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Compiled by Tariq Hayat, Pakistan 

11 May 1888: The Promised Messiahas went to Batala for medical treatment of his ailing son, Bashir Awal [the first]. 

12 May 1907: A special gathering was arranged in Qadian on this day at 5pm. Elders of the Jamaat delivered speeches before the congregation about the current political development. 

In those days, a very grim situation was prevailing in the Indian subcontinent after the partition of the Province of Bengal. Due to the troubling state of affairs, earlier on 7 May, the Promised Messiahas published an announcement. In his message, Huzooras advised his Jamaat to remain calm and to keep a distance from troubled places. 

12 May 1908: Professor Clement Lindley Wragge, a renowned meteorologist, visited the Promised Messiahas in Lahore. He was on a world tour with his family. Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Sadiqra introduced this man of science. Professor Wragge’s questions and the divine and scholarly answers by the Promised Messiahas provided insight to his queries about science and religion that are very much contemporary issues. The transcript of this intellectual conversation is worth reading and is published in Malfuzat’s last volume. 

15 May 1907: The Promised Messiah’sas book Haqiqatul Wahi was published. This voluminous book contains a brief list of miracles and Divine signs shown in favour of the Promised Messiahas. The Promised Messiahas urged everyone to read this book at least once before rejecting his claims.

15 May 1908: Sir Fazl-i-Hussian, renowned politician of the Indian subcontinent, paid a visit to the Promised Messiahas in Lahore.

15 May 1908: The Promised Messiah’sas book Chashma-e-Marifat was published.

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Front cover of the first edition of Chashma-e-Ma’rifat | Ahmadiyya ARC

16 May 1903: Deputy Commissioner of Gurdaspur officially dismissed the court case in which false allegations were leveled by the local community in Qadian against the construction of Minaratul Masih.

17 May 1908: The Promised Messiahas invited the elite of Lahore to his place of residence. Food was also served but invitees remained attentive to the words of the Promised Messiahas. Thus, our beloved Imam, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas remained occupied in the propagation of Islam just a week before his demise.

17 May 1908: The Promised Messiahas was told by God in Persian about his age:

مكن تكىہ برعمرِناپائىدار

[Do not put your trust in uncertain life.] 

On this, Hazrat Maulana Jalaluddin Shamsra wrote a note, “The year of death has also been revealed in this revelation. Its numerical value, according to the abjad system is 1326,” pointing towards 1326 AH. 

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