This is one of the earliest revelations of Ahmad (as). The Promised Messiah (as) writes:
“A strange revelation was vouchsafed to me in Urdu in 1868 or 1869. It happened in this wise. When Maulvi Mohammad Hussain of Batala, who had at one time been my fellow student, came back to Batala after finishing his divinity studies and the people of Batala looked askance at him on account of some of his notions and ideas, one person was very insistent with me that I should debate a point in dispute with Maulvi Mohammad Hussain. Yielding to his insistence I accompanied this man at evening time to Maulvi Mohammad Hussain and found him in the company of his father in the Mosque.
On hearing the explanation of Maulvi Mohammad Hussain, I concluded that there was nothing objectionable in his statement and consequently, for the sake and pleasure of Allah, I declined to enter into a debate with him. The same night the revelation came to me from Allah, the Noble, with reference to this incident:
“Thy God is well pleased with what thou hast done. He will bless thee greatly, so much so that Kings will seek blessings from thy garments.” (Braheen Ahmadiyya Part IV pp. 520-521. sub footnote 3).
In a vision, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) was shown these fortunate kings, no less than half a dozen in number, riding upon horses. This, he believed, was a reward of the extreme humility he had shown purely for the sake of God and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Because he found no fault with Batalwi’s argument, he did not find it righteous to enter into any debate just for his personal ego or to please the group of people that had gathered to see Batalwi humiliated. He says:
“As I had adopted an attitude of humility purely for the sake of God and His Messenger, the Absolutely Benevolent did not desire to leave me unrewarded” (Braheen Ahmadiyya Part IV pp. 520-521. sub footnote 3).
This revelation was vouchsafed to him not once, but on numerous occasions. At one place, Ahmad (as) writes:
“Allah, the Lord of glory, has also given me the good tidings that some of the nobility and of kings will also join our group. He vouchsafed to me the revelation: I shall bestow blessing upon blessing upon thee, so much so that kings will seek blessings from thy garments” (Barakat-ud-Doa p. 30).
And at another place, he recorded his revelation thus:
“I shall manifest My flash and shall raise thee with My power and shall spread thy blessings till kings shall seek blessings from thy garments. A warner came into the world and the world accepted him not but God shall accept him and will demonstrate his truth with powerful assaults.” (Anjam Atham pp. 51-62).
It is worthy of note that this revelation first came at a time when the Promised Messiah (as) had not even made his claim. He was a simple man, unheard of outside Qadian and even the people of his own village didn’t know him well. In such circumstances, he claimed that God had told him that kings would seek blessings from his garments. This indeed was a strange prophecy and definitely not one he could fulfill with all the means at his disposal. The prophecy entailed that his honor and dignity would be raised and exalted higher than kings and they would feel pride in loving and following him and would get blessings from his garments.
King Seeks Blessing
This revelation saw its first literal fulfillment in the caliphate of Mirza Nasir Ahmad (ra), the third Khalifa (caliph) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
His Excellency, Al-Haj Sir Farimang .M. Singhateh, the Governor General of The Gambia (a small country on the west coast of Africa) wrote to the Khalifa seeking blessings from the clothes of the Promised Messiah (as). Mirza Nasir Ahmad (ra) accepted his wish and a piece of cloth cut from the Promised Messiah’s (as) garment was dispatched to him. The piece bore the signature and stamp of Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih III (the third caliph of the Messiah) and date.
Maulvi Abdul Rehman Anwar, private sectary to the Khalifa, wrote the forwarding letter. Acknowledging the receipt of the cloth, His Excellency Al-Haj Sir F.M. Singhateh wrote back to the private sectary in the following words:
Bathurst, The Gambia
Dear Mr. Abdul Rehman Anwar,
Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon you,
Thank you for your letter dated 27th June 1966. You must have learnt from Syedna Ameerul Momineen Khalifatul Masih III that the registered letter was received with great joy. My family joins me in sending you their love together with the members of the Jamaat.
Sd/- Al-Haj Sir F.M. Singhateh
Glory be to Allah! How wonderfully this prophecy, like other prophecies of the Promised Messiah (as) came true literally! Who could have thought that a simple man in rural India would be honored by kings of such far-away lands. Ahmad (as) faced severe opposition and was branded heretic by the religious clergy of his time.Despite all sorts of persecution, threats and strong opposition, his love in the hearts of men only grew, so much so that kings sought blessings from his clothes.
Other Kings Seek Blessings
The first fulfillment came in 1966, almost a 100 years after the first time this revelation was vouchsafed to the Promised Messiah (as). Thereafter, many kings have received pieces of his garments on the occasion of the International Annual Gathering of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Jalsa Salana U.K, from the hands of Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih IV and V (The fourth and fifth caliphs of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community respectively). These include kings from the francophone countries of West Africa.
Glory be to Allah! This is just the beginning of the fulfillment of his prophecy because many other kings will join the movement inshAllah and become his sincere followers. Such is Allah’s will! How did a man who had not laid claim to being a reformer yet go on to prophesize such great things about himself and how come they came true! It is God who talks to His Chosen ones and gives them knowledge of future events and happenings and makes them perform miracles! This was indeed one of them! The Promised Messiah (as) wrote:
“I saw in a dream a group of sincere believers and just and righteous kings some of whom belonged to India, some to Arabia some to Iran and some to Syria, some to Turkey and some to other regions of which I am not aware and God revealed to me that they will affirm my righteousness and will believe in me and will call down blessings upon me and will pray for me. God said to me: I shall bestow great blessings upon thee, so much so that kings will seek blessings from thy garments and will be included amongst thy sincere followers.”
This is the story of how the simple clothes of an unknown villager in a remote town in India become a source of blessing for kings and rulers. This he had prophecized in his very early days!
“In a vision I was shown the kings who were riding upon horses and I was told: Those are the ones who will carry the yoke of thy obedience on their necks and God will bless them.” (Tajalliat Ilahiyya p. 21 foot note).
“This is the vision that I saw and this is the revelation that was vouchsafed to me by God the All Knowing.” (Lujja-tun-Noor pp. 3-4).