Compiled by Tariq Hayat, Pakistan
5 October 1902: The Promised Messiah’sas book Kashti-e-Nuh [Noah’s Ark] was published. Its other name was An Invitation to Faith.
From 1896 to 1914, the plague ravaged British India, and more particularly, the province of Punjab. During these perilous times, as towns and cities were devoured, the British government undertook efforts to save the people from this pandemic through inoculation. It was in this backdrop that Hazrat Ahmadas penned Kashti-e-Nuh. In it, he elaborates the essence of his teachings and states that those who sincerely follow it would be saved miraculously from the onslaughts of this epidemic, even without inoculation. This was a prophecy vouchsafed to him by God.
History testifies to the magnificent fulfilment of this prophecy. Kashti-e-Nuh shines as a beacon of hope not only for the people of the past, but also today and shall continue to grant salvation to the world in all ages. It is a book that stands as one of the most influential works of the Promised Messiah and Mahdias and continues to transform lives even today.
6 October 1902: The Promised Messiah’sas, book Tuhfat-un-Nadwa was published on this day. This treatise was written for the upcoming conference of elite scholars of divinity in the Indian subcontinent.
7 October 1957: Hazrat Sir Chaudhry Muhammad Zafarulla Khanra, companion of the Promised Messiahas, was appointed judge at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Later, he became the court’s vice president and ultimately served as president. The prophecy of the Promised Messiahas that world nations would benefit from members of his community was thus fulfilled in one manner here.
8 October 1897: The Urdu Al Hakam started its publication.
8 October 1904: The Promised Messiahas was in Gurdaspur on this day in connection to the court hearing of a lawsuit by an opponent, Karam Din.
8 October 1905: The Promised Messiahas sent out a message for his community. It was regarding the esteemed stature of Hazrat Imam Hussainra.
7 October 2005: On this day, in a small village named Mong in District Mandi Bahauddin, Pakistan, armed men showed up in an Ahmadiyya mosque, killing eight members of the community inside as they performed their Fajr prayer in Ramadan.
8 October 2005: On very next morning of the aforementioned attack, Pakistan’s North and its adjacent territories were jolted by a strong earthquake. This early morning calamity claimed the lives of around one hundred thousand people in a matter of moments.
8 October 2007: The Ahmadiyya mosque in Khulna, Bangladesh was subjected to a bomb attack. Eight innocent Ahmadis lost their lives whilst worshipping and a large number of injuries was also recorded.
10 October 1904: The Promised Messiahas embarked on his journey from Gurdaspur towards Qadian.
11 October 1899: In southern Africa, a war broke out between local Boers community and English forces. This conflict had deep roots and the Promised Messiahas mentioned this confrontation many times in his writings.
On 2 February 1900 was Eid-ul-Fitr. The Promised Messiahas told members of the Jamaat to hold a meeting on that day and offer prayers for the success of the British government. The Eid prayer was led by Hazrat Maulvi Nuruddinra and the Khutba was delivered by the Promised Messiahas. In this Khutba, he commented on Chapter 114 of the Holy Quran and reminded the listeners of the duties they owed to the government, especially because of the goodness of the government which it had displayed in various ways. After the sermon, Huzooras told the gathering to pray for the victory of the British government in the battle that was being fought in Transvaal and then led a silent prayer for this purpose. He also collected a sum of money to be sent for the injured in this battle. Since this meeting was convened to offer prayers, it came to be known as Jalsa Dua [the Prayer Meeting].
11 October 1905: Hazrat Maulvi Abdul Karim Sahib Sialkotira succumbed to his prolonged ailment and passed away at 2:30pm on Wednesday.