100 Years Ago… – News from Qadian, Montgomery, Sultanpur, Ceylon, Malabar, Bombay, Bhupal, America and Dharamkot Bagga

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Al Hakam, 7 August 1920

I want to expand this work with the help of God. All Ahmadi members are requested to send news of the Jamaat from their respective places to the office of Al Hakam and grant us the opportunity to acknowledge your efforts.

Jamaat’s Markaz, Qadian

On 31 July 1920, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II[ra], under medical advice, visited Mount Dharamsala.

A very small caravan accompanied him, which included Sahibzada Mirza Sharif Ahmad Sahib, Syed Zainul Abidin Waliullah Shah Sahib, Dr Hashmatullah Sahib, Maulvi Muhammad Ismail Sahib Fazil, Mirza Gul Muhammad Sahib, Khalifa Taqiyuddin Sahib, Sheikh Abdul Rahman Sahib Qadiani, Mian Neik Muhammad Pathan Sahib, Maulvi Rahim Bakhsh Sahib MA (Nazir Ishaat [publications]) and Chaudhry Ali Muhammad Sahib.

On Friday, 30 July [1920], Hazrat Sahib[ra] delivered the [first] sermon himself. In the second sermon, he appointed Maulvi Syed Sarwar Shah Sahib as amir of Salat and Hazrat Maulvi Sher Ali Sahib as amir of administration and instructed members of the Jamaat to be obedient [towards them]. It was raining on the day of Hazrat Sahib’s departure and it had rained all night before that. The road was badly damaged.

However, it had no effect on the determination of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih. Before leaving, he prayed in Bait-ul-Dua and members of the Jamaat prayed standing outside.

Rain

It has rained heavily in Qadian. The houses of some friends have suffered serious damage. For instance, the houses of Mistri Abdul Rahman Sahib, Khan Sahib Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sahib, Syed Aziz-ur-Rahman Sahib etc. All sides of Qadian are seen surrounded by water. Currently, coastal scenes appear before us.

Montgomery (now Sahiwal)

In the Montgomery District, two young Ahmadi maidens are being severely ill-treated by their non-Ahmadi uncle. They are receiving death threats to repent from Ahmadiyyat. Moreover, they are being told that if they do not repent, they will be poisoned. He wants to marry them with non-Ahmadis by force, which is not permissible according to our Ahmadi faith. Authorities ought to pay attention and listen to the cries of the oppressed girls who are suffering because of Ahmadiyyat.

Sultanpur

A Jalsa was held on 31 July and 1 August 1920 in Sultanpur, Kapurthala State. A great number of flyers were distributed [before it]. Lectures were delivered, especially on the death of Jesusas and the truthfulness of the Promised Messiahas.

Ceylon

This news will be heard with great delight that the enemies have failed. Mr Lye was released along with his brother and another Ahmadi brother, alhamdulillah!

اُنہیں ماتم ہمارے گھر میں شادی

فَسُبْحَانَ الَّذِیْ اَخْزَی الْاَعَادِیْ

“They are in mourning – there is joy in our home; Holy is He [Allah] Who has confounded my foes.”

Truth prevailed, falsehood fled.

جَاءَ الْحَقُّ وَزَهَقَ الْبَاطِلُ إِنَّ الْبَاطِلَ كَانَ زَهُوقًا

[Truth has come and falsehood has vanished away].

Enemies were killed and a murder case was filed [against us] but God blessed the Jamaat with stability and perseverance. The Ahmadi secretary came back home after acquittal, along with his associates. We have received this news through a telegram. Details will be published later.

Malabar

A case has been filed in court against those who have forcefully remarried Ahmadis’ wives to non-Ahmadis without being divorced. On 10 July [1920], Maulvi Abdul Rahim Sahib (missionary) reached Kudali from Kinanoor. A special meeting was held at the Anjuman office that night and the list of donations for the case was opened. Sheikh Abdullah, secretary of Kudali [Jamaat] and Mr Ahmad Sahib of Calicut were also present in the meeting. Sheikh Abdullah Sahib contributed 50 rupees and Mr Ahmad gave 25 rupees. May Allah grant them the best of reward.

On 11 July [1920], Mr Ahmad went to a lawyer named Mr Canton and prepared a petition. Summons were sent to the other party, which comprises of 5 men. The day of the hearing was 27 July. Non-Ahmadis are under great distress. (Ibn Hamid)

Bombay

Mr Abdul Rahim Smith Sahib, who had come from Nigeria and was seen by most of the friends at the annual Jalsa, has left Bombay for Jeddah with the intention of Hajj. Members of the Jamaat are requested to pray that Allah Almighty help him [in his journey].

Bhupal

In the state of Bhupal, a few clerics had been pressing to have a debate. However, when our religious scholars visited there, they found out that neither was there any discussion, nor had their wives permitted them…

America

In America, Hazrat Mufti Sahib was invited to give a lecture at a distance of 700 miles from his residence. The lecture was very successful. Two new gentlemen converted to Islam. All praise belongs to Allah who made it possible. Thus far, respected Mufti Sahib is in good health by the grace of God, alhamdulillah. He has to dine at hotels and do a lot of work himself…

Dharamkot Bagga

Maulvi Fatehuddin was an old servant of the Promised Messiahas and a well-learned man. His presence was considered very beneficial in Gurdaspur district. He was the author of many Punjabi books and was one of the leading Punjabi poets. He has passed away.

إِنَّا للہ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ

“Surely, to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return.”

May Allah the Almighty grant patience to the bereaved and give the departed soul His nearness. The deceased possessed countless attributes. May Allah the Almighty grant the Jamaat a blessed replacement in his exchange … His body was brought to Qadian. Hazrat Sahib[ra] offered his funeral prayers and he was buried in Bahishti Maqbarah.

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