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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

17 April 1885: The Promised Messiahas wrote a letter to Pandit Lekhram, an Arya Samajist of Peshawar, in a chain of letters shared between the two. Earlier, Lekhram wrote that he would like to come to Qadian to see some heavenly signs and that 2,400 rupees, as offered by the Promised Messiahas for representatives of all confronting faiths willing to accept the offer, should be deposited in the treasury beforehand by the Promised Messiahas, which he would not be able to withdraw ahead of the declared time. In response to his letter, Hazrat Ahmadas asked him to show if he was in any way the representative of the Arya Samaj. In this letter, Hazrat Ahmadas put forward the explained terms as to how Lekhram could represent his community and receive 2,400 rupees.

17 April 1897: The Promised Messiahas dispatched a brief letter to Hazrat Nawab Muhammad Ali Khanra informing him about the sad demise of the young daughter of Hazrat Hakim Maulvi Nuruddinra, who was suffering from terminal illness. Hazrat Ahmadas conveyed his deep sorrow and grief for the distressed mother. The death of this one-year-old girl was foretold to Hazrat Hakim Maulvi Nuruddinra in a dream, so this loss actually increased him in faith. This letter adds to our information that the malady the girl was suffering from hindered Maulvi Nuruddin Sahib’sra visit to Hazrat Nawab Sahibra in Malerkotla from quite some time.

18 April 1887: The Promised Messiahas wrote a letter to Hazrat Munshi Rustam Alira, praying and praising him greatly for his fearless monetary contributions towards the cause of literature of the community.

18 April 1889: The Promised Messiahas spent a week in Aligarh. He travelled there on the invitation of Hazrat Syed Muhammad Tafazzul Hussainra tehsildar [tax collector]. This companion had deep respect for Hazrat Ahmadas from the time when he authored Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya. Hazrat Ahmadas was accompanied by his personal steward Hazrat Hafiz Hamid Alira, along with Hazrat Mian Abdullah Sanaurira and Mir Abbas Ali Sahib. Here, Huzoor’sas obedience for the revelation of God was manifested in a most clear manner, when he simply declined a well-publicised public lecture due to the commandment vouchsafed to him by God Almighty. During the course of this tour, an early glimpse of Mir Abbas Ali Sahib’s dissidence was also witnessed. On this date, Huzooras returned to Qadian.

18 April 1897: The Promised Messiahas issued a meticulous notification titled, Hearken Sardar Rajinder Singh Sahib! In it, Huzooras aptly refuted his false and provocative publication titled Khabt-e-Qadiani.

18 April 1899: The Promised Messiahas sent a letter to Hazrat Nawab Muhammad Ali Khanra. In the letter, Huzooras shared his longing to see him and expressed his sorrow at the loss of his wife and stated that Nawab Sahibra should arrange accommodation in Qadian so that he could spend some months there. Huzooras imparted in this letter that he had been informed by the God Almighty that if people of the country did not repent before Him, the plague would re-surface in the coming days with unparalleled resurgence and in those disturbing waves, Qadian would have to provide refuge to many, so Ahmadis should build their houses in Qadian.

18 April 1905: The Promised Messiahas issued an extended notification containing an open warning for the people about the coming catastrophes. Naval Kishore Press Lahore printed this announcement.

19 April 1901: Guests from the Forman College and American College, Lahore paid a visit to Qadian. These Christian priests were given the opportunity to have an audience with the Promised Messiahas. The editor of Al Hakam reproduced this studious discussion as these guests asked a series of questions across an array of issues.

20 April 1883: The Promised Messiahas sent a registered letter to Pandit Dayanand Saraswati, leader and founder of the Arya Samaj. Huzooras alerted him about his misguided views and offered to send his book Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya free of cost if he preferred. Huzooras voiced that his sympathies and compassion prompted him to write the letter. Huzooras added that if he could not read Urdu text, he could get help from someone suitable to comprehend the book.

20 April 1891: The Promised Messiahas sent another letter to Maulvi Muhammad Hussain of Batala on this date. Huzooras was in Iqbal Ganj Ludhiana and he was trying to set some general terms and conditions before the proposed religious debate with Maulvi Sahib.

20 April 1893: Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmadra was born to the Promised Messiahas at 8 o’clock in the morning on this date. His birth fulfilled the Divine revelation, “Qamar-ul-Anbiya (The Moon of the Prophets) will arrive and your affair will become manifest. Soon, a son will be born to you and grace will come close to you.” Huzooras said, “Once my son, Bashir Ahmad became ill due to an eye condition. He received treatment for a long time, but to no avail. In view of his restlessness, I prayed to God and received this revelation:

برق طفلی بشیر

meaning, ‘My son Bashir opened his eyes.’ By the grace of God, his eyes were cured the same day.”

21 April 1896: The Promised Messiahas sent a letter to Hazrat Mian Abdullah Sanaurira. Earlier, this devout companion conveyed through his postcard that his application for leave had been accepted. Huzooras was pleased to hear that he would come and stay in Qadian for a period of two months. Huzooras repeatedly persuaded him to be prompt and reach Qadian without any further delays because one of the relatives of Abdullah Sanauri Sahibra was under treatment with Hazrat Hakim Maulvi Nuruddinra in Qadian.

22 April 1898: The Promised Messiahas published a notification informing his followers about the coming Jalsa regarding plague on the eve of Eid-ul-Adha in Qadian. Huzooras directed Jamaat members to try their utmost to attend that special gathering, where benefits of the government’s instructions regarding the outbreak of plague would be highlighted. Huzooras stated that in his opinion, the coming summer conditions would not cease the epidemic from spreading.

22 April 1908: The Promised Messiahas received the following Urdu revelations from God Almighty on this date:

میرے لئے ایک نشان آسمان پر ظاہر ہوا

(A sign appeared for me in the heavens)

خیر و خوبی کا نشان

(A sign, good and excellent)

میری مرادیں پوری ہوئیں

(My wishes have been fulfilled)

23 April 1902: The Promised Messiahas issued a notification about Charagh Din of Jammu, an erstwhile follower of Huzooras. 5,000 copies of that announcement were published for members of the Jamaat. In it, Huzooras announced the expulsion of Charagh Din from his Jamaat after refuting his untruthful and deceitful views.

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