This Week in History: 10–16 May


A glimpse into the rich history of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat

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Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa inspecting preparations of Jalsa Salana Australia, 2006

10 May 1985: During his Friday Sermon on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh once again mentioned his vision related to “Friday the 10th,” and stated that he had received several interpretations from members of the Jamaat. He then went on to narrate some of those interpretations, and said, “We cannot make a final decision merely based on interpretation.”

Huzoorrh added that the most interesting interpretation received was that this divine vision did not mean any literal date or Friday and instead, pointed towards the 10th verse of Surah al-Jumuah. Huzoorrh elaborated that Allah the Almighty sometimes fulfils a vision several times and in several ways. Moreover, Surah al-Jumuah bears a great connection with Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya.

For more details, see “Friday the 10th: A glad tiding to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat”, at (23 April 2021, p. 18).

11 May 1976: On this day, Al Fazl published that Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh had emphasised that every Ahmadi should plant trees and then properly take care of them. (Al Fazl, 11 May 1976, p. 2)

11 May 2013: On this day, addressing a special reception held in his honour at the Montage in Beverly Hills, LA, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa said:

“The direction the world is moving in suggests that the dark shadow of war is being cast over a very large part of the globe. If war breaks out then countless innocent women, children and elderly people will all die. The destruction will be greater than was witnessed in the previous two World Wars.”

For more details, see “World War III: Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad warned for almost two decades, but the world failed to take heed”, at (4 March 2022, p. 8).

12 May 1908: On this day, Professor Clement Wragge came to see the Promised Messiahas in Lahore. During this first meeting, after asking some questions relating to science and the common understanding of the world and hearing the Promised Messiah’sas replies, Clement Wragge sought permission to see Huzooras again and returned on 18 May for a second meeting and a series of questions.

For more details, see: “Professor Clement Wragge’s First Meeting with the Promised Messiah” at (19 March 2021, pp. 14-15).

12 May 1970: On this day, the then Governor-General of Sierra Leone hosted a reception in honour of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh, which was also attended by various dignitaries of the country, including ministers and foreign ambassadors. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 26, p. 67)

13 April 2006: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa inspected the arrangements for Jalsa Salana Australia and issued instructions to the workers. (Al Fazl International, 12 May 2006, p.  9)

14 May 1931: On this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra returned to Qadian after a visit to Mussoorie, Dehradun and Delhi.

For more details, see “A call for interfaith harmony and tabligh: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’s visit to Mussoorie, Dehradun and Delhi, 1931”, at (2 June 2023, p. 8).

14 May 2021: During his Eid-ul-Fitr Sermon on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa instructed Ahmadis to pray especially for Palestinians and said:

“Today, we must sincerely pray for the Palestinian people who are currently being subjected to grave cruelties. In recent days, when they went to pray in the Al Aqsa Mosque, they were brutally attacked and beaten by the state authorities. […] Certainly, Muslim countries should come together and play their role to protect the Palestinians and other Muslims who are being oppressed in the world. However, the Muslim world is divided and there is a complete lack of unity amongst the Muslim nations. […] May Allah grant sense and wisdom to the Muslim leadership. May He also give sense to the Israelis that they may refrain and withdraw from their injustices.”

For more details, see “The Ahmadiyya Khilafat’s call for Muslim unity: The solution to Israel-Palestine issue”, at (21 May 2021, p. 21).

15 May 1908: On this day, The Daily Paisa Akhbar, and Akhbar Ahl-e-Hadith, published a prophecy made by Dr Abdul Hakeem Khan, who announced that the Promised Messiahas would pass away on 4 August 1908. Arrogantly, he claimed: “Mirza will fall prey to a fatal illness and shall die on 21 Sawan 1965 [i.e., 4 August 1908].” The Promised Messiahas passed away on 26 May 1908.

For more details see: “Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’s demise and Abdul Hakeem”, at (10 February 2023, p. 17).

15 May 1933: On this day, a Muslim Political correspondent of The Civil and Military Gazette wrote:

“It is, I think, a matter of regret that Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud Ahmad[ra] should have retired, as I understand he has, from the Presidentship of the Kashmir Committee, where his counsels were always those of moderation and prudence. Quietly, but nonetheless with determination, he fought the battle of the Muslims of Kashmir. It was due to his efforts very largely that the important right of peasant proprietorship was conceded to the Muslim agriculturists of Kashmir and Jammu, that lawyers were sent who defended something like two thousand cases arising out of the riots free of charge—and, I think, not least important of all—he combatted the mischievous Ahrar influence.”

For more details, see “Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’s services to the Muslim cause: Guidance for Turkey, peace in the Arab world and the Kashmir Movement”, at (19 February 2021, p. 41).

16 May 1947: Delhi’s newspaper “Riasat” commented in its editorial that Ahmadis were supporting the Pakistan Movement, but soon after the creation of Pakistan, the non-Ahmadi Muslims would treat them exactly as the Afghan government had treated them in the past.

In response, during his speech on this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra stated that in a situation like this, a divine community which is purely based on religion, morals, and justice, will keep in mind the rights of the people while making any decision, instead of seeking its own benefit. Huzoorra emphasised that the Jamaat would give precedence to the interest of the Muslim community, and that “it is our obligation to help the oppressed nation, no matter if they kill us or harm us. We have been harmed by every nation.”

For more details, see “Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’s services to the Muslim cause: Guidance and support to leaders of the Pakistan Movement”, at (5 March 2021, p. 20).

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