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Compiled by Tariq Hayat, Pakistan

12 April 1914: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra addressed representatives gathered in Masjid Mubarak, Qadian for mutual consultation. Huzoor’s words on this special occasion were later printed in book-form under the title Mansab-e-Khilafat (The Status of Khilafat). During this historic gathering, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra laid the foundation of Anjuman Taraqi-e-Islam to propagate the message of Islam to the world. 

12 April 1920: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra was in Sialkot and he delivered an hour-long speech in Punjabi to ladies of the Jamaat. This speech was later published under the title Faraiz-e-Masturat (Responsibilities of Women). 

12 April 1925: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra announced his fourth nikah for the sake of religious education of Lajna with Hazrat Sara Begum Sahiba. The nikah was announced in Masjid Aqsa, Qadian.

12 April 1938: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud started the spadework for the extension of Masjid Aqsa, Qadian. 

12 April 1953: The Ahmadiyya Jamaat was under a heavy spell of persecution across the country. To take precautionary measures, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra announced the establishment of Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya Karachi. 

13 April 1919: The Indian subcontinent was experiencing unrest due to the commonly known Rowlatt Act (The Anarchical and Revolutionary Crimes Act of 1919) which was a legislative act passed by the Imperial Legislative Council in Delhi. On this day, Colonel Reginald Dyer ordered gunfire at a gathering of locals in Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra strongly denounced this barbaric massacre. 

13 April 1920: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra delivered a historic speech on the topic of world peace and discussed in detail whether its foundation could be laid on the teachings given by Christianity. This speech was made in Vande Matram Hall, Amritsar.

14 April 1941: Yadvinder Singh Mahendra, the last Maharaja of Patiala, reached Qadian for his two-day visit. Patiala State was an important self-governing princely state of the British Empire in India and was situated near Qadian. The Maharaja was given an apt welcome and he had the honour of meeting with Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra

14 April 1944: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra shared a revelation he had received:

روز جزا قریب ہے اور راہ بعید ہے

14 April 1945: Hazrat Sir Chaudhry Zafarulla Khanra and Hazrat Jalaluddin Shams met Ahmet Muhtar Zogolli who had served the Albanians in the capacity of prime minister, president and finally as king of Albania. He was conveyed the message of Islam Ahmadiyyat by the delegation. 

14 April 1946: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra sent groups of Ahmadi missionaries to post-War Europe. On this day, Master Muhammad Ibrahim Sahib and Muhammad Usman Sahib embarked on their journey to Sicily, Italy from London. Their efforts bore fruits and two locals entered the Jamaat, but unfortunately, the authorities refused to extend the visas of the missionaries so they had to depart. 

15 April 1946: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra laid the foundation stone of a physics lab of Talim-ul-Islam College in Qadian. 13 companions of the Promised Messiahas were also present on this occasion. 

15 April 1949: The first ever Jalsa Salana Rabwah took place. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra delivered the inaugural speech and Friday Sermon. A Shura session was also conducted after the Isha prayer. The number of attendees reached 16,000. During the speech on the second day of Jalsa, Huzoorra announced a concise scheme consisting of printing and distributing books for the educational uplifting of Jamaat members. This idea shows Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’sra outstanding and firm resolution as the whole country was still coping with scars of the 1947 partition.

15 April 1954: A delegation of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Karachi met with Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The Saudi king was in Pakistan during his worldwide tour. The Ahmadi delegation extended congratulations and well wishes.

16 April 1923: A group of 19 Ahmadi volunteers embarked from Qadian on their journey to counter the ongoing Shudhi activities (mass conversion of Muslims to Hinduism) in central provinces of the subcontinent.  

16 April 1939: Sir John Douglas Young, Chief Justice of Lahore High Court, visited Qadian on this day. 

16 April 1944: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra delivered his speech in Delhi on Jalsa Musleh-e-Maud in front of 5,000 people. To create disturbance, some opponents on this occasion began pelting stones, injuring Ahmadis. 

16 April 1954: The Jamaat’s 35th central Shura commenced in Lajna Hall, Rabwah. 30 companions of the Promised Messiahas were also present along with 433 representatives from 12 countries. During the inaugural session, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra blessed the occasion with his presence. Historically, this presence was uplifting for Ahmadis because for the first time, he had come out of his residence to see his Jamaat after an attempt was made on his life. Huzoorra announced a special scheme concerning the contemporary issues prevailing in the country. Huzoorra also appointed Mirza Abdul Haq Sahib of Sargodha as chairman of the Shura. On the third day of the Shura, Huzoorra again graced the venue and made a short speech too. 

17 April 1905: Hazrat Hakim Maulvi Nuruddinra authored an article about the recent earthquake in Kangra, India in accordance with the prophecy of the Promised Messiahas

18 April 1934: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra started his tour of Gujranwala and Lahore, which concluded on 23 April. 

18 April 1936: Hazrat Maulvi Muhammad-uddin Sahib began his journey from Qadian for Albania to serve as a missionary.

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