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7 December 1892: The Promised Messiahas wrote: “I saw a dream that I had become Hazrat Ali, Allah be pleased with him, meaning that in my dream, I felt as though I was the very same as him. It is one of the wonders of a dream that sometimes a person feels that he is someone else and in that way I felt at the time that I was Ali Murtaza. The situation was that a group of Khawarij was opposing my Khilafat, that is to say, they wished to obstruct my becoming Khalifa and were creating mischief for that purpose. Then I saw the Holy Prophet, on whom be the peace and blessings of Allah, close to me and he said with kindness and affection: [Arabic] ‘O Ali! Stay away from them, their helpers and their harvest. Leave them and turn away from them.’

“I found that the Holy Prophetsa advised me to be steadfast in the midst of that trial and to refrain from getting involved with those people. He told me that I was in the right, but that it would be better not to address them. By ‘their harvest’ is meant the followers of the maulvis who are influenced by their teachings and whom they have been preparing for a long time. Then my mind moved towards the reception of revelation and God disclosed to me that one of my opponents said: [Arabic] ‘Leave me free to kill Musa [Moses]’; that is, my humble self.

“I saw this dream at about 2:40am, and it was the morning of Wednesday.”

7 December 1907: The Promised Messiahas wrote a letter in reply to his companion Hazrat Syed Nasir Shah mentioning the reason for not being prompt in replying, which was that he was unwell during those days.

8 December 1905: The Promised Messiahas shared his thoughts during a private sitting with companions about a separate graveyard for his followers. 

9 December 1899: On this day, Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Sadiqra arrived back in Qadian from Lahore after translating an article into English. The article was about the fulfillment of a prophecy regarding a certain influential figure of the Ottoman Empire. It was the practice of Hazrat Ahmadas that he would highly appreciate the humble efforts of his Companions, just as he did on this day with Hazrat Mufti Sahibra

10 December 1892: The Promised Messiahas issued an open announcement to all clerics and religious authorities, which can be termed as the first call of mubahilla (prayer duel). This was chosen as a decisive measure to reach a solution between him and his opponents.

10 December 1894: The Promised Messiahas issued a handbill on this day for the eyes of the British Government, Queen Victoria – Empress of India, the Governor General of India, Lieutenant Governor of Punjab and other concerned influential figures. This was published in Gulzar Muhammadi Press, Lahore and contained the rebuttal of an article titled A Dangerous Fanatic published in the Civil and Military Gazette on 24 October 1894. The article was about the Promised Messiahas and was absolutely misleading and deceitful.

10 December 1901: The Promised Messiahas was extremely worried for the masses as the pandemic plague was claiming lives in many parts of the Indian subcontinent. On this day, out of sheer sympathy, he issued a written announcement in three languages: Arabic, Urdu and Persian, with a supplement in Pashto, so that his message could reach as many locals as possible and they could safeguard themselves from this rampant punishment of the plague. 

10 December 1924: Hazrat Maulana Zahoor Hussain took the message of the Promised Messiahas to the USSR for the first time, under the leadership of Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih IIra. This devout servant of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat bravely endured many difficulties under the regime of the time and spent much of his time in prison due to suspicions about him being a foreign agent.

12 December 1979: Ahmadi theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate, Professor Mohammad Abdus Salam Sahib received many awards from all over the world. On this day, he was awarded with Nishan-i-Imtiaz by General Zia-ul-Haq, then president of Pakistan. Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Order of Excellence) is one of the state-organised civil decorations of Pakistan. It is the highest honour given to any civilian in Pakistan based on their achievements towards world recognition for Pakistan or an outstanding service for the country.

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