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Compiled by Tariq Hayat, Pakistan

4 October 1903: Hazrat Hakim Maulvi Nuruddin, may Allah be pleased with him, travelled to Kapurthalla to attend his patient Hazrat Muhammad Khan. Hazrat Hakim Maulvi Nuruddinra also delivered a sermon during his short stay there.

4 October 1947: From Lahore, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra penned a powerful article about the intense and terrifying state of affairs for the Jamaat. This inspirational piece was published in Al Fazl and raised the morale of members of Jamaat to bravely face the hardships inflicted after the Partition.

Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra had the great ability to safely transfer members of the Jamaat from dangerous areas to safe haven during the partition of the Indian subcontinent. However, back in Qadian, the neighboring villagers who were forced to seek refuge in Qadian, took a dangerous decision to travel to Lahore on foot. They decided this without consultation from the Jamaat. Without proper leadership and organisation, this caravan of around 40,000 people came under brutal attack as soon they stepped out of Qadian’s boundaries. This sudden ambush left causalities and devastation behind.

4 October 1947: The foundation of a government in liberated areas of Kashmir was established by Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra. The first president of this sovereign body was Khawaja Ghulam Nabi Gulgar Sahib (an Ahmadi by faith). The prime minister was Sardar Muhammad Ibrahim. This new development was announced across radio services.

5 October 1945: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra initiated a unique scheme called Waqf-e-Tijarat, in which young members of the Jamaat were encouraged to devout their lives for the cause of Islam and enhance their abilities in business and commerce.

5 October 1947: Another caravan of refugees, who had gathered in Qadian, started their journey towards Lahore, on foot. The number of this convoy was reported as around ten thousand. 

5 October 1952: Indonesia’s Armed Forces Day was organised. An Ahmadi missionary, Syed Shah Muhammad Sahib, was also invited to attend this national level event. Ahmadi Muslims had been part of the struggle for the independence of Indonesia and always remained loyal to the country.

6 October 1942: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra designed and announced an exclusive scheme for tabligh in India. The first objective of the scheme was to send 1,000 issues of Al Fazl that contained the transcript of his weekly Friday Sermon, to all Muslim scholars. He also instructed for 1,000 copies of The Muslim Sunrise to be sent to them. Secondly, he urged for constant tabligh to influential personalities of the country.   

7 October 1915: Hazrat Mir Qasim Alira started publication of his newspaper Al Faruq from Qadian. This powerful medium of tabligh continued rendering its services untill the sad demise of Hazrat Mir Sahibra in April 1942.

7 October 1924: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra graced the House of Lords during his tour of England and silently observed the proceedings of the house.

7 October 1927: A companion of the Promised Messiahas, Hazrat Munshi Abdullah Sanaurira passed away. He will always be remembered for his presence when the sign of “red ink drops” was shown to the Promised Messiahas. As per his will, the sacred shirt that bore marks of the red ink was buried with him. This was a precautionary measure to prevent any possible element of Shirk.

7 October 1954: Hazrat Chuadhry Sir Muhammad Zafarulla Khanra became a judge at the International Court of Justice at The Hague, a position he held until 1961.

8 October 1924: On this date, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra visited the House of Commons and also the following day to observe the proceedings there.

8 October 1947: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra travelled to visit the proposed land for the new Markaz, Rabwah. After seeing it, he recalled a dream of his in which the land of the new Markaz was shown to him. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra mentioned the difference of greenery that he had seen in his dream but was missing in those early years of Rabwah. Today, the lush greenery of Rabwah manifests the truth of the dream and its fulfillment.

9 October 1910: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira prepared and sent a delegation of Ahmadi Muslim scholars on a tour of Utar Pardesh, upon the invitation of Madrasa Ilahiat, Kanpur and Anjuman Hidayat-e-Muslimeen, Utawa. This tour was a great success, it visited the proposed areas and institutions and well attended lectures were delivered. The delegation returned safely to Qadian on 17 October.

9 October 1911: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira recommenced his series of Dars-ul-Quran in Masjid Aqsa, Qadian as he felt a little better from his illness. 

9 October 1918: Following the devastations of WWI, the world experienced another formidable episode of horror and death. This time it was in the shape of a disease: an unusually deadly influenza pandemic, which was colloquially known as the Spanish Flu. It infected 500 million people around the world. Probably 50 million and possibly as high as 100 million died from it, making it one of the deadliest epidemics in human history. The Jamaat, with its very limited resources, rendered its sincere services in response to the epidemic. On this date, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra caught this Flu and braved its attack. The scale of his illness could be judged by the fact that Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra even wrote his will.

9 October 1936: The foundation stone of a mosque in Brahmanbaria, Bengal was laid.

9 October 1947: Hazrat Chaudhary Sir Zafarulla Khanra delivered a powerful and well-grounded speech at the UNO about the Kashmir issue. The speech was widely appreciated by the Muslim press.

9 October 1964: Sheikh Amri Ubaidi Sahib passed away. He was serving as Minister for Cultural Affairs in Tanzania. On 16 October, he was buried with full army protocols at the Ahmadiyya graveyard. The National President and members of the cabinet also attended his funeral and paid respect to him. Sheikh Amri Ubaidi Sahib’s contribution to Tanzania as a country were immense. But his special trait was his zeal and determination to help spread the message of the Jamaat in his country.

10 October 1927: Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Sadiqra headed towards present day Sri Lanka to spread the message of the Jamaat there. His tour continued until 6 November.

10 October 1940: One of the sayings of the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, states to teach one’s children swimming, archery and horse riding. On this date, following the above mentioned hadith, a swimming pool was inaugurated in Qadian to help Atfal learn to swim.

10 October 1942: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra laid the foundation stone of a new building for the offices of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya in Darul Anwar. Hazrat Nawab Muhammad Abdullah Khanra graciously donated a piece of land of around 8 kanals from his personal properties in Qadian.

10 October 1947: Another sad incident of a hand grenade thrown into the premises of Masjid Aqsa took place. In reality, the morale of those attacking Qadian was dropping every hour, due to the strong resistance and extraordinary bravery of Ahmadi youth who were protecting sacred places of Qadian.

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