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
4 September 1890: The Promised Messiahas expressed his surprise, while writing a letter to Hazrat Mian Abdullah Sanaurira, as to why he could not visit Qadian and why he was not in contact with Huzooras. Hazrat Ahmadas asked this devout companion to brief him about his wellbeing and whether he could visit Qadian or not because preparations to hold a census in the Indian subcontinent were underway and this could halt Hazrat Mian Abdullah Sahib’s journey to Qadian.
4 September 1894: This was the last day of the time-frame given as regards the prophecy about Abdullah Atham by the Promised Messiahas. Abdullah Atham was saved because he had repented and sought forgiveness.
4 September 1898: The Promised Messiahas advised Hazrat Nawab Muhammad Ali Khanra, while replying to his letter, that he should plan his next journey to Qadian in the coming month of October as the current weather and health conditions of locals, owing to the rainy season, did not look favourable.
4 September 1904: The Promised Messiahas delivered various lectures during his return from Lahore to Gurdaspur.
5 September 1887: The Promised Messiahas replied to a letter of Hazrat Munshi Rustam Alira on this date. Huzooras shared that it had been raining incessantly, hence the purchase of paper for printing had been halted.
5 September 1903: The Promised Messiahas stated that he saw in a vision that a very long branch of a cypress tree, which was very lovely and green had been cut down in his garden. Someone was holding it in his hand, when another person said that it should be planted next to the jujube tree, which had been cut down before, and that thus, it would grow again. At the same time, Huzooras received the revelation:
كابل سے كاٹا گیا اور سیدھا ہمارى طرف آیا
(He was cut off from Kabul and came straight to us.)
The Promised Messiahas interpreted this to mean the martyrdom of Hazrat Sahibzada Abdul Latif Shaheedra that was in actual fact like a seed that would become fruitful and would result in large numbers entering the Jamaat.
A note by Maulana Abdul Latif Bahawalpuri says:
“Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra applied this vision to the two martyrs [Sahibzada Syed Abdul Latifra and Maulvi Nimatullah] and said, ‘The jujube tree that was cut earlier refers to Syed Abdul Latifra. Referring to him as jujube indicates that he was fruitful, that is, had children. The branch of the cypress tree indicates that the branch that would be cut off after the jujube would be without fruit. Accordingly, Maulavi Nimatullah was not yet married when he was martyred.’”
5 September 1905: On this day, the bloody Russo-Japanese War came to an end. The Promised Messiahas wrote the following verse with reference to the war:
جنگ یہ بڑھ كر ہے جنگِ روس اور جاپان سے
میں غریب اور ہے مقابل پر حریفِ نامدار
(The war at hand is greater than the Russo-Japanese War; I am feeble and my opponent is much stronger.)
This verse actually indicates the magnitude of the real opponent of religion – materialism.
6 September 1872: Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas of Qadian held a religious debate with Maulvi Allah Ditta of Lodhi Nangal, on this date.
6 September 1872: The biography of the Promised Messiahas, Hayat-e-Ahmad, volume 1 suggests that on this date, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas composed his first ever verse in the Persian language.
6 September 1883: The Promised Messiahas replied to another letter of Mir Abbas Ali Sahib of Ludhiana, in which he specifically explained some excerpts from a paramount book on spiritualism, Futuh-ul-Ghaib (Revelation of the Unseen) by Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jilanirh (a Hanbali Sunni Muslim preacher, ascetic, mystic, jurist and theologian, who was known for being the founder of the Qadiriyya tariqa of Sufism), where special phases for seekers were discussed. In this thorough letter, Hazrat Ahmadas expressed his fears regarding the Muslim Ummah’s debacle in religious matters, which was constantly increasing in those days.
6 September 1888: The Promised Messiahas informed Hazrat Munshi Rustam Alira that he had been ill for a week with seasonal fever, hence a box had been filled with unattended letters. Huzooras asked him to circulate copies of an attached announcement in different cities, where he had some friends with religious inclinations. In this letter, Huzooras also advised him about some medical related issues.
6 September 1892: The Promised Messiahas wrote a letter to Hazrat Pir Siraj-ul-Haq Numanira, expressing his desire to see him. Huzooras shared that Hazrat Maulvi Abdul Karimra and Arab Sahib were in Huzoor’sas company. Moreover, in this letter, Huzooras also instructed Pir Sahibra that Huzooras had received and read the letter of Munshi Muhammad Azam and so, he should convey to him that he should recite istighfar profusely and repeat “La haula wa la quwwata…” at least eleven times after every prayer.
6 September 1894: The Promised Messiahas wrote to Hazrat Munshi Rustam Alira, teaching him how to react appropriately on special occasions of happiness and vice versa. This devout and sincere companion was naturally too worried about the outcome of the prophecy pertaining to Abdullah Atham. For this letter, Hazrat Ahmadas used the paper of a printed announcement by Hazrat Syed Hamid Shahra, which he had prepared to refute the false and provocative propaganda of a bitter foe, Saadullah of Ludhiana.
6 September 1905: Hazrat Munshi Rustam Alira wrote to the Promised Messiahas about certain matters. On this date, the Promised Messiahas dictated his reply to Maulvi Muhammad Ali Sahib (who later shifted to Lahore and diverted his beliefs and activities from the unyielding path set by the Promised Messiahas himself). This letter discussed many issues like the system of succession in the Jamaat as happened after the Holy Prophetsa of Islam, the matter of Munshi Rustam Ali Sahibra approaching the age of retirement and a heavy amount of loans that he had borrowed to help fund the activities of the Jamaat. The Promised Messiahas guided him aptly as regards these matters.
7 September 1884: The Promised Messiahas updated Hazrat Mian Abdullah Sanaurira that he was still in Qadian and had not headed for Sujanpur, as discussed earlier. Moreover, the proposed journey to visit the Indian cities was also delayed owing to constant health issues. Huzooras said that, God willing, in the winter season, this trip could be possible as everything is dependent on God’s will. Huzooras also commented on the dreams of Mian Abdullah Sahibra as he had asked for their interpretation.
7 September 1887: The Promised Messiahas assured Hazrat Munshi Rustam Alira that he had prayed for his friend as he had requested in his letter. Huzooras reminded him to look for a suitable housemaid to help care for the newborn little Bashir, without further delay.
8 September 1887: The Promised Messiahas replied to a letter of Maulvi Muhammad Hussain of Batala, debunking his allegations and misconceptions. This detailed reply renders an amiable picture of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, who possessed a mountainous stature in front of every difficulty and had peerless trust in God and His help.
8 September 1894: The Promised Messiahas updated Hazrat Haji Seith Allah Rakha Abdur Rahmanra that he had received his contribution and shared that a new book, Anwar-ul-Islam and an important announcement regarding Abdullah Atham was being printing with the help of his financial contributions. Hazrat Ahmadas graciously produced the summary of this book and details of the prophecy regarding Atham in this letter for Hazrat Seith Sahibra.
8 September 1894: The Promised Messiahas replied to a letter of Hazrat Munshi Rustam Alira, informing him of the best outcome destined by God Almighty in the matter of Abdullah Atham. Huzooras shared that to expound on the whole emerging situation, he had prepared an announcement and 5,000 copies were being printed and would reach him in the coming days. Hazrat Ahmadas guided him to rejoice because God had shown His clear sign in favour of Islam by the victory of Muslim camp.
9 September 1890: The Promised Messiahas replied to a letter of Hazrat Mian Abdullah Sanaurira, expressing his pleasure upon receiving the news of his wellbeing. Hazrat Ahmadas also added that it was planned to remain in Ludhiana till the end of this month.
9 September 1894: A pamphlet was released regarding the publication of Sat-Bachan by Zia-ul-Islam printing press. It is believed that this was the first pamphlet of this press.
9 September 1901: A pamphlet of the Promised Messiahas by the name of Mufid-ul-Akhbar was published, in which he issued an instruction to conduct comprehensive exams of his books.
10 September 1902: The Promised Messiahas replied to a letter of Hazrat Haji Seith Allah Rakha Abdur Rahmanra, asking him to share his itinerary of his proposed trip to Qadian so that the arrangements could be made. Hazrat Ahmadas said that he had been praying for him and:
وَمَنْ دَقَّ بَابَ الکریم یُفْتَحُ
“And if someone knocks at the door of a noble person, it is opened.”