The Plague – Episode Five

The fifth episode explores yet another deception, this time regarding protection from the plague. The plague is a deadly disease caused by bacteria usually started by other disease outbreaks in rodents. It is more often than not carried by rats and spreads to humans through fleas who contract it from rodents such as rats. In 1855 a large pandemic of plague struck China and spread to India through the ocean trade killing up to 15 million people worldwide. Two different sources seem to have resulted in the spread of this deadly disease. The first as mentioned was primarily bubonic, carried around the world through trade, transporting infected persons, rats and cargoes harbouring fleas. The second was primarily pneumonic in character with a strong person to person contagion. In 1894 the bubonic plague spread from Hong Kong to India and as the calamity spread throughout India, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad took this opportunity to announce that this was a sign of his truthfulness from God.

“In this age, God’s commandment from heaven has shaken the earth with the plague so that it should be a sign for His Messiah.” (The Essence Of Islam, Volume 1, Page 160)

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He then moved on to counsel people on how to avoid this calamity. It was the next obvious and logical step to take to further his claim and take advantage of the terrible situation. He declared that the plague shall not disappear until he is accepted as the prophet and messenger of God or as a minimum, the defamation towards him by his opponents should stop. This particular aspect was explored in episode four. In addition to this, he claimed the town in which he resided, Qadian, will be protected from the plague because of his presence.

“Allah has willed not to remove this pestilence until and unless people do away with the thoughts lurking in their hearts. In other words, until they accept the Prophet and Messenger of God, the plague shall not go away. And the All-Powerful God shall protect Qadian against the ravages of the plague, in order to show you that it was spared only because a Messenger of God was present in it.” (The Essence Of Islam, Volume 5, Page 95)

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Mirza Ghulam Ahmad has made two prophecies in the quote presented above. The first is that until the people accept him, the plague will not go away, this was dealt with in episode four. The second is that Allah (SWT) will protect Qadian from this calamity. I will explore the latter in this episode which he reiterates below as a sign for all nations to heed.

“…as long as the plague stays in the world, even if it were to persist for seventy years, God Almighty will always protect Qadian from its ravages, because it is the seat of His Messenger. This is a sign for all nations.” (The Essence Of Islam, Volume 5, Page 97)

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This alleged revelation of protection did not hold weight for long as Mirza Ghulam Ahmad himself confesses.  The quote presented below is his admission that the plague was raging in Qadian in contradiction to his boast that because of his presence, Qadian would be protected by God.

“At a time when Qadian was afflicted with the plague my son Sharif Ahmad appeared to be suffering from very high fever like typhoid… plague was raging in Qadian.” (Tadhkirah, 2004 Edition, Page 592)

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How would he now counter this? He had to think of another deceptive claim in order to restore the balance of faith in his self proclaimed status as the saviour. The contradiction is clear cut yet some people fall in to his devious misgivings and counter claims. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad defies the alleged revelation that Qadian will be protected to a more elusive claim as evidenced in the subsequent quote.

“Since God Almighty knew that the plague would break out in this country on a large scale, and even Qadian would not remain completely immune from it, He had, therefore, already revealed to me twenty three years ago that anyone who would enter this mosque and this house, with sincerity and faith, would be saved from the plague. In the same context, He also said to me… I shall safeguard all those who dwell in thy house from death by the plague, with the exception of those who are arrogant and think highly of themselves. And I shall particularly safeguard thee.” (The Essence Of Islam, Volume 5, Page 105)

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God Almighty knew that the plague would breakout in Qadian? Indeed Allah (SWT) is All-Knowing but what about the God of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad? How could he say God knew the plague would consume Qadian when the same God assured him that Qadian would be protected from the plague? The prior revelation is refuted by the spread of the plague in Qadian; however, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad then reinvents his claim and restricts it to his house. He obviously learnt his lesson from his earlier admission as he now adds a qualification to his claim just in case someone should die as a result of the plague. Thus he is protected should an individual die as he could merely claim that the individual was arrogant within his heart and as a result, no one could refute the alleged arrogance he would make claim to. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad even goes on to compare his house to Noah’s Ark:

“God has assured me that He would safeguard all those who dwell in my house. My house will then be like Noah’s Ark, whoever enters it will be saved.” (Tadhkirah, 2004 Edition, Page 878)

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However, if any sign of infection was displayed by anyone residing in his so called ‘Noah’s Ark’ he would resort to removing them from the alleged safe haven. What did he fear? Did he have no faith in the assurance God allegedly gave him? He claimed whoever entered his house would supposedly be saved so how do his followers explain the letter which he sent to his son-in-law in reference to this matter.

“I received your letter in today’s mail. So far, by the grace and blessings of Allah everything is fine in our house and in your house. Ghousan (an elderly woman) is afflicted by fever; she has been expelled from the house. But in my opinion, she is not afflicted by plague; she is expelled as a precaution. And Master Muhammad Din is afflicted with fever and there is growth of gland, he has also been expelled. Even on our side, there is intensity in plague but less than previously.  I wrote before that in this village, often those kids who are weak or ill are dying… Last night a lady guest who came from Delhi, caught fever… I pray day and night and sometimes I supplicate with such intensity that I feel ill and think that only a few minutes are left in my life and serious signs start to appear.” (Maktoobat, Volume 5, Page 115)

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This should leave no doubt of his falsehood and how he switched claims and acted accordingly when the heat was on. He first claimed that Qadian would be protected by Allah (SWT) what happened when it actually afflicted Qadian? He altered his initial claim to a more elusive claim in that those who reside in his house would be safe so long as they comprise no arrogance in their heart, something which couldn’t be proved. What did he do once those who inhabited his house illustrated any signs of affliction?  He chose to hurl them from his alleged safe house. If his house was safe from the plague then why is he throwing people out as a precaution? This is mockery in the name of Allah (SWT). An example of his charade is quoted for you below. Notice how upon being exposed he changes his position or reinterprets his original stance.

“This means that God protected the village of Qadian from the plague in order to manifest the true standing of this Intercessor. And you can see that it has indeed been immune to the plague for the last five, six years.” (The Essence Of Islam, Volume 5, Page 102)

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“This revelation means that some people will die of the plague in Qadian also. This would not be contrary to the revelation… which has been translated as sheltering.” (Tadhkirah, 2004 Edition, Page 838)

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He jumped from protected to sheltering, what was his stance before anyone died? He claims above that Qadian has been protected as proof of the true standing of God and that it has been immune to the plague for the past five to six years which implies it would continue to be protected from the plague. However, when this was no longer the case, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad then claimed that what was actually meant was that people would be sheltered and thus some people would die, but what did he say before anyone died in addition to claiming that Qadian would be protected?

“…he was given to understand that this would only mean itching… Qadian will be safeguarded against the plague, but perhaps itching might spread…” (Tadhkirah, 2004 Edition, Page 380)

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Is this meant to be joke? From Qadian will be protected he moves his claims to a safer stance in that if Qadian is afflicted it will only be the spread of itching as opposed to death, and then when Qadian was afflicted and people died he moved to a shady standpoint in that God meant he would only shelter Qadian and that people were bound to die. To end this episode, everyone should consider the following words of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in 1907:

“I supplicated for the spread of plague. Thus that supplication was granted and plague spread in the whole country.” (Roohani Khazain, Haqiqat-ul-Wahi, Volume 22, Page 235)

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As a result he boasted:

“God has also informed me that the number of my followers will be augmented through the plague and the number of other Muslims will thereby be reduced…” (Tadhkirah, 2004 Edition, Page 653)

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad considered the plague a punishment from God:

“…God Almighty says: …We never send an extraordinary punishment upon a people until We have sent a Messenger to fully convey Our message… Is it not an extraordinary calamity with which you have been afflicted for some years now? The afflictions… The plague and earthquake…” (Divine Manifestations – Page 11)

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Now I ask you sincerely, to end this episode, contrast the words of the Messenger of Allah (SWT), Muhammad (SAW) to the above by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.

Sahih Bukhari
Volume 7, Book 71, Number 628:
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
Allah’s Apostle said, “(Death from) plague is martyrdom for every Muslim.”

May Allah (SWT) guide the Ahmadis back to Islam. All praise is due to Allah (SWT).

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2 thoughts on “The Plague – Episode Five

  1. Great post

    Mirza ghulam’s writings and claims are full of contradiction once again it is proven
    ahmadies must think about it.

    if he was so confidents about plague not effecting
    why he throw woman out of his home?
    why he asked his followers to do special arrangements and he himself use to do special arrangements?

    think about it ahmadies

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