Many events took place all across the globe to mark the significance of the centenary of the end of World War I. Leaders from all over the world attended the ceremony held in Paris. Meanwhile, in London, the Queen of England along with members of the British royal family and members of the public held a commemoration ceremony. In Russia commemoration services were held all across the country.
Nazarat Talim Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya Pakistan conducted a seminar on the centenary of the end of World War I in the auditorium of Nusrat Jehan College, Rabwah, on 17 November 2018.
The seminar commenced with the recitation of last four verses of Surah al-Jinn. Mirza Fazal Ahmad Sahib, Nazir Talim (Director of Education), Pakistan, delivered the first presentation on the prophecies of the Promised Messiahas regarding WWI.
He shed light on the importance of prophecies from Haqiqat-ul-Wahi (The Philosophy of Divine Revelation), and then highlighted the fact that in the span of two years, from April 1904 onwards, the Promised Messiahas was continuously given news by Allah the Almighty about the revolutionary occurrences all around the globe. He then went on to specifically mention some prophecies of the Promised Messiahas.
Brigadier Pir Dabeer Ahmad Sahib delivered the second presentation on WWI – facts, causes and history. He elucidated the fact that WWI was fought between the Allied Powers and the Central Powers, annihilating around 16 million people from the face of the earth during the years 1914 to 1918. He stated some of the major causes of this war which included struggle for gaining superiority, race for alliances, and colonisation for increasing strength. These reasons led to disputes and conflicts between nations which in turn resulted in WWI. This war opened doors for new inventions in the field of warfare, giving way to state-of-the-art tanks, machine guns, flame guns and advanced artillery. The department of nursing was given new meaning in this war. The consequences of the war gave rise to political, social and economic instabilities. The conference of Versailles in 1919 and the conference held in London to deal with the problems resulting from peace treaties in 1921 hold considerable importance. The lecturer showed a page of Al Fazl dated 15 November 1914, expressing that Ahmadis were well acquainted with the events of war through Al Fazl.
Commodore Pir Shabir Ahmad Sahib delivered the third presentation on WWI on the evolution in naval warfare. After introducing the countries who were at war with each other and those who remained neutral, he gave an overview of the blockade of Germany by the British naval forces. Referring to a book The Influence of Sea Power upon History written in 1890 by Alfred Thayer Mahan, he said that this book had a great impact on the advancement of naval forces. America, Britain and Japan made huge strides in developing their naval strengths, while France and many other countries were not up for challenges of changing times.
He quoted a prophecy of the Promised Messiahas which dates back to 23 May 1905,which statesلنگر اٹھا دو (raise the anchors) and explained that within five days of this prophecy, the Russians and Japanese fought a naval war in the regions of Korea, which was named the Battle of Tsushima. The Japanese defeated the Russians and the world watched a new emerging power which shook the Russian Empire’s glory apart.
Again, he quoted a prophecy of the Promised Messiahas carrying the words كشتىاں چلتى ہىں تا ہوں كشتىاں (ships are cruising for battle) revealed to him on 11 May 1906 and the world saw a sudden development in the naval forces of different countries with the creation of dreadnought battleships in 1906, in the exact same year of the prophecy.
Dr Mirza Sultan Ahmad Sahib delivered the next presentation on Tsar Nicholas II and WWI. Mentioning the prophecy of the Promised Messiahas “Even the Czar at that moment will be in a pitiful condition”, he first gave a brief history the Tsar legacy, stating that Russia remained under the rule of Tsars from 1613 to 1917. The last ruler was Tsar Nicholas II who came to power in 1894. Presenting different maps, he gave a sketch of the territory under Tsar Nicholas II’s rule which was one-sixth of the whole world. He said that it was not until 1905 that a revolution started in Russia, and on the bloody Sunday, January 22, one thousand protestors were killed. These protests were the beginning of the demise of the Tsar. Russians were consistently defeated by the Germans and in 1916, the Russian Army was in catastrophe while the local populace was in a state of starvation.
Another revolution started in 1917 which was mainly due to the devastating condition of the poverty stricken people. An interim government replaced the leadership of the Tsar. There was a time when the Tsar’s demise seemed impossible but as soon as Bolshevism took control of the country he was imprisoned in the Governor House. Vladimir Lenin, the founder of Bolshevism, had personal grudges against the Tsar, thus the Tsar and his family were brutally murdered by several Bolshevik soldiers and a once prosperous monarchy came to an end in a pitiful condition, fulfilling the prophecy of the Promised Messiahas.
Thereafter, Mirza Naseer Ahmad Sahib delivered a presentation on Korea as a colony of Japan from 1910-1945. Citing words of the prophecy of the Promised Messiahas مشرقى طاقت اور كورىا كى نازك حالت (Eastern power and the miserable state of Korea) he gave a short history of Japan which emerged as an Eastern power when they first defeated the Chinese and then their naval force crushed the Russians in 1905. In the same year, Korea was overpowered by the Japanese, leaving them in a state of complete helplessness. In the year 1910, a pact was signed under which the Korean King was subservient to Japan. The lecturer expounded that the calamities which struck Korea in the period starting from 1910 to 1945 were full of extreme cruelty and despair. Korean culture, language, values and basic rights were violated, their women were particularised for Japanese soldiers and their properties were looted, thus fulfilling another prophecy of the Promised Messiahas.
Abdul Kabir Qamar Sahib delivered the last presentation on how WWI affected the Ottoman Empire and the Arab world. He gave a brief history of the Ottoman Empire and mentioned its foretold demise found in the interpretation of the verse of Nimatullah Wali Sahib by the Promised Messiahas in his book Nishan-e-Asmani (The Heavenly Sign). The lecturer then presented the prophecies of the Holy Prophetsa regarding the Arabian Peninsula and then gave an account of the European conspiracies which led to defiance in the Arab world.
Mirza Fazal Ahmad Sahib, Nazir Talim, expressed his gratitude towards the presenters, organisers and the audience, concluding the seminar with silent prayer.
(Translated by Junaid Warraich)