This Week in History: 18-24 March


18 March 1924: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra announced the expulsion of some members of the Jamaat, after it was established that those men were being used as handlers of the Baha’i faith and trying to spread their views to the Jamaat members secretly.

The names of these people were: Mahfuz-ul-Haq Ilmi, Mehr Muhammad Khan Shehab and Master Allah Ditta. They had confessed to being Baha’is before a commission appointed by Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra. After their expulsion, Huzoorra issued a series of lectures on the reality of the Baha’i faith. In addition, Maulvi Fazl-ud-Din Sahib, with great diligence, obtained books on Baha’i, especially Baha’ullah’s book, Aqdas, and published important literature on the invalidation of Bahaism. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 4, p. 496)

18 March 1949: On this date, Muhammad Khan Sahib, who was the grandson of a companion, was martyred in Kashmir. He was martyred inside the building which collapsed due to heavy bombardment of the enemy on the front of the Furqan Battalion on 18 March 1949. (Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh, Friday Sermon, 21 May 1999)

18 March 1966: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh announced the blessed scheme of Waqf-e-Arzi – temporary life-devotion. This scheme was to cater for the religious education and tarbiyat of the Jamaat. Huzoorrh said that those members whom Allah Almighty gave the opportunity to, for 2-6 weeks in a year, should dedicate time to the service of religion and to the various activities of the Jamaat. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 23, p. 49)

19 March 1937: In his sermon, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra, while explaining the meaning of تخلقوا‭ ‬باخلاق‭ ‬اللّٰه, advised that Ahmadis should be a manifestation of the attribute of God Almighty, Rabb-ul-Aalamin (Lord of the all worlds). And since there was no pause or hindrance in this attribute of Allah, Huzoorra said, let there not be any hindrance in the acts of worship and good deeds of the members of the Jamaat. (Khutbat-e-Mahmud, Vol. 18, p. 61)

20 March 1914: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra delivered his first-ever Friday Sermon after being elected as Khalifatul Masih. In this sermon, he advised Ahmadi Muslims to seek Allah’s help and support through giving sadaqah (charity) and praying. (Khutbat-e-Mahmud, Vol. 4, p. 49)

20 March 1970: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh delivered his Friday sermon in which he spoke about the great spiritual manifestations brought by the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa.

21 March 1914: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra issued a powerful and resolute announcement under the title, “Who can stop divine missions?” (Anwar-ul-Ulum, Vol. 2, p. 9)

21 March 1958: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra inaugurated the Fazl-e-Umar Hospital in Rabwah, Pakistan. (Al Fazl, 23 March 1958, p. 1)

Hazrat Musleh e Maud
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra on his arrival to inaugurate Fazl-e-Umar Hospital

22 March 1946: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra proposed some new names (derived from names of elders of the Jamaat) for the agricultural properties owned by the Jamaat in Muhammad Abad state, Sindh. These names included: Nur Nagar, Karim Nagar, Latif Nagar, Roshan Nagar, Burhan Nagar and Ishaq Nagar.

During this journey, Huzoorra departed from Qadian to Sindh on 9 March 1946 and returned to Qadian on April 13. He also visited Nusratabad Estate at the invitation of Hazrat Nawab Abdullah Khanra. (Al Fazl, 25 March 1946, p. 1)

22 March 1989: An interview of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh was broadcast on BBC London in connection with the centenary celebrations of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat. Khuddam cleaned Masjid Fazl, London and decorated it with lights. Before Maghrib prayers, Huzoorrh switched the lights on and formally started the celebration of 100 years since the establishment of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat.

23 March 1951: On the completion of major construction work of Masjid Mubarak, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra delivered his Friday sermon in Masjid Mubarak, Rabwah, and to mark the inauguration, led the congregation in a long prostration of gratitude. (Khutbat-e-Mahmud, Vol. 32, p. 48)

For a further read, see: Al Hakam, issue 18 May 2019

23 March 1989: The second century of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat began. The centenary celebrations began on March 23 and continued throughout the year. After the Fajr prayer, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh announced the first nikah of the new century. Huzoorrh waved the Ahmadiyya flag in front of Fazl Mosque, London, and offered prayers. Special programmes were organised all over the world.

Centenary 1989

On this occasion, Huzoorrh released a video message for the whole world, and in another message, he congratulated the Jamaat for the beginning of the second century. At night, in London, Huzoorrh addressed a dinner. Al Fazl published a special issue and Huzoorrh sent Al Fazl a special poem for the issue.

The Punjab government banned all Ahmadis from celebrating the occasion in Pakistan. Lighting, distribution of sweets and food and all posters by Ahmadis were banned in Rabwah from March 23 to 25. The law was strictly enforced, and many Ahmadis were arrested.

Fazl Mosque

24 March 1936: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra led the congregation in prayer to mark the inauguration of a new mosque in Retichalla, a neighbourhood in Qadian, India.

Construction of the mosque had been stalled since 1935 due to government officials. On this date, on its completion, Huzoorra inaugurated it with prayers. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 7, p. 305)

24 March 1944: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra lodged a campaign for the youth of the Jamaat to devote their lives to the Jamaat as it needed devotees in almost all departments to operate effectively. Furthermore, Huzoorra shared that the Jamaat needed 200 scholars and experts to devote their lives in the near future.

In this Friday sermon, while describing events of history, Huzoorra said: 

“The Jamaat of the one whom Allah Almighty sends as a messenger is not so weak. It may be deceived temporarily, but it cannot be deceived permanently.” (Khutbat-e-Mahmud, Vol. 25, p. 207) 

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