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Accusations Answered > Relating to Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib of Qadian > Hazrat Mirza Sahib's Right Hand was Weak. Is this Something to be Amused of?

Hazrat Mirza Sahib's Right Hand was Weak. Is this Something to be Amused of?
Taken from: Paigham-i-Ahmadiyyat by Maulana Sheikh Muhammad Tufail Sahib [in reply to Prof. M. Ilyas Bernie Sahib's 'Qadiani Muzhub' (The Qadiani Religion)]
Right Hand, ch. 1, p. 90.

A Summary of the Objection
"At sometime in his life Hazrat Mirza Sahib’s right hand was broken in a fall and this hand remained weak until the end of his life. Even in namaaz (prayers) he had to use his left hand to move his right." Siratul Mahdi, Vol. 1, p. 198. Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib.

Maulana Tufail’s Reply
If Hazrat Mirza Sahib’s right hand became weak
because of a fall, was that such a big crime that it warranted a public proclamation? Hazrat Umar bin Al Majmu was a lame and elderly companion of the Holy Prophet. During the Battle of Uhud he inquired of the Messenger of Allah (pbuh): "If I should die as a martyr, will I be allowed to enter Paradise even in my lame condition?" When the Holy Prophet replied in the affirmative, he rushed headlong into the battle and achieved martyrdom.

Another companion of the Holy Prophet was Hazrat Abdullah bin Shari‘ bin Malik bin Rabi‘ah Fahri who is well known by the name Ibn Maktum. He was blind, but the following verse of the Holy Quran was revealed in reference to him: Abasa was tawalla an ja ‘ahul a ‘ma (He frowned and turned away because the blind man came to him) [Chapter 80 : Verses: 1 and 2]. Tafsir Mazhari, Qazi Shana‘allah Panipati.

After this, whenever the Holy Prophet met Ibn Maktum, he treated him with great respect and would say: "Welcome the person for whose sake my Lord reproved me," and then he would ask him: "Can I be of service to you?"

Furthermore, Tirmizi and Hakim both reported on the authority of Lady Ayesha (rta) that on two occasions when the Holy Prophet was away from Madinah on expeditions, he left Ibn Maktum to act in his place as governor of the city.

Such is the glorious teaching of Islam that despite a physical defect one companion of the Holy Messenger of Allah (pbuh) received the good tidings of entry into Paradise and in reference to the other, a verse of the Holy Quran was revealed, and despite his blindness the Holy Prophet (pbuh) twice made Ibn Maktum his vicegerent.

But notwithstanding these precedents, Bernie Sahib keeps on speaking of the weakness of Mirza Sahib’s right hand in order to amuse his listeners. A certain writer of a review spoke truly when he said that the purpose of Bernie Sahib’s book was to disclose the hidden secrets of Ahmadiyyat (Tamhia Panjam, p. 46).

Look at the hidden secrets that he is revealing! May Allah give more power to his pen!

With this weak hand (or "handless" in the words of an opponent), Hazrat Mirza Sahib rendered such extraordinary service to the cause of Islam that to appreciate it let us examine the acknowledgement of others, but not many, for one excerpt will suffice.

"That man, that very great man, whose pen was a magic wand and whose tongue spell-binding; that man whose brain was a complex of wonders, whose eye could revive the dying and whose call aroused those in the graves, whose fingers held the wires of revolution and whose fists were electrical batteries; that man who for thirty years was an earthquake and typhoon for the religious world, who, like the trumpet of Doomsday, awakened those lost in the slumber of life, he has left the world empty-handed. This bitter death, this cup of poison, which entrusted the deceased to dust, will remain on thousands, nay millions of tongues, as words of bitter disappointment and regret. The stroke of death which slaughtered, along with one who was very much alive, the hopes and longings of many, and the wails it raises of lament, will remain in memories for a long time to come.

The demise of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib of Qadian is not such an event that a lesson should not be learnt from it, nor should it be consigned to the passage of time to efface. Such people who produce a religious or intellectual revolution are not born often. These sons of history, in whom it rightly takes pride, appear but rarely on the world scene, and when they do they bring about a revolution for all to see.

In spite of our strong differences with Mirza Sahib in respect of some of his claims and beliefs, his separation for ever has convinced the educated and enlightened Muslims that one of their very great personages has left them. And with him the mighty defence of Islam against its opponents, which was linked with his person, has come to an end. His special characteristic, that he acted against the enemies of Islam as a victorious general, compels us to express openly our feeling that the grand movement which for so long defeated and trod over our opponents should be continued in the future also." Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Wakeel, Amritsar.

Concerning Hazrat Shah Wali’ullah Sahib, the Muhaddath of Delhi, it is written: 

"Towards the end of his life Delhi came under the rulership of a bigoted Shi‘ah by the name of Najaf Ali Khan. He was the last Amir of the Mughal Court. He had meted out terrible punishment to many of the Ulama. Amir Shah Khan in his book Amir… writes that this Amir Najaf Ali Khan had Shah Wali’ullah’s fingernails removed so that his hands became so useless that he could not write a book or even an article." Hujjat a-Balighah, Urdu translation, vol. 1, p. 27, Short Biography by Miraj Muhammad Basiq.

If Shah Sahib’s two hands became useless or they were made so, did that detract any from his greatness? 

O people, fear God!


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