This Week in History: 25-31 January


26 January 1896: The Promised Messiah, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas expressed the intention of writing a commentary on the gospel of Matthew, the first book of the New Testament. An announcement regarding this was published by Zia-ul-Islam Press, Qadian.

26 January 1899: The Promised Messiahas journeyed from Qadian to Dhariwal owing to a court hearing concerning the maintenance of peace.

At about 8:30am, Hazrat Maulvi Nuruddinra got into a yakka (horse cart) with a few friends to catch a train for Dhariwal from Batala. Hazrat Ahmadas left Qadian for Dhariwal at about 11 o’clock in a palki (palanquin) accompanied by Hazrat Saith Abdur Rahmanra (who had come from Madras one day earlier) and others. Arrangements for the stay of the party were made by Chaudhry Nabi Bakhsh Sahib of Batala and Miyan Abdul Aziz Patwari at Leel, a small village near Dhariwal. 

On the way, Hazrat Ahmadas was requested by a representative of Rani Ishar Kaur of Khunda (a renowned landholder) to stop there as a guest of the Rani. The request was so earnestly made that it met with acceptance. A multitude followed Huzooras wherever he went. An old man who was suffering from a disease met Huzooras and Huzooras prescribed medicine for him and also prayed for him. Another requested to be initiated into the movement. Others asked questions to be enlightened. People gathered at Khunda from distant places like Jhelum, Lahore, Jalandhar and Kapurthala.

26 January 1940: For centuries, several calendar systems have been introduced and used for timekeeping. A Hijri Shamsi (solar hijra) calendar, prepared under the auspices of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra, was first published in Al Fazl and quickly became popular in the Jamaat. In 1939, Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra made a committee to work out the proposed calendar; its members were Hazrat Syed Mir Muhammad Ishaqra, Hazrat Hafiz Mirza Nasir Ahmadrh, Hazrat Maulvi Abul Ata and Maulvi Muhammad Ismail Sahib. 

This solar calendar begins from the year of Hijrat-e-Medina (migration of Hazrat Muhammadsa from Mecca to Medina) and each month of this calendar is based on an important event of early Islamic history.

27 January 1899: It was Friday on this day and the Promised Messiahas departed for Dhariwal after the Fajr prayer. The warm rays of the sun had not yet fully appeared on the eastern horizon when the large party headed by its spiritual leader started for the camp of the district magistrate, which was pitched on the canal side at Dhariwal. Hundreds of people came there to have a look at this extraordinary man who showed signs and miracles. The multitude had multiplied into thousands. The hearing of the case began at about 12 o’clock in the tent of the district magistrate. After the court hearing, the next hearing was set for 14 February. Huzooras offered Jumuah prayer thereafter.

28 January 1903: At 4 o’clock in the morning, the Promised Messiahas was blessed with a child named Sahibzadi Amatul Naseer Sahibara.

28 January 1903: Karam Din filed another lawsuit against the Promised Messiahas when Huzooras was absolved from his first lawsuit. 

28 January 1944: Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih IIra announced from the blessed and esteemed dais of Masjid Aqsa Qadian that he was the Musleh-e-Maud (Promised Reformer).

29 January 1944: Yaum-e-Musleh-e-Maud (The Day of the Promised Reformer) was celebrated for the first time in the history of Jamaat, in remembrance of an extraordinary sign regarding the truth of the Promised Messiahas being fulfilled.

30 January 1903: The Promised Messiahas saw in a vision that Huzooras had the sceptre of the Tsar. He said that he saw in a dream as if the sceptre of the Tsar of Russia was in his hand and hidden inside it was the barrel of a gun, and thus it served two purposes. Huzooras then saw that the bow of the king who reigned at the time of Avicenna (Bu Ali Sina) was in his hand and he shot an arrow at a tiger. It appeared to Huzooras as if Avicenna and the king were also with him.

31 January 1892: The Promised Messiahas delivered a speech at a general gathering in Lahore, which was conducted in the vicinity of the residence of Munshi Miran Bakhsh Sahib.

31 January 1906: The rules and regulations emerged regarding the establishment of Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya.

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