Tonic Wine
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Tonic Wine

Firstly I shall address the allegation of tonic wine. These allegations have been answered so long ago, yet they continue to bring these lies up. How regretful for the servants.




There did not come to them any messenger except that they mock at him. (Chapter 36 verse 31)


It shocks me to hear such lies and makes me think whether they fear Allah. Firstly tonic wine used to be a patent medicine  and this proof is available on the official website of tonic wine as well.


“In 1927 a London wine merchant was visiting the Abbey, and in conversation with the Abbot, Anscar Vonier, it was decided that the monks would continue to make the Tonic wine with the distribution and sale to be carried out by a separate marketing company. In order to broaden its appeal the Tonic was CHANGED slightly from a rather severe patent medicine to a smoother, more mature medicated wine.”


It was changed from a patent medicine to a medicated wine. 19 years after Ahmad(As) died. Some also allege the place the tonic wine was bought sold wine but this is another false. Their official website states: E. Plomer & Co (popularly called the Plomer) is the name of one of the oldest chemist and pharmacist dealership in the United India. Its existence dates back to the East India Company. The second important thing is that Promised Messiah(As) did not even use this for himself, rather it was for someone who was sick in his family. The Promised Messiah(As) did not even use it as a medicine for himself. The non Ahmadi Muslims themselves have fatwas published which allow the consumption of alcohol for medicinal purposes, for example they believe “There is no prohibition to using medicines currently in production containing a very small measure of alcohol for the purpose of preservation or dissolving but not sedating, until an alternative is available”


Let me make it clear that never did Ahmad(as) use tonic wine or order it for himself rather if read in context it was for someone in his family who was sick as the letter tells us.


Something important to note is that if this product was indeed an intoxicating wine, then why would the request need to be sent to a qualified hakeem who owned a medical pharmacy? This further proves it was a medical product as well. The description of this product itself was “restorative after child birth; prophylactic against malarial fevers, anaemia and anorexia( Materia Medica of Pharmaceutical Combinations and Specialties, Page 197)


Is it possible for a qualified pharmacist who himself imported tonic wine from England, to sell it as a medical product? Of course not. The family of Ahmad(as)  was traditionally engaged in practicing medicine and Ahmad(as) himself was an expert physician during the time this letter was written. It would be normal, that he would order medicines which were not for himself. This included tonic wine which is a restorative tonic after childbirth.


The letter which the non Ahmadi Muslims try to accuse has the news of the birth of the youngest son to Ahmad(as) who’s name was Hazrat Mirza Mubarak Ahmad(ra) and then listed a number of medicines which he needed the Hakeem named Muhammad Hussain, to purchase from the pharmacist in Lahore.


This medicine was required to assist the wife of Ahmad(as) to recover from the weakness she suffered from during pregnancy. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad(as) made this clear in the letter he had written, which was addressed to Hadhrat Seth Abdur Rahman(ra), in which the birth of the son was also mentioned. It was stated:


“The time of delivery was very near and one June 14, with the first pains, my wife’s condition became serious. Her whole body became cold and she suffered from extreme weakness. It seemed as if she would faint, and I imagined that she was about to leave the world. The children were all deeply overcome and the women and her mother were almost out of their senses for the crisis had arisen suddenly. Believing that she was at her last breath and yet being certain of God’s power to perform wonders. I supplicated for her health and her condition changed(Ahmad, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam, Maktoobat Ahmadiyya, Volume V, Part 1, Page 26)


Never was it against Islam to not help your wife and treat her well. The Holy Prophet Muhammad(saw) stated:

حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو بِشْرٍ، بَكْرُ بْنُ خَلَفٍ وَمُحَمَّدُ بْنُ يَحْيَى قَالاَ حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو عَاصِمٍ، عَنْ جَعْفَرِ بْنِ يَحْيَى بْنِ ثَوْبَانَ، عَنْ عَمِّهِ، عُمَارَةَ بْنِ ثَوْبَانَ عَنْ عَطَاءٍ، عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ قَالَ ‏ “‏ خَيْرُكُمْ خَيْرُكُمْ لأَهْلِهِ وَأَنَا خَيْرُكُمْ لأَهْلِي ‏”‏ ‏.‏


It was narrated from Ibn ‘Abbas that:
the Prophet said: “The best of you is the one who is best to his wife, and I am the best of you to my wives.(Sunan Ibn Maja, Volume 3, Book 9, Hadith #1977)


Mirza Ghulam Ahmad(as) was a true follower of the Seal of the Prophets, Muhammad(saw), which is why he worried about his partner, and made sure she received the exact treatment, which she needed.


“Drunkenness is the root of all evil and the intoxicated man is likely to commit the most horrible crimes on the slightest provocation. Other evils are inseperable  from it. Piety and drunkenness are like light and darkness respectively and can never exist together in the same place. The man who is not aware of its evil consequences is not far sighted ( How to Get Rid of the Bondage Sin, Review of Religions, January 1902)


He further states:


Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad(as) has also clearly stated that alcohol is an evil which damages the mind and kills thousands of people every year, and earns one severe punishment in the Hereafter ( How to Get Rid of the Bondage Sin, Review of Religions, January 1902)


It is clear that this allegation of the anti Ahmadis was just another one, full of lies and dishonesty.