In the 1860’s the Promised Messiah (as) made a prophecy regarding the death of Pandit Sahaj Ram who was a reader in the Court of the Commissioner in Amritsar, Punjab and was extremely prejudiced against Islam.
Sahaj Ram, at one time had also worked for the Deputy Commissioner in Sialkot. Ahmad (as), also having spent time in a court in Sialkot for some time, got to know Sahaj Ram. Consequently, Sahaj Ram and the Promised Messiah (as) had many discussions on religion – with Sahaj Ram showing extreme hostility towards Islam.
It so happened that the Promised Messiah’s (as) elder brother, Mirza Ghulam Qadir, just having passed his examinations, was in search of a district level administrative post similar to that of Sahaj Ram’s. Mirza Ghulam Qadir and six or seven people were sitting together and talking on the matter of his post.
Earlier that same day, the Promised Messiah (as) saw a vision while he was reading the Holy Quran. He saw that Sahaj Ram was dressed in black and stood before him in great humility and supplication as if he was trying to persuade the Promised Messiah (as) to intercede for him. In the vision, Ahmad (as) said to him: “There is no time left for mercy”. With this vision, the Promised Messiah (as) sensed that Sahaj Ram had died at that very instant.
The Promised Messiah (as) then descended to the group where his brother and his friend were talking and intervened: “Should Sahaj Ram die, his post would also be suitable”. The people who heard this, laughed at him for announcing the death of a man who appeared to show no signs of ailment.
On the second or third day, however, news arrived that Pandit Sahaj Ram had indeed died suddenly at the very hour when the Ahmad (as) had seen his vision. [Haqiqat-ul-Wahi, pg. 309 (Urdu edition)].
Near the time of his death, Sahaj Ram was still young and in good health – but the prophecy of the Promised Messiah still held true. It is worth noting that at the time of this event, Ahmad (as) had not yet claimed to be the Promised Messiah.
*(as) = alaih-e-ssalam = on whom be peace