It is alleged that Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (‘alayhi al-salam) passed away in an accursed manner. The precise details of the his death are not fully known to us. The information that we choose to rely upon in this matter must be assessed using the normal historic methodology. Therefore, such information should be from a reliable source who witnessed the final days of Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (‘alayhi al-salam), or was relayed such information from a reliable witness.
It is not necessary to assess the filthy and vile allegations of the opponents of Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (‘alayhi al-salam), but to simply deal with the facts as we know them. In order to be impartial, I will rely upon the biography of Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (‘alayhi al-salam) written by Iain Adamson who is a non-Ahmadi academic. In the final days of Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’s (‘alayhi al-salam) time on earth he was given news of his approaching demise by Almighty Allah Who revealed to him the words:
‘‘Departure, again departure. God will take up thy burden.’’
Despite feeling extremely ill, he continued with his work diligently and completed his book ‘’A Message of Peace’’ the day before he passed away. He also continued to fulfil his obligations to Almighty God and would wake at 2am to pray his tahajjud prayer and was meticulous in the subsequent five obligatory prayers and additional voluntary prayers. Even when he was in the depths of his illness, and was bed-bound, he still symbolically performed his ritual ablutions and conducted his prayers. His illness deepened even further until he began to slip in and out of consciousness. Each time that he would awake, his loving lips would utter the words:
‘‘O God, my beloved God’’
On May 26th 1908 he breathed his final breath and passed onto the next world. These are the facts as we know them; and they may not be as ”Bollywood” as the modern mythical genre surrounding his death, but are nevertheless the facts. If anyone should label such a death accursed, or disgraceful, then every true believer should hope for a similarly accursed death.
Some misguided people add that his death was accursed because he was afflicted with certain internal problems and that his death took place in an undesirable place. The arguments of such people are as objectionable as the amateurish methodologies they adopt regarding simple evidential matters such as proof and evidence; that is to say, they have none. Nevertheless, it is worth us taking a look at a hadith in which the Prophet is reported to have stated:
‘‘There are seven types of martyrdom in addition to being killed in Allah’s cause: one who dies of plague is a martyr; one who is drowned is a martyr; one who dies of pleurisy is a martyr; one who dies of an internal complaint is a martyr; one who is burnt to death is a martyr; who one is killed by a building falling on him is a martyr; and a woman who dies while pregnant is a martyr.’’ (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Bk.20, No.3105)
And so, it remains mind boggling just how far the opponents of Islam Ahmadiyya will go to discredit Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (‘alayhi al-salam). Imagine how ”interesting” life would be if we could all just invent the truth!!!
It is fitting that we finish with an apt quotation of the Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (‘alayhi al-salam) who said:
‘…God almighty knew that if I were to be afflicted with some objectionable disease like leprosy, lunacy, blindness, apilepsy., my opponents would conclude that I was the subject of Divine wrath. Therefore, He gave me the good news in advance, as is mentioned in Braheen Ahmadiyya, that He would safeguard me against every objectionable disease and would complete His favour unto me’. (Arbaeen, No.3, Pg.30)