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Compiled by Tariq Hayat, Pakistan

18 October 1947: The main administrative body of the Jamaat in Pakistan (Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya Pakistan) officially submitted an application to purchase the land of Rabwah, previously known as Chak Dhagian. On this date, the written request was sent to the deputy commissioner of Jhang. The affirmative reply was received months later in June 1948 after a thorough process. Many devout members of the Jamaat extended their selfless services in different capacities to complete the official registration and purchase of Rabwah. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra commended the efforts of Nawab Muhammad Din Sahib along with many more.

18 October 1947: Hazrat Sufi Ghulam Muhammad passed away. He served the Jamaat in Mauritius as a missionary for more than a decade.

18 October 1947: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra shared a resolution with Jamaat members that 250 men would remain stationed in Qadian to help guard sacred places and the remaining Ahmadi inhabitants will leave.

Later on, this number was raised to 313 men. A faith-inspiring aspect of this ordeal is that when Jamaat members were given the choice to decide between remaining in the besieged and dangerous area of Qadian or travel to Pakistan to live with their loved ones. The figure of applicants who wished to be stationed in Qadian was far higher than the required number. Hence, these “Darwesh” were determined through draws.

18 October 1947: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra exerted all efforts to ensure peace and stop the ongoing bloodshed during the partition. On this date, he dispatched a letter to Mahatma Gandhi, urging him to take immediate steps to maintain peace using his political power. Unfortunately, this most important and immediate letter received a cold response as Mr Gandhi replied to it two weeks later on 7 November.

18 October 1956: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra addressed the gathering of the Ahmadiyya International Press Association.

18 October 1964: Talim-ul-Islam College Rabwah convened its first Urdu Conference, which was attended by 25 prolific writers and poets of national prominence.

19 October 1915: Hazrat Amma Jan, may Allah be pleased with her, travelled to Delhi, her ancestral home, to see her relatives and spent time with her extended family members.

19 October 1924: The foundation stone of the Fazl Mosque in London was laid by Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra on this date during his historic visit to Great Britain, when he was invited to address the Conference of Religions of the Empire at the Imperial Institute in London. It was 20 Rabi-ul-Awal 1314 according to the Islamic Calendar and this event was attended by around 200 local guests and widely publicised by the press.

19 October 1931: Hazrat Chaudhry Abdus Salamra from Kath-Garh passed away.

19 October 1945: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra introduced a scheme to inculcate the importance of education within Jamaat members. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra set the target of 100 percent literacy rate to be achieved. He instructed the local chapters of the Jamaat to device schemes to distribute stipends among the students with extraordinary achievements in their respective curriculum fields.

19 October 1947: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra drew the Jamaat’s attention to collect and provide those who had migrated to Pakistan with blankets, quilts, mattresses and warm clothing before the arrival of winter.

19 October 1947: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’sra powerful article about Kashmir and Hyderabad was published in Al Fazl.

19 October 1962: Khuddam and Lajna convened their three-day annual Ijtema at separate venues in Rabwah. At both sites, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’sra recorded message was played out.

20 October 1940: The foundation stone of tne Ahmadiyya mosque in Srinagar, Kashmir was laid by Hazrat Maulana Abul Ata on this date. The mosque was built within a year.

20 October 1944: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra initiated the project of translating the Holy Quran and other literature into world languages. The proposed languages started with English, Russian, German, French, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese etc. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra also pledged to personally bear the expenses of translating and printing the Holy Quran into Italian. This was due to the fact that the successor of Jesusas was based and resided in Italy. Jamaat members showed great zeal and generosity towards this unique call and submitted their promises.

20 October 1962: Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmadra laid the foundation stone of Aiwan-e-Mahmud, the main building of Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya in Rabwah.

21 October 1934: An anti-Ahmadiyya group called Ahrar convened its three-day conference in Rajawah near Qadian. On this occasion, government officials behaved unjustly towards Ahmadis and did not desist in revealing their biased conduct. Later, the government admitted its unjust and immoral behaviour.

21 October 1956: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra directed Jamaat members to mark a day to be celebrated annually as Khilafat Day. Hence, 27 May was decided for this objective.

21 October 1963: Hazrat Chaudhry Zafrulla Khanra was re-elected as the judge of International Court of Justice at The Hague.

22 October 1925: For the first time within East Africa, a devout lady, Nawab Begum submitted her forms to be part of the divine institution of Al Wasiyyat.

22 October 1937: The Arya Samaj of Civil Lines in Saharunpur held a religious conference, which was attended by Master Muhammad Hassan Asan Sahib and Mahasha Muhammad Umar Sahib. Both scholars made speeches during the event representing the Jamaat.  

22 October 1943: Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Qadian held its 5th annual Ijtema. On the final day, during a match of Kabadi (a contact game played in the Indian subcontinent), some Khuddam and Atfal started to clap to encourage their favourite side. After seeing this, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra strongly condemned this way of celebration for men.

22 October 1945: Qaid-e-Azam was worried as the election season was approaching. On 18 October, he published an appeal to Muslim voters for support. After these developments, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra wrote an article for Al Fazl, in which he shared the outline of the Jamaat’s policy for the upcoming elections. Huzoorra permitted Ahmadi voters to support the Muslim League and enable them to win with visible margins.

23 October 1928: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra drew the attention of Ahmadi women to donate generously for the expansion of the Fazl Mosque in London.

23 October 1936: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra summoned the special session of Majlis-e-Shura, which lasted for three days.

23 October 1940: A delegation all the way from Calcutta arrived in Qadian to visit the town’s educational institutes. Members of this Kamal-Yar-Jung Education Committee also had an audience with Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra.

23 October 1947: Major-General Kodendera Subayya Thimayya and Husain Shaheed Suhrawardy visited Qadian and held meetings with elders of the Jamaat. They wanted to know about the situation in and around Qadian. They were accompanied by Mr Dr Dinshaw Mehta, the famous associate of Mahatma Gandhi.

23 October 1965: Owing to the tense situation at the eastern borders, the annual Ijtema of Khuddam in Rabwah was postponed and the reserved budget for this purpose was given to the National Defence Fund.

24 October 1902: One of the sermons of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira was recorded through the phonograph.

24 October 1951: A newspaper titled Al Rahmat, published from Lahore, gave an article discussing the idea of the removal of a caliph. On this date, Al Fazl published Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’sra article that demystified and refuted this false and baseless idea.

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