On 20th February 1886, God Almighty bestowed the Promised Messiah (as) with the following prophecy:
‘I confer upon you a sign of My mercy according to what you begged of Me. So I have heard your entreaties and have honoured your prayers with My acceptance through My mercy and made your journey (the journey to Hoshiarpur and Ludhiana ) a source of blessings for you. Therefore, a sign of power, mercy, nearness is bestowed on you, a sign of grace and beneficence is awarded to you and you are granted the key of success and victory. Peace on you, O victorious one. Thus did God speak so that those who desire life may be rescued from the grip of death and those who are buried in the graves may come out of them and so that the superiority of Islam and the dignity of God’s Word may become manifest unto the people and so that truth may arrive with all its blessings and falsehood may flee with all its ills, and so that people may understand that I am the Lord of Power, I do whatever I will, and so that they may believe that I am with you, and so that those who do not believe in God and deny and reject His religion and His Book and His Holy Messenger Muhammad (sa), the Chosen One may be confronted with a clear sign and the way of the guilty ones may become manifest.
Rejoice, therefore, that a handsome and pure boy will be bestowed on you; you will receive an unblemished youth who will be of your seed and will be of your progeny. A handsome and pure boy is coming as your guest. His name is Emmanuel and also Bashir. He has been invested with a spirit of holiness, and he is free from all impurity. He is the light of Allah. Blessed is he who comes from heaven. He will be accompanied by grace which shall arrive with him. He will be characterised with grandeur, greatness and wealth. He will come into the world and will heal many of their disorders through his Messianic qualities and through the blessings of the spirit of holiness. He is the Word of Allah for Allah’s mercy and honour have equipped him with the Word of Majesty. He will be extremely intelligent and perceptive and will be meek of heart and will be filled with secular and spiritual knowledge. He will convert three into four (of this the meaning is not clear).
It is Monday, a blessed Monday.
فرزند دلبند گرامی ارجمند
[Son, delight of the heart, high ranking, noble.]
مَظْهَرُ الْاَوَّلِ وَ الْاٰخِرِ ۔ مَظْهَرُ الْحَقِّ وَ الْعَلَآءِ کَاَنَّ اللهَ نَزَلَ مِنَ السَّمَآءِ
[A manifestation of the First and the Last, a manifestation of the True and the High – as if Allah has descended from heaven.] His advent will be greatly blessed and will be a source of manifestation of divine majesty. Behold a light comes, anointed by God with the perfume of His pleasure. We shall pour Our Spirit into him and he will be sheltered under the shadow of God. He will grow rapidly in stature and will be the means of procuring the release of those held in bondage. His fame will spread to the ends of the earth and peoples will be blessed through him. He will then be raised to his spiritual station in heaven. وَكَانَ أَمۡرٗا مَّقۡضِيّٗا [This is a matter decreed.]
—Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), Tadhkirah (Tilford, Surrey: Islam International Publications, 2009), 174-179.
1. Hoshiarpur and Ludhiana are two cities in India about 70 kilometres apart.