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Compiled by Tariq Hayat, Pakistan

17 May 1908: On this day, whilst in Lahore, the Promised Messiahas invited dignitaries of the town to his place. Meal was served and the Promised Messiahas spoke to the gathering. Hazrat Hakim Maulvi Nuruddinra also delivered a speech.

17 May 1935: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra was in Hyderabad, Sindh. Huzoorra led the Jumuah prayer here and later that day, delivered a lecture to the general public in a hall.

17 May 1946: Two Ahmadi missionaries – Malik Ataur Rahman Sahib and Chaudhry Ataullah Sahib – reached Paris to establish the Ahmadiyya mission there. They rented a room in a hotel and commenced their respective activities.

18 May 1952: Jamaat Karachi held its annual convention. Opponents tried their utmost to incite the gathering, but after failing in their efforts, they resorted to violence. The attackers hindered the speech of Hazrat Sir Chaudhry Zafrulla Khanra. The assailants set the Ahmadiyya property and building, focusing on the library and hall, on fire. The following day, the chief commissioner of Karachi held a press conference and shared details of the attack and arson with the media. He, along with Karachi Bar Association and some newspapers, denounced the actions of the miscreants and foes of the Jamaat.

19 May 1952: Mahmud Abdullah Shabuti Sahib reached the Markaz in Rabwah from Aden to acquire religious education. He enrolled in Jamia Ahmadiyya on 25 May. He devoted his life for the cause of Islam in February 1960 and after completion of his studies in Rabwah, he returned to Aden in August 1960 as a missionary.

19 May 1955: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra was in Zurich and sent Eid greetings to members of the Jamaat through a telegraph.

20 May 1922: An English newspaper, Al Bushra, commenced its publication from Qadian. Chaudhry Ghulam Muhammad Sahib was its proprietor and manager.

20 May 1928: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra inaugurated Jamia Ahmadiyya. Its first principal was Hazrat Syed Sarwar Shahra.

20 May 1950: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra announced that in the literature of the Jamaat, when referring to the family of the Promised Messiahas, they should be referred to as Khandan-e-Masih-e-Maudas (family of the Promised Messiahas).

20 May 1953: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra introduced a project for compiling and preserving the history of the Jamaat. Huzoorra asked for 12,000 rupees for the expenses of the venture and assigned Mahasha Fazl Hussain Sahib this task. Later, on 25 June this task was handed over to Maulana Dost Muhammad Shahid Sahib, who tirelessly remained occupied in this till his last days.

21 May 1948: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra started his tour towards Sindh and later to Quetta. This months-long journey was completed on 5 September.

21 May 1951: A telephone line started functioning in Rabwah. The first call was made to amir Jamaat Qadian and Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’sra message was conveyed:

جماعت کو سلام۔ بیماروں کی عیادت اور دعاؤں کی تحریک

“Salam to Jamaat; enquire about ailing people and urge for prayers.”

21 May 1954: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra delivered his first Friday Sermon after the attempt on his life in Masjid Mubarak, Rabwah.

22 May 1926: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra laid the foundation stone of Qasr-e-Khilafat, Qadian.

22 May 1942: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra instructed members of the Jamaat to donate wheat for needy people. Huzoorra expressed his wish for only 500 mun (1 mun equal to 40kg) but members of the Jamaat showed their traditional generosity on the call of their Imam and it is reported that 1,500 mun worth of wheat was collected for needy people. Huzoorra himself donated 50 mun of wheat.

22 May 1948: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra issued a written message under title “Mujhey ap ki talash hei” (I am in search of you), which sums up the Ahmadiyya Jamaat’s moral education.

23 May 1924: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra was invited by the Muslim League in their annual session. Upon this, Huzoorra penned a detailed article about the basis of unity.

23 May 1948: The first Bai‘at in France took place on this day. An educated lady who was given the Islamic name Aisha accepted Islam Ahmadiyyat. On the same day, the commentary of the Holy Quran, consisting of the commentary of Surah al-Fatihah and the first nine rukus of Surah al-Baqarah written by Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra, was printed.

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