30 August – 5 September

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Compiled by Tariq Hayat, Pakistan

30 August 1907: Hazrat Hakim Maulvi Nuruddinra announced the nikah of Hazrat Mirza Mubarak Ahmad, the beloved son of the Promised Messiahas, with the daughter of Hazrat Syed Abdus Satar Shahra. On the same occasion, Hazrat Maulvi Sahibra announced the nikah of his own son, Abdul Hayy Sahib, with the daughter of Hazrat Pir Manzur Muhammadra.

30 August 1917: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra embarked on his journey towards Shimla, where he stayed until 10 October.

30 August 1927: A conference was convened to discuss the possible ways to adopt measures to flourish Hindu-Muslim unity, which was a huge cause of concern for many. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II’sra views were unequivocally conveyed before the battling parties.

30 August 1929: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’sra views on the Indian Statutory Commission’s report were published. This commission is commonly referred to as the Simon Commission. It had a group of seven British Members of Parliament under the chairmanship of Sir John Simon. The commission arrived in British India in 1928 to study constitutional reform in Britain’s largest and most important groups.

30 August 1933: Sahibzada Mirza Muzaffar Ahmad Sahib embarked on his journey towards England to pursue higher studies there. It was a historic moment because he was amongst the first from the progeny of the Promised Messiahas to travel abroad for studies. On this occasion, his revered father, Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmadra and Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra individually penned special instructions for him, which were beneficial for him and every student alike.

30 August 1935: The Saudi Arabian government, dealing with its oil resources, inked a special agreement with a company owned and run by non-Muslims. There was a lot of uproar in the Indian subcontinent’s press. On this date, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra gave his views regarding this sensitive subject. Moreover, Huzoorra exclusively elaborated his belief about Prophet Muhammadsa, the Holy Ka‘bah and the city of Mecca.

30 August 1946: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra urged members of the Jamaat to pray fervently and regularly for the Muslim World.

31 August 1924: An Ahmadi, Maulvi Nematullah Sahib was martyred in Kabul, Afghanistan.

31 August 1955: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra delivered a lecture in Zurich, Switzerland about the spirit of religion and its basic principles.

September 1918: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’sra short book, Haqiqat-ul-Amr was published. This book was written as a rejoinder to a letter of Maulvi Muhammad Ali Sahib from Lahore.

September 1927: The Tirah Valley of present day Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province – erstwhile FATA – witnessed terrible bloodshed and mayhem owing to the Shia-Sunni differences. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra sent his heartfelt appeal to both sides, urging them to return to calm and normality.

September 1927: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra dispatched humanitarian aid to those affected by flooding in Kathiawar Gujrat area.

September 1927: Alwar, a princely state of British India (situated in Rajasthan, India), planned to shut all institutions providing Islamic teachings to the local inhabitants. When this grievous and irksome news reached Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra while he was in Shimla, Huzoorra instructed his office to start a powerful and meaningful correspondence with the said state officials asking them to refrain from this policy of scrapping Islamic teachings for Muslims.

September 1927: Some masons from Qadian began publication of a newspaper titled Mubahila, out of enmity towards Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra. It was full of false and baseless allegations using highly inciting foul language. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra maintained his grace until the newspaper and its perpetrators saw their fateful end.

September 1931: Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya purchased a residential building adjacent to Masjid Aqsa in Qadian, which was later used as an office building of Sadr Anjuman.

September 1933: The Gramophone Company Ltd, Mumbai prepared records of poems written by the Promised Messiahas by adding background music to the recordings. This unconventional and untoward venture was discarded by the Jamaat. Owing to a strong protest, the company itself deleted the material.

September 1941: Hazrat Sir Chaudhry Muhammad Zafarulla Khanra was appointed a judge of the Federal Court of India, a position he held until June 1947.

September 1946: Hazrat Maulana Karam Ilahi Zafar sent good news of the first ever convert from Spain who was his interpreter of Russian origin.

September 1951: A magazine was launched by the Derveshes of Qadian. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra named it Darvesh. This was the first ever magazine to be published from Qadian after the partition. It continued until October 1952.

1 September 1911: Hazrat Chaudhry Zafarulla Khanra began his journey of England after obtaining permission and prayers from Hazrat Maulvi Nuruddin, Khalifatul Masih Ira.

1 September 1932: The Ahmadiyya Corps commenced its month-long training class in Qadian. Hazrat Mirza Sharif Ahmadra supervised this entire undertaking.

1 September 1947: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra instated Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya Pakistan in Jodhamal Building Lahore and appointed Hazrat Nawab Muhammad Abdullah Khanra as its nazir-e-ala. The building’s rooms were acquired to serve as offices for different departments. This new setup was widely announced through Radio Pakistan and print media. Anjuman officials would hold meetings on a daily basis to counter the aftermath of the partition. Law and order in and around Qadian and the safety and well-being of Ahmadi men and women was given coverage daily through Radio Pakistan when Sheikh Bashir Ahmad Sahib, Amir Jamaat Lahore would read out a summary of the day’s events.

1 September 1951: The Jamaat in USA held its 4th annual conference in Cleveland, which was attended by around 200 people and lasted for two days.

2 September 1926: Hazrat Chaudhry Nasrullah Khanra passed away. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra led his funeral prayer and himself wrote a memorial to be inscribed on the headstone of his grave.

2 September 1942: Hazrat Khalifa Nuruddin Jamunira passed away. He accepted the Promised Messiahas in 1891 and had the honour of doing some field research regarding the Tomb of Jesusas in Srinagar when he was appointed in this locality.

2 September 1963: Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmadra passed away at the age of 71. He was born to the Promised Messiahas on 20 April 1893.

Regarding him, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas received the revelation:

یَاْتِیْ قَمَرُ الْاَنْبِیَاءِ وَاَمْرُکَ یَتَاَتّٰی

(The moon of the prophets will arrive and your affair will become manifest.)

Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmadra

He received an MA in Arabic in 1916, in compliance with the wish of the Promised Messiahas. He was able to serve the Ahmadiyya Jamaat throughout his life in various capacities. He was a great religious scholar, a prolific writer and his books, articles, and speeches are easily comprehensible to an average reader. He wrote on numerous topics; Sirat Khatamun-Nabiyyin [The Life and Character of the Seal of the Prophets] – his magnum opus, Sirat-ul-Mahdi, Silsila-e-Ahmadiyya, Tablighe-Hidayat, Kalimatul-Fasl and Hamara Khuda [Our God] are some of his important works. Apart from his books, he contributed many articles – the number of which runs into hundreds – for the Jamaat’s periodicals, especially Al Fazl.

3 September 1938: The Arya Samaj of Karachi held their convention. An Ahmadi missionary was also invited to speak at this event.

3 September 1947: Liwa-e-Ahmadiyyat, the flag of the Jamaat was brought to Lahore from Qadian after the partition. Mirza Abdul Ghani Sahib discharged this blessed and historic duty of transferring the box containing the standard of the Jamaat.

4 September 1924: With reference to the martyrdom of Hazrat Nematullah Sahib in Kabul, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra sent word to the Jamaat members that they should remain prepared for more sacrifices and losses.

4 September 1965: An Ahmadiyya mosque in Dayton, Ohio, USA was officially inaugurated.

5 September 1947: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra delivered a Friday Sermon, which was historically the first ever Friday Sermon in Pakistan. Huzoorra consecutively offered the first seven Jumuah prayers in Delhi Gate Mosque, Lahore. Later on, preparations were made to offer Jumuah prayers in Ratan Bagh, which remained the venue for Huzoor’sra Friday prayers until October 1948.

5 September 1955: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra arrived in Karachi from his tour of Europe, where the Karachi Jamaat welcomed him. Huzoorra delivered a speech upon arrival. Huzoorra delivered Friday Sermons on 9, 16 and 23 September in this city. Furthermore, on 21 September, Huzoorra blessed a gathering organised by Jamaat Karachi with his presence and an hour-long address.

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