This Week in History: 28 April – 4 May


28 April 1888: On this day, the Promised Messiahas wrote a reply to the letter of Maulvi Imamuddin Sahib of Montgomery (present-day Sahiwal) rebutting his view concerning heavenly books. This Maulvi Sahib was of the notion that heavenly books still needed to be practised, even after the revelation of the Holy Quran. (Maktubat-e-Ahmad, Vol. 1, pp. 410-412)

28 April 1970: On this day, during his visit to Ivory Coast, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh addressed the Jamaat members who were present. The address was translated simultaneously into French and Abidjan’s local language. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 26, p. 54)

28 April 2005: This was the first day of the 40th Jalsa Salana of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Kenya. This Jalsa was historic as it was the first Jalsa Salana of Kenya which was graced by the presence of any Khalifatul Masih. The vice president of the country also addressed the inaugural session of the Jalsa. The attendance was five times more than the previous year. In addition to other engagements, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa attended a reception in the evening to which the country’s political, diplomatic and higher judicial and administrative officials were invited. (Al Fazl International, 13 May 2005, pp. 8-9)

28 April 2006: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivered the Friday Sermon from Sova, Fiji. This sermon was broadcast live. Huzooraa said that all praise was due to Allah that He enabled him to deliver the sermon directly from this region of the world, which is also known as the corner of the world. Hence, the message of the Promised Messiahas was being conveyed from one end of the world to the other via the means of MTA. (Khutbat-e-Masroor, Vol. 4, pp. 209-220) 

29 April 1904: On this day, the Promised Messiahas received the following revelation

كوریا ‬خطرناك‭ ‬حالت‭ ‬میں‭ ‬ہے۔‭ ‬مشرقى‭ ‬طاقت۔

“Korea is in dangerous situation. Eastern Power.” (Tadhkirah [English], 2019, p. 697)

The editor of Al Hakam (Urdu) wrote that when the war started between Japan and Russia, and Japan had not yet achieved any significant victory, the Promised Messiahas received the above-mentioned revelation. (Ibid.

The compiler of Tadhkirah, Maulana Abdul Latif Sahib Bahawalpuri wrote:

“Before the war between Russia and Japan, Korea was under the control of the Russia. This war was concluded with a peace treaty on May 27-28, 1905. The first clause in the treaty was that Japan will have complete sovereignty over Korea. Thus with the victory of the Eastern power (Japan) and the defeat of Korea, this prophecy of the Promised Messiahas was clearly fulfilled.” (Ibid., p. 698)

29 April 1984: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrt migrated from Pakistan to London. (“Turning point in history – Part II”, Al Hakam, 13 April 2018, Issue 4, p. 5)

29 April 2006: On this day, during his visit to Fiji, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa visited the Ahmadiyya School in Narare Town. He also visited the Ahmadiyya College in the same city. In addition to returning to Sova to inspect the langar khana, Huzooraa addressed the concluding session of Jalsa Salana Fiji and also held a children’s class in the evening. (Al Fazl International, 9 June 2006, pp. 11-13)

30 April 1902: On this day, The Promised Messiahas replied to Hazrat Maulvi Abdullah Sanaurira that chanda of 30 rupees and 7 annas from him had been received. Huzooras plainly articulated that during the ongoing pandemic of the plague, deaths of some members of the Jamaat may occur, but these men would be considered shaheed [martyrs] and these deaths would not surge as total devastation and would not shroud the Jamaat in sheer despair. (Maktubat-e-Ahmad, Vol. 3, p. 238)

1 May 1893: On this day, the Promised Messiahas issued a detailed notification about Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya. Hazrat Ahmadas was informed that some buyers were still waiting for the next parts of the book as promised earlier. Earlier, in September 1886, Huzooras had announced that as the original plan of the book was altered, he did not think it was necessary to produce the 300 parts he had intended and still later, when he found that he could not complete the book at all on the previous lines – as God had commissioned him as a Reformer – he announced that he was prepared to return the money received for the book if its published portion was duly returned to him. Many people took advantage of the offer and got their money back. This announcement was repeated several times; in 1895 and on 15 December 1900, etc. Huzooras had never intended to make money out of this holy undertaking and it is a fact that he did not gain any monetary profit from it. (Majmuah-e-Ishtiharat [2019], Vol. 1, pp. 423-430)

1 May 1947: On this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra delivered a speech, titled “Hindustani uljhanon ka aasaan tareen hal” – A simple solution to the problems of India. During this speech, Huzoorra advocated that the people of India deserved the right to determine their future themselves, instead of the foreigners deciding it unilaterally, and said that since freedom is the birth-right of everyone, Indians also hold the same right. (“Freedom is the birthright of everyone: Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad’sra guidance regarding India’s independence and partition”, Al Hakam, 3 June 2022, Issue 220, pp. 18-19)

2 May 1887: On this day, the Promised Messiahas replied to a letter from Hazrat Hakim Maulvi Nuruddinra. In it, Hazrat Ahmadas expressed great relief after reading that Hazrat Maulvi Sahibra had pledged a handsome amount for setting up a printing press in Qadian. Huzooras prayed fervently for his magnanimous endowments and shared that he had seen a dream about the matter of the printing facility some days earlier and his recent letter was the best interpretation of it. (Maktubat-e-Ahmad, Vol. 2, pp. 32-33)

2 May 1930: On this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra wrote a detailed letter to the then Viceroy of India, Lord Irwin and provided him with some suggestions to move forward with the prevailing law and order situation in the country. A detailed reply to this letter was given by the private secretary of the Viceroy. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 5, p. 194)

2 May 2006: On this day, during his tour in Fiji, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa visited the International Date Line in Fiji, had individual and family mulaqats and attended a reception to which dignitaries were invited. Huzooraa inspected the mission house and mosque on the island and returned to Nadi, a city on Fiji’s main island, by air later that evening. (Al Fazl International, 16 June 2006, pp. 10-11)

3 May 1905: On this day, the Promised Messiahas was shown in writing in a dream: 

آہ‭ ‬نادر‭ ‬شاہ‭ ‬كہاں‭ ‬گیا

“Alas; where has Nader Shah disappeared.” (Tadhkirah [English], p. 748)

About this, Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmadra wrote: 

“This prophecy was fulfilled as follows: 

“In 1929, by the decree of Allah the Almighty, Amir Amanullah Khan, King of Afghanistan, was deposed by Habibullah Khan, commonly known as Bachcha Saqqa. The Afghans called Nadir Khan, who was then in France, for assistance. Nadir Khan came, and Bachcha Saqqa was arrested and killed by him. Nadir Khan ascended the throne of Afghanistan. He dropped his traditional and national title of Khan and was now called ‘Nadir Shah.’ Later, on November 8, 1933, a man named Abdul Khaliq killed Nadir Shah amongst a large crowd in broad daylight. The untimely and sudden death of Nadir Shah prompted many Afghans and others in the world to say: ‘Alas, where has Nadir Shah disappeared.’” (Ibid.)

3 May 1955: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra was in Damascus. On this day, he announced the nikah of two Syrian Ahmadis. It is also reported that on the same day, Huzoorra graciously blessed a question-and-answer session. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 16, p. 506)

4 May 1898: On this day, the Promised Messiahas prepared and dispatched a memorial addressing Nawab Lieutenant Governor about a foul book written by a Christian doctor, Ahmad Shah, titled, Ummahat-ul-Momineen. Huzooras commented on the real culprit behind this disturbing project. Huzooras also led the Muslim population of the subcontinent from the front during this painful battle in defence of the holy personalities of Islam. Huzooras took the logical and most successful line, unlike the Anjuman Himayat-e-Islam Lahore and the likes of them, and proposed that rebuttals in the most befitting manner should be prepared and published to any such literature. (Majmuah-e-Ishtiharat [2019], Vol. 2, pp. 427-432)

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