Ejection of the Yazidis
Mr. Faruqi writes:
Then again Hazrat Mirza Sahib received another Ilham
about Qadian (the town where he lived): `People having natures like Yazid would be born in this town'. (Tazkira, page 181). Now Yazid (son of Mu'awiya) was the second Khalifa of the Omayyad Dynasty, with capital at Damascus (Syria). He was istrumental in introducing a secular and absolute monarchy amongst the Muslims, and was guilty of killing Hazrat Imam Hussain (grandson of the Holy Prophet). So the Ilham
refers to a time when a Khalifa like Yazid would appear amongst the Ahmadiyya community, who would of course claim to be a Holy one, but would actually be a worldly person. Then circumstances would arise which would cause this Yazid-like Khalifa and his followers to be driven out of Qadian. This is corroborated by another Ilham
of Hazrat Mirza Sahib saying: `The Evil Spirits of Damascus' so that just like Yazid was the evil spirit of Damascus, so would a similar evil spirit be born in Qadian. (Truth Triumphs page 47, 48)
This quotation is rather a nice example of a serious mucking up of a number of Ilhams, of several passages in writing, to produce a series of mucked up meaning, which is seen to stand in contradiction of the meaning attached to certain Ilhams
by the Promised Messiah himself. He put this Ilham
in Izala-i-Auham, then in a footnote gave a brief exposition of its meaning as follows:
"This small township of Qadian, due to the fact that mostly it is inhabited by people characterised by qualities like those of Yazid, has a strong affinity with Damascus." (Pages 71, 72)
Again the Promised Messiah put down the Ilham
under reference and wrote further:
"Allah is well aware; and He bears first hand witness to the fact that He has likened Qadian to Damascus; and in regard to its inhabitants He has said they, by nature and temperament, are like Yazid, i.e., the majority of people living here, are like Yazid in their nature."
We see here that the Promised Messiah clearly applies the Ilham
to the Yazid-like inhabitants of the township in his own early days. One literal meaning of the word "ukhrija
" is to get driven out. Taken to be embodying a prophecy, the Ilham
would mean that the people with a psychology like this, shall come to be driven out of the place.
We know the Yazidis
were characterised by a deep hostility towards the Ahl-i-Bait
of the Holy Prophet Mohammad. If we take the meaning of this expression, with this historical background in our mind, it would certainly mean that people ill disposed towards the Ahl-i-Bait
of the Promised Messiah shall come to be driven out of Qadian, at some time in the future. We believe Mr. Faruqi does not need being told who are the people characterised by a hostility towards the Ahl-i-Bait
of the Promised Messiah.
The "Demon of Demascus", Tazkira, page 710, has no connection with the Ilham
"People, with the mind of Yazid, will be driven out from the place". It is a pointing finger to focus attention on some tribulation to be experienced in Damascus, where our missionary, the eminent Maulvi Jalaluddin Shams was severely stabbed, following, popular fanatical passions roused by some mob leaders among the Ulama
of the place. The Ilham
conveys a warning of this kind. By the grace of God, Maulana Shams recovered, in a miraculous manner, from a wound which well might have proved fatal. Further Mr. Faruqi writes:
"The Promised Messiah writes at one place that he was praying to God about his community and Qadian, when the Ilham
came: `They have gone astray from the (main current and) fashion - and they will be decimated (because of it)' (Tazkira, page 512) So that the way in which the followers of Mirza Mahmud Ahmad were disrupted and driven out of Qadian (at the time of the Partition of the country) is now a part of history. Mirza Mahmud Ahmad himself had to don a burqa (a white shroud and veil) like a Muslim woman, and thus saved his life in flight." (Truth Triumphs, page 48)
To our mind, the first Ilham
pertains to our friends of the Lahore Section, since the fashion of life in the light of Islam is pivoted on the Institution of Khilafat. The people who have drifted far from the "Fashion of life"; are the people, after six years under the Khilafat of Hazrat Maulvi Nuruddin, refused to tender allegiance to the second Khalifa Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad.
Mr. Faruqi has applied the Ilham
"Destroy them, as destruction should be" to the Hijrat
of the Headquarters of the Movement from Qadian to Lahore, then to Rabwah, after the creation of Pakistan. But the Promised Messiah has explained this prayer concerns those who range themselves against a man appointed to a Divine mission. Says the Promised Messiah:
"From eternity, the way of the Lord has been that those who come to range themselves in opposition to those commissioned by Allah, that they are swept out of the path. These days are the days of great blessing from God. When we witness these things, faith in the existence of God is strengthened." (Tazkira, page 513)
So this Ilham
has no connection with the Hijrat
of the Central Executive of the Movement from Qadian. It concerns those unbelievers who tried to block the path of the Promised Messiah. Besides, for the followers of a Prophet, Hijrat
is never intended as a punishment. The Prophets, and their followers, in history, have had to take recourse to this important step, as a preparation for creating a healthy nucleus for proper growth; while for those who migrate in the way of the Lord, there is an encouraging pronouncement, according to the verse of the Holy Quran: "Those who migrate in the way of God, they would find ample means and open spaces in their path". For the Ahmadiyya Movement, too, migration has proved to be a blessing. A firm Centre has come into being at Rabwah, from which place the light of Islam is being flashed all over the globe, while the old Centre at Qadian also is quite active, always sending out the Islamic teaching to every nook and corner of the country. In a way, the Ilham
in regard to making "three into four" has also been fulfilled in the garb of this development under the control and supervision of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II, the Muslih Mau'ud. The first Centre of Islam emerged at Mecca; the second at Medina; the third at Qadian; and the fourth, now, at Rabwah.
This migration was bound to come, having been envisaged in an Ilham
of the Promised Messiah, namely, Dagh-i-Hijrat.
i.e., the Scar of Migration. (Tazkira, page 768)
It is not without interest to recall to mind what Dr. Basharat Ahmad, Mr. Faruqi's father, wrote at one time:
"Today, under the executive authority of Mian Mahmud, the progress attained by the Qadian Section, has been possible because he has been helped by a number of favourable circumstances. He obtained a base in a Movement already firmly established; various institutions for handling numerous plans and programmes; schools; boarding houses; and the solid support of financial arrangements already made to provide funds for missionary activity. (In the treasury there were only a handful of coins when the Muslih Mau'ud
became the Second Khalifa - author). He found a Centre already established; and the general goodwill of the membership of the Movement, being a son of the Founder. The progress attained on this basis is hardly a matter of credit for him. If he had started without these solid supports, and then obtained some measure of success, we would have been ready to give him credit for it. As things have transpired, however, there is little room for us to hold that, by propagating his views on Nabuwwat
and the question of kufr, he had won a following initially, and essentially, on that basis - that would have been a measure of success for him to be proud of." (Paigham-i-Sulha, December 15, 1934)
Does Mr. Faruqi find himself prepared to concede that Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II, the Muslih Mau'ud, has really obtained a grand measure of success after migration, working under a series of severe difficulties grouped round the circumstances attendant on the Partition of the country, and the creation of Pakistan.
If the blind eyes
Of the bat cannot see
In the flooding light
Of daytime, you can hardly
Blame the sun for this failure!
And listen Mr. Faruqi! someone really appears to have fooled you, when he got you to hold that at the time of Partition, Hazrat Khalifatul Masiah II slipped out of Qadian, disguised as a woman, wrapped up in a burqa. (Truth Triumphs, page 45)
The Holy Prophet said, on one occasion, it was enough to prove that a man was a liar, if he, indiscriminately, proceeded to pass on whatever he happened to hear, in any quarter.
Then Mr. Faruqi has stated a dream of the Promised Messiah as follows:
"Then I saw Mian Mahmud Ahmad. There was an Englishman with him. He entered our home. At first he took his stand where the pitchers of drinking water are kept; then he advanced towards the room in the upper storey where I do my work. It appeared as though he desired to go in there, and carry out a search." (Tazkira, page 597, as quoted in Truth Triumphs, page 48)
However, it is very curious, and highly regrettable, that Mr. Faruqi has refrained from putting down the rest of dream as well, and the exposition given by the Promised Messiah himself. We hope Mr. Faruqi would not mind if we complete the statement.
"At this juncture I noticed a man standing in front of me, with features very closely resembling Mir Nasir Nawab. He beckoned that I too should go into that room, since the Englishman was likely to carry out a search. But the idea passed through my mind that there was nothing in that room, except freshly written sheets of the MS of my latest book, in hand at the time: that this was all he would find there. Then I woke up." (Tazkira, page 597, 598)
This statement carries the following note made by the Promised Messiah:
"To have seen Mahmud in this dream, and to have seen Mir Nasir Nawab points to some good end, since the word `mahmud' points to a happy close - i.e., this tribulation would end well, Allah opening a way out of the difficulty, and turning the incident into a clear and convincing Sign." (Tazkira, page 598)
Mr. Faruqi has also reproduced another ro'ya
(vision) of the Promised Messiah:
"Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad said that he saw in a dream that he was coming towards Qadian over a rough path and in complete darkness, I was stepping out haphazardly, but it seemed as if an invisible hand was guiding me along until I reached Qadian. I then saw the mosque which is in the possession of the Sikh community, and I then took the straight street which comes from the (residence of the) Kashmiris. I then felt myself greatly upset and perplexed, as if I am going to lose senses. And I am repeatedly praying to God in the words - `O my Lord, show Thyself, O my Lord, show Thyself and lighten this darkness'. I find that my hand is being held by a mad man who is also saying: `O my Lord lighten the darkness'; and I also pray loudly and earnestly. I remember that before this vision. I had been praying intently for myself, for my wife and son Mahmud Ahmad. (Tazkira, edition II, page 833, 834)
After putting down these two dreams, Mr. Faruqi writes:
"Now it is evident that, in view of these warning Ilhams
and visions, Hazrat Mirza Sahib, with forehead on the ground, must have been crying aloud that these bitter ordainments be, put off, and that the Lord turn to him with grace and mercy." (Truth Triumphs, page 48, 49)
Then Mr. Faruqi reproduces three prayers of the Promised Messiah:
i) "My God, my God, why have you deserted me?"
ii) My God, I am vanquished; be pleased to help me!" (Tazkira, page 655)
iii) "Eternal, Everlasting Lord, get these fetters off, and come to my help!" (Tazkira, page 655)