The Ahmadiyya Gazette, February 1997
This article was written in Urdu by Choudhery Muhammed Siddique Sahib, Incharge Khilafat Library, Rabwah and rendered into English by Dr. Abdus Salam Malik and Dr. Basharat Munir Mirza. May Allah reward them all.
The time of the advent of the Holy Founder of Ahmadiyya Community is known as Faij-e Aawaj (Age of Darkness). Not only the followers of Islam had stopped following the teachings of Islam but the opponents and enemies of Islam were also using every means possible in their efforts to destroy and annihilate Islam. They were trying to attack Islam and the Holy Founder of Islam, Hazrat Muhammad (saw) from different directions in order to dishearten Muslims. The Holy Founder of the Ahmadiyya Community, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as.), had started early in his life written and spoken struggle to establish the superiority and vitality of Islam over all other religions and most convincingly countered the attacks of the enemies of Islam. He called the opponents of Islam and non-believers to open challenges but few dared to accept his challenge.
In this connection, in the 1880’s, the leaders of Arya Samaj, viz., Munshi Inderman Muradabadi and Master Murlee Dhar, etc., had discussion and debate with Hazrat Promised Messiah (as.) about the truthfulness of Islam and asked for a sign to prove that Islam is a living religion. Therefore Hazrat Promised Messiah (as.) accepted their challenge and, in order to dedicate special prayers for this purpose, spent 40 days in seclusion at Hoshiarpur.
Almighty Allah accepted his humble and sincere supplications and gave him the promise of manifesting a clear and bright sign to establish the truth of Islam. Therefore, while still in Hoshiarpur, he was given the glad tidings of a boy from his own progeny who will be endowed with many superior qualities and distinctive attributes.
He (the promised son) will be a manifestation of the majesty and mercy of Allah. He will grow with great speed (in a short period of time) and in beauty and benevolence will be like you. He will cause the excellence and eminence of Quran and Magnificence of Allah to be established in this world. He will be steadfast and of supreme resolve in his endeavors. He will be extremely intelligent and knowledgeable and he will be filled with secular and spiritual knowledge. He will be pious and handsome. He will be endowed with majesty and grandeur. Nations of the world will receive blessings from him; and he will cause the deliverance of the captives and the oppressed. (Advertisement, February 20, 1886)
According to the revelation and knowledge given by Allah, Hazrat Promised Messiah (as.) presented this prophecy as a sign to his opponents and published it widely. Thereafter, on January 12, 1889, as a manifestation of this prophecy, Almighty Allah bestowed on him that beloved and revered son. Hazrat Mirza Mahmood Ahmad, the second Imam of Ahmadiyya community, Al-Muslehul Mauood was born.
The prophecy given by Allah was fulfilled. All the attributes foretold in the prophecy became evident in his noble personage. His heart was filled with the love of Allah and his holy messenger (saw). His soul and bosom was illumined with the love and knowledge of the Holy Quran. He flourished with rapidity and became an instrument of establishing the superiority and status of the word of God (the Holy Quran) in all comers of the world. No scholar in the entire world could dare challenge him.
The enemies tried their level best to put obstacles in his way but Almighty Allah, purely by His grace, utterly humiliated them all, and established the steadfastness and high resolve of Hazrat Musleh Mauood (ra). These virtues and attributes and high stature was established with such clarity and so convincingly that not only his followers but his arch enemies and rivals, all were forced to acknowledge his status and virtues. Almighty Allah, by His grace, spread his fame in all corners of the world and people living in different parts of the world became his ardent admirers.
In the following, we are going to present, very briefly, the opinions expressed by people from different walks of life who were impressed by his personal attributes.
In the prophecy about Hazrat Musleh Mauood, one of the purposes of his birth was this, “So that ….. the superiority of Islam and status of Quran become manifest on people.” About the fulfillment of this sign, we quote the renowned Muslim leader of Indo-Pak subcontinent and poet, the editor of daily newspaper “Zimindar”, Maulvi Zafar Ali Khan. While addressing the opponents of the Khalifatul Masih II, he said:
“Listen carefully, you and your followers will never be able to compete with Mirza Mahmood Ahmad. Mirza Mahmood has the Quran and he has got knowledge of the Quran. What have you got?….You have not read the Quran even in your dreams…..Mirza Mahmood has got a community with him which is ready to sacrifice everything they have at his slightest hint…..Mirza Mahmood has got a party of preachers, experts in different fields. In every country of the world he has established his dominion.” (Aik Khaufnak Saazish, p. 196, author Mazhar Ali Azhar)
In his tenure as the Imam of the Jamaat, he had the Holy Quran translated in different languages in order to spread it to all the nations of the world. He himself wrote the introduction to the Quran in which he answered the criticism and objection raised against Islam and the founder of Islam by orientalists and people of other religions. People from different parts of the world gave their opinions about these translations. Here are presented a few examples.
In addition to other signs in the prophecy one sign pertains to him being pious and handsome. In this regard Mr. M. Aslam writes his impression, “We were delighted to meet with Sahibzada Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmood Ahmad. Sahibzada Sahib is an extremely courteous and modest man. In addition to being courteous, he is also a very profound thinker…. I will always remember the piety, righteousness, broadmindedness and modesty of Sahibzada Sahib.” (Ta’assurrat-e-Qadian, p.136-137)
Khan Bahadur Seth Ahmad Aladin of Hayderabad Deccan writes, “Respected Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmood Ahmad Sahib has been specially kind and benevolent towards me. His practical life, broadmindedness and unwavering faith in Allah has always impressed me.” (Al-Hakam, Jubilee No., 1931)
In 1924, on his journey to Europe, Huzoor stayed in Arab countries. During his stay in Arab countries, the press gave him extensive coverage. Here are some of the reviews of the Arab press.
One of the signs attributed to the promised son in this prophecy was that he will be a person of majesty and excellence. In this reference, Mr. Mian Sultan Ahmad Wajoodi, member of Provincial Congress Committee, Punjab of former united India, writes “If Kamal Ataturk used to rule over 2,94,416 square miles and 15.2 million people, if Joseph Stalin was the undisputed ruler of 171 million people, if Mussolini was the king of 42 million Italian and 8.6 million Ethiopian people, if Adolph Hitler rules over 65 million Germans, then Mirza Bashir-ud Din Mahmood Ahmad also rules over people spread all over the world belonging to all nations of the world, whose obedience is considered the most important obligation of their lives by these people.” (Al-Hakam, Jubilee Number, December 1939)
Another attribute foretold in the prophecy was Intelligence. We have already presented the opinion of Arabic Newspapers in this regard. We now present the acknowledgment of Chaudhry Fatal Haq, who admits the inability of his party to counter the extraordinary intelligence and knowledge of Huzoor, in these words,
“The amount of money being spent by Qadiani Jamaat and the incredible brain which is working behind this movement, is enough to destroy even the strongest kingdoms in seconds.” (Newspaper “Mujahid”, 10 August, 1935)
Prof. Stenko, of Yugoslavian origin, Head of the Department of Religious studies in Wagner College, Pennsylvania, USA, visited Pakistan in 1960-61, while studying comparative religious studies. After returning to USA he wrote a comprehensive thesis on, “The Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam”. In this he wrote about Ahmadiyya Community and Hazrat Imam Jamaat. He found Huzoor to be a leader of great resolve and extremely intelligent. He also mentioned that, like his father, Huzoor also claimed to be in communion with Almighty Allah. (Eastern World, December, 1961)
Huzoor was also endowed with great facility in the knowledge of worldly as well as spiritual fields of learning. He was also of very high resolve. Even his opponents have admitted this, for example,
In short, Almighty Allah, by his grace, had given him excellence in every field of knowledge.
Another attribute of Hazrat Musleh Mauood foretold in the prophecy was that he will liberate the captives. The whole world is witness to the fact that he used all his means and performed such services to help liberate different nations of the world that even his opponents were forced to acknowledge this. For example in 1930, when Hindu autocracy and Dogra rulers of Kashmir started persecuting Muslim majority populace and deprived them of all their rights, at that time all Muslim leaders, Nawabs and politicians requested Hazrat Musleh Mauood to help these oppressed Muslim people. And it was Huzoor whose tireless efforts and leadership resulted in the success of their movement and Kashmiris were able to breathe a sigh of relief.
On July 25, 1931, renowned Muslim leaders including Poet of the East Doctor Sir Mohammad Iqbal, Nawab Sahib Ganjpura, Sir Zulfiqar Ali Khan, Khan Bahadur Sheikh Rahim Bakhsh Retired Session Judge, Syed Mohsin Shah Tirmizi, Khwaja Hasan Nizami, Syed Habib, editor newspaper “Siasat”, Maulvi Hasrat Mohani etc., gathered in Simla and “All India Kashmir Committee” was founded. At the recommendation of Dr. Sir Iqbal, Hazrat Musleh Mauood was requested to accept its presidency. (Sarguzasht by Abdul Majid Salik, p. 293).
The Muslim press lauded the successful leadership of Huzoor which had resulted in the deliverance of Kashmiri Muslims who had been robbed of even the very basic human rights for ages. The newspaper “Siasat” writes, “At the time when condition of Kashmir was critical, those who chose Hazrat Mirza Sahib despite doctrinal differences, they made a perfect choice. Had they not chosen Mirza Sahib because of the differences in their beliefs, this movement would have ended in utter failure and would have resulted in major loss for the Muslim Umma (nation).” (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, p. 113, ref. Daily, “Siasat” , May 18, 1933).
Similarly Mr. Abdul Majid Salik writes about The Movement For Liberation of Kashmir, “Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah (Lion Of Kashmir) and other workers used to keep open contact with Mirza Mahmood Ahmad and some of his workers. The only reason for their contacts was the fact that Mirza Sahib had many resources and he was helping the Kashmir Movement in many respects and workers of Kashmir Movement were naturally obliged to him.” (Zikr-e-lqbal by Salik, p. 188)
In United India, Muslims were the biggest minority and they were under British and Hindu subjugation for long time. Huzoor used every available opportunity to liberate these Muslims. Therefore every unbiased student of history of Indo-Pak subcontinent is bound to acknowledge his efforts in this regard. At every occasion and every point Huzoor guided the movement of liberation of Muslims of Indo-Pak in the right direction and it was equally acknowledged by his proponents and opponents. Herein we present some examples.
In short, right at the time of need, this book clearly explained the genuine nature of Muslim rights and demands to the members of The Round Table Conference. The conference recommended constitutional government for India and improved upon the recommendations of the Simon Commission and thus he helped liberate the oppressed.
In short, Huzoor used every opportunity to promote the rights, liberty, welfare and the good of Muslims and yet politicians and Ulema of these days who have a biased mentality, are doing their level best to spread misconceptions in public against Ahmadiyya Jamaat and Hazrat Imam Jamaat Ahmadiyya. They should seriously consider these reviews of their elders and senior politicians and should try to improve their character and bring about change in it.
In 1948, the issue of the division of Palestine was under discussion in the Security Council. At the wishes of Arabs, Huzur instructed Respected Chaudry Mohammad Zafarullah Khan to stay in USA to present their case. Subsequently he presented the Arab case. The Arab delegations thanked Huzoor by sending a telegram and wrote, “We have been greatly relieved. We hope that this will immensely support our demands.” (Al-Fazal, November 8, 1947)
Huzoor’s instruction to Hazrat Chaudry Sahib to stay on in New York and the gratitude of Arab delegations show that Huzoor was a source of blessing and mercy for all nations of the world.
Another attribute foretold in the prophecy was that he will be kind and soft at heart. Allah did bestow on him the softness of heart and kindness. He was endowed with love for the poor, had keen awareness of their needs and had the will to try to provide for their needs. He was always involved in the service of humanity. As a matter of faith he tried his best to maintain the dignity of Humanity. He was not only aware of the needs of non-Muslims but he also provided regular allowances for widows and orphans of non-Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus and he continued these allowances for widows and orphans of Qadian even after partition of India and Pakistan.
Then during the turbulent times of partition he provided protection to the Muslims of Batala district and its surrounding villages in Qadian. He did his best to protect their lives, belongings and honor and effectively arranged for their safe passage to Pakistan by contacting the concerned government agencies. These services of his were acknowledged by the press and newspaper of those days and learned people from every school of thought and belief commended him and praised his kindheartedness and service. In order to inculcate the practice of providing service to mankind and for their best possible training and education and to develop a sense of responsibility in members of every age in his community, he established the organizations of Ansarullah, Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya and Atfal-ul-Ahmadiyya in men and Lajna Imaillah and Nasirat-ul-Ahmadiyya in women. These organizations have been very effective and resulted in a sense of competition to excel in doing good.
According to the prophecy he completed the task assigned to him by Allah in the best possible way and was finally raised to heaven to be in the presence of Almighty Allah, his Lord. Inna Lillahe wa Inna Ilaihe Rajayoon.
In short, he was a source of mercy and blessings for his followers as well as non-believers and the wise and learned in the world were aware of his status and value. Therefore at his demise not only the press and non-believers in his own country but people from all over the world acknowledged his services and mourned his death. Herein are presented some of these observations.
A large number of newspapers carried obituaries with the news of his demise. Here are some examples:
There were many more Pakistani newspapers, including the Daily Naee Roshni (Nov. 10, 1965); the Daily Huniat (Nov. 8, 1965); the English Daily, The Light (Nov. 16, 1965); and the weekly Insaaf of Rawalpindi. There were also many letters to the Editors from many individuals, too numerous to mention here.
Newspapers from outside Pakistan include the Sidq-i-Jadid, Lukhnow, India (Nov. 19, 1965); Newspaper Roshni, Srinagar, Kashmir (Nov. 11, 1965); the Daily Haqeeqat, Lukhnow(Nov. 10, 1965); The daily Tribune, Ambala, India (Nov. 9, 1965); The Daily Samaj Katak, Orisa, India (Nov. 13, 1965); The Liberian Star, Liberia, West Africa; etc., etc.
The President of Liberia, William V. S. Tubman, sent a message of condolence and said: “I offer my sincere condolences to the Ahmadiyya community. My heart-felt sympathies are with you. Please convey my sentiments to all.”
The prophecy required that the Musleh Mau’ood find fame in the corners of the earth. Such a large scale mention of his demise illustrates that he, in fact, had won fame all over the world. The prophecy, therefore, was fulfilled in him in all its grand details.
Let us humbly pray that Allah elevate him in ranks in Jannatul Firdaus and count him among His very chosen servants. May we become able to mould our lives as he wished us to serve the cause of Ahmadiyyat. Ameen!