Tabligh by Companions of The Promised Messiah(as)

In continuation of last week’s subject of accounts of Tabligh as carried out by the companions of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) Hudhur Aqdas related a few incidents. Hudhur said the objective of relating these incidents, as Hudhur has explained before, firstly is that prayer is made for the elders. They accepted the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) which has brought us among those receive blessings in this age. May God continue to elevate their stations. Without them many of us would have been deprived of this God-sent blessing. Secondly their piety, courage of belief, sense of honour for religion and enthusiasm to serve faith may inspire their descendants as well as those who may not be their blood-relations but have spiritual ties with them and that they all may take this fervour to their next generation.

Hudhur Aqdas said many write to him or tell him when they meet Hudhur about their relationship with any elder that Hudhur may mention in his addresses. However, Hudhur said the due of these relationships will be honoured only when people walk in the footsteps of these elders.

Hadhrat Mian Jamal uddin sahib (may Allah be pleased with him): He relates that a Maulwi Nawab uddin used to go from town to town in his assumption to ‘sort out/fix Mirzai people’. Mian Jamal uddin sahib came to know that he was visiting one of nearby villages and as he was the only Ahmadi in the area, they sent for him. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) had stopped his followers from getting into undue religious arguments in those days. Mian Jamal uddin sahib sent a message that he was not interested in a debate, the other party should present their questions and he would give the answers. The travelling maulwi ended up in Mian sahib’s village along with three men. They got in touch with the village esquire who was a Hindu and asked him to arrange a debate with the ‘Mirzai’. Mian sahib received the message, he prayed most humbly for God’s help and went to see the maulwi. Many people, both Hindu and Muslim had gathered. Mian sahib opened the conversation and asked the maulwi what was his reason for travelling around. He answered he did so because of the dissent among the Ummah. Mian sahib asked him how many certificates etc. had he attained and the maulwi said he had many but could not show them because he had left them behind. He said his real objective was to debate with people that (God forbid) ‘Mirza’ was a Kafir (disbeliever) and was turning others into Kafirs. The maulwi said his creed was Hanafi and he believed in the Oneness of God and the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) as true and believed on the basis of 20 Quranic verses that Hadhrat Isa (on whom be peace) was alive on the fourth heaven and whoever rejected this, the maulwi believed him to be a Kafir. He said his knowledge was certified. When Mian sahib was asked about his creed he said he believed in Oneness of God, and the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) as the ‘Seal of all the Prophets’ and by virtue of Qur’an and Ahadith believed that Hadhrat Isa (on whom be peace) had passed away and that he truthfully accepted the Messiah who had come and considered anyone who did not believe him not to be on truth. He added that he did not have any certificates to show for his knowledge and that he was self-taught and had kept the company of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). He said if anyone could prove from the Qur’an and authentic Ahadith that Hadhrat Isa (on whom be peace) was alive on the fourth heaven, he would repent. The maulwi asked him to put this affidavit in writing and sign it. After Mian sahib duly wrote and signed this the maulwi tried to engage in other matters, like how much knowledge of the Qur’an Mian sahib had and his belief about the Khulafa e Rashideen etc. He would not be drawn to the matter under discussion until the Hindu village esquire asked him to present the Quranic verses which proved that Hadhrat Isa (on whom be peace) was alive in heaven. The maulwi asked for a copy of the Qur’an and when a copy was brought to him he started making excuses saying it was ‘Mirza’s Qur’an’ and he did not accept it. He was assured that it was not. Eventually he took the Qur’an, looked who was the publisher and asked who (God forbid) the writer was? Mian sahib asked him did he not consider it God’s Word to say something like that. The maulwi said he had made a mistake, but then asked who had compiled it. Mian sahib asked the maulwi to have some sense and look for the verse. The maulwi took twenty minutes looking through the Qur’an but did not find anything. Mian sahib asked him that he had said that he could produce twenty Quranic verses to corroborate his creed at the very least he should present one verse. The maulwi said he could not find it and added that he would read the verse from memory. He read the Quranic verse: ‘When Allah said, ‘O Jesus, I will cause thee to die a natural death and will exalt thee to Myself…’ (3:56) and translated it as: ‘When Allah said ‘O Jesus, I am about to raise your spirit along with your entire body to the heaven’. Mian sahib remarked that the verse should be found in the Qur’an and the discussion should be carried out with the [original] words in full view. The maulwi again took the Qur’an and looked through it for ten minutes but could not find what he was looking for. People started laughing at him saying what sort of Quranic knowledge he had that he could not find a renowned verse. Saying this people dispersed.

Hadhrat Munshi Qazi Mehboob Alam sahib (may Allah be pleased with him): He relates that he was employed by a Hakim who opposed the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). One day in his antagonism he used the derogatory word ‘dayus’ (an ignoble man/ a cuckold) for the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). Munshi sahib did a lot of Istighfar that night regretting having talked to the man in the first place. That night he saw in a dream that he is in the presence of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) who asked him where the person who had called him ‘dayus’ was. Munshi sahib looked out and saw the Hakim walking towards them and he told the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) that he was approaching them. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said that he should be told that he would not meet him because he was a ‘dayus’. A few weeks after this the daughter of that man ran off with someone and the pair were found by an authoritative person. In explanation, the man told the authorities that the woman was his wife while the woman said that the man was her servant. As their statements differed the police became suspicious and the pair was presented before the deputy commissioner. The woman said her father was a ‘dayus’ who did not arrange her marriage and that she was on her way to be with an aristocratic person with the help of the man [who accompanied her]. The deputy commissioner advised the girl to go back to her family but she refused saying her father would kill her. However, the deputy commissioner arranged for her to be returned to her family and told her father that he was a ‘dayus’ for not taking care of his daughter and arranging her marriage. The daughter was returned to him after a bail payment of Rupees 5000 was made. The Hakim’s notoriety as ‘dayus’ spread in the city. After a short time his daughter became Christian.

 

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