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4 January 1899: The Promised Messiahas, after the morning prayer on this day, ordered nine of his friends to go to Gurdaspur to attend a court case. Some of them went by rail while Huzooras himself went by palki (palanquin) on the same day. Other friends and followers reached Gurdaspur from Ludhiana, Kapurthala, Amritsar, Lahore, Jammu and Shimla; there were in total about 100 men who offered the morning prayer with him the following day. 

5 January 1899: The Promised Messiahas reached the court compound at about 10 o’clock and waited till noon. One of the lawyers could not come that day and at his telegraphic request, the hearing was postponed by the judge Mr JM Dowie to 11 January. Therefore, lunch was served in the court premises and Zuhr and Asr prayers were offered at his residence. The journey back for Qadian began later on the same day. 

5 January 1900: On this day, Mirza Imam Din, a cousin of the Promised Messiahas, began to erect a wall with bricks to block the lane which led to Masjid Mubarak from the south. The wall was completed around 7 January. Huzoor’sas visitors and guests were all very much inconvenienced. If they wanted to offer prayers in the mosque or see him, they had to take a long winding way with which they were not familiar. The direct and most frequented way was now completely blocked.

7 January 1938: A sound system was installed for the first time in Masjid Aqsa Qadian. Hazrat-e-Musleh Maudra used this new technology during his Friday Sermon, enabling his voice to echo in all parts of the mosque and its vicinity. On this historic event, he was overwhelmed with joy, and after expressing his gratitude to God Almighty, he predicted the future of the loud speaker and how it would one day serve the cause of Islam – a statement that now seems to be a hint towards MTA International. 

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 The microphone and loudspeaker was considered revolutionary and the Jamaat benefitted from it greatly when it first came about
 

7 or 8 January 1944: Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih IIra declared that he was indeed the Promised Son whose birth was foretold by God Almighty to the Promised Messiahas. On this day, he was informed by God Almighty in a detailed vision that he was the true fulfilment of the prophecy and that he should inform the world about it.

8 January 1904: The elder brother of Hazrat Nawab Muhammad Ali Khanra reached Qadian. This esteemed guest (senior advisor to the state of Malirkotla) was provided with the opportunity to enjoy the nearness of the Promised Messiahas. He had the opportunity of having a detailed conversation on this day – a Friday – which sometimes would take the form of questions and answers. 

10 January 1903: Maulvi Sanaullah of Amritsar reached Qadian. He was a religious scholar and a leading figure within the Ahl-i-Hadith movement. He was also a major antagonist of the Promised Messiahas. He served as the general secretary of Markazi Jamiat Ahl-i-Hadith Hind from 1906 to 1947 and was the editor of Ahle Hadees. Contrary to allegations levelled against the Promised Messiahas, this Maulvi not only rejected the challenge of the Promised Messiahas to a mubahillah (prayer duel), but also suggested a principle that liars, deceivers, and disobedient people were granted long lives. Thereupon, God Almighty granted a long life to Maulvi Sanaullah Sahib (1868-1948) according to the principle which he had himself put forward and brought about the death of the Promised Messiahas, thus confirming that according to his own declaration, he was in fact a disorderly and disobedient person, a liar and a deceiver.

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