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The Great Earthquake of Kangra

 

 

"Permanent and temporary residence in this part of the country shall be swept out of existence but all those persons who shall be within the four wall of your following, We shall preserve and protect in this deadly incident." 



       

The Great Earthquake of Kangra

 

 

Prophecies of the Promised Messiah

Compiled and translated by Mirza Masum Beg

 

The Great Earthquake of Kangra

Frequency of earthquakes, it has been stated to the Sacred scriptures, shall be one of the characteristic features of the Age of the Promised Messiah. Turn to St. Matthew in the Bible. Chapter 24, verse 7, wherein three tangible signs of the second coming of the Messiah, have been mentioned, the quaking of earth in divers places being one of these:

"Nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes in diverse places."

The Holy Quran too, tells us the same tale: (79:6-9) i.e. the day on which the quaking shall quake, what must happen afterwards shall follow it. Hearts on that day shall palpitate, their eyes cast down."

The Holy Prophet's Traditions also have laid it down vehemently that in the last Age which is essentially the Age of the Promised Messiah, earth quakes shall come with extraordinary force and frequency.

But why all this shaking and shivering of the earth? Merely to awaken its people from their sad sleep of indifference and apathy, and Messenger has come whom they should recognize and rally round.

The earlier revelations of the Promised Messiah, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib contain a recurring reference to this significant sign, the coming of earthquakes with extraordinary force and frequency. We shall deal with one such earthquake which devastated and destroyed the fertile valley of Kangra in 1905. As early as 1885 the Promised Messiah began to receive revelation of the kind:

"The Most High God shall manifest His glory unto the mountain and crush it to pieces; all this He shall do for the sake of his slave."

The Promised Messiah published this Divine communication and other bearing on this point, in his famous book the Barahin-i-Ahmadiyya. As the portentous peri0d, the time of earthquake approached nearer, the Message became more distinct and definite. In December 1903 he received the revelation [text omitted] intimating that an earthquake shall soon occur. The grim news was published in the paper Al-Hakm, Qadian dated December 24, 1903 for public information in the following year on June 1, 1904, there came another revelation stating: [text omitted] that is to say, the earthquake, spoken of, shall be strong and severe, and buildings of both permanent as well as temporary residence in this part of the country (the Punjab) shall be levelled to the ground. The words [text omitted] in the revelation clearly indicate the place where the shock was to be very violently felt. It must be some spot in the hills where people have both kinds of residences, permanent as well as temporary-temporary to stay in during the hot months. A week after, on the 8th of June, the Warning was repeated with this addition: [text omitted]

"Permanent and temporary residence in this part of the country shall be swept out of existence but all those persons who shall be within the four wall of your following, We shall preserve and protect in this deadly incident."

The fearful period was on the threshold now. On April 3, 1905 only a day before the dreadful occurrence, the messenger of the All-powerful God was informed [text omitted] that the hour of death and destruction whereof he had been told from time to time, had arrived.

The next day April 4, 1905, in the morning a very violent earthquake occurrred in the mountain-range which caused much death and destruction, particularly at Dharamsaia and Palampur in the district of Kangra.

How true came the Word of God spoken through the mouth of His Messenger. Hundreds of beautiful buildings crumbled down in a brac of shakes, to become heaps of wreck and ruin. Thousands of people, twenty thousand according to the Government communique-met their death and destruction. But not one Ahmadi, in accordance with the Divine promise, perished in the great disaster.

 

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