The prophecy of Lekh Ram proved the truth of Islam to the people of India. The fulfillment of this and many other prophecies of Ahmad (as) in India moved several hundred thousand people and convinced them of the truth of his claim and the truth of Islam.
The circumstances of the prophecy are that late in the last century a new Hindu sect called the Arya Samaj came into existence. The sect conceived a bold plan to convert Muslims to the Hindu religion. To this end Arya Samaj writers began to publish the most scurrilous attacks on Islam. The most daring of these leaders and writers was one Lekh Ram. In the course of several exchanges Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) tried to explain to this Arya leader the truth of Islam; but to no avail.
Lekh Ram stuck to his anti-Islam ideas and schemes. He produced the most distorted translations of passages from the Quran. Common decency found it difficult even to read those translations. He held the most foul views about the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the Holy Quran. The controversy with him began to mount. Lekh Ram went further and further in his abuse of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and ridicule of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as).
He also became impatient for a sign. Ahmad prayed to God and learnt that this man’s end was near. Ahmad (as) offered to withhold publication of the prophecy if Lekh Ram had any objection, but Lekh Ram said he had nothing to fear from such prophecies. The revelations received at first were general. No time limit had been set for Lekh Ram’s end. Lekh Ram insisted on a time limit. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) therefore withheld publication of the prophecy until he had more knowledge from God.
Eventually, he learnt that Lekh Ram was due to meet with a fatal calamity within six years counting from February 20, 1893. On receiving this assurance, Ahmad (as) published the prophecy. He added to it an Arabic revelation relating to Lekh Ram.
‘A miserable half-dead calf; nothing awaits it but disgrace and destruction.’
Declaring his prophecy and this revelation, Ahmad (as) wrote (addressing all religious parties):
‘If within six years from today, February 20, 1893, this man does not meet with punishment from God, which is unusual in its poignancy and tragedy and which empresses all and sundry with the fear of the Lord, then let everybody think that I am not from God.’
A little later, Ahmad (as) explained the prophecy on the basis of further revelations. He wrote:
‘And God gave me the tidings that I will witness a day of Eid, and this day will be close to the Eid.’
‘And among the graces of God which I have received is this that He has accepted my prayers relating to one Lekh Ram and that He has informed me that he will soon receive his just deserts. This man was foul in his abuse of the Holy Prophet. I prayed against him. So my God informed me that this man will die within six years. There are Signs in this for seekers after truth.’
As he received information from God, Ahmad (as) added further details to the prophecy. These were published as a note inside the front cover of his book Barakat-ul-Dua (Blessings of Prayer). In the course of it he wrote:
“Today, April 2, l893 A.D. (Ramadan 14, 1310 A.H.), early in the morning, in semi-sleep, I saw myself sitting in a large house, some friends with me. Suddenly in front of me I saw a man, fearful looking with blood-shot eyes. As I saw, he seemed a strange creature, of a strange character. Not a human being, I thought, but a dreadful and dangerous angel. He struck terror into those who saw him. As I looked at him, he asked, ‘Where is Lekh Ram?’ Then he named another and asked me his whereabouts also. I then understood that this person had been appointed to punish Lekh Ram and this other man.”
Ahmad (as) also spoke of Lekh Ram in a Persian verse included in his book Aina-i-Kamalat-i-Islam:
‘Foolish and misguided foe, Fear the sharp sword of Muhammad.
Denier of the greatness of Muhammad, And of the luminous light of Muhammad!
Miracles may seem a thing of the past, Come yet and see one through the devotees of Muhammad.’
In a nutshell, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) had prophecized the following:
1) that Lekh Ram would meet with a calamity which would prove fatal for him;
2) that this calamity would take place within six years;
3) that it would be on a day close to Eid, just before or just after;
4) that Lekh Ram would meet with the fate of the Calf of Samri; that is, dismemberment and death and dispersion of his ashes into a river;
5) that this fatal process would be carried out by a ruddy person with blood-shot eyes;
6) that Lekh Ram would be a victim to a sword
Five years passed. People started ridiculing the Promised Messiah. They said nothing would happen in one year when five years had gone by uneventful.
Lekh Ram Mysteriously Murdered
On the day following Eid-ul-Fitr (End-of-Ramadhan Festival), on a Saturday afternoon, an unknown person stabbed Lekh Ram in the stomach with a sharp knife. Stabbed on Saturday, Lekh Ram died on Sunday. The Word of God came true in all its grim details.
The prophecy had laid down a six-year limit. Lekh Ram died within six years. The prophecy said the fatal event would occur on a day close to the Eid. Lekh Ram was stabbed on the day following the Eid. The prophecy said that Lekh Ram would meet his end at the hands of a fearful young man. That is exactly what happened. Lekh Ram was to be a victim of a sword; he died of a stab wound. The prophecy said that Lekh Ram would meet a fate similar to the fate of the Calf of Samri. This calf was dismembered on a Saturday, burnt to ashes, the ashes dispersed in a river. This is what happened to Lekh Ram. Being a Hindu he was cremated and his ashes thrown into a river.
The story of the murder of Lekh Ram is that some time before, a man with blood-shot eyes had come to him, wishing to be converted from Islam to Hinduism. People tried to dissuade Lekh Ram from entertaining him. But Lekh Ram did not pay heed. This man became Lekh Ram’s trusted companion. Lekh Ram had appointed the fateful Saturday as the day of his conversion. Lekh Ram was busy writing. He asked for some book. This man, pretending to hand Lekh Ram the book slipped a knife into his stomach and turned the knife in circles so as to cut the entrails thoroughly. He then disappeared, according to the statement of Lekh Ram’s family. Lekh Ram was on the upper floor of the house. Near the gate, on the ground floor, were many men; but no one saw the murderer come down and escape. Lekh Ram’s mother and wife were certain he was still in the house. On a search of the house nobody was found. Lekh Ram died in great pain on Sunday. On a Sunday, the Promised Messiah had seen in a Vision this red-looking fearful murderer who asked for Lekh Ram.
Lekh Ram’s end was a grand Sign of the truth of the Promised Messiah. Ahmad (as) continuously asked Lekh Ram to repent and save himself from the wrath of God. He paid no heed. God’s word came to pass and another sign was shown in favor of the Promised Messiah (as).
*(as) = alaih-e-ssalam = on whom be peace