As a kid growing in America, I was told that the 2nd Khalifa, Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad was stabbed on a Wednesday while leading prayer at the Masjid Mubarak in Rabwah (March 10th, 1954, see Rashid Ahmad). In 1957, Jalal ud Din Shams confirmed this story via a speech at the 1957 Jalsa at Rabwah, which was later converted to a book, “The Noble Son” by Jalal ud Din Shams, 1957, see page 95.
The story also exists in 1966 (See Truth Prevails, aka Ghalb-e-Haq). In 1965, the Lahori-Ahmadi’s wrote about the Khalifa while he was on his deathbed in a disrespectful manner, in this book, they asserted that the Khalifa had went crazy as per the wrath of Allah since he claimed to be the Musleh Maud in 1944. They posted many references from the Al-Fazl which spoke of the Khalifa’s miserable condition. However, they didn’t mention any stabbing incident.
As an additional piece of evidence, we cite SE Brush and his academic work of 1955 wherein he visited Qadian (in 1953 and early 1954) and even spoke to the Khalifa. He didn’t mention anything about a stabbing, he might have left before March 1954, when the stabbing happened. Moreover in 1955, the Khalifa travelled to London for the second time in his life and never mentioned any incident of stabbing. Further, Rashid Ahmad, the first ever Qadiani-Ahmadi murrabi claimed that he was in Rabwah in 1954 when the stabbing happened. He claims that he was missing from the masjid on the day when the Khalifa was stabbed. He claims that some boy (allegedly, a non-Ahmadi Muslim from Chiniot) slipped into his spot in the first row behind the Khalifa.
March 10th, 1954, Wednesday, see Rashid Ahmad
Per Rashid Ahmad (the first ever African American murrabi (1966), the Khalifa was stabbed on this day.
March 12th, 1954, Friday
_____________________________________________________________________________________________ Before going to England, here is the Khalifa’s condition
Reference: Al-Fazl April 26, 1955
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”
Scan, Al-Fazl April 26, 1955
______________________________________________________________________________________________Reference: Al-Fazil April 12, 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”.
______________________________________________________________________________________________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
7 May 1955: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud (ra) arrived at Beirut, Lebanon, and went to visit the ancient remains of the Baalbek.
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.
Al-Fazl, 19th Aug 1961, see page–2, also published in Truth Triumphs by Mumtaz Ahmad Faruqi, Lahori-Ahmadi, see page–38
Diagnosis by Mirza Munawar Ahmad (son of Mahmud Ahmad).
“””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…..”
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