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Lajna Flag History


The History of the Flag of Lajna Ima'illah: On the 25th of December 1939, after hoisting the Ahmadiyya Flag and the Khuddam-ul Ahmadiyya Flag, Huzoor (ra) [Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Sani] arrived in the Ladies Jalsa Gah [annual gathering] at 25 minutes past two and while reciting the prayer ‘O our Lord, accept this from us for you are surely all seeing and all knowing,’ with his holy hands hoisted the flag representing the women of the Ahmadiyya Jama’at. The flag pole was 35 feet high and the flag was 3 ¾ meters in length and 2 ¼ meters in width. In addition to all the graphics of the flag of Ahmadiyyat, it had three date trees with a stream flowing underneath them. The flag was made of satin and its design was stitched with a machine using different color silk threads. 

Note: The Flag pole was positioned by the gallery situated on the right hand side as one would approach the Jalsa stage. His Holiness had stood under that pole as he pulled the rope and hoisted the flag. Hazrat Syeda Umme Tahir, who was standing behind Huzoor (ra), was holding the center of the rope and standing to her side, Hameeda Sabra, held the end of the rope. (Because, Hameeda Sabra Sahiba was posted in the gallery for the security duty). The ladies were so enthusiastic on that day that they began shouting slogans freely. The slogans were initiated by the teacher Memoona Sahiba. The ladies belonging to the family of the Promised Messiah (as) were gathered around Hudhur (ra) along with Hazrat Syeda Nusrat Jehan Begum Sahiba.

During the partition, this flag was brought along with utmost care [from Qadian, India to Rabwah, Pakistan]. However, in April of 1949 when the first Jalsa was commencing in Rabwah, the box with the flag was accidentally left on the train by the workers unloading the luggage from the train; and was never recovered despite all efforts to do so. (History of Lajna. vol 1: pg 469-470)

On 24th December 1998 respected sister Amtul Quddus Sahiba, former Sadr Lajna Pakistan, wrote to Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh): “Huzoor despite all the efforts to retrieve the Lajna flag, it has not been found. Upon investigation it has been revealed that back in 1949 it was left behind in the train that was arriving from Lahore to Rabwah. We have also not been able to confirm whether or not any attempt has been made to recreate it since it was misplaced. If Huzoor would grant us permission, we could recreate this flag. History of Lajna tells us that the flag pole was 35 feet high and the flag was 3 ¾ meters in length and 2 ¼ meters in width. It also had, in addition to all the graphics of the flag of Ahmadiyyat, three date trees with a stream flowing underneath them. The flag was made of satin and its design was stitched with a machine using different color silk threads. ”

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) responded to this letter on January 22, 1999 as: “Alright, recreate this flag once more.”

These instructions of Huzoor were carried out in the same year of 1999 as the Lajna Flag was recreated by Khursheed Anjum Sahiba. Also during the same year this flag was hoisted at the Annual Lajna Imaillah Pakistan Sports Tournament and so is this flag used for all other Lajna events.

Source: Misbah, February 2010 Urdu: [Download here]