In this age of moral and spiritual deterioration, world tension and conflicts – God, out of His infinite grace and mercy, raised a holy person, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, India, in the attributive position of Jesus. His objective: to heal the morally sick, to enliven the spiritually dead, and to create a living relationship between man and his Maker. The world had been waiting anxiously for the Promised Prophet, the Promised Messiah or the Promised Mahdi. He claimed that it was he whose coming and appearance was predicted by the prophets of great religions. He proved his claim through numerous signs. At the age of forty he received the revelations, pure words from the Living God, and in 1891 A.D. he claimed to be the Promised Messiah.
Hazrat Ahmad, who lived from 1835 to 1908, showed thousands of miracles which are quite beyond the power of any human being. The beauty of his character, the acceptance of his prayers and magnificence of his signs were unique.
The Bible presents a criterion of a prophet:
“But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die”. (Deuteronomy 18:20
The words, “that prophet shall die”, can mean that a false claimant of revelation will not die a natural death, or that his movement will not flourish, since all true prophets are known to have passed away, including Moses, who mentioned this standard of judgment.
Hazrat Ahmad continued to convey his divine revelations (Tazkirah) for about thirty years, died a natural death and his movement has been progressing throughout the world.
Jesus presented this merit as a proof of the truth.
“Which of you convinceth me of sin?” (John 8:46)
The Promised Messiah, Hazrat Ahmad, also emphasized that it is inconceivable that an acknowledged truthful and holy person, who may have spent a considerable part of his life-time among his people, could turn out to be an imposter and a liar. Very confidently, he said:
“You cannot accuse me of fabricating a lie, or falsehood or deceit in my life preceding my claims, lest you may think that one who is used to lying may have done the same now. Which of you can find any fault with anything in my life? It is God’s grace that from the very first, He guarded me against evil and made me lead a pious life”. (Tazkiratush-Shahadatain p. 62
This indeed was a claim of great courage. No one could raise his finger to point out any evil and no one could accept his challenge.
The acceptance of prayers has been recognized as another important criterion by the Bible:
“We know that God heareth not sinners, but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth His Will, him He heareth”. (John 9:31)
The Promised Messiah. Hazrat Ahmad, wrote in one of his books:
“Let us select some sick people and allot them between us and try to heal them by prayer. Then you will see that God will accept my prayers and will heal my patients, but my opponents shall fail”.(Arbdeen No.3, p. 17)
And he tells of his accepted prayers thus:
“I have been given the blessing of abundant acceptance of prayers. There is none who can rival this. I can swear that about thirty thousand of my prayers have been heard and I can provide proof of it”. (Zarurat-ul Imam p. 22)
Thousands of people experienced the acceptance of, and received benefit from, his prayers. Undoubtedly this also was a great heavenly proof in his favour.
Miracles have been earmarked by the Bible as denoting heavenly approval. Peter once said in his sermon:
“Ye men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs which God did by him”. (Acts 2:22)
Thousands of miracles concerning the health, the life, or the death of certain persons were performed by the Promised Messiah. He challenged with the offers of rewards to anyone who would reply to his arguments, and openly challenged his opponents to compete with him in prayers. Out of his thousands of miracles one which the United States has witnessed, is briefly mentioned here.