Proofs from the Holy Quran of the Existence of God — A Summary of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’s Arguments
Edited and translated by Imam Kalamazad Mohammed
The next proof that solidifies faith in the existence of God is the fact that Allah, Most High, answers our supplications (du‘a). This matter has not been restricted to a particular people or age but it is a phenomenon that holds good in every age, as the Holy Quran tells us in the following verse:
“And when My servants ask thee concerning Me, surely I am nigh. I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he calls on Me, so they should hear My call and believe in Me that they may walk in the right way” (2:186).
Now, suppose someone asks: How do we know that God hears? Why should it not be said that some petitioners are successful in that their prayers are answered just as some others are not? If all supplications were answered in the positive, then no issue would have arisen. However, if some prayers are answered, how do we know that chance was not a big factor in it and that no Supreme Being had responded? The answer to this is that the acceptance of a supplication (du‘a) carries with it a sign. Accordingly, our lord, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Sahib, speaking in support of the existence of God, offered the following suggestion: He asked the doubters to choose a group of people who were dangerously ill and to divide them by lots in two groups, one of which should visit a doctor for healing whilst the other be assigned to him in order for him to make supplication to Allah, Most High, to remove their distress. They should then look to see which party’s illness was cured – the doctor’s or his. As a result, there would be no doubt in the minds of people after a test of this nature.
As a result of this, a young boy who was bitten by a rabid dog and was himself afflicted by rabies was chosen. Now, the doctors in Kasauli had categorically ruled out any efficacious cure for this disease and had even written that there was no way to heal the boy. Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad made petition on his behalf and lo! the boy recovered from this terrible illness even though this was the first time in history that a person who was bitten by a rabid dog ever recovered his health.
Thus, the acceptance of supplications is a cogent proof that there is a Supreme Being Who answers the prayers of man and this was not restricted to a particular era but it is something that is always in operation. Petitions are heard and answered by Allah, Most High, in the present age just as they were in previous times.