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
30 October 1883: On this day, Pandit Dayanand, the founder of the Arya Samaj faith, died. The Promised Messiahas wrote, “The news of his [Pandit Dayanand’s] death, which occurred on 30 October 1883, was indicated to me by God Almighty about three months in advance.” (Barahin-e-Ahmadiyyah, Part 4, Ruhani Khazain, Vol. 1, p. 640]
31 October 1887: The Promised Messiahas wrote a letter to Hazrat Hakim Maulvi Nuruddinra, who was in Jammu at the time. In the letter, the Promised Messiahas expressed his appreciation and mentioned that he received a total of 800 rupees and stated that his [Hazrat Maulvi Hakim Nuruddinra] desire for serving Islam resembled the passion of the Companions of the Holy Prophetsa. Huzooras further expressed his deep love for Hazrat Maulvi Nuruddinra and stated that, until then, he had not met anyone like him who was ready and willing to sacrifice everything and show steadfastness in the way of serving Islam. (Maktubat-e-Ahmad, Vol. 2, p. 47)
31 October 1899: The Promised Messiahas replied to a letter of Hazrat Munshi Rustam Alira regarding a marriage proposal for the young Maulvi Muhammad Ali Sahib. On this day, the Promised Messiahas wrote that three or four rupees should be provided to a woman from Ambala so that she may go and assess this marriage proposal and meet with the proposed girl. (Maktubat-e-Ahmad, Vol. 2, p. 644)
31 October 1902: The weekly newspaper, Al Badr started its publication from Qadian. Earlier, it had brought out its sample issue under the title of Al Qadian, which the Promised Messiahas renamed.
31 October 1904: On this day, the Promised Messiahas was in Sialkot, occupied in writing his lecture that was to be delivered in a few days time.
1 November 1884: The Promised Messiahas replied to a letter of Hazrat Mian Abdullah Sanaurira and expressed that hearing the word Surah al-Baqarah in a dream indicates that one should recite and ponder over the Surah. Huzooras further stated that Surah al-Baqarah places a great deal of emphasis on the importance of fulfilling God’s rights and the rights owed to His creation. (Maktubat-e-Ahmad, Vol. 3, p. 194)
1 November 1889: On this day, the Promised Messiahas acknowledged the receipt of Hazrat Munshi Rustam Ali’sra letter in which he also wrote some couplets, which were appreciated by Huzooras. The Promised Messiahas also received a letter from Ludhiana in which it was stated that the mother of Umm-e-Bashir was extremely ill and as a result, Huzooras immediately made his way to Ludhiana. (Maktubat-e-Ahmad, Vol. 2, p. 563)
1 November 1905: The Promised Messiahas was residing in Dehli. On this day, in the Curzon Gazette, Mirza Hairat Dehlvi published harsh words against the Promised Messiahas and also challenged him to a debate. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol 2, p. 427)
2 November 1904: On this day, the Promised Messiahas was in Sialkot. He penned a lecture, which is known as Lecture Sialkot. It was printed in Mufid-e-Aam Press, Sialkot and published within two days. A poster announcing this lecture was issued as saying, “Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani, the Promised Messiah’s Lecture on Islam.” It was scheduled to be delivered on the morning of this day at Sara-e-Maharaja. The lecture was read out by Hazrat Maulvi Abdul Karim Sialkotira.
3 November 1904: In the morning, after his successful and blessed sojourn at Sialkot, the Promised Messiahas began his journey for Qadian via train. At the railway station of Wazirabad, a famous Christian missionary, Mr Scott, had the opportunity to see and speak to Hazrat Ahmadas. Mr Scott was appointed in the Daska mission at that time.
4 November 1886: The Promised Messiahas was in Ambala, residing in the cantonment area, main bazaar. On this day, the Promised Messiahas wrote to Hazrat Hakim Maulvi Nuruddinra and stated that he received 50 rupees sent by him. Huzooras further stated that the book Siraj-e-Munir was almost ready for printing and stated that this would require a huge sum. (Maktubat-e-Ahmad, Vol. 2, p. 18)
4 November 1888: The Promised Messiah’sas son Bashir, also known as Bashir Awwal (the first), passed away on this day while he was still an infant. Huzooras had previously mentioned that in some revelations, God had set forth clearly that Bashir’s death would be a necessary trial for people. This child remained critically ill for 19 consecutive days. (Maktubat-e-Ahmad, Vol. 2, p. 551)
4 November 1900: On this day, the Promised Messiahas issued a statement in the form of a written advertisement in which he mentioned that his community’s name should be “Musalman Firqa Ahmadiyya”. (Majmua-e-Ishtiharat, Vol 3, pp. 364- 365)
4 November 1904: The Promised Messiahas arrived back in Qadian from Sialkot at 12pm. It was Friday, 25 Sha‘ban 1323 AH. Huzooras wrote, “At Sara-e-Batala during the return journey from Sialkot, I saw in my dream that the late Raja Gulab Singh of Kashmir was massaging my feet. Then I saw that many gold ornaments had been collected. Maulvi Nuruddin[ra] asked: ‘What are these ornaments for?’ I answered that the Raja of Gawaliar had sent them for alms and that he himself was coming to see me.” (Tadhkirah, English translation, third edition, p.711)
4 November 1905: On this day, during the evening, the Promised Messiahas began his journey back home from Delhi. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol 2, p. 428)
5 November 1895: The Promised Messiahas wrote a letter to Hazrat Munshi Rustam Alira, in which he expressed his gratitude and stated that he had received the 50 rupees and five bottles of perfume. Huzooras informed him about his wellbeing and that three of his books were being printed. (Maktubat-e-Ahmad, Vol. 2, p. 613)
5 November 1901: On this day, the Promised Messiahas issued a leaflet named Eik Ghalati Ka Izala (A Misconception Removed). One of his followers was asked whether Huzooras was a prophet of God or not and that person replied in the negative. So, the Promised Messiahas explained in this leaflet that the answer of the Ahmadis who said the Promised Messiahas was not a prophet, was not correct. God had addressed him as a prophet and used similar terms for him in many revelations. This book addresses the subject of the true nature of the Promised Messiah’sas status as a prophet and messenger of God and further explains at length how his prophethood does not in any way contravene the concept of Khatm-e-Nubuwwat.
5 November 1905: The Promised Messiahas reached Ludhiana on this day while travelling back from Delhi. Huzoor’s train arrived at the station at around 11am. Thousands had gathered at the station to welcome the Promised Messiahas. The accommodation prepared for Huzooras was in a building situated near the main road of the city. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol 2, p. 428)