This “Letter of Warning” was missing for over 100 years, Akber C and AK Shaikh seem to have found it and posted it on their website. The back story is as follows, it seems that MGA’s team read about the claim of Piggot and Dowie in various newspapers of 1902 and thus decided to send them “challenges”, not a Mubahila, or a death prophecy but a sort of “warning of impending danger”. The reason it was worded as such was because in 1899, MGA was legally stopped from doing “death-prophecies” and Mubahila’s by the British Government. Clause #5 stated that MGA would never do a Mubahila vs. Batalvi and his friends and vice versa. However, by 1902, MGA had taken his challenges overseas to the USA (in terms of Dowie) and to the mainland of the British Government, the British courts remained silent however. There was another case of defamation in 1904 wherein MGA lost (a hindu judge presided) the case, MGA seems to have made disparaging remarks about a Maulvi. MGA = was saved on appeal via a British judge, its the case of Karam Din vs. MGA. MGA even engaged Maulvi Sanaullah in Mubahila in 1907 and Dr. Abdul Hakim Khan. It seems that the British government wasn’t serious about sending MGA to jail and simply let him run free and unabated.
A brief translation of the “warning”
“””””J.H. Smyth Pigott, Pastor of… London, has recently announced himself as God… on the 7th and 14th of September 1902… God has, therefore, commanded me to warn him… I, therefore, warn him through this notice that if he does not repent of this irreverent claim, he shall be soon annihilated, even in my life-time… God has borne witness to my truth with heavenly signs shown in thousands… The death of Mr. Pigott within my life-time shall be another sign of my truth. If I die before Mr. Pigott, I am not the true Messiah nor am I from God… God shall bring the false Messiah to destruction within the life-time of the true one… 24th November 1902.”””””
This “warning” wasn’t published in the English ROR of Nov 1902
The ROR of Sep-1903 published extracts from this letter as well as other various comments from British newspapers.
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