Compiled by Tariq Hayat, Pakistan
15 June 1895: The Promised Messiahas was committed to transmitting the light of the Holy Quran to the world. For this, Huzooras wished to publish a monthly magazine about the Quran, its miracles and spiritual treasures etc. Some issues were practically written with his own hand and it was named Nur-ul-Quran. On this day, its first issue was brought to the public. Due to Huzoor’sas constant and unprecedented engagements, the magazine could not be regularly published and Nur-ul-Quran ceased to endure.
15 June 1897: A note was published in the vernacular newspaper of Rawalpindi, Chaudhvin Sadi, by an “eminent personality” containing material directly offensive and intended to humiliate, deride and mock the Promised Messiahas. It was done, taking the excuse of Sultan of Turkey. This note and its wording pushed the Promised Messiahas to make supplications to God, beseeching a final verdict from God Almighty between 1 July 1897 and 1 July 1898. Thereafter, the person who wrote the article wrote to the Promised Messiahas on 27 October 1897 and asked very humbly and meekly to be forgiven. This “eminent personality” was Khawaja Jahandad, Chief of Gakhar, resident of the Rawalpindi District.
15 June 1909: In the Indian State, Rampur, a debate was arranged between Ahmadis and non-Ahmadis. It continued until 19 June. A delegation of scholars was sent from Qadian with the auspicious guidance and prayers of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira.
17 June 1900: The Promised Messiahas wrote a letter to Hazrat Miyan Shadi Khan Sahib. Earlier, this fortunate companion sent some money as chanda [donation] for the construction of Minarat-ul-Masih after selling his properties. The Promised Messiahas acknowledged this passionate contribution and appreciated his devotion and high spirit. He wrote that if any Nawab (Ruler of State) had sent him 100,000 rupees, the Divine reward of that would be nowhere near that of the above-mentioned sacrifice.
17 June 1928: Under Divine guidance, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra planned to conduct Jalsa Sirat-un-Nabi across the Indian subcontinent. This historic step bore many fruits and removed many misconceptions about the Holy Founder of Islamsa.
18 June 1913: The Urdu newspaper, Al Fazl, was launched by Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra. This ample example of his determination as the Promised Son served as a humble helper to the institution of Khilafat for more than a century. This organ of the community faced severe censorship and its staff bore state-backed persecution many times, even today.
20 June 1898: The Promised Messiahas, in his book The Need for the Imam, had briefed the readers about a law-suit under the heading “Income Tax and a Fresh Sign”. In those days, some of his foolish opponents were much aggrieved, and they were frustrated by their failure in the lawsuit started by Dr Henry Martyn Clark. Now, a summary action without any regular enquiry by any court, he was assessed to and notified with a demand to pay income tax to the amount of 187.50 rupees. In short, on this day, his lawyer filed an objection to this “Income Tax” case.
20 June 1905: A person named Munshi Abdul Qader Bedil from Shikarpur, Sindh sent some queries to the Promised Messiahas. He drafted a detailed reply to them. One part of that spiritual gem was published in the Urdu newspaper Badr on 22 June 1905.
20 June 1905: The Promised Messiahas received an Arabic revelation:
اَنْتَ مِنِّيْ بِمَنْزِلَةِ عَرْشِيْ۔ اَنْتَ مِنِّي بِمَنْزِلَةٍ لَّا يَعْلَمُهَا الْخَلْقُ۔ صَلٰوةُ الْعَرْشِ اِلَي الْفَرْشِ۔ اَنْتَ مِنِّيْ وَ اَنَا مِنْكَ۔
(You are to Me like My Throne. You have a standing with Me of which the people have no knowledge. Blessings from the Throne to the earth. You are from Me and I am from you.)
21 June 1908: The Promised Messiah’sas last drafted book Paigham-e-Sulh (A Message of Peace) was read out in front of an audience in Punjab University Hall, Lahore by Khawaja Kamaluddin Sahib. This was done under the guidance of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira.
21 June 1917: In Qadian, the foundation stone for Nur Hospital was laid on this day, the first day of Ramadan. Hazrat Dr Hashmatullah Sahib migrated from Patiala to serve in it. The hospital that started off with humble beginnings in the era of Khalifatul Masih IIra is still today a valuable medical facility for the countless needy living on the outskirts of Qadian. Religion, caste and creed notwithstanding, the hospital has always served humanity.