His father passed away on June 2nd, 1876. Naturally Hazrat Ahmad(as) became concerned over the sources of his income. God Almighty vouchsafed him the following revelation:
“Alaysa Allaho be-Kafen Abdahoo”
Is not God sufficient for His servant? (Kitab al-Barriya, page 159)
This revelation gave him mental comfort and abundant solace. Future incidents demonstrated that God Almighty indeed assisted him in every situation, proving beyond a shadow of doubt that God was sufficient for His humble servant. These words of revelation were later carved in a stone and made into a signet ring which he wore all his life.
Upon his father’s death, the responsibility for administering the affairs of the family estate fell on the shoulders of his elder brother Mirza Ghulam Qadir. If he wanted he could have taken his share from the estate and lived a life of comfort. But whatever his brother gave him he lived on that, sometimes hand to mouth.
This was a very tough period for him. At times he had to face severe hardships in getting the bare necessities of life. Nevertheless he was always grateful for whatever he had. On occasion he would distribute his food among the poor and keep the minimum for himself.