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
18 September 1894: The Promised Messiahas received the following revelation:
“Stigma of migration.”
Migration is among the traditions of prophets. Many prophets and their communities had undertaken migration in order to spread the religion of Allah throughout the world. Hazrat Ahmadas himself and Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra had seen dreams and visions that revealed some of the aspects of the migration with which the community would be confronted. Among many manifestations, the above mentioned revelation was fulfilled in 1947 during the chaos and devastation caused by the partition of the Indian subcontinent, when Rabwah was established in Punjab, Pakistan, after the eternal headquarters of the community in Qadian, India.
18 September 1902: The Promised Messiahas replied to a letter of Hazrat Mian Abdullah Sanaurira, educating him regarding the use of the recently introduced vaccination to combat the plague in India. Huzooras shared some recorded side effects of this and guided him to comply with the instructions of the government as though he was its employee. Hazrat Ahmadas, before closing his letter, told his devout companion that he had penned a whole chapter in his book Kishti-e-Nuh, detailing this entire episode of inoculation during the days of the plague outbreak. He also said that this book was being printed and it would reach the readers in the coming weeks.
19 September 1885: On this date, which was 9 Dhul-Hijjah 1302 AH, Hazrat Sufi Ahmad Jan Sahib read out a prayer in the field of Arafat, which was written by the Promised Messiahas. In the early days of this year, when Hazrat Sufi Sahib was about to embark on Hajj, the Promised Messiahas wrote down a prayer and asked him to read it upon seeing the veil of the Ka‘bah. The wording and gist of this prayer shows his steadfastness, righteousness and deep desire for the revival of Islam.
19 September 1891: On this date, the Promised Messiahas dictated to Mir Abbas Ali Sahib of Ludhiana a reply for Hazrat Pir Siraj-ul-Haq Numanira (born 1855, died 3 January 1935). In this reply, Huzooras encouraged him to stand strong in the face of adversity and opposition. After providing a rebuttal to points raised by Maulvi Rashid Ahmad in their religious debate, Huzooras informed Pir Sahibra that the outbreak of cholera had intensified in Qadian and had claimed the life of his eldest daughter, Ismat, only a day earlier. Harzat Ahmad’sas first daughter, Ismat, who was born in Ambala in May 1886, died in 1891 and was buried in Gor-e-Ghariban, Ludhiana.
19 September 1907: Recalling the events of September 1907, when his beloved son Mirza Mubarak Ahmad departed this world, the Promised Messiahas wrote:
“This has been a period of trials. For about 20 to 25 days, I have not been able to sleep. Last night, in a light slumber, I received the revelation:
خدا خوش ھوگیا
“[God has been pleased.] This indicates that God is pleased that I have lived up to this trial …
“Thereafter, I went to sleep and in my dream, I saw that I had a paper in my hand, on which there were 50 or 60 lines of beautiful handwriting. I read the writing, but the only phrase I remember out of it was:
یا عبداللہ انی معك
“[O servant of Allah, I am with you.] Reading these lines gave me as much joy as if I had seen God Himself.”
20 September 1886: The Promised Messiahas extended his condolences to Hazrat Hakim Maulvi Nuruddinra on the demise of his young son and prayed that he received the best reward for showing such patience at this huge loss. In this letter, Huzooras detailed the ongoing printing operation of his two books, Surma Chasham-e-Arya and Siraj-e-Munir. Hazrat Ahmadas penned the difficulties in finding funds to cope with the expenditures of paper etc. Huzooras encouraged him to find some potential buyers among his circle of acquaintances to pay back the loans borrowed for these tasks. Huzooras prayed for his success and gave glad tidings if he could help in this noble cause.
20 September 1886: The Promised Messiah’sas book Surma Chasham-e-Arya was published. This book contains the details of a debate held in Hoshiarpur and its aftermath between the Promised Messiahas and Lala Murli Dhar on 11 and 14 March 1886.
20 September 1886: The Promised Messiahas wrote a leaflet, citing details of his new challenge regarding heavenly signs. He said that now, everyone was invited to come and stay in Qadian for 40 days instead of one year and with the mercy of Allah, those who stay would experience Divine signs shown in his favour.
20 September 1887: The Promised Messiahas notified Hazrat Munshi Rustam Alira that paan (betel) leaves were received in Qadian, but cooking oil was not with the consignment. Huzooras had hoped that it would reach on this date.
20 September 1897: The Promised Messiahas issued a thorough notification consisting of 20 pages, providing details of the court case with Dr Henry Martyn Clark, a notable medical missionary stationed in Amritsar, who leveled false accusations of attempted murder against the Promised Messiahas in the court of District Magistrate Captain William Douglas in Ludhiana. Prior to this notification, earlier on 23 August, after multiple hearings, the court categorically rejected this whole falsely-woven and malicious accusation by declaring Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas innocent and not guilty in all charges. After the court decision, Huzooras deemed it appropriate to inform the local administrations of almost all Indian districts, as his followers were residents of these areas. This announcement carried the account of the court case and recorded some statements and certificates (in favour of Huzooras and his family) of JM Wilson, Mr Robert Cast and Sir Robert Egerton Financial Commissioner of Punjab in both English and Urdu.
20 September 1898: Zia-ul-Islam Press, Qadian printed and distributed 700 leaflets regarding the books of the Promised Messiahas. It stated that from now on, any book without the signature and stamp of the Promised Messiahas would be considered a stolen one.
21 September 1887: The Promised Messiahas wrote to Hazrat Munshi Rustam Alira that cooking oil had not yet been received and asked him whether he could enquire the reason as to why it had not been delivered yet. Huzooras reminded him repeatedly that an active, wise and honest housemaid was needed to entertain the two toddlers, Ismat and Bashir Awwal (the first).
21 September 1903: The Promised Messiahas, received a revelation in Urdu:
رسول اللہ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم پناہ گزین ہوئے قلعہ ہند میں
(The Messenger of Allah, on whom be the peace and blessings of Allah, has taken shelter in the fortress of India.)
22 September 1883: The Promised Messiahas expressed his gratitude after receiving the letter of Mir Abbas Ali Sahib of Ludhiana and prayed for a secure end in the case of any temptation. Huzooras opened his detailed reply with the explanation of a hadith and to make clear his viewpoint, Hazrat Ahmadas put forward verses of the Holy Quran and other logical arguments. Huzooras penned many valuable points in favour of the acceptance of prayers.
22 September 1895: The Promised Messiahas endeavoured his utmost to revamp the style and class of religious debates being conducted in the Indian subcontinent. On this day, he drafted a meticulous announcement on the above-mentioned topic. This was printed in Zia-ul-Islam Press Qadian, carrying supporting signatures of hundreds of honourable Muslim persons of influence.
24 September 1884: Some Muslims founded Anjuman-e-Himayat-e-Islam on this day. This was out of their desire to help Islam and its followers in those times of great dismay, but the Promised Messiahas highlighted their fallacy saying that it was the time of the Messiah and rather than worldly maneuvers and organisational efforts, only Divine Help could see success. But Hazrat Ahmadas and his followers kept helping the hands of this organisation with their efforts and used this platform to help the cause of Muslims, like in 1891, a Christian by the name of Abdullah James made three objections against Islam. He argued that the Holy Prophetsa had – God forbid – been in doubt about his own prophethood, he did not show any miracles and that he did not possess any knowledge of the unseen. Anjuman Himayat-e-Islam sent these questions to three eminent Muslim scholars, including Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah and Mahdias, for their answers. Later on, Hazrat Hakim Maulvi Nuruddinra was invited to address the Annual Conference of Anjuman-e-Himayat-e-Islam in Lahore in 1893.