On one occasion, a friend who was truly absorbed in love for the Promised Messiahas, submitted to him:
“Why should we not consider you to be greater in status than the Shaykhayn [Hazrat Abu Bakrra and Hazrat Umarra] and closer in rank to the Noble Messenger, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him?”
Goodness gracious! On hearing this, His Holiness became pale and inexplicable anxiety and restlessness overtook him from head to toe. I swear in the name of God, who is Jealous and Holy, that this particular instance increased my faith in the Promised Messiahas even more. The Promised Messiahas delivered an all-encompassing address continuously for six hours. When he began speaking, I looked at my watch, and when he finished, I looked at my watch again. He spoke for six hours. Not a minute less.
Speaking on a subject for so long, without rest, was an extraordinary occurrence. In his entire discourse, the Promised Messiahas spoke of the virtues and qualities of the Noble Messenger, may the choicest blessings and salutations be upon him, and about his own servitude and subservience to him. He also spoke of the excellences of the honourable Shaykhayn, may peace be on both of them. The Promised Messiahas said:
“It is sufficient for me that I am an admirer of these men and the dust beneath their feet. The partial superiority which God Almighty has conferred upon them can never be attained by anyone until the Day of Resurrection. When will Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, ever be born again on earth so that one may receive the opportunity to render such service as the honourable Shaykhayn, peace be on both of them.”
(Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, Malfuzat, Vol. 2, p. 44)