This Week in History: 21-27 May


21 May 1951: Rabwah’s first telephonic message was sent on this date. Reporting on this historical moment, Al Fazl wrote that on the evening of 21 May 1951, a phone call was made from Rabwah to Qadian. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra was asked what message should be sent to Qadian on his behalf. Huzoorra responded that his salaam should be extended and members of the Jamaat should be encouraged to pray. Huzoor’sra message was conveyed to the amir of Qadian through the first phone call of Rabwah.

21 May 1954: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra delivered the first Friday Sermon in Mubarak Mosque, Rabwah after the attempt on his life in 1954.

22 May 1926: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra laid the foundation stone of Qasr-e-Khilafat, Qadian. The building was constructed on a plot of land between Hazrat Sahibzada Mirza Bashir Ahmad’sra workplace and the house of Hazrat Syed Nasir Shahra in Qadian. 

22 May 1948: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra issued a written message under the title, “Aap ki talash hei” (I need you). This announcement was made in search of young waqifeen. The English rendering can be read at this link:

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22 May 1970: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh established the Nusrat Jehan Reserve Fund during his tour of England. During his Friday Sermon of 22 May 1970, he announced the heavenly scheme “Nusrat Jehan Reserve Fund” and disclosed to members of the Jamaat that he had been directed by Allah the Almighty that Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya should arrange £100,000 for hospitals and schools in West Africa.

23 May 1924: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra was invited by the Muslim League to their annual session. Upon this, Huzoorra penned a detailed article about the bases of unity. Huzoorra did not suffice only by giving advice and suggestions, but instead, he started to provide every possible moral, constitutional and financial help as well. He said:

“When the Muslim League was established, the financial situation was so meagre that they had no money to even arrange their conventions and I would provide them the help […] A lawyer from Lahore met me in Lucknow once and said, ‘I had been a secretary of Maulana Muhammad Ali for nearly nine years and I remember very well that whenever there was a convention of the Muslim League, you [Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra] were also invited and advice would be sought from you […] And when the convention could not be held due to the [shortage of] money, financial help would be taken from you. We, who are alive now, are witness to this.’”

23 May 1970: On this date, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh inaugurated the newly built Mahmood Hall within the London Mission. This building consisted of a hall, offices and three residential flats for Missionaries. Huzoorrh had laid the foundation of this building during his previous European tour on 30 July 1967. Its expenses were provided by Hazrat Chaudhry Muhammad Zafrulla Khanra, something which became openly known after his demise. 

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III rh laying the foundation stone of Mahmood Hall London 1967
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh laying the foundation stone of Mahmood Hall London, 1967

24 May 1932: Hazrat Mir Muhammad Ishaqra read out his research paper in Lahore during a session arranged by Sanatana Dharma Hindus. His topic was, “Is religion an obstacle in a nation’s development?”

25 May 1941: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra delivered a speech about the situation prevailing in Iraq due to World War II. Huzoor’sra analysis was broadcast from Lahore radio station along with Delhi and Lucknow radio stations. 

25 May 1965: Sahibzada Mirza Mubarak Ahmad Sahib inaugurated a mosque in Southall, London. Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya UK raised the funds for this mosque through donations. On this occasion, Bashir Ahmad Khan Rafiq Sahib and Hazrat Sir Chaudhry Muhammad Zafrulla Khanra addressed the attendees and advised them to attain internal purity, use their God-given capabilities in the way of Allah and sacrifice their lives for His cause. 

26 May 1906: A baby boy was born in the house of Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra. He was named Mirza Naseer Ahmad; however, this grandson of the Promised Messiah passed away in infancy.  

According to the narration of Hazrat Nawab Mubaraka Begum Sahibara, this baby boy was buried in Lahore. 

26 May 1908: Hazrat Hakim Maulvi Nuruddinra led the funeral prayer of the Promised Messiahas in Lahore at noon. Then, in the evening, the rail journey started from Lahore Station to take the coffin to Qadian for burial. 

26 May 1908: Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra made his resolution to fulfil the mission of the Promised Messiahas. He stated that if, God forbid, no Ahmadi helped him, he would sacrifice his entire being and every fibre of his body for the Promised Messiah’sas great cause. At that time, he was merely a young man, grief-ridden, standing beside the body of his father, the Promised Messiahas

26 May 1926: On this day, the publication of the Ahmadiyya Gazette started from Qadian, which continued regularly for a few years. The purpose was to inform members of the Jamaat about the activities of different departments and anjumans of the Jamaat. Its first editor was Hazrat Qazi Muhammad Zuhooruddin Akmal. 

26 May 1967: Hazrat Mian Khuda Bakhshra passed away on this day. He was from Patiala, a city in southeastern Punjab. He was a very sincere and selfless person. After accepting Islam Ahmadiyyat, he faced severe opposition from his family. 

27 May 1908: Hazrat Hakim Maulvi Nuruddinra was elected unanimously as the First Khalifa of the Promised Messiahas. He addressed the Ahmadis before accepting their bai‘at. Men performed the bai‘at first and then the ladies. Among the ladies, the family members of the Promised Messiahas were first.

Afterwards, he led the funeral prayer of the Promised Messiahas and the burial was completed under his guidance. All Ahmadis performed his bai‘at and the Jamaat was again united under one hand to spread the message of Islam. 

27 May 1935: The first Ahmadiyya Mission in China was established by Sufi Abdul Ghafur Bhervi Sahib, who reached Hong Kong on 27 May 1935. After serving as a missionary for many years, he returned to Qadian. During his time, Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya China was established. The first-ever Chinese Ahmadi, whose information was sent to the markaz, was Leung King Fung, who resided in Kawai Show, District Santak, Province Kwanteeng of China. 

Sufi Sahib arranged to have The Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam translated into Chinese, which proved to be very useful in spreading the message of Ahmadiyyat.   

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