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Compiled by Tariq Hayat, Pakistan

25 May 1900: Bishop of Lahore, George Alfred Lefroy delivered a lecture on the “superiority” of Jesusas as a prophet in front of a gathering of almost 3000 people. In the question and answer session, Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Sadiqra read out a paper by the Promised Messiahas. This timely help changed the scenario and the Muslims present there spontaneously admitted that Ahmadis had saved them that day. 

25 May 1905: Renowned Indian scholar and politician, Abul Kalam Azad, visited Qadian and had the blessed opportunity to have audience with the Promised Messiahas.

25May 1908:  The Promised Messiahas addressed his Jamaat for the last time on this day. Availing the moment, Hazrat Chaudry Jahan Khan from Mangat, district Hafizabad, held the hand of the Promised Messiahas and took the pledge of initiation. Chronologically, he was last fortunate person to enter fold of Ahmadiyyat at the hand of the Promised Messiahas

25 May 1908: After Asr prayer, the Promised Messiahas went out with his family for an outing. In the evening, he was occupied in writing his last book Paigham-e-Sulh (A Message of Peace) and before midnight, his final illness intensified. 

25 May 1909: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira presided the meeting of Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya. The usage of Urdu language for educational purposes was on the agenda. 

26 May 1892:  The Promised Messiahas put forward a scheme for the propagation of Islam in the Indian subcontinent. To fulfill this huge task, funds were also needed. He proposed Hazrat Syed Muhammad Ahsan from Amroha as the first Missionary. 

26 May 1897: The Promised Messiah’s book Hujjatullah (Convincing Proof from God) was published. The Promised Messiahas refers to some of his works that he had written in Arabic and talks of their high standard. The book contains a challenge with prize money for the opponents of Islam Ahmadiyyat.  

26 May 1906: Mirza Naseer Ahmad was born in the house of Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra. This child was the grandson of the Promised Messiahas but unfortunately, he could not live long.

26 May 1908: The Promised Messiah, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas passed away in the morning of this day. At Fajr time, Huzooras performed tayammum [alternative for ablution] and offered Salat lying down. In a state of semi-conciousness, he would repeat the words, “Allah! Merey piyarey Allah!” [O Allah! My beloved Allah!] At 8:30am, Huzooras attempted to write something down about his health, but was unable to complete the sentence. At 9am, his health deteriorated and at 10:30am, the soul of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas departed this earth and returned to its Lord. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un. [Surely, to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return.]

27 May 1897:  The Promised Messiah’sas book Tohfa-e-Qaisariyya (A Gift to the Queen) was published. This letter, in the form of a book, was presented to the Queen through her officials on the occasion of her Diamond jubilee. Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee was celebrated with great pomp and circumstance from 20 to 22 June by all religious sects of the Indian subcontinent. In his book, the Promised Messiahas proposed a global religious conference in London. 

27 May 1908: The blessed body of the Promised Messiahas was removed from the coffin, placed on a charpoy and carried on the shoulders of his servants at 2am. The funeral procession reached Qadian at 8am.After the Asr prayer, the Jamaat unanimously elected Hazrat Maulvi Hakim Nuruddinra as Khalifatul Masih I. After Bai‘at, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira led the funeral prayer and the companions saw their master, the Promised Messiahas, one last time.  At 6pm, the blessed body of the Promised Messiahas was submitted to the earth at Bahishti Maqbarah. 

28 May 1903: Talim-ul-Islam College was inaugurated in Qadian. Hazrat Hakim Maulvi Nuruddinra was chief-guest at the inaugural ceremony. The Promised Messiahas was unwell so he could not attend. Hazrat Maulvi Sher Alira was appointed principal of the college. 

30 May 1908: After the sad demise of the Promised Messiahas, the first ever meeting of Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya took place in the blessed era of Khilafat. Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra presided the meeting. 

31 May 1898: Hazrat Hakim Maulvi Nuruddin’s daughter Hazrat Sahibzadi Hafsa was married to Hazrat Hakim Fazl-ur-Rahman of Bhera. 

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