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Muhammadi Begum, A Prophecy Fulfilled

The allegation against Ahmadas which is most often brought up, is his prophecy in regards to Muhammadi Begum. The accusation is seen from a false viewpoint only focussing on certain prophecies ignoring the entire context. They accue the prophecy despite it being fulfilled. Whenever people begin to go astray and ignore the Words of Allah, the chastisement of Allah aflicts them. Allah States in the Qur’an:

 

وَإِذَا أَرَدْنَا أَنْ نُهْلِكَ قَرْيَةً أَمَرْنَا مُتْرَفِيهَا فَفَسَقُوا فِيهَا فَحَقَّ عَلَيْهَا الْقَوْلُ فَدَمَّرْنَاهَا تَدْمِيرًا {17}

 

And when We intend to destroy a township, We address Our commandment to its rebellious people, but they transgress therein; so the sentence of punishment becomes due against it, and We destroy it with utter destruction(Chapter 17 Verse 16)

 

It is in the same way, Allah dealt with the relatives of Ahmadas. Ahmad Baig and his family had become opponents of Islam and started to reject the Creator, because of the influence the Hindus had on them. The family rejected many Islamic concepts and also mocked the idea of one marrying their cousin and claimed it was the same as marrying one’s own sister, God forbid. They also mocked the marriage of Muhammadsaw and Zainabra. Allah gave the family of Ahmadas a final chance and warning and Allah revealed to Ahmadasthat Muhammadi Begum should be married to Ahmadas and that way blessings would appear in the family of Muhammadi Begum. This concept is directly from the Qur’an which states:

 

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَكُونُوا مَعَ الصَّادِقِينَ {119}

 

O ye who believe! fear Allah and be with the truthful.(Chapter 9 verse 119)

 

If Muhammadi Begum married Ahmadas, who was the greatest lover of Muhammadsaw, blessings would bring their family back to the true teachings of Islam. Similar occued in the time of Arabia with the Prophet Muhammadsawas the people of Arabia believed it was unlawful to marry a divorced widow of an adopted son and were totally against this action. They accused it of being similar to marrying your daughter in law. In reply to thsi falsehood, Muhammadsaw was told by Allah to marry Hazrat Zainabra who was a divorced widow of Zaidra, who was the foster son of Muhammadsaw. Allah States in the Qur’an:

 

وَإِذْ تَقُولُ لِلَّذِي أَنْعَمَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَأَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِ أَمْسِكْ عَلَيْكَ زَوْجَكَ وَاتَّقِ اللَّهَ وَتُخْفِي فِي نَفْسِكَ مَا اللَّهُ مُبْدِيهِ وَتَخْشَى النَّاسَ وَاللَّهُ أَحَقُّ أَنْ تَخْشَاهُ ۖ فَلَمَّا قَضَىٰ زَيْدٌ مِنْهَا وَطَرًا زَوَّجْنَاكَهَا لِكَيْ لَا يَكُونَ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ حَرَجٌ فِي أَزْوَاجِ أَدْعِيَائِهِمْ إِذَا قَضَوْا مِنْهُنَّ وَطَرًا ۚ وَكَانَ أَمْرُ اللَّهِ مَفْعُولًا {38}

 

And remember when thou didst say to him on whom Allah had bestowed favours and on whom thou also hadst bestowed favours: ‘Keep thy wife to thyself, and fear Allah.’ And thou didst conceal in thy heart what Allah was going to bring to light, and thou wast afraid of the people, whereas Allah has better right that thou shouldst fear Him. Then, when Zaid had accomplished his want of her so as to have no further need of her, We joined her in marriage to thee, so that there may be no hindrance for the believers with regard to the wives of their adopted sons, when they have accomplished their want of them. And Allah’s decree must be fulfilled.(Chapter 33 Verse 38)

 

Allah had Instructed Muhammadsaw to marry Zainab in reply to this horrible misconception of the Arabs. The same occurred with Ahmadas yet the anti Ahmadis want to raise an allegation on him? Ahmadas states in regards to this prophecy being fulfilled:

 

We have clearly proven the reason as to why the death of Sultan Muhammad has been delayed in a separate announcement in such a manner that no trustworthy individual can put forth an excuse in accepting it. Those who have no faith can say as they wish. It should be remembered that this prophecy has been fulfilled with all its glories and no intelligent individual can deny this.”( Anwarul-Islam, p. 40)

 

He also explains the purpose of this prophecy stating:

 

“Verily, Allah found my cousins and other relatives (i.e., Ahmad Baig, etc.) indulged in harmful thoughts and deeds, and found them immersed in shameful traditions, false ideologies, and innovations in the faith. And found that they are the ones to follow their base desires and lusts. And they reject the being of Allah and are among those who cause disorder.” (A’ina-e-Kamalat-e-Islam)

 

And:

 

“These people are staunch disbelievers of Allah and His messenger, and they do not believe in the decree of Allah, rather, they are atheists.”(A’ina-e–Kamalat-e-Islam)

 

He further states:

 

“One night it so happened that I was sitting in my home, when a man came to me weeping. I became worried and inquired, ‘Have you been informed of the death of someone?’ He responded, ‘No, even greater so! I was sitting with those people who have reverted from the religion of Allah. One of them cursed at the Holy Prophetsaw in such a filthy and offensive manner that I have never heard the like of it from the mouth of any disbeliever. Moreover, I saw that they placed the Holy Qur’an beneath their feet and stepped on it. They were uttering such vile words that the tongue becomes filthy even by writing them. And they were saying that the being of Allah is nothing and that there is no God in this world. This is merely a lie which the fabricators have concocted.’ I said to him, ‘Did I not tell you that you should not sit with such people? So fear God, and do not sit with them again, and repent.’ (A’ina Kamalat-e-Islam)

 

And:

“They mock Allah and His messenger and say that (God-forbid), the Qur’an was fabricated by Muhammadsaw and he was an apostate.(A’ina Kamalat-e-Islam)

 

This shows us how much this family hated Islam and mocked the Religion of Allah. They asked Ahmadas for a sign and this is the sign Allah had chosen. He states:

 

“They wrote a letter in which they had cursed at the Holy Prophetsaw and the Holy Qur’an. They had rejected the being of Allah, exalted by His name, and demanded from me a sign of my truthfulness. They circulated this letter far and wide, and the non-Muslims of India (i.e., the Christians) greatly helped them in this cause, and they greatly exceeded the bounds.”(A’ina Kamalat-e-Islam)

 

And Ahmadas prayed: “And I said, O My Lord! Help your servant and disgrace your enemies” (A’ina Kamalat-e-Islam)

 

Since Ahmadas was a true prophet of Allah, his prayer was Heard by his Creator. Allah the Almighty revealed to Ahmadas:

 

“Verily I have seen their disobedience and rebellion. Hence, I shall soon annihilate them by various afflictions and I shall destroy them under the heavens. And you shall soon see how I deal with them. And We have power over all things. I shall make their women widows, and their children orphans, and their homes abandoned so that they may taste the consequences of their words and actions. But I shall not destroy them in a single strike, rather, gradually, so that they may return and become of those who repent. And my curse shall descend upon them, and upon the walls of their house, and upon their young ones, and their elders, and their women,and their men, and their guests who enter through their doors, and all of them shall be among the accursed.” (A’ina Kamalat-e-Islam)

 

This prophecy itself made it clear that it was a conditional prophecy based on repentance of the people. Ahmadas explained that if Ahmad Baig who was the father of Muhammadi Begum, rejected the marriage, he would face the wrath of Allah and would leave this world within three years and the person she is married to would die within 2 years and a half following the marriage, unless he repents, and this would make her a widow and she would marry Ahmadas. Once again this is only a prophecy which would have to occur if the husband of Muhammadi Begum would not repent.

 

Ahmadas stated:

 

“That ever-powerful and wise God said to me that you should put forth a marriage proposal for the daughter of this individual (i.e., Mirza Ahmad Baig), and tell them that you shall receive kindness and good-treatment as a result of the fulfillment of this condition. And this marriage shall be a source of blessings for you and a sign of mercy. And you shall partake in all the mercy and blessings specified in the Announcement of 20th February 1886. However, if you refuse, the outcome of this lady shall be very unpleasant. Furthermore, the man to whom she is wed shall die within 2 1/2 years after the marriage, and her father within 3 years of the marriage.”(A’ina Kamalat-e-Islam)

 

Another prophecy which further proves that this entire prophecy was conditional is as follows:

 

“I saw this lady (i.e., the grandmother of Muhammadi Begum) in a vision, the signs of weeping were evident upon her face. So I said to her, ‘O Lady! Repent! Repent! Affliction has befallen your children, and misfortune is about to descend upon you. One man shall die and dogs shall remain behind barking” (A’ina Kamalat-e-Islam)

 

The significance of the grandmother in this dream was to show how merciful our Creator is, that even if the grandmother of Muhammadi Begum prayed for her forgiveness, she would be forgived. This is an Islamic concept and can be related to how us as Muslims pray for our parents.
Another revelation which further shows this prophecy was conditional states:

 

“Her husband and father would die within three years after
Muhammadi Begum’s marriage and after the death of both, we shall return her to you.”(Karmatus Sadiqin)

 

The prophecy was that if Mirza Ahmad Baig and the husband of Muhammadi Begum did nto repent, they would both die in their respective times. We should remember that the father of Muhammad Begum would reject Ahmadasaccording to the prophecies as it shows that she would marry someone else first. It is also important to remmeber that if the father and the husband of Muhammad Begum would not repent, they would both face the punishment of Allah within three years. The father would then die within three years while the son in law would die within 2 and a half years. The women would also become widows and their progeny would be destroyed. If the father was to repent he would be saved, and if only one from the father or son would repent, only that person would be saved.

 

Ahmadas was revealed:

 

“They rejected our signs, and mocked at them. And Allah shall be sufficient for you against them, and Allah shall return this lady to you.”(A’ina Kamalat-e-Islam)

 

This shows that according to the prophecies the father would go against Allah and would marry his daughter to another person as the word return is used. Another revelation which further proves that the father would not repent is as follows:

 

“O Lady! Repent! Repent! Affliction has befallen your children,
and misfortune is about to descend upon you. One man shall die and dogs shall remain behind barking.”(Announcement 15 July 1888, Tabligh-e-Risalat, Volume 1 page 120)

 

This shows us that only one from Ahmad Baig and the husband of Muhammadi Begum would not repent. Allah clearly Said one man would only die which tells us that the second would indeed repent. It also shows us that Muhammadi Begum would get married to someone else, and the husband and father would die within three years if they do not repent. If the husband did not repent than Muhammadi Begum would marry Ahmadas. The prophecies further make it clear that only one of the two would be destroyed while the other would repent and be saved from Allah supported by  the revelation using “Yamutu” which can only refer to one male. This shows that the second would repent which would not require Muhammadi Begum to become a widow or marry Ahmadas. The prophecy was clearly fulfilled.

 

Mirza Ahmad Baig married his daughter to Mirza Sultan Muhammad, and was destroyed on September 30, 1892 just five months after the marriage. This fulfilled the prophecy in regards to one of the person passing away. Mirza Sultan decided to repent which saved him. This caused Muhammadi Begum to not become a widow as her husband repented and was saved. Now this is the reason Ahmadas did not need to marry her.

 

It is clear that this prophecy was conditional and was clearly fulfilled. Ahmadas states:

 

“With relation to this prophecy, not a single revelation was received by me which did not stipulate the condition (of repentance)” (Anjam-e-Atham, Page 223)

 

He further states:

” There are some foolish people who say that the prophecy with relation to Ahmad Baig’s son in law was not fulfilled; and they fail to understand that this prophecy was conditional; and in it, the revelation of Allah the exalted addressed the lady’s grandmother saying “توبی توبی فان البلاء علی عقبك” (O Lady! Repent! Repent! For misfortune has befallen upon the daughter of your daughter”(Brahin-e-Ahmadiyya part 5, page 197)

 

Some try to raise the allegation that Muhammad Sultan did not repent but this is not true. After the father of Muhammadi Begum died, Muhammad Sultan became frightened and repented. Ahmadas states:

 

” Hence, a wise one can acknowledge that after the death of Ahmad Baig, whose death was one part of the prophecy, what would have happened to theone attached to the second part? He would have, as it were, died whilst living. As such, we received two letters from his elders, which were written by a Hakim Sahib residing in Lahore, in which he has written the state of his repentance and seeking of forgiveness. After witnessing all these circumstances, we became fully certain that the time period specifying the death of Sultan Muhammad was no longer applicable.”(Announcement of 6 September 1894)

He also stated:

“And when Ahmad Baig died the back of his widowed wife and remaining relatives was broken as it were. They became focused on prayer and supplication. As we have heard that the mother of Ahmad Baig’s son-in-law has still not come to terms with this shock.”(Hujjatullah Page 11)

 

Ahmadas also stated in regards to the people who thought Sultan Muhamad did not repent:

 

“The judgement is quite easy. Ask Sultan Muhammad, the son-in-law of Ahmad Baig to publish an announcement of denial. Thereafter, if he should not die within a period that God Almighty might specify, then I am a liar.”

 

And:

“And it is necessary that such a death be withheld from him until he becomes defiant. Thus, if you are in a hurry, then come forth and make him defiant and and have him announce his denial and then witness the spectacle of God.”(Anjam-e-Atham, page 32)

 

Mirza Sultan was even bribed to say he did not repent but was too afraid to accept such money as he did repent. He himself stated:

 

“My father-in-law, Mirza Ahmad Baig Sahib, died in complete accordance with the prophecy. However, Allah the Exalted is forgiving and merciful. He listens to His servants and shows mercy.” “I say with firm faith that this prophecy of marriage did not become a means of doubt for me in any way. Now remains the issue of Bai‘at. So I say on oath that the faith and belief I have for Mirza Sahib (as), perhaps none among you who have done Bai‘at possess so much.” “The state of my heart can be determined by the fact that at the time of this prophecy, the Aryas (due to Lekhram) and the Christians (due to Atham) wished to hand over 100,000 rupees to me so that I would issue a statement against Mirza Sahib. Had I taken that money I could have become a rich man, but it was that very faith and belief which prohibited me from this act.(Al-Fazl June 1921)

 

The son of Muhammadi Begum and Mirza Sultan Muhammad ended up doing baiat and stated:

 

“In accordance to this prophecy my grandfather Mirza Ahmad Baig Sahib died, and the rest of the family became afraid and turned to reformation, the irrefutable evidence of which is that a majority of them joined the community. As such, in line with His attributes of Oft-forgiving and Ever merciful, He changed wrath into mercy.(Al Fazl, 26 February 1923)

 

Now what the non Ahmadis try to say is that Ahmadas said the marriage is Taqdir-e-Mubram and try to say the prophecies are unconditional since they say “we joined her in marriage to you” and “unmarried or as a widow”. We will firstly discuss Taqdir-e-Mubram. It is clear from the Qur’an and ahadith that even Taqdir-e-Mubram may be conditional. For example The Holy Prophetsawstated:

 

“Pray Abundantly. For verily, prayer averts unchangeable decree(taqdir-e-mubram)(Kanzul Ummal)

 

He also stated:

 

“Prayer is a fierce army from among the armies of Allah. It averts divine decree after it has become unchangeable (Firdausal Akhbar Dailmi).

 

The Qur’an further proves this point as well. Allah States:

 

إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَغْفِرُ أَنْ يُشْرَكَ بِهِ وَيَغْفِرُ مَا دُونَ ذَٰلِكَ لِمَنْ يَشَاءُ ۚ وَمَنْ يُشْرِكْ بِاللَّهِ فَقَدِ افْتَرَىٰ إِثْمًا عَظِيمًا {49}

 

Surely, Allah will not forgive that any partner be associated with Him; but He will forgive whatever is short of that to whomsoever He pleases. And whoso associates partners with Allah has indeed devised a very great sin.(Chapter 4 Verse 49)

 

And:

 

وَاكْتُبْ لَنَا فِي هَٰذِهِ الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ إِنَّا هُدْنَا إِلَيْكَ ۚ قَالَ عَذَابِي أُصِيبُ بِهِ مَنْ أَشَاءُ ۖ وَرَحْمَتِي وَسِعَتْ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ ۚ فَسَأَكْتُبُهَا لِلَّذِينَ يَتَّقُونَ وَيُؤْتُونَ الزَّكَاةَ وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ بِآيَاتِنَا يُؤْمِنُونَ {156}

 

‘And ordain for us good in this world, as well as in the next; we have turned to Thee with repentance.’ God replied, ‘I will inflict My punishment on whom I will; but My mercy encompasses all things; so I will ordain it for those who act righteously, and pay the Zakat and those who believe in Our Signs —(Chapter 7 Verse 157)

 

The next accusation is against “we have joined her in marriage to you”. The same has been used in Surah al Ahzab where Allah States:

 

وَإِذْ تَقُولُ لِلَّذِي أَنْعَمَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَأَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِ أَمْسِكْ عَلَيْكَ زَوْجَكَ وَاتَّقِ اللَّهَ وَتُخْفِي فِي نَفْسِكَ مَا اللَّهُ مُبْدِيهِ وَتَخْشَى النَّاسَ وَاللَّهُ أَحَقُّ أَنْ تَخْشَاهُ ۖ فَلَمَّا قَضَىٰ زَيْدٌ مِنْهَا وَطَرًا زَوَّجْنَاكَهَا لِكَيْ لَا يَكُونَ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ حَرَجٌ فِي أَزْوَاجِ أَدْعِيَائِهِمْ إِذَا قَضَوْا مِنْهُنَّ وَطَرًا ۚ وَكَانَ أَمْرُ اللَّهِ مَفْعُولًا {38}

 

And remember when thou didst say to him on whom Allah had bestowed favours and on whom thou also hadst bestowed favours: ‘Keep thy wife to thyself, and fear Allah.’ And thou didst conceal in thy heart what Allah was going to bring to light, and thou wast afraid of the people, whereas Allah has better right that thou shouldst fear Him. Then, when Zaid had accomplished his want of her so as to have no further need of her, We joined her in marriage to thee, so that there may be no hindrance for the believers with regard to the wives of their adopted sons, when they have accomplished their want of them. And Allah’s decree must be fulfilled.(Chapter 33 Verse 38)

 

The Qur’an shows us that Zainab was married to Muhammadsaw after she was divorced and became a widow which was the same revealed to Ahmadas. This makes it clear that it referred to after she would become a widow if her father and husband did not repent and then marry Ahmadas. However, the husband did repent. Ahmadas states:

 

“And as for the issue that the revelation states that the marriage of Nikah of this woman has been announced with me in the heavens, this is true, but as we have already mentioned, for the apparent manifestation of this Nikah, which was announced in the heavens, there was a condition stipulated by God, which was published at that tie too and it is O Lady! Repent! Repent! For affliction shall befall your children.(Haqiqatul Wahi)

 

The final allegation is on the prophecy unmarried or a widow. The revelation was:

 

بكر وثیب

 

The translation of this prophecy is “Unmarried or as a widow”. Firstly this should not be attributed to Muhammadi Begum. Ahmadas himself claimed that this revelation refers to Nusrat Jahan Begumra. He explained this in his book Nuzulul Masih and it shows two qualities of Hazrat Nusrat Jahan Begumra. She was unmarried when Ahmadas married her, and then became a widow since Ahmadas was suppose to pass away before her. It is amazing that Allah told Ahmadas years before his death that he would die before his wife.