Compiled by Tariq Hayat, Pakistan
22 June 1897: A masterpiece criticism on the doctrines of Christianity was published on this day, in the form of a book of the Promised Messiahas, Sirajuddin Isai Ke Char Savalon Ke Javab (Four Questions by Mr Sirajuddin, a Christian, and their Answers). Professor Sirajuddin was originally a Muslim, who then converted to Christianity. After some time, he went to Qadian, stayed with the Promised Messiahas and became a Muslim again. But when he went back from Qadian to Lahore, he again became a Christian, sent four questions and published them in book-form for publicity.
Hazrat Ahmadas shed great light on those questions, explaining each answer at great length.
22 June 1904: The Promised Messiahas received these revelations in Arabic: “Make your friendship excellent. I shall soon make your matter easy. Never shall you attain to righteousness unless you spend out of that which you love.”
22 June 1918: Hazrat Musleh Maudra went to Dalhousie. It is a high-altitude town spread across five hills of present-day north-Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Huzoorra used to go there with his personal staff and some family members for relief from the scorching heat of Punjab.
19-23 June 1897: On the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, the Promised Messiahas issued a leaflet on 7 June asking his followers to reach Qadian. In response, 225 men gathered at Qadian from distant parts of India. Meetings were held, and lectures were delivered in six languages – Urdu, Arabic, Persian, English, Punjabi and Pashto. The speakers included Hazrat Maulvi Nuruddinra, Hazrat Maulvi Abdul Karim Sialkotira, Hazrat Maulvi Burhanuddin Jhelumira and Maulvi Jamal Din of Syedwala (District Nankana Sahib).
Prayers were offered, and the poor people of the town were entertained. Streets, mosques and houses were all lit up on 22 June, while a congratulatory telegram was sent to Lord Elgin, the Viceroy, on 20 June. A beautifully bound copy of Hazrat Ahmad’sas book Tohfa-e-Qaisariyyah [A Gift to the Queen] was sent to Queen Victoria through the Deputy Commissioner in commemoration of the auspicious occasion. Copies of the book were also sent to the Viceroy and the Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab.
23 June 1921: A delegation of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat met with Mr Rufus Daniel Isaacs, famously known as Lord Reading, Viceroy and Governor-General of India. This meeting was held in the hilly town of Shimla. At the top of the agenda was the issue of the Hejaz Region, i.e. the Middle East. Poles apart from all allegations leveled in this context, for the protection and sovereignty of the Holy Land of Muslims, the Ahmadiyya Jamaat did its utmost and continues to do so.
25-26 June 1899: The Promised Messiahas wrote: “About fourteen years ago I saw in a dream that my wife had given birth to a fourth son and three were already present. I also saw in the dream that the aqiqa [thanksgiving celebration and sacrifice at the birth of a child] of this fourth son was performed on Monday. When I saw this dream, I had no son, not a single one [from this wife], and yet I saw in my dream that I had four sons from this wife who were present before me and that the aqiqa of the youngest was performed on Monday.
“When this son, Mubarak Ahmad, was born, this dream had escaped my memory and Sunday was fixed for his aqiqa. But by God’s design, it rained so much that the aqiqa could not be performed that day, and was thus postponed to Monday. Then, I recalled that fourteen years earlier I had seen this dream that a fourth son would be born to me and his aqiqa would be performed on Monday. All the anxiety was then turned into joy observing how God Almighty had fulfilled His Own word. We worked very hard to perform the aqiqa on Sunday but could not do anything, and the aqiqa was thus performed on Monday. This was a grand prophecy saying that four sons would be born during the period of fourteen years and the aqiqa of the fourth would be performed on Monday. A person can never foretell whether he will have four sons, all of whom will remain alive. These are the doings of God. It is a pity that people see these signs, yet they turn a blind eye to them.”
25 June 1904: Hazrat Nawab Amatul Hafeez Begumra was born in the blessed house of the Promised Messiahas.