Compiled by: Tariq Hayat, Pakistan
9 November 1905: Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi, peace be upon him, was in Amritsar and delivered a lecture here. For this purpose, a lecture hall of Advocate Rai Kunahya Lal was booked. The lecture began at 8am, but opponents of the Promised Messiahas began to disrupt this blessed event with their uncivilized behaviour. He started his journey towards Batala soon afterwards.
Hazrat Ahmadas himself narrates, “I saw a sugar cane in my dream, the general interpretation of which is some mischief or disturbance. This was accompanied by the revelation, ‘Inni ma‘a al-Rasuli aqumu’ [I shall stand with My Messenger].”
Al Hakam added: “This dream and revelation was narrated by him before the lecture. The lecture was delivered in full in half an hour. The shortsighted opponents and troublemakers tried to create such disturbance that they imagined that they had succeeded in their evil design.”
10 November 1889: The Promised Messiahas reached Qadian from Ludhiana.
10 November 1905: The Promised Messiahas started his journey towards Qadian from Batala at 8am and reached his destination around 12pm.
11 November 1888: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was born on this day. He was an Indian scholar and the senior Muslim leader of the Indian National Congress during the Indian independence movement. Following India’s independence, he became the first minister of education in the Indian government. One narration suggests that he travelled to Lahore and followed the entourage that carried the body of Hazrat Ahmadas until Batala, when the coffin of the Promised Messiahas was being shifted from Lahore to Qadian via train.
12 November 1899: A small but prestigious gathering was designed in Qadian on this day in connection to the departure of a research delegation. A proposed party of learned companions was to travel to the Middle East to collect fresh evidence and properly record and fortify the already available facts regarding the historic escape journey of Jesusas from his home town towards Kashmir. This assembly was named the “Farewell Jalsa”.
12 November 1893: A single page agreement was signed on this day, which gave birth to the famous Durand Line (borderline between Afghanistan and Pakistan). This accord was reached between Sir Mortimer Durand, a British diplomat and civil servant of the British Raj, and Abdur Rahman Khan, the Afghan Amir, to fix the limit of their respective spheres of influence and improve diplomatic relations and trade. The Afghan side was represented by Hazrat Sahibzada Abdul Latifra (who later did Bai‘at of Hazrat Ahmadas and was martyred in Kabul) with others dignitaries. The original 1893 agreement was written in English, with translated copies in Dari.
14 November 1899: The abovementioned “Farewell Jalsa” was continued in Qadian. On this day, the Promised Messiahas delivered a speech that hallmarked important guidelines for researches to come.
15 November 1895: The Promised Messiahas issued an announcement regarding his upcoming research monographs (Sat Bachan and Arya Dharam). These books were published during this month.
15 November 1901: Hazrat Nawab Muhammad Ali Khanra reached Qadian with a phonograph on this day. It was the latest technology available to save sound recordings. The Promised Messiahas spared his time after Asr prayer to examine this device. Hazrat Maulvi Abdul Karim Sialkotira recorded two cylinders in his melodious voice.
15 November 1906: The nikah of Hazrat Ahmad’s son, Hazrat Mirza Sharif Ahmadra, was announced on this day with Hazrat Bu Zainab Bibira, daughter of Hazrat Nawab Muhammad Ali Khanra. The marriage ceremony took place after 3 years.