Truthfulness of the Promised Messiah: II – Past Life
The second criteria according to the Holy Books to know the truth of a true Prophet is his past life. If a person was known for his truthfulness and piety, before he claimed to be a Prophet, then how did he suddenly change to become a liar? The Holy Prophet was known by the titles of As-Siddiq – the truthful one and Al-Amin – the trustworthy one before he claimed to be a Prophet. It is related that Hazrat Abu Bakr, may Allah be pleased with him, who later became the 1st Khalifa of Islam, accepted Islam without hearing the message. He was a close friend of the Holy Prophet and they grew up together. He knew that the Holy Prophet never lied and had an intense love for God. So if the Holy Prophet claimed that he was a Prophet of Allah, then Hazrat Abu Bakr, may Allah be pleased with him, knew that his friend could never tell a lie, and could never even think about lying about his beloved God, so it must be the truth. So he accepted this claim without any hesitation or need for further explanations.
The Holy Qur’an states:
Say, if Allah had so willed, I should not have recited it to you nor would He have made it known to you. I have indeed lived among you a whole lifetime before this. Will you not then understand?
Holy Qur’an, Chapter 10, verse 17
The Holy Bible states about Daniel:
Neither was there any error or fault in him.
Holy Bible, Daniel Chapter 6, verse 4
When Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, may peace be on him, wrote his first books, Brahin-e-Ahmadiyya Vol 1-4 from 1880-84 (he started the community 1889) Maulvi Muhammad Hussain of Batala wrote about the author of these books and said:
As for the author, we can say, there had been few Muslims, if any, who have been so constant in their services to Islam, service by purse and pen, by personal character and by speech and silence.
Ishaat-us-Sunnah Vol VII
Once Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, may peace be on him, had made the claim to be the Promised Messiah, then Maulvi Muhammad Hussain of Batala became one of his bitterest enemies, but we are looking at before the claim.
So from this we can see that like the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, may peace be on him, early life was also spotless. He was renowned for his piety and love for Allah and was a champion of Islam.
So if he always told the truth and had an intense love for God, how can he suddenly become a liar about the thing he loves most? So this fulfils this criterion.