There lived in the Bhag area of Baluchistan an elderly saint named Faqir Mian Mahmud who was a recipient of Divine revelation and was associated with the performance of miracles. The people of Sindh and Baluchistan came to visit him, often from great distances, to seek his blessings. Once, Qazi Nazeer Husain, Tehsildar of Niabat Bhag, went to visit him. The following account is taken from Qazi Nazeer Husain’s letter that was published in Al-Hakam on August 10, 1903:
“Recently, on July 15, 1903, while on a tour in connection with my work, I reached a place that happened to be a few miles from the town where Faqir Mian Mahmud lives. I was told that Faqir Mahmud could disclose a person’s secret intentions by getting information about it through visions. I had been desirous of meeting Faqir Mahmud, but had been thinking about a possible objective for such a meeting. I was already convinced of the Promised Messiah’s truthfulness through spiritual insight, and there neither was, nor is, any scope for doubt. It occurred to me that if such a pious man who had true visions testified on the strength of his visions regarding the truthfulness of Hazrat Mirza’s claims, then this would not only constitute proof against the rejecters but may also be the means for the guidance of many to the right path.
“So I resolved in my heart to find out what Faqir Mahmud had to say about the Promised Messiah’s claim of being the Messiah and Mahdi based on his visionary testimony and what his personal views were on this subject. When I reached the guesthouse of Faqir Mahmud with the above resolve in my heart, Faqir Mahmud, on learning of my arrival and in keeping with the custom of the area, sent his son Abdul Ghafur, who was about thirty years old, to enquire about my welfare. After some polite conversation about our respective welfare, I expressed my wish to go and meet Faqir Mahmud inside his house. But Faqir Mahmud sent a message that he would instead come himself.
“After a while, Faqir Mahmud was brought into the guest room on a charpai (cot) carried aloft by six men. His age was approximately one hundred years. His hands and feet had a tremor because of weakness and old age. His beard was white, and his countenance was aglow with spirituality. His senses were in excellent condition, and he spoke with clarity. In his religious association, he belonged to the Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jamaat sect and the sub-sect Firqa-e-Qaadariyya. During our conversation, which took place in the presence of several locals, Faqir Mahmud inquired whether I was a disciple of Jesus (referring to Mirza Ghulam Ahmad). Upon receiving a positive response, he narrated some facts that were also transcribed by his son Abdul Ghafur and which I send attached herewith.
“Mian Nur Ahmad Sultan, who finds mention in the (annexed) transcript was a famous saint given to receiving true visions. He passed away only a few years ago. During the one hour that Faqir Mahmud conversed with me before he departed, he kept inquiring and talking about the features and details of Hazrat Mirza’s life. As I narrated the facts about the pious life of Hazrat Mirza, he listened with great pleasure and expressed his happiness. At the time of his departure, Faqir Mahmud stroked his beard and remarked,
‘All praise is due to Allah that I have witnessed the era of the Promised Messiah before leaving this temporal world. May Allah grant me an opportunity to meet him too.’
Having said this, he retired to his quarters.
“During our conversation, Faqir Mahmud kept asking me questions regarding the life of the Promised Messiah and gave me very little chance to make inquiries of my own. We discussed nothing else during this period. Out of deference, I was not very forward in asking questions, but with great difficulty I did find the opportunity to ask:
‘Is this the same Messiah whose appearance had been promised?’
‘Yes, he is the one. His qualities are the same as Jesus,’
The testimony of Faqir Mahmud recorded by his son Abdul Ghafur is presented below. The original testimony is recorded in Persian:
“In the presence and view of the glorious and exalted God — for the purpose of manifesting the truth and bearing witness — I record that in my presence and that of Tehsildar Qazi Nazeer Husain, Faqir Mian Mahmud stated: For approximately four years now, the chronicle is on the lips of the populace that Jesus has been born in Punjab in the form of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. The thought passed through my mind that Praise be to Allah, the Most High, in that He has sent forth such an extraordinary person. But I did not find in myself the strength to present this for authentication in the court of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). With these thoughts in my mind, I went to sleep one night. Presently, my leader, Mian Nur Ahmad Sultan, appeared in a dream and, referring to Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, stated that this person is a highly blessed personage. He also stated that there was nobody of comparable spiritual greatness in the entire province of Sindh. Mian Nur Ahmad Sultan also cautioned me that I should accept Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib, and not reject him. Finally, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib appeared in my dream, and I observed that his teeth were evenly spaced, and that spirituality emanated from his beard. I also observed that his hands were smooth. Following this, I woke up.
“Recorded on 19 Rabi-ul-Akhar, 1321 Hijrah
The inscriber is Abdul Ghafur, son of Faqir Mahmud.”
This testimonial is witnessed under oath by Qazi Nazeer Husain as follows:
“I swear by Almighty God and testify for the purpose of expressing the truth that Faqir Mahmud narrated the aforementioned particulars in my presence. This narration was transcribed by Faqir Mahmud’s son Abdul Ghafur because Faqir Mahmud was too weak to write himself” (July 15, 1903).