Compiled by Tariq Hayat, Pakistan
24 August 1899: The Promised Messiah’sas book Sitara Qaisariya (Star of the Empress) was published in Zia-ul-Islam Press, Qadian on this day. It was published under the supervision of Hazrat Hakim Fazl Din, proprietor of the press. In the text, we find that the Promised Messiahas highlighted the worldly and materialistic advancements and bounties prevailing during the reign of the Queen. By this, he metaphorically guided the eyes and hearts towards the spiritual and Divine developments surfacing on earth.
On the title page, Huzooras said, “This auspicious booklet cites the blessings of Her Majesty, the Empress, may her prosperity endure, and mentions that in the time of Her Majesty’s tranquil reign and due to the influence of her resplendent star, countless earthly and heavenly blessings have been manifested. Let it be known that in keeping with these reasons, the following booklet has been entitled: Star of the Empress.”
26 August 1901: On this day, the Promised Messiahas said, “I was writing some verses on the subject of righteousness, which included one revealed line of the verse. The verse is:
ہر اك نیكى كى جڑ یہ اتقا ہے
اگر یہ رہى سب كچھ رہا ہے
[The root of every good is righteousness. If this root is preserved everything will survive.] The second line of this verse was revealed.”
26 August 1941: Maulvi Abul Ala Maududi founded his Islamic social, political and religious party, Jamaat-e-Islami, in Lahore on this day.
26 August 1953: A student of Jamia Ahmadiyya Rabwah embraced martyrdom. Rizwan Abdullah had travelled to Rabwah all the way from Ethiopia, East Africa, to excel in religious knowledge, so he could serve his nation. This sad incident took place on the riverbank of Chenab, during Jamia’s annual picnic. This devoted student of Divinity was buried in Bahishti Maqbara Rabwah under special directions of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra.
27 August 1899: On this day, the Promised Messiahas received a revelation in Urdu: “God has determined to foster your name and to make it shine in the universe. Many thrones have descended from heaven, but your throne has been set up the highest of all. The angels helped you at the time of meeting your enemies.”
27 August 1949: The Ahmadiyya Mission in Lebanon was established on this day, by Rasheed Ahmad Chughtai Sahib who was serving as a missionary at the time. The first ever Lebanese national Ahmadi was Syed Faiz al-Shahabi.
28 August 1901: Al Hakam reports that the Promised Messiahas said on the morning of this day, “My opponents are of two types: the Muslim maulvis and the other, European Christians. Both of them, respectively, carry their opposition to me and their unfair attacks upon Islam to an excess. Today I was shown a scene about both of these people and a state of revelation was experienced the details of which I do not recall.
“About the Christians, an impression was conveyed that many of them would value the truth; but with regard to the maulvis, I conceived the impression that most of them would be rendered helpless.”
24/30 August 1980: Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih IIIrh reached Ghana during the second leg of his intercontinental tour. It was the second African country he was seeing after Nigeria. During the jam-packed schedule of the tour, Huzoorrh twice had audience with Hilla Limann, President of Ghana. Huzoorrh travelled tirelessly to see his people across the country. During his 6-day stay, he visited places like Accra, Kumasi, Asokore, Swedru and Saltpond. He delivered speeches, inaugurated schools, hospitals, clinic buildings and inspected Jamaat properties. This short trip witnessed some heart-touching scenes of matchless love for the Khalifa.
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh visited Ahmadiyya School in Esakyir and inaugurated the newly built campus. Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad Sahib served as principal of the school as well as serving the community in Ghana as a life-devotee in different capacities, ranging from education sector to agriculture.