This Week in History: 11-17 June


11 June 1948: The government of West Punjab, Pakistan gave permission to the Ahmadiyya Jamaat to set up their Markaz in Rabwah after a long process relating to legal and official matters. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra formed a committee, consisting of 10 members, to start planning the core schemes for construction.

Huzoorra, at that time, was residing in Quetta. Among the detailed instructions Huzoorra gave was for the committee to review the location and determine where the headquarters would be located in the new city. Huzoorra further told the committee to bear in mind places such as Bahishti Maqbarah, mosques, colleges, schools, hospital, research institutes etc.

Huzoorra also stated that if there was water in the city, then trees should be planted around the city as a fence. Huzoorra added that research should also be done on what kind of fruit and other trees could be planted in the area. Huzoorra said that first, the foundation of a mosque should be laid and then it should be assessed in what order the houses would be built in the city. 

Thus, the one who was “filled with secular and spiritual knowledge” gave various important and necessary guidance at a time when Rabwah was just a mere desert. 

old rabwah

12 June 1970: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh narrated few incidents of his tour of Spain and West Africa. He described what his heart felt while remembering the glorious past of the Muslims in Spain.Whilst narrating his stay, Huzoorrh stated that he stayed in Granada for two nights. During the second night, Huzoorrh said he hardly slept and instead, spent his night praying to Allah. Huzoorrh said that he prayed fervently to Allah and added that after the Fajr prayer, the following verse of the Holy Quran flowed from his mouth:

وَ مَنۡ يَّتَوَكَّلۡ عَلَی اللّٰهِ فَهُوَ حَسۡبُهٗ ؕ اِنَّ اللّٰهَ بَالِغُ اَمۡرِهٖ ؕ قَدۡ جَعَلَ اللّٰهُ لِكُلِّ شَيۡءٍ قَدۡرًا

“And he who puts his trust in Allah – He is sufficient for him. Verily, Allah will accomplish His purpose. For everything has Allah appointed a measure.” (Surah al-Talaq, Ch.65: V.4)

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Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh at the foundation stone ceremony of Basharat Mosque, Spain

13 June 1947: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra instructed all the Ahmadi men and women in the country to perform Tahajud prayer regularly, owing to the dire situation at that time. On 3 June, the British Raj had announced the partition scheme. 

In his Friday Sermon, Huzoorra pointed out the worrisome situation in the country and said that the country was suffering from affliction after affliction. 

Huzoorra stated that the Jamaat should pray to Allah in such delicate times that He might save the country from disorder. Huzoorra added that the people of the country, generally, were unaware of geography and, as such, were not aware of what was to come. However, Huzoorra said that he understood the gravity of the situation as he had the maps present in his mind and would contemplate often. 

Then, Huzoorra said that the Jamaat should pray to Allah and especially during the nights that Allah might provide the solution to these problems. (Al Fazl, 16 June 1947)

14 June 1908: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira called the attention of Ahmadi scribes and invited them to come and reside in Qadian so the process of printing the Jamaat’s publication might become swift. 

In fact, there was a great shortage of scribes in Qadian at that time. For this reason, an important booklet of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira was sent to Lahore for publication. Similarly, an important pamphlet of Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra was also sent to Lahore.

At the behest of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira, the editor of Al Hakam announced this desire of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira by publishing an advertisement for it.

14 June 1956: Syed Kamal Yusuf Sahib and Chaudhry Abdul Latif Sahib reached Gothenburg, aiming to establish the Ahmadiyya mission in Scandinavian countries. In those early days, this venture was supervised by the neighbouring Germany Jamaat. 

Chaudhary Abdul Latif Sb Germany
Chaudhry Abdul Latif Sahib

Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra was shown in a divine vision, in 1932, that the people of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Hungary were waiting for the spread of Ahmadiyyat. 

kamal yousuf sahib
Syed Kamal Yusuf Sahib

After this, Chaudhry Abdul Latif Sahib BA sent a detailed report in regard to the establishment of the new Islamic mission:

“By the grace of God Almighty, with the prayers of and under the instruction of our beloved master, Hazrat Amirul Momineen [Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra], I, along with brother Kamal Yusuf Sahib, reached the city Gothenburg on 14 June 1956 […] The first necessary task for establishing a new mission is to find a suitable room. In this regard, after special efforts, by the grace of Allah the Almighty, a suitable room has been found in Gothenburg for rent in which brother Kamal Yusuf Sahib has shifted. 

“During the stay of one week, contacts were made with different societies. [We] had the opportunity to meet the officer in-charge of the relevant department of the government. He showed special interest in our tabligh related tasks and ensured all kinds of possible help. He also promised brother Kamal Yusuf Sahib for help in learning the language.”

15 June 1912: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira travelled to Lahore and laid the foundation stone of the house of Hazrat Sheikh Rahmatullahra. This was Huzoor’sra last journey to Lahore. 

Sheikh Sahibra had been told by the Promised Messiahas that he would bless the house by laying its foundation stone, but destiny did not allow him. On this, the first successor of the Promised Messiahas did not desire for a single promise of his master to remain unfulfilled. Accordingly, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira bore patiently the hardships of travel and reached Lahore to lay the foundation stone. 

During this journey, apart from his wife and sons, he was also accompanied by Hazrat Sahibzada Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra, Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmadra, Hazrat Mirza Sharif Ahmadra, Hazrat Dr Khalifa Rashiduddinra, Hazrat Sheikh Yaqub Ali Irfanira, Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Sadiqra and some other members. Members of the Jamaat at Lahore station welcomed them. The guests stayed in the Ahmadiyya Buildings, while Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira resided at the house of Dr Mirza Yaqub Baig Sahib.

At the time of laying the foundation stone, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira called the sons of the Promised Messiahas to stand near him and instructed Hazrat Nawab Muhammad Ali Khanra to come forward, who was standing behind. Then, Huzoorra instructed four chairs to be brought forward and told the sons of the Promised Messiahas and Hazrat Nawab Muhammad Ali Khanra to take a seat. Upon this, they felt hesitant in sitting while Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira remained standing, to which Huzoorra said: 

“It is I who serves you and I am performing your work. I have great regard for your father, who was my benefactor and noble leader, in my heart; please, do sit down.”

Thus, they all sat down and after that, Huzoorra delivered a speech and laid the first brick with his blessed hand. Then, with his special instruction, those sons of the Promised Messiahas and Hazrat Nawab Sahibra followed him. After that, Huzoorra led everyone in silent prayer.

Sheikh Rahmatullah Sahib
Hazrat Sheikh Rahmatullahra

Whilst in Lahore, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira delivered speeches in the evening of 16 June and in the morning of 17 June. In his speech, he proved the superiority of Islamic teachings in comparison to other religions. 

During his stay in Lahore, Maulvi Zafar Ali Khan, Editor Akhbar Zamindar visited him and stated that he should not call Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas a prophet and that only then could peace be established with other Muslims. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira stated that if Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas had not claimed to be a prophet, then the saying of the Holy Prophetsa would prove false because the awaited Messiah was called a prophet in ahadith.

15 June 1950: Ceasefire was agreed upon in Kashmir between India and Pakistan. On this, the Furqan Force of Ahmadis was disbanded. On 17 June, a special ceremony was arranged in Sarai Alamgir and the message from the commander-in-chief was read out. Everyone concerned witnessed and lauded the efficiency and loyalty of Ahmadi volunteers.

Furqan Force
The Furqan Force

16 June 1937: A prominent Ahmadi figure in Qadian, Hazrat Maulana Abdur Rahman Jattra was charged in court in a dispute related to the land of the graveyard in Qadian. The judge gave two options: four months imprisonment or a 100-rupee fine. Under the guidance of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra, Jatt Sahib opted to go to jail and remained there until 9 July.

On 9 July, he was acquitted and on the same evening at 5:30pm, he reached Qadian by train and was welcomed by Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra and other members of the Jamaat. 

Hazrat Maulvi Abdur Rahman Jatt ra
Hazrat Maulana Abdur Rahman Jattra

17 June 1937: Mr John Clark Archer (1881-1957), American Clergyman and academic, visited Qadian and had an opportunity to have an audience with Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra. He discussed various Islamic issues with Huzoorra.  

He was a professor of religions at Yale University, USA. In those days, he was in Punjab, engaged in conducting research on Sikhism. 

John Clark Archer

After having an important meeting with Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra and visiting the Jamaat offices, he returned to Amritsar. Later, on 13 July 1937, he sent a letter addressed to nazir-e-ala in which he wrote:

“I think I may have delayed a lot in writing this letter. Please accept my apologies for this mistake. I hoped that I would visit Qadian again and express my emotions personally, but circumstances did not permit. And now there is very little chance for my visit. I received a message yesterday and so I had to immediately go to Jabalpur (UP). I recently met with Nayyar Sahib in Lahore and had a discussion with him. I am very much grateful to him and his family for their kind hospitality, and his personal conduct […]

“I will always be grateful to everyone – from Hazrat Khalifatul Masih to all the workers – because I had been treated very well. I have started reading the books which Hazrat Sahib gave me, especially IslamThe Way to Peace and Happiness, and Teachings. I am thankful to all of you from the depth of my heart. After reaching America, I will make a permanent record of my visit to Qadian.

“Yours sincerely, John Clark Archer”.

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