100 Years Ago… – Daily diary of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II: Huzoor’s stay in Kashmir and relocation to Ganderbal

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Al Fazl, 25 and 28 July 1921

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih in Kashmir

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II[ra] suffered a fever for the first 10-12 days, but now, he is absolutely fine and has been so for a whole week by the grace of Allah the Almighty. 

Huzoor[ra] visited various places like Chashma Shahi, Nishat Bagh and Shalimar Bagh for recreation. We now observe a significant improvement in his health by the day.

Maulvi Abdullah Sahib (lawyer) came to meet Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II[ra] several times. For the first two days, he talked on Babism and Baha’ism, and then a discussion was held on Haqiqatun-Nubuwwah [philosophy of prophethood] and Ma‘yar-e-Nubuwwat [criteria for prophethood].

In the city, the dars [religious sermon] of Maulana Hafiz Roshan Ali Sahib is held regularly after Maghrib prayers every day. The opposition that used to be very strong has now calmed down. Around 22 other people also come [to attend the dars]. After the dars, there are questions which Hazrat Hafiz Sahib answers with great clarity. In this way, the series of questions often continues until eleven o’clock and sometimes even longer. 

Kashmir

Now, after a lot of effort and search, a house in the city has been rented for 50 rupees. Ahmadi brothers from Asnoor, Shopian and other surrounding areas come to meet Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II[ra] on regular basis. […]

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II’s[ra]  health is very good by the grace and benevolence of Allah the Almighty. Day by day, considerable improvement is being noticed in his health. 

Huzoor[ra] moved to the city house on 18 [July 1921]. This house is much cheaper and more comfortable than houseboats.

On 19 [July 1921], Huzoor[ra] measured his weight. All praise belongs to Allah that there is an increase of six seer [around 6 kilograms] in his weight. When Huzoor[ra] left Qadian, his weight was measured. In three weeks, his weight has increased by six seeralhamdulillah!

In the morning of the same day, a houseboat was sent to Ganderbal. This place is about 13 miles away [from Srinagar]. The houseboat reaches there in about two days.

After Zuhr prayer on 20 [July 1921], Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II[ra] left along with his family and the rest of his companions in boats. Hazrat Ummul Momineen and Hazrat Sahibzada Mirza Sharif Ahmad Sahib came on a horse-driven carriage by road. We reached there [Ganderbal] at around 10 pm. This place is very pleasant and good for one’s health. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II[ra] liked this place very much and it is far better than Srinagar. Huzoor’s[ra] mail arrives here every day from Srinagar. Therefore, letters etc. should be sent to the mailing address of Srinagar, because wherever Hazrat Khalifatul Masih goes, the postmen themselves deliver [his mail] over there.

On 22 [July 1921], Huzoor[ra] said, “Though we are travellers, let us offer the Jumuah prayer.” Thus, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II[ra] led the Friday prayer.

Maulana Hafiz Roshan Ali Sahib, Dr Mir Muhammad Ismail Sahib and Bhai Abdul Rahman Qadiani Sahib are present in Srinagar.

Humbly yours, Syed Mahmudullah Shah. 22 July 1921.

(Translated by Al Hakam from the original Urdu in the 25 and 28 July 1921 issue of Al Fazl)

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