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February 1st, 2014

Prophecy of devastation of First World War by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad

Please refer to this brief document I have compiled on this subject. Its synopsis is as follows.

First I have translated (not necessarily all that well in poetic terms) some verses from a very long poem by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, written in 1905 and included in one of his books published posthumously in 1908, the verses which later on came to be regarded as a prophecy of the devastation of the First World War. But when later on? Only after the war? I have then quoted from the front page of Paigham Sulh of 13 August 1914, showing that followers of Hazrat Mirza sahib applied these verses to this war just as this war began that month of August 1914, before its horrors were known to anyone!

The centenary of the First World War is being commemorated in the UK and there are several TV documentaries on its various aspects being broadcast at present. One of the leading documentaries is Britain's Great War made by the BBC, whose first part was shown last Monday 27th January. Looking at the opening few minutes of this part, which give an overview of this war, I have compared the comments made in documentary about this war's key features with the prophesied description of this war in Hazrat Mirza sahib's pen. From this we see clearly that his prophecy was so lucidly fulfilled.

At the end I have provided the original Urdu text of these verses.

3 Responses to “Prophecy of devastation of First World War by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad”

  1. The media player on above link gives this message – “Currently BBC iPlayer TV programmes are available to play in the UK only”.

    Still, the horrors of World War I are generally known. As pointed out by Dr. Aziz, those horrors were not only prophesized years before by HMGA in his poem, but for all to know about its imminence, the weekly, Paigham Sulh also warned about it at the very onset of the war. A war which to all and sundry of the civilized world was then expected to last only a few months, but the prophecy of HMGA foretold of a scale much larger in dimension, duration, damage and destruction. So it happened in time because the source of a prophecy is Allah Himself:

    2:255. He knows their future and their past; and they encompass nothing of His knowledge (of the things) except of such (things) as He (Himself) pleases (to tell).

    The appointed ones are only a medium of conveyance of a prophecy to the world. When certain conditions are met, the prophecy is bound to manifest:

    6:67. For (the fulfillment of) every prophecy there is an appointed time, and it will not go beyond that, and soon you will come to know (its truth). [Nooruddin]

    Generally, a prophecy is ignored and is termed vague. The people want to see a miracle instead as the touch stone for truthfulness of a claimant to divine office. Whereas, it is exactly the opposite. In context of a prophecy carrying more signs than a miracle, Maulana Muhammad Ali writes:

    As a matter of fact the faith which the fulfilment of a prophecy creates in one's heart is not even created at the occurrence of a great miracle, because a miracle may contain some elements of doubt in it, but the fulfilment of a prophecy is in fact a 'talking witness' which stands before friends and foes alike. Moreover at the occurrence of a miracle there are only a few persons present who witness its truth but a prophecy after its fulfilment does not stand in need of another evidence. It becomes an evidence itself. [“Promised Messiah and Mahdi” by Maulana Muhammad Ali, p. 36, translated into English by S. Muhammad Tufail M.A., Ahmadiyyah Anjuman Ishaat Islam, Lahore (W. Pakistan), Third Edition, pub: 1959. link]

    Using the words of Maulana Muhammad Ali, the history is now a 'talking witness' to the fulfilment of the said prophecy of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, and just one of the many signs of the Mujaddid of our times.


  2. Please try this YouTube link for this documentary.


  3. The YouTube link has the full episode from BBC. Thank you.

    In 1918, the year the war ended, Maulana Muhammad Ali completed an Urdu book “Masih-i-Mau’ood, which was revised in 1927 and 2000. This book was then translated into English by Maulana S. Muhammad Tufail that was revised and edited by Imam Kalamazad Muhammad in 2002. The English title of the book is “THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST” [link: pdf, online]. In Chapter IX: ‘Prophecies of the Promised Messiah’ [link] it gives a very detailed discussion and explanation of the term Prophecy and what it entails.  In the same chapter under the Section: “Prophecy about the World War and the destruction of the Tsar (Czar) of Russia” [link – scroll down 3/5th of the page], the author also gives a contemporary view of the fulfilment of the said prophecy. While reading the said section, make sure to read its corresponding footnotes 33-37 as well. He writes:

    The Tsar is at present living somewhere, separated from his family and is even deprived of that freedom which is being enjoyed by an ordinary labourer. If thousands of pages are written about his condition it could all be summed up in two words “state of despair” (hal-i zar) – which have been mentioned in the prophecy.

    To foretell all these events with such clarity, ten or twelve years before, was not possible for a human being. It was only the All-Knowing God who could reveal these secrets. They were foretold at a time when everybody talked of peace. Even our own emperor, Edward VII, became known as Peace-maker because he drew up many plans for bringing about peace in the world. The common man also did not want any war. Nobody could think at that time that such a ghastly war would ever be waged. This is where Divine power shows its hand.

    Not only was a prophecy of a world war made, but this catastrophe was also linked to the sad plight of the Tsar. Surprisingly, the war began with great victories for the Russian army. The Tsar’s army was very strong and was supported by many world powers. Even our own government aided and assisted Russia in every way. Could one have imagined that the Tsar would ever have reached that state of extreme despair?

    Naysayers will try to equate the HMGA’s prophecy with Nostradamus vagueness, but how will they reconcile the plight of Tsar in the Prophecy to the extent that the Tsar reign ended forever and he along with his family were butchered by Bolsheviks?


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