The Grand Prophecy of Eclipses
The coming of a great Divine Reformer in the Latter Days has been predicted in the holy scriptures of various religions. In this article, we propose to discuss a very remarkable prophecy made by our lord and master, the Holy Prophet Muhammad(sa), peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, which helps a seeker after truth in recognizing him. According to this prophecy, lunar and solar eclipses on the specified dates of the month of Ramazan would serve as Signs of his advent.
کسوف و خسوف
In 1891, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad(as) claimed to be the Promised Messiah and Mahdi whose advent was prophesied by the Holy Prophet(sa). Upon this, his opponents demanded that he should produce the heavenly sign of lunar and solar eclipses which was detailed in a tradition of Dar al Qutni in the following words:
’’ اِنَّ لِمَھْدِیَّنَا آیَتَیْنِ لَمْ تَکُوْنَا مُنْذُ خلق السَّمَوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ،
تَنْکَسِفُ الْقَمَرُ لأَوَّلِ لَیْلَۃٍ مِنْ رَمَضَانَ، وَ تَنْکَسِفُ الشَّمْسُ فِي النِّصْفِ مِنْہُ،
وَلَمْ تَکُوْنَا مُنْذُ خَلَقَ اللّٰہُ السَّمَوَاتِ وَ الأَرْضَ ‘‘
(سُنَنُ الدَّارقطنی کتاب العیدین)
Eclipses have also been mentioned in the Holy Qur’an as important signs of the approach of the day of Resurrection. The Holy Quran says:
يَسأَلُ أَيّانَ يَومُ القِيامَةِ
فَإِذا بَرِقَ البَصَرُ
وَخَسَفَ القَمَرُ وَجُمِعَ الشَّمسُ وَالقَمَرُ
يَقولُ الإِنسانُ يَومَئِذٍ أَينَ المَفَرُّ
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 flee?’
The root of the prophecy thus lies in the Holy Quran and the Hadith elucidates the verses of the Holy Quran and gives valuable details.
In 1894, this heavenly sign was fulfilled when the lunar and solar eclipses occurred over Qadian on the specified dates of Ramadan. The lunar eclipse occurred after sunset on the 13th of Ramadan i.e. on March 21, 1894, and the solar eclipse occurred on Friday, the 28th of Ramadan i.e. April 6 1894. Apart from the Almanacs, there was mention of the eclipse in the Indian newspapers of the time Azad and Civil and Military Gazette.