The Heavenly Decree is the English translation of Asmani Faisala by Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah and Mahdi (as) and the Founder of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at. It is addressed to his contemporary ulema, specially Miyan Nadhir Husain Dehlawi and Maulawi Muhammad Husain of Batala who had issued a fatwa of heresy against the Promised Messiahas and declared him a non-Muslim, because he (the Promised Messiahas) had claimed that Jesus Christ had died a natural death and the second coming of Masih ibni Mariam (Jesus Christ) is fulfilled by the advent of Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas. Because (by the time the book was written) the ulema had refused to debate this issue with the Promised Messiah, he invited them, in this book, to a spiritual contest in which the question whether someone is a Muslim or not would be settled by Allah himself on the basis of four criteria of a true believer as laid down by Him in the Holy Quran. He also spelled out the modus operandi of this contest and fixed the period of time frame within which this contest would be decreed by Allah. He declared that God would not desert him and would help him and would grant him victory.
The Mission recommends that:
Removal of Discriminatory Laws and Constitutional Provisions;
Ordinance XX and the blasphemy laws should be amended in order to prevent their misuse and to enable all religious communities, including Ahmadis, to exercise their right to freedom of religion on a footing of equality and without the risk of persecution and prosecution. If that is politically unachievable at this time we recommend that gradual amendments and repeals to the law be achieved over a reasonable time. Incremental changes are to be preferred to no change.
the police, prosecutors and judges receive training in human rights and religious tolerance.
the independence of the prosecution is strengthened and that prosecutors abide by a new Code of Conduct introducing two tests to be passed before a prosecution is supported in court:
Sufficient admissible evidence available to ensure the prospect of a conviction is more than 50%.
A public interest test tailored to the situation prevailing in Pakistan but excluding any consideration of the reactions of religious extremists.
court cases be subject to strict timetables and that there are time limits on those periods of custody a person is denied bail and that there is a presumption in favour of bail.
prosecutions be brought against those who incite violence against persons on account of their different religious faith or sect.
prosecutions be brought against persons who lay false allegations of violations of the blasphemy law.