Originally a follower of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, he joined forces with Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in the 1890s.
He used to translate Mirza's writings into Farsi and Arabic, and also read out his speeches and sermons. He has been variously described as one of the two 'angels' on whose shoulders the Messiah landed.
He fell ill on 10 October, 1905, and died on 11 October, probably of the plague, as Mirza did not visit him on his deathbed despite his request. On December 27, 1905, his body was exhumed and re-buried in the Bahishti Maqbara with new funeral prayers.
Notice of his death appeared in the Review of Religions. Abdul Kareem's death was apparently caused by a huge carbuncle that was on his back..which later turned into a disease of pleurodynia. People have wondered if pleurodynia had anything connection with the plague?
Pages 446--447 http://www.aaiil.org/text/articles/revi ... sh1905.pdf
"Suddenly on the 10 October 1905 Maulvi Abdul Karim suffered an attack of pleurisy and high fever. His body temperature rose to 106 degree. This condition continued for one and half days and finally he passed away on 11 October 1905."