One major proof of the coming of the divine reformer was the Solar and Lunar Eclipses in the month of Ramadan. This happened in the year 1894 (1311 Hijri) in the eastern hemisphere of which fulfilled the prophecy of the Holy Prophet (saw). It was also repeated in the western hemisphere in 1895.
The Prophecy of the Holy prophet (saw) was recorded by Hazrat Ali bin Umar Albaghdadi Ad-Darqutani which follows:
“For our Mahdi 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 and the sun will be eclipsed on the middle day of Ramadan and these Signs have not appeared since God created the heavens and the earth.”
An opponent of the Promised Messiah (as) from America was utterly humiliated and died in shame was John Alexander Dowie. He abused Islam and the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw). Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) wrote a leaflet in reply saying it was unnecessary of Dowie to do this.
Nevertheless Dowie continued and prayed for the destruction of Islam. Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) then wrote a booklet about his mission to reform mankind and that he had a sign to show the USA. The sign was that if Dowie entered the prayer contest directly or indirectly that the Promised Messiah (as) proposed that he would die in his lifetime in great pain and misery.
The leaflet was published in the West on a massive scale. Newspapers across Europe and America commented upon it. In the UK, the Glasgow Herald and the New York Commercial Advertiser had summaries published of it.
At the time, Dowie was at his zenith with money, followers and businesses. But all that was coming to an end.
His ‘miraculous’ powers began failing and he became ill. People wondered why he could heal people but not himself. They found bottles of wine in one of his rooms yet he forbade his followers from using and drinking intoxicants. His followers became infuriated and it also came to light that he misappropriated 1.5 million dollars in his organisations. His 100,000 followers shrunk to 200.
He eventually became mad and died with only 4 followers on the 8th of March 1907, within the lifetime of the Promised Messiah (as) – and despite the Promised Messiah (as) being much older! This was certainly a sign of the truthfulness of the Promised Messiah (as) and for the west – and even an American newspaper acknowledged his victory.