Compiled by Tariq Hayat, Pakistan
6 July 1903: Mirza Imam Din departed this world on this day. He was brother of Mirza Nizam Din and cousin of the Promised Messiahas. Both brothers, on account of their irreligious temperaments and their worldly ways, were bitterly opposed to the Promised Messiahas. In fact, they were enemies of Islam itself. But once, a son of the Promised Messiahas, due to lack of understanding in childhood, referred to this abovementioned neighbour and relative in an improper way. The Promised Messiahas stopped him instantly and explained that he was, after all, his uncle.
7 July 1890: The Promised Messiahas went to Ludhiana for a change of routine. He stayed there until October in the residence of Shahzada Haider in the locality of Iqbal Ganj.
7 July 1950: The Ahmadiyya Jamaat was established in the Netherlands in 1947, and since then, the foremost item on the agenda was to build a mosque there. On this day, the Dutch authorities in The Hague approved a piece of land for the mosque to be built. Hazrat Musleh Maudra put forward a unique scheme that that mosque should be built with the chanda (donations) collected only from Lajna Imaillah – ladies of the Jamaat. Huzoorra asked only for 100,000 rupees, but the passion of the Jamaat’s ladies produced 143,664 rupees.
7 July 1954: In Rabwah, Zia-ul-Islam Press started functioning. This press has been serving the Jamaat since the very first day, despite the fact that every now and then, this press and its staff have come under state censorship and unjustified limitations.
9 July 1883: Elder Brother of the Promised Messiahas, Mirza Ghulam Qadir Sahib passed away on this day at 7:00pm at the age of 55. In 1868, Mirza Ghulam Qadir Sahib became seriously ill. Though the Promised Messiahas had seen a dream in which he saw that his brother would die, he prayed to God for his recovery. His prayer was accepted and it was revealed to him that his brother would recover, as he did. Mirza Ghulam Qadir Sahib left behind no child, and his wife, Hurmat Bibi, later entered the fold of the Jamaat as foretold to the Promised Messiahas.
10 July 1885: A very uncommon heavenly sign was shown to the Promised Messiahas on this day. Those familiar with the history of the spiritual world find many likes of it, but terrestrial minds and hearts find it hard to believe. An eye witness, Hazrat Maulvi Abdullah Sanaurira, says the following:
“It was the month of Ramadan and the 27th day, which happened to be a Friday. I had the honour of being in Huzoor’sas blessed presence. After offering the Fajr prayer, the Promised Messiahas, as was his routine, retired into the chamber (the small room to the east of Masjid Mubarak) and lay down on a charpoy. Sitting near him, this humble one began massaging his feet as usual. The Promised Messiahas was lying on his side and his forearm covered his face. While massaging, suddenly I perceived a slight trembling in his body, whereupon he removed his forearm from his face and looked at me. His eyes were wet and were possibly running with tears. He covered up his face again and continued in that posture. When I looked at his ankle, I noticed a red drop which was round and had not spread out. I put the tip of my forefinger on the drop, it spread out and coloured my finger also. Then I observed a few wet red spots on his shirt which made me wonder. I got up and examined the whole chamber but did not find a red stain anywhere else. I was very puzzled. I asked, ‘Huzoor, where did these red drops fall from?’ At first, Huzooras did not answer, but on my persisting, he related the whole incident. He expounded to me in detail the matter of beholding God Almighty and the external materialisation of elements observed in visions. He drew upon the experiences of Hazrat Muhyuddin Ibn-e-Arabirt to make me fully comprehend how perfect individuals are vouchsafed the experience of the personification of Divine attributes of Beauty and Majesty.
“I begged the Promised Messiahas persistently to bestow upon me the shirt on which the red drops had fallen. Huzooras agreed on the condition that I should give a direction in my will that on my death it should be buried along with me. His hesitation in bestowing it upon me was due to his apprehension that after our demises, people might convert it into an object of worship. Thus Huzooras gave it to me after a good deal of discussion between us. This is my true personal testimony.” (Hazrat Maulvi Abdullah Sanaurira can be seen standing with the blessed shirt of the Promised Messiahas with red ink spots, which was given to him with the condition that it should be buried with him upon his demise.)
12 July 1903: The Promised Messiahas used to give talks inside the house also, lest the womenfolk, living, staying or serving inside his house, remain deprived from his wise counsel. Then Editor of Al Hakam, Hazrat Sheikh Yaqib Ali Irfanira put great effort into compiling and recording Huzoor’sas valued sermons for us, something that is of immense value today and will forever continue to remain a treasure. On this day, the Editor of Al Hakam added a small note: “I noted down these words of the Promised Messiah, while standing outside the door, and naturally, sometimes noise made by the children present would disturb my hearing and concentration.”