31 January – 6 February

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Compiled by Tariq Hayat, Missionary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat

31 January 1909: Among the most remarkable accomplishments of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih I, may Allah be pleased with him, was the establishment of the true status of Khilafat in the hearts and minds of Jamaat members and opponents alike. From the outset, certain individuals who were against the institution of Khilafat tried to stir unrest within the Jamaat. On this date, to firmly settle this debate, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira called a special session of Shura, which was attended by around 250 representatives. He made a forceful discourse rooting out all doubts and misconceptions about the divine institution of Khilafat. He also invited certain members to reaffirm their Bai‘at (pledge of allegiance).

31 January 1929: Representatives of the Jamaat from the Punjab called on the governor of their province and put forward six unanimous demands on behalf of the Muslims residing in Punjab.

31 January 1938: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud, may Allah be pleased with him, announced the formation of a new body within the Jamaat that would include men who were 15-40 years old. The body was named as Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya on 5 February by Huzoorra and initially only consisted of 10 members. At first, it was only meant for Qadian, but the organisation later expanded to the entire Jamaat. Maulvi Qamaruddin Sahib was appointed as its founding president.

31 January 1952: Hazrat Chaudhry Ghulam Qadirra from Sialkot passed away. This companion of the Promised Messiah, peace be upon him, took Bai‘at in 1902.

February 1909: Some parts of the commentary of the Holy Quran deliberated by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira were published. The commentary was compiled from his regular commentary classes on the Holy Quran.

February 1910: The Promised Messiah’sas Arabic book Lujjatul-Nur was published for the first time in book form.

February 1910: Hazrat Sahibzada Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra started delivering sermons on the Holy Quran after Maghrib prayers in Qadian. By 1913, he began delivering these lectures after Fajr and Zuhr prayers, everyday.

February 1911: Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra established Majlis Ansarullah after seeking the permission and prayers of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira graciously supported this initiative that was to spread the light of Islam by announcing that he too was a member of Majlis Ansarullah. The first official launch was at its inaugural event a few months later on 6 April.

February 1912: Upon the appeal launched by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira, a group named Anjuman-e-Mubaligheen was set up. It wrote and published a series of valuable pamphlets in support of Islam.

February 1912: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira began sharing anecdotes of his life which showed his pursuit of knowledge from a young age, through major cities of India to even Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. He continued sharing these stories up until June that year. He could not write an autobiography himself due to his extremely busy schedule that was full of Jamaat responsibilities and that of his medical practice. However, by the end of that year, this account was published in book form under the title of Mirqatul Yaqeen fi Hayat-e-Nuruddin.

February 1913: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira announced his desire for a separate area where lectures on the Holy Quran could be given regularly. Upon this, Hazrat Amma Jan, may Allah be pleased with her, who was the blessed wife of the Promised Messiahas, donated a piece of land from her property for this purpose.

February 1915: Hazrat Mir Muhammad Ishaqra started delivering his famous series of lectures on Sahih al-Bukhari, which he carried on until his demise in 1944. These academic lectures were a source of knowledge and wisdom for the listeners then and remain so today.

February 1916: Dar-ul-Bai‘at, the house in which the Promised Messiahas took the first Bai‘at, was situated in Ludhiana. The house was still of weak foundations and was made of mud. During this month, it was repaired and a memorial plaque was installed. Hazrat Hafiz Roshan Alira, a companion of the Promised Messiahas, inaugurated this historic occasion. This apartment was later rebuilt with bricks in 1939.

February 1919: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra invited the clerics representing the Deoband school of thought within Islam to settle the disputed issue through a mubahila (prayer duel). However, they steered clear and did not accept the challenge.

February 1920: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra delivered a lecture at Habibia Hall, Lahore and spoke of key events from the era of the Khilafat of Hazrat Ali, may Allah be pleased with him.

February 1923: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra received news suggesting that the Muslims living in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar areas, predominantly from the Muslim Rajput community, were being forced to change their religion. Huzoorra established an investigating committee and sent them to the area for a closer look.

February 1930: A library in Qadian for ladies was set up in the famous Gol Kamra (round room). It was named Amatul Hayy Library.

February 1931: Majlis Ansarullah was revived and went on to immensely serve the Jamaat in tabligh activities.

February 1932: A pre-partition Lahore based newspaper, Daily Inqilab started to be censored by the government and had restrictions against it. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra was an ardent supporter of free press and sent a letter to the authorities asking for the restrictions to be lifted.

February 1934: A project was initiated to compile the revelations, visions and dreams vouchsafed to the Promised Messiahas. This important project was completed by December of the following year and was later published in book form entitled Tadhkira.

February 1934: Nazarat Umur-e-Ama, a department of Sadr Anjuman that takes care of general matters within the Jamaat, with its scarce budget, had to issue an appeal for loans from Jamaat members. It had to meet expenses worth 60,000 rupees. Jamaat members responded positively and deposited over 75,000 rupees. This amount was returned to the lenders within the agreed time.

February 1935: Approximately 400 shillings were received as Tahrik-e-Jadid contributions by Jamaat members living in Palestine. This was considered as the pioneering contribution towards Tahrik-e-Jadid by any Jamaat’s chapter from outside of the Indian subcontinent.

February 1937: A missionary sent to the Arab world, Maulvi Muhammad Salim Sahib was able to preach the message of Islam Ahmadiyyat to the ruler of Jordan, Abdullah I bin Al-Hussein.

February 1938: Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya had the chance to prepare and publish its first ever pamphlet.

February 1939: A new auxiliary organisation was established within the Jamaat to further strengthen the standards of upbringing of young Ahmadi girls. It was called Majlis Nasirat-ul-Ahmadiyya and started for girls aged seven years until they entered Lajna Imaillah. The first president of Majlis Nasirat was Ustani Memona Sofia Sahiba and the first ever secretary was Sahibzadi Amatul Rasheed Begum Sahiba.

February 1939: The Fazl Mosque in London arranged a reception in honour of Saudi Prince Faisal and other dignitaries from the Arab world. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra wired a special message to be conveyed on this occasion, through which he assured them of his continuous and relentless support for the Arab cause.

February 1939: Hazrat Hafiz Mirza Nasir Ahmadrh became president of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya.

February 1941: Hazrat Mian Shamsuddin Sodagarra passed away. This companion of the Promised Messiahas accepted Ahmadiyyat in 1906.

February 1942: Hazrat Maulvi Ghulam Ahmad Akhtarra passed away. He was a companion of the Promised Messiahas.

February 1945: The Punjab Hajj Committee added Maulvi Farzand Ali Sahib as its member representing Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Qadian.

February 1945: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra established a new department to record and publish the sermons and speeches of the Khalifa. It was named Shoba Zud Navisi. Maulana Muhammad Yaqub Tahir Sahib was appointed as its supervisor.

February 1945: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra formulated a new forum of “Religion and Science” in Talim-ul-Islam College. This forum was to aid in developing a platform to carry out extensive research and prepare logical and academic rebuttals to allegations levelled against Islam.

February 1945: An Ahmadi, Maulvi Abdul Qadir Danish Dehlavi Sahib availed the opportunity to have an audience with the pope in Italy where he told him about the message of Islam Ahmadiyyat.

February 1946: Gurdawara Sahib Kalan in Babha state invited an Ahmadi scholar, Giani Wahid Hussain Sahib to its meeting and asked him to deliver a speech.

February 1946: Provincial elections were held in British India in January 1946 to elect members of the legislative councils of British Indian provinces. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra instructed Jamaat members to support and vote for the Muslim League. Poll results emerged in Punjab, where the Muslim League gained seats in 32 constituencies out of 33. Hazrat Chaudhry Fateh Muhammad Siyal was elected as the independent candidate for the Batala seat. As his victory was announced, he chose to join the Muslim League to strengthen the political voice of Muslims in India.

February 1949: Bashir Ahmad Orchard Sahib founded the Jamaat mission in Glasgow.

February 1950: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra prescribed a detailed modus operandi for respective departments of Tahrik-e-Jadid in order to further strengthen its output.

February 1950: The Jamaat in Indonesia convened its Jalsa Salana.

February 1951: Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya established its chapter in Jakarta, Indonesia. Very soon, this chapter started to publish its own Khuddam magazine.

February 1951: Geoffrey Francis Fisher was an English Anglican priest and 99th Archbishop of Canterbury, serving from 1945 to 1961. He was invited for a debate by the Jamaat mission in Sierra Leone.

February 1952: The Jamaat in Germany established its second chapter in Nuremberg, the first being in Hamburg. This new city had only three devout members during its early days. Later, a passionate native German convert named Mr Umar was appointed in Nuremberg as the honourary missionary to serve the Jamaat.

February 1953: A new portfolio of Tahrik-e-Jadid was introduced to the departments of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya for the first time.

February 1954: Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya decided to begin its annual calendar from 1 November. Previously it had been from 1 February.

February 1956: A devout Ahmadi in Afghanistan, Daud Jan Sahib was martyred after being shot. He was only 30 years old.

February 1956: A missionary in America, Khalil Ahmad Nasir Sahib toured the country and covered around 2,000 miles to meet Jamaat members.

February 1959: A delegation of Christian priests landed in Sierra Leone and widely publicised that they could heal people with the power of their faith. The Jamaat’s missionary there challenged their claims to which the priests remained silent.

1 February 1924: Hazrat Syed Fazl Shahra passed away. He was a companion of the Promised Messiahas.

1 February 1926: Hazrat Syed Sarwar Shah Sahibra announced the fifth nikah of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra. This marriage was with Hazrat Aziza Begum, daughter of Hazrat Seith Abu Bakr Yousaf of Jeddah.

1 February 1943: Hazrat Maulvi Ghulam Hasan Peshawarira passed away. This companion of the Promised Messiahas took Bai‘at in 1890. He was the father-in-law of Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmadra.

1 February 1945: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra elected 22 young missionaries to be sent to foreign lands for the propagation of Islam Ahmadiyyat. Simultaneously, Huzoorra also selected a further nine missionaries to pursue advance studies in their respective academic fields.

1 February 1949: A map of Rabwah was sketched for future town planning.

1 February 1949: Mian Ghulam Yasin Sahib was martyred in Kashmir.

1 February 1953: An Ahmadi’s burial process was hindered in Sargodha owing to the severe agitation against Jamaat members.

2 February 1923: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra launched an appeal for a mosque to be built in Berlin with the sole donations of female members of the Jamaat. The ladies showed great zeal and enthusiasm towards this call and 100,000 rupees were collected.

2 February 1926: Family members of Hazrat Shahzada Abdul Latif Shaheedra had braved long episodes of torment at the hands of Afghan rulers. On this date, this family migrated to Sarai-e-Naurang in the Banu district.

2 February 1949: Roshan Din Sahib reached Muscat to establish a Jamaat mission there. Only a few members were present in Muscat at the time.

2 February 1951: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra gave a strong message for Jamaat members, saying that they must offer Tahajud prayers, stick to a 40-day prayer schedule and observe seven voluntary fasts. This, he said, was so that they could attain a divine shield against the harmful ill-wishes of the opponents. The 40 days of prayer was set between 16 February to 27 March. Seven voluntary fasts were observed between 19 February to 12 April, every Monday.

3 February 1931: Hazrat Maulvi Rahmat Ali established a mission in Java.

3 February 1939: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra commenced a series of sermons detailing the modus operandi of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya. This constitution was completed by 17 March.

3 February 1955: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra graciously sent eight pages of Haqiqatul Wahi from the original handwritten manuscript of the Promised Messiahas to the Jamaat members in Indonesia as tabaruk. The vice president of Indonesia Jamaat had visited the Markaz in Qadian for a month. Upon his departure, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra showed this generosity as a token of his love and affection towards the loyal and devout members of the Jamaat in a far distant land. Along with the original manuscripts, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra himself penned a letter for the Jamaat members in Indonesia.

4 February 1965: The Qadian Jamaat arranged a tea party in honour of distinguished guests and friends of the Jamaat belonging to other faiths.

5 February 1925: In Kabul, Maulvi Abdul Haleem Sahib and Qari Nur Ali Sahib were martyred through stoning. It was 11 Rajab 1343 on the Hijri calendar. When this gruesome and brutal atrocity was conveyed to Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra, he rushed to Baitul Dua at once and prayed fervently for the guidance of the Afghan nation and government. Later, Huzoorra emphasised the importance of patience and trust on Allah.

5 February 1932: The North Western Province of the Indian subcontinent witnessed a wave of violence and oppression against its Muslim inhabitants. To highlight this aggression, the All India Muslim Conference decided to observe a Yaum-e-Sarhad. This day was also marked in Qadian where peaceful protests were arranged to draw the attention of concerned authorities.

5 February 1932: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra launched an appeal to collect donations for the Muslims of Kashmir.

5 February 1943: A delegation of Turkish journalists in Lahore commented by saying that there is no need for regular daily prayers when someone is travelling. Moreover, this group stated that they are Turkish first and Muslims second. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra closely reviewed these comments while delivering his Friday Sermon on this date.

5 February 1943: Majlis Ansarullah Qadian commenced its plan on spreading the message of Islam Ahmadiyyat.

6 February 1938: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra spoke to a gathering organised by the Ahmadiyya Intercollegiate Association.

6 February 1941: Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya convened its annual Ijtema which continued for two days. This was the first Ijtema that took place outside of the Jalsa Salana dates. During this Ijtema, the institution of Majlis-e-Shura was set up. Several inter-khuddam physical and educational competitions were also added to the programme of the Ijtema.

6 February 1943: A delegation comprising of some central missionaries conducted a detailed tour of Uttar Pradesh, lasting until 12 February.

6 February 1952: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra laid the foundation stone of the new office of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Markazia in Rabwah.

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