16-22 August


16 August 1924: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra was en route to Europe. The ship carrying this entourage, sailing through the Mediterranean Sea, on this date touched the shores of Brindisi, a port city on the Adriatic Sea, in southern Italy’s Apulia region. Huzoorra boarded a train from this port city to reach Rome. During his 4-day stay in this capital of Christianity, his schedule remained very tight. He was interviewed by national press, had a meeting with the Italian Prime Minister, Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini in his office. Huzoorra intended to meet Roman Catholic Pope Pius IX, but the pontiff was not available due to maintenance work being carried out in his residence. Aside from all these activities, Huzoorra went on a special excursion to visit the Catacombs.

16 August 1946: During the Great Calcutta Killings, a widespread communal riot occurred between Muslims and Hindus in the city of Calcutta (now known as Kolkata) in the Bengal province of British India. The local Jamaat also braved the gravity of the turmoil. Financial losses of Ahmadi traders and shopkeepers were estimated at around 300,000 rupees.

17 August 1925: Hazrat Maulvi Rahmat Alira departed for Indonesia under the auspices of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra, with the aim of establishing a mission there. He arrived in Sumatra in September. Despite landing in an alien place, his resolve overcame all possible barriers. He learnt the language, began tabligh and soon started discussions and debates with the local ulema (religious scholars). He established the first Jamaat within a few months, with eight people performing Bai‘at.

17 August 1955: Hazrat Maulvi Abul Ata Sahib was in Quetta and remained occupied in some healthy discussions with a few notables from the Bahai faith. Maulvi Sahib had a strong zeal for tabligh and was a knowledgeable person in the field of comparative studies. Hazrat Maulvi Sahib prepared five research papers about the Bahai faith and these monographs were later read out for further discussion until 22 August. Bahais were also invited for further arguments. This study was later published in book form also.

18 August 1945: Hazrat Sufi Muhammad Hassan Musa Khanra passed away in Perth, Australia at the age of 82 and was buried in Karrakatta cemetery. He entered the fold of Ahmadiyyat in 1903. He remained occupied in serving the Jamaat and Islam in different capacities.

19 August 1946: Maulvi Ghulam Ahmad Mubashar Sahib reached Aden to establish a mission there.

19 August 1953: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra was in Karachi and remained occupied in different Jamaat-related activities and gatherings. Huzoorra delivered an Eid sermon on 21 August; on 24 August, he addressed a gathering of Khuddam; on 26 August, Huzoorra spoke at an event organised by Lajna Imaillah; on 27 August, he graciously blessed a special event designed by the Ahmadiyya Merchants Association; Huzoorra delivered his Friday sermon on 28 August and finally, on 30 August, he spoke to Jamaat Karachi.

19 August 1962: Hazrat Nawab Amatul Hafeez Begumra, daughter of the Promised Messiahas, was in Hamburg during her European sojourn. She blessed the Hamburg mission house with her stay until 22 August.

20 August 1941: Hazrat Munshi Zafar Ahmadra, appeal writer from Kapurthala and noble companion of the Promised Messiahas, passed away on this day. He was amongst those companions who embraced Hazrat Ahmad’sas message very early on and remained loyal and devout to his cause till his final days.

21 August 1949: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra addressed a large gathering of the general public about Islam and contemporary Western philosophy.

22 August 1921: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra was in Kashmir. On this date, Huzoorra went to Sri Nagar’s locality of Khanyar. There, he visited the tomb of Prophet Jesusas and prayed.

22 August 1924: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra reached London’s Victoria Station. During his stay in the city, Huzoorra was interviewed by the correspondents of the The Evening Standard and The Star. A separate press conference was also called and addressed. During the tour, Huzoorra held conferences and events for the propagation of Islam Ahmadiyyat and spoke to various organisations about the truth of Islam. From all aspects, this tour was a success and a constant shower of God’s help and blessings was witnessed.

22 August 1933: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra received an invitation from the USA. World Fellowship of Faiths from Chicago was organising its second international conference between 27 August and 17 September. Huzoorra instructed the missionaries in America, Sufi Muti-ur-Rahman Sahib and Mian Muhammad Yousaf Sahib to attend the convention. Huzoorra graciously penned a powerful message for the forum.

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