Its really hard to trust Ahmadiyya sources. The Khalifa wasn’t able to walk much of the early part of the 1950’s. Rashid Ahmad, the first African-American Ahmadiyya missionary tells us from his memories that the Khalifa suffered from gout and was thus unable to walk around Rabwah. Then, in the 1954, they claim that the Khalifa was stabbed in the neck and then was forced to visit Europe as he seeked treatment. Ahmadiyya sources tell us that even though the knife had been removed, there was still a small piece of the knife that was almost touching the Khalifa’s neck bones. It is hard to trust this information by Ahmadiyya sources. On the other hand, Ahmadiyya sources claim that the Khalifa was having a great time in Europe. See the below. Nevertheless, the Khalifa returned to Pakistan in 1955 and made his final public appearance in 1956. The next 9 years of his life were spent in pain and agony. The Khalifa appointed his eldest son, Mirza Nasir Ahmad to lead all the Friday sermons and to manage the day-to-day operations of the Ahmadiyya Movement. This data was posted by an Ahmadi on his twitter account.
Before going to England, and after getting stabbed, here is the Khalifa’s condition
On 26th February, around Mughrib Time (sunset time), I had an attack of paralysis on the left side of my body. For sometime I was absolutely disabled with my hand and foot. There was a pause in my mental activity. And my brain has stopped working. At this time I am absolutely sick and I can not think even for a single minute”
Reference: Al-Fazil April 26, 1955.
“Because of this nutrition does not get to my brain. Physicians were of the opinion that with in few weeks my mental condition will get back to normal. So far what ever, improvement took place, its speed is not fast enough���.I can walk couple of steps with people’s help, that too is with difficulty. Condition of my brain and tongue is such that I cannot deliver sermon even for few moments. Physicians have strictly prohibited me from doing any such work that require mental exercise.”…… “I had the stroke (paralysis). Now I am disabled even for ‘Paakhana, Peshab’ (to shit and urinate), and depend on others for this. I can not walk even two steps”.Reference: Al-Fazil April 12, 1955.
Briefly staying in Lebanon, Mahmood Ahmad travelled to Switzerland via Athens and Rome. He continued travelling and received some medical treatment in Zurich, the Netherlands, Hamburg and London. After consulting with his doctors, it was concluded by that the tip of the knife had broken and embedded itself in the jugular vein and that no attempt should be made to remove it.
4 June 1955: Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad was in Europe and some glimpses of his activities recorded are as follows: On this day, Huzoor ra inspected the mission house of Zurich.
On 5 June, Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad gave a speech in English in Zurich.
On 8 June, Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad interview was televised by a Swiss television channel in English. On the same day, a Yugoslavian man entered the fold of Ahmadiyyat. On 10 June, Huzoor ra went to Switzerland’s southern city of Lugano via car.
On 11 June, Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad reached Italy’s port city of Venice.
On 14 June, Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad landed in Austria.
On 15 June, Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad was in Nuremberg, Germany.
On 17 June, Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad was in The Hague. His stay in the Netherlands is reported between 19 to 24 June.
On 25 June, Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad was in Hamburg, where a famous journalist conducted his interview for his newspaper.
On 26 June, an orientalist performed initiation at the hand of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud ra; he was given the name of Zubair. Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad addressed a reception in English. During this, he extended his heartfelt desire to build a mosque in Germany.
On 27 June, Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad received some government officials. Later that day, Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad attended a gathering arranged by locals and spoke in English for half an hour. Many newspapers covered the above-mentioned events.
On 29 June, Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad arrive at the Netherlands.
“””Nervous prostrations like the loss of memory, and emotional outbursts (like at the mention of holy names, places and events), are more or less prevalent. Some days the symptoms dwindle, but again they intensify : and so the trouble goes on. Because of remaining in prostrate position, there is tension followed by numbness in the leg muscles. All the possible efforts to make his holiness walk a litter, have failed all along…..”
Diagnosis by Mirza Munawar Ahmad (son of Mahmud Ahmad).
Al-Fazl, 19th Aug 1961, see page–2, also published in Truth Triumphs by Mumtaz Ahmad Faruqi, Lahori-Ahmadi, see page–38
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