Blessed be the advent of the Promised Mahdi; Blessed be the coming of the Promised Messiah.
Sialkot today is the envy of Paradise;May God bless this honour and distinction.
The Great Imam has indeed arrived;Blessed be the Just and Praiseworthy Arbiter.
Pardon us on his account, O Gracious Lord! May Thy grace, mercy and bounty bless us all.
God be thanked that the land of Sialkot has been honoured with the presence of a large number of supporters of the Jama‘at whose hearts are full of genuine love and devotion.
After the Promised Messiah’s successful visit to Lahore, the Sialkot Jama‘at made a humble request that Huzur(as) may also kindly visit Sialkot. Huzur(as), who is all compassion and mercy, granted this request and, along with his family and followers, travelled by train to Sialkot via Lahore, on 27th October 1904.
On all the railway stations en route, members of local Jama‘ats were gathered to welcome the Promised Messiah(as). The train reached Sialkot at 6:30 p.m. The Maulawis had already started stirring up trouble and inciting people and were telling them that whoever went to see Mirza Sahib, his marriage would be annulled and he would become an apostate. But when has God allowed such opposition to succeed? People were overflowing with excitement and were so eager to see the Promised Messiah(as) that thousands of them gathered at the station platform, on the roads and in the bazaars. At the arrival of Huzur(as), the atmosphere was like a carnival. For about a week, there was so much religious zeal and fervour as has not been seen in Sialkot before or since. The arrangements the Sialkot Jama‘at had made for the guests were commendable from every point of view. It was indeed an auspicious occasion for the Sialkot Jama‘at that the God’s blessed Messiah prepared this Lecture and had it read out in this city. Blessed be you who dwell in this city, which the Appointed One of God loves like his native land, for God’s Messiah came to you and you were granted the honour of hosting this historic Jalsa. O’ land of Sialkot! Blessed are you; be merry and sing songs of joy that the Mahdi has visited you!
O God’s Messiah, may the world see the light of guidance by the blessing of your presence, and may it come out of the abyss of darkness. Amin.
Maula Bakhsh Bhatti Ahmadi Chawinda, Tehsil Zafarwal, Distt. Sialkot Na’ib Muhafiz, District Office, Sialkot
1 This introductory note accompanied the first edition of Lecture Sialkot, published during the lifetime of the Promised Messiah. [Publishers]