It seems that MGA copied the Bab in terms of the use of numerical values to substantiate their claims. In the 1840’s, the Bab said that the first seven surat’s muqaṭṭaʿāt have a numerical value of 1267, from which the year 1844 is computed. The quotes are in the below, more to come on this soon. MGA argued that the value of his name, “Mirza Ghulam Qadiani” equaled 1300 (see the ref in the below). In 1891, via Izala Auham, MGA quoted 23:18 (23:19 in the Ahmadi Quran), the second half of it. “””and surely it is We Who determine its taking away””, MGA claimed that this verse equals 1274. Also, in 1891, via Izala Auham, MGA said: “”With regard to the death of a certain person, God the Almighty revealed to me through the value of the letters of the alphabet, namely:
That is [Arabic] He is a dog and he will die according to the value of the letters in the word kalb [dog], which amounts to fifty-two.
This means that his age will not exceed fifty-two years and that he will die within the course of his fifty second year.
[Izala-e-Auham, p. 185, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 189–190](via Tadhkirah).
“””A few days ago I was meditating whether a certain hadith:
“”The Signs will appear after two centuries.””
means that the Promised Messiah would appear towards the end of the thirteenth century of the Hijrah and whether this humble one is included within the meaning of that hadith. Then my attention was, in a vision, directed to the value of the letters of the name set out below as indicating that the Messiah would appear at the close of the thirteenth century. and this had been determined in advance by divine decree. The name is:
[Urdu] Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani.
The value of the letters comprised in this name is exactly 1300. In this village of Qadian there is no other person bearing the name Ghulam Ahmad. Indeed, it has been conveyed to me that there is no one else in the whole world who bears the name Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani. It has been the way of Allah with me that He, hallowed be His name, conveys some mysteries to me which are comprised in the value of the alphabet.
[Izala-e-Auham, p. 186, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 190]
(A) On one occasion, I was thinking of the time of the creation of Adam and my attention was directed towards the value of the letters of surah al-‘Asr as comprising the date.
(B) God Almighty has disclosed to me through a vision that on the basis of the value of the letters comprised in surah al-‘Asr, the time from the birth of Adam to the blessed period of the Holy Prophet, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him—that is, including all 23 years of his prophethood—amounts to a total period of 4739 lunar years, that is to say from the beginning of human civilization [Adam] to the death of the Holy Prophet, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. [Tohfah Golarhviyyah, pp. 93–95, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 17, pp. 251–252]
Ruhani khazain volume 3 page 464
“The Messiah, son of Mary, his arrival, in the last era, has a prophecy in the Quran-e-Shareef. From the Quran-e-Shareef, the Messiah’s will emerge after 1400 years (it is proven). Many scholar’s have given the same impression and believed it.”
“Maseeh ibn Maryam kee akhree zamana mai anay kee Quran-ay Shareef mai paishgoi mujood hai. Quran-ay Shareef mai jo Maseeh ke nikal ne kee 1400 baras taak mudat tahrai hai. Bhot say auliya be apne mokar shafat kee ruh say is mudaat ko mantay hai.”
Some additional commentary
In this quotation, MGA quoted 23:18 (23:19 in the Ahmadi Quran), the second half of it. “””and surely it is We Who determine its taking away””, MGA claimed that this verse equals 1274. In some type of weird mathematical method. However, Ahmadi scholars after MGA never connected 23:18 (23:19 in the Ahmadi Quran) to the return of the Messiah in the 14th century. He goes on to quote 61:9, and claims that this verse related to himself, the Messiah, son of Mary, of the time.
Quote from the Bab
The Báb (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%A1b) used the muqaṭṭaʿāt in his Qayyúmu’l-Asmáʼ (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selections_from_the_Writings_of_the_B%C3%A1b#Qayy.C3.BAmu.27l-Asm.C3.A1.27). He writes in an early commentary and in his Dalá’il-i-Sab’ih (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%A1b#M.C3.A1h-K.C3.BA.2C_late_summer_1847_.E2.80.93_May_1848) (Seven Proofs) about a hadith (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadith) from Muhammad al-Baqir (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_al-Baqir), the fifth Shiʻi Imam (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imamah_(Shia)), where it is stated that the first seven surat’s muqaṭṭaʿāt have a numerical value of 1267, from which the year 1844 (the year of the Báb’s declaration) can be derived.
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