One of the main allegations raised against the Promised Messiah Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), is that he (as) passed away in the washroom. While all the traditions and instances found in our literature related to it do not hold any such. This is a just one of so many lies of the opponents which is brought up to divert the topic of discussion from differences of beliefs. This is because they are well aware that they do not have any proof from the Qur’an and ahadith to respond to our arguments, which is why they need the help of falsehood and even go beyond decency. Their allegations are merely baseless and have no source at all.
While the fact is that Hazrat Ahmad (as) passed away a noble death on his bed, while being engaged in saying some prayer words ‘Allah Mere Piary Allah’. (Tareekh-e-Ahmadiyyat, vol. 2, pg. 538-543)
This wasn’t any new mock or art of defaming the divine personalities. If we happen to see the History of Religions, we come to know that Every Prophet Sent by Allah the Almighty is mocked. Allah the Almighty States:
يَا حَسْرَةً عَلَى الْعِبَادِ ۚ مَا يَأْتِيهِمْ مِنْ رَسُولٍ إِلَّا كَانُوا بِهِ يَسْتَهْزِئُونَ
Alas for My servants! there comes not a Messenger to them but they mock at him. (Chapter 36 verse 31)
Do Not Narrate Everything You Hear
The anti-Ahmadis repeat this allegation without looking into the matter, which is concerning. The Prophet Muhammad (sa) stated:
كَفَى بِالْمَرْءِ كَذِبًا أَنْ يُحَدِّثَ بِكُلِّ مَا سَمِعَ
‘It is enough of a lie for a man to narrate everything he hears’ (Sahih Muslim, Book of Introduction, Narration 6)
The Prophet Muhammad (sa) prophesied that the Muslims would be blessed with a Messiah from among them, who would resemble the Messiah sent to Bani Israel. The opponents of both Messiahs also resemble each oher. Muslims mocking the Promised Messiah(as) was in reality a prophecy made by the Prophet Muhammad (sa). He (sa) stated:
عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرٍو، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم “ لَيَأْتِيَنَّ عَلَى أُمَّتِي مَا أَتَى عَلَى بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ حَذْوَ النَّعْلِ بِالنَّعْلِ حَتَّى إِنْ كَانَ مِنْهُمْ مَنْ أَتَى أُمَّهُ عَلاَنِيَةً لَكَانَ فِي أُمَّتِي مَنْ يَصْنَعُ ذَلِكَ وَإِنَّ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ تَفَرَّقَتْ عَلَى ثِنْتَيْنِ وَسَبْعِينَ مِلَّةً وَتَفْتَرِقُ أُمَّتِي عَلَى ثَلاَثٍ وَسَبْعِينَ مِلَّةً كُلُّهُمْ فِي النَّارِ إِلاَّ مِلَّةً وَاحِدَةً قَالُوا وَمَنْ هِيَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ قَالَ مَا أَنَا عَلَيْهِ وَأَصْحَابِي
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr:that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “What befell the children of Isra’il will befall my Ummah, step by step, such that if there was one who had intercourse with his mother in the open, then there would be someone from my Ummah who would do that. Indeed the children of Isra’il split into seventy-two sects, and my Ummah will split into seventy-three sects. All of them are in the Fire Except one sect.” He said: “And which is it O Messenger of Allah?” He said: “What I am upon and my Companions Jami’at Tirmidhi #2641)
The Prophet Muhammad (sa) prophesied that the Muslims would become just like the Jews. Till today, the Jews mock the death of Hazrat Isa (as) and say that he died an accursed death on the cross, God Forbid. The anti-Ahmadis follow their footsteps and mock the Messiah Allah has Sent to them, something which was bound to happen. These allegations are only raised by the ignorant, in order to hurt the feelings of the true believers.
In his final days, the Promised Messiah (as) travelled to Lahore from Qadian and arrived on April 29, 1908. He died in Lahore on May 26, 1908 and was buried in Qadian. He (as) travelled to Lahore so that his wife could be treated, as she was suffering from an illness. The Promised Messiah(as) suffered from migraines and dysentery for a long time. However, because of his hard work in defending Islam which consisted of writing, lecturing, and meeting his followers, his health deteriorated. The Promised Messiah (as) passed away at around 10:30 am on May 26, 1908 and was surrounded by his close family and companions (Tareekh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Volume 2, Pages 538-543)
Prophecies about His Death
In the year of 1905, three years before Hazrat Ahmad (as) passed away, Allah Began to inform him of his impending death.
On April 9, 1905 Allah the Almighty Revealed:
قَرُبَ أجَلُكَ الْمُقَدَّرُ
“Your determined term of life is nearing its end” (Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya, Part 5, Page 115)
On April 24, 1905 Allah Revealed:
تمام حوادث اور عجائبات قدرت دکھلانے کے بعد تیرا حادثہ ہو گا
“Your event will be after all other events and the showing of natural wonders” (Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya, Part 5, Page 115)
Allah the Almighty Continued to inform Hazrat Ahmad (as) about his death and gave him the strength to write his last will and testament, wherein he (as) stated:
“Since God Almighty has informed me, through recurrent revelations, that the time of my demise is near, and since these revelations have been of such force as to shake me to the very core of my being— turning my heart cold to this life—I have deemed it appropriate to write a few words of admonition and advice for my friends and other such persons as may wish to derive benefit from my words. To begin with I commit to writing the Divine revelation which informed me of my imminent death and motivated me to undertake this task.” (The Will, Page 1)
On May 20, 1908, just a few days before Hazrat Ahmad (as) passed away, Allah the Almighty Revealed:
الرحیل ثمّ الرحیل والموت قریب
“It is time to march; again, it is time to march and death is near” (al-Badr, vol.7, no.22, June 2, 1908, p.3)
These revelations show us the Love Allah the Almighty had for Hazrat Ahmad (as).
Narrations of Eyewitnesses
Another narration from an eyewitness is that of Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmood Ahmad (ra) who states in his book, Hadhrat Ahmad on page 58-59:
“He suffered from chronic diarrhea. When he came to Lahore the distemper was further aggravated. The constant stream of visitors left his system no time for repose. In this condition he received the revelation meaning: “The time for march is nigh: again, the time for marching is at hand”. The revelation caused great anxiety among his followers, but shortly there came the news of the death of a friend at Qadian and people were reassured, thinking that the revelation had reference to that event. But when someone asked the Promised Messiah (as) he said that the revelation related to a much more important personage and did not refer to the deceased. Made anxious by this revelation : My mother expressed the wish that they should all return to Qadian. “To go back now”, he said “is not in my power. Now it is God alone who can take me back”. But despite his illness and the revelation he remained devoted to his work.
In this condition he decided to deliver a lecture on the subject of amity and mutual understanding between the Hindus and the Muslims. He wrote out the lecture and gave it the title “The Message of Peace”. The strain and preparing the lecture further weakened his health. The diarrhea increased. On the night before the writing of the lecture was completed the revelation came meaning “Place no trust in this fleeting life”. He immediately mentioned the revelation to his family and said that it related to himself. The next day the lecture was completed, and it was sent to be printed. The following night the diarrhea increased and he became very weak. He roused my mother. When she came, he was prostrate. In her anxiety she inquired what was the matter with him. The reply was “The same that I have told you about” (meaning death). After this he had another motion and he became weaker. “Send for Maulvi Noor-ud-Din” He said: And then “wake up Mahmood (the one who is giving this testimony) and Mir Sahib (his father in law) I slept in a lower room at a slight distance from him. I was called up.
I found him very restless. The doctor had already come and given what help he could. But he did not rally. At last an injection was given. Then he fell asleep. When it was dawn he woke up and performed his morning prayers. His throat was completely hoarse. He tried to speak but could utter no sound. He called for pen and ink but could not write. The pen dropped from his hand.
He then lay down. Soon a drowsiness came upon him. At about half past ten, his holy spirit passed away to the presence of the August Sovereign, to the service of whose religion he devoted the whole of his life. To Allah we Belong and to Him shall we return. All through there was one word upon his lips and that word was “Allah” (Hadhrat Ahmad, By Hadhrat Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad, Page 58-59)
The last moments of Hazrat Ahmad (as) are mentioned in Silsila-e-Ahmadiyya, Volume 1, by Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad (ra)(son of promised messiah), who was present during the death of Hazrat Ahmad (as).
“On May 25 after offering Maghrib and Isha prayers and taking some food, his father went to bed. At around 11 Pm, he felt the need to use the privy for defecation. He would often suffer from upset stomach and diarrhea. He had a loose motion and consequently felt weak. He woke up his wife, who immediately got up to look after him and started massaging his feet. Soon after he felt the need to use the privy again. When he returned, he was weak to such an extent that while he was about to lie down on his bed, he wasn’t able to support his own body weight and almost fell on his own bed. Soon his eldest son and two doctors were also summoned to his bedside and all possible humanly efforts were made to save him. Due to his weakness, Ahmad (as) was also having trouble speaking. The only words that could be heard from him were “O Allah, My Dear Allah” I (Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad (ra) speaking) was standing by him at the time of Fajr prayer. After inquiring whether it was time for prayer he performed Tayammum and tried to offer his prayer in bed. But he fell unconscious. After regaining consciousness, he again inquired about Fajr prayer and offered his prayer while lying down in his bed. He was becoming weaker by the moment and all you could hear were the words
“O Allah, My Dear Allah!”
At last at about 10:30 AM with his family by his side, he breathed his last and his soul departed from this world towards Allah.
إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ
We see the same incident mentioned in Seeratul Mahdi, Volume 1, Page 10-11:
“On May 25th, 1908 after finishing his final book Pegham-e-Sulh, he offered the final prayers of the day and then had his dinner. He began to suffer from dysentery, which was not out of the ordinary. He went to his room thereafter, where some members of his family massaged his legs. His bed was moved outside in the courtyard, as was customary in that area. He fell asleep, and shortly thereafter he went to the bathroom again, and then became extremely weak. He awoke his wife. She began to massage his legs, but his condition worsened.
She mentions that he felt the need to go to the washroom again, but was too weak to go to the bathroom, so arrangements were made in the room for him to relieve himself. After finishing using the bathroom, he felt nauseous and vomited. After that he came back to the bed but was so weak that he almost collapsed onto the bed. His wife became alarmed, but he told her that was decreed to happen was finally happening. (Meaning death)”
Hazrat Ahmad (as) passed away in a state of prayer which is in no way objectionable.
Opponents Were Not Present
The opponents who mock the death of Hazrat Ahmad (as) were not present during his last moments. They were not the eyewitnesses. It was his family and companions who were present. All of the narrations mention that Hazrat Ahmad (as) died naturally on his bed. Anyone who claims otherwise is simply denying the reality. If Hazrat Ahmad (as) really passed away as the opponents say, why would the companions continue to follow him and be ready to give their lives up for him? Why would the companions sacrifice everything for this Jamaat? Why did no companion leave the true Islam after this incident?
Death of A Martyr
The anti-Ahmadis forget that the Prophet Muhammad (sa) said that one who dies of a stomach ailment is a martyr. Through this narration, we see that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) also died the death of a martyr.
حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو عَاصِمٍ، عَنْ مَالِكٍ، عَنْ سُمَىٍّ، عَنْ أَبِي صَالِحٍ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ “ الْمَبْطُونُ شَهِيدٌ، وَالْمَطْعُونُ شَهِيدٌ ”.
Narrated Abu Huraira:The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “He (a Muslim) who dies of an abdominal disease is a martyr, and he who dies of plague is a martyr.” (Sahih Bukhari, Vol 7, book 71 Hadith #629)
Hazrat Ahmad (as) not only died a natural death, but the death of a martyr.
Imam al-Nawawi (rh) writes in Sharh Muslim:
وَأَمَّا الْمَبْطُونُ فَهُوَ صَاحِبُ دَاءِ الْبَطْنِ وَهُوَ الْإِسْهَالُ
“The one who dies of a stomach disease refers to diarrhea.” (Sharh al-Nawawi of Sahih Muslim, Part 13, Page 62)
Hazrat Imam Ibn Abdul-Barr (rh) has also stated the same:
وأما المبطون فقيل المحبوق وقيل صاحب انخراق البطن بالإسهال
(Al-Al-Istidhkar, Ibn Abdul Bar)
Therefore, according to the greatest scholars of the anti Ahmadis, the Promised Messiah (as) died a noble death. There is nothing objectionable.
Prophets Cannot Get Ill?
Some ignorant anti-Ahmadis ask, “Why did your Messiah get ill? Prophets should not have illnesseses”. This is a self-made criteria which contradicts the Qur’an, ahadith and their own commentaries.
Firstly, Allah the Almighty States:
وَمَنْ نُعَمِّرْهُ نُنَكِّسْهُ فِي الْخَلْقِ ۖ أَفَلَا يَعْقِلُونَ
And him whom We grant long life — We revert him to a weak condition of creation. Will they not then understand? (Chapter 36 Verse 69)
This is a law for everyone including Prophets, who are human beings. Allah the Almighty States to the Prophet Muhammad (sa):
قُلْ إِنَّمَا أَنَا بَشَرٌ مِثْلُكُمْ
“Say, ‘I am only a man like you.” (Chapter 41 Verse 7)
The words of Hazrat Ibrahim (as) are also present in the Qur’an. Allah the Almighty States that he (as) said:
وَإِذَا مَرِضْتُ فَهُوَ يَشْفِينِ
“And when I am ill, it is He Who restores me to health” (Chapter 26, Verse 81)
It seems as if the anti-Ahmadis have forgotten about Hazrat Ayyub (as) and what their scholars have written in regard to his illness. Allah the Almighty States:
وَأَيُّوبَ إِذْ نَادَىٰ رَبَّهُ أَنِّي مَسَّنِيَ الضُّرُّ وَأَنْتَ أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمِينَ
And remember Job when he cried to his Lord, saying, ‘Affliction has touched me, and Thou art the Most Merciful of all who show mercy.’ (Chapter 21 Verse 84)
وَاذْكُرْ عَبْدَنَا أَيُّوبَ إِذْ نَادَىٰ رَبَّهُ أَنِّي مَسَّنِيَ الشَّيْطَانُ بِنُصْبٍ وَعَذَابٍ
And remember Our servant Job, when he cried unto his Lord, saying, ‘Satan has afflicted me with toil and torment.’ (Chapter 38 Verse 42)
The well known exegete, Ibn Kathir writes in his commentary under Chapter 38 Verse 41:
“Here Allah tells us about His servant and Messenger Ayyub (Job) and how He tested him. These tests afflicted his body, his wealth and his children, until there was no part of his body that was healthy except his heart. Then he had nothing left in this world which he could use to help him deal with his sickness or the predicament he was in, besides his wife, who retained her devotion to him because of her faith in Allah and His Messenger. She used to work for people as a paid servant, and she fed and served him (Ayyub) for nearly eighteen years. Before that, he was very rich and had many children, being well off in worldly terms. All of that had been taken away until he ended up being thrown into the city dump where he stayed all this time, shunned by relatives and strangers alike, with the exception of his wife — may Allah be pleased with her. She did not leave him, morning and evening, except for when she was serving people, then she would come straight back to him. When this had gone on for a long time, and things had gotten very bad, and the time allotted by divine decree had come to an end, Ayyub prayed to the Lord of the worlds, the God of the Messengers, and said:
﴿ أَنِّى مَسَّنِىَ ٱلضُّرُّ وَأَنتَ أَرۡحَمُ ٱلرَّٲحِمِينَ ﴾
(Verily, distress has seized me, and You are the Most Merciful of all those who show mercy.) (21:83). And according to this Ayah:
﴿ وَٱذۡكُرۡ عَبۡدَنَآ أَيُّوبَ إِذۡ نَادَىٰ رَبَّهُ ۥۤ أَنِّى مَسَّنِىَ ٱلشَّيۡطَـٰنُ بِنُصۡبٍ۬ وَعَذَابٍ ﴾
(And remember Our servant Ayyub, when he invoked his Lord (saying): “Verily, Shaytan has afflicted me with distress and torment!”) It was said that “distress” referred to bodily afflictions and “torment” referred to the loss of his wealth and children.” (Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Chapter 38 Verse 41)
The other commentaries mention the exact same points, including Tafsir Jamiul-Bayan by Imam Abu Jafar Muhammad Ibn Jarir Ibn Yazid al Tabari.
Can a Prophet be Ill During his Last Moments?
The next allegation of the anti-Ahmadis is that a Prophet cannot be ill during his last moments. They have no Qur’anic verse nor any hadith to support their claim. They forget that our beloved Prophet, Hazrat Muhammad (sa) was also ill during his final days.
It is narrated:
حَدَّثَنَا قَبِيصَةُ، حَدَّثَنَا سُفْيَانُ، عَنِ الأَعْمَشِ،. حَدَّثَنِي بِشْرُ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ، أَخْبَرَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ، أَخْبَرَنَا شُعْبَةُ، عَنِ الأَعْمَشِ، عَنْ أَبِي وَائِلٍ، عَنْ مَسْرُوقٍ، عَنْ عَائِشَةَ ـ رضى الله عنها ـ قَالَتْ مَا رَأَيْتُ أَحَدًا أَشَدَّ عَلَيْهِ الْوَجَعُ مِنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم.
Narrated Aisha:I never saw anybody suffering so much from sickness as Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) (Sahih Bukhari, Vol 7 Book 70 Hadith 549)
حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ يُوسُفَ، حَدَّثَنَا سُفْيَانُ، عَنِ الأَعْمَشِ، عَنْ إِبْرَاهِيمَ التَّيْمِيِّ، عَنِ الْحَارِثِ بْنِ سُوَيْدٍ، عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ أَتَيْتُ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم فِي مَرَضِهِ وَهْوَ يُوعَكُ وَعْكًا شَدِيدًا، وَقُلْتُ إِنَّكَ لَتُوعَكُ وَعْكًا شَدِيدًا. قُلْتُ إِنَّ ذَاكَ بِأَنَّ لَكَ أَجْرَيْنِ. قَالَ “ أَجَلْ مَا مِنْ مُسْلِمٍ يُصِيبُهُ أَذًى، إِلاَّ حَاتَّ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ خَطَايَاهُ، كَمَا تَحَاتُّ وَرَقُ الشَّجَرِ ”.
Narrated `Abdullah:I visited the Prophet (ﷺ) during his ailments and he was suffering from a high fever. I said, “You have a high fever. Is it because you will have a double reward for it?” He said, “Yes, for no Muslim is afflicted with any harm but that Allah will remove his sins as the leaves of a tree fall down.” (Sahih Bukhari, Vol 7 Book 70, Hadith #550)
Our beloved Prophet, Hazrat Muhammad (sa) was also ill during his final days, and this does not in any way affect his claim of Prophethood He is the greatest of all Prophets and no one compares to him. All Prophets are included in the Laws of Allah the Almighty and illness during an old age is completely normal.
He did not Die in the Washroom
Hazrat Ahmad (as) passed away on his bed. Hazrat Ahmad (as)’s bed was transported from the courtyard to his bedroom because of the cold and after 1:00 AM, there is no mention of him (as) using the washroom or vomiting. He (as) passed away at around 10:30 AM which is more than 9 hours after he (as) used the washroom.
According to the logic of the anti-Ahmadis, majority of those who have died, died in the washroom as they used the washroom before passing away.
Same Allegation on our Master Hadhrat Muhammad (sa)
The anti-Ahmadis indirectly mock the Prophet Muhammad (sa) as well. Our beloved Prophet, Hazrat Muhammad (sa) also used the washroom before passing away.
It is narrated that Hazrat Aisha (ra) stated:
وَقَدْ كُنْتُ مُسْنِدَتَهُ إِلَى صَدْرِي ـ أَوْ قَالَتْ حَجْرِي ـ فَدَعَا بِالطَّسْتِ، فَلَقَدِ انْخَنَثَ فِي حَجْرِي، فَمَا شَعَرْتُ أَنَّهُ قَدْ مَاتَ
Verily when he died he was resting against my chest (or said: in my lap) and he asked for a wash-basin and then collapsed while in that state, and I could not even perceive that he had died (Sahih al Bukhari, Hadith #2741)
It is also narrated:
حَدَّثَنَا حُمَيْدُ بْنُ مَسْعَدَةَ الْبَصْرِيُّ، قَالَ: حَدَّثَنَا سُلَيْمُ بْنُ أَخْضَرَ، عَنِ ابْنِ عَوْنٍ، عَنِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، عَنِ الأَسْوَدِ، عَنْ عَائِشَةَ، قَالَتْ: كُنْتُ مُسْنِدَةً النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم، إِلَى صَدْرِي أَوْ قَالَتْ: إِلَى حِجْرِي فَدَعَا بِطَسْتٍ لِيَبُولَ فِيهِ، ثُمَّ بِالَ، فَمَاتَ.
‘Aayeshah Radiyallahu ‘Anha relates that at the time of the death of Rasulullah Sallallahu’Alayhi Wasallam, she gave him support with her chest, or she said with her lap. He asked for a container to urinate in. He urinated therein. Thereafter he passed away. (Shama’il Muhammadiyah, The Death of Rasulullah, Book 53, Hadith 361)
The shameful anti-Ahmadis use the same allegation on Hazrat Ahmad (as) which Christians use against the Prophet Muhammad (sa). The truth is that both Servants of Allah are free from any allegations.
Hazrat Ahmad (as) passed away in a state of prayer repeating “O Allah, my Dear Allah!” on his bed on May 26, 1908.
Arrangements Near Bed
Some anti-Ahmadis claim that the Promised Messiah (as) had arrangements near his bed near his final days. They say that this proves he (as) passed away in the washroom God forbid.
By saying these words, they raise the same allegation against the Prophet Muhammad (sa) who also had arrangements near his bed. It is narrated:
حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ عِيسَى، حَدَّثَنَا حَجَّاجٌ، عَنِ ابْنِ جُرَيْجٍ، عَنْ حُكَيْمَةَ بِنْتِ أُمَيْمَةَ بِنْتِ رُقَيْقَةَ، عَنْ أُمِّهَا، أَنَّهَا قَالَتْ كَانَ لِلنَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَدَحٌ مِنْ عَيْدَانٍ تَحْتَ سَرِيرِهِ يَبُولُ فِيهِ بِاللَّيْلِ .
The Prophet (ﷺ) had a wooden vessel under his bed in which he would urinate at night.(Sunan Abi Dawud, Book 1, Hadith 24)
Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) Also Had Stomach Ailment Before Passing Away
In the famous book by Imam al-Baihaqi called Dalail al-Nabuwah, it is written:
خَرَجَ عَلِيُّ بْنُ أَبِي طَالِبٍ، مِنْ عِنْدِ رَسُولِ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فِي مَرَضِهِ يَوْمَ تَبَطَّنَ فِيهِ، فَذَكَرَ هَذَا الْحَدِيثَ. إِلَّا أَنَّهُ لَمْ يَذْكُرْ مَا قَالَ فِي الْعَصَا وَزَادَ فِي آخِرِهِ.. فَتُوُفِّيَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ حِينَ اشْتَدَّ الضُّحَى مِنْ ذَلِكَ الْيَوْمِ
“Hazrat Ali Ibn Abi Talib met the Prophet Muhammad (sa) in his illness and he was suffering from stomach ailment as mentioned in the ahadith” (Dalail al-Nabuwah, vol. 7, p. 221)
According to the logic of the anti-Ahmadis, the Prophet Muhammad (sa) also passed away an accursed death.
A Death Caused by Cholera?
The next allegation of the anti-Ahmadis is that Hazrat Ahmad (as) died of cholera, God forbid. This is another lie for which they have no proof. Their allegation contradicts eyewitnesses, science, medical research, the symptoms mentioned, the historical background and also the death certificate of Hazrat Ahmad (as).
Firstly, Hazur (as) had stomach problems long before he (as) passed away. In Tadhkiratush Shahadatain, which was written 5 years before he (as) passed away, he (as) stated:
“One day, during the course of conversation, mention was made of the tradition which says: The Promised Messiah shall descend clad in two yellow sheets, one of these would cover the upper part of his body while the other would cover the lower part. I explained that this means that the Promised Messiah would suffer from two ailments because, according to the elucidation and interpretation of dreams and visions, yellow cloth denotes some kind of illness. I suffer from two ailments. One is the chronic trouble of headaches and the other is diabetes and diarrhoea.” (A Narrative of Two Martyrdoms, Page 46 Urdu Edition)
Secondly, in Seeratul Mahdi, Volume 1, Page 12, Narration 12:
نیز حضرت والدہ صا حبہ نے فرمایا۔ کہ حضرت صاحب کو اسہال کی شکایت اکثر ہو جایا کرتی تھی۔ جس سے بعض اوقات بہت کمزوری ہو جاتی تھی اور آپ اسی بیماری سے فوت ہوئے
Hazrat Amma Jan, Nusrat Jahan Begum (ra), the wife of Hazrat Ahmad (as) stated: “Hazrat Sahib often complained about diarrhea and would often have this problem. Sometimes he would grow extremely weak of it and he (as) passed away because of it”
The third reference is from Seeratul Mahdi, Part 5, Page 420 which is from Hazrat Hakim Maulvi Nooruddin (ra), the first Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. He (ra) explains that this time, the sickness of Hazur (as) is more than before. Meaning, the sickness is the same, but it was more severe.
The fourth reference is from Seeratul Mahdi Part 2, Page 410 and it is narrated by Hazrat Bhai Abdul Rahman Qadiani (ra). He (ra) spoke of the blessed body of Hazrat Ahmad (as) and mentioned that he (as) had diarrhea and passed away of it. He says that Hazur (as) would often get tired and have this problem because of his hard work or Islam day and night.
These are four accounts from eyewitnesses.
Reference from Hayat-e-Nasir
The anti-Ahmadis often quote a book titled Hayat-e-Nasir and claim that it is written by the father in law of Hazrat Ahmad (as), Mir Nasir Nawab sahib (ra). Firstly, it is not written by him, rather it is a biography of Mir Nasir Nawab sahib (ra) and is written by Hazrat Yaqub Ali Irfani sahib (ra). A large portion of the book is written by Mir Nasir Nawab sahib (ra). It was published in 1927, three years after Mir Nasir Nawab sahib passed away. For this reason, he could not confirm or deny this reference.
The anti-Ahmadis quote:
حضرت صاحب جس رات کو بیمار ہوے۔ اس رات کو میں اپنے مقام پر جا کر سو چکا تھا۔ جب آپ کو بہت تکلیف ہوئی۔ تو مجھے جگایا گیا تھا۔ جب میں حضرت صاحب کے پاس پہنچا۔ اور آپ کا حال دیکھا۔ تو آپ نے مجھے مخاطب کر کے فرمایا۔ میر صاحب مجھے وبائی ہیضہ ہو گیا ہے۔ (حیات ناصر ۱، صفحہ ۱۴)
“The night Hazrat Sahib became sick, that night I had already gone to sleep in my quarters. When he was greatly afflicted, I was awoken. When I reached Hazrat Sahib, and saw his condition, he saw me and remarked, “Mir Sahib, I have (have I) been afflicted with epidemic cholera.(?) (Hayat-e-Nasir, pg. 14)
If this narration is accepted in the way the anti-Ahmadis present it, it would contradict all of the other narrations which are of higher authenticity, with more detail and published closer to the death of Hazrat Masih Maud (as). It would also go against scientific and medical proof. It would also go against what the doctors said and what symptoms were shown by the Messiah (as). All of these sources are in agreement that Hazrat Ahmad (as) did not die of cholera.
One way this narration can be understood is that Hazrat Ahmad (as) was asking a question. Such phrases are normal in the Urdu, Arabic and English languages. For example, one may say : “You went to the mosque” as a statement or can use the exact same words in the form of a question by saying : “You went to the mosque?”. Therefore, if we were to accept this narration, it may mean that Hazur (as) asked about his health so that the doctors can attend to him and prescribe the appropriate medicine. It may also mean that Hazur (as) was saying that it is impossible or me to have cholera, in a way of negation.
The narration, if accepted, cannot mean that Hazrat Ahmad (as) had cholera. It can only mean that he (as) had some symptoms which are found in cholera. However, these very same symptoms are also found in other illnesses like diarrhea. Therefore, it is possible that he (as) called it cholera which is something normal in our day to day language. For example, a common cold is often called a flu.
In Sahih al-Bukhari, there is a hadith which anti-Ahmadis often quote. It is said:
إِنَّهُ لَيُخَيَّلُ إِلَيْهِ قَدْ صَنَعَ الشَّىْءَ وَمَا صَنَعَهُ
Meaning, the Prophet (sa) used to think he had done something which in fact, he did not do (Sahih al-Bukhari hadith #6391)
During the final days of the Prophet Muhammad (sa), he would say that he felt the poison which was given to him by the Jews. He (sa) stated:
وَقَالَ يُونُسُ عَنِ الزُّهْرِيِّ، قَالَ عُرْوَةُ قَالَتْ عَائِشَةُ ـ رضى الله عنها ـ كَانَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ فِي مَرَضِهِ الَّذِي مَاتَ فِيهِ “ يَا عَائِشَةُ مَا أَزَالُ أَجِدُ أَلَمَ الطَّعَامِ الَّذِي أَكَلْتُ بِخَيْبَرَ، فَهَذَا أَوَانُ وَجَدْتُ انْقِطَاعَ أَبْهَرِي مِنْ ذَلِكَ السَّمِّ ”.
Narrated `Aisha:The Prophet (ﷺ) in his ailment in which he died, used to say, “O `Aisha! I still feel the pain caused by the food I ate at Khaibar, and at this time, I feel as if my aorta is being cut from that poison.”(Sahih Bukhari #4428)
However, he (sa) did not really die of poisoning. He only felt the symptoms of it.
Scientific Proof that it was Not Cholera
Science also proves that Hazrat Ahmad (as) did not pass away of cholera. He (as) passed away of old age, weakness and stomach ailment, an illness he had for many years. He (as) passed away on May 26, 1908 and cholera was not even spread in Lahore or Punjab during this time. Therefore, it was impossible for Hazrat Ahmad (as) to have cholera.
Cholera only spread in India during the late summer to fall in 1908, not during the month of May.
Symptoms Prove it was Not Cholera
The symptoms which Hazrat Ahmad (as) had were not that of cholera. The symptoms of cholera include using the washroom continuously and vomiting continuously. However, Hazrat Ahmad (as) only had stomach problems five times and vomited only once. This shows that it was diarrhea and dehydration and not cholera. He (as) used the washroom 9 hours before passing away. If the anti-Ahmadis disagree, they should go and argue with the medical research.
Here is a reference from the official NHS website:;
“Dehydration: Dehydration means your body loses more fluids than you take in. If it’s no treated, it can get worse and become a serious problem”
“Symptoms of dehydration in adulters and children include:
- Vomiting or diarrhea
A Sign of God
وَمَكَرُوا وَمَكَرَ اللَّهُ ۖ وَاللَّهُ خَيْرُ الْمَاكِرِينَ
And they planned, and Allah also planned; and Allah is the Best of planners. (Chapter 3 Verse 56)
When Hazrat Ahmad (as) passed away, the opponents continued in their shameful behavior. On hearing that Hazrat Ahmad (as) had passed away, the opponents began to raise abusive slogans and began to mock Ahmadi Muslims. Their leaders were enjoying them as they were abusing one chosen by Allah. When Ahmadi Muslims left for the railway station with the body of Hazrat Ahmad (as) on their shoulders, the opponents began to report to the railway station that Hazrat Ahmad (as) died of cholera and that because cholera is a contagious disease, he should not be allowed to travel by transport, which was the rule. When this information reached the Ahmadis, Shaikh Rahmatullah sahib went to Dr. Sutherland, who attended to Hazrat Ahmad (as) till the end. He (rh) obtained the medical certificate from him in which it explicitly stated that Hazur (as) had diarrhea and not cholera. When the funeral possession reached the railway station, the officials said that they were told it was cholera and that they cannot allow the body to come onto the train, unless there is sufficient proof that he (as) did not pass away of cholera. Then Shaikh Rahmatullah sahib provided the death certificate and the officials gave permission for the blessed body of Hazur (as) to travel to Qadian.
This is a sign of Allah which will forever be a testimony against all opponents who raise this false allegation up to the day of Judgment and explicitly proves that Hazur (as) did not pass away o cholera.
His Blessed Belongings Prove Was Not Cholera
After Hazur (as) passed away, all of his belongings were kept as a means of blessing and are now spread throughout the world. However, one who passes away of cholera does not have all of his belongs kept because cholera is a highly contagious disease.
“Cholera is highly contagious. Cholera can be transferred person to person by infected fecal matter entering a mouth or by water or foot contaminated with vibrio cholerae bacteria. The organisms can survive well in salty waters and can contaminate humans and other organisms that contact or swim in the water”
“Facts You Should Know About Cholera : Cholera is a highly contagious gastrointestinal infection caused by the bacterium vibrio cholera”
Footnote of Hayat-e-Nasir
The footnote of Hayat-e-Nasir informs us that these words were only the thoughts of Hazur (as). However, when the body of Hazur (as) was taken to the railway station, Dr. Sutherland, brought the death certificate relating to the death of Hazur (as) which showed that it was diarrhea rather than cholera and because of this the blessed body of Hazur (as) was able to travel.
Fake Page of Hayat-e-Nasir
When the opponents are completely silenced on this issue, and realize that their scholars have misled them, they begin to spread a fabricated page of Hayat-e-Nasir which was made /photo shoped by the opponents to deceive others. They resemble the Jews here as well since the Jews would also change their books. Like quran said : یحرفون الکلم عن مواضعہ
Two Grand Prophecies
There are two great prophecies made by Hazrat Muhammad (sa) regarding the illness and death of the Promised Messiah (as). The Prophet Muhammad (sa) stated:
إِذْ بَعَثَ اللَّهُ الْمَسِيحَ ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ فَيَنْزِلُ عِنْدَ الْمَنَارَةِ الْبَيْضَاءِ شَرْقِيَّ دِمَشْقَ بَيْنَ مَهْرُودَتَيْنِ
Allah would send Christ, son of Mary, and he will descend at the white minaret in the east of Damascus wearing two garments lightly dyed with saffron and placing his hands on the wings of two Angels. (Sahih Muslim #2937)
According to interpretation of dreams, yellow clothes signify sickness. Hazrat Muhammad Ibn Sirin of Egypt, who is the most famous interpreter of dreams stated in Tabir ul Ruya that yellow clothes signify sickness.
Here is a picture from the official Islamic Dream Interpretation website:
Hazrat Ahmad (as) states:
“I suffer from two ailments, one relating to the upper part of my body, and the other to the lower one. In the upper part, I suffer from migraine, and in the lower, I suffer from frequent urge to pass water. I have suffered from these two ailments ever since I published my claim that I had been appointed by God. I even supplicated for relief from these ailments, but received a negative reply. I was also made to understand that it had been decreed from the beginning that the Promised Messiah would descend clad in two yellow sheets, with his hands resting on the shoulders of two angels. These [two illnesses] are thus the same two yellow sheets which are applicable to my physical condition.” (Haqiqatul Wahi, Page 387)
In the second prophecy, Hazrat Muhammad (sa) stated:
فيدفن معي في قبري
Meaning that the latter day Messiah will be buried with me (Mishkat, #5508)
Apart from this hadith meaning that the Messiah (as) would be a perfect follower of the Prophet Muhammad (sa), and his reflection, it also hinted towards their deaths being similar. We see that both the death of Hazrat Muhammad (sa) and Hazrat Ahmad (as) is mocked in the same way. They resemble each other in many ways.
فَلَمَّا نَزَلَ بِهِ وَرَأْسُهُ عَلَى فَخِذِي غُشِيَ عَلَيْهِ، ثُمَّ أَفَاقَ
When death approached him while his head was on my thigh, he became unconscious and then recovered his consciousness. (Sahih al-Bukhari #4463)
We see that the same occurred during the death of Hazrat Ahmad (as) and both were busy in the remembrance of Allah.
Death of The Greatest Scholars
We see that in Islam, there are four main schools of jurisprudence. Namely, Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i and Hanbali. The Hanbali School of Thought is named after Hazrat Ahmad Ibn Hanbal (rh). About his death, it is narrated:
وأدخلت الطست تحته فرأيت بوله دماً عبيطاً ليس فيه بول، فقلت للطبيب، فقال: هذارجل قد فتت الحزن والغم جوفه
“I placed a bowl under him (Imam Ahmad) and saw that his urine was pure blood and no urine at all. So I told the doctor and he said : This man has broken sadness and sorrow (Manaqib Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal by Ibn Al Jawzi, Page 393 and Musnad Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, Illness of Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, Volume 1, Page 137)
The Shafi’i school of thought is named after Hazrat Abu Abdillah Muhammad ibn Idris al-Shafi. It is narrated that he (rh) passed away of hemorrhoids which includes bleeding during bowel movements. It is narrated:
وكان (أي الشافعى) عليلاً شديد العلة، يكاد ربما يخرج الدم منه وهو راكب، حتى تمتلئ سراويله ومركبه وخفه. كان عنده بواسير رحمه الله، والبواسير عندما تنزف دماً تكون متقدمة
This shows us that even Imam Shafi (rh) was seriously ill during his last days and was afflicted with hemorrhoids. Despite this, both Hazrat Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal (rh) and Imam Shafi’i are of the greatest Muslims.
Hazrat Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani (rh) is known as one of the greatest scholars of ahadith and is known worldwide for his extensive work on the commentary of Sahih al-Bukhari called “Fathul-Bari”. About his death, it is narrated:
“Excess diarrhea led to his death” (Final Moments of the Pious by Yusuf Motala)
Then again, the same is written in many Arabic sources.
وفي سنة ثمانمائة واثنتين وخمسين للهجرة أصيب ابن حجر العسقلاني بعلة الإسهال، وبقي كذلك إلى أن توفي ليلة السبت في الثامن عشر من ذي الحجة من السنة المذكورة
That Hazrat Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani (rh) was afflicted with diarrhea and he remained in this condition till Saturday night, when he died. (أنس الحجر في أبيات ابن حجر)
Would the anti-Ahmadis now mock all of these great scholars who are considered to be the main sources of knowledge for Islam?
One opponent of the Jamaat also quotes Paigham-e-Sulh newspaper of 26th May 1923 and tries to twist what is written to suggest that Hazrat Ahmad (as) passed away in the washroom God forbid. He mistranslates and tries to deceive the readers. Dr Yaqub sahib writes:
“In those days I lived in the inner city area of Lahore. It was at 2:00 at night (on May 26th 1908)”.
Notice how Doctor Yaqub is speaking of 2AM in the morning, while Hazrat Ahmad (as) passed away at 10AM.
Then he writes :
“that Hazrat Mirza sahib sent for me in this state of illness. When I arrived, he was sitting on the toilet seat. He said to me: “Mirza sahib, recommend a medicine for me”. Then he said: “Also pray for me”, and he added: “In truth, the medicine is by decree from heaven”.
When he died he was remembering his True Master, Allah, in the words: “O my beloved, O my beloved”. It was with the love of Allah that he was entirely intoxicated and it was to Him that he went in the end.”
This incident is from 2AM and has nothing to do with the death of Hazrat Ahmad (as). The ahadith about the Prophet Muhammad (sa)’s passing use the words : “He used the washroom and passed away”. According to the logic of the anti-Ahmadis, he (sa) passed away in the washroom also.
“I was resting the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) on my chest (or: on my lap), when he called for a basin in which to urinate. Then he urinated and died soon after.” (Ash-Shama’il Al-Muhammadiyah 387)
حَدَّثَنَا حُمَيْدُ بْنُ مَسْعَدَةَ الْبَصْرِيُّ، قَالَ: حَدَّثَنَا سُلَيْمُ بْنُ أَخْضَرَ، عَنِ ابْنِ عَوْنٍ، عَنِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، عَنِ الأَسْوَدِ، عَنْ عَائِشَةَ، قَالَتْ: كُنْتُ مُسْنِدَةً النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم، إِلَى صَدْرِي أَوْ قَالَتْ: إِلَى حِجْرِي فَدَعَا بِطَسْتٍ لِيَبُولَ فِيهِ، ثُمَّ بِالَ، فَمَاتَ.
Hazrat Ahmad (as) stated:
“A legitimate objection is that which is done in line with the divine books; not one which brings all prophets and messengers under it’s shade. To make such an accusation is the work of faithless and cursed individuals.” (Ruhani Khazin, vol. 9, Anwar-ul-Islam, pg. 41)
Sadly, with the allegations of the anti-Ahmadis they indirectly mock even the Prophet Muhammad (sa).
In the end, we pray that Allah Guides the Muslims to the true Islam ameen.