Per Ahmadiyya sources, the Khalifa, in 1918, Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad contracted the spanish flu. Per the Al-Hakam archives, the Khalifa was struck on 10-18-1918. It should also be noted that prior to contracting the Spanish Flu, the 2nd Khalifa was already complaining of ill health and had travelled to Bombay (See the ROR of May-1918) that the 2nd Khalifa went to Bombay since he was suffering from dysentery at Qadian. He thus left Qadian on May 3rd, 1918 enroute to Lahore and then to Bombay via train. and lived on the beach from roughly May 15–June-15 1918, the 2nd Khalifa was barely 39 years old (See the Aug-Sep-1918 edition of the ROR). He returned from this trip and went to Dalhousie next for summer vacation. Not much was previously known about this incident, however, Mirza Masroor Ahmad recently ordered that some of this info should be released. He also admitted that many Ahmadi’s were inflicted with the plague, contrary to MGA’s predictions. The Khalifa was so sick that he wrote out his will and expected himself to die. The Jalsa of 1918 was delayed until March of 1919. This is why Mirza Masroor Ahmad recently said that corona virus can strike Ahmadi’s and this isn’t a punishment for anyone, again contrary to what MGA wrote. It should also be noted that the ROR of Oct-Nov-1917 reports that the Khalifa was in Simla in September of 1917 due to ill health.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________An unparalleled example of the Jamaat’s service during the Influenza of 1918
Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. IV, p. 208-209:
“””After World War I, in 1918, an epidemic of influenza broke out; it was as if this outbreak caused more havoc in the world than the battlefields of the war itself. India was also greatly affected by the influenza eruption and saw deaths at an unprecedented level in a matter of days.
During the outbreak, through the guidance of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II, may Allah be pleased with him, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community provided great aid, service and relief for the wider public to encounter the consequences of the epidemic. Regardless of race, religion or creed, the community provided help and relief to people from every background.
Ahmadi Muslim doctors and medics not only voluntarily helped the populace in Qadian, India but from town to town and village to village they ensured medical help reached even the most isolated and deprived. Other members of the Ahmadiyya Community stepped forward and served as nurses etc.
The poor were assisted by the community through financial means and provision of supplies and food were distributed. In the days of the influenza outbreak, Ahmadi Muslim volunteers (which included Hazrat Sahibzada Mirza Bashir Ahmad) painstakingly toiled night and day, despite great difficulties, and served those in need. In some instances, when volunteers were scarce, Ahmadi volunteers who had fell ill themselves, continued to grit through and serve the ill. They would endure the pain themselves and continue treating others until their illness would cause them to drop; they had sacrificed their own rest and treatment for others.
This service was such that both friend and foe commended the sacrifice and efforts of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Through articles and speeches, everyone applauded and recognised the great example the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community set through their constant hard work, sacrifice and efforts in aiding those in need during the influenza outbreak of 1918.”””
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