The life of John Alexander Dowie is of particular significance to the turn-of-the-century Islamic reformist organization known as the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, which still exists. For a copy, contact The Boston Public Library Microfiche department], Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, between the years 1903 and 1907, the Ahmadiyya find a "sign of God," and a "proof" of the "truth" of their founder's claim to be, "The Promised Messiah &
The exchange was covered by not only the Herald, but by a number of other newspapers of the United States, such as:The Chicago Inter Ocean, June 28, 1903 The Telegraph, July 5, 1903 The Literary Digest, June 20, 1903 The New York Mail & Express, June 25, 1903 The Herald Rochester, June 25, 1903 The Record Boston, June 27, 1903 The Advertiser Boston, June 25, 1903 The Pilot Boston, June 27, 1903 The Pathfinder Washington, June 27, 1903 The Detroit English News, June 27, 1903 The Democratic Chronicle Rochester, June 25, 1903 The Burlington Free Press, June 27, 1903 The Albany Press, June 25, 1903 The Baltimore American, June 28, 1903 The Buffalo Times, June 25, 1903 The Groomshire Gazette, July 17, 1903 The Houston Chronicle, July 3, 1903 The Trichmond News, July 1, 1903 The Argunaut San Francisco, Dec. 1, 1903
Dowie had claimed to the forerunner of the second coming of Christ. When Ahmad heard of Dowie's claim, he challenged him to a prayer duel, in the following words, which represent a small excerpt:
"If the pretender to Elijahship shows his willingness by any direct or indrect means to enter the lists against me, he shall leave the world before my eyes with great sorrow and torment. [Herald]
"People sometimes say to me, 'Why do you not reply to this, that and the other thing?' Reply! [Herald]
Between the years 1903 and 1907, as reported in American newspapers, Dowie's life deteriorated steadily. The Boston Herald reported:
"Dowie died with his friends fallen away from him and his fortune dwindled.
"Mirza comes forward frankly and states that he has won his challenge, or 'prediction.'" [Herald]
The title of the Sunday Herald of Boston article is: Great is Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, The Messiah: Fortold Pathetic end of Dowie and now He Predicts Plague, Flood and Earthquake."