Eclipse of the moon and the sun

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One of the prophecies of The Holy Prophet (as) about the coming of Imam Mahdi was that during the month of Ramadan, Lunar Eclipse will take place on the first night among the three possible nights (13th, 14th and 15th) of Lunar Eclipse, which is the 13th; and Solar Eclipse will take place on the middle day among the three possible days (27th, 28th and 29th) of Solar Eclipse, which is the 28th (Sunan al-Daraqutni, Kitab al-Eidain)). These grand heavenly signs were fulfilled in the year 1894 in the Eastern hemisphere of the earth and in 1895 the same divine sign was fulfilled in the Western hemisphere of the earth. In this way, God displayed his remarkable sign in favour of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) throughout the world.  The Holy Prophet (sa) had foretold this:

اِنَّ لِمَهْدِيَّنَا آيَتَيْنِ لَمْ تَكُوْنَا مُنْذُ خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ، تَنْكَسِفُ الْقَمَرُ لأَوَّلِ لَيْلَةٍ مِنْ رَمَضَانَ، وَ تَنْكَسِفُ الشَّمْسُ فِي النِّصْفِ مِنْهُ، وَلَمْ تَكُوْنَا مُنْذُ خَلَقَ اللّٰهُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَ الأَرْضَ
“For our Mahdi [Spiritual Reformer] there are two signs which have never appeared before since the creation of the Heavens and the Earth, namely the moon will be eclipsed on the first night in Ramadan [i.e. on the first of the nights on which a lunar eclipse can occur] and the sun will be eclipsed on the middle day [i.e. on the middle one of the days on which a solar eclipse can occur]. And these signs have not appeared since God created the Heavens and the Earth.” (Sunan al-Daraqutni, Kitab al-Eidain)

The great celestial sign mentioned in the hadith presented at the outset has its basis in the Holy Quran. Allah the Almighty states:

يَسۡـَٔلُ اَيَّانَ يَوۡمُ الۡقِيٰمَةِ۔ فَاِذَا بَرِقَ الۡبَصَرُ۔ وَ خَسَفَ الۡقَمَرُ۔ وَ جُمِعَ الشَّمۡسُ وَ الۡقَمَرُ
“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.” (Surah al-Qiyamah, Ch.75: V.7-10)

That the Promised Messiah would arrive in the last age is undisputed, and one of the signs of the Latter Days is mentioned in the above verses; the sun and the moon will be brought together. This refers to the solar and lunar eclipse that happened in the time of the Latter-Day Messiah, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), as the sun and the moon aligned together to manifest this heavenly sign, in the month of Ramadan (according to the prophecy mentioned in hadith). Highlighting undeniable aspects of the prophecy, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) said:

“As a matter of fact, since the time of Adam to the present day, nobody ever made a prophecy like this. The prophecy has four aspects:  

1. The occurrence of the lunar eclipse on the first of the eclipse nights.
2. The occurrence of the solar eclipse in the middle of the eclipse days.
3. The occurrence in the month of Ramadan.
4. The presence of a claimant who has been rejected.  

Hence, if the greatness of this prophecy is denied, then show a parallel to it in the world and until a parallel cannot be found, this prophecy ranks foremost among all those prophecies for which the subject of the following verse provides authenticity: ‘He reveals not His secrets to anyone (except to him whom He chooses, namely a Messenger of His)’] because it is stated in this [hadith] that from the time of Adam to the last age, it has no parallel.” (Tohfah-e-Golarhviyyah, Ruhani Khazain, Vol. 17, p. 136). 

Eclipse of the moon and the sun