The allegation of the anti Ahmadi Muslims is that Ahmadas did not lead the prayers. This is also a complete lie and it is clear from the life of Ahmadas that he did lead the prayers. However, it is also true that he did not always lead the prayers and the primary reason was his health. A part from this he himself did not lead the prayers every time because of the love he had for the Holy Prophet Muhammadsaw. It is a clear fact that the Prophet Muhammadsawindicated in the ahadith that the Messiah would not always lead the prayers. It is narrated in the ahadith:
حَدَّثَنَا الْوَلِيدُ بْنُ شُجَاعٍ، وَهَارُونُ بْنُ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ، وَحَجَّاجُ بْنُ الشَّاعِرِ، قَالُوا حَدَّثَنَا حَجَّاجٌ، – وَهُوَ ابْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ – عَنِ ابْنِ جُرَيْجٍ، قَالَ أَخْبَرَنِي أَبُو الزُّبَيْرِ، أَنَّهُ سَمِعَ جَابِرَ بْنَ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ، يَقُولُ سَمِعْتُ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ “ لاَ تَزَالُ طَائِفَةٌ مِنْ أُمَّتِي يُقَاتِلُونَ عَلَى الْحَقِّ ظَاهِرِينَ إِلَى يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ – قَالَ – فَيَنْزِلُ عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَيَقُولُ أَمِيرُهُمْ تَعَالَ صَلِّ لَنَا . فَيَقُولُ لاَ . إِنَّ بَعْضَكُمْ عَلَى بَعْضٍ أُمَرَاءُ . تَكْرِمَةَ اللَّهِ هَذِهِ الأُمَّةَ ” .
Jabir b. ‘Abdullah reported:I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say: A section of my people will not cease fighting for the Truth and will prevail till the Day of Resurrection. He said: Jesus son of Mary would then descend and their (Muslims’) commander would invite him to come and lead them in prayer, but he would say: No, some amongst you are commanders over some (amongst you). This is the honour from Allah for this Ummah. (Sahih Muslim, Hadith #156)
According to this hadith it is clear that the Messiah’s followers would lead the prayers more than him, and the reason Ahmadas did this was for the exact reason and because of the love he had for the Prophetsaw and his prophecies. Furthermore, another hadith states:
يَنْزِلُ عِيسَى بْنُ مَرْيَمَ , عَلَيْهِ السَّلامُ , فَيَقْتُلُ الْخِنْزِيرَ ، وَيَمْحُو الصَّلِيبَ ، وَتُجْمَعُ لَهُ الصَّلاةُ ، وَيُعْطَى الْمَالَ حَتَّى لا يُقْبَلُ وَيَضَعُ الْخَرَاجَ ، وَيَنْزِلُ الرَّوْحَاءَ فَيَحُجُّ مِنْهَا أَوْ يَعْتَمِرُ أَوْ يَجْمَعُهُمَا
Hazrat Abu Hurairah narrated that : “The Messenger of Allah, May Allah Bless him stated: When Jesus son of Mary descends, he will kill the pig, break the cross, and prayers will be combined for him… (Musnad Ahmad)
This hadith has clearly stated وَتُجْمَعُ لَهُ الصَّلاةُ meaning that the prayers would be combined for him, rather than him combing the prayers. This hadith also shows he would not be the one who always leads the prayers, rather it would be his followers. This however does not mean that Ahmadas did not lead the prayers as he lead the prayers on many occasions which further proves that this allegation is a complete lie of the anti Ahmadis. Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) states that Hazrat Masih Maud (as) would lead the prayers and would often recite chapter 12 verse 87-90.
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas himself explains this. He states:
Look, we also take advantage of this leniency as it has been almost two months that we have been combining the prayers. This is because of the reason of my sickness, and because of the writing of the commentary of Surah Fatiha. In the combining of these prayers, the hadith وَتُجْمَعُ لَهُ الصَّلاةُ is being fulfilled which means that the prayers will be combined for the sake of The Promised Messiahas. From this we also infer that at the time of The Promised Messiahas, he will not lead the prayers, but it will be someone else. This Imam will combine the prayers for the sake of The Promised Messiahas, and this is what is happening today. The days we cannot come due to increased sickness, the prayers are combined during these days and we infer from the words of this hadith that it was through love that The Holy Prophetsaw said that ‘it will happen for his sake’. It should be that we look upon the prophecies of The Holy Prophetsaw with great respect and importance and should not be careless of them, otherwise it is will be of great sin that we look down upon the prophecies of The Holy Prophetsaw. God Almighty created the reason by which the prayers were being combined for so long, otherwise this would only be for two days and it would not be a sign. We respect every world and letter of The Holy Prophetsaw. (Malfoozat, Volume 2, Page 211-212)
Some anti Ahmadis have went to the extent of lying that Ahmadas had not ever lead the prayer. This is completely false.
We see in Sirat-ul-Mahdi Volume 1 Page 15 that Ahmadas lead the prayer:
We also see that Ahmadas lead prayers in Sirat ul Mahdi, volume 1, Page 21:
We also see the same in Sirat ul Mahdi, Volume 1, Page 530:
We also see that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) was leading prayers in 1904. These references show he (a) would lead prayers. It is obvious that not every instance of him leading is recorded: