After the biggest massacre of Ahmadi’s ever in Ahmadiyya history (during partition, 1947), the Qadiani-Ahmadi’s settled in Lahore and organized the first ever Qadiani Jalsa in Pakistan. On 16 December 1947, the Khalifa announced during the Friday Sermon that just as the Jalsa Qadian would continue as normal, a zilli Jalsa [meaning in reflection of the original] would be held in Lahore on 27 and 28 December 1947, which was to be preceded by the Shura on the 26 December.
Thus, there were 2 Jalsa’s in the Punjab. Per Ahmadiyya sources, the Jalsa at Qadian was attended by 315 individuals of which 62 were Sikh and non-Ahmadi Muslim guests.
(Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 10, p. 408)
1 December 1947: The 2nd Khalifa started a series of lectures later to be known as “Pakistan Aur us ka Mustaqbil” (Pakistan and its Future), delivered in #Lahore. The lectures were highly applauded by intellectual circles. Malik A Qayyum, Principal Law College Lahore…
wrote to the Khalifa “I listened with great interest to your lecture on Pakistan yesterday and profited a lot. It was full of new insights and breathed a spirit of courage and hope. I am sure, my fellow listeners must have come away from it with the same feeling…
It was not merely a lecture, it was a timely warning to those who were accustomed to look at things from an entirely different angle.”
The Khalifa announced during the Friday Sermon that just as the Jalsa Qadian would continue as normal, a zilli Jalsa [meaning in reflection of the original] would be held in Lahore on 27 and 28 December 1947, which was to be preceded by the Shura on the 26 December.
The Qadian Jalsa starts, per Ahmadiyya sources, the Jalsa continued for three days and ended on 28 Decemeber
26 December 1947
- Recitation of the Holy Quran: Hafiz Abdur Rahman Sahib Peshawari
- Nazm: Bashir Ahmad Sahib of Gujranwala recited the well-known Urdu poem Naun-e-halan-e-Jamaat
- Speech: Hazrat Maulvi Abdur Rahman Jatt delivered a speech recalling the history of the Jamaat. He stated, “Qadian is here, its holy places are present, its mosques exist, its Langar Khana exists, but how unfortunate is it that our beloved Imam is not present. My eyes yearn to see my master, but they are unable to. However, there is one joy and that is that our Imam has blessed us with a message.”
The Jalsa is held in Lahore.
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