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Compiled by Tariq Hayat, Pakistan

3 May 1935: On this day, Dr Sir Muhammad Iqbal, a renowned figure in the Indian subcontinent, made a demand of declaring Ahmadis a non-Muslim minority. The responsible Muslim press of that era found this demand objectionable and condemned the whole idea.

3 May 1938: A tourist from Iran, who was Zoroastrian by faith and agriculturist by profession, visited Qadian on this day. Mr Manochehar was so impressed by the spiritual aura of Qadian that he decided to enter the fold of the Jamaat.

3 May 1943: Hazrat Sheikh Mubarak Ahmad, a scholar and missionary of the Jamaat, completed the Swahili translation of the Holy Quran.

3 May 1946: The Ahmadiyya Jamaat in Sierra Leone conducted its first ever national Shura. 

3 May 1952: Hazrat Maulvi Abdullah Rehan Botalvira passed away. He entered the fold of Ahmadiyyat in 1901. He was the first amongst the Companionsra of the Promised Messiahas to be buried in the designated area for the Companionsra at Bahishti Maqbarah, Rabwah.

3 May 1955: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra was in Damascus. On this day, he announced a Nikah between a Syrian Ahmadi boy with an Ahmadi girl who belonged to the same country. It is also reported that on the same day, Huzoorra graciously blessed a question and answer session in Damascus.

4 May 1928: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra directed members of the Jamaat to devote their lives for the cause of Islam. More than 20 members, as a result, requested and presented themselves to Huzoorra to be considered for this blessed cause.

5 May 1948: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra directed Ahmadis while addressing the participants of Shura that they should come forward to reinhabit those localities vacated by the Ahmadi immigrants of Qadian post-partition. On this call, 35 devoted members departed for Qadian, amongst whom were 12 companions of the Promised Messiahas.

5 May 1952: Hazrat Sardar Muhammad Yousufra passed away. He accepted the Promised Messiahas in the early days of the Jamaat in 1889. He was the editor of Nur newspaper and had the blessed opportunity of translating the Holy Quran into Punjabi.

6 May 1911: Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra graced a two-day convention organised by Anjuman Ahmadiyya Batala with his presence and two speeches.

6 May 1935: From Qadian, a team of three missionaries – namely Maulvi Ghulam Hussain Ayaz Sahib, Sufi Abdul Ghafur Sahib and Sufi Abdul Qadeer Nayaz Sahib – departed for Singapore, China and Japan. 

6 May 1949: Bashir Ahmad Orchard Sahib who was appointed as a missionary in Glasgow, Scotland conducted the first public meeting as an outreach effort for locals.

6 May 1955: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra delivered a Friday sermon in Damascus.

7 May 1933: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra stepped down from the presidency of the Kashmir Committee.

7 May 1955: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra arrived at Beirut, Lebanon and went to visit the ancient remains of the Baalbek.

7 May 1960: A prize and certificate distribution ceremony was held in Talim-ul-Islam College, Rabwah. The guest of honour was Justice MR Kayani, part of the top brass of Pakistan’s judiciary.

8 May 1955: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra departed from Beirut on an aeroplane. Passing over Athens and Rome, Huzoorra reached Geneva. He then left for Zurich and reached there on 9 May. A medical checkup was carried out in a hospital situated in Zurich on 10 May. Huzoorra met a homeopath specialist in Zurich on 12 May. On the same day, digging began for the foundations of a mosque in Holland.

8 May 1959: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra departed for Nakhla and stayed there until 16 September. During his stay, Huzoorra spent more than a month in reviewing the manuscript of Tafsir-e-Saghir for a third time.

8 May 1957: The foundation stone of Noor Mosque, Frankfurt was laid on this day.

9 May 1932: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra presided a session of the All India Kashmir Committee.

9 May 1935: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra travelled to Sindh for a period of ten days to survey lands there.

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