Compiled by Tariq Hayat, Pakistan
30 November 1898: The Promised Messiah’sas Urdu book Raz-e-Haqiqat was published on this day at Zia-ul-Islam Press, Qadian. Alongside dealing with other subjects in this book, he wrote his research about the escape journey of Prophet Jesusas towards Kashmir after being put on the cross and leading to his death in Srinagar along with a detailed map of the tomb of Jesus in Mohalla Khanyar on page 68 of the book.
30 November 1901: An Amin ceremony (a gathering to mark the first complete recitation of the Holy Quran by a child) was held in Qadian on this day. The following three children of the Promised Messiahas completed the recitation of the Holy Quran for the first time: Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmadra, Hazrat Mirza Sharif Ahmadra and Hazrat Nawab Amatul Hafeez Begumra.
1 December 1888: The Promised Messiah’sas book Sabz Ishtihar (The Green Announcement) was published on this day at Riaz-e-Hind Press, Amritsar. Its full title was Haqqani-Taqrir bar Waqi‘ah Wafat-e-Bashir and it was printed on green pages. It contained the news of the sad demise of his son Bashir Awal (the first). This announcement also provides us with another clear sign of Hazrat Ahmad’sas truth; he announced that he was commanded by God Almighty to accept the Bai‘at.
1 December 1902: The Promised Messiahas went to the rooftop of Masjid Mubarak in Qadian to see the new moon of Ramadan before offering his Maghrib prayers.
2 December 1907: A religious conference was held by the Arya Samaj Movement in Wachowali Bazar, Lahore, which continued for the next three days. The Promised Messiah’sas article was read on 3 December 1907, and despite the pleadings of Maulvis that people should not go to listen to this address, there was a throng of listeners. The Promised Messiahas started writing the lecture on 8 November 1907, and completed a 69-page long dissertation on the subject on this day. Hazrat Maulvi Hakim Nuruddinra was selected to read the speech as Hazrat Maulavi Abdul Karim Sialkotira – who would usually read out speeches and lectures of the Promised Messiahas – had passed away by that time. The Promised Messiahas also sent a delegation of Ahmadis to take part in the conference.
3 December 1905: Hazrat Maulvi Burhanuddin Jehlmira passed away on this day. He was buried in Jhelum, India (now Pakistan). He was a learned man of his time. His sudden death concerned the Promised Messiahas about the future of his community with regard to the standard of knowledge of his followers. Then the idea of Jamia took shape.
Hazrat Maulvi Burhanuddin Jehlmi’s first meeting with the Promised Messiahas is an interesting account. He arrived at Qadian to meet the Promised Messiahas but learnt that he had gone to Gurdaspur, so he travelled there. The residence where the Promised Messiahas was staying in Gurdaspur had an adjacent garden. Hamid Ali Sahib was at the door and did not allow Burhanuddin Sahibra to enter, but he surreptitiously managed to get to the door. As he slowly opened the door, he saw the Promised Messiahas taking a brisk walk. Burhanuddin Sahibra stepped back. He realised there and then that the Promised Messiahas was a truthful person who had to reach a far-off destination, and this was the reason for his brisk walk. Indeed, Hazrat Burhanuddin Sahibra considered the Promised Messiah’s brisk walk a sign of his truthfulness.
3 December 1903: Less than a year old, the Promised Messiah’sas daughter Amatul Naseer passed away on this day. She was born on 28 January 1903.