Mirza Ghulam Haidar was the youngest brother of Mirza Ghulam Murtaza and Mirza Ghulam Muhi ud Din. He had one child, Mirza Ghulam Hussain who was married off to a sister of Mirza Ahmad Baig (Beg) pre-1865, her name was Imam Bibi (see Dard page 170). Ahmad Beg was the father of Muhammadi Begum. Thus, MGA was related to Muhammadi Begum 4-5 different ways. Imam Bibi and Mirza Ghulam Hussain had NO children, Ahmadiyya sources say that he had been missing for 25 years (1888-25=1853) since roughly 1853, however, we don’t agree with this. We think that he was missing since 1865. Since in the settlement of 1865 he received a pension and other property rights which were continually yielding high monthly income and he is specifically mentioned in the 1865 edition of the Punjab Chiefs. Furthermore, in 1902, Ghulam Haider’s relatives (MGA’s nephews and cousins) who had inherited Haider’s house, which was right next to MGA’s house had died (imam bibi died in 1902), and half of that house was given to MGA, MGA seems to have bought the other half and thus created a mansion for himself.
He saves his two brothers from being murdered by Sikhs (see Dard page 15), most likely since they deserted the Sikh government in 1848.
He seems to have been alive and well and received his portion of the pension that was allocated to the Mirza family. According to the Settlement of 1865 (with the British govt. see Punjab Chiefs), the Mirza estate was divided into five parts; two-fifths belonged to the descendants of Mirza Tasadduq Jilani, two fifths to those of Mirza Gul Muhammad, and one-fifth to Mirza Ghulam Murtaza as the managing proprietor (see Dard page 68). In fact, Mirza Ghulam Murtaza was the “head of the family”, even the Punjab Chiefs, his name is listed under the header. Haidar would have fallen under the 2/5th’s category of Mirza Gul Muhammad. 2/5th’s equals 280 rupees, that would get divided 3 ways, since the 3 Mirza brothers got the pension, Mirza Ghulam Haidar thus walked away with roughly 94 rupees a year in pension money and other proprietory property rights.
Dr. Basharat Ahmad reports in Mujadid e Azim that the wife of Mirza Ghulam Haidar said something disrespectful about Muhammad (saw), MGA thus cut her off and never spoke to her again. This story is most likely in terms of the Muhammadi Begum story. Since MGA was desperate to prove that his cousins were god-less people and etc.
Its unknown when he died. His wife seems to have died by 1902, as MGA wrote his book, ‘Nuzul ul Masih” he mentioned her and the land that she left behind, which MGA and his cousins splits among themselves. This seems to be the same land over which the entire dispute with Muhammadi Begum was about. In conclusion, the land was split up 3-4 ways. In Kishti-Nuh (Noah’s Ark), MGA mentions how Ghulam Haidar’s property was right next to his own, he was able to inherit half of that, then, he bought the other half from his close relatives (see page 139).
MGA writes about Imam Bibi in 1902
“””I was given to understand that Imam Bibi—who was the widow of one of our collaterals—would die and half her land would revert to us and the remaining half would revert to our collaterals. I communicated this revelation to those of my friends who were with me at that time. And so it happened that the woman died and her land was divided half and half
between our collaterals and us.””” [Nuzulul-Masih, pp. 213–214, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 18, pp. 591–592].
Links and Related Essays
Sir Lepel H. Griffin (1865), The Panjab Chiefs, Online: apnaorg.com. pp.381-2
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