A selection of brief incidents from the first and second era of Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya
28 February 1921: Hazrat Maulana Abdur Rahim Nayyarra arrived in Sierra Leone to establish the Jamaat mission.
28 February 1922: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra was in Lahore, and on this date, the principal of Dyal Singh College, Lahore visited Huzoorra.
28 February 1927: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra attended one of the sessions of the Legislative Council of Punjab on this date.
28 February 1929: The Muslim League was facing an internal rift which created the Jinnah League and Shafi League. On this date, relentless efforts of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat united the two rivals towards a common goal.
28 February 1941: Hazrat Babu Wazir Khanra passed away. This companion of the Promised Messiahas was an overseer by profession.
28 February 1947: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra, foreseeing the approaching devastation, directed Jamaat members to begin observing voluntary fasts every Thursday, and to remain occupied in prayers and supplications.
28 February 1947: Hazrat Seith Muhammad Ghausra from Hazara passed away. He was a companion of the Promised Messiahas.
28 February 1947: The Provincial Educational Association convened its second annual three-day meeting in Qadian. Organisers requested Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra to guide them in their respective field. Upon their request, Huzoorra sent them a written message to be read at the gathering.
28 February 1951: An anti-Ahmadiyya conference was held in Multan, Pakistan where baseless and provocative allegations were leveled against the Jamaat and hatred was spread through speeches. In rebuttal, Maulana Jalaluddin Shams Sahib penned a detailed article addressing the matters raised in Multan. Al Fazl published this exposition.
28 February 1953: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra started delivering lectures of the Holy Quran in Masjid Mubarak, Rabwah. Huzoorra deliberated the commentary of Surah Maryam, later published in March 1958 within the fourth volume of Tafsir-e-Kabir.
28 February 1953: During the 1953 Anti-Ahmadiyya Lahore Riots in Punjab, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra began delivering a series of instructions for Jamaat members for the weeks to come during the agitations.
28 February 1954: Hazrat Mian Feroz-ud-Dinra of Sialkot passed away. This companion of the Promised Messiahas performed Bai‘at in 1892.
28 February 1960: Hazrat Chaudhry Fateh Muhammad Sialra passed away. He was a companion of the Promised Messiahas and the first ever missionary sent from India to the United Kingdom, under the khilafat of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira.
March 1891: A correspondence between Hazrat Hakim Maulvi Nuruddinra and Dr Jaggan Nath started in Jammu Kashmir about the details of religion.
March 1905: Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra took his matriculation exams.
March 1911: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira invited Jamaat members to donate for the Muslim University in Aligarh. The Jamaat donated 1,000 rupees towards this fund.
March 1911: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira arranged for Sanskrit to be taught to Hazrat Sheikh Yaqub Ali Irfanira and Hazrat Sheikh Muhammad Yusufra. Huzoorra personally bore the expenses of the whole project.
March 1913: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira started delivering lectures of Sahih Bukhari – the most authentic compilation of hadith.
March 1913: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira sent the first ever Jamaat delegation to Bengal to engage in tabligh activities. They carried out tabligh in Bengal for the next 17 days.
March 1915: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’sra book Haqiqatul Nabuwa was published.
March 1916: The Promised Messiah’sas elder brother, Mirza Ghulam Qadir’s widow,Hurmat Bibi Sahiba, performed Bai‘at and accepted the message of the Promised Messiahas. In this way, she fulfilled the prophecy of “Tai ayi”, that is “The senior aunt came.”
March 1922: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra invited religious leaders and clerics of different schools of thought to a debate in a bid to find out the truth.
March 1922: The magazine Tashheez-ul-Azhan was merged with the Review of Religions Urdu.
March 1927: Piggott, who claimed to be the Messiah and God, met his miserable end in England and died in utter helplessness.
March 1927: Hazrat Maulvi Rahmat Alira, missionary in Indonesia, launched a magazine from Padang, entitled Iqbal.
March 1931: Some security arrangements were made for Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’sra personal security. The first bodyguard assigned to this service was Khan Mir Khan Sahib from Afghanistan.
March 1931: A magazine Adabi Dunya published an article written by Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra about how an Urdu magazine can benefit the Urdu language.
March 1931: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra shared his heartfelt desire of unity amongst the Muslims. Huzoorra put great emphasis on this most basic need of prosperity and advancement.
March 1932: Punjab University Lahore established its examination centre for Oriental languages in Qadian.
March 1932: Hazrat Maulana Abul Ata launched a quarterly magazine from Palestine titled Al Bashara Al Islamiyya.
March 1933: Hazrat Maulana Abdur Rahim Dardra went to meet Muhammad Ali Jinnah in his office located on King’s Bench Walk, Temple, London. After a three-hour discussion, Mr Muhammad Ali Jinnah was convinced to resume his public life and struggle for the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent.
March 1942: The draft of a proposed bill was presented at India’s Central Legislative Assembly. The bill, called the “Qazi Bill” aimed to stop the Muslim way of marriage and attacked its regulation and registration. If the bill was passed, it would have caused great inconvenience and unwanted troubles for the Muslims of India in terms of registering their marriages. In response, the Jamaat and the Muslim League raised an effective voice against this proposed bill. As a result, the bill was dismissed by a large margin of votes.
March 1942: During the Second World War, Japan managed to occupy vast territories, like Java, Sumatra, and their adjacent islands. After their occupation, Japan split all religious entities and strictly banned the propagation of religious views and beliefs. To tackle this obstacle, the Jamaat missionaries appointed in these areas shifted their efforts of tabligh to their personal acquaintances only. This new manner of tabligh proved effective and the number of members of the Jamaat continued to increase, even during the most harsh and troublesome times.
March 1944: When Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra was informed by God the Almighty that he is the Musleh-e-Maud (Promised Reformer), he started conducting daily question and answer sessions in Masjid Mubarak, Qadian after Maghrib prayers. Owing to the increasing number of listeners of this blessed and informative sitting, from 16 June, loudspeakers were installed.
March 1944: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra foretold the troubling times ahead on account of a vision he had. Moreover, Huzoorra anticipated the Jamaat would bear tough and fearsome persecution in the next five years.
March 1945: Hazrat Chaudhry Sir Zafarulla Khanra panned out various solutions to the problems in the political atmosphere of the Indian subcontinent during a radio speech aired from London.
March 1946: The local Sikh community hosted an event at Kot Syed Mahmud, a place in Amritsar, India where an Ahmadi scholar, Giani Ibadullah Sahib delivered a speech.
March 1947: After the resignation of Sir Khizr Hayat in Punjab, as premier of the province, the whole area experienced widespread urban and rural outbreaks of violence resulting in deaths, abductions, looting and arson etc.
Amritsar was the epicenter of the torment. Under the instructions of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra, Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya set up a relief camp which remained functional for the coming months. Huzoorra directed the Jamaat to obtain and gather 18,000 Mann of wheat and other food items to help those being affected.
March 1947: Owing to the ongoing lawlessness, Qadian became stranded from the rest of the world. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra was in Sindh at the time. The Jamaat administration back in Qadian was facing great difficulty in communicating with Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra. The situation began to ease as March ended. Interestingly, during the early days of the 1947 riots, the Jamaat in Qadian developed a peace committee comprising of member from all faiths within Qadian. This committee helped secure the area from unrest.
March 1948: The message of the Promised Messiahas was delivered in The Gambia.
March 1949: An Ahmadiyya mosque was inaugurated in Borneo, the largest island of Asia. At another place in Borneo, an influential person accepted Islam Ahmadiyyat, and in this way, the Jamaat was introduced to the locals.
March 1950: Through a railway gazette, Rabwah railway station was established as an official stop.
March 1955: Hazrat Maulvi Muhammad Saeed Ansari preached the message of Islam Ahmadiyyat to the populace of the eastern shores of Borneo. The first person to perform Bai‘at from this area was a Philipino named Dantal Mora Yusuf.
March 1956: Sierra Leone commenced the publication of an Arabic language magazine entitled Al Halal al Afriqi.
March 1956: Tunisia and Morocco gained independence. Hazrat Chaudhry Sir Zafarullah Khan rendered his valuable services for this cause during his appointment at the United Nations.
March 1957: Mehta Abdul Khalique Sahib was appointed as the adviser by the government of Eastern Pakistan for its mineral resources.
March 1961: An Ahmadiyya mosque in Ghana was constructed.
March 1963: The Jamaat’s mission was established in the fourth city of Uganda. The mission also published its first ever book about the life of the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, in the local language.
March 1963: The third volume of the English commentary of the Holy Quran was published by the Jamaat.
1 March 1906: Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra launched a magazine titled Tash’heez-ul-Azhan and was also its editor. He was still young at the time and initiated this magazine to defend Islam and sought council from the Promised Messiahas for its launch.
1 March 1909: Madrasa Ahmadiyya in Qadian was established as a separate institution to teach religious knowledge. Earlier, this educational facility was annexed towards secular education.
1 March 1918: The Department of Correspondence was introduced for the first time to assist Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra in his official duties. The first person to serve khalifatul masih on this post was Hazrat Maulana Abdur Rahim Nayyarra as officer of correspondence.
1 March 1925: Hazrat Maulana Abul Ata formulated a group of youngsters under the title Anjuman-e-Ahmadiyya Khuddam-e-Islam. This body served the Jamaat in preparing and publishing informative leaflets for the benefit of the general public.
1 March 1927: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra graced the convocation organised in Islamiyya College, Lahore.
1 March 1932: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra travelled to Delhi to attend the meeting of the All India Kashmir Committee. Huzoorra stayed there for around two weeks.
1 March 1933: Hazrat Chaudhry Muhammad Hussainra passed away. This companion of the Promised Messiahas served as Amir of the Jamaat in Sialkot.
1 March 1947: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra set out for Sindh from Qadian. On this date, Huzoorra reached Lahore to board the train from there.
1 March 1957: The New York mission house building was inaugurated by Hazrat Chaudhry Sir Zafarulla Khanra.
1 March 1958: Waqf-e-Jadid Anjuman Ahmadiyya was established in Qadian.
2 March 1914: The illness of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira intensified.
2 March 1927: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra delivered a keynote address in Bradlough Hall, Lahore about the reality of communal tensions and their solution.
2 March 1935: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra inaugurated Darul Sanaat (the technical training workshop) established in Qadian. Huzoorra took part himself at the opening by using a filing tool to smooth and shape some wood.
2 March 1935: A Jamaat mission was established in Burma. The first missionary was Maulana Ahmad Khan Naseem Sahib who was sent from Qadian, India.
2 March 1947: The train boarding Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra set off from Lahore station. Members from local chapters received and enjoyed the blessed company of Huzoorra on many railway stations throughout the tour, like Okara, Montgomery (now known as Sahiwal), Multan, Lodhran, Samma Satta, Dera Nawab, Rahim Yar Khan, Sukhar, Rohari etc. Huzoor’sra stay in Karachi lasted a week.
2 March 1950: Hazrat Hakim Khawaja Karam Dadra passed away. This companion of the Promised Messiahas lived a very long life, reported as 115 years.
2 March 1951: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra delivered his Friday sermon in Nasir Abad, Sindh and emphasised to enhance tabligh efforts towards the locals of the province. Huzoorra instructed local Jamaat members that they should respect and adopt local customs for their tabligh to be effective.
2 March 1960: Famous journalist and writer, Deewan Singh Maftoon visited Rabwah. His fame originated from his editorials in Riyasat Dehli.
3 March 1899: Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra presided over the first ever meeting of Anjuman Hamdard-e-Islam, after being elected as its president.
3 March 1916: Jamaat Delhi organised its three-day Jalsa where Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’sra message about Islam and other religions was read out.
3 March 1924: Hazrat Mirza Sharif Ahmadra laid the foundation stone of the building of Talim-ul-Islam Middle High School in Kath Garh.
3 March 1927: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra delivered a lecture in Habibiya Hall, Lahore on “Religion and Science”. Allah Sheikh Muhammad Iqbal presided over this session and lauded Huzoorra after listening to his speech.
3 March 1948: Ahmadi missionary, Rashid Ahmad Chughtai Sahib established the Jamaat in Oman, Jordan. The Jamaat convert there was Al Syed Al Haj Muhammad Al Mutayya Sahib, who was from the family of the biggest and most influential tribe of the country. Later, many other family members joined him too and accepted Islam Ahmadiyyat.
3 March 1951: Hazrat Chaudhry Amir Muhammad Khanra of Hoshiarpur passed away. This companion of the Promised Messiahas performed Bai‘at in 1903.
3 March 1953: During the wave of severe agitations against Jamaat members in Pakistan, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra set up a separate office to manage the smooth flow of messages from the Markaz to the dispersed and far away members of the Jamaat. Later, this office was named Daftar Record.
3 March 1953: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra issued a detailed announcement for Jamaat members in view of the ongoing precarious and terrifying situation due to the Anti-Ahmadiyya agitation. The weekly Al Faruq published this announcement the next day. In it, Huzoorra reiterated, “My God is rushing towards me to help me. He is with me, He is in me and He will never ever forsake me.”
3 March 1957: The Jamaat Kolkata arranged a Jalsa to raise awareness about the pure lives of the holy founders of various faiths.
3 March 1960: Dr Billy Graham, a famous American evangelist was invited by the Ahmadi Missionary, Sheikh Mubarak Ahmad Sahib for a prayer duel. The Christian missionary avoided the challenge.
4 March 1914: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira wrote down his will about children and the next khalifa.
4 March 1921: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra travelled to Lahore to record his statement as a witness in a court case. Huzoorra delivered some speeches during his stay in Lahore about the need of religion, and the main aim and ways to reach it.
4 March 1944: Hazrat Sheikh Qutubuddin Ahmad Qureshi passed away. This companion of the Promised Messiahas joined the Jamaat in 1892.
4 March 1944: The Arya Samaj in Qadian convened a three-day memorial event for Pandit Lekhram. To defuse the tension and clarify the historic facts and details, the Jamaat also held a Jalsa on 7 March in Aqsa Mosque. This happened to be the last Jalsa held under the presidency of Hazrat Mir Muhammad Ishaq Sahib.
4 March 1961: The governor of the state of Maharashtra was presented with Jamaat literature.
5 March 1910: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira established a new neighbourhood in Qadian named Darul Uloom by laying the foundation stone of a new mosque in that area.
5 March 1938: Nawab Akbar Yar Jang inaugurated the Ahmadiyya Markaz in Bombay.
5 March 1941: Hazrat Maulvi Muhammad Abdullahra of Phero Chechi passed away. This companion of the Promised Messiahas performed Bai‘at in 1906.
5 March 1944: Hazrat Syeda Umm-e-Tahir, Maryam Begum Sahibara passed away. She was the respected wife of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra and mother of Hazrat Khalifataul Masih IVrh.
5 March 1953: Master Manzur Ahmad Sahib was martyred in Baghban Pura, Lahore.