After accepting Bait’s from his followers in March of 1889, MGA immediately traveled to Aligarh and was scheduled to give a speech to many Professor’s, Sir Syed would also be in attendance. However, after MGA arrived in Aligarh, he never came out of his apartment for daily prayers, then, just a few hours before his speech, he declined and abruptly left for Qadian. This was before Noorudin and Maulvi Abdul Karim had began giving speeches on MGA’s behalf. They had just taken his Bait however. Mir Abbas Ali Ludhianvi, Abdullah Sanori and Sheikh Hamid Ali accompanied him on this journey (see Mujadid-e-Azim, page 278). MGA stayed in Aligarh for just a week, after which he returned to Ludhiana. In Aligarh, he was the guest of Tafazul Hussain, Tehsildar, who was at the time serving as the Superintendent of the Deputy Commissioner’s office. There were a couple of report-worthy incidents in Aligarh (IBID). The name of the speech was supposed to be “The Truth of Islam”. This trip is mentioned in the ROR of June-July-1940. MGA and his team returned to Qadian on April-18-1889.
As we all know, MGA never gave any public lectures in his whole life, before 1889 or after. MGA always had a follower of his read out these ready made speeches, which were written by MGA’s team of writers. The main reason that MGA never did public speeches or Friday Sermons or etc was because he spoke with a terrible stutter. In fact, MGA’s team went out of their way to fabricate speeches that MGA might have given, like Khutba Ilhamia and other talks at the annual Jalsa’s at Qadian. Even before Khutbah Ilhamia, MGA never led any Eid prayer, he would simply get up to speak and say a few words after the main speech, see MGA’s Eid of 1888.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________1891, MGA’s account of this event in Fath-e-Islam
[Fat-he Islam, pp. 27–28 footnote, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 17–18](see also, the 2009 online edition of Tadhkirah, pages, 219-219).
“”””Once I had the occasion to travel to Aligarh at a time when my mind was tired. I had also suffered from this weakness some time earlier in Qadian and I was not in a fit condition
to carry on long conversations or to undertake any intellectual effort…. In Aligarh, while I was in this condition, a Maulavi of the name of Muhammad Isma‘il came to see me and humbly requested me to deliver a sermon…. I accepted his request with pleasure and had in mind to speak in regular public about the essence of Islam…But thereafter God the Almighty dissuaded me from this effort.
I am sure that as I was not in good health, God the Almighty did not desire that I should suffer some ill consequence from making an intellectual effort and that is why He stopped me from delivering the sermon. On a previous occasion, I had a similar experience.
While I was physically in a weak condition, I saw one of the past Prophets in a vision and he said to me with sympathy and goodwill, ‘Why do you do such hard mental work; if you continue, you will fall ill.’””””
______________________________________________________________________________________________Sir Syed Ahmad Khan then makes fun of MGA
See Dard, pages 215-216, footnotes:
“”””Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan also made Ahmad the target of his ridicule in his vanity and conceit. He offered to become his disciple and then go to Hyderabad where Ahmad should show some of his false miracles and he would go round singing his praises. Then the State in its simplicity would give Rs. 10,000 out of which Sir Sayyid would have two-thirds and onethird
would be Ahmad’s.
It is curious indeed to note here that Sir Sayyid was later on stricken with sorrow and grief when he and his college suffered a loss of Rs. 1,05,490/- through Sham Bihari Lal. The shock nearly killed him. When Ahmad knew from God that Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan was approaching death he invited him to accept the truth by means of an Ishtihar dated March 12th, 1897, but the world was too much with him. He had even discontinued offering the Salat and observing the fasts.”””
Who was Maulvi Muhammad Ismael?
MGA and other Ahmadiyya sources tell us that MGA was in Aligarh already when this Muslim Maulvi approached MGA and asked him to give a speech. MGA agreed, however, MGA and other Ahmadiyya sources tell us that MGA was prevented by his GOD to give them speech, and thus he reneged. However, the truth is that MGA was incapable. Nevertheless, Maulvi Muhammad Ismael seems to have engaged MGA in some type of Mubahila contest. He even wrote a book against MGA in 1889. This might be the first instance of MGA conducting a Mubahila challenge with another Muslim.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________Maulvi Muhammad Ismael was a liberal Maulvi who’s friend had visited MGA at Qadian and he says:
“Syed Ahmad Arab, who is my trusted friend, narrated to me, ‘I stayed with Hazrat Mirza in the company of a group of his trusted friends…and discovered that he possesses astrological
instruments that he puts to his use.’”
In response to this charge, MGA challenged Maulvi Muhammad Ismail of Aligarh to a
mubahalah. MGA wrote:
“I have no recollection of any Syed Ahmad who stayed with me for two months. The onus of producing this person is on Maulvi sahib so that we can ask him face to face what instruments he has seen with me. There is really no need for an Arab, or non- Arab, to give evidence in this matter. I am still alive, so why don’t you, Maulvi sahib, come and stay with me for two months and see for yourself?” (see Mujadid e Azim again).
Ahmadiyya sources tell us that Maulvi Muhammad Ismael died a short while after
We have not confirmed this as of yet, however, Ahmadiyya sources should never be trusted. Nevertheless, we have reported what they wrote.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________Seeratul Mahdi on the Aligarh situation of 1889
At page no 72 of his book Seeratul Mahdi Vol-1, Bashir Ahmad writes that Hazrat sb went to Aligarh in 1889. Abdullah Sinauri, Shaikh Hamid Ali and Mir Abbas Ludhianvi were with him. People in Aligarh arranged a lecture of Hazrat sb for which his approval was obtained in advance. An Ishtihar was published giving date, time and venue of the Lecture. When everything was ready and the time of Lecture came near, Hazrat sb refused to deliver the lecture by saying that Allah has stopped him from delivering this lecture. The organisers insisted and said, huzur cancellation of lecture would bring humiliation to us. But Hazrat sb remained firm and said he will not go against the will of God. So he stayed there for about seven days but did not deliver lecture.
The scan from Seeratul Mahdi
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