We have collected many quotes from this Ahmadiyya newspaper and posted them in the below. The first issue came out on June 18th, 1913 from Qadian. Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad claims to be have been the editor, however, Qazi Muhammad Zahuruddin Akmal was also an assistant editor. Initially it was a weekly, later it was published every three days. Finally On March 8th, 1935 it became a daily. Up to the time of the partition in August 1947 it was regularly published from Qadian. In Pakistan it was published from Lahore up to 1954, it was banned by the Pakistani government(from 30 march 1953 to 15 march 1954). It seems to have been restarted in 1955. This is the only official organ of the Movement that has regularly published all the sermons and sayings of all the Caliphs covering a period of more than eighty-six years, however, in court in 1954, the Khalifa denied that it was an official publication of the Ahmadiyya Movement. It has also served as a vehicle for the moral upbringing of members, preaching of Islam and preservation of history of the Movement. Ahmadi brothers and sisters scattered all over the globe stay in touch with each other through this eight page comprehensive newspaper.

“””“I was born on November 16, 1909. When I grew-up and became conscious of things, I had not joined school and used to memorise the text of the Holy Quran. I still remember that the accommodation for the guests of the Jalsa Salana used to fall short of the requirement.””” (Alfazl March 8, 1979 and 4 Oct 1967)(See also, “Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad” by Chaudhry Muhammad Ali M.A, online version, retrieved on 6-29-19).  

“””“I have had the honour to be under the direct guidance and instruction of Hazrat Amman Jan. Even in my early childhood I noted that despite the presence of three or four maids and female servant’s, Hazrat Amman Jan even when she was ill and felt thirsty would herself get up to fill the tumbler of water and drink. We felt very awkward. We said why she should do it when she was so ill and weak. But she would invariably reply, ‘Why should I trouble other to do the chore while I have the strength to do it myself’. This lesson of my childhood was unconsciously but permanently instilled in my mind.””” (Alfazl March 2, 1966).  (See also, “Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad” by Chaudhry Muhammad Ali M.A, online version, retrieved on 6-29-19).  

“””In our childhood we never thought of limiting our duties to a few hours. Indeed we never expected to be told that we would be on daily five hours duty and be free for the rest of the time. We used to report for duty early in the morning and returned to our homes after 10 to 11 P. m. It was indeed a very congenial climate conducive to voluntary duty, All were eager to serve. All were inspired by this sentiment. I remember Mamoon Jan (Hazrat Mir Mohammad Ishaq) saying: Children, now you must be tired. It is also the time for supper, you may go home. We did not really want to go. We would stay put in the office and keep on doing whatever smallt tasks suiting our years were given to us.””” (Alfazl Feb. 14, 1969).(See also, “Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad” by Chaudhry Muhammad Ali M.A, online version, retrieved on 6-29-19).  

“”””This reminds me of another incident pertaining to our trainings and education which I would like to recount. Hazrat Mamoon Jan Hazrat Mir Mohammad Ishaq who functioned as the Afsar Jalsa Salana, for a very long time had a very mild temprament and a soft heart. I have been a student of the Madrasa Ahamadiyya and I do not remember if he ever was angry. But during one Jalsa Salana, a guest came to him and complained that he had arrived the very day but when he reached the room in which he was supposed to stay, he found it locked and no volunteer on duty was present. I think it must have happened on Dec. 23 or 24th when the guests just begin to arrive. Hazrat Mamoon Jan was very angry. He summonded the volunteer concerned. I still remember the scene so vividly. When the volunteer reported, Hazrat Mir Sahib did not ask him to explain. Instead, he gave him a slap on the face. Now this particular volunteer though young was puite grown-up, that is, for his age group he looked quite mature. Hazrat Mir Sahib slapped him first and asked him to explain afterwards as to why he was absent from duty and was responsible for putting the guest to inconvenience instead of welcoming him.””” (Alfazl Feb. 1969).  (See also, “Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad” by Chaudhry Muhammad Ali M.A, online version, retrieved on 6-29-19).


“Once he told me at about me at about 9 or 10 p.m. to go round the guestrooms of the Madrasa Ahmadiyya and find out if any guest was facing any difficulty__or otherwise stood in need of something. That evening Hazrat Mir Sahib had allowed a cup of tea to each worker. In those days tea was provided to the volunteers once or twice during the Jalsa Salana. This used to be a prepared kind of tea, with sugar and milk added to the brew. It used to be a half Kashmiri and half Punjabi concoction. I was making the round of the rooms meeting the guests and trying to find out how they were faring. The door of a room was a little ajar. I was just a child with a hot earthen cup of tea precede me into the room A guest in the room who was running temperature thought that the little volunteer had brought the tea and perhaps medicine for him. This small lad was just a few seconds ahead of me. The guest thus mistakenly extended his hands (I say mistakenly because our brother Ahmadi guests have great deal of self-respect and are not the asking kind. This particular guest was running very high temperature. Little wonder, therefore if he misjudged the situation). He said, “Have you brought this hot cup of tea for me? What a nice and good little boy you are!” For the child it was a moment of extreme test and trial. The guest would have refused the cup pointblank if the child had given the slightest hint or impression that the cup was not for the guest but for the volunteer himself. I stopped short of entering the room lest I should disturb this strange scene. I wanted to see how the small worker emerged out of this situation. The child, however, without disclosing the true position and with a cheerful countenance, said, without the least hesitation ‘Yes, Sir this cup is for you since you are ill. May I also bring some medicine if you so desire?’ Now you can’t say the child was indeed full of great love and beauty. The real determinant of such exemplary self control was, in fact, the spirit and the ardent desire to be of service to the guest. Without any hesitation or reluctance declared that the cup was indeed meant for the guest who was sick. The scene was so beautiful that even now when I describe it, I can vividly see the half ajar door, the face of the child, the guest and their relative positions. The scene is simply imprinted on my memory and wherever I remember it, I enjoy it to my hearts content.” (Alfazl Feb. 14, 1969).  (See also, “Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad” by Chaudhry Muhammad Ali M.A, online version, retrieved on 6-29-19).  

“””This is an incident which happened in my childhood. I was very small at the time but I can still recall the experience with great nostalgia. I used to offer my Aqsa prayers in the Aqsa Mosque for in Masjid Mubarak they were offered very late. I had just joined Madrasa Ahmadiyya and Hazrat Amman Jan had directed me to offer my prayers in Masjid Aqsa to ensure that I got adequate sleep and gave jull attention to studies. I usually used the stairs which are close to the main entrance to Dar-i-Masih, the residence of the Promised Messiah. The street is now electrified; but it was without light at that time. One evening when I got down, I found that the students of Madrasa Ahmadiyya were going in a single file to Aqsa Mosque. Visibility was mild but some how I joined the group. But I could not see in the dark. As a result, my foot fell on the slipper of the student in front to me. He thought some student was deliberately trying to be funny. He turned round and registered a slap on my face. He didn’t know whom he had hit and why. I felt that if I confronted him he would certainly feel disressed, therefore, to save him, from mortification I stepped aside and re-entered the file at some other point.””” (Alfazl June 8, 1968).  (See also, “Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad” by Chaudhry Muhammad Ali M.A, online version, retrieved on 6-29-19).  

“”””I remember an experience which I had when I was a student in Govt. College Lahore. It was an off day and I happened to be going to Qadian. It so happened that another passenger who was very hostile to Jamaat Ahmadiyya also found his way into the compartment in which I was sitting. From Lahore to Amritsar, he continued to abuse and vilify me and I continued to answer with politeness and smiles. He got down at Amritsar but my pataince and cheerfulness seemed to have hit him hard. He said, ‘If you can find two hundered missionaries of your brand, you will win us over to your side. I did my best to cause offence but you took no notice and continued to smile.’””” (Alfazl May 12, 1971).  (See also, “Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad” by Chaudhry Muhammad Ali M.A, online version, retrieved on 6-29-19).  

“””“God is the giver of intelligence. He can also take it back. A college classmate of mine was rated one of the top few and was supposed to join the Indian civil service. He was preparing for the Exam. Whenever we, the Ahmadi students,would arrive to attend the College, we found him waiting for us to hurl abuses. He was indeed a great fanatic. We have been taught to wish well and pray for him who abuses us. We, therefore, would hear him abuse, but nothing is hidden from God, nor is there anything which is beyond His Power. He who was supposed to take the I.C.S examination was taken to the mental Hospital just when he was to take his Intermediate examination.””” (Alfazl August 4, 1972).  (See also, “Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad” by Chaudhry Muhammad Ali M.A, online version, retrieved on 6-29-19).
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