11-17 October

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Compiled by Tariq Hayat, Pakistan

11 October 1947: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra wrote a powerful and detailed article, sharing details of the fierce and continuous attacks on Qadian. During the events of the partition, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra would provide timely and essential guidance on all matters. His articles would be taken very seriously by the authorities. For example, on 7 October, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra wrote an article describing the situation in Qadian and it was published in Al Fazl. Later, when this article was published in the form of a leaflet and distributed, the government ordered it to be confiscated and banned.

On 10 October, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra advised Ahmadi men to train themselves in basic military skills, so they could serve their country in times of distress.

On 12 October, Huzoorra exhorted Jamaat members to remain punctual in their five daily prayers in congregation and the remembrance of Allah.

11 October 1948: Attempts to locate ground water in Rabwah failed. The Jamaat continued to bore holes in various locations of Rabwah, but to no avail. After continuous efforts, water was found in one location but it was foul and dirty.

12 October 1935: Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Razaq, a barrister and local amir of Lyallpur (now Faisalabad), and Hazrat Shiekh Ghulam Ahmad Waiz passed away.

12 October 1956: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra delivered a profound sermon shedding light on the topic of apostasy.

13 October 1931: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra attended a meeting of the Kashmir Committee in Lahore. He also attended their meeting held on 24 October and presented his views.

13 October 1934: Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Nigeria held its first ever Jalsa Salana in Lagos, which continued for two days.

13 October 1937: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra left for a tour of Sindh and Bombay, which lasted until 3 November.

13 October 1937: The Jamaat’s mission in Sierra Leone was re-established by the arrival of Hazrat Maulvi Nazir Ahmad Ali.

13 October 1946: An Ahmadi doctor, Yousuf Salman Sahib from the Cape of Good Hope (also known as Cape Colony, South Africa) visited Qadian in March 1946. After enjoying the blessed company of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra, Yousuf Sahib expressed his strong wish to serve humanity and do tabligh. On this date, he departed for South Africa to fulfil this aim.

13 October 1946: With the aim to spread the message of Islam across Europe following WWII, three Ahmadi Muslim missionaries arrived in Switzerland; Chaudry Abdul Latif Sahib, Sheikh Nasir Ahmad Sahib and Maulvi Ghulam Ahmad Bashir Sahib.

14 October 1947: Hazrat Mirza Aziz Ahmadra was called back to Lahore from Qadian upon the instructions of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra. Jalaluddin Shams Sahib took his place and began his responsibility as amir-e-muqami, Qadian.

14 October 1947: After fatal attacks on the inhabitants of Qadian, the attackers started occupying Jamaat’s property. Buildings of Jamia Ahmadiyya and Talim-ul-Islam College were taken. On this date, the intruders took control of the building where the printing press machinery was installed and also the library building of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira.

14 October 1955: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra gave two important instructions for the missions operating outside of Pakistan. Firstly, they should try to inculcate the habit of giving Chanda in new converts. Secondly, to encourage students from outside countries to travel to the Markaz in Pakistan and gain education there.

15 October 1917: Hazrat Hakim Maulvi Khalil Ahmad Sahib from Monghir was sent from the Markaz to organise the local chapters of the Jamaat in Punjab.

15 October 1924: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra visited the School of Oriental Studies, University of London (SOAS).

15 October 1936: Hazrat Lieutenant Sardar Muhammad Ayub Khan OBE passed away. He joined the Jamaat in 1902.

15 October 1946: Jalaluddin Shams Sahib returned to Qadian after serving a decade in England as a missionary. He returned with the company of Syed Munir Al Husni Sahib, Amir of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Damascus, Syria.

16 October 1909: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira delivered an Eid-ul-Fitr Sermon in which he spoke about the institution of Khilafat. 

16 October 1934: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra started his two day trip towards Ferozpur, a famous city on the bank of River Satluj in Punjab.

16 October 1935: Hazrat Munshi Fiyaz Alira passed away. He was among the early 313 Companionsra of the Promised Messiahas.

16 October 1951: Nawabzada Liaqat Ali Khan, widely known as Qaid-e-Millat (Leader of the Nation) was one of the leading founding fathers of Pakistan, a statesman, lawyer and political theorist who served as the first prime minister of Pakistan. On this date, he was shot twice in the chest while he was addressing a gathering of 100,000 at Company Bagh, Rawalpindi. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra expressed his deep grief and pain on this barbaric assassination. He sent his condolences to the government and grieved family members. The next day, residents of Rabwah convened a special remembrance to show respect to this great leader.

17 October 1925: A monthly magazine in Bengali from Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) commenced its publication to spread the message of the Jamaat. Maulvi Ghulam Samdani Sahib was its first editor.

17 October 1948: Maulana Abul Ata Jalandhari Sahib placed the foundation stone of a mosque in Ahmad Nagar, a village next to the new Markaz in Rabwah. This mosque was likely to be the first purpose built mosque by those Jamaat members who had migrated to Pakistan from India.

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