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Accusations Answered > Relating to Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib of Qadian > Was Hazrat Mirza Sahib's Death, God Forbid, Accursed?

Was Hazrat Mirza Sahib's Death, God Forbid, Accursed?
Taken from: 'True Facts about the Ahmadiyya Movement. In Reply to S.P. Tayo's Facts about the Ahmadiyya Movement.' (pp. 47-50)
by Maulana Hafiz Sher Muhammad Sahib.
Translated by: Mr. Shahid Aziz & Dr. Zahid Aziz.

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|| 1. Hazrat Mirza Sahib’s Death || 2. Time of Founder’s Death || 3. How did the Founder Die? || 4. Cause of Death ||


[Note: Although an opponent of Ahmadiyyat -- Mr. Tayo -- is being addressed to, in this answer to an accusation set forth by him, but it must be remembered that similar accusations are put forward by other opponents of this Movement, and by replying to Mr. Tayo's accusation, indirectly we are answering the accusation of the other opponents.]

1. Hazrat Mirza Sahib’s Death:

Mr. Tayo raises objections relating to the time and manner of the death of the Founder. He writes:

"Ghulam Ahmad had predicted his death about six months earlier. This means that he had seen the wrong course before the death came upon him."

Here we say again, what has been repeated so often above, that if only Mr. Tayo had read Hazrat Mirza Sahib’s books he would not have made his nonsensical remark. Long before he was appointed a Mujaddid (Reformer) by God, the Founder had received, in 1865, a Divine revelation relating to the length of his life span. He writes:

"Since God knew that the opponents would wish for my death, so that they could claim that I was a liar as I had died early, He had addressed me beforehand, and said: ‘Your age shall be eighty years or a few years less or more, and you shall see a distant generation’" (Tadhkira, p.6).

This is the word of God, the knower of the unknown. Can Mr. Tayo or any other person predict with certainty the age he is going to attain, or foretell that he will see his grandchildren?

2. Time of Founder’s Death:

When the time of his death approached, God informed him of this by revelation, as He does with His beloved servants. The Founder thereupon wrote a booklet Al-Wasiyya, two and a half years before his death, in which he noted the revelation:

"The time of your death is nigh, and the appointed term of your life is about to be completed."

As the time of his death came nearer and nearer, God continued to reveal this fact to him, till six days before his death it was revealed:

"The time to go has come. Death is near."

Just as forty years previously God had told him that his opponents would not be able to harm him in the slightest, He now disclosed to Hazrat Mirza Sahib that the appointed time promised in 1865 had drawn near, so that no opponent could raise the objection that the earlier prophecy had not been fulfilled. It is note-worthy that, even at a time when the Founder was publishing revelation upon revelation prophesying that he was about to die, none of the opponents could pluck up enough courage to engage with him in a mubahila. Maulavi Sana-Ullah too had been reading these revelations in Al-Wasiyya (December 1905 / January 1906) and the Ahmadiyya newspapers, yet when Hazrat Mirza Sahib issued the April 1907 Notice, discussed above, challenging him to mubahila, Sana-Ullah became quite terrified and replied: "I do not agree to this statements of yours, nor could any sensible person agree to it." Since the Maulvi evaded this challenge, and refused to agree to the holding of a mubahila, it matters not that Hazrat Mirza Sahib died before him, and one cannot raise any objection against the date of his death. Only if Maulvi Sana-Ullah had agreed to holding the mubahila, could one infer that Hazrat Mirza Sahib’s date of death disproved his claims.

3. How did the Founder Die?

Mr. Tayo alleges that the Founder died of cholera, and charges that his being "stricken" with this disease was the result of God’s punishment which Hazrat Mirza Sahib had invited upon himself in case he was false in his claims.

We tell Mr. Tayo that the assertion that the Founder died of cholera is totally false. Since Tayo’s booklet purports to give an account of Hazrat Mirza Sahib’s condition in his last hours, we record below the actual events as witnessed by numerous people:

Due to the great pressure of intellectual work on him, Hazrat Mirza Sahib used to grow quite weak and fatigued on occasions. He would suffer from this whenever he had to exert himself hard in writing a book or preparing a lecture. Before coming to Lahore where he spent the last month of his life, he had done a considerable amount of exhausting work, such as writing the voluminous Chashma Ma’rifa, published on 15 May 1908. He was now over seventy years of age, and at Lahore he became busier than ever. From morning to night there was a constant stream of visitors putting to him all kinds of questions, which he answered. At the same time, he began writing his message of peace between Hindus and Muslims, the Paigham Sulh. Thus, the Founder was either busy delivering addresses and speeches, or, while at home, absorbed in his writing work.

Due to the mental strain of all his work, he fell ill on two or three occasions, but not seriously. However, on the evening of 25th May (1908), after his return from a walk, following a whole day’s work on Paigham Sulh, Hazrat Mirza Sahib fell ill again. Dr. Sayyid Muhammad Hussain Shah was informed, and he had some medicine prepared and sent, but it had no effect. At about 11 p.m., Hazrat Mirza Sahib had a bowel motion which left him very weak. Dr. Sayyid Muhammad Shah and Hazrat Maulana Nur-ud-Din were sent for. They administered some fortifying tonics, and the Founder was then left alone to rest. At about 2 or 3 a.m. he had a strong bowel motion which made his pulse very faint. The time Dr. Sayyid Muhammad Hussain Shah, Hazrat Maulana Nur-ud-Din, Khawaja Kamal-ud-Din and Dr. Mirza Yaqub Baig (Note: All were very prominent and pious members of the Movement) were all called. On their arrival, Hazrat Mirza Sahib called them over to himself and said, "it is a severe attack of diarrhoea, please suggest some medicine." He then added: "the real medicine can only come from heaven. So say some prayers as well as preparing medicine."

Treatment was begun, but since the condition was critical, people stayed around him. When the Call (Azan) for the morning prayer was sounded, Hazrat Mirza Sahib performed the prayer despite great weakness. Treatment continued, and a famous British doctor, Dr. Sutherland of the (King Edward) Lahore Medical College, was called. There is, however, no cure for death, and at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, 26 May 1908, with the words : "O my beloved Allah" , "O my beloved Allah" upon his lips, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib returned to his Maker – inna li-llahi wa inna ilai-hi raji’un.

4. Cause of Death:

Mr. Tayo should note that, at the time of the Founder’s death, there were gathered around him some leading doctors and physicians of the Punjab (India). They, along with the foreign Dr. Sutherland, unanimously declared the
cause of death to be diarrhoea, not cholera. The information sent for publication to the newspapers, bearing the signature of Dr. Sayyid Muhammad Hussain Shah, also gave diarrhoea as the cause of death. The same is to be found in all Lahore Ahmadiyya Jama’at literature on the subject.

Now, Mr. Tayo ignores the diagnosis of the expert doctors present on the spot, and relies instead on some tales told by persons having no medical knowledge, whatsoever. Mr. Tayo should also consider the following facts: The doctors and physicians treating Hazrat Mirza Sahib were gathered around him devotedly; people were keen to preserve the clothes in which he died, in their own houses, and these garments are now in the custody of Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din’s family; masses flocked to the house where he died; some would embrace him lovingly, others would touch him for blessing; and the reverence with which the washing of his body was carried out can only be described by those present there. Is this, we ask Tayo, how people behave over someone who dies of cholera, or do they stay as far away as possible? Are the clothes of the deceased kept as blessed momentos, or are they consigned to fire? Does the place of death become a shrine, or do people run away from it?

The people clustering Hazrat Mirza Sahib’s body were not the ignorant masses, but Punjab’s leading doctors, physicians, religious scholars, businessmen, and lawyers. In case of death by cholera, it is observed that even the deceased’s relatives are loath to approach the body. Public health departments are stirred into action, committees of doctors being appointed to advise on combating the disease. Yet, the Founder’s so-called "cholera" was so novel that great and eminent men considered it to be a source of blessing to touch and embrace him, and to preserve his clothes in their own houses. The house where he died attracted masses of visitors. The Public Health Department took no action. Is this consistent with Hazrat Mirza Sahib having died of cholera?

The coffin was taken to Lahore Railway station where a crowd of mourners had gathered. There, a certificate was shown to Railway officials to confirm that the Founder (Hazrat Mirza Sahib) had not died of an infectious disease, such as cholera, for in a case of that kind, it was not permitted to take the body from one place to another. It was only on production of the certificate, showing that he had died of diarrhoea, that Hazrat Mirza Sahib’s body was allowed to be taken by rail to Qadian (India). There, thousands of people vied with one another to get a close look at the face, and to embrace it. After the funeral prayers, Hazrat Mirza Sahib was buried with the greatest honour and respect.

We ask Mr. Tayo again, is this what happens when a person dies of cholera? Only out of sheer prejudice and malice do Mr. Tayo and his like ignore the testimony of eminent doctors, scholars, lawyers, and businessmen, and reply instead on the hearsay of persons totally ignorant of medicine.


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