by B. A. Rafiq, Imam
A Former Private Secretary Recalls
In Talmud, there is a passage which indicates that on the death of the Messiah his spiritual kingdom will pass to his son and grandson. Again in his book Haqiqatul Wahi the Promised Messiah thanks God for the gift of four sons and the birth of a grandson at a later date. The much awaited prophecy was fulfilled when Hazrat Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud Ahmad was presented with a son on 16th November, 1909. He was named Nasir Ahmad. The grandson mentioned in the prophecy is none other than Khalifatul Masih III.
Hazrat Hafiz Mirza Nasir Ahmad succeeded as the Third Caliph in the year 1965. Since then, he expanded the Missionary activities of the Community tremendously.
The Fazle Omar Foundation, The Nusrat Jehan Leap Forward Programme, The Ahmadiyya Centenary Jubilee Fund, only to name a few, are the highlights of the achievements of Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih III. His golden achievement is the guidance he offered to the Community during the anti-Ahmadiyya crisis of 1974 in Pakistan.