SHEIKH MUHAMMAD HUSAIN
Sheikh Muhammad Husain Abu Sa’id is in an extremely precarious state these days. He considers me to be a disbeliever and in his edict many of his elders have gone even further to denounce me as the worst of disbelievers. He has also put his elderly teacher, Nazeer Husain of Delhi, into the same difficult situation.
Holy is Allah! A man believes in Allah, the Glorious, and His Noble Messenger, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him; observes prayer and fasts regularly; is among those who turn their faces towards the Ka’bah; acts in exact conformity with the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him; yet Mr Batalvi labels him an infidel, rather the worst of disbelievers and a permanent inmate of Hell. And he does so simply because the person in question believes the Messiah, peace be upon him, to have died according to the following clear statement of the Holy Quran:
1 فَلَمَّا تَوَفَّیۡتَنِیۡ
Moreover, based on the prophecies of the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, the accused believes that the Promised Messiah will be from the Muslim Ummah; and on the basis of constant revelations and categorical signs, he proclaims himself to be the Promised Messiah.
Mr Batalvi also accuses me of denying the existence of angels, miracles, the mi’raj 2 (مِعْرَاج) of the Prophet(sa) and of falsely claiming prophethood.
Holy is Allah! In an attempt to declare me a disbeliever, what false charges has this poor man not levelled against me? How consumed is he by his grief that somehow all of mankind may consider a certain Muslim to be a disbeliever, and declare him a greater disbeliever than Christians and Jews.
Witnesses say that Batalvi’s condition is wretched these days. If anybody happens to ask him as to why he does not fear God when declaring those who pronounce the Muslim creed to be disbelievers, he shouts at them like a madman, and hurls endless abuse at me saying that I am surely a disbeliever of the highest degree, indeed, worse than all disbelievers. I request his well-wishers to pray for him at this critical hour. His ship is currently caught in a typhoon from which there seems to be no apparent hope of survival.
وَ اِنِّيْ رَاَیْتُ اَنَّ ھٰذَا الرَّجُلَ یُؤْمِنُ بِاِیْمَانِيْ قَبْلَ مَوْتِہٖ وَرَاَیْتُ کَاَنَّہُ تَرَکَ قَوْلَ التَّکْفِیْرِ وَتَابَ وَھٰذِہٖ رُؤْیَايَ وَاَرْجُوْ اَنْ یَّجْعَلَھَا رَبِّيْ حَقًّا وَالسَّلَامُ عَلٰی مَنِ اتَّبَعَ الْھُدٰی 3
Qadian, District Gurdaspur
4 May 1893
1 ‘But since You caused me to die…’ (al-Ma’idah 5:118)
2 Spiritual ascension of the Holy Prophet (sa). [Publisher]
3 I saw in a vision that this man [Maulvi Muhammad Husain] will acknowledge my being a believer before his death. I saw that he had given up declaring me a disbeliever and had repented of his position. This was my vision and I hope that my Lord will make it come true. And peace be on those who follow the guidance. [Publisher]