This Week in History: 5-11 November

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Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh at Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Ijtema, Rabwah

5 November 1926: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra initiated the organisation of Ansarullah for the purpose of looking after the upbringing of Ahmadi children and youth. In its inaugural session, on this day, Huzoorra made it obligatory for its members to learn Ayat-ul-Kursi (Surah al-Baqarah Ch. 2: V. 256) and the last three chapters of the Holy Quran. Moreover, every member was to keep the following three books with them as a personal copy: the Holy Quran, Noah’s Ark and Riyadh-us-Saliheen.

Through this body, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra endeavoured to uplift the standards of members of the Jamaat. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 5, p. 565)

5 November 1968: Hazrat Chaudhry Ghulam Hussain Bhattira passed away. He did bai‘at in 1905 through a letter and travelled personally to Qadian in 1907. Almost half of the population of his village in Sargodha accepted Ahmadiyyat through his tabligh (preaching).

His son, Chaudhry Muhammad Yar Arif Sahib, was a missionary, who had the opportunity to serve in the UK as a missionary and as the deputy imam of the London Mosque.

Muhammad Yar Arif Sahib, along with Hazrat Maulana Abdur Rahim Nayyarra, represented the Ahmadiyya Jamaat in the annual session of the Muslim League on 23 March 1940, in which the Lahore Resolution, also called the Pakistan Resolution, was passed. Thus, this was a historic moment which they had the honour to be a part of. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 24, p. 689)

6 November 1932: The Jamaat arranged a worldwide series of jalsas to highlight the high standards of the life of the Holy Prophet, Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.

jalsa was organised in Qadian. Its third and final session was presided over by Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra.

7 November 1939: Hazrat Hakim Abdul Khaliqra passed away. He was a companion of the Promised Messiahas. He belonged to Dera Ghazi Khan and had the opportunity to perform Hajj in 1937.

7 November 1980: The 36th Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya annual ijtema was held in Rabwah. This was the last ijtema of the 14th century AH. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh delivered speeches on all three days. Huzoor’srh speech on the last day was also conveyed live to the Lajna ijtema arena. The Lajna ijtema was also taking place. (Al Fazl, 20 November 1980)

8 November 1965: Owing to an assassination attempt and his unyielding struggle for the Jamaat and nation, over the years, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’sra health continued a prolonged process of decline. On this date, at 2:20 am, this great leader passed away in Rabwah, Pakistan. 

On the same day, after Isha prayer, the electoral college held its proceedings and announced the election of Hazrat Hafiz Mirza Nasir Ahmadrh as Khalifatul Masih III. Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmadrh led the funeral prayer the very next day at around 4:30 pm, which was attended by thousands of people. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh made a short speech, which was followed by the funeral prayer. 

Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra was buried in Bahishti Maqbarah in Rabwah next to his mother, Hazrat Nusrat Jehan Begumra.

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Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh leading silent prayer after being elected as Khalifatul Masih; Rabwah, Pakistan, 8 November 1965

9 November 1936: Hazrat Haji Abdul Azizra, a companion of the Promised Messiahas, passed away at the age of 71 in Aligarh. He did bai‘at and accepted Islam Ahmadiyyat in 1893 at the hand of the Promised Messiahas. Hazrat Haji Sahibra was the father of Dr Ata Ullah Butt, Principal Tibbiya College Aligarh. When he passed away, his body was brought to Qadian to be buried in Bahishti Maqbarah. Hazrat Syed Sarwar Shahra led his funeral prayer. (Al Fazl, 12 November 1936, p. 1)

9 November 1939: Hazrat Baba Shabrat Alira of Bhagalpur passed away at the age of 95. He used to serve as a guard at the entrance of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’sra residence. (Tarikh-e-Ahamdiyyat, Vol. 7, p. 572)

9 November 1973: Ansarullah’s ijtema was held in which 4,500 ansar from 535 majalis participated. This ijtema continued till 11 November. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh delivered two speeches and announced the establishment of the saf-e-awal (55 years and above) and saf-e-daum (aged 40-54) ansar. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 29, p. 290)

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Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh at Ansarullah Ijtema, Rabwah

10 November 1936: Hazrat Baba Allah Dittara, a companion of the Promised Messiahas, passed away. His funeral prayer was led by Hazrat Syed Sarwar Shahra and he was buried in Bahishti Maqbarah. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 7, p. 232)

10 November 1968: Hazrat Maulvi Abdul Mananra of Kathgarh, a companion of the Promised Messiahas, passed away. Hazrat Maulvi Abdul Mananra was born in 1885 and he did bai‘at in 1903. Concerned for the education of Muslims in his area, he started a primary school for Muslim children at his own expense, which developed into a high school. Up until the partition of the country in 1947, he ran this school so well that Hindu children also started attending it. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 24, p. 693)

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Hazrat Maulvi Abdul Mananra

11 November 1915: Hazrat Maulvi Abdul Haye, son of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira, passed away at the age of 18.

Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra said about him:

“I had such love for him as there should be for one’s real brother.” (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 4, p. 179)

11 November 1949: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra visited Sargodha, a city located to the north-west of Rabwah and at a distance of around 50 kilometres, upon the invitation of Malik Sahib Khan Noon, retired deputy commissioner. After delivering the Friday Sermon and leading the Jumuah prayer, Huzoorra proceeded towards the Company Bagh to address a large crowd gathered to listen to him. Huzoor’sra two-hour talk was listened to carefully. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 12, p. 41)

An eyewitness account of this speech can be read here:

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