In 1886, MGA traveled to Hoshiarpur and made his famous prophecy of a “Promised-Son”, he stayed in the house of Shaikh Meher Ali, who seems to have been a good friend of MGA in those days. Shaikh Meher Ali had a falling out with MGA in 1892 and that was the last that we heard of him. In the below, we have posted data about this story. However, we disagree that MGA was leading “Friday sermons” in 1886, or anytime before or after, that part of the story is a lie. Obviously, MGA never went to any Masjid in Hoshiarpur and Ahmadiyya leadership fabricated this story, i.e., that MGA led Friday prayers for 3 months in 1886 for 3 people. MGA was most likely on opium the whole time and factually without his wife for 3 months in 1886. MGA lived with his male servants and most likely fondled them and vice versa. Similarly, in 1889, MGA visited Aligarh, and again he never came out of his room and never attended any mosque. Starting on March 11th, MGA had his written debate with Murlidhar. We have also found another lie by Ahmadiyya leadership. MGA published his famous prophecy about his “Promised-Son”, however, MGA was in seclusion, Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyya tells us that it was published as a ZAMIMA(appendix) in AKHBAR RIAZ E HIND on 1st March 1886.
Saturday, January 23rd, 1886
Per Ahmadiyya sources, MGA’s 40 days of seclusion on started on this day.
February 20th, 1886
During MGA’s 40 day’s of seclusion, he seems to have published an announcement. This is the famous announcement of the Promised Son. This day corresponds to roughly day number 29-30 during MGA’s 40 days of seclusion.
February 22nd, 1886
MGA’s 40 days of seclusion ended.
March 1st, 1886
MGA’s servant carried MGA’s announcement to get it published. It was published on the same day.
March 11th, 1886
MGA’s first written debate started.
March 17th, 1886
MGA is back at Qadian.
March 22nd, 1886
MGA publishes an announcement to the effect that such a son would be born within a period of 9 years. After this another Ishtihar was published saying such a son would be born very soon which would not exceed a period of one pregnancy. We have compiled of a partial entry on this announcement herein.
April 8th, 1886
MGA published an announcement in terms of the promised son.
“”””””A boy will be born very soon, within the nine-month period of a pregnancy and no longer than that. It has, however, not been made clear to me whether this is the [promised] boy or whether he will be born later within the stipulated nine-year period.””””” (See the announcement of 8th
April 1886, printed at Chashma-e-Faid Qadri Press, Batala.)(See also, “Green Announcement”, see page 4).
“””The grandeur of the prophecy relating to the birth of a son whose various high qualities have been set out is not reduced by any long period that might be specified for its fulfilment even though it might be the double of nine years. The heart of every just person will bear clear witness that the fulfilment of such a high prophecy which comprises the birth of such an outstanding and special personality is beyond human power. The revelation of such good news in consequence of the acceptance of prayer is not only a prophecy but is a grand heavenly Sign.””””[Announcement of April 8, 1886, Majmu‘ah Ishtiharat, vol. 1, pp. 116–117](See also the 2009 online edition of Tadhkirah, page 183).
“”””After the announcement mentioned above, I supplicated again for further disclosure concerning this matter and it was disclosed to me today, April 8, 1886, by God Almighty that a son will be born very soon. Such period cannot exceed the interval of one pregnancy. Thus,
it is obvious, that a son will probably be born soon, or certainly in the next pregnancy, but it has not been disclosed whether the one who will be born soon is the same Promised Son or whether he will be born at some other time within the term of nine years.””” [Announcement of April 8, 1886, Majmu‘ah Ishtiharat, vol. 1, p. 117](See also the 2009 online edition of Tadhkirah, page 184).
There are two phrases in the Arabic revelation:
These indicate descent or a near descent.
[Announcement of April 8, 1886 footnote, Majmu‘ah Ishtiharat, vol. 1, p. 117]
(C) Thereafter the following revelation was also received:
[Urdu] They said: Is this the one who was to come or shall we wait for another?
[Announcement of April 8, 1886, Majmu‘ah Ishtiharat, vol. 1, p. 117]
April 15, 1886
A daughter was born to MGA on this day, Ismat, she died of Cholera at age 5 (in 1891).
MGA’s wife gives birth to a son, he is named Bashir and Emmanuel. MGA published an announcement and claims that the promised Son which he had prophesied has come to the world. This good news reached Hakim Nuruddin at Jammu who distributed sweets there and wrote to Mirza sb to convey his Salam to Promised Son. In response Mirza sb wrote that “ I have conveyed your Salam to him and he replied by smiling twice or thrice then he placed his index finger on his lips.” (Maktoobat e Ahmadia Vol 5 part 2 page 43. After few days his AQIQA was performed. Celiberation started at Qadian and big party was thrown by Mirza sb which was attended by ahmadis from far flung areas enjoying delicious meals.
“””””Readers! I give you the good news that the boy whose birth I had prophesized in the announcement of 8th April 1886 came into this world on 16th Zil-Qa‘ad, or 7th August.””””” (See the announcement of 7th August 1887, printed at Victoria Press, Lahore). (See also, “Green Announcement”, see page 4).
July 10th, 1888
MGA publishes another announcement in terms of the Promised Son, its content are unknown.
November 4th, 1888
Bashir-1(emmanuel) dies. However, MGA’s wife is 8 months pregnant with another child.
Shaikh Meher Ali seems to have gotten arrested, he was released 6 months later.
MGA claims that the Shaikh had a stroke and was paralyzed(See Haqiqatul Wahy). However, this is Ahmadiyya only reporting, hence, we have to be skeptical.
MGA traveled and lived in Shaikh Meher Ali’s house in 1886
(see Dard, starting on page 140)
“””MGA knew Shaikh Meher Ali Hoshiarpuri as early as 1886. On Wednesday or Thursday, January 20th or 21st, 1886, in a Behli (a bullock-driven carriage). MGA was accompanied by M. Abdullah Sanauri, Sh. Hamid Ali, and Fateh Khan of Rasulpur, a village near Tanda in Hoshiarpur district. The party stopped a night at Rasulpur and reached Hoshiarpur on Friday, January 22nd, 1886. MGA occupied the upper story of the Taweila and entrusted different duties to his three companions. M. Abdullah Sanauri was to prepare food for MGA and serve it. Sh. Hamid Ali had to do the house work and also attend to visitors. Fateh Khan was required to do the shopping. It was then announced by means of handwritten leaflets that MGA would not see anybody for 40 days. Strict orders were given by MGA to keep the front door always bolted and that none even of his companions should disturb him. No one was allowed to go upstairs or to talk to him more than was necessary in answer to questions. He wanted his meals left upstairs, no one was to wait upon him, and the dishes and utensils were to be cleared when he had finished. He offered his prayers alone in his room upstairs. His instructions were carefully carried out and he was left undisturbed with God. He came down on Fridays and the party used to go to a solitary mosque situated in a park outside the town where MGA led the Jum‘a prayers. He also attended to his letters and read newspapers…………….”””
“””……………..No one knows what MGA did upstairs. M. Abdullah Sanauri used to take his food to him; and he says that once or twice MGA told himself a little of the religious experience he was going through.”””
Summary written by a friend of mine
From : (AINA KAMALAT E ISLAM PAGE 651-54 MAJMOA ISHTIHARAT PAGE 6) (RAEES E QADIYAN PAGE 536).
Shaikh Maher Ali Raees of Hoshiarpur, was a rich Mureed of Mirza Qadiyani from whom Mirza Qadiani minted lot of money in the name of Chanda. This was the man in whose TAWEELA (Animal place), at HoshiarPur, Mirza Qadiani spent more than a month in connection with committed worship (CHILLA KASHI).
It was the habit of Mirza Qadiani that whenever there take place some incident or a calamity Mirza would immediately claim that God has informed him of the happening before hand. In 1892, a man was murdered in Hoshiarpur and on suspicion Sheikh Maher Ali was arrested among others. Mirza announced that God had shown him six months ago that the floor of Sheikh,s house has caught fire and he has requested Sheikh sb for repentance thru a letter.
While Sheikh sb was locked up, Jan Muhammad, his son sent letter to Mirza requesting him to pray for release of his father. Mirza replied that “DUA KI GAI FAZAL HO JAIGA” meaning i have prayed for him God would do his favour. Remember this is a common practice in Punjab that peoples, when in trouble, solace each other with the words like “ALLAH FAZAL KAREGA” THEEK HOJAIGA “KHAIR HOGI “ etc
Shaikh Maher Ali proved innocent during trial by Session Court and was released. Mirza sent a letter to Sheikh sb stating that he has been released because of my prayers for which i have already informed your son. Now send me a letter to confirm the fact that he Mirza has predicted of his arrest and release so that people may know of this heavenly sign about my truth.
Sheikh Maher Ali sent letter thru his son stating that he, Mirza has not predicted my release but he only said God would do favour. Thus he refused to send such a testimony to Mirza. Mirza got furious to read this and published isthihar against Sheikh Maher Ali stating that I have petitioned the case of Sheikh Maher Ali in the court of Allah. On the night of 25 February 1893, Allah told me that whatever u intend for him on the earth Allah would do that in the skies, and soon Sheikh Maher Ali would suffer agony and trouble and if it is not happened and revealed to the world I would be treated as a liar.
Nothing happened to Sheikh Maher Ali he spent rest of his life quit peacefully and comfortably thus attesting the lie of Mirza Qadiyani.
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The reference from the 2009 online edition of Tadhkirah
“””When I saw this dream God conveyed its interpretation to me clearly that Sheikh [Mehr ‘Ali] would be afflicted with a great misfortune which will affect his honour and my putting out the fire by pouring water on to it meant that the misfortune would be repelled through my prayer and not through any other means….After about six months it happened accordingly. I was in Ambala Cantonment when a person of the name of Muhammad Bakhsh came to me on behalf of Jan Muhammad, son of Sheikh [Mehr ‘Ali], and told me that Sheikh [Mehr ‘Ali] had been arrested in connection with such and such a case. I enquired from him about the letter that I had written six months earlier warning Sheikh [Mehr ‘Ali] of such a misfortune, but Muhammad
Bakhsh confessed lack of knowledge of such a letter. However, Sheikh [Mehr ‘Ali] himself—after his release—often stated that the letter had been found in one of his boxes. While Sheikh [Mehr ‘Ali] was in custody I received several letters from his son Jan Muhammad, possibly written by Muhammad Bakhsh, who was a connection of theirs, requesting me for prayers. Allah knows that I prayed for him diligently through several nights. At first the situation appeared very involved and threatening but at last God accepted my supplications and conveyed to me the good news of his deliverance. This was conveyed briefly to his son… I prayed for him for long. At the end, reassurance of divine grace and deliverance was conveyed to me in a few words which were quite definite””””. [Appendix A’ina-e-Kamalat-e-Islam, p. 6, Announcement of February 25, 1893 along with footnote, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 5, pp. 653–654]. See also, the online english edition of Tadhkirah, page 186).
“””Last night, being greatly perturbed by the attitude of Sheikh [Mehr ‘Ali of Hoshiarpur], I supplicated for a heavenly decision. Thereafter, I was shown in a dream that I had sent some money to a shopkeeper as the price of something good and fragrant. He took the money, but sent an evil-smelling substance. When I saw it, I was angry and told my messenger: Go back to the shopkeeper and tell him to send me what I had asked for, otherwise I would file a complaint against him for cheating and he will be sent to jail for at least six months and probably longer. The shopkeeper sent back word that he had not done this on his own but that he had been influenced by the babblings of a mad man which made him forget his duty and that he was
now ready to send what I had asked for.
I interpreted this to mean that the Sheikh [Mehr ‘Ali] would be afflicted with such humiliation and eventually would be remorseful and that for the moment he was acting under some one else’s influence””””. [Announcement concerning Sheikh Mehr ‘Ali of Hoshiarpur, p. 7, A’ina-e-Kamalat-e-Islam, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 5, pp. 655–656](See also, the online english edition of Tadhkirah, pages 296-297).
“”I supplicated again concerning this matter and received the revelation:
‘That is [Arabic] We are watching from heaven that your heart has turned from the well
wishing of Sheikh Mehr ‘Ali towards supplicating for his chastisement. We shall turn the matter in heaven as you make it turn upon earth. We are with you, and shall raise your ranks’.””””
[Announcement concerning Sheikh Mehr ‘Ali of Hoshiarpur, p. 8, A’ina-e-Kamalat-e-Islam, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 5, p. 656](See also, the online english edition of Tadhkirah, page 297).
“””I had seen a fearsome dream concerning Sheikh Mehr ‘Ali in Qadian on April 26, 1886, the interpretation of which was that he would be afflicted with a great misfortune. He was informed of this about the same time. The dream was that the carpet had caught fire and there was great hue and cry. A terrible flame of fire mounted up and there was no one to put it out. At last I poured water over it repeatedly and put it out. The fire was no longer visible but there still was some smoke. I could not see how much the fire had destroyed but I conceived that there was no great damage. This was the dream mentioned in my letter to Sheikh Mehr ‘Ali and the letter was found in his house by his son after his arrest. Thereafter, I had one or two dreams the greater part of which was frightening and a part was reassuring. I interpret this to mean that possibly there are intervening difficulties, but the end is good. However, the end has not yet been clearly disclosed to me so that I cannot say anything with certainty. [Allah knows best.]”””
[Maktubat-e-Ahmadiyyah, vol. 5, p. 22, Letter to Chaudhary Rustam ‘Ali](See also, the online english edition of Tadhkirah, pages 185-187).
Mirza Bashir Ahmad’s comments on this incident
“””Six months before Sheikh Mehr ‘Ali was imprisoned, Allah the Almighty showed to the Promised Messiahas in a dream that the seat of Sheikh [Mehr ‘Ali] had caught fire and the Promised Messiahas put the fire out by pouring water over it. The Promised Messiahas immediately informed Sheikh [Mehr ‘Ali] of this trial and tribulation and asked him to repent and seek forgiveness of Allah. But after he was released Sheikh [Mehr ‘Ali] denied receiving the letter. Instead, he started saying that there was no such letter, but he was being pressured to issue a statement to this effect. The Promised Messiahas is referring to this painful attitude of the Sheikh [Mehr ‘Ali]. [Mirza Bashir Ahmad] (See also, the online english edition of Tadhkirah, page 296).
1906 in Haqiqatul Wahy
This book was published in 1907. MGA and his team wrote:
“””I had seen in my dream that a fire had flared up in his341 house and that I had put it out…. Thereafter, I had made another prophecy concerning him that he would be afflicted with another calamity. Accordingly, he suffered a stroke of paralysis.””” [Haqiqatul-Wahi, pp. 222–223, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 22, p. 223] (See also, the online english edition of Tadhkirah, page 297).
(Nuzul-ul-Masih, Ruhani Khazain, Volume 18, Page 579)
“”””I was once shown in a dream that the carpet of Shaikh Mehr ‘Ali’s house, a chief of Hoshiarpur, had caught fire, and I poured water over it until the fire was put out. At once God caused its true meanings to dawn upon my heart with great clarity: Shaikh Sahib and his honour would be in great peril, and it would only be removed through my prayer. I wrote a detailed letter to the aforesaid Shaikh Sahib and informed him of the matter. Six months later, he became so seriously embroiled in a lawsuit that he was sentenced to death by hanging. At that critical time, upon the request of his son, I prayed for him and conveyed to his son in writing the glad tidings of his acquittal. He was accordingly acquitted.””””
Shagufta Naeem claims to be a grand-daughter of Shaikh Mehr Ali
Tarikh e Ahmadiyya on this topic
Tareekh Ahmadiyyat Vol 2 1960 Edition Pages 92-96
Translation 1 page 92 and 93
To fulfill the ancient predictions, Allah instill in Masih Maoud’s heart/mind to preform chilla kashi. After making decision to travel to SOJANPUR in 1884 (there are 2 years between 1884 and 1886) he informed of his motive to esteemed Munshi Abdullah Sanori. But then Hazoor was informed by Ilham that his (uqda kushiee) problem will be resolved in Hoshiarpur. So Hazoor sitting in a behli (in dictionary behli is a small ox drawn 2 wheeled vehicle) travelled to Hoshiarpur, via river Biaas, on 22 January 1886. The result of chilla Kashi was given the revelation of Musleh Maood, shining future for the unfounded hidden Jammat and the expeditions of Islam. He arrived to Qadian on 17 March 1886.
Translation 2 Page 94
The Hazrat Masih Maoud advertised and announced via handbills (ishtihar printed on paper and distributed) “no one should neither try to meet me for 40 days nor invite me for any feasts (dawat). After finishing my 40 days I will stay here for another 20 days, and people who wants to invite me, could do so. If anyone want to ask any questions, can do that time. Hazrat sahib ordered us to chain the door, no one should talk to me. And if I ask for any thing, just reply to what ask and not more.
Hazoor said to me (Abdullah sanori) one day, Abdulla, these days, Allah has opened his doors of blessing to me. Sometimes He continue talking to me for long time, if I start to write that it will spread on many pages. Pisr Moud (promised son) ilham was also during that Chilla. So after chilla (40 days), he announced the paishgoi of Musleh Maoud. After passing of 40 days, he stayed in Hoshiarpur for another 20 days. During those 20 day numerous people invited him for dinners and for religious discussions.
Translation 4 page 95 and 96
Now we talk in detail about Hazoor travel to Hoshiarpur, chilla kasha, and during chilla Kashi, paishgoi about birth of a promised son.
We have mentioned before that Hazoor only went to Hoshiarpur to perform chilla. He (Mirza ghulam) stayed busy praying for 40 days. During those days his seclusion was of another kind. IT WAS FORBIDDON TO HAVE ANY COMMUNICATION WITH THE CITY DEWELLERS VIA HANDBILLS. All 3 of his companions in this journey were ordered to put the chain on the front door. No one was allowed to talk to him. And if I talk to anyone, they must only reply to what I ask for, nothing more. To deliver food for him upstairs was only done with his permission. During that time vast communications from Allah continued.
Translation 5 page 96
Out of all those ilhams/paishgois, paishgoi of promised son hold the most prominent place. So when the chilla finished (40 days from 22 Jan 1886)
Hazrat Aqdas wrote with his pen an Ishtihar on 20 February 1886, (there are not 60 days between 22 Jan and 20 Feb on the other hand it says he wrote after the chilla was finished) which was published as a ZAMIMA in AKHBAR RIAZ E HIND on 1st March 1886.
Tareekh Ahmadiyyat Vol 2 1960 p 92-96
Additional Sources—Rafiq Dilawri, author of book Raees e Qadian gave accounts of the prophesy of Promised Son, based on MGA,s books and personal contacts.
In his Ishtihar dated 20th February, 1886, MGA did not specify a date for birth of promised son. But in his Ishtihar of 22 March 1886 Mirza specified that such a son would be born within a period of 9 years. After this another Ishtihar was published saying such a son would be born very soon which would not exceed a period of one pregnancy.
(Tabligh Risalat Vol-1 page 76).
Abdullah Sinauri says in those days Mirza sb always asks us to pray Allah to bless him with a son. So once he prayed for son on roof top of masjid Mubarak and a whole day in Jungle to the east of Qadian. (Seeratul Mahdi Vol-1 page 82).
Request for a baby Swing for Emmanuel :-
Shaikh Muhammad Abdullah sb (resident of Wazirabad) , Marchant German Silver Anarkali Bazar Lahore, who was a Manager in Shaikh Omaruddin and Ameeruddin & Co Anarkali Lahore, for many years since 1885, stated to me (the author) that the first Ishtihar dated 20th February 1886, regarding the birth of Emmanuel which Mirza sb had brought out, was printed and published at our Press under our supervision.
With his request of publishing Ishtihar, Mirza sb also sent a message to him requesting for a top quality baby swing for promised son who was to be born soon. Abdullah sb says he himself had placed order for a latest baby swing to Bhagat Singh Roodgar, Old Anarkali Lahore.The swing was manufactured at a cost of Rs.16/- Bhagat Singh the technician who was a resident of Mohallah Said Mittha Lahore is still alive. (Till writing of Raees e Qadian), when the swing was ready, it was sent to Batala under Railway Billty as the train service was available upto Batala at that time.
However, contrary to the expectations, In May 1886 MGA,s wife gave birth to a baby girl. This caused a great humiliation and opponents made a mockery of it. Pandit Lekhram wrote that Mirza is a liar he just lied and god proved him a liar. As quoted by MGA himself, a Railway Examiner namely Nabi Bakhsh wrote to him a letter dated 13th June 1886 and said “ you are a liar, birth of girl proved your prophesy wrong.
(Tabligh Risalat Vol-1 Page 90). The news of birth of a girl brought great humiliation to Mirza sb and many of his followers went in defection. These people include the above referred Abdullah sb, Shaikh Omruddin and Shaikh Ameeruddin.
When the criticism increased Mirza sb published another Ishtihar stating that opponents have misinterpreted his earlier Ishtihar and he had set a time line of 9 years. He reprimanded his opponents and launched a counter attack on them.
(Tabligh Risalat Vol-1 Page 84).
However, with renewed efforts and high hopes Mirza sb got a good news of another pregnancy of Nusrat Jehan which resulted in delivery of a son this time۔ Much awaited Emanuel was born on 7th August,1887. Same day MGA published another Ishtihar and claimed that the promised Son which he had prophesied has come to the world (Tabligh e Risalat Vol 1 page 99)
This good news reached Hakim Nuruddin at Jammu who distributed sweets there and wrote to Mirza sb to convey his Salam to Promised Son. In response Mirza sb wrote that “ I have conveyed your Salam to him and he replied by smiling twice or thrice then he placed his index finger on his lips.” (Maktoobat e Ahmadia Vol 5 part 2 page 43. After few days his AQIQA was performed. Celiberation started at Qadian and big party was thrown by Mirza sb which was attended by ahmadis from far flung areas enjoying delicious meals.
Several maids were appointed to look after the boy. Munshi Rustam Ali Court Inspector, Jallandhar was requested to arrange a women for breast feeding to newly born. Mirza sb said he needs a lady whose own son should be of one year age, she should be much healthy. She should not be suffering from disease of child mortality. Her children should be healthy and sturdy should not be thin and suffering from Progeria.
However, Allah,s plans were altogether different than what Mirza had planned. This Emmanuel, the so called promised son died of 23 days illness on 4th November, 1888, despite best medical treatment. This broke the mountains of sorrow and grief upon poor MGA.
Mirza has brought a storm of criticism and mockery not only to himself but also to Islam as he has claimed the birth of promised son as a sign to the truthfulness of Islam.
Many of his close Mureeds left him and reverted to islam after this failed prophesy. Shaikh Muhammad Abdullah Sodagar Anarkali Lahore, Fateh Ali Shah Deputy Collector Mohallah Chabuk Swaran Lahore, Khwaja Muhammaduddin and Ameeruddin,kothi daran adj Kashmiri Bazar Lahore, Mian Muhammad Chatto Patoli, Molvi Elahi Bakhsh S.O Chatto Patoli, Raees Lahore, Mola Bakhsh, and Hafiz Muhammad Yusuf Amritsari were among those who left Mirza. These all were big Chanda contributors of MGA.
(Extracted from Majmoa Ishtiharat, Maktoobat ahmadia, Seeratul Mahdi, Raees e Qadian by Rafiq Dilawari.)
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