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Compiled by Tariq Hayat, Pakistan

18 May 1908: Professor Clement Lindley Wragge enjoyed the privilege to have audience with the Promised Messiahas once again, this time with new questions. The meeting took place at noon. Al Hakam (Urdu) reported that a lady was also present with him. 

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih Vaa visited Professor Clement Wragge’s grave during his 2006 Australia tour on 7 May.

19 May 1911: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira was unwell for some time. On this day, he led the Jumuah prayer after his health restored.

20 May 1895: The Promised Messiah’sas book Zia-ul-Haq (The Light of Truth) was published in Zia-ul-Islam Press Qadian. It was an early publication of the above mentioned historic press. This book deals with contemporary developments in the case with Abdullah Atham. 

20 May 1908: The Promised Messiahas was occupied in drafting his last book Paigham-e-Sulh (A Message of Peace) and received the Arabic revelation: 

اَلرَّحِيْلُ ثُمَّ الرَّحِيْلُ وَ الْمَوْتُ قَرِيْبٌ

(It is time to march; again, it is time to march and death is near.)

20 May 1909: Companion of the Promised Messiahas, Hazrat Mir Khudadad Khan, Ruler (Khan) of princely state of Kalat, what is now in the Balochistan province of Pakistan, passed away. He remained chief of this state for almost 37 years. He took the pledge at the hand of the Promised Messiahas in 1904. After him, his son Mahmud Khan became ruler of Kalat. 

20 May 1928: Madrasa Ahmadiyya in Qadian gained the status of an Arabic College. Now known as Jamia Ahmadiyya, this prestigious institution’s branches are established today in more than a dozen countries of five continents, since its humble beginning.

21 May 1879: The Promised Messiah’sas written debate with Pandit Shiv Narayan Agnihotri commenced on the topic of “The need of revelation”. This correspondence lasted until 17 June. Primarily, this Pandit stood as an advocate of Brahmo Samaj’s views. But in front of the powerful and rational arguments of the Promised Messiahas, he felt compelled to abandon his previous beliefs of Brahmo Samaj and founded a new school of thought:  Dev Samaj. 

22 May 1893: Jang-e-Muqaddas (The Holy War) was a debate which took place between the Promised Messiahas (representing Islam) and Abdullah Atham (Christianity). The debate started on this day and continued until 5 June 1893.

22 May 1900: The Promised Messiah’sas book Government Angrezi Aur Jihad (The British Government and Jihad) was published on this day. This book explains the true nature of jihad and its philosophy. The arguments presented within the book derive from the Holy Quran, Hadith, and human conscience. In the book, the Promised Messiahas announced the foretold religious decree about jihad according to Hadith. 

23 May 1908: The Promised Messiah’sas lecture to the notables and elite class of Lahore was misreported in the vernacular newspaper Akhbar-i-Aam. The Promised Messiahas wrote a letter as a corrigendum.

Hazrat Mirza Sharif Ahmadra was born. 

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Hazrat Mirza Sharif Ahmad r.a.

24 May 1900:  After Asr prayer, Mufti Muhammad Sadiq Sahibra reached Qadian and briefed the Promised Messiahas of the activities of Bishop of Lahore, George Alfred Lefroy. He informed Huzooras that the following day, the Bishop would deliver another public lecture on the topic of “Living Prophet”. 

The Promised Messiahas was not in good health at the time. But out of sheer love for his Master, Prophet Muhammadsa, he penned a paper in an hour and a half. Upon his instruction, the paper was printed before midnight. 

The Promised Messiahas himself went to the boarding house of Madrasa Ahmadiyya, carrying a lantern. He woke up some of the students and asked them to help fold the printed material. The fortunate youths, with spirits and emotions riding high, completed the task, and before 4am, Hazrat Mufti Sadiq Sahib departed for Lahore with the printed material. The words of the Promised Messiahas  were read out and distributed among the masses after the Bishop’s lecture. And the rest is history. 

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