In December 1907, when Nawab Muhammad Ali Khan proposed Mubaraka daughter of MGAQ she was only 11 years of age. Mirza sb immdeiately refused the proposal for the reason of her age and bad health. However, surprisingly after few days Mirza sb agreed to the proposal. See how it all happened.
(Maktoobat e Ahmad Volume 2 Page No.97.-98)
Note:- Non relevant portion of letter is omitted.
My dear Nawab sb Assalam o alaikum wrwb.
Yesterday, I heard that you have asked the hand of my daughter Mubaraka for marriage. However, there are two problems in this matter. No. 1. she has just completed 11 years of her age. No.2, She is weak by birth and permanently suffering from cough and cold.She is not fit for marriage. In case If she is married, she might die.
(Letter dated 20 December, 1907.)
Next Letter of MGA to Nawab Muhammad Ali Khan dated 12th February 1908.
My dear Nawab sb,
I have given serious thought to your marriage proposal with my dearest daughter Mubaraka and God has put it in my heart that I won,t have any issue to accept your proposal subject to certain conditions and hope that you would not hesitate to accept these conditions.
First Condition is that you will pay amount equal to two years of your whole property income that would be Rs.50,000/- as dower. (Meher).
You would sign an affidavit in writing as per Shariah, to affirm this.
Whatever the conditions are, these are not beyond your status secondly these have been put in my heart by Allah. The reason for placing such conditions is not that I have some kind of mistrust about you but it is based on the fact that no body knows of life and death and as per your family traditions your women are deprived of the inheritance.
There is no harm if such an arrangement is made to support a woman financially in case if her husband is dead. May Allah bless long life to your sons but they would only pursue their own desires after you. Therefore, this decision of HAQ MEHER(dower) is categorical and final.
This is the right of women which has been fixed by Allah for helpless women. So that in case if your age is not long enough and she remains alive after you, she can live peacefully and protect herself from the bad behaviour of relatives.
This is the condition which is definite and I would not even give you the time to give it second thought. This is my un changeable decision, if you agree to and fulfil this I would fix the NIKAH to be held on Monday and girl would be sent to you after a year. There can be no amendment in the conditions as laid down by me. I have asked my dear Syed Ismail , who is here on leave, to stay few days more. However, in case if you refuse he will proceed to resume his service tomorrow.
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.
What happened next, was , Nawab sb agreed to the harsh conditions as laid down by MGAQ and 11 year old Mubaraka was married to 50 years old Nawab sb and She was dropped to Nawab,s home within next one year by Nusrat Jehan.