In 1882 the small dusty village of Qadian,(India) was an insignificant, sleepy hamlet deep in rural Punjab. Even by the standards of 19th century India it was totally devoid of all modern facilities. There was no electricity, no post office, no metalled roads or paths leading to it, and no main market except only one or two small shops. There was not even a school or Madrasa in the village. To communicate with the outside world the nearest telegraph office was 14 miles away. From the nearest railway station at Batala there was no formal transport available for Qadian. The inhabitants of Qadian covered the distance from the Railway Station to Qadian on foot, sometimes taking many hours to make the journey.
There was a small mosque attached to his house which could barely accommodate seven or eight people at once. At the time this was more than sufficient as he did not have many visitors or guests to call upon him. Apart from a few members of family and the occasional friend who might join the congregational prayer, the mosque was simply a place of contemplation, solitude and prayer.
It was about this time that he started to receive divine revelations from Allah. He would narrate his revelations to Hazrat Sannauri Sahib. In these revelations he had received the glad tidings that Islam would be triumphant once again. Huzoor was told that Allah would make him a Champion of Islam and that he would have the honour of defending his Master Hazrat Muhammad, (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), against attacks made by Christian evangelists and the Arya Samaj .
“This was followed by the revelation (Arabic) Enlarge thy house. This means clearly that the day is coming when the number of visitors will multiply so much that it would be difficult to meet everyone and I was warned that I should not then be annoyed nor tired of meeting them. Holy is Allah, how grand is the prophecy which was conveyed to me seventeen years ago when only two or three people came to visit me and that also infrequently. What a wonderful proof is this of God’s knowledge of that which is hidden. (Siraji Muneer pp.63-64; Tazkira translated by Sir Muhammad Zafrullah Khan, Pg. 35.)”
Huzoor confided with Hazrat Sannauri Sahib and stated that although his small mosque could easily accommodate seven persons at a time, he did not expect so many guests ever to visit him. “Why should so many people visit him?” he asked. Hazrat Sannauri Sahib was of the same opinion and agreed with him.
The next day Huzoor asked Hazrat Sannauri Sahib to accompany him to have a look at the new construction. They both stood under the veranda/hut for some time in contemplation. The Promised Messiah then raised his hands for prayers and said,
“My Lord, I have obeyed your command and have extended my house although I still see no need of extension of the house. I have enough space at my small mosque where seven or eight people can easily sleep. My Lord, Why would so many people come to me?”
His eyes were moist with tears and his whole body was shaking with emotion. Huzoor stood there for some time deep in prayer and lost in thought, and then slowly returned to the mosque.
Today that same movement has spread to every part of the world in fulfilment of the Promised Messiah’s prophesy and Allah’s promise that “I will cause thy message to reach the four corners of the world”. Under the leadership of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’s spiritual successors, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has now built over 15,000 purpose built mosques, over 500 schools, and over 30 hospitals. It has translated the Holy Quran into over 70 languages. It propagates the true teachings of Islam and the message of peace and tolerance through a twenty-four hour satellite television channel (MTA), the Internet (alislam.org) and has printed hundreds of books & periodicals in scores of different languages (Islam International Publications).
Ahmadiyyat has become like a tall and mighty oak and under its strong shade millions of its disciples, the followers of Hazrat Muhammad, (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) are now flourishing and taking its shelter.
Whilst the “Islamic” republic of Pakistan has silenced the Adhan (Call for five daily prayers) being called in mosques belonging to Ahmadis in Pakistan, Allah in return has blessed the Jamaat with the honour of building hundreds of mosques around the globe, almost as an admonishment to Pakistan. It is as if Allah has said that you may have silenced the call to prayer from the minarets of mosques in Pakistan, but His universal call to prayer could never be silenced and would be heard from the far flung corners of the world. For every one Ahmadi mosque defaced, demolished, or shut down, Allah has given the Jamaat the honour of building a hundred in its place. Such are the bounty and blessings bestowed upon the Jamaat, and in fulfilment of that command of Allah to the Promised Messiah to extend his house. That one extension those many years ago in response to Allah’s command has resulted in the extension of the Jamaat a thousand fold. The few rupees that the Promised Messiah gave for the extension of his house has multiplied into many billions of rupees spent in the service of Islam.
I ask myself: is this not sufficient to prove the truthfulness of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, The Promised Messiah (peace be on him)?