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Bhano Bibi? (Massage from women)

The allegation of the anti Ahmadis has no basis to it and is not in reality an allegation according to the Islamic teachings. Ahmadas who was the Imam Mahdi and Messiah lived his entire life as a Prophet and he only gained such a rank because of his love for Muhammadsaw. When Ahmadas spent four years in Sialkot, during his early life, there are two amazing incidents which we have recorded that took place by non Ahmadi Muslims. The first one which we have obtained from is from Maulana Syed Mir Hussan who was a teacher of Allama Iqbal who explained that Ahmadas lived on rent in Kashmir, and would always be reciting the Qur’an sitting,standing and walking and would cry continuously praying to Allah. This is a statement which was recorded by a non Ahmadi and he also stated that he stayed away from all sins.

 

Now other non Ahmadi Muslims testified that when Ahmadas would come home, before entering the house he would not turn around when closing the door rather would close it from behind with  his hands, incase a non Mahram was behind him.  He would spend his nights with long sajdahs and would write ayahs and keep them on the wall and focus on them wholeheartedly. Can any allegation be raised against such a Prophet?

 

Allah Has Clearly Stated in the Qur’an:

 

قُلْ لَوْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ مَا تَلَوْتُهُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَلَا أَدْرَاكُمْ بِهِ ۖ فَقَدْ لَبِثْتُ فِيكُمْ عُمُرًا مِنْ قَبْلِهِ ۚ أَفَلَا تَعْقِلُونَ {17} فَمَنْ أَظْلَمُ مِمَّنِ افْتَرَىٰ عَلَى اللَّهِ كَذِبًا أَوْ كَذَّبَ بِآيَاتِهِ ۚ إِنَّهُ لَا يُفْلِحُ الْمُجْرِمُونَ {18}

 

Say, ‘If Allah had so willed, I should not have recited it to you nor would He have made it known to you. I have indeed lived among you a whole lifetime before this. Will you not then understand?’ Who is then more unjust than he who forges a lie against Allah or he who treats His Signs as lies? Surely, the guilty shall never prosper.(Chapter 10 Verses 17-18)

 

This argument is an extremely beautiful argument which Allah has Given us in the Qur’an. It is one of the characteristics of a prophet and is a clear proof of a prophets truthfulness. This argument shows us that the previous life of a claimant of prophethood should be a life of truthfulness. When we look at the life of Ahmadas, it is also clear that his life before his claim was clean and he was known to be truthful and a true champion of Islam. His own opponents who turned against him, are a witness to this. The prophet is well known before his claim as being truthful, righteous, and humble as well. It is not possible for a truthful person who has never spoken a single lie, to suddenly lie in regards to a claim, he states is from Allah.

 

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas states:

 

“Now  look,  Allah  has  fulfilled  his  argument  upon  you  such  that  He  has  manifested thousands  of signs in support of  my  claim,  and thus given you  the  opportunity to contemplate as to the status of that man who invites you  to  this  dispensation, and  how  many  arguments  he  presents.   You  cannot  point  to any defect  or imposture or falsehood or deceit  in my early life  on  the basis  of  which  you  might  hold  that  a  person  who  had  been  given  to falsehood and imposture has put forward his claim falsely. Is there anyone from among you who can point to any fault in my life?  It is the pure grace of  God  that  from  the  beginning,  He  kept  me  firmly  grounded  in righteousness and this is proof for those who reflect.” (Tadhkiratush-Shahadatain, Ruhani Khazain, Volume 20, Page 64)

 

Heas also states:

 

“The virtuous life that I have been blessed with is testified to by heavenly signs and is not a mere claim on my part It is impossible to prove that a person’s life is truly pious, or to reveal someone’s latent hypocrisy and disbelief, without the help of heavenly testimony” (Four Questions by Sirajjuddin, a Christian and their Answers, Pages 17-18)

 

Even the opponents of Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas were witnesses to his truthfulness. Here are some statements:

 

One of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas‘s most bitterest opponents, Maulvi Sanaullah Amritsari, wrote in his book, Tarikh-e-Mirza, that he had such a great respect and honor for him that he used to visit him in Qadian on foot. Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas “emerged as a defender of the faith” in his eyes.

 

Another bitter opponent, Maulvi Muhammad Hussain Batalvi stated:

 

“The level to which we are aware of the circumstances and thoughts of the writer of Barahin-e-Ahmadiyyah is such that there would perhaps be very few from among our contemporaries who are so knowledgeable. The writer is of the same country as ours, as a matter of fact in our early days (when we would read Qutubi and Sharah Mulla) he studied with us.”(Isha’atus Sunnah, Volume 7, Page 6)

 

More testimonies can be read under the section of truthfulness from the Holy Qur’an with the heading, “Pure Character”. Moving on, there are two narrations accused. The first one states that an old lady who was the house lady, was pressing the feet of Ahmadas. Firstly the narration says she was a house person and was really old. She was so old that she was not even aware of whether she was pressing the bed or the leg of Ahmadas. Another narration also comes from a person who was present in the room who states that the leg was being pressed from over a blanket. There is no room for an allegation here. The scholars of Islam are aware that the conditions of Purdah are much different in regards to the elderly.  Its also important to note that the wife of the Promised Messiahas was there as well, which further shows it has no relation to anything wrong at all.

 

Ibn Qudamah a famous scholar of Damascus who is accepted by many Muslims today as one of the great Hanbali scholars stated:

 

“Whoever no longer feels any desire, because of old age, impotence or incurable illness, or because he is a eunuch… or a Mukhannath (the effeminate man or a man who has female hormones) who feels no desire, the ruling that applies to such a man is the same as the ruling that applies to mahrams regarding looking at women, because Allah says “Or Old age male servants who lack vigour” (24:32) meaning those who feel no desire for women. Ibn Abbas said: This is one of whom women do not feel shy. He also said this refers to the impotent in regards to the women”.

 

It is clear that the purdah of the house women is also different than ordinary women and this is stated by Ibn Taymiyyah as well in Majmu-al-Fatawa as well. He has explained this in depth in his book and he is considered as one of the greatest Islamic scholars as is also a mujadid.

 

There are many more statements of the Fuqhaha who agree that the purdah with the elderly is much different. The reality is that both Ahmadas and the old person had no sexual desire or any other bad thoughts. The Qur’an has included the old male attendants who have no sexual appetite in the same category as family members and the mahrams. Ahmadas was old and so was the women and she had a barrier as well. Both had no wrong intentions at all. Allah States:

 

وَقُلْ لِلْمُؤْمِنَاتِ يَغْضُضْنَ مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِنَّ وَيَحْفَظْنَ فُرُوجَهُنَّ وَلَا يُبْدِينَ زِينَتَهُنَّ إِلَّا مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا ۖ وَلْيَضْرِبْنَ بِخُمُرِهِنَّ عَلَىٰ جُيُوبِهِنَّ ۖ وَلَا يُبْدِينَ زِينَتَهُنَّ إِلَّا لِبُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ آبَائِهِنَّ أَوْ آبَاءِ بُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ أَبْنَائِهِنَّ أَوْ أَبْنَاءِ بُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ إِخْوَانِهِنَّ أَوْ بَنِي إِخْوَانِهِنَّ أَوْ بَنِي أَخَوَاتِهِنَّ أَوْ نِسَائِهِنَّ أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُهُنَّ أَوِ التَّابِعِينَ غَيْرِ أُولِي الْإِرْبَةِ مِنَ الرِّجَالِ أَوِ الطِّفْلِ الَّذِينَ لَمْ يَظْهَرُوا عَلَىٰ عَوْرَاتِ النِّسَاءِ ۖ وَلَا يَضْرِبْنَ بِأَرْجُلِهِنَّ لِيُعْلَمَ مَا يُخْفِينَ مِنْ زِينَتِهِنَّ ۚ وَتُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا أَيُّهَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ {32}

 

And say to the believing women that they restrain their eyes and guard their private parts, and that they disclose not their natural and artificial beauty except that which is apparent thereof, and that they draw their head-coverings over their bosoms, and that they disclose not their beauty save to their husbands, or to their fathers, or the fathers of their husbands or their sons or the sons of their husbands or their brothers, or the sons of their brothers, or the sons of their sisters, or their women, or what their right hands possess, or such of male attendants as have no sexual appetite, or young children who have no knowledge of the hidden parts of women. And they strike not their feet so that what they hide of their ornaments may become known. And turn ye to Allah all together, O believers, that you may succeed.(Chapter 24 Verse 32)

 

Allah has even allowed the elderly women to take off their veils despite it being better for them to keep it on. Allah States:

 

وَالْقَوَاعِدُ مِنَ النِّسَاءِ اللَّاتِي لَا يَرْجُونَ نِكَاحًا فَلَيْسَ عَلَيْهِنَّ جُنَاحٌ أَنْ يَضَعْنَ ثِيَابَهُنَّ غَيْرَ مُتَبَرِّجَاتٍ بِزِينَةٍ ۖ وَأَنْ يَسْتَعْفِفْنَ خَيْرٌ لَهُنَّ ۗ وَاللَّهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ {61}

 

As to elderly women, who have no desire for marriage — there is no blame on them if they lay aside their outer clothing without displaying their beauty. But to abstain from that even is better for them. And Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing. (Chapter 24 Verse 61)

 

Another statement writes that Ahmadas was busy doing his work for the sake of Allah and the spread of Islam and a lady came in and went to the far corner of that area and was showering there. The anti Ahmadis try accusing Ahmadas but do not read the entire story. The same narration states that Ahmadas did not even look that way and the girl was later stopped by a house worker. The lady bathing replied by saying that he doesn’t even see and nor did he look here or knew that I was here. There is no room for an allegation in this statement, rather it supports the truth of Ahmadas. The opponents of Muhammadsaw also do such things and misinterpret statements to attack the character of Muhammadsaw, the greatest of all Prophets. How upsetting is it that the maulvis of our age have become just like the opponents of Muhammadsaw? Ahmadas‘s entire life was lived as a Prophet and this is a fact.