On March 10, 1954, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II (ra) survived an attempt on his life, but he was seriously wounded in his neck. This happened in Masjid Mubarak, Rabwah, at the time of Asr prayer. As soon as he got up to leave after the prayer, an enemy of the community, who had come to the mosque with an intention to kill him, moved forward and stabbed Huzoor (ra) in the side of his neck from behind.
It was a deep wound but God saved the life of Huzoor (ra). Later on, he had to go to Europe on April 5, 1955, for medical treatment. In Europe, Huzoor (ra) remained very busy with the inspection of foreign missions, and the duties of his office, and thus recovered only partially. He came back to Rabwah on September 25, 1955. He was again fully occupied with the heavy duties of his office. In addition, he completed the writing of Tafseer-e-Sagheer, the short commentary of the Holy Quran, in 1957.