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Beginning of Khilafat (1908-1914)

27 May 1908
Hazrat Maulawi Hakim Nur-ud-Din Bheravi

Hazrat Maulawi Hakim Nur-ud-Din Bheravi
Khalifatul-Masih I
(May Allah be pleased with him)

March 1889
Hazrat Maulawi Nur-ud-Din, may Allah be pleased with him, married twice, but all his male children had died in their infancy. Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, peace be on him, was keenly anxious that he should marry a third time. In his letter of 23 January 1889, he suggested to marry Sughra Begum daughter of late Sufi Ahmad Jan. Maulawi Nur-ud-Din accepted the proposal and formal ceremony was performed in February and wedding took place in March 1889. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad also participated in the marriage. (Adapted from Hadrat Maulawi Nur-ud-Din—Khalifatul-Masih I (may Allah be pleased with him) by Chaudhri Zafrulla Khan, pp. 82-3, Islam International Publications, UK, 2006)

The daughter of Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih I (may Allah be pleased with him) Amat-ul-Hayy was married to Hazrat Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud Ahmad. Her first child was Bibi Amat-ul-Qayyum who was married to Sahibzadah M.M. Ahmad National Amir USA (1989 to July 2002).


During 1910-12, there were terrible earthquakes in Iran, Greece, Central Asia, Italy, Sicily, and America. Further, the unprecedented floods in Hyderabad, India and Paris, France caused a wave of fear and panic. In those days of trials and tribulations, Hadrat Khalifatul-Masih I (may Allah be pleased with him) issued a handbill urging mankind to return to the ways of God by eschewing arrogance and indifference. (Hakim Nur-ud-Din, Khalifatul-Masih I by Syed Hasnat Ahmad, p. 130)

16 March 1912

The US appreciates the Essay of the Promised Messiah (peace be on him) “The Philosophy of the Teaching of Islam.” The daily news Chicago wrote on 16 March 1912: “The devout and earnest character of the author is apparent.”

4 March 1913
Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated as 28th US President. He remained in office till 4 March 1921. (Wikipedia)

May-June 1913

Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan visited Switzerland and Germany during May-June of 1913. He wrote to Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih I (may Allah be pleased with him) that he met two American ladies who were returning from a visit to Spain, Morocco, Egypt and Palestine. They inquired him about Islam and the Holy Quran, and he responded to them. “What will be given in the Paradise?” In response, he explained the philosophy of paradise according to the Ahmadiyya viewpoint. They were astonished and said that their guide in Egypt had told them that all he would get were twelve wives. He also explained the arrangement of the Holy Quran and on their request for help in understanding Islam better, obtained their addresses and mailed the copies of the Teachings of Islam to them later. (Hayat-i-Nur, pp. 621-622, published by ‘Abd-ul-Hadi Zahid from Lahore with no date with reference to Badr, 12 June 1913, p. 9)


Timothy Drew, better known as Noble Drew Ali (8 January 1886-20 July 1929) founded the Moorish Science Temple of America in 1913 after declaring himself a prophet. He gained a following of thousands of converts. A leader of the temple was murdered and Drew Ali was arrested and jailed. He died in 1929 soon after the release from jail. He was 43 years old at that time. He remained alive for only sixteen years after the pronouncement of prophethood. The temple he founded is still active.


13 March 1914
Khalifatul-Masih I Passes Away

Hazrat Maulawi Nur-ud-Din, Khalifatul-Masih I (may Allah be pleased with him) passed away at about 2 P.M.