Two Interesting Mubahalas
In the name of Allah the Beneficent and Merciful
Unique is the glory of Allah, the Exalted, that false pretenders of prophethood
are always exposed, as was the impostor Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani who undertook
to mislead simple folks by laying claims to prophethood. Allah punished him
for his fraud and made him collect the filth that lay heaped around the world.
At every step he was disgraced and knocked down in every move he made. Obviously
this had to be so because his crime was such. A vain person, he held
Mubahala rendezvous with many persons but each time he did so, the
pseudo was fully exposed as a maestro tongue-twister.
In my monograph on "Qadiani Mubahalas", you have read some of the
episodes of Mirza Qadiani. I summarize a few of them to refresh your memory.
Against Abdullah Atham: the Christian Priest
On the day the long drawn polemics concluded against Abdullah Atham, Mirza
was so exhausted by his adversary's arguments that his tongue loosened and
he blurted forth a clever prophecy, in a style unworthy of prophets. Said
"Whosoever is a liar between us shall be hurtled into 'Havia'
(hell-fire) within fifteen months hence" (i.e. by June 5, 1893).
Since Abdullah Atham was about 70 years old at that time, his death within
the period fixed by Mirza was, after all, not something that could not be
Quoting the impostor:
"I admit right now that if this prediction goes false, i.e. if within fifteen
months from this date, the party deemed to be a liar in Allah's view does
not fall into 'Havia' as death punishment, then I am prepared to undergo
every type of punishment: disgrace me, blacken my face, collar a rope around
my neck or hang me on the gallows, I am prepared for everything...... This
is no place to giggle in vain. If I am a liar keep the gallows ready for
me and consider me the most accursed of all the cursed persons, the evil
doers and the Satans".(Roohani Khazain, Vol. 6, P. 292-293).
The result of the Mubahala challenge came out before everybody. Mirza's
adversary did not die in fifteen months. Atham lived on and on and in this
way, Allah put Mirza to disgrace against a Christian priest.
Mirza's prediction was not a Divine Revelation. It was his Fraud and rude
imposture. He deserved the punishment he had proposed on himself, that is
Blacken my face;
Collar a rope around my neck;
Hang me on the gallows.
The 'Sire' applied to himself superlative degree adjectival epithet, by calling
himself most accursed of all the cursed persons, the evil-doers and the Satans.
The polemic rendezvous seeking support for "a Satan accursed of all Satans"
was sure to flounder.
Against Maulana Abdul Haq Ghaznavi
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani had also had a Mubahala with Maulana Abdul
Haq Ghaznavi in Amritsar. Maulana challenged him face to face on this issue:
Mirza and his progeny are a coterie of liars, unbelievers, heretics, impostors
and dualist-infidels. Mirza accepted this challenge saying:
"Whosoever is the liar out of the Mubahala participants, perishes
during the lifetime of the truthful" (Malfuzat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani,
Vol. 9, P. 440).
As Allah willed it, Mirza died of cholera on May 29, 1908 during the lifetime
of Maulana Abdul Haq, while Maulana Sahib, Allah's mercy on him, lived for
full nine years after Mirza, up to May 16, 1917. Therefore, two facts were
Mirza was a liar
Mirza and his progeny were a coterie of liars, unbelievers, heretics, impostors
Against Maulana Sanaullah Amritsari
On April 15, 1907 (Rabiul Awwal 1, 1325 A.H.), Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani
addressed a public notice to Maulana Sanaullah Amritsari. His published
notification included these words:
"If I am a liar and an impostor such as you want to call me in each issue
of your periodical then I shall die in your lifetime." (Majmua-e-Ishtiharat
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani, Vol. 3; P. 178).
After that, Mirza invoked Allah's Audience with these words requesting for
a Divine Decision:
"If this claim of promised Messiahship is a false imputation from the side
of me and if I am in Your Eyes a liar, mischief-monger, imputing false attribute
to myself as my day/night routine, then, O my dear Master I pray to your
Exalted Audience with all possible humility that destroy me in the lifetime
of Maulana Sanaullah and let my death make him and his jama'at happy.
Now, holding the garment of Your sanctity and Mercy, I supplicate into Your
Lofty Audience to bring out true decision between me and Sanaullah and whosoever
is really a liar and mischief-monger in Your Eye then carry him off from
this world in the very lifetime of the one who is truthful." (Majmua-e-Ishtiharat
Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani, Vol. 3: P. 549).
Concluding this notification, Mirza Qadiani wrote:
"In the end my request to Maulana Sahib is that he should print all this
writing in his periodical and may write underneath whatever he chooses to
write. Now decision rests with Allah."
Conforming to the wish of Mirza Qadiani, Maulana Sanaullah printed Mirza's
notification, word by word, in his periodical, 'Ahle-Hadith' and added
underneath all that he liked to write. Because Mirza Qadiani had entrusted
the decision to Allah, having specifically asked for it, all Muslims and
Mirzais went into expecting what would come to pass from the unknown realm
of the Omniscient Being. Only one year after this, Mirza died. The liar perished
on May 26, 1908. Cholera purged Mirza's guts out. The knock-out was sure,
certain and precise, one year after his pronouncement in which he had implored
Allah for a decision. And Maulana Sanaullah lived on, and on, and on, sound
and magnificent, for a long period of forty-one years. It amazed everyone.
In this way, Mirza Qadiani was once again proved a hoax, a knave and a pretender.
He was himself bundled off to eternal perdition (Havia) by one stroke
of celestial punishment which was enough to silence the babble.
Today, we would like to relate to our readers two more interesting Mubahalas
through which Allah the Exalted proclaimed Mirza Qadiani to be a liar
Mubahala No. 1
Between hafiz Muhummad Yusuf and Maulana Abdul Haq
Hafiz Muhammad Yusuf Zilladar, resident of Amritsar, had once been an eminent
votary of Ahle-Hadith denomination. At the outset, his leanings were
heavy towards Maulana Abdul Haq Ghaznavi, but somehow he fell into Mirza's
net and turned an apostate. He became so strong a convert that day and night
he would preach Mirza's pseudo-prophethood. The new faith became his heart's
passion and Mirza, on his side, showered numerous praises on him: He was
the best human ever born or the world had ever seen, a specimen par-excellence.
In his book Izala-e-Auham, Mirza loaded him with rosy epithets in
"Hafiz Muhammad Yusuf Sahib is a righteous person, loyal, virtuous, a follower
of prophetic traditions and a comrade attached to Maulvi Abdullah Ghaznavi."
(Izala-e-Auham, Roohani Khazain, Vol. 3., P. 479).
On the night of Shawwal 2, 1310 A.H. (April 19, 1893) Hafiz Muhammad Yusuf
had a Mubahala with Maulana Abdul Haq Ghaznavi on the issue-of
truthfulness of Qadianiat. Subject of this Mubahala was: Whether Mirza
Qadiani with his followers was an apostate, deceiver and a liar or he was
a Muslim. The stand of Maulana Ghaznavi was that Mirza and his disciples,
Hakim Nooruddin and Muhammad Ahsan Amrohi were apostates, deceivers and liars
and not Muslim.
This Mubahala had barely covered a week that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani
put up a notification on April 25, 1893. He published this under a caption:
"Mubahala notification between Mian Abdul Haq Ghaznavi and Hafiz Muhammad
Yusuf Sahib". Under this caption, he wrote this passage:
"I am pleased to hear that one of our respected friends, Hafiz Muhammad Yusuf
Sahib has received Divine Reward ahead of us through his courageous belief
and gallant faith. Details of this brief are as follows: Hafiz Sahib conversing
in a gathering one day said casually that nobody was appearing to come forward
to debate a 'Munazra' or invoke a 'Mubahala' with Mirza Sahib,
meaning this humble self. During the course of this conversation, Hafiz Sahib
also said, Abdul Haq had notified for a Mubahala on his own. Now,
if he thinks he is true he ought to come out to face me instead. I am prepared
to have a Mubahala with him. Abdul Haq at that time happened to be
somewhere near. He had also heard that Hafiz Sahib had thrown shameful remarks
at him. Therefore, he steadied himself willy-nilly and caught Hafiz Sahib
by hand, saying he was ready for the Mubahala right that moment. He
said he would confine his challenge to this assertion that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
Qadiani and Maulvi Hakim Nooruddin and Maulvi Muhammad Ahsan, all three,
were apostates, liars and deceivers. Hafiz Sahib accepted this challenge
without hesitation and replied categorically he would do Mubahala on
these very issues, because he said he had implicit belief that these three
persons were Muslims. The Mubahala was therefore held on this very
point and witnesses agreed upon for the Mubahala were Munshi Muhammad
Nabi Bakhsh, Mian Abdul Hadi and Mian Abdur Rahman Umarpuri."
(Majmua-e-Ishtiharat, Vol. 1, P. 396).
Because the above notification of Mirza contained several misstatements,
Maulana Abdul Haq Ghaznavi considered it expedient to write a rejoinder,
explanatory in nature, on Shawwal 26, l3l0 A.H. He wrote:
Details regarding the Mubahala of Hafiz are only this much that because
Hafiz Yusuf was a first rate ally of Mirza and an aide and helper he requested
me again and again for a Mubahala on the night of 2nd Shawwal. Thus
a Mubahala was held and it was on this specific issue: Mirza and Nooruddin
and Muhammad Ahsan, all three, are apostates, deceivers and liars. Two days
before this Mubahala, I happened to see a dream in which I see somebody
whom I have challenged for a Mubahala and to whom I recite a couplet,
meaning if you wouldn't listen to the kind advice of nightingale or a ring-dove,
I shall finally treat you by branding. Some more things I saw in my dream,
but it would be inconsistent to mention those now. This dream surprised me
and I wondered. Only two days after this dream, this Mubahala chanced
to be held. Until now, no token of any imprecation had appeared on Hafiz
Yusuf and his peer-ji (i.e. Mirza Qadiani) got into the heat and issued his
notification. I say to him, you wait and see what Allah does. With Allah,
everything is on its appointed time. He is glorious, supreme, All-knowing."
(Majmua-e-Ishtiharat Mirza Qadiani, Vol. 1, P. 424).
After sometime, result of this Mubahala came out. The rival, Hafiz
Yusuf, fell flat four square, and something more. He:
renounced Qadianiat, cried on his error, cursed Satan's progeny;
begged for Allah's forgiveness, re-entered Islam and accepted it on the hands
of his erstwhile adversary, Maulana Abdul Haq Ghaznavi; and
tore open the seams of Mirzaiyyat, exposed its knavery and proclaimed that
Mirza's henchmen were apostates, deceivers and liars.
Thanks Allah, the Gracious, glad tidings contained in Maulana Ghaznavi's
inspirational dream came true and the 'final treatment' worked most effectively
with Hafiz Muhammad Yusuf.
Lest somebody should doubt the correctness of details mentioned above, more
particularly the fact that Hafiz Muhammad Yusuf renounced Mirzaiyyat and
rejoined Islam, the following five writings of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani
himself are given in proof:
No. 1. "Notification: Reward of Rs.500/- in the name of Hafiz Muhammad
Yusuf Sahib, Zilladar, Canals. The persons whose names are written underneath
in this notification are also addressed in the same way. (Arbaeen No. 3,
Roohani Khazain Vol. 17, P. 386).
No. 2. "Let it be known that Hafiz Muhammad Yusuf Sahib, Zilladar,
Canals, tutored by stupid delusive Maulvis has in a meeting ... stated this".
(Roohani Khazain, Vol. 17, P. 387)
No. 3. "Remember this person (Hafiz Muhammad Yusuf) belongs to the
group of Abdullah Ghaznavi who is famous as a Unitarian (believer in oneness
of Allah). "(Roohani Khazain, Vol. 17, P. 390).
No. 4. "And Hafiz Sahib ........seeking personal advantage considered
it useful to disavow my claim of being commissioned by God because of friendship
with some of his old friends". (Roohani Khazain, Vol. 17, P. 391)
No. 5 "Nothing comes to reason or imagination as to what happened
to Hafiz Sahib .... What advantage accrues to a man if he sacrifices his
spiritual life for the sake of bodily life. Personally, I had heard many
times from Hafiz Sahib that he was one of those who affirmed my credibility
and was always ready to hold a Mubahala against my accusers. His life
had largely passed in this way and he had been narrating his dreams to me
in its support and had held Mubahala with some of my dissenters".
(Roohani Khazain, Vol. 17, P. 408).
These five quotations are confessing monologues the villain delivered at
the end of the interesting play. Dramatic irony of the whole piece unfolded
in this manner that an enthusiastic disciple, alas for Mirza, renounced
Mirzaiyyat; and rejoined Islam.
The writer of this article challenges the Qadianis to dispute the result
of this Mubahala. Hafiz Muhammad Yusuf joined Maulana Abdul Haq Ghaznavi
in calling Mirza a knave, trickster, pretender and arch-liar. Did it not
happen? O Qadianis, be equitable, don't tell lies in the tradition of the
Mubahala No. 2
Between Mirza Ghulam Ahmed Qadiani and Pandit Lekh
Events leading to this Mubahala
Earlier on, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani had engaged himself in a session of
verbal confrontation with a certain Hindu whose name was Lala Murli Dhar.
Mirza has written its details in his book Surma-e-Chashme Arya. When
Mirza lost to his rival (luck never smiled on him) , he gave out a general
call to all Hindu Aryas for holding a Mubahala. Exasperated and depressed,
"If some Arya (Samaji) having read our whole pamphlet does not leave his
obstinacy and does not retrace from blasphemy, then we call him to hold a
Mubahala with us, on a token we have received from Allah the Exalted".
(Surma-e-Chashme-e-Arya, Roohani Khazain, Vol. 2, P. 232).
"Last resort is Mubahala for which we have made a call earlier. For
Mubahala, it is not necessary to be a scholar of the Vedas (Hindu
religious books). Yes, he should be a well- mannered, renowned Arya who may
also impress others. Therefore Lala Murli Dhar Sahib is first of all addressed;
then Lala Jeevan Das, Secretary Arya Samaj, Lahore; then Munshi Inder Man
Sahib Moradabadi; and then some other person from amongst Aryas who is a
respected man and is also considered learned. If they really think that 'Vedas'
teachings which we have recounted in this pamphlet are correct and true and
contrarily consider that the principles and teachings of Quran Shareef, also
written by us in this very pamphlet, are wrong and untrue, then they may
do Mubahala with us on this issue and having decided on a spot for
holding the Mubahala, by mutual agreement the two parties may present
themselves at that place the fixed date. Each party to the Mubahala
should stand in a meeting before public and take oath, repeating words
which we have written in bold as specimen and have appended them to this
pamphlet; that is, if our assertion is false Divine Distress and punishment
may descend on us. In this way, the words contained in each of the two
Mubahalas should be publicly verified for truthfulness, believing
that Divine punishment must fall on the party who swears falsely. And
there shall be a waiting period of one year for Divine Decision to come down.
If after passage of one year Divine punishment falls on the writer of this
pamphlet, or does not fall on the adversary, in either case, this humble
self, shall suffer a fine of Rs.500/- which, subject to mutual agreement,
shall be deposited into the government treasury or wherever this amount is
easily available to the adversary. In case he overcomes us, he shall entitle
himself to collect this sum automatically, but if we overcome him we don't
lay a wager. Our bet is the same prayer, that is, of heavenly signs befalling
and that's enough. Now, we conclude this pamphlet after writing down the
subject matter of each of the documents of Mubahala. With Allah's
Help." (Ibid. P. 250-251.)"
These writings put together, one will note that:
Mirza challenged all the Aryas to a Mubahala;
Mubahala curse was to show its effect in a year's time;
If nothing untoward happened to his rival in one year's time or, Divine Fury
befell upon Mirza, during this period, in both the cases, Mirza would be
proved a liar.
Having written this, Mirza indulged in other lengthy composition, concluding
with these words:
"So, O God, Omnipotent, decide truly between us two parties, and whosoever,
out of us, is a liar in his assertions and dogmas .. .O Immensely Mighty!
send down a punishment in one year's time". (Ibid P. 254-255).
After this, Mirza wrote out a Mubahala prayer, on behalf of Aryas
also, which he ended with these words:
"He who is a liar making false statements in Your Eyes ........ O Eesher,
beat him up with such strokes of pain ....... that curses taking their toll,
reach him in a year's time."( Ibid. P. 258).
Pandit Lekh Ram accepts the challenge
As a rejoinder to Mirza's pamphlet, Surma-e-Chashm-e-Arya, Pandit
Lekh Ram wrote his Nuskha-e-Khabte Ahmadiya (Rais-e-Qadian, Vo1. 1,
P. 121) in which he wrote his acceptance of the challenge in these words:
"O Permeshwar (God) make decision between us truly; let your Sat Dharma (true
religion) flow forth not by sword but through love, understanding, submission
of proof and open out the adversary's heart by conferment of Sat Gayan (True
wisdom ) on him so that ignorance, prejudice, oppression and outrage are
destroyed because a liar can never glorify in Thy Audience like the truthful.
Writer: Your eternal slave, Lekh Ram Sharma, Sabhasud, Arya Samaj, Peshawar".
(Nuskha-e-Khabte Ahmadiya, P. 347; ret Lekh Ram & Mirza, P. 2, Author:
Maulana Sanaullah Amritsari).
Mirza had solemnly promised to pay Rs 500/- to Lekh Ram if he lost to the
Pandit. Responding to this offer, he wrote an interesting note. He said:
"Mirzaji has promised me Rs.500/-. This is his old habit (promising but not
paying). Here is a poetic portrayal of his money promise through this couplet:
My life if you want dear, I mind it not; But knots of my purse, Oh, open
We fully know his moveable and immovable assets and his indebtedness is not
unknown to us. We throw his offer of monetary give and take into dust and
make a present of those five hundred rupees back to him as betel-leaf chewing
expenses from our side, on his on-coming new marriage* for which he
says he has received a fresh revelation only recently". (Nuskha-e-Khabte
Ahmadiya, ret Rais-e-Qadian, Vol. 1, P. 121).
(* By "new marriage" the Pandit is referring to Mirza's famous
love affair. In the autumn of his life, Mirza became infatuated with a young
married girl, Muhammadi Begum, and he coveted her madly for long years. He
was claiming numerous concocted revelations regarding his wedding with the
girl. So much so that he announced that God had betrothed the lady to him
in the skies. But alas! Mirza died a despondent lover without consummating
Mirza Qadiani Verified Lekh Ram's acceptance of Mubahala
Mirza confirmed that his challenge had been accepted by Pandit Lekh Ram.
"May it be known that at the end of Surma-e-Chashme Arya, I had called
some Aryan people for a Mubahala. As a result of my writing, Pandit
Lekh Ram, in his pamphlet, Khabte Ahmadiya which he published in 1888....
held a Mubahala with me. Accordingly, in his pamphlet Khabte
Ahmadiya on page 344, Pandit Lekh Ram wrote the following in his introductory
remarks. "Since our respected and revered Master Murli Dhar and Munshi Jeevan
Das Sahib are busy in government work, this humble obedient, on his own volition
and with their pleasure has taken this duty upon himself. Therefore, as the
proverb says: 'take the liar to his door-step,' I accept Mirza Sahib's last
request (of Mubahala) also".
Subject Matter of Mubahala
"I humble, Lekh Ram, son of Pandit Tara Singh Sahib Sharma, Author of
Takzeeb-e-Braheen-e-Ahmadiya and this pamphlet, (Nuskha-e-Khabte
Ahmadiya) declare in soundness of all my senses and understanding that
I have read the pamphlet Surma-e-Chashme Arya from beginning to end,
not once but many times, having grasped its arguments fully and have published
its reply in refutation in the light of Sat Dharam (true religion). In this
pamphlet, the arguments of Mirza Sahib have not impressed me one bit because
they are not righteously oriented. (After dilating on this subject the Pandit
wrote in the end:) O, Permeshwar! (God) Make a decision between us truly,
because never can a liar glorify in Thy Audience against the truthful.
Writer: Your eternal slave, Lekh Ram Sharma, Sabhasud Arya Samaj, Peshawar,
presently Editor, Arya Gazette, Ferozepur Punjab,"
(Roohani Khazain, Vol. 2, P. 326-332, Summary}.
Result of Mubahala
The whole story is now before the readers in full details. Before we let
them know as to who won in glory and who lost in disgrace, it shall be helpful
to go over the stipulations of the Mubahala, once again:
Mirza would win if Divine Punishment befell upon his rival in one year's
Mirza would lose and pay a fine of Rs.500 to his rival if:
Divine Punishment rebounded upon Mirza himself; or
No Divine Punishment befell upon his rival Hindu within one year.
Duration of the waiting period for this 'sporting event' was only one year;
that is, all that was to happen must happen within one year.
Finale in 1889
The Mubahala challenge of the Pandit was thrown in 1888. By the end
of 1889, result was to be out as Mirza stipulated, but the year passed away
and nothing happened. Pandit Lekh Ram lived much beyond 1889. Actually he
died in 1897 and Mirza never paid him 500 Rupees. The Pandit knew he wouldn't,
true to the couplet: "Knots of my purse, Oh, open them not."
Divine Decision subjected Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani to disgrace before
Pandit Lekh Ram, Hindu Arya. How shameful indeed!