The Great Reformer (Vol. 2) [‘Mujaddid-e-Azam’]

Biography of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian

by Dr. Basharat Ahmad

Translated by Akram Ahmad

Chapter 21: The Strength of Hazrat Mirza’s Religious Convictions

The July 10, 1902 issue of Al-Hakam contains an excerpt from a diary from which I want to present a highly enlightening discussion that provides a glimpse into the strength of Hazrat Mirza’s faith. He says:

“It is our firm belief that our God never wastes His true servants. If, like Prophet Abraham, His true servant is thrown into the fire, the fire will be unable to burn him. This is our belief that, leave alone one fire, even if there are thousands of conflagrations, they will be unable to burn him. If a true servant is thrown into the fire, he will certainly be saved. If instead of performing the work that God, the Most High, has ordained for me, I was decreed to be thrown into the fire, I am convinced that the fire will be unable to burn me, and if I was put in a cage of lions, they will be unable to devour me.

“I say with complete conviction that our God is not such a God that He cannot succor His true servant; on the contrary our God is an Omnipotent God who creates a clear distinction between His servants and others. If this was not true, then supplication to God would merely be an act of futility.

“I am telling you the truth when I say that the power and might of God is millions of times more than what I have been able to describe to you, and in fact it defies description. It is our firm belief that if the Quraish of Makkah had caught and thrown Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) into the fire, the fire would not have been able to burn him. (Quraish was the leading tribe of Makkah, and Prophet Muhammad belonged to the Bani-Hashim branch of that tribe). If someone takes issue with this merely on the grounds that fire cannot lose its inherent properties, then such a person is evil and a disbeliever because when God, the Most High, has addressed all these opponents and said:

فَکِیۡدُوۡنِیۡ جَمِیۡعًا

‘So scheme against me all together’ (The Holy Quran, 11:55),

it means that they can plan all together but God will save him for sure.

“Hence if anyone harbors even the slightest notion that if the Holy Prophet had been put in the fire, he would have, God forbid, gotten burned, then this is heresy. The Quran is true, and the promises of God are true. Whatever ruse or deceit the opponents may have tried to kill the Holy Prophet, God would have protected him from their harm, as indeed He did.

“Though they might have attempted to crucify Prophet Muhammad, or to have him placed in a fire, or resorted to any other scheme aimed at destroying him, in the end Prophet Muhammad would have been proven truthful in accordance with the promise of God, just as in fact he was. It is towards this grand objective of God recognition that I would like to push my organization. I am convinced that, God willing, it will come about in due course.

“If it were up to me, I would go from house to house like a beggar to propagate the true faith, and to save the people from the mortal danger of disbelief and polytheism that is so pervasive in the world.

“If God were to teach me the English language, I would personally embark upon a tour to spread the teachings of God to others, even though I might have to spend my entire life in such a quest, and even if I were to perish in the endeavor.”