Coming from every distant track: Sir Maharaja Yadavindra Singh of Patiala visits Qadian


A series looking at the high standard of morals of the Promised Messiahas and his Khulafa when receiving visitors in Qadian

Awwab Saad Hayat, Al Hakam

According to the history books of Ahmadiyyat, Sir Maharaja Yadavindra Singh Mahendra visited Qadian on 14 April 1941. He arrived in the city by car in the afternoon. Accompanying him was his small personal staff. 

Hazrat Syed Zainul Abidin Valiullah Shahra, Nazir Umur-e-Ama (Director of Public Affairs) welcomed the distinguished guest. 

Sir Yadavinder Singh, the Maharaja of Patiala, stayed in the house of Hazrat Sir Chaudhry Muhammad Zafrulla Khanra. On the same day, after Asr prayers, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra invited the Maharaja for tea. 

Sir Maharaja Yadavindra Singh of Patiala
Sir Maharaja Yadavindra Singh Mahendra

Hazrat Chaudhry Zafrulla Khanra and some other respectable guests were also invited. In the evening, Hazrat Chaudhry Zafrulla Khanra held a dinner in honour of the Maharaja. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra also blessed the occasion. 

Though Maharaja Yadavindra Singh’s visit to Qadian was only to have a private and personal meeting with his friend, Hazrat Chaudhry Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khanra, the Ahmadiyya Jamaat welcomed him, in accordance with the teaching of extending the highest standards of courteousness and morals owed to guests. After coming to know of the Maharaja’s visit to Qadian, a delegation of local Sikhs also expressed their desire to meet him which was also arranged. Al Fazl also published the news of his arrival. 

The next day, on 15 April, Maharaja Yadavindra Singh was shown various institutions of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat. He was first shown Talim-ul-Islam High School. Then, he was shown the Noor Hospital where he also met with Hazrat Dr Hashmatullah Sahibra, who served as the manager of the hospital. Hazrat Dr Hashmatullahra welcomed the Maharaja and showed him around the hospital. 

Noor Hospital Qadian India
Noor Hospital Qadian

Following this, the Maharaja visited the office of Hazrat Sardar Muhammad Yusufra, Editor of the Nur newspaper. Maharaja Yadavindra Singh was then given a biography of the Holy Prophetsa which was published in the Gurmukhi language.

Maharaja Yadavindra Singh also visited the Madrasa-e-Ahmadiyya where he was greeted by the staff members and students of the school. He visited the nazarat (secretariat) bait-ul-mal (treasury), the office of dar-ul-qaza, Bahishti Maqbarah and various other places. Following this, he was then shown Masjid Aqsa, Qasr-e-Khilafat and Sadiq Library, where he was shown some old and rare books. 

After visiting the various sites and institutions, Maharaja Yadavindra Singh left for Lahore from Qadian, along with his staff, at ten o’clock.

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