This Week in History: 9-15 July


9 July 1932: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra set out for Dalhousie and remained there till 14 July. On 14 July, Huzoorra attended the wedding ceremony of the daughter of Chaudhry Shamshad Ali Khan Sahib with Dr Khalifa Taqiuddin Sahib.

From Dalhousie, Huzoorra went to Shimla, where he stayed till 18 July. On 19 July, Huzoorra laid the foundation stone of the house of Babu Faqir Ali Sahib, station master in Muhalla Darul Barkaat, Qadian.

On 20 July, Huzoorra embarked again on his journey towards Dalhousie and travelled in those days for the welfare of Muslims.

Hazrat Musleh e Maud in Dalhousie
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra at Baitul Fazl, Dalhousie

10 July 1913: The official magazine of the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-e-Islam Lahore commenced its publication under the title of Paigham-e-Sulh. This magazine represented the voice of the Paighami group, those who opposed Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya. It was for this reason that once, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira referred to it as Paigham-e-Jang. At first, those who expressed their disobedience to the Khilafat of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira, established “Paigham-e-Sulh Society” in Lahore. This society launched a newspaper on 10 July 1913, titled Paigham-e-Sulh, to carry out its objectives.

This paper was mainly linked with four people. Firstly, Dr Syed Muhammad Hussain Shah Sahib, who would write articles for the newspaper and financially support it. Secondly, Babu Manzur Ilahi Sahib, who would assist the newspaper in administrative matters and would also write for it as well. Thirdly, Maulvi Abdul Haq Sahib, and fourthly, Khalifa Rajab Din Sahib, who was the printer and publisher. In its initial stages, the newspaper would publish three times a week. 

Upon its launch, Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra sent an article titled Ikseer (remedy). However, as the newspaper aimed to criticise the family members of the Promised Messiahas and especially Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud AhmadraPaigham-e-Sulh started an open enmity with Al Fazl and published an article expressing its opposition.

Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Sadiqra stated that Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira was very displeased with Paigham-e-Sulh. He wrote a letter to Dr Syed Muhammad Hussain Shah Sahib in which he stated:

“Mahmud is the son of the Promised Messiah. The one who uses harsh language against him should remember that Muhammad Hussain did the same and his progeny was spoiled.” (Some members of his family would later accept Ahmadiyyat.)

10 July 1980: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh attended a dinner hosted by the Ahmadiyya Mission in Frankfurt. Various guests were also invited. Prominent politicians, diplomats and intellectuals were also in attendance. In addition to the city’s clergy, doctors and members of the press were also present. Huzoorrh remained among the guests for about two hours and answered their questions about Islam Ahmadiyyat.

11 July 1957: Sultan Mahomed Shah, Agha Khan III passed away on this day in Geneva Switzerland at the age of 79. He was the 48th Imam of the Nizari Ismailis and one of the founders and the first president of the All-India Muslim League. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra sent his condolences to the bereaved family and followers.

Huzoorra sent the following telegram to the Begum of Agha Khan:

“I am very grieved upon the demise of your respected husband. I had a very old acquaintance with the late Agha Khan. I not only found him as my own sincere friend, but also a great patriot, and was passionate for the wellbeing of the Muslims. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and convey my emotions to Prince Ali Khan and Prince Sadruddin.

“Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad, Imam Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya, 13 July 1957”.

11 July 1980: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh, during his tour of Europe, offered Friday prayers at the Noor Mosque in Frankfurt. In his sermon, Huzoorrh highlighted the high status of women in Islam.

In the evening, Huzoorrh answered questions of German and guests of other nationalities for about two hours.

Old Noor Mosque Germany
Noor Mosque, Frankfurt

12 July 1924: On this date, members of the Jamaat gathered in Masjid Mubarak, Qadian to see Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra before he departed for his tour of Europe. Before departing, Huzoorra visited the Promised Messiah’sas grave and prayed. 

The entourage consisted of: Hazrat Mirza Sharif Ahmadra, Hazrat Chaudhry Fateh Muhammad Sayalra, Hazrat Maulvi Abdur Rahim Dardra, Hazrat Zulfiqar Ali Khanra, Hazrat Hafiz Roshan Alira, Hazrat Sheikh Yaqub Ali Irfanira, Hazrat Dr Hashmatullah Khanra, Hazrat Bhai Abdur Rahman Qadianira, Sheikh Abdur Rahman Misri Sahib, Chaudhry Ali Muhammad Sahib and Mian Reham Din Sahib. Accompanying them later was Hazrat Chaudhry Zafrulla Khanra, who had departed earlier. The entourage left Qadian and travelled to Batala station. From Batala to Dehli, at various stops, many people were able to see Huzoorra and see him off. After passing Ludhiana, in memory of Qadian, Huzoorra composed the famous nazm:

ہے‭ ‬رضائے‭ ‬ذاتِ‭ ‬بارى‭ ‬اب‭ ‬رضائے‭ ‬قادیاں

مدّعائے‭ ‬حق‭ ‬تعالىٰ‭ ‬مدّعائے‭ ‬قادیاں

Hazrat Musleh e Maud praying at Promised Messiahs Grave
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra praying at the Promised Messiah’sas grave

12 July 1935: The Saudi Crown Prince visited the Fazl Mosque in London. A reception was arranged to welcome him.

Hazrat Maulvi Abdur Rahim Dardra, who was the imam of Fazl Mosque, arranged a reception for him in which various guests and dignitaries, including Sir Abdul Qadir, and ambassadors of America, Brazil, Mexico and Arab countries, were invited.

The Saudi Crown Prince visited the Fazl Mosque, London

12 July 1948: Hazrat Syed Azizullah Shahra passed away. He was the father of Hazrat Syeda Mehr Apa (wife of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra), son of Hazrat Syed Abdul Sattar Shahra and the maternal uncle of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh.

The Promised Messiahas had called the family of Hazrat Syed Abdus Sattar Shahra as “Bahishti Tabbar” (Heaven-bound family). Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira, on many occasions, would say to Hazrat Syed Abdul Sattar Shahra that he had done his children’s tarbiyat in an excellent manner.

Hazrat Syed Azizullah Shah’s daughter was married to Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra after the demise of Hazrat Syeda Umm-e-Tahirra.

12 July 1980: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh reached Zurich, Switzerland, from Frankfurt, Germany during his visit to Europe.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III rh in Zurich
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh in Zurich

13 July 1952: An all-party convention was arranged in Barkat Ali Muhammadan Hall, Lahore and was attended by more than 700 delegates from all prominent religious sects and schools of thoughts across the country. The attendees had come to support the demands of the Ahrar party against the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat. They also decided to contribute towards the false propaganda against the Jamaat. So, as expected, hate and agitation against Ahmadis across the country increased. However, educated and civilised people and communities in Pakistan expressed their displeasure and fear concerning damaging outcomes if these hate-mongers remained at large. These religious fanatics also demanded the banning and removal of all the religious literature by prominent personalities that was used by Ahmadi Muslims in support of their arguments during debates.

14 July 1924: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra was en route to Europe to attend the Wembley Conference. On this date, as Huzoorra was travelling, Eid-ul-Adha approached. Huzoorra led the Eid prayer at Manmad Junction’s platform and delivered a short sermon.

15 July 1924: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra embarked on his tour of Europe from Bombay Port by boarding a ship. On this occasion, Huzoorra sent a message via telegram to members of the Jamaat, which was full of love and affection.

Addressing the Jamaat, Huzoorra said:

“You do not know, in fact, you cannot even fathom the love I have for you [the Jamaat] […] In life and death, I am yours.”

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