In this third year of Al Hakam, we will present a selection of incidents from the blessed life of the Promised Messiah, peace be upon him, this time, with some more details
Compiled by Tariq Hayat, Missionary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat
1 May 1893: The Promised Messiah, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas issued a detailed notification about Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya. Hazrat Ahmadas was informed that some buyers were still waiting for the next parts of the book as promised earlier. Earlier, in September 1886, Huzooras announced that as the original plan of the book was altered, he did not think it necessary to produce the 300 parts he had intended and still later, when he found that he could not complete the book at all on the previous lines – as God had commissioned him as a Reformer – he announced that he was prepared to return the money received for the book if its published portion was duly returned to him. Many people took advantage of the offer and got their money back. This announcement was repeated several times; in 1895 and on 15 December 1900 etc. Huzooras had never intended to make money out of this holy undertaking and it is a fact that he did not gain any monetary profit out of it.
1 May 1896: The Promised Messiahas wrote a letter to Hazrat Munshi Rustam Alira asking him for 20 rupees in advance for his pledge of his monthly Chanda, citing some urgent expenditure. Huzooras applauded his monetary sacrifices as he was regularly sending one fourth from his monthly salary.
1 May 1897: The Promised Messiahas wrote an announcement exposing the deceitful notification of Maulvi Muhammad Hussain of Batala about the murder of Pundit Lekhram. Maulvi Sahib, who was the editor of Ishaatus Sunnah and a bitter foe of the Promised Messiahas, took the same path as Ganga Bashan had taken earlier and wished to settle the matter through oath. Huzooras took notice of his insidious approach and guided him to the right path.
2 May 1887: The Promised Messiahas replied to a letter of Hazrat Hakim Maulvi Nuruddinra. In it, Hazrat Ahmadas expressed great relief after reading that Hazrat Maulvi Sahibra had pledged a handsome amount for setting up a printing press in Qadian. Huzooras prayed fervently for his magnanimous endowments and shared that he saw a dream about the matter of the printing facility some days earlier, an issue being faced due to limited funds, and his recent letter was the best interpretation of it.
3 May 1886: The Promised Messiahas wrote a letter to Mir Abbas Ali of Ludhiana expressing grief on the death of Mir Sahib’s son. Huzooras highlighted the true Islamic approach in times of such tough occasions.
3 May 1890: Hazrat Ahmadas dictated a letter from Lahore for Hazrat Munshi Rustam Alira, where Huzooras travelled to get some medical treatment from Dr Muhammad Hussain Sahib. Huzooras indicated that he would be back in Qadian in a few days. Huzooras was staying at the residence of his eldest son Mirza Sultan Ahmad Sahib in Lahore.
3 May 1898: The Promised Messiahas replied to the letter of Hazrat Haji Allah Rakha Abdur Rahmanra and advised him to update him on the developments regularly so Huzooras could remember him in prayers.
3 May 1907: The Promised Messiahas wrote a letter to Hazrat Seith Ismail Adamra expressing condolences on the demise of his wife. Huzooras advised him to be patient in those trying times and elaborated the importance of a blissful family life.
4 May 1893: The Promised Messiahas wrote a notification depicting the ongoing feeble situation of Maulvi Muhammad Hussain of Batala and his ever increasing rage to “destroy” the mission of the Promised Messiahas. At the end of this given announcement, Huzooras shared his prediction about the future of Maulvi Sahib.
4 May 1897: The Promised Messiahas wrote a letter sharing expenditure details and pace of work with Hazrat Nawab Muhammad Ali Khanra about the ongoing construction project in Qadian.
4 May 1898: The Promised Messiahas prepared and dispatched a memorial addressing Nawab Lieutenant Governor about a foul book written by a Christian doctor, Ahmad Shah, titled, Ummahat-ul-Momineen. Huzooras commented on the real culprit behind this disturbing project. Huzooras also led the Muslim population of the subcontinent from the front during this painful battle about the holy personalities of Islam. Huzooras took the logical and most successful line, unlike the Anjuman Himayat-e-Islam Lahore and the likes of them, to confront these kind of publications and series of literature in future.
4 May 1904: The Promised Messiah’sas companion, Hazrat Qazi Zia-ud-Dinra passed away.
5 May 1884: The Promised Messiahas answered a letter of Hazrat Munshi Rustam Alira. In it, Hazrat Ahmadas stated that patience is the real identity of a believer, after detailing some contemporary issues.
5 May 1893: The Promised Messiahas wrote a notification explaining the victory of Islam over all rival religions. Huzooras derived his argument from a verse of the Holy Quran in Surah al-Shams:
“Surely, he prospers who augments his soul”.
5 May 1906: The Promised Messiahas, through an announcement, accepted the call of mubahala (prayer duel) by a Christian missionary named Ahmad Masih of Delhi. Huzooras added some basic terms for engaging in the duel.
6 May 1889: The Promised Messiahas wrote a letter to Hazrat Munshi Rustam Alira congratulating him on his transfer to a new police station. Huzooras also expressed his amazement on the rising number of letters he was receiving and on the other hand, his persisting weak health.
6 May 1902: The Promised Messiahas wrote a letter to Hazrat Munshi Rustam Alira. In it, Huzooras shared some local updates regarding the epidemic of the plague and approaching harvest season. Huzooras stated that owing to the pandemic, the jeopardy in everyday business was touching new levels for locals and that sometimes, they found it hard to even bury their deceased relatives.
7 May 1907: The Promised Messiahas directed his followers through an open announcement that they must refrain from all sorts of agitations as exhibited by their fellow countrymen irrespective of their religion. Huzooras reiterated that he had been admonishing the people of the land that the British Raj was a blessing in terms of religious freedom. The Magazine Press Qadian printed and widely circulated this much needed voice of a leader of hundreds of thousands.