It seems that in 1924, before the Khalifa set sail to London, he was claiming to be “William the Conqueror”, in a typical boastful way. Even 30 years later, when S.E. Brush visited the Khalifa in Rabwah, there was a mantle above the fireplace in his office which bring to mind former visions. One bears the words, “William the Conqueror,”. See also “Fazl-e-Omar”, pages 170-173. See also the ROR of Nov-1926, the Khalifa explains this prophecy and how it was completed.
7-12-1924–they leave qadian enroute to Bombay
7-15-1924–they leave Bombay, enroute to Yemen
7-28-1924–they leave Yemen enroute to Egypt
7-28-1924–they arrive in Egypt
7-31-1924–they travel to Jerusalem and Damascus
8-16-1924–they arrive in Rome, Italy
8-22-1924–they arrive in London
9-22-1924– The London Conference of Living Religions begins
9-23-1924–Zafrullah Khan reads out his speech
10-4-1924–The Khalifa inspects the site of the future, The Fazl Mosque
10-19-1924–The Khalifa lays the foundation stone for the Ahmadi mosque, The Fazl Mosque
10-20-1924—10-31-1924, on his way back to India, he stayed at Grand Hotel, Paris along with Sir Zafarullah Khan. On 27thOctober, he went to a Cabaret called the Cabaret Duneont to see a show of ‘life and death’. He also desired to see the sexual behaviour and aspects of nudity of the European Society. He took Zafarullah to an opera house and saw obscene scenes and performance of French gay girls. This is his own confession. He left the house only after the end of the show. He confessed to this in 1934. He also went to the was invited to visit the Grande Mosquée de Paris (The Grand Mosque) that was being built by the French government in Paris.
11-24-1924–he returns to India
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).
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).
The quotation from S.E. Brush
“Hazrat Sahib,” as his followers call him, spoke in a very matter-of fact way about his visions and his close relationship to God. He told us that, as he speaks, he often feels God take possession of his tongue, forming the words, and, while writing, God often guides his pen. When this occurs the spoken and written words are God’s while the Khalifah merely functions as an instrument of revelation. There are framed quotations on the mantle above the fireplace in his office which bring to mind former visions. One bears the words, “William the Conqueror,” and is a reminder of a vision thirty years ago, when the khalifah saw himself landing at Hastings with the Norman invader and driving the English forces to defeat. Since coming to Rabwah, one important vision dealt with the matter of water supply. The precise location of the only successful tube well in the town was revealed to him.
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