A prophecy is held in high regard by faithful followers, more so when uttered by a genuine and true Messenger. On the flip side, in his desperate aim to gain a following, a false prophet would blurt phony prophecies. There is a very interesting twist to the prophecy issue in Qadiyanism.
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadiyan – the false claimant of Nubuwwah – laid down a number of principles regarding prophecies. He said:
1. ‘For a person to be false in his prophecies is in itself the greatest disgrace.’
2. ‘It should be clear to those who think ill of us that our prophecies are the greatest test to examine our truth or falsehood’
3. Postponements are not possible in the prophecies of the Messengers.’
In the light of these three principles of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, if we prove a single prophecy of his false, then it would necessitate that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qādiyānī is a liar and a Dajjāl.
A man named Līk Rām was a Hindu Pundit. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad would often debate him. On one occasion, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was tired of him, and said,
‘If an extraordinary punishment – different from general calamities – does not afflict this person within six years from today, then understand that I am not deputed from Allah Ta’ala and I do not speak through His spirit. If I am found to be false in this prophecy, I shall be ready to accept any punishment. I am happy that a rope be placed on my neck and be hanged.’
Within the six month window period of this prophecy, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad got his disciple to kill Pundit Līk Rām using a knife.
He then started a propaganda campaign that his prophecy turned out true, whereas there was nothing extraordinary about dying through murder, and that too, upon the disingenuous instruction of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad himself.
Another of the phony prophecies of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad had stood the test of time to establish his imposter and liar status. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad prophesised that he would die in either Makkah or Madinah.
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad died of cholera in a lavatory in Lahore. In fact, he never had the honour of visiting either Makkah or Madinah.
Like his imposter grandfather, Musaylamah Al-Kadh-dhāb, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was disgraced and humiliated time and time again.
Ibn Kathir rahimahullah writes, ‘The title of Kadh-dhāb has stuck to his name. He wanted to display miracles similar to those exhibited by Nabi sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Musaylamah had once spat into a well, and its water dried up. He spat in another well and the water became bitter and salty. Musaylamah once irrigated a date palm using the left over water of his ablution – the tree dried up and died. Two boys were brought to him for blessings. He (Musaylamah) passed his hands over their heads. As a result, one became bald and the other developed a speech defect. A man who was suffering from an eye ailment had come to him. Musaylamah passed his hands over the man’s eyes, and the man become blind.’
Based on the similarities between these two imposters, some scholars refer to Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as the Musaylamah of Punjab, as Qadiyan is located in East Punjab in Pakistan.
Now let the Qadiyanis inform us of the status of their prophet in the light of his own principles.