As we all know, in 1864, MGA and his cousin-brother set off to pickup the hefty pension payment by the British govt. to MGA’s father and his brothers. We have also written an extended review of MGA’s family issues leading up to this, specifically how MGA’s mother kept saving MGA from working and etc, MGA was punished by not being able to see his mother ever again. Below is the entire translation and transliteration of the incident. It should be noted that by 1864, MGA’s fathers pension was only 200 rupees per month (see Dard, page 18), however, after the settlement of 1865 it was raised to 700 rupees pension was given in total to Mirza Ghulam Murtaza and his brothers. However, after this incident, Mirza Ghulam Murtaza’s brothers sued him in court and won, its the famous settlement of 1865 (see Dard page 68). According to the Settlement of 1865, the estate was divided into five parts; two-fifths belonged to the descendants of Mirza Tasadduq Jilani, two fifths to those of Mirza Gul Muhammad (via the brothers of Mirza Ghulam Murtaza (Muhiyideen and Haidar), and one-fifth to Mirza Ghulam Murtaza as the managing proprietor. Of the 700 rupees, 280 rupees were allocated to Jilani, who’s entire family seems to have went missing from Ahmadiyya records. Another 280 rupees were  allocated to the brothers of Mirza Ghulam Murtaza (Muhiyideen and Haidar). The final 140 rupees were just for Mirza Ghulam Murtaza, which was 60 rupees less than the original pension of 200 rupees. In 1876, when Mirza Ghulam Murtaza died, his pension payment of 140 rupees also died. Mirza Ghulam Qadir becomes the head of the Mirza family (see Dard, page 19 and 67). He did not give MGA much money at all during this period of management. In fact, even his wife (Hurmat Bibi) disliked MGA. After the death of Mirza Ghulam Murtaza, his nephews took Mirza Ghulam Qadir and his MGA to court over the land that was given to Mirza Ghulam Murtaza. Since he was given 1/5th separately. MGA’s cousins won the case, thus, when Mirza Sultan Ahmad came into power (1883) he immediately transferred the land to his cousins (see Dard, page 69-70). This would come to play out in the case of the wall in 1901. One last point, MGA never confessed to this pension story, it was told about 15 years after MGA died and published in Seeratul Mahdi, 1st edition (1923).

Full english translation
1923, 1935 and 2008 edition

“”In the name of Allah of the gracious and merciful

I was told by my respected mother (Harat Walida Sahiba)(this is a respectful way to refer to him mom) that one time, in his (MGA) days-of-youth, Hazrat Promised Messiah (as), (went to collect) your grandfather’s (his grand-father is MGA’s father, Mirza Ghulam Murtaza) pension. Following, following (following behind MGA in sneaky manner) was Mirza Imam ud Din (MGA’s big cousin-brother) also went. As he (MGA) collected the pension, then he (Mirza Imam Din) tricked/enticed and cheated and instead of bringing him to Qadian, he took him here and there to different places. Then, when he (Mirza Imam ud Din) spent (wrecklessly) all of the money, and finished, he left  him (MGA) and went to some other place). Hazrat Promised Messiah was so ashamed (of what had happened), that he didn’t go back home (to Qadian). And since your grandfather had always desired that he (MGA) would get a job, this is why he (MGA) went to Sialkot-City to work with the Deputy Commissioner’s court house, with a low salary, and got a job. And he stayed there and worked for some time (4 years technically, 1864-1868). Then, when your (Mirza Bashir Ahmad’s) grandmother (MGA’s mother) became sick, then your (Mirza Bashir Ahmad’s) grandfather sent a man (a servant), who told MGA to quit his job and go home (to qadian). On hearing this, MGA immediately began the process of leaving Sialkot. On getting to Amritsar, enroute to Qadian, a horse carriage was rented. At that exact time, another servant from Qadian had showed up to help collect MGA at Amritsar. This man asked the driver of the horse carriage to hurry, since his mother was on her death bed. A few minutes later, he said that her condition had worsened, hurry up (the servant said), we don’t want to miss her death. My (Mirza Bashir Ahmad’s) respected mother used to tell us that Hazrat Sahib (MGA) would say that this was when MGA finally understood, his respected mother was already dead. Because, if she was still alive, this man (the servant that MGA’s father sent to pickup MGA from Sialkot) wouldn’t have kept saying this (asking the horse carriage driver to hurry up). Evidently, on arriving in Qadian, it was found out that she (MGA’s mother) was in reality already dead.

Respected mother tells us that Hazrat Sahib (MGA) used to say that “we” (MGA and his cousin Imam ud Din), left each other, then, Mirza Imam ud Din, kept going here and there, aimlessly. Eventually, he saw a tea house and robbed them, he beat them and was caught, however, during the trial/questioning he was released (by the police). Hazrat sahib (MGA) would say, obviously, Allah, because of us (MGA’s father and his loyalty to the British), got him released from prison and saved him, instead (if it wasn’t for MGA’s father) how could this man be released, since he was our enemy, as he proudly would say. One of his father’s younger brother’s (also MGA’s uncle) was also in jail, but was also released. Khaksar tells us that Hazrat Promised Messiah (as) started his work in Sialkot, this is this story.”””

*Note added in the 1935 and 2008 edition
“””You shouldn’t think that this story, i.e., that Hazrat Promised Messiah went to work in Sialkot because he and mirza imam din, spent his (MGA) grandfather’s pension money, by cheating and spending it frivolously. Because, Hazrat Promised Messiah has himself explained it (the reason he went to work in Sialkot). The reason for his (MGA’s) employment was because his (MGA) father would always pressure MGA to work, however, his (MGA) opinion was always against work. Just like this, he left his employment for this same reason, i.e., that Hazrat Promised Messiah didn’t like to work and would write to his father all the time asking if he could quit. However, grandfather (MGA’s father) would never allow him (MGA) to quit. However, when, grandmother (MGA’s mother) got sick, then, grandfather sent approval to MGA to quit his job and come (come back to Qadian).”””

The transliteration
Bismillah Alrehmani rahim
Bayan kia mudge say hazart walida sahib nay kay aik dafa apnee jawani (youth) kay zamana main hazart masih maoud alaih salam tumharay dada kee pension wasool kernai gaye to peachay peachay (behind) mirza imam din bhee chala gaiya. Jab aap nay pension wasool ker lee to wo aap ko phusla (trick) ker aur dhoka day ker bajayi (instead) qadian lanay kay bahir (meaning of the word is outside-but it means outside qadian somewhere else) lay giaya aour idher udher (here there) phirata raha. (according to this narration -this incident was just before sialkot employment which was 1864-1868-MGA is around 25 years old-purpose of this is to ascertain MGA age- he was not a child that imam din could lure him hither thither in India)
Phir jub us nay (imamdin) saraa rupiya ura (spend) ker khatam ker diya to aap ko chore (leave) ker kaheen aour chala gaya. Hazrat masih maoud ees (this) sharam kay maray wapis ghar naheen aiyee. Aour chounkay tumharay dada ka munsha (desire) rehtaa tha kay aap kaheen mulazam ho jayeen -ees liyay aap sialkot shahr (city) main -deputy commissionar kee katchehri main qaleel tunkhua (little wage) per mulazam ho gayay (now that proves that MGA was in his 20s and was not a child) aour kutch arsaa tuk wahan mulazmat per rahay. Phir jab tumharee dadee (MGA mother) beemar hounee to tumharay dada nay admee bhaija – kay mulazmat chour (leave) ker aa (come) jaao. Jiss per hazrat sahib forun rawana ho gayay. Amritsar pohuntch ker qadian aanay kay wastay yakka karayia per liyaa. Iss mouqa per qadian say aik aour adamee bhee aap kay laynay kay liyay amritsar pouhntch giyaa -us admee nay kaha yakka (tanga) juldi chalao kiunkay un (MGA mother) kee halat bohat nazuk thee. Phir thoree dair kay baad kehnay laga -bohat hee halat nazuk thee- jaldi karo kaheen fout (died) nah ho gaee houn. Walida sahiba bayan kertee theen -kay hazart sahib fermatay thay -kay main isee waqat sumahg giaa kay -derasal walida fout ho chukee hain. Kiunkay agar woh zinda hoteen to wo shakhas aisay alfaz na boltaa. Chonanchay qadian pohnchay to pata laga kay waqayee wo fout ho chukeen thee.

Walida sahiba bayan kertee hain kay hazrat sahib fermatay thay kay humain (means -“us “ is plural- does that mean that there was at least one more person?) chore (leave) ker phir mirza imam din ihther udher (here and there) phirta raha. Akhir us nay chaiy (tea) kay qaflay per daka (theft) mara aour pakra giaa- magar muqadma main rihaa ho giya. Hazrat sahib farmatay thay kay maaloom hota hai kay Allah taala nay hamaree waja say hee usay kaid (prison) say bachaa liya-werna wo khud kaisa hee adamee tha hamaray mukhalif yahee kehtay -in kay aik chacha zaad bahee jail khana main reh chuka hai. Khaksaar araz kerta hai kay hazrat masih maoud alaih salam kee sialkot kee mulazmat 1864-1868 ka waqia hai.

*Note added in the 1935 and 2008 edition
“”Is rawait (narration) say yay naheen samajna chahiya kay hazart masih maoud ka sialkot main mulaazam hona is wajah say tha- kay aap say mirza imam din nay dada sahib kee pension kaa rupaya dhoka say ura (taken) liya tha-keyoon kay jaisa kay khud hazart masih maoud alaih salam nay apnee tasaneef main tasreeh (explain) kee hai. Aap kee mulazmat akhtiayar kernay kee waja (reason) siraf yay thee kay aap kay walid sahib mulazmat kay leyay zour daitay rehtay thay -werna aap kee apnee raiy (opinion) mulazmat kay khilaf thee. Isee tarha mulazmat chour (leave) daynay kee bhee asal wajah yahee thee – kay hazrat masih maoud mulazmat ko naapasand fermatay thay-aour apnay walid sahib ko mulazmat turk ker daynay kee ijazat kay leyay likhtay rehtay thay. laykin dada sahib turk a mulazmat kee ijazat naheen daytay thay. Magar jub dadi sahiba bemaar hunyee to dada sahib nay ijazat bhijwaa dee kay mulazmat chore ker aa jao.””

1923 edition, story #48, pages 34-35
Seeerat Almehdi vol 1 page 34 1923 Edition
Seeerat Almehdi vol 1 page 35 1923 Edition

1935 edition, story #49, pages 43-44
Seeratul AlMahdi vol 1 page 43 1935 Edition
Seeratul AlMahdi vol 1 page 44 1935 Edition

2008 edition, story #49, pages 38-39
Seerat ul Mahdi Vol 1 2 3 page 38 2008 Edition
Seerat ul Mahdi Vol 1 2 3 page 39 2008 Edition

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