age of 22 he engaged in a religious discourse with a renowned cleric of the Punjab, ultimately the young Mirza Mahmood proving that the concept of Trinity cannot be encompassed by human intellect. His book, ‘Sermon on the Mount’ details the account of this discourse.

Rev. Dr John Forbes
White Youngson
(1852-1920)

Born in Scotland on 6th March, 1852, Rev. Youngson obtained a degree in Bachelor of Divinity. In October 1875, he was sent along with his wife to Sialkot Shortly after his arrival, he was appointed in-charge of Gujarat and Wazirabad. As per regulations, he was required to stay there for 7 years however he decided to stay for longer and in 1883 he went on a long vacation. In 1885 he arrived in Sialkot where he carried out his duties and continued working among the poor segments of society. In the same year, 443 baptisms were carried out from 43 different villages. In 1889, he served as both principal and head of the English department of Murray College of Sialkot. He became moderator of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Church, India (1905-6). Through his efforts, in 1886 a Christian village was founded called Youngsonabad [which was named in his honor] in Tehsil Nankana Sahib and Shaikupura.

A renowned and eminent Christian clergymen of the Indian Subcontinent, who in his discussion with the young Mirza Mahmood Ahmad conceded that the concept of Trinity is contrary to intellect and one which cannot be understood without first believing in the Gospels.

 

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