The Promised Son known as Hazrat Mirza Bashir-ud-deen Mahmood Ahmad or Hazrat Musleh Ma’ood’s(ra) birth had been prophesied decades before its occurrence most prominently in the Holy Qur’an whilst also having been explained by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The Holy Qur’an states: “And He will raise him among others of them who have not yet joined them. He is the Mighty, the Wise.” (62:4)
Thus, “this verse clearly indicated that in the future other noble persons would be sent by God Almighty to bring mankind back towards His Creator. When this verse was revealed, one companion, Abu Hurreira, repeatedly enquired from the Holy Prophet (pbuh) as to whom the words “who have not yet joined them” referred? Another companion, Salman, who was from Persia, was also sat in the gathering. When answering Abu Hurreira’s question, the Holy Prophet (pbuh) placed his hand on Salman’s shoulder and said: ‘If Faith were to go up to the Pleiades, a man, or men, from among these would surely bring it back’ (Sahih Al Bukhari).
“The Holy Prophet (pbuh) had thus explained that a time would come when the beautiful religion of Islam would become corrupted and defaced. At that time God Almighty would not stand by, but due to His Infinite Love, he would instead send people from amongst the Persian race who would reform Islam and once again spread the true teachings of the Holy Prophet (pbuh). The ultimate fulfilment of this verse came in the person of the Promised Messiah (as) who was sent as a Prophet by God Almighty to rescue Islam from evil forces both within and out of Islam. However, the Promised Messiah’s(as)advent did not herald the completion of the prophecy. On the contrary, because God Almighty had clearly used the words ‘among others of them’ in the verse, Allah had clearly signalled that He would send more than one person. There is no doubt that Hazrat Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad (ra) was also sent in fulfillment of that grand Qur’anic prophecy. Among other things, this is evidenced by both the events surrounding his birth and his vast achievements in the cause of Islam.” (The Promised Son by Abid Khan).
The Promised Messiah (as) wrote an announcement in relation to the prophecy revealing the birth of ‘the Promised Son’ on 20th February 1886. This was published in a local newspaper known at the time as ‘Riaz-e-Hind,’ dated 1st March 1886. It is, however, essential to note that this was not on a green paper neither was its later developed publication in the form of a leaflet printed on 22nd March 1886. This leaflet included specific details on the divine prophecy for the understanding of both opposers and believers. For example, it highlighted that the birth of the Promised Son may occur at any point during the period of 9 years.
What followed that was a phase of ridicule and criticism by opponents of all faiths against the Promised Messiah. This was because, after the announcement of the prophecy a daughter named Ismat was born on 15th April 1886 followed by the birth of Bashir (the first) who passed away shortly after 16 months on 4th November 1886. As a result, opponents mocked and questioned the prophecy and its divinity. However, despite criticism from all corners, the Promised Messiah spent this time of pain and anguish with utmost humility, patience and in the remembrance of his creator. We learn therefore that the extent of patience and steadfastness exhibited by the Promised Messiah(as) was essential to awaken an understanding of patience in the hearts of Momins (believers) at the standard that their creator wills.
The death of this Son allowed people to question the revelation as it had claimed that the Promised Son would have a long and fulfilling life who would live to serve his faith. The Promised Messiah in response explained that he had not had a clear sign from Allah that this son would be the same Promised Son upon whom he had previously received the revelation and neither had he claimed that the first-born child would be that child.
Consequently, on 1st December 1888 the Promised Messiah (as) wrote a small leaflet named “Haqqani Taqreer bar Waqea Wafat Bashir,” comprising of an explanation defending the prophecy. Stating regardless of anything the set period of 9 years beginning from its initial 20th February announcement will serve the Promised Son according to Allah the almighty’s promise. Hence this leaflet which reiterated and drew close emphasis upon the details of the prophecy was printed and distributed on a green paper, otherwise famously known as the ‘sabz ishtehar.’
On 12th January 1888 around 10 o’clock in the evening, Allah the Almighty miraculously fulfilled this prophecy through the blessed birth of a son showing the Promised Messiah clear signs that this is the Promised Son in accordance to that prophecy. The Promised Messiah(as) announced the birth of the promised son in ‘Siraje Muneer’.
Moreover, Hazrat Musleh Ma’ood (ra) truly possessed all the qualities clearly mentioned in the prophecy. He was blessed with a long and fulfilling life and befitted all the names that were given ‘such as Mubashir [the Promised One], Bashir [Bearer of glad-tidings], Nurullah [Light of Allah] Sayyeb [Heavenly Rain], Charagh Din [Light of Faith] etc., which reveal his perfect potential and inherent light.