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Second Khilafat (1914-1919)

14 March 1914
Khalifatul-Masih II

Hazrat Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud Ahmad (1889-1965) was elected as Khalifatul-Masih II (1914-1965) (may Allah be pleased with him) in Qadian. He was twenty-five years of age at the time. The newly elected second caliph of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community led the funeral prayers of Khalifatul-Masih I. The Khalifatul-Masih I was laid to rest in Bahishti Maqbarah, Qadian, on the right of the grave of the Promised Messiah, peace be on him.

March 1914

A well-known American missionary came to Qadian soon after Hazrat Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud Ahmad became caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at. He asked Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih II (may Allah be pleased with him) some important but tedious religious questions. Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih II answered all the questions asked by the American missionary. (Tarikh Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 4, p. 163-4, Nizarat Nashr-o-Isha‘at Qadian, Print Well Amritsar, India).

28 June 1914
World War I

World War I started. It was fought between two coalitions, the Allies (France, UK, Russia, Italy, Japan and the US) and the Central Powers (Germany, Austria, Hungary and Ottoman Empire). (Wikipedia)

15 August 1914
Panama Canal Opens

Colombia, France, and later the United States controlled the territory surrounding the Panama Canal during its construction. France began work on the canal in 1881, but stopped because of engineering problems and a high worker mortality rate. The United States took over the project in 1904 and opened the canal on 15 August 1914. (Wikipedia)

25 January 1915
First Long-Distance Telephone Service

First long-distance telephone service was demonstrated between New York and San Francisco, (Wikipedia)

7 November 1916
First Woman Representative

The first woman, Jeannette Rankin of Montana, USA, was elected to the House of Representative. (Wikipedia)

15 May 1917
First Regular Air Mail Service

First regular air mail service began between Washington D.C. and New York, USA. (Wikipedia)

11 November 1918
End of World War I

World War I ended. About 9 million soldiers were killed in different combats and five million civilians died. (Wikipedia)

Influenza Epidemic

The worldwide influenza epidemic killed 20 million worldwide; 500,000 died in the US only. (Wikipedia)

16 January 1919
Eighteenth Amendment to the US Constitution

The Eighteenth Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified, prohibiting the manufacture, sale, and transportation of liquor. It was later repealed in 1933.

18 August 1919
Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution

The Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution granted women the right to vote. (Wikipedia)

27 December 1919
Revelation About America

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih II, may Allah be pleased with him, while addressing the first session of Jalsa Salana (annual convention) in Qadian, said, “I told you a revelation about America sometimes back. Now there is another one. In-Sha-‘Allah, Mufti Sahib (Muhammad Sadiq) shall proceed to America soon. A well-known poet and painter of America came to England and accepted Islam through our missionaries. Al-Hamdu-Lillah.” (Al-Fazl, 8 January 1920, p. 7)