Like Islamophobes who don’t tire attacking the noble person of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), calling him all kinds of names, anti-Ahmadi bigots also keep trying to slander the noble personality of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Someone with the name Habib recently asked me on Facebook:
“Ahmadiyya? Isn’t this the sect whose leader died in the washroom?”
I am copying my response here for the interest of others who might have the same question.
I hope you are doing great. Thank you for the question. I believe you are thinking of the Barelvi Sunni sect of Muslims. A leading Barelvi Sunni cleric, Maulana Ahmad Shah Noorani, died in the bathroom, where he suffered a cardiac arrest in 2003. Far from being an Ahmadi Muslim, Shah Noorani was one of the bitterest opponents of the Ahmadi Muslims. Along with Maududi, he was at the forefront of the 1953 anti-Ahmadi violence across Pakistan that took many innocent Ahmadi lives. And he was also at the forefront of the anti-Ahmadiyya agitations in 1974 and thereafter. He was instrumental in pressing the Pakistani government to outlaw the Ahmadi Muslims as a non-Muslim minority and in demanding that Ahmadi Muslims be punished for their religious freedom.
When Maulana Ahmad Shah Noorani passed away in 2003, this was reported by Gulf News Network and some Pakistani papers as well.
“The president of Pakistan’s powerful Islamic coalition Maulana Shah Ahmad Noorani, died yesterday of a heart attack, his sudden demise dealing a serious blow to the Islamist alliance amid its ongoing tussle with President Pervez Musharraf on constitutional issues.
The 78-year old religious scholar was struck by a fatal cardiac seizure in the washroom at his residence in Islamabad, his assistants said.
“Maulana Noorani was brought to the hospital lifeless at 12-35pm and we struggled for 45 minutes to revive him,” said Dr Inamul Haq of the city’s Polyclinic Hospital, who was in the medical team that handled the emergency treatment.”
Granted this is true, I think it is unnecessary, inappropriate and offensive to our fellow Barelvi friends who revere him, to bring this up during discussion. We must not ridicule Shah Noorani’s followers just because he died in the toilet. Death can visit one anywhere.
Even though Shah Noorani was one of those who ridiculed Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), spreading the lie that he ‘passed away in the bathroom,’ I – as an Ahmadi Muslim – still discourage ridiculing him and mocking his followers. Islam discourages pointless ridicule. But to answer your question fully, I felt it was important to clarify this for the record.
Having answered that, since you did bring up Ahmadiyyat, I would like to tell you how and where the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) passed away.
Briefly, he passed away on his bed, in his bedroom, and his last words were “Allah mere pyaray Allah” (Allah, Oh my Beloved Allah!)
The last moments of Hadhrat Ahmad (as) are best described in Silsila Ahmadiyya volume 1 by Mirza Bashir Ahmad (ra) who was his son and was with him at his death bed.
“On May 25 after offering Maghrib and Isha prayers and taking some food, his father went to bed. At around 11 Pm, he felt the need to use the bathroom. He would often suffer from upset stomach and diarrhea. He had a loose motion and consequently felt weak. He woke up his wife, who immediately got up to look after him and started massaging his feet. Soon after he felt the need to use the privy again. When he returned, he was weak to such an extent that while he was about to lie down on his bed, he wasn’t able to support his own body weight and almost fell on his own bed. Soon, his eldest son and two doctors were also summoned to his bedside and all possible humanly efforts were made to save him. Due to his weakness, Ahmad(As) was also having trouble speaking. The only words that could be heard from him were “O Allah, My Dear Allah” I (Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad(ra) speaking) was standing by him at the time of Fajr prayer. After inquiring whether it was time for prayer he performed Tayammum and tried to offer his prayer in bed. But he fell unconscious. After regaining consciousness, he again inquired about Fajr prayer and offered his prayer while lying down in his bed. He was becoming weaker by the moment and all you could hear were the words “O Allah, My Dear Allah!”At last at about 10:30 AM with his family by his side, he breathed his last and his soul departed from this world towards Allah.
إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ
For the account in detail, click here.
Interestingly, Mirza Ahmad (as) had foretold the circumstances of his death. A few months before his sad demise, he received a revelation that stated:
“An event on the 27th.” “Allah is the best and everlasting” (Dec 1907)
One night before he passed away, he received another revelation:
“Do not trust the mortal age”.
He told everyone in the house about this revelation and said that it was regarding his own self. Then just when he fell ill on the night of his passing away, and his wife asked him what was about to happen, he said “this is what I had been foretelling”. Thus, he knew very clearly that the time for leaving this world had come! He passed away on the morning of the 26th (May, 1908) in Lahore and his funeral prayer was held in Qadian, India on the 27th of May, 1908.
Details of these prophecies about his death can be read on this page.
So, in brief, the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community passed away in his bedroom with his last words being, “Allah, my Beloved Allah,” which he kept repeating all night. But it is not surprising that he is ridiculed.
“Alas for my servants! there comes not a Messenger to them but they mock at him.” (36:31)
The religious scholar who passed away in the bathroom was Ahmad Shah Noorani. Do not confuse the two, because far from being an Ahmadi Muslim, Shah Noorani was one of the leading anti-Ahmadi Mullahs of his time.
You may also watch this discussion that summarizes the above points. I hope this answer helps. Thank you for asking Habib Bhai.