This Week in History: 2–8 April


In the fourth year of Al Hakam, we will present a selection of incidents from the blessed era of the Third Khalifa, Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmadrh (1965-1982)

3 April 1969: Hazrat Mirza Salamullahra, son of Hazrat Mirza Ghulamullahra of Qadian, passed away. He was the eyewitness of the divine sign shown in regard to the staff of the Arya Samaj’s newspaper, Shubh Chintak, in April 1907.

Hazrat Mirza Salam Ullah ra
Hazrat Mirza Salamullahra

The Arya Samaj of Qadian, when witnessing the Jamaat’s progress, made many attempts to disrespect and malign the Jamaat and Hazrat Ahmadas. They started a newspaper in Qadian named Shubh Chintak. The editor of this paper was a person named Somraj.

This newspaper used to publish abusive and disrespectful remarks about the Promised Messiahas. On one occasion, they claimed that the Promised Messiahas had never shown any sign in his favour and challenged him in this regard. The editor claimed, in front of Hazrat Sheikh Yaqub Ali Irfanira, that he (the editor of Shubh Chintak), just like the Promised Messiahas, would never die from the plague. 

Later, the editor and his family died due to the plague. The team and staff members of Shubh Chintak also died one after the other due to their enmity, vices and challenges against a Prophetas of Allah. 

It is important to note that while his team and staff were dying one after the other, the editor became perturbed and asked an Ahmadi, Maulvi Ubaidullah Bismil Sahib, to treat him. Maulvi Sahib asked Huzooras what he should do in this regard. Huzooras replied that service to humanity demanded that he be treated; however, Huzooras said that he would not survive even if he was treated. 

3 April 1981: On this date, the 62nd Majlis-e-Shura was held which lasted for three days. More than 600 delegates attended. 

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III proceeds to a reception hosted in his honour. On Huzoors right is Mr. F. M. Singateh Governor General of The Gambia The Gambia 2nd May 1970
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh proceeding to a reception hosted in his honour. On Huzoor’s right is Mr FM Singateh (Governor General of The Gambia). The Gambia, 2 May 1970

4 April 1970: On this date, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III’srh tour of Europe and West Africa began. During this tour, Huzoorrh addressed 10 press conferences, attended 12 receptions, inaugurated five mosques, laid the foundation stone of four mosques, met with the heads of six countries, addressed more than a thousand intellectuals at two universities, inaugurated a mission house and laid the foundation stone of one mission house. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh delivered nine Friday Sermons during this tour. He gave many interviews to radio and television stations and met with thousands of Africans. This tour lasted until 8 June. 

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III during his tour of Ghana
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh during his tour of Ghana

4 April 1977: The Ahmadiyya Mission was established in Newala Province, Tanzania.

4 April 1979: On this date, former Prime Minister, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, was hanged in Rawalpindi jail at the age of 52 after being charged with murder.

4 April 1979:  Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Nigeria’s 7th Annual Ijtema, which lasted two days, was attended by a thousand people.

4 April 1980: The Gambia held its 6th Jalsa Salana. On 5 April, Lajna Imaillah held a separate Jalsa in which 75 women participated.

5 April 1968: On this date, the Jamaat’s Majlis-e-Shura was held, which lasted until 7 April.

5 April 1979: On this date, an Ahmadi, Maulvi Noor Ahmad Sahib, was martyred in Indian Kashmir.

6 April 1967: Fazl-e-Umar Foundation announced a prize of 5,000 rupees for position-holders in an academic writing competition. 

It was one of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’sra desires that such academic books and articles should be written on various research topics expounding the teachings of Islam. 

7 April 1967: The 48th Majlis-e-Shura was held. It lasted for three days and was presided by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh.

It was the first time that it took place in Aiwan-e-Mahmood Hall, which was, at the time, still under construction. Before this, for many years, the shuras were held in Talim-ul-Islam college. 

In those days, an announcement was published in Al Fazl which stated that some areas in Pakistan had seen a rise and spread of contagious epidemics such as cerebrospinal fever and smallpox. 

Everyone was informed about the risks of travelling from one location to another. They were told to take care in this matter and not to move from one location to another unnecessarily. 

Moreover, all were made aware that in this situation, it was appropriate to avoid shaking hands with one another and were told to wear a piece of cloth over their face to prevent its spread.

8 April 1977: A four-day Holy Quran exhibition was organised by the Ahmadiyya Jamaat in Nigeria.

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