Last Updated on 18th June 2021
Awwab Saad Hayat, Al Hakam
In the 3 March 1921 issue of Al Fazl, a report compiled by respected Hazrat Ali Muhammadra BA was published under the title, “The Guru of Kartarpur, Jalandhar in Qadian”. The meeting took place on 25 February 1921.
This report, which mentions the visit of the Guru of Kartarpur and meeting with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra, is as follows:
“In Kartarpur, Jalandhar, the Sikhs have a well-known lineal order [gaddi]. Nowadays, the guru there is a young boy who is less than 12 years of age. While visiting Gurdaspur with some of his close adherents, he came to Qadian to meet Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II[ra].
“Since it is obligatory to respect every religious leader, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II[ra] sent Hazrat Maulvi Sher Ali Sahib BA Nazir-e-Ala, Hazrat Mirza Sharif Ahmad Sahib and a few other friends out of the city to welcome Guru Sahib, who was accompanied by many Jatt landlords of the village and a few distinguished Sikhs. Guru Sahib was riding a horse and his companions were riding in chariots and carts.
“Guru Sahib passed through the big bazaar [market] and then stopped at the courtyard of the new house of Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib, where carpets and pillows were placed for him.
“During this time, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II[ra] also arrived and after enquiring about the well-being of his distinguished guest, stated, ‘It is the guest’s right that he be shown hospitality. Please stay for a few hours so that we may look after you as much as we can.’ Upon this, Guru Sahib and one of his companions expressed their gratitude and apologised as they could not stay for longer.
“Then Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II[ra] introduced Sheikh Muhammad Yusuf Sahib, Editor Noor, to Guru Sahib. Sardar Sahib [Sheikh Muhammad Yusuf Sahib] offered two books of biographies of Hazrat Baba Nanak Sahib and the sayings of Baba Sahib to Guru Sahib which he took whilst expressing his gratitude.
“During the conversation, the pleasant relations between Muslims and Sikhs were mentioned during the time of the Mughal emperors. Emperor Akbar donated 23,000 bighas [a measure of land, commonly used in South Asia, varying locally from 1/3 to one acre] of land to Sikh Gurus in the vicinity of Amritsar. And [it was mentioned in the conversation that] Guru Arjan Sahib, as a means of blessing, requested Hazrat Mian Mir Sahib [a Muslim Pir of Lahore] to lay the foundation stone of the Golden Temple [Amritsar]. The mischief of Chandu Lal, the minister of Aurangzeb, was mentioned which he committed against the tenth Guru.
“Then, a discussion ensued about the current situation […]. After a meeting of about one and a half hours, Guru Sahib asked permission to leave. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II[ra] said, ‘The memory of a city can only remain in one’s mind when its well-known sites are seen, therefore the well-known monuments of Qadian should be shown to them such as the TI High School, Minarat-ul-Masih etc.
“Then, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II[ra] placed a tray of dry fruits from his house in the hands of Mir Qasim Ali Sahib and sent it to Guru Sahib. Which he [Guru Sahib] accepted with gratitude.” (Al Fazl, 3 March 1921)