Why did Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) not marry Muhammadi Begum?
Another objection commonly raised concerns the prophecy relating to Muhammadi Begum, the daughter of Mirza Ahmad Beg. Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, may peace be upon him, prophesised that he would marry her, but that marriage never took place and therefore his prophecy was wrong and so he must be false!
We need to first of all look at the background of this prophecy. Some relatives of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, may peace be upon him, were atheists and mocked at Islam. Allah designed to show them a sign to give them a chance to save themselves and accept Islam, but if they chose to reject it, then they may be punished.
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, may peace be upon him, relates:
God Almighty found my cousins and other relatives prey to irreligious thinking and given to misconduct. They were held in the grip of their passions, denied the existence of God and were disorderly.
(Ayenah Kamalat Islam, pg 566)
These people wrote to me in which they reviled the Holy Prophet, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, and denied the existence of God and demanded proofs of my truth and of the existence of God. They published this letter and supported the non-Muslims of India and exhibited extreme wickedness. (Ayenah Kamalat Islam, pg 568)
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, may peace be upon him, then wrote down a revelation he received where Allah informed him that they would be punished for their misdeeds unless they repent. Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, may peace be upon him, then informed them of a revelation he had received:
Tell him to establish a relationship with you by giving his elder daughter in marriage to you and thus obtain light from your light…. if he does not accept it and his daughter is married to someone else, that marriage would not prove a blessing either for his daughter or for himself.
Tell him that if he persists in carrying out any different design he will become subject to a series of misfortunes, the last of which would be his death within three years of the marriage of his daughter to someone else.
Warn him that his death is near and will occur at a time when he does not expect it. The husband of his daughter will also die within two years and a half. This is a divine decree. (Ayenah Kamalat Islam, pg 572)
This was the prophecy, which was conditional upon repentance.
The real purpose of the prophecy appears from the following statement of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, may peace be upon him:
I had no need to request this relationship. God Almighty had fulfilled all my needs. He had bestowed children upon me and had promised that He would bestow upon me, within a short period, a son who would serve as a lamp for the faith and would be named Mahmud Ahmad. He would prove to be of high resolve in his endeavours. The request for this relationship is merely as a sign so that God Almighty might demonstrate His wonderful power to the dissidents of this family; so that if they accept, God might bestow signs of blessings and mercy upon them and might avert the misfortunes that are approaching and that if they reject it He might warn them through His wrathful signs. (Announcement 15th July 1888)
Mirza Ahmad Beg didn’t heed the warning and gave his daughter, Muhammadi Begum’s hand in marriage to another person and in accordance with the prophecy he died within six months of the marriage and his death deeply affected the other members of the family.
Muhammadi Begum’s husband repented and turned to God and thus his death was averted. As the prophecy was conditioned with repentance and on his repenting, the death of Muhammadi Begum’s husband was averted and therefore her marriage to the Promised Messiah was cancelled and did not take place.
It may be asked what is there to show that Muhammadi Begum’s husband, Mirza Sultan Muhammad, had really repented and had turned to God. In reply to this Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, may peace be upon him, states:
The determination of this is quite easy. Ask Sultan Muhammad, the son-in-law of Ahmad Beg, that he should publish a denial. Thereafter, if he should not die within a period that God Almighty might specify, I would be proved false. (Anjum Aatham, pg.32)
On the publication of the challenge of the Promised Messiah set out in Anjum Aatham, some Christians approached Mirza Sultan Muhammad and promised to pay him a large amount of money so that he might prosecute the Promised Messiah in respect of his challenge. But they were unable to persuade him to take any such step, despite the tempting offer made to him.
In 1912 Mirza Sultan Muhammad wrote in a letter, a Photostat of which has been published several times by the Ahmadiyya Community:
I have always held the late Mirza Sahib, and still hold him, as a righteous and respected person who was a servant of Islam, had a noble spirit and was constant in his remembrance of God. I entertain no opposition to his followers and regret that for certain reasons I was not able to have the honour of meeting him in his lifetime.