This is a continuation of this translation. My team and I have translated the first 27 pages (narrations 1-48) of the 1923 edition of Seerat ul Mahdi. We now present narrations 49-78 (see in the below). The footnotes are at the very bottom.
These are hilarious stories of MGA. The most damning story thus far is about MGA’s death (See narration #11). In 1923, Mirza Bashir Ahmad and his mother told the world that MGA was too weak to go the bathroom and pooped diarrhea on the floor next to his own bed. This was changed in the 1935 edition of Seeratul Mahdi and stated that MGA’s widow (Nusrat Jehan) made arrangements by the side of the bed for MGA to poop diarrhea, which was a lie.
(49) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Yours humbly submits that knowledge of medicine has always been there in our family. Our paternal grandfather was an expert and well renowned physician. Our older paternal uncle has also studied medicine and the Promised Messiah had a special study in the knowledge of medicine and he had a collection of medicine at home from which he would cure illnesses. Mirza Sultan Ahmad Sahib had also studied medicine. Yours humbly was told on one occasion from Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Saani, “The Promised Messiah also instructed me to study medicine.” Yours humbly submits that despite all of this, the knowledge of medicine has also been a speciality within our family. No one ever made this into an income for themselves within our family, nor did they ever take any payment for it.
(50) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Hazrat Walida Sahiba narrated to me, “Your paternal grandmother was a resident of Aimah from the Zilla of Hoshiarpur. Hazrat Sahib said, “We went to Aimah many times in our youth.”” Walida Sahiba said that over there Hazrat Sahib would hunt birds and because he could not find knives, he would slaughter them with reeds. Walida Sahiba narrated that on one occasion some old women from Aimah came and said, “Sindhi used to catch birds in our village.” Walida Sahiba said, “I did not understand who they meant by Sindhi but later I understood that they were referring to Hazrat Sahib.”
Walida Sahiba used to say that it is evident that some people, especially women, would give their children the nickname, “Sindhi” in order to fulfill their desire (superstition for good luck pertaining to some necessity). Consequently, Hazrat Sahib’s mother and some other women would name their children this name in their childhood. Yours humbly submits that “Sindhi” has been bastardized from “Daswandhi” or “Dasbandhi” and according to the desire made, a son is called by “Sindhi” and a wish is made ten times. However, women even use this as a pet name even if they do not have a wish and use it according to the custom.
(51) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Jhanda Singh from Kalhvan that he used to come visit Mirza Sahib Senior a lot. “Mirza Sahib Senior said to me, “Go call Ghulam Ahmad. I have a friend who is an English judge and if he wants then he can give him a good position.”” Jhanda Singh said, “I saw Mirza Sahib sitting and studying with a pile of books on all four sides. I delivered the message and Mirza Sahib replied, “I have already become a servant.” Then Mirza Senior asked, “Have you really become a servant?” He replied that he has so Mirza Sahib Senior replied, “If that is the case then that is okay.””
Yours humbly submits that Kalhvan is a village that is situated two miles south of Qadian and being a servant meant that the Promised Messiah was a servant of God. Jhanda Singh saw the current advancement of Qadian and would recall the Promised Messiah with a lot of love. The Bhoj clan really respected our paternal grandfather and referred to him as “Mirza Sahib Senior” so the Promised Messiah also liked to use this terminology.
(52) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Hazrat Walida Sahiba narrated to me that the Promised Messiah used to give a lot of Sadaqah (charity) and he would often give it secretly so we would not find out. Yours humbly inquired on how much he would give. Walida Sahib said that he would give a lot and in his last days, he would put aside one-tenth of the rupees that would come in and give it to sadaqah. She said that this does not mean that he did not give more but he used to say that because sometimes we have expenses and are lagging in giving charity, if we put aside the money then we can prevent lagging in charity before it is spent somewhere else.
Walida Sahiba said that one-tenth was a fixed amount otherwise he did give more. I asked if Hazrat Sahib differentiated between Ahmadis and non Ahmadis when donating and she said that he did not and donated to whoever was needy. Yours humbly submits that such needy Ahmadis in Qadian were rare at that time.
(53) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Hazrat Walida Sahiba narrated to me that whenever the Promised Messiah would take a loan from someone, he would return it back with interest. Yours humbly inquired if any example could be recalled. Walida Sahiba answered, “At this time, I cannot recall any example. However, Hazrat Sahib used to say that the Holy Prophet PBUH had said to do as such.” Walida Sahiba adds, “And Hazrat Sahib would not speak of a righteous act until he would practice it himself.” Yours humbly inquired whether Hazrat Sahib ever gave anyone a loan himself. Walida Sahiba responded, “Yes. On many occasions. Moreover, on one occasion, Mawlavi Sahib (Khalifa Awwal) and Hakeem Fazl ud Deen Sahib Bhervi took a loan from him. When Mawlavi Sahib returned the rupees, Hazrat Sahib sent cash back and said, “Do you consider your money to be separate from ours?” Mawlavi Sahib sent cash to Hakeem Fazl ud Deen right at that time and said, “I have already made the mistake of sending the money back. You do not send the money back as well.”” Yours humbly submits that I heard from someone that Mawlavi Sahib also said to Hakeem Fazl ud Deen to give the money back in some other way if you must.
(54) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Hazrat Walida Sahiba narrated to me, “In the last days of the Promised Messiah, he expressed his intent to perform the Hajj in front of me. Consequently, I had someone perform Hajj on his behalf after he died.”
(55) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Hazrat Walida Sahiba narrated to me, “From among foods, the Promised Messiah preferred the meat of birds. In the beginning he loved to eat the quail but when the plague spread, he stopped because he said that this is related to the plague. Hazrat Sahib also loved the meat of fish. He did not regularly eat breakfast. Well, he did drink milk in the mornings usually.” Yours humbly inquired if he could digest milk. Walida Sahiba replied, “He could not digest it but he would drink it anyways.” Walida Sahib narrated, “Hazrat Sahib also enjoyed Pakoday. At one time, he loved to drink the drink of Shakanjabeen but he has not stopped. On one occasion, for a long time he did not eat anything cooked and would only eat pieces of Roti dipped in yogurt. Sometimes he would even enjoy the Roti of Makki and he would break it into small pieces, eating some of them and leaving the others. Then small pieces were picked up in front of him. He used to use tea for a long time but then he stopped.” Walida Sahiba said that he used to eat very little and had no fixed time. His morning meal would sometimes be at 12 noon or 1 PM. His evening meal would usually be after sunset but even sometimes before it. Hence, he had no fixed time and sometimes he would ask for food to be given to him if it is ready and say that then I can start work.
Yours humbly inquired, when did he used to work? Walida Sahiba replied that his whole day would be spent working. The mail would arrive at 10 o’clock and he would study the mail and sometimes he would not start writing books before reading the letters so that the letters do not hinder his writing process. However, he would still start writing before that sometimes. Yours humbly submits that the Promised Messiah would order the Akhbar e Aam Lahore every day and would read it with consistency. Other than this, in his last days, he would not order any other newspapers. Well, if someone sent him some other newspaper then he would read it.
(56) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Hazrat Walida Sahiba narrated to me, ”Initially, the Langhar was organized in our home and all of the food would be cooked in our home but in the last years when the work increased, I had asked for the cooking to be organized outside.” Yours humbly inquired from Walida Sahiba whether Hazrat Sahib would have food cooked specially for some guest? Walida Sahiba responded, “Yes. Sometimes he would say that so and so came; prepare the food for this guest.” Walida Sahiba said, “In the beginning, everyone would eat from the Langhar, whether it was a guest or a host. The hosts would sometimes prepare something of their own choice in their homes but it was Hazrat Sahib’s desire that even for such a thing, it be prepared on his behalf. And it was his desire that whatever type of food a person is used to, he should be given that food. Yours humbly submits that in the life of the Promised Messiah, the arrangement of the Langhar was in his hands but after he died, Hazrat Khalifa Awwal transferred the responsibility of the arrangements to the head of Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya Qadian. Walida Sahiba used to say, “In the time of the Promised Messiah, some people would say that the arrangement of eating is a great burden on Hazrat Sahib and it is great effort on him so why not put the responsibility on the servants but he did not accept it because he did not went this transfer of responsibility to give any guest any pain.” Yours humbly submits that this request was not in order to relieve Hazrat Sahib of some of his burden but it was a hypocritical and of corrupt intent and like the hypocrites of Madinah would think about the expenses of the Langhar. Allah almighty says, “And from them, those who mock you in your distribution of charity.”
(57) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Hazrat Walida Sahiba narrated to me, “Your older paternal uncle had a son and a daughter born to him but they both died at a young age. The girl’s name was Ismat and the boy’s name was Abdul Qadir. Hazrat Sahib loved his brother’s children a lot. Consequently, he named his older daughter, Ismat for this very reason.
(58) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Yours humbly submits that from his older wife, the Promised Messiah had two sons born to him, namely Mirza Sultan Ahmad Sahib and Mirza Fazal Ahmad. Hazrat Sahib was only a child when Mirza Sultan Ahmad was born. And our mother’s children with the Promised Messiah is mentioned below: Ismat, who was born in 1886 and died in 1891; Bashir Ahmad Awwal, who was born in 1887 and died in 1888; Hazrat Khalifa Sani, Mirza Bashir ud Deen Mahmood Ahmad, who was born in 1889; Shokat, who was born in 1891 and died in 1892; Yours humbly, Bashir Ahmad, who was born in 1893; Mirza Shareef Ahmad, who was born in 1895; Mubarika Begum, who was born in 1897; Mubarak Ahmad, who was born in 1899 and died in 1907; Amatul Naseer, who was born in 1903 and died in 1903; Amatul Hafeez Begum, who was born in 1904. Except Amatul Hafeez Begum, who was only three years old at the death of Hazrat Sahib, the rest of Hazrat Sahib had gotten all his children married within his life.
(59) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Hazrat Walida Sahiba narrated to me, “On one occasion, when you were young and perhaps in the third grade, Hazrat Sahib had just relieved himself from urination and saw that you were jumping and and down off the bed and somersaulting. He smiled and said, “Look at what he is doing. Make him do an M.A.”” Yours humbly submits that this seems like something generally mentioned in everyday terminology but it is evident that if you look closely, two or three prophecies can be found in it.
(60.1) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Hazrat Walida Sahiba narrated to me that the Promised Messiah had a habit of always taking off his pajamas at night and he would tie an open cloth around and he would usually take off his shirt as well. Moreover, yours humbly submits that when the Promised Messiah would be relieved of being cleaned after urination, he would wash his hands with dirt and water.
(60.2) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Yours humbly submits that sometimes the Promised Messiah would narrate stories to children. Moreover, one story that he would tell was of ‘the Goodman and Badman’ and the moral of the story was that the good man would do good and the bad man would do bad and eventually, good happened to the good man and bad happened to the bad man. Walida Sahib narrated that he would also tell the story of ‘the Eggplant’ and the moral of the story was that the master praised the eggplant so the servant also praised it. Then one day the master spoke against the eggplant so the servant followed suit. The master asked the servant why he spoke against the eggplant, while he spoke favourably about it the other day. The servant responded saying, “Huzoor, I am your servant, not the servant of the eggplant.”
(61) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Yours humbly submits that on one occasion, us three brothers desired that we wanted to order an air rifle but we could not decide on which one to get. Therefore, we wrote lots and made Hazrat Sahib pick it up and then we decided the one that he chose. Then we expressed our immense gratitude.
(62) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Yours humbly submits that on one occasion, we brothers were teasing Mian Shareef Ahmad in front of Hazrat Sahib and saying that father doesn’t love you and only loves us. He was very annoyed. Hazrat Sahib told us to not annoy him so much. It was Mian Shareef Ahmad’s way of crying that his nose would get runny when he would cry a lot. Hazrat Sahib got up and decided to hug Mian Shareef Ahmad so that his worry of his father not loving him could be removed. Hazrat Sahib would try to hug him and he would pull himself away because of his runny nose. Hazrat Sahib thought that he was running away because of the pain but we knew why and stood there watching and laughing. Hazrat Sahib would try to hug him and he would keep pushing away.
(63) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Yours humbly submits that whenever the Promised Messiah was busy in some work and we would go to him and ask for money, he would take money out of his handkerchief and give it to us. If we made too many demands then he would say, “Mian do not disturb me, I am busy.” Yours humbly submits that Hazrat Sahib would keep cash in a large handkerchief made out of muslin and have the other corner stitched to his waistcoat or tied up, buttonholed. He would tie his keys with a drawstring which would sometimes stick out. And Walida Sahiba narrates that the Promised messiah usually would use drawstrings made from silk because he would urinate very quickly and frequently and with the silk drawstring he could quickly remove his pants and avoid making knots. He used to use a drawstring made from a cotton fabric and he would sometimes tie up knots and be unable to open them quickly and this would cause him a lot of pain.
(64) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Hazrat Walida Sahiba narrated to me, “In the lifetime of your paternal grandfather, Hazrat Sahib was stricken with the illness of tuberculosis and he stayed very sick for six months. His situation was very critical until he was not expected to live. Furthermore, his paternal uncle came over and sat next to Hazrat Sahib and said, “This is the state of the world and everyone must die. Some go ahead and some stay behind. We should not become awestruck over this.”” Walida Sahiba states, “Your paternal grandfather himself treated Hazrat Sahib for six months and fed him the curry of a cow’s foot.” Yours humbly submits that the paternal uncle mentioned here was named Mirza Ghulam Muhyi ud Deen Sahib.
(65) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Our paternal aunt, who is the sister of Mirza Imam ud Deen, younger sister of our older paternal uncle’s wife and widow of Ahmad Beg Hoshiarpuri, narrated to me, “On one occasion, the Sikhs had imprisoned our father and older paternal uncle in the castle of Basravan and had intended to kill them.” Yours humbly submits that this is most likely the end of the Sikh rule, after the kingdom of Raja Ranjeet Singh, when unrest had spread in the land. We have heard that at this time, our paternal grandfather and his brother, Mirza Ghulam Muhyi ud Deen were imprisoned in the castle by the Sikhs and it also has been heard that when their little brother, Mirza Ghulam Haider was informed of this, he brought an army from Lahore and broke them out. Yours humbly submits that Basravan is a village 2.5 miles east of Qadian and there was a castle there in that time that was destroyed but its ruins still remain.
(66) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Hazrat Walida Sahiba narrated to me, “When I was a young girl, on one occasion, Mir Sahib (my paternal grandfather) was posted here in Qadian and we stayed here for six, seven months. Then he was transferred somewhere else so he spoke to your older paternal uncle and left us in his home for a month and then took us. At that time, your paternal uncle was not home and would return every eight days and I recall seeing him.” Yours humbly inquired, “Did you see Hazrat Sahib in those days?” She replied, “Hazrat Sahib stayed in that house but I did not see him.” And Walida Sahiba showed me the room that he stayed in, which currently is under Mirza Sultan Ahmad Sahib’s ownership. Yours humbly submits that Hazrat Sahib was a secluded introvert from the very beginning, which is why Walida Sahiba did not see him at this occasion. Yours humbly inquired from Walida Sahiba regarding what time this occurrence was from. She replied, “I do not recall the time but it was on the first year death anniversary of your paternal grandfather.” Yours humbly submits that according to this estimate, the time must be 1877. At that time Walida Sahiba’s age must be nine years old and Hazrat Sahib was most likely above forty years of age.
(67) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Hazrat Walida Sahiba narrated to me, “Before I got married, Hazrat Sahib found out that he would get married in Delhi and asked Mawlavi Muhammad Hussain Batalvi for his help because he had the catalogue for all the Ahl e Hadith girls and Mir Sahib was also an Ahl e Hadith and he would meet Mir Sahib a lot. This is why he gave Hazrat Sahib Mir Sahib’s name so he wrote to Mir Sahib. In the beginning Mir Sahib felt that this offer was unnecessary, of incompatible age and he disliked it. However, he eventually agreed and Hazrat Sahib left for Delhi to marry me. He brought Shaikh Hamid Ali and Lala Malawal. Mawlavi Nazeer Hussain read out the Nikah; this was on the 27th of Muharram, 1302 on the day of Monday. At this time, my age was only eighteen years old. Hazrat Sahib gave Mawlavi Nazeer Hussain five rupees and a prayer mat as a Nazar after he read the Nikah.” Yours humbly submits that at this time, the age of the Promised Messiah must be around fifty years old. Walida Sahiba states, “Your older paternal uncle died two or two and a half years before this.” Yours humbly submits that our older paternal uncle died in 1883, during the final writing of Baraheen e Ahmadiyya and Walida Sahiba’s wedding took place in November 1884 and I have come to know from Walida Sahiba that the date of the wedding was fixed at Sunday but Hazrat Sahib changed it to Monday.
(68) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Yours humbly submits that Qazi Ameer Hussain Sahib narrated, “The Promised Messiah’s era was strange. It would not be hot for two days and it would rain. When it would be very hot and we would tell Hazrat Sahib, “Huzoor it is very hot” then it would rain the next day.” Moreover, Mawlavi Sayyid Sarwar Shah narrates that in this era we never had any complaints pertaining to the crops. Yours humbly mentioned this to Walida Sahiba and she stated, “Hazrat Sahib used to say that today it is very hot and subsequently it would usually rain the next day or next to next day. Then after his passing, it would be raining heat for months without any rain.” Yours humbly submits that in the lifetime of Hazrat Sahib, the daily prayer was never offered in Istasqa but after him, it was offered on several occasions.
(69) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Yours humbly submits that the Promised Messiah had a regular habit of going for a walk in the morning time outside and the servants would be with him and they would travel for one or two miles. He would walk fast but there would be gracefulness in his walk. Huzoor would also call Mawlavi Sahib (Khalifa Awwal) to join him on the stroll. However, because Mawlavi Sahib would walk slowly and take breaks, he would remain behind Hazrat Sahib. When Huzoor would realize that Mawlavi Sahib was left behind, he would take breaks on the road and Mawlavi Sahib would run to catch up. Two or four men would join Mawlavi Sahib then. I have seen that when going on a stroll, Hazrat Sahib also would take Nawab Muhammad Ali Khan Sahib with him and I have seen that Hazrat Sahib would wait outside his door and sometimes Nawab Sahib would take some time to come so Hazrat Sahib would wait on the street close to his door and talk to the servants for many many minute. Hazrat Sahib would then take Nawab Sahib and he would talk to the servants and give lectures during their stroll and the newspaper editors would take notes.
The Promised Messiah would often take the route of Basravan or Bor for his strolls. Sometimes he would also go towards his garden and would pick fruit such as mulberries and pomegranates and have them placed in front of the servants and would eat it himself. If someone would hit his walking stick by accident, resulting in it falling down, he would pick it up and not look behind to see who made it drop. During times such as Jalsas, when multitudes of people would surround Hazrat Sahib, the servants would surround Huzoor on three sides and make a wall by holding hands so that Huzoor does not feel any discomfort. During the final Jalsa in his lifetime, many people went on a stroll with Huzoor to Bor (up in the North) and it became very difficult so Huzoor came back. Yours humbly recalls that on one occasion, Huzoor went to the route of Basravan (to the east) and was coming back and he met Mirza Nizam ud Deen, his paternal cousin-brother but a vehement opponent, who was leaving Qadian. He was riding his horse and stopped to look at Huzoor. He got off the horse and put his hand up to greet Huzoor in a dignified manner with Salam. It was the practice of Huzoor to respond by lifting his hand and greeting with Salam whenever someone did that to him.
(70) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Yours humbly submits that the Promised Messiah was of average height, wheatish complexion, heavy face, with straight and soft hair. His hands and feet were wide. In his last age, his body became somewhat heavy. His color and appearance had a godly fright but the people he would meet would feel love towards him and some hidden power would attract them towards him. Dozens of opponents came to him with emotions that calmed down upon seeing his face. There was no rational argument asked. His frightful persona had such a state that people would come to him with an evil intent but would lose the strength to hurt him upon coming before him.
(71) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Mawlavi Sayyid Muhammad Sarwar Shah Sahib narrated to me that on one occasion, in the time of the Promised Messiah, a man came from Mardan with Mian Muhammad Yusuf Sahib Mardani in order to be treated by Hazrat Hakeem Nooruddin Sahib Khalifa Awwal in Qadian. He came with the condition that he stay in Qadian far away from the area where Mirza Sahib and Ahmadis were. His health improved so he was set to go back and Mian Muhammad Yusuf Sahib said to him to at least see their mosque before he leaves but he did not agree. However, upon Mian Muhammad Yusuf Sahib insisting, he agreed to only visit at a time when the Promised Messiah and Ahmadis were not there. Coincidentally, when he reached Masjid Mubarak, the Promised Messiah was leaving his window from his quarters for some reason and upon seeing him he was awestruck and went to meet him and performed Bai’yat immediately.
(72) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Fakhruddin Sahib Multani narrated to me, “In the time of the Promised Messiah, my father came here and was a vehement opponent and said some really coarse things. And when he was in Multan, he said, “If I meet Mirza then I will throw curses in his face (God forbid) meaning that I will say all these things in his face that I say here.” Nevertheless, I took him to Hazrat Sahib. When Huzoor came outside, he stood up in respect and moved back, out of the way in fright and sat down. At this time, there were others in the meeting. Huzoor delivered a speech while sitting and said many times, “We want for people to come to us and listen to what we have to say and for them to question us and we are ready to spend for them but firstly, people do not even come. When they even come, then they sit down and do not say anything and then go back and say things behind our backs after they return.” Hence, Huzoor preached openly and tried to make others speak up. My father has a dirty mouth but a seal was put on his heart and he was not able to speak. After getting up and leaving from there, I asked him, “Why did you not speak up over there?” He said something and changed the topic.” Mian Fakhruddin Sahib used to say that Hazrat Sahib did not address my father but was generally speaking.
(73) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Hazrat Ameer ul Mu’mineen, Khalifa Saani narrated that on one occasion, a Hindu that was a resident of Gujarat came to Qadian because of a wedding. He was an expert in hypnotism and told his companions, let us go to meet Mirza Sahib so that he could hypnotize him and make him do vain things. He came to the mosque and concentrated on the Promised Messiah and then got frightened but then controlled himself. Again, he tried to hypnotize the Promised Messiah but got frightened again until he was able to control himself. Finally, he tried to hypnotize the Promised Messiah again but at this attempt he screamed and fled without his shoes and others followed in suit. He was later approached and asked about what had happened. He said that at the first time he attempted to hypnotize the Promised Messiah, he became frightened from seeing a tiger in the distance but he got a hold of himself and reassured himself that this was his suspicion. Then he attempted to hypnotize the Promised Messiah again but this time the tiger appeared in more proximity than before so he became frightened. He again told himself that this was just his suspicion and tried another time. This time the tiger attacked him so he fled. Khalifa Saani states that after this the Hindu became a great supporter of the Promised Messiah and would keep writing back and forth to him.
(74) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Yours humbly submits that Munshi Muhammad Arora Sahib Marhoom Kapurthalvi would say upon recalling the Promised Messiah, “We were hungry of his mouth. Even if we were sick, we would get well from seeing his face.” Yours humbly submits that Munshi Muhammad Sahib Marhoom was from the old sincere followers and he should be counted in the first row of the lovers of the Promised Messiah.
(75) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Hazrat Mawlavi Nooruddin Sahib Khalifa Awwal narrated, “On one occasion, the Promised Messiah was travelling and had to wait at the train platform for some time until the train came so he was strolling around with his wife publicly. Mawlavi Abdul Kareem Sahib Sialkoti was of a very noble and passionate character so he came to me and said, “Mawlavi Sahib, you should tell Hazrat Sahib to make Begum Sahiba sit somewhere private because there are strange men and outsiders here.” I told him to go say it himself. He then went and told Hazrat Sahib. He replied and said, Go! I am not in favour of such Purdah!” I then told Mawlavi Abdul Kareem Sahib, “did you get your answer?”
(76) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Yours humbly submits that in the days that our little brother, Mubarak Ahmad was sick, the Promised Messiah called over Hazrat Mawlavi Nooruddin Sahib, Khalifa Awwal to see him. Hazrat Sahib was sitting on a charpoy in the courtyard and there was no flooring. Mawlavi Sahib sat on the floor so Hazrat Sahib told him to sit on the charpoy. He responded, “I am Huzoor” and then got up a bit and put his hands on the charpoy. Hazrat Sahib said again to sit on the charpoy so he sat in the corner. Yours humbly submits that Mawlavi Sahib had the highest level of humility and manners.
(77) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Hazrat Khalifa Sani narrated that in the time of the Promised Messiah, a court case was filed with the mosque of the Ahmadi Jama’at in Kapurthala and the non Ahmadis there. The judge appointed for the case was a non Ahmadi and was also an opponent and took his side against the Ahmadis so the Ahmadis of Kapurthala were worried and wrote to the Promised Messiah to pray. Huzoor responded by saying, “If I am true then you will get the mosque.” The judge had written his verdict against the Ahmadis and was going to read it out that day. It just so happened on that very day that the judge put on his clothes and came out of his home onto his porch and told his servant to tie his boots as he sat down. Suddenly, as the servant was tying his boot laces, he heard a noise. As he looked up, his master had collapsed on the chair and when he checked his pulse, he realized that he had died. The heart had suddenly stopped beating and the soul had departed the body. A Hindu was substituted for him and he ripped up the final verdict and made a decision in favour of the Ahmadis.
Mawlavi Mir Muhammad Ismail Sahib Mawlavi Fazil narrated to me, “On one occasion I visited the Ahmadi mosque in Kapurthala and saw that they had the Promised Messiah’s statement, “If I am true then you will get the mosque” written in beautiful and bold writing.” Yours humbly submits that the Kapurthala Ahmadi community was from among the old and sincere followers of the Promised Messiah. I have heard that they have in possession a letter from the Promised Messiah that reads, “The way that the Kapurthala Ahmadi community has accompanied me in this world, I pray that they also accompany me in paradise.”
(78) In the name of God, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Mawlavi Raheem Bakhsh Sahib MA narrated to me, “My paternal grandfather was known by “Khalifa” and he would use bad words for the Promised Messiah. My father was fed up so he wrote to the Promised Messiah asking for prayers. The Promised Messiah wrote back and said that he had prayed. My father showed this to everyone in our neighborhood and coincidentally it was Friday prayers and it was my grandfather’s habit to come home and curse the Promised Messiah but he did not. He went to perform Friday prayers with the non Ahmadis and people came to my grandfather and asked him why he was not swearing at Mirza Sahib as usual. My grandfather asked what benefit he would get from swearing at someone and also pointed out that the Mawlavi also mentioned in his sermon today that no matter how big someone’s status is, they should not swear. The people started taunting him and saying, “Babu has shown a letter which came from Qadian and in it it says that Khalifa will not swear.” (Babu is the nickname of my father)” Mawlavi Raheem Baksh stated, “After this, the opponents tried to instigate my grandfather but he would not say bad words about the Promised Messiah, nor did he bother my father about Ahmadiyyat.”
32—- Later editions have added an apology trying to disprove that the name of the founder of the Ahmadiyya community was ever Sindhi or Daswandhi.
33—-A fried Indian dish made from eggplant or potatoes.
34—-An Indian lemonade
35—- An unleavened flatbread in India.
36—-The 1923 edition made a mistake and counted 60 twice so we are following its format.
37—-A founding father of the Ahl e Hadith movement.
38—-A gift or payment given to a spiritual leader or saint in the Indian Muslim culture expecting prayers and blessings in return.
39—-It may be that the founder of the Ahmadiyya community changed the date due to some superstition just as it has been mentioned earlier in the book that he found the date of Tuesday to be unlucky. However, since nothing has been mentioned here, this is all speculation.
40—-Prayer for rain.
41—–This is one of the most popular Ahmadi miracle stories of the founder. However, it is another story without any eye witnesses or a chain of narrators and goes back to the second caliph of the Ahmadiyya community and the anonymous Hindu, just like many other popular stories narrated by the second caliph of the Ahmadiyya community. The anonymous Hindu miracles as such are most likely fabricated stories based on the academic historical method and even Hadith sciences.
42—-Here we have another instance of the anonymous Hindu who heroically came to save the day for the Ahmadiyya community. This story is also coincidentally narrated by the second caliph of the Ahmadiyya community, without him giving any chain of narrators or eye witnesses.
Links and Related Essay’s
The first 27 pages of the 1923 edition of Seeratul Mahdi in ENGLISH
The first 27 pages of the 1923 edition of Seeratul Mahdi in ENGLISH
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