Awwab Saad Hayat & Jalees Ahmad, Al Hakam
“‘Pray unto Me; I will answer your [prayer].’” (Surah al-Mu’min, Ch.40: V.61) The faith of a true believer remains unwavering, resembling a solid rock in the face of a relentless wave. They remain steadfast and resolute, particularly when circumstances are beyond human control. Presented below are several incidents from the lives of the Khulafa of the Promised Messiahas that exemplify divine intervention and unwavering trust in Allah.
Divine intervention: The miraculous cessation of rain in Qadian in the time of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira
It is narrated that during the rainy season of 1909, Qadian – the hamlet of the Messiah and the abode of peace – experienced continuous rainfall for eight consecutive days, resulting in the collapse of numerous houses. On the 8th or 9th day, Hazrat Hakeem Noor-ud-Deen, Khalifatul Masih Ira, addressed the congregation after the Zuhr prayer, requesting them to collectively say “amin” in response to his prayer. He expressed that what he had prayed was something the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa had only done once in his entire life. Remarkably, at the time of the prayer, heavy rainfall had ceased, and by the time of the Asr prayer, the sky had cleared, and the sun was shining brightly. (Hayat-e-Nur, pp. 440-441)
A request to the Divine: When rain resumed at Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II’sra return
It is narrated that after a scorching day, the skies finally opened, and rain poured down. From the confines of Hazrat Mirza Bashir-ud-Deen Mahmood Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih II’sra room, he observed the view of the rain through an open window. However, at that particular moment, Huzoorra narrated, he had to leave his room, from which he was observing the rainfall. As the sight of the rain unfolded before his eyes, Huzoorra stated that an unexpected request escaped his lips. He beseeched, “O Allah, bestow upon me the favour that even if the rain were to pause in the interim, it resumes the moment I return.” When Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra re-entered the room and opened the door once more, a remarkable phenomenon occurred. Allah resumed the downpour as if in direct response to Huzoor’sra plea and prayer. (Tafsir-e-Kabir, Vol. 7, p. 30)
Divine Grace: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’sra encounter with Divine power
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra once recounted a very memorable trip to the river with Hazrat Bhai Abdul Rahimra, who was also his childhood teacher, and several other friends who accompanied them on a boat.
During this trip, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II’sra son, Sahibzada Mirza Nasir Ahmadrh, very innocently expressed his longing for fish, “Abba, it would be wonderful if we had some fish on this occasion.”
Recognising the limitless power of Allah, Huzoor IIra affirmed that if it was His will, this desire could indeed come to fruition. Almost instantly, as Huzoorra finished speaking, a wave surged, and a large fish leapt into the boat. This remarkable event served as a powerful testament to the fact that Allah is the Creator, the Owner, and the Bestower of all blessings. (Khutbat-e-Mahmud, Vol. 36, Friday Sermon, 23 September 1955, p. 150)
Divine protection: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III’srh extraordinary experience
The account of Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih IIIrh, is beautifully documented by his eldest daughter. In the year 1979 or 1980, an incident unfolded that remains etched in history. During a majlis-e-‘irfan gathering after the Maghrib and Isha prayers at Baitul Fazl, Islamabad, Huzoorrh revealed a remarkable occurrence. He shared that on that particular evening, he was in Lahore, tending to his responsibilities and ensuring his wife, Sayeda Mansoora Begum, received the necessary care in the hospital. Drawn to offer the Tahajjud prayers, Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmadrh had just settled down, placing his head on the pillow, when it was revealed to him that an imminent arrest was looming, and mere moments later, the military personnel arrived at his doorstep. Sahibzada Mirza Anas Ahmad Sahib, Huzoor’s son, vividly recalls the extraordinary scene. The military officer, tasked with the arrest, entered the premises. Addressing the officer with calm certainty, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh said, “I knew you were coming, I was waiting.”
Huzoorrh further narrated that on a scorching hot day in the prison, he was given a cramped, airless cell. This type of cell was reserved for those who were to receive execution the following day. The conditions were troublesome.
With nothing but a rotten blanket and a rolled-up achkan to use as a pillow to rest his head, Huzoorrh narrated that the following two nights were troublesome. But in that moment of despair, Huzoorrh said that he turned to Allah and poured his heart out in prayer. He pleaded with Him, stating that he had never committed any wrongdoing and that his only intention was to exalt His name. Huzoorrh said that he found solace in knowing that he was part of a group established to spread love for the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa, and he had no regrets for the sacrifices he had made. As he continued to pray, something miraculous happened. A sudden cold breeze blew through the cell, and he felt as though an air conditioner had been installed right beside him. He fell into a deep and peaceful sleep, free from the sweltering heat that had proved to be troublesome. (Mahmud Mujeeb Asghar, Hayat-e-Nasir, p. 173)
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh and an incident of Divine grace
In 1954, under the diligent guidance of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud, Khalifatul Masih IIra, the young Sahibzada Mirza Nasir Ahmadrh assumed full responsibility for overseeing the construction of Rabwah College of Education. Through days of scorching sunshine, Sahibzada Mirza Nasir Ahmadrh remained steadfast, faithfully carrying out the orders of Khalifatul Masih IIra, undeterred by the severity of the weather. It was during this period that a remarkable incident occurred, illuminating his profound connection with Allah.
Chaudhry Muhammad Ali Sahib, who served as the principal of Talim Islam College, beautifully narrates this faith-strengthening account. He narrated that he had witnessed the wondrous miracles and blessings bestowed by Allah.
As the time approached to lay the foundation stone for the hall, vast amounts of cement were being prepared and soaked. Suddenly, a dark cloud emerged, casting its shadow over the vicinity. With a gentle gesture, Sahibzada Mirza Nasir Ahmadrh raised his hand and spoke words, signifying that a large number of contributions were made by members of the Jamaat. Sahibzada Mirza Nasir Ahmadrh expressed concern that if rain were to fall, a significant amount of money raised by members of the Jamaat would be lost. His heartfelt plea resonated before Allah, and just as swiftly as it appeared, the cloud dispersed, acknowledging the acceptance of his supplication. (Mahmud Mujeeb Asghar, Hayat Nasir,, p.189)
Divine help for Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh and downfall of a tyrant
The incident of the downfall of the infamous dictator of Pakistan, General Zia-ul-Haq is widely known and serves as a profound example of those who persecuted righteous individuals, ultimately bringing upon themselves the wrath of God. It stands as a powerful testimony to the consequences that befall those who invite divine displeasure upon themselves.
On 26 April 1984, Zia-ul-Haq, issued Ordinance XX, which made it unlawful for Ahmadis to engage in any kind of Islamic practice, from modes of worship to dress code, from greetings to using any terms that were Islamic, and it also included not having Muslim names.
This resulted in Hazrat Khalifatul Masih’s IVrh migration from Pakistan to London.
The persecution grew more relentless as time passed. Then, on 10 June 1988, Harat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih IVrh, issued a challenge to Zia-ul-Haq, the President of Pakistan at that time, through a Mubahala. This prayer contest invoked Allah’s curse and wrath upon the party spreading deliberate falsehoods, with the divine wrath expected to descend upon them within a year.
Despite repeated warnings from Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV’srh, to cease the persecution against the Jamaat, Zia-ul-Haq persisted in his oppressive actions. Huzoorrh declared that, on 12 August, by disregarding the pleas and escalating the hostility, Zia-ul-Haq had sealed his own fate.
On 17 August, a few days after Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV’srh sermon, President Zia-ul-Haq and many of his associates died in a plane crash, which was found to be an inexplicable accident.
This incident was regarded by Ahmadis as a profound manifestation of divine support in their struggle against persecution. Although Ahmadi Muslims firmly adhere to non-violence, it is believed that on certain occasions, God Himself manifests His displeasure towards those who inflict harm upon them.
The miraculous dissipation of a tsunami in Fiji: ‘Do not worry, Allah the Almighty will bestow His grace, nothing will happen’
On 4 May 2006, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih Vaa was in Fiji during his visit to the Far East countries. Disturbing news had spread across the television channels, announcing the arrival of a massive tsunami storm in the neighbouring Tonga Islands, surpassing even the devastating Indonesian tsunami that claimed countless lives. The destructive power of this storm seemed unparalleled, leaving many countries in ruins. Further, the reports echoed the escalating intensity and force of this tsunami, predicting the submersion of the entire Nandi Fiji area by morning. At 4:30 in the morning, during the hour of Fajr prayer, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa arrived to lead the congregation. A report on the storm and the concerned inquiries were presented to Huzooraa. With unwavering faith, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa performed prolonged prostrations and beseeched God in fervent prayer. Upon completing the prayer, Huzooraa addressed the congregation, comforting them with these resolute words, “Do not worry, Allah the Almighty will bestow His grace, nothing will happen.”
Directly thereafter, the news began to report that the strength of the tsunami was diminishing and that its intensity was gradually subsiding. After approximately two and a half hours, it was announced that the storm had completely vanished. The world witnessed an extraordinary spectacle as the tsunami, predicted to engulf the entire region and claim countless lives within hours, dissipated swiftly in response to the prayer of the Khalifa of the time. The newspapers in Fiji later highlighted that the avoidance of the tsunami was nothing short of a miraculous occurrence. (Hazrat Masih Maudas aur Khulafa ke Ta‘alluq billah ke waqi’at, pp. 110-111)
‘After 10 minutes, we shall offer our prayer.’
During his visit to Africa in 2004, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih Vaa arrived in Benin from Nigeria and reached the Mission House. It was Asr time, and the rain was pouring heavily. A marquee had been erected in the courtyard for prayers, but it was open from all sides, making it impossible to pray there due to the rain. The situation was further complicated as it was difficult to even stand. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa inquired about the situation. Amir Sahib informed him that due to the heavy rain, a marquee had been arranged, but it was proving challenging to offer prayers there.
Hazrat Khalfatul Masih Vaa lifted his gaze to the sky and calmly stated, “After 10 minutes, we shall offer our prayer.” With those words, Huzooraa withdrew inside. Astonishingly, mere moments later, the rain ceased. The clouds dispersed, unveiling a clear sky, and the radiant sun emerged from behind the veils of grey. The prayer was promptly arranged beneath the shelter of the marquee.
The local members of the jamaat, astounded by this spectacle, marvelled at the divine sign before them. Typically, in that region, once rainfall commenced, it persisted for hours. Yet Huzoor’saa mention of 10 minutes brought about an end within a mere three minutes, not only ceasing the rain but also dispersing the clouds entirely. (Al Fazl International, 25 September 2015 – 1 October 2015, p. 14)
Entrusting the matter to Allah
During Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V’saa visit to Canada, on the eve of laying the foundation stone of the Calgary Mosque, Amir Sahib of Canada approached Huzooraa with concerns regarding the weather forecast. He informed Huzooraa that the forecast predicted severe conditions for the following day, including heavy rain, stormy weather, and strong winds. The next morning, the mosque’s foundation stone ceremony was scheduled, with guests expected to attend. In light of this, Amir Sahib humbly requested Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa to pray to Allah.
Upon hearing this, Huzooraa took a moment to reflect before responding. Huzooraa said, “The mosque’s foundation stone we are about to lay is a house of God, and the weather is also under His control.” Huzooraa advised them to entrust the matter to Allah, assuring them that Allah would take care and bestow His blessings accordingly.
The following morning, there was no trace of rain; instead, the weather was delightful and pleasant. The foundation stone ceremony proceeded smoothly, lasting approximately two hours. As Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa was about to depart and enter his car, the moment the car door closed, an unexpected downpour accompanied by strong winds began. This relentless rainfall and gusty winds persisted for a continuous three to four hours.
The occurrence served as a clear incident, manifesting the power of Huzoor’saa supplication. Witnessing this remarkable incident, every heart humbled itself before the Almighty Allah. (Al Fazl International, 25 September 2015 – 1 October 2015, p.14)
A Divine connection enduring the weather: MTA’s stable connection during Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V’saa speeches
During his Friday Sermon of 5 August 2005, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa made a significant observation regarding the Jalsa Salana UK. Huzooraa said that typically, heavy rain would affect the connection of MTA (Muslim Television Ahmadiyya). However, whenever it rained during his speech, the connection remained remarkably stable. Huzooraa said that the management expressed concern that there was a chance for the link, in such weather circumstances, to occasionally falter.
The representatives of the company responsible for transmitting the signal beyond the venue were British gentlemen. They remarked that in such weather conditions, the connection usually falters, and went on to remark that it appeared the Jamaat possessed a special connection with God, Who helped in this regard. (Friday Sermon, 5 August 2005)
These are just a few instances from the lives of the Caliphs of the Messiah, showcasing the countless daily incidents of faith, that occur with God’s chosen Khulafa. A closer look at their lives reveals abundant manifestations of God’s grace and assistance in matters beyond human control.
Allah’s grace always accompanies His chosen ones, and why wouldn’t it? The Khalifatul Masih is the successor of that very Messiahas who was prophesied to have come by the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa, who was informed about it by Allah Himself.