Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
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and the founder of the Ahmadiyya Community
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. He claimed to be the Mujaddid
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(divine reformer) of the 14th Islamic century
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, the promised Messiah
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(Second Coming of Christ), and the Mahdi
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awaited by the Muslims in the end days
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. He declared that Jesus
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(Isa) had in fact survived the crucifixion and later died a natural death after having migrated towards Kashmir
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, and that he had appeared in the spirit and power of Jesus.
He traveled extensively across the subcontinent of India preaching his religious ideas and ideals and won a sizable following within his lifetime.