What Hath God Wrought?


Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V a.a. in Capitol Hill


The Month of May has many days that are of historical importance. Many personalities who left a deep imprint on world history were born in May.

Karl Marx was to change the shape of the world economy by laying the foundations of communism – a strong competitor of capitalism. 

Sigmund Freud was to change the perception of human psychology and introduce the powers of the unconscious bunkers of the human-mind. 

Florence Nightingale left behind a new and rich legacy of nursing – a profession that stands as the pride of humanity. Nelson Mandela – once a prisoner in South Africa – became President of the same country, setting a great example of endurance, perseverance and love for one’s nation. 

The Nineteenth Century is of particular importance in world history as communication technology was constantly progressing. May 1844 saw Samuel Morse – inventor of the telegraph – send the first telegraphic message from the Capitol Building, Washington D.C. It was 24 May 1844 when this historic breakthrough took place; the words he chose for this historic message were, “What hath God wrought”, a phrase from Numbers in the Holy Bible meaning “Look! What wonder God has done”.

Then came the May of 1908 where the world witnessed an event that fulfilled a grand Prophecy of the Holy Prophetsa of Islam; the establishment of Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya-Islamiyya. 

The world knows May as a month where great economists, philosophers, psychologists, politicians, nationalists, inventors and humanitarians were born or had seen fruition of their pursuits. In May 1908 was established an institution where all theories, philosophies, inventions and humanitarian efforts were to be channelised by the Divinely appointed successors of the Hakam and Adl – judge and arbitrator – of the latter days. Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya was to put every discipline into perspective and show the way forward.

Since its inception in May 1908, Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya has been a lighthouse for all disciplines of knowledge. Where social scientists, politicians, humanitarian activists and philosophers have sought guidance, Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya has, above all, been the best guide on the path that leads to Allah the Almighty. 

Who would have thought that the fifth era of this Khilafat would see the Khalifa going to the same Capitol Building from where the first telegraphic message was sent out? Even Morse wouldn’t have thought the words of his first message would be said – in their actual sense – from this building by a Divinely appointed Khalifa: What hath God wrought

Al Hakam will Insha-Allah produce a special number for the week 25 to 31 May. The issue will primarily focus on the topic of Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya. 

Write to us about how you have experienced Khilafat, what it means for you and how it has affected your life and we will Insha-Allah include a selection from those experiences.


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