The family of Mirza Basheer uddin Mahmud Ahmad was above the law in British India. His travel dates were July 12th, 1924 to November 24th, 1924 (see Tarikh e Ahmadiyya)(See also ROR of 2008). As soon as he returned to Qadian, he got all the reports of the “goings-on” while he was away. He received reports that his wife #2, Amtul Hai (age-24) was writing letters to various newspapers and telling them how bad her husband was. At this blog, we think that the British government had recently destroyed the Ottoman Empire and deposed of the most influential Islamic leader in that era and time and they were thus wanting to stop all islamic leadership via Khilafat. The Ahmadiyya Khalifa was summoned to England by the Queen and other organizations and told about this new role in British India. As soon as he returned to India, Zafrullah Khan became the official Ahmadi representative to the Queen. The next time that the Khalifa left the Indian subcontinent would be in 1955.
He left Qadian on 12 July with a party of 10 persons accompanying him. The party sailed from Bombay on the morning of 15 July and the ship reached Aden (Yemen) eight days later. The ship entered Port Said on the evening of 28 and the Khalifa stayed in Cairo for 3 days. He then proceeded to Jerusalem and Damascus. Ahmadiyya sources have never told us what the Khalifa did in modern day Israel and Syria, it has remained a secret for almost 100 years. This seems to be how and when he set up his Jamaat in Damascus, which failed and then moved to Kababir. A year later, in 1925, he officially sent Jalal ud Din Shams to be a missionary in Damascus.
16 August 1924: During his four-day stay in Rome, The Khalifa was interviewed by national press and had a meeting with Italian Prime Minister, Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini, in his office. The meeting took place on 19 August with the aim of presenting the aims (See Al-Hakam, online tweet, on 8-16-2021).
Nevertheless, he arrived in London on 22 August 1924 (he seems to have been travelling from July 28th to August 22nd) and stayed at 6 Chesham Place, Belgravia, SW1. In a report of the visit published in the Review of Religions October 1924 p. 371, it is written that “The news of His Holiness’s visit to London was published along with suitable notes in most of the important papers in London. The first public lecture which His Holiness gave in England is the one which His Holiness delivered in Portsmouth on 13 September”. The address in Portsmouth, at Piles Hall was delivered before a large audience and is entitled, “A Message from Heaven” (reproduced in The Review of Religions, Jan 2003). The London Conference of Living Religions began on 22 September 1924. The Khalifa’s paper on “The Ahmadiyya Movement” was presented on 23 September and was read out by Chaudhry Muhammad Zafrulla Khan.
4 October 1924: the 2nd Khalifa, along with members of his entourage – including the new missionary of London, Maulvi Abdur Rahim Dard – went to the house in Putney, London which was to be opened in the proposed mosque. Huzoor went to the room where…prayers were offered in those days and led everyone in silent prayer. After that, he handed the key to Maulvi Abdur Rahim Dard and gave detailed instructions to Malik Ghulam Farid , who served as Maulvi Abdur Rahim Dard’s deputy (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 4, p. 455).
At 4pm on 19 October 1924, the Khalifa laid the foundation stone of the London Mosque with over 200 people of various nationalities and religious beliefs present at the ceremony. The Khalifa delivered a short address in which he explained that a mosque was a place to worship and serve God alone. A telegram dated 20 October 1924 from Maulvi Abdur Rahim Dard to Hadhrat Maulvi Sher ‘Ali in Qadian states that Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih said he hoped ‘that this mosque would help to remove all friction and strife and establish peace, amity and goodwill among men …’ (Review of Religions, November 1924).
_____________________________________________________________________________________________Oct 20th to Nov 24th?
We have to assume that the Khalifa was travelling from England to British India, no details are available however.
Al Fazl, 29 November 1924
“I am touring Europe so that I may observe the religious condition of Europe with my own eyes and make an accurate assessment to aid me in devising an ongoing scheme for the propagation of Islam in these countries. And my purpose is that I desire to raise the flag of peace in the world; therefore I must observe the elements that bring the East and West together.”
Interestingly, in 1924, during his visit to France, the 2nd Khalifa was invited to visit the Grande Mosquée de Paris (The Grand Mosque) that was being built by the French government in Paris. Present were prominent newspapers and Muslims who greeted the 2nd Khalifa and his entourage.
“I prayed, ‘O Allah, may this mosque be given to us and [may we] be given the opportunity to make it a means of spreading your religion.’” (Al Fazl, 18 December 1934)
_____________________________________________________________________________________________Links and Related Essays
“Akhbaar Al-Qabas”. August 8, 1924. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
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