Notes and Comments: The Annual Gathering of Ahmadis
The Review of Religions (English), January 1913 Issue (Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 43–44)
As usual, the annual gathering of the Ahmadis took place at Qadian in the last week of December . There was a marked increase in the number of those that took part in the meeting, the congregation at the Friday prayer numbering more than 4,000.
The proceedings on the first day of the meeting, the 25th of December, were opened by Maulvi Muhammad Ali, M.A., Secretary to the Sadr Anjuman-e-Ahmadiyya, who, after a thanksgiving, referred to the way in which the Ahmadiyya community has been following the example and acting upon the precepts of the Promised Messiah [Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian] in maintaining a sincerely loyal attitude to the British Government.
He expressed his abhorrence at the dastardly attempt made on the lives of His Excellency the Viceroy and Lady Hardinge and it was unanimously resolved to send the following message of sympathy to His Excellency the Viceroy, by wire:
“The Ahmadiyya community assembled at their annual gathering have learned with the utmost regret and unanimously express their horror at the base attempt made on the life of His Excellency the Viceroy on the occasion of his state entry into Delhi and thank God for His merciful providence in saving the life of His Excellency. They all pray to God for His Excellency’s speedy recovery.”
Among the speakers that addressed the assembly in its various sittings were His Holiness Hakim Haji Maulawi Nur-ud-Din, successor to the Promised Messiah; Shaikh Timur, M.A.; Mirza Yaqub Beg, B.A., L.M.S.; Maulawi Sadr-ud-Din, B.A., B.T.; Mufti Muhammad Sadiq, editor, Badr; Hazrat Maulawi Muhammad Ahsan Sahib of Amroha; Syed Muhammad Husain Shah, Assistant Surgeon; and Chaudhri Fateh Muhammad, M.A. (Alig).
Among the themes discoursed upon were: how the educated Ahmadis can serve the Holy Quran; the mission of the Promised Messiah and the duties of the Ahmadiyya community; the propagation of Islam; a review of the great religions of the world; the way to please God; an exhortation to live in perfect union; sayings and doings of our beloved master; the meaning of the confirmation of the previous scriptures by the Holy Quran.
The Secretary read the annual report, announcing that in the last year the contributions to the Sadr-Anjuman-e-Ahmadiyya Fund amounted to one lac and forty thousand rupees [Rs. 140,000]. Though the object of the gathering was not the collecting of subscriptions but merely moral and spiritual improvement, yet the contributions made by the members on the occasion of the annual gathering for the propagation of Islam amounted to nearly 10,000 rupees.
Sahibzada Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud Ahmad, son of the Promised Messiah, who had gone on a pilgrimage to Mecca, sent from that holy city the following brief but touching message to the disciples of his illustrious father assembled at Qadian:
“Peace to you, my friends.
“None is more pitiable than he who sits idle when the ship is sinking. Islam and the Muslims are now on the verge of destruction. It is now time for you to live together in union and to apply all your energies to the service of Islam, for God helps those who help His religion.
“May God be with you.”
Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din, B.A., LL.B., who is now in London and is working there as a missionary of Islam, sent a similar message to his brethren at Qadian, exhorting them to do their utmost to convey the light of Islam to the ends of the earth.