MGA issued an announcement on September 15, 1897, announcing plans for the establishment of such a school in Qadian (see Mujadid e Azim, page 728, online abridged version. This was the Middle/High-School that was started by MGA, it started as a middle school but then added a high school in 1900, most of the teachers were corrupt and passed MGA’s sons even when they failed, it ran from roughly 1898 to 1903. There were accusations of rampant homosexuality at this school also, which seems to be the reason it was shut down in 1903. There was also a College launched (launched in 1903) with the same name that was shut down by the British Government in 1905, via the University Act of 1907. Remember, in 1909, the British government built the biggest building in the history of Qadian as they donated 25,000 rupees to the Ahmadiyya Movement at Qadian. This allowed the Ahmadiyya movement to purchase 50 acres of land as Noorudin ordered the building of the College, with hostel space, the first Jamia and the famous Nur Hospital and the famous Nur Mosque. If it wasn’t for the British government this huge facility would have never been built. However, the College wasn’t opened until 1944, during WW-2. In November 1938, Mirza Nasir Ahmad returned to the town of his birth, Qadian, where he was appointed a professor at Jamia Ahmadiyya, the missionary theological training college of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. In 1939, he was appointed principal where he remained for five years. From May 1944 to November 1965, he was principal of the Talim-ul-Islam College, first in Qadian, then after partition, in Rabwah, Pakistan. In 1947, when the college became homeless as a result of the independence of Pakistan in 1947. After operating in an abandoned horse stable for several months, the college shifted to the abandoned building of the D.A.V. College in Lahore. This building was used as a refugee camp for some time, and became badly damaged but was repaired to suit the needs of the college. In 1955, the college moved to its current campus at Rabwah. From 1948 to 1955, the College was located in Lahore, in fact, an Ahmadi was tragically murdered in 1953 during the the famous 1953 riots. On Dec. 6th, 1954, the College was opened in Rabwah. In 1965, Mirza Nasir Ahmad became Khalifa and appointed Qazi M. Aslam as the new principal. Qazi M. Aslam remained as principal until 1973, when Pakistan nationalized all Colleges and Universities. Hence, the college closed forever. The buildings were then used by Ahmadiyya leaders as jamia or other administrative offices.
Some hard data from Dard, page 812-813
“””The middle school (Ta‘limul Islam) at Qadian was raised to the high standard in February 1900, and a boarding house was opened in May 1900. The number of students on the rolls by the end of 1900 was 124.
The president of the executive committee of the school was Maulawi Nur-ud-Dinra and the General Secretary was M. Muhammad Ali. The Head Master was M. Sher Alira and the second master was Mufti Muhammad Sadiqra.
The classes had not all got rooms and the boys sat in the open space near one another.
The school remained closed for three days on the death of Queen Victoria as a sign of mourning and Ahmadas sent two telegrams (January 24th, 1901) of condolence to the Lieut. Governor of the Punjab and the Viceroy. But on February 23rd, 1901, it was closed for a day on the completion of the I‘jazul Masih as a sign of thanksgiving and rejoicing.
It sent up three students to the Middle Examination in 1900 and all passed, while the Arya
school patronised by Buddha Mal sent up 10 and only one was successful. In 1901 there were nine candidates and of them seven passed. A special sermon was preached in the school for the benefit of students every Monday.””””
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