The Green Announcement was written by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian (as), the Promised Messiah and Mahdi, Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, to remove the doubts and misgivings that had arisen out of the death of his son who has come to be known as Bashir the First. Bashir was born on 7th August 1887 and died on 4th November 1888.
Previously the Promised Messiah (as) had announced, on the basis of Divine revelations, that God had promised to grant him a son who would possess extraordinary qualities, would have a long life, and would be Musleh Mau’ud (the Promised Reformer).
Thus when Bashir the First died after sixteen months, the opponents pounced at the opportunity and began denouncing the Promised Messiah (as) ever more vehemently. In this announcement, the Promised Messiah (as) made it clear that he had never claimed that this particular boy would be the Promised Reformer. He also forcefully reiterated that the promised child would be born within the nine year period specified in the prophecy (1886-1895).
Subsequent events showed each and every word of the prophecies to be true. In keeping with the prophecies, Bashir the Second (Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmood Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih II) was born on 12th January 1889. He was gifted with such extraordinary and unique qualities as were acknowledged by friend and foe alike. He died at the age of 76 after a life of tremendous achievement and is remembered as Musleh Mau’ud or the Promised Reformer.
This is a great book of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). I believe it could be improved a bit (like many other books) by providing a section that gives context about why it was written. We typically tend to add an “About the Author” section so I don’t see why an introductory section cannot be added. For an Ahmadi it is perhaps not as important… but for readers outside of the Ahmadiyya Community it could be quite useful.
Either way, for me and others who know the context of the book, it was spiritually uplifting and encouraged me to strive to be a better person (like any other book by the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community).