100 Years Ago… – Request of Bai‘at, tabligh and lectures


Al Fazl, 16 December 1920

Donations for the launch of a magazine from America

I will donate one dollar annually to Hazrat Mufti Sahib’s proposed magazine which will be launched for the spread of Islam. Each of the following ladies will also [contribute one dollar every year to this cause]:

1. Maimuna Khatun

2. Fatima Bibi (Teacher)

3. Ghulam Fatima

Wassalam, Humble Sakinatun Nisa, Dar-ul-Aman, Qadian

Suggestion for an Ahmadiyya College in Qadian

The resolution of Patiala Jamaat has been published in a previous issue [of Al Fazl] and we have now received the following letter:

“A meeting of Anjuman Ahmadiyya Batala was held on 10 December 1920. The following resolution was presented in it and passed by the President of the Anjuman and then sent to Hazrat Khalifatul Masih for approval:

“‘By the grace of Allah the Almighty, a large number of Ahmadi students enrol in colleges. [Their admission in other institutes] leaves some of the innocent-minded students with harmful effects. Thus, there is an urgent need for a college in Qadian. [We request] Hazrat Khalifatul Masih to pay special attention to this issue. Batala Jamaat supports both resolutions of Patiala Jamaat.’”

Request to join Islam Ahmadiyyat

“To His Holiness, Khalifa of the time, the righteous Imam, Hazrat Mian Mahmud Ahmad Sahib, may his blessings remain on us forever!

“This humble one took Bai‘at of Hazrat Nabiyullah [Prophet of Allah], Imam of the age, the Promised Messiahas, in the year 1902. It has been two years since I attended the annual Jalsa of Qadian and had a brief audience with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II[ra], but I returned before the ceremony of Bai‘at.

“I keenly heard the sermons of the Lahori Jamaat on the issue of prophethood and sought research for truth. I also studied and listened to the books, Taudih-e-Maram [Elucidation of Objectives], Haqiqatul Wahi [The Philosophy of Divine Revelation], Mawahib-ur-Rahman [Bounty of God] etc. I stayed in the company of the Gujrat Jamaat and prayed in congregation with them and listened to the dars of the Holy Quran. I regularly gave monthly chanda and from time to time, I used to help the poor people by giving an equal amount of chanda. I repeatedly read and pondered over the book, Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya. I kept sharing my views [with members of the Jamaat] and tried to find the truth.

“Finally, I have come to the conclusion that Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, the Promised Messiah belongs to those group of chosen ones, who, after Prophet Mosesas till the time of Prophet Jesusas, continued to appear as prophets under the law of Prophet Mosesas. In the same way, through the blessings of Hazrat Muhammadsa Rasulullah [Messenger of Allah], Hazrat Mirza Sahibas also appeared as a prophet under the Shariah [divine law of Islam]. [Non law-bearing prophets] can still appear and might come in future. The One God still speaks as He used to speak in the past and still hears as He used to hear in former times. If the door of prophethood is considered close, then we will be like the Jews, Christians and Aryans, who have also closed the door of prophethood.

“Although I have been in the Bai‘at of the Promised Messiahas since 1902 and I regularly observe fasts and offer prayers, but after the death of the Promised Messiahas, I swear allegiance at the hand Hazrat Khalifatul Masih and promise to give preference to religion over the world. I hope that Hazrat Khalifatul Masih will pray for me that I be granted perseverance.

“My eldest son, Muhammad Akbar Khan, is currently serving as the Head Clerk of Baghdad High Court. He is coming back to Punjab very soon. He is already an Ahmadi and took Bai‘at at the hand of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih in the year 1913 or 1914. I request Hazrat Khalifatul Masih to remember him in special prayers and accept my Bai‘at as well.

“Humbly yours, Raza Muhammad Khan (Appeal Navis), Sadar Gujrat.”

Tabligh in District Gurdaspur

I preached in 18 villages of this [Gurdaspur] district last month. By the grace of God Almighty, [the tabligh] caused a huge impact in some areas. In a village called Sakhanwali, where there was no Ahmadi before, an entire family took Bai‘at. May Allah the Almighty grant them perseverance.

(Yours humbly, Chiragh Din [Missionary])

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