Next year in 1869 someone took him to Maulvi Muhammad Hussain Batalvi for a public discussion. Mr. Batalvi belonged to the Ahle Hadith sect that was being opposed at the time by other Muslim sects. The person who brought Huzoor(as) wanted him to have a debate and refute their certain doctrines. When Hazrat Ahmad(as) questioned Mr. Batalvi his belief on a certain theological point, he discovered that it was in complete accord with the Islamic teachings. So he refused to debate with him.
The person who had brought Hazrat Ahmad(as) for discussion was furious and expressed his consternation in harsh words for this let down. However Hazrat Ahamd(as) maintained, “ Whatever I did was to seek the pleasure of God Almighty. I don’t care if anyone condemns it.” God Almighty was so pleased with his attitude that he was comforted with the following revelation (Urdu):
“God is pleased with your attitude, He will shower His blessings on you, so much so that Kings would seek blessings from your garments”. (Braheene Ahmadiyya, Vol IV, page 520)
In 1875 his father laid the foundation stone of Aqsa mosque.
This year he fasted for eight or nine months on receiving directive from God Almighty. He reduced his daily food intake to such an extent that at one point it amounted to only two or three morsels a day. Besides receiving many heavenly blessings in those days, he met with former prophets and Muslim saints in his dreams and visions.