An important advice for the Organization
In 1907, the Congress Party movement gained some momentum under which a majority of Hindus in different parts of the countrystarted perpetrating rebellious acts against the government.
Some Muslims joined in this movement as well, and so Hazrat Mirza thought it conducive to advise his followers and issued an announcement titled: A Necessary Advice for my Entire Organization, onMay 7, 1907. In it, Hazrat Mirza advised his followers to strictly refrain from taking part in any kind of seditious activities.
On the morning of July 4, 1907, Hazrat Mirza’s wife and children, accompanied by some other relatives and Maulana Nur-ud-Din’s wife, an entourage of eighteen people, left for Lahore for a brief vacation under the chaperonage of Mir Nasir Nawab. Thetraveling party on their return journey was due to reach Batala, the nearest railhead to Qadian, on July 14, 1907 at 1:00 pm. Hazrat Mirza’s lifestyle was the personification of courtesy and grace.
On the morning of July 14, he left with a few followers to receive thetraveling party in Batala. Some of the followers walked alongside the palan- quin all the way to Batala. When Hazrat Mirza set out for Batala, he opened the Quran and placed it before him in the palanquin, and started reciting the Surah Fatihah and kept up its recitation till Batala.
On the way, he got off at a canal and performed the ablution. Then he got back into the palanquin and resumed the recitation of Surah Fatihah. The Tehsildar (a mid-level revenue officer) of Batala, Rai Jasmal, had arranged for a comfortable resting place adjacent to his house in the vicinity of the railway station, and he also came personally to pay his respects to Hazrat Mirza. Hazrat Mirza thanked him for making these arrangements. Sheikh Rahmatullah was on his way to Qadian from Lahore the same day. On reaching Batala, he learned that Hazrat Mirza was in town, so he joined Hazrat Mirza to pay his respectsand left for Lahore in the evening. Hazrat Mirza had lunch with his companions and then pro- ceeded to the railway station.
The train had already arrived by the time he reached the station, and there was a great deal of hustle and bustle as people were embarking and disembarking from the train. Consequently, it became difficult to discern the group that Hazrat Mirza had come to receive. HazratMirza’s wife had alighted from the train and was looking around in the milling crowd to spot Hazrat Mirza. Hazrat Mirza was also weavinghis way through the crowd looking for her.
Hazrat Mirza’s wife was the first to spot him, and called out: “Mahmud’s Father,” in order to attract his attention. Hazrat Mirza’s attention having been duly attracted, he walked up to his wife and shook hands with her in plain sight of everyone. He then escorted the travel- ing party to his temporary halting place, and in the evening everyone returned to Qadian.
Mubarak Ahmad’s illness
Hazrat Mirza’s fourth son Mian Mubarak Ahmad was born on June 14, 1899. He was very handsome and good-natured. On August 21, 1907, when he was eight years old, Mian Mubarak fell ill and the fever became intense. His temperature just would not come down, staying continually between 104ºF and 105ºF, and at times he would become delirious and pass into unconsciousness.
Mian Mubarak was especially dear to Hazrat Mirza because Hazrat Mirza was of the opinion, as a result of his own interpretation of a revelation, that this was the son about whom it had been indicated that he would be Muslih Mauoud (the Promised Reformer)1 and about whom he had written in his announcement of February 20, 1886. Hazrat Mirza prayed for his health fervently and on August 27, 1907, he received a reve- lation: “Has been accepted. The fever of nine days has subsided.”
In other words, God had accepted Hazrat Mirza’s prayer and the fever would subside in nine days. In accordance with this revelation, after exactly nine full days, Mubarak Ahmad’s fever completely subsided on August 30, 1907 – the tenth day of illness. In fact, Mian Mubarak felt well enough to go for a stroll in the park.
Nikah of Mubarak Ahmad
Hazrat Mirza’s wife had taken such a likeness to Maryam Begum, daughter of Dr. Syed Abdus Sattar Shah, that she wished forMaryam Begum to be married to her son Mian Mubarak Ahmad as soon as possible although the proposed bride was as yet a little girl. Mian Mubarak had recovered from his high fever on August 30, 1907, and since he was very fond of walking in the park, he had even gone for a stroll despite his weakness.
Reassured by Mian Mubarak’s return to health, Hazrat Mirza’s wife broached her husband with her plan of immediate nuptials for her son and pleaded strongly for his agreement. Hazrat Mirza was never one to hesitate in accepting matters thatwere not contrary to Islamic law. He gave his blessings and on that same evening, August 30, 1907, Mian Mubarak was married to Maryam Begum2, daughter of Syed Abdus Sattar. In the same function, Maulana Nur-ud-Din’s son Abdul Haye was married to Hamida Begum, daughter of Pir Manzur Muhammad. The marriage was solemnized after the Asr prayer and Maulana Nur-ud-Din performed both nikahs. A few days after the marriage, Mian Mubarak had another bout of fever that lasted for a short period.
Demise of Mubarak Ahmad
What has been decreed must come to pass. When Mian Mubarak was about two years old, he suffered a severe attack of epilepsy and passed out. Hazrat Mirza was busy in prayer at that time in a nearby house. A woman called out to him: “Stop praying, the boy has died.” Hazrat Mirza continued praying as he proceeded to the sick boy’s bed. He placed his hand on his son’s body, and prayed earnestly toAllah.
After two minutes, the boy started breathing again, and in this way a dead person, so to say, came back to life. Similarly, this timetoo when the high fever showed no signs of subsiding, fer- vent supplication brought the following revelation in response: “Has beenaccepted. The fever of nine days has subsided.” Accordingly, the fever sub- sided after nine days, the boy recovered and even hismarriage was solemnized. However, it was a preordained destiny (taqdir mubram) that this boy was going to return to His Lord soon, and Hazrat Mirza had been fore- warned about it. Thus, Hazrat Mirza stated in Tiryaq-ul-Qulub (page 40) as follows:
God, the Most High, informed me that He will give me another son, which is this fourth boy who has been born now, and who has been named Mubarak Ahmad. I was informed of his birth almost two years ago, and I was informed of it again when therewere about two months left to his birth. When he was about to be born, it was revealed to me: “I fall down on earth by God’s handand will return to him.” I interpret this on the basis of my own reasoning (ijtihad) to mean that this boy will be pious, God-fearing and inclined to God or that he willdie soon. God knows which of these two interpretations is in accordance with His will.
Events ultimately proved that the meaning of this revelation was actu- ally that “he would die soon.” So in accordance with this will of Allah, Mubarak Ahmad suddenly became ill on September 14, 1907.
That same day, Hazrat Mirza received the revelation: “No cure and no protection,” i.e., there is no cure for the disease and he will not survive. Only two days after, on the morning of Monday, September 16, 1907, Mubarak Ahmad died and returned to his Lord. “Surely we are Allah’s, and to Him we shall return” (2:156).Hazrat Mirza led the funeral prayer and Mubarak Ahmad was buried in the Bahishti Maqbara (Heavenly Graveyard).
Mubarak Ahmad was a very virtuous child and there was no mischief in his nature. During his sicknesses, he took even the bitterest medicines without protest. He was very fond of reading and would reach for his books as soon as he felt a little better. He hadread the Quran, and books in the Urdu language. And just as Hazrat Mirza was very fond of him, he was very fond of his pious father. Just before his death, he took Hazrat Mirza’s hand very lovingly in his own hand, and shook hands with him, as if to bid farewell to his father for the last time. He then turned to those who were administering to his health and asked them to stop his treatment and said: “Now I am feeling sleepy.” When they looked again, he had passed away.
Strike by the enemy
When callous people are bent upon falsification and denial of truth, their hearts become totally devoid of all the refined sentiments of compas- sion and humanity. Such was the case with Hazrat Mirza’s opponents. Since Hazrat Mirza was of the opinionpurely on the basis of his own interpretation (ijtihad) that Mubarak Ahmad may be the promised son who was to be Muslih Mauoud about whom Hazrat Mirza had made an announcement on February 20, 1886, his opponents were ecstatic when Mubarak Ahmad died.
They expressed their elation in newspaper articles in which they made a lot of villainous allegations and strongly criticized, and falsified Hazrat Mirza. Yet their doing so served to clearly fulfill one of Hazrat Mirza’s prophecies that he had published in the May 3,1906 issue of Badar:
Divine revelation: “A strike by the enemy as well. And We bring these days by turn among the people.” In other words, a God-willed grievous event shall occur either with respect to my person or with respect to some person who belongs to my Organizationthat will bring joy to the
enemy. That distressing event shall be from God, or the enemy will have a hand in it. Then God affirms that He brings these days ofjoy and sad- ness, or victory and defeat turn by turn among people. Sometimes, joy and victory is granted to the party of God and theenemy is disgraced and humiliated, as happened in the battle of Badar during the time of the Holy Prophet… then the second time around in the Battle of Uhud, it was the turn of the enemy to be joyous; heart-rending martyrdoms fell to the lot of the HolyProphet’s companions and the Holy Prophet himself was wounded causing great panic. On that occasion, the thought crossed theminds of some people who were unfamiliar with God’s tradition as to why the calamity had befallen them when they were on the side of truth and their opponents were on the side of falsehood. Then Allah gave them the reply which is mentioned in the Quran: “If awound has afflict- ed you, a wound like it has also afflicted the (disbelieving) people. And We bring these days to men by turns”(3:140). That is, if anguish and suf- fering has afflicted you in the Battle of Uhud, then your enemy too was similarly afflicted withsorrow and loss during the Battle of Badar…This law has prevailed since the day God created this world. Sometimes God’s supportand assistance is manifested in favor of the believers and this makes them happy, and sometimes tribulations fall to the lot of thebelievers and this makes the disbelievers dance for joy.
So in this reve- lation too, which this humble man has received today, Allah, the Most High, hints at the fact that for some period now, God’s help and support has repeatedly been manifesting itself in the form of blessed signs in favor of this humble man as a result of which the opposing people have continuously been engulfed insadness. So God states that it is now nec- essary by virtue of the law: “We bring these days to men by turns,” that they should begiven some happiness. So on the basis of this revelation some event will be manifested that will be unpleasant for us and a source ofjoy for them…God states as a prophecy in the aforementioned reve- lation that an unpleasant event will be manifested that will be to some extent a source of joy for the enemies.
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Promised Messiah, Dated: April 29, 1906
Display of consummate patience
Whereas there was such a revolting display of the most despicable morals by the opponents on this occasion, Hazrat Mirza’s pious example of patience and resignation to the will of God served to strengthen the faith of his disciples. Hazrat Mirza wasextremely fond of Mian Mubarak Ahmad, and since he was also of the opinion, as a result of his own interpretation (ijti- had), that perhaps this boy was the Muslih Mauoud aboutwhom he had made an announcement on February 20, 1886, Hazrat Mirza was very worried dur- ing Mubarak Ahmad’s illness that, God forbid, if he died, his death may not become a source of tribulation for his weaker hearted followers.
The matter really was quite straightforward. Hazrat Mirza considered Mubarak Ahmad to be the fulfillment of the revealed prophecy merely as a result of his ownreasoning (ijtihad). God had not informed him through revelation that this was the promised son. However, the enemies are not concerned with such subtleties; they are always on the lookout for an excuse to criticize and to find ways to mislead the weak-hearted. Hazrat Mirza spared no effort in the boy’s treatment and personally attended to his needs with great love and affection. This attention surprised Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din so much that he would later remark:
I wondered why Hazrat Mirza was so affectionate on this occasion because he had never manifested such extreme affection in worldly relationships and matters before. However, my amazement knew no bounds when I saw that as soon as Mian Mubarak Ahmad died, Hazrat Mirza detached himself from him as if he had no connection with him.
Thus, as long as Mubarak Ahmad was alive, Hazrat Mirza considered it his obligation, whether out of paternal affection or as a requirement of his paternal status, to lovingly serve his child. Hazrat Mirza loved God more than anything else and was always ready to sacrifice his most valuable pos- session for the sake of Allah. So when Mubarak Ahmad’s death made it clear to him that it was God’s will that this child should die, he left the child and walked away as if he had no connection with him. He immediately went to his writing table and sat down to write letters to his out of station friends in which he wrote: “Mubarak Ahmad has died and we shouldhappily accept the will of God. From the revelation that I had received about him, it appeared that either he would be very pious or that he would die in infancy. So we should be happy in the sense that God’s word is fulfilled.”
In short, Hazrat Mirza displayed such an impeccable model of patience so as to amaze everybody. People who came to condolewith him, found him sermonizing that patience should not be relinquished in the face of God’s will, and that a man’s real virtue was notonly in accepting God’s will but in being satisfied with whatever was God’s pleasure. It was Hazrat Mirza who was com- forting and passingsolace to his visitors rather than the other way around. The wisdom and truths that Hazrat Mirza expounded at the time acted also as a poul-tice on the old wounds that his visitors may have suffered in the past themselves.
The love that Hazrat Mirza had for the religion of God, and the passion he harbored for propagating belief in God and in Hiswisdom was so deeply ingrained in him that he had forgotten the sorrow of his beloved son. Hazrat Mirza was glad that the word of God had been fulfilled, even if it was as a result of his child’s death.
The first revelation that was fulfilled was the one received at Mubarak Ahmad’s birth which stated: “I fall down on earth by God’s hand and will return to him,” and for which one of the interpretations that Hazrat Mirza had given was that the boy would die at a tender age. The second revelation that was fulfilled was: “A strike by the enemy as well,” as a result of which Hazrat Mirza had stated in an announcement that: “A God- willed grievous event shall occur… that will bring joy to the enemy.” The third fulfillment was of a vision that Hazrat Mirza had seen a few days prior to Mian Mubarak’s death. This vision was:
There is a pit full of water. Mubarak Ahmad entered it and was drowned and an intensive search ensued but proved futile. A little fur- ther on another boy was sitting in his stead.
Mubarak Ahmad’s demise was a God ordained decree, but since a num- ber of Hazrat Mirza’s revelations and visions were fulfilled thereby, Hazrat Mirza took satisfaction in that God’s word had proven true. It may be that some person may profit from it by gaining anunderstanding of God and thus this incident may prove helpful in the propagation of Islam. Such a strong belief in God, and so deep anunderstanding of God, and so immaculate a dis- play of patience and resignation to the will of God could not have passed by without affecting others. The result was that Hazrat Mirza’s wife also con- ducted herself with great patience, and completely refrained fromwailing and bemoaning. For a mother to show such patience is really commendable.
Hazrat Mirza accompanied his child’s funeral to the cemetery. The interment site was not quite ready, so Hazrat Mirza sat down at a little dis- tance from the site and the accompanying people sat down around him. After a brief period of silence, Hazrat Mirza addressed Maulana Nur-ud-Din and started presenting such an exquisite exposition of the philosophy of trials and tribulations, and theprogress thereby of the human soul that it is worth being written in letters of gold. Hazrat Mirza discussed this in the context of theQuranic verse:
And We shall certainly try you with something of fear and hunger and loss of property and lives and fruits. And give good news tothe patient. (2:155)
Towards the end of his interpretation, Hazrat Mirza observed:
Few, indeed, are such days of joy in a person’s life when he has to bow his head before the will of Allah in complete resignation to His decree so that the glory of his servitude to Allah is fully proven. In order for man to progress in the way of Allah, He has ordained a law of religion and a law of nature.
God has given man discretion in enforcing and practicing the law of religion, and man devises many kinds of respites and conveniences for himself in matters that are under the jurisdiction of religious law. For example, if there is difficulty in performing ablu- tion, tayammum (a dry alternative to ablution allowed under certain conditions) is resorted to. If there is difficulty in praying standing up, then prayer is offeredwhile sitting, and if even that is not possible, then while lying down. If sickness makes it difficult to fast, then fasting is put off to another time.
Since the implementation of the religious law is in man’s own hand, he creates many conveniences for himself, andis thus able to avoid some of the apparent difficulties. But God has kept the law of nature in His own hands and man has no say in the matter. When a blow from the law of nature strikes a person and he bears it for the sake of Allah, and if he is patient and resigns himself to the will of Allah, then the spiritual progress that he makes in that moment is greater than what he would have attained by forty years of prayer and fasting. Hence days like these are are days of great happiness for a believer.
What more can be said here? Hazrat Mirza’s speech was a veritable river of truth and wisdom. As Hazrat Mirza lectured on the theme of man’s submission to God in the face of tribulations and the consequent spiritual progress that ensues, all sorrows and difficulties got transformed into a source of satisfaction and inspiration.
An announcement titled Review
It has previously been mentioned that the enemies had expressed great joy at the demise of Hazrat Mirza’s son, Mubarak Ahmad. An article in the newspaper Akhbar-e-Aam alleged that the demise was the outcome of a prayer duel, although no prayer duel had taken place. At any rate, in a prayer duel, Hazrat Mirza would generally present his own self in competition, and usually did not present eitherhis children or any other person along with his own self.
In fact, on one occasion, one of his disciples had participated in a prayer duel, andHazrat Mirza had advised him that in future competitions he should make Hazrat Mirza the object of God’s curse rather than himself. Inother words, the imprecatory prayer instead of being, “If Mirza Ghulam Ahmad is a liar, then the curse should fall on me or that I shouldbe killed,” should be changed in its last part to, “…then the curse or death, whichever transpires, may (God forbid) fall upon Mirza GhulamAhmad.”
As for the death of the boy, such happenings are not out of the ordinary.
Hazrat Mirza’s master and leader, the Holy Prophet, lost his son Ibrahim.
Trials and tribulation do befall believers to purify them. Besides, two months prior to Mian Mubarak Ahmad’s birth, Hazrat Mirza had received revelation which he had published in his book Tiryaq-ul-Qulub that stated: “I fall down on earth by God’s hand and will return to him.” While interpreting this rev- elation, Hazrat Mirza had written with his own pen that one of the interpretations of the revelationwas that: “This boy will die soon.” This then means that Hazrat Mirza’s prophecy was fulfilled with Mubarak Ahmad’s demise, and his revelation proved correct.
However, the followers of evil do not want to have anything to do with the truth. They are at all times lookingfor an excuse to object regardless of how frivolous or foolish it may be. On this occasion too, Hazrat Mirza’s falsifiers indulged in all kinds of absurd talk and many of these absurdities were published.
One such absurd article was published in Akhbar-e-Aam thatHazrat Mirza chanced to read. In response, Hazrat Mirza published an announcement on November 5, 1907 entitled Tabsara (Review) in which he replied to all the objections in the Akhbar-e-Aam article. In this response, Hazrat Mirza included a discussion on the prophecy regarding Mubarak Ahmad’s death prior to the event and mentioned the fulfillment of the prophecy in the revelation: “A strike by the enemy as well. And We bring these days by turn among the people.” He also included some of his revelations in which Allah had given information about the success and honor that he will have, and the defeat and disgrace of his enemies. He summarized this announcement by stating: “This is a momen- tous prophecy in which victory for me and defeat for the enemy, honor for me and disgrace for the enemy, and good fortune for me and ill luck for the enemy are mentioned.”
The world is seeing how this momentous prophecy is being fulfilled, and shall, God willing, continue to be fulfilled in the future as well. The mis- sion for the service of Islam that Hazrat Mirza had founded is the only mission that is flourishing and thriving, and it is the sole mission that is engaged in the service of Islam. The ability to be ofservice to the religion of Allah has been taken away from other sections of the Muslim society. Those enemies who had tried to disgrace and efface Hazrat Mirza have themselves been wiped out and disgraced, and day by day, continue to be disgraced and effaced.
In the same announcement titled Review, Hazrat Mirza also announced that he had received the following revelation immediatelyfollow- ing the death of Mubarak Ahmad: “We give you the glad tidings of a forbearing son who will be in place of Mubarak Ahmad,” that is, he will be his surrogate. Thus, Hazrat Mirza was informed that the promised boy who was to come would come at some future time, and if Hazrat Mirza had assumed by his own reasoning that Mubarak Ahmad was that boy, then he should consider that promised boy of the future to be a stand in for Mubarak Ahmad. In other words, the birth of the Muslih Mauoud boy will take place at some future time. This glad tiding had unquestionably been given previ- ously to Hazrat Mirza, and was being given again, to be realized at its appointed time.
Hazrat Mirza accorded preference to Islamic Law (Shariah) over his revelation
In 1907, Eid ul-Fitr was celebrated on Friday, November 8, following 30 days of fasting. Since Wednesday was the twenty-ninth of Ramadan, and the new moon was not sighted that evening, therefore Eid did not take place on the following day, a Thursday. However, on Thursday morning Hazrat Mirza received the revelation: “Eid is today whether you celebrate it or not.” When Hazrat Mirza related this revelation to his disciples, some of them inquired whether they should break their fast. Hazrat Mirza replied that theyshould not because no one had reported the sighting of the new moon. Accordingly, Eid was celebrated on Friday. Afterwards, information was received from outlying areas that the new moon was sighted in some places on Wednesday and Eid was celebrated on Thursday. News also arrived from Makkah (Saudi Arabia) that Eid was celebrated there on Thursday. Thus the revelation was substantiated from several sources that Eid in actual fact was on Thursday.
The pertinent question here is why on receiving the revelation that Eid is today, Hazrat Mirza did not declare Eid to be celebratedforthwith and call for an end to fasting. Did he not have faith in his revelation? Such a conclu- sion is not warranted. Hazrat Mirza had repeatedly stated in writing that he was as certain of the Divine origin of his revelations as he was of the Divine origin of the Quran.
So why did he not celebrate the Eid on Thursday? There is only one reason for it, namely that he was an Ummati (follower of the HolyProphet) and not a prophet himself. Hazrat Mirza’s revelations were wahy- wilayat (saintly revelations), and not wahy-nubuwwat(prophetic revelation). Saintly revelation can never abrogate any provision of Islamic law.
When Islamic law prescribes that on the twenty-ninth of Ramadan fast- ing should not cease unless someone sights the new moon, then it is not the position of an Ummati (follower of a prophet), regardless of his high spiritual status before God, and regardless ofwhether he may have been called metaphorically by God as a prophet or shadow of a prophet, to abrogate on the basis of his own revelation a provision of Islamic law that is based either on the Quran or Hadith. It is for this reason that Hazrat Mirza did not allow the fasting to be terminated despite receiving an unambiguous revelation. For the same reason, God did not order the celebration of Eid on that date but gave a choice to Hazrat Mirza to either continue fasting or to break the fast in the words: “…whether you celebrate it or not.”
God left the choice to Hazrat Mirza so that his response may furnish proof positive and fully clarify the real nature of HazratMirza’s claim, and what he actually thought of him- self — a prophet or an Ummati (follower of the Holy Prophet)? If he had considered himself a prophet and his revelations as prophetic revelations, then it was necessary for him to give precedence to his revelations not only over the Hadith directives but also over those of the Quran.
However, Hazrat Mirza’s action of not acting on the choice permitted to him in his revelation in deference to a directive of the Hadith shows clearly that Hazrat Mirza never elevated his status beyond that of an Ummati, nor was he desirous of doing so. Those who attributed, or now attribute, a claim of prophethood to him are deserving of the edict he wrote in Haqiqat-ul-Wahy about such peo- ple. And that edict is: “What ignorance, folly and departure from truth, to say thatprophethood has been claimed.”
The last Annual Gathering
The annual gathering of the Ahmadiyya organization was held as usual during the Christmas holidays of 1907, and Hazrat Mirza gave speeches full of wisdom and spiritual insights. Little did anyone know that this was the last Annual Gathering in which the appointee of God would be speaking among us, and in future we would be deprived of this honor.
Nikah (marriage) of Mubaraka Begum
Although this event took place in 1908, but since its groundwork was laid towards the end of the year 1907, it is appropriate torecount it here. The event in question is the marriage of Hazrat Mirza’s oldest daughter Mubaraka Begum with Nawab Muhammad Ali Khan. Nawab Muhammad Ali Khan was a nobleman of Malerkotla whose first wife had passed away and he was considering a second marriage.
Accordingly, he proposed for the hand of Mubaraka Begum; Hazrat Mirza accepted and the nikah was solem- nized on Saturday, February 17, 1908. Maulana Nur-ud-Din performed the nikah after the Asr prayer. The tradition in Nawab Muhammad Ali Khan’s family was to give a dowry of several hundred thousand rupees to the bride but Hazrat Mirza was not in favor of such ostentation.
At the same time, Hazrat Mirza considered it appropriate to safeguard the right of the woman in a marriage contract and he fixed the dowry at fifty six thousand rupees. Even this high an amount was fixed because Nawab Muhammad Ali had severalchildren from his first wife and the settlement of his estate in inheritance could have resulted in many disputes and difficulties. Hence it was necessary to protect the right of the second wife.As a result of this match, another of Hazrat Mirza’s prophecies was fulfilled. In 1901, when Hazrat Mirza’s daughter Mubaraka Begum was still a little girl, Hazrat Mirza had received the following revelation regarding her: “Nawab – Mubaraka Begum.”
In other words, it was indicated that Hazrat Mirza’s daughter would become the wife of some Nawab. Who could have anticipated this match at that time? Nawab Muhammad Ali Khan’s first wife was alive at the time and he had no intention of marrying asecond time while his wife was alive. His wife passed away subsequently, and Mubaraka Begum became “Nawab–Mubaraka Begum.” God’s word is always fulfilled.
- For details of the Muslih Mauoud prophecy see Chapter 18: Glad Tidings of a Magnificent Son in The Great Reformer Volume I.
- Maryam Begum was widowed while yet a young girl as a result of Mian Mubarak’s untimely death. After she reached the age of puberty, Hazrat Mirza’s oldest son from his second wife, Bashiruddin Mahmud married her.