The Holy Qur’an Regarding the Eclipse
The root of the prophecy in fact lies in the Holy Qur’an:
He asks: When will be the day of Resurrection? When the eye is dazzled, And the moon is eclipsed, And the sun and the moon are brought together, On that day man will say, ‘Whither to escape?’
Quotes of the Promised Messiahas Regarding
We are not concerned with how often solar and lunar eclipses have occurred in the month of Ramadan from the beginning of the world till today. Our aim is only to mention that from the time man has appeared in this world, solar and lunar eclipses have occurred as Signs only in my age for me. Prior to me, no one had this circumstance that on the one hand he claimed to be Mahdi Ma’ud (Promised Reformer) and on the other, in the month of Ramadan, on the appointed dates, lunar and solar eclipses occurred and he declared the eclipses as signs in his favour. The Hadith of Darqutani does not say at all that solar and lunar eclipses did not occur ever before, but it does clearly say that such eclipses never occurred earlier as Signs, because the word Takoona is used which denotes feminine gender; this implies that such a Sign was never manifested before. If it was meant that such eclipses never occurred before, Yakoona which denotes masculine gender was needed and not Takoona which denotes feminine gender. It is clear from this that the reference is to the two signs because signs are feminine gender. Hence if anybody thinks that lunar and solar eclipses have occurred many times before, it is his responsibility to show the claimant to Mahdi who declared the solar and lunar eclipses as his signs and this proof should be certain and conclusive and this can only happen if a book of the claimant is produced who claimed to be Mahdi Ma’ud and had written that the lunar and solar eclipses which occurred in Ramadan on the dates specified in Darqutani are the Signs of his truth. In short, we are not concerned with the mere occurrence of solar and lunar eclipses even if they had occurred thousands of times. As a sign this has happened at the time of a claimant only once and the Hadith has proved its authenticity and truth through its fulfillment at the time of the claimant to Mahdi.
O servants of God, ponder and think. Do you consider it permissible that the Mahdi should be born in the countries of Arabia and Syria and his Sign should be manifested in our country; and you know that the wisdom of God does not separate the sign from the person for whom the sign is meant. Then how could it be possible that the Mahdi should be in the East but his sign should be in the West? And this should be sufficient for you if you are really seekers after truth.
The Hadith does not imply that before the advent of the Mahdi there would be eclipses of the moon and the sun in the month of the Ramadan, because in that case it was possible that after seeing the lunar eclipse and the solar eclipse in the month of Ramadan, any impostor could claim to be the Promised Mahdi and the matter would become ambiguous since it is easy to claim afterwards. If after the eclipses there are many claimants it is clear that the eclipses cannot testify anyone.
From ancient time, this has been the way of God that a Sign is manifested when the Messengers of God are treated as liars and are regarded as impostors.
In my age only, in the month of Ramadan, eclipses of the sun and the moon occurred; in my age only, in accordance with the authentic sayings of the Holy Prophetsa and the Holy Qur’an and earlier Books, there was the plague all over the country, and in my age only, a new mode of transport, namely railways came into existence and in my age only, as per prophecies, terrible earthquakes came. Does not then righteousness demand that one should not be bold in denying me. Look! I swear by Almighty God and say that thousands of signs for establishing my truth have been manifested, are being manifested and will be manifested. If this were a man’s plan, never would he have enjoyed such support and help.
- Holy Qur’an, Surah Al-Qiyamah, Verses 7-11.
- Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, Chashma-e-Marifat, Ruhani Khazain, Vol. 23, pp. 329-330.
- Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, Noorul Haq, Part 2.
- Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, Anwarul Islam, Ruhani Khazain, Vol. 9, p. 48.
- Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, Tohfa e Golarviya, Ruhani Khazain, Vol. 17, p. 142.
- Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, Haqiqatul Wahi, p. 45; Ruhani Khazain, Vol. 22, p. 48.