Turning Point in History – Part I

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We will be taking a look back at the April of 1984 when Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih IVrt made a move that would begin a new chapter in the history of the Jamaat. His migration from Rabwah, Pakistan to London, UK was not as easy as it sounds today. There were many challenges not just for him and his family but for the entire Jamaat. Thus, we will be travelling back in time to those crucial days of April and highlighting the chronology of events in that month. (Editor)

Migration of Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih IVrt 

From Pakistan to UK

A Chronology

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Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih IV r.t.

26 April 1984:

  • The situation for Ahmadis in Pakistan was getting tense. The situation was assessed and meetings were convened. Kalimullah Khan sahib got to know about the upcoming Ordinance XX the day before, and thus arrived in Rabwah, describing the situation in an audience with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrt
  • Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrt instructed Kalimullah sahib to travel to Lahore and discuss the matter with the Amir of Jamaat Ahmadiyya Lahore, Chaudhry Hameed Nasrullah sahib
  • Chaudhry Hameed Nasrullah sahib called a meeting with Ahmadi lawyers and presented their report the following day
  • The announcement about Odinance XX being declared was made in the 8pm national news bulletin on Radio Pakistan. This led to emergency meetings being held in Rabwah that continued late into the night

27 April 1984:

  • Representatives from various Jamaats of Pakistan started arriving in Rabwah, leading the consultation to expand with committees and subcommittees being formed
  • A committee, with Mirza Mubarak Ahmad sahib in chair, was formed to consider Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV’srt migration. The committee recommended that Huzoorrt migrate from Pakistan
  • Huzoorrt accepted the decision as, with the Ordinance in place, he could not perform his duties as Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat
  • Masood Jehlmi sahib, then Wakilut Tabshir, left for Karachi to make travel arrangements

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The journey Huzoor r.t. embarked on for Karachi Airport

28 April 1984:

  • Arrangements for Huzoor’s travel were finalised
  • Brigadier Waqiuz Zaman sahib oversaw the travel arrangements
  • Masud Jehlmi sahib would manage Huzoor’srt air travel while Chaudhry Hameed Nasrullah sahib arranged for cars and drivers for the road journey from Rabwah to Karachi. Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar sahib, Amir Jamaat Karachi, was to supervise the exit arrangements from Karachi
  • Brigadier Waqiuz Zaman and Chaudhry Hameed Nasrullah sahib were instructed to accompany Huzoorrt to London. Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar sahib travelled to Karachi the same evening and held meetings to plan the journey from Sakkhar (border of Punjab and Sindh provinces) onwards, including spots for breaks etc.
  • Huzoor’srt stay during his transit in Karachi was to be arranged by Zartasht Munir Khan sahib (then Qaid, Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Karachi), while Raja Shahid Ahmad sahib and Raja Nasir Ahmad sahib were responsible for clearance at the Karachi Airport
  • Drivers, with their respective cars, arrived from Lahore and stayed in the houses of Mirza Khushid Ahmad sahib and Mirza Ghulam Ahmad sahib
  • Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrt, travelling in a private car of the Tehrik-e-Jadid, left his residence (Qasr-e-Khilafat) and arrived at Al Bushra (then residence of Mirza Hameed Ahmad sahib) at 11pm
  • Mirza Khurshid Ahmad sahib drove this car, with Mirza Ghulam Ahmad sahib in the passenger seat, and Huzoor, his wife and the two youngest daughters in the back seat
  • Huzoorrt wore a topi and not his turban during this short drive from his residence to Al Bushra
  • Secrecy was paramount, so even Mirza Hameed Ahmad sahib was not made aware of who was staying at his house that night
  • The mother of Mirza Khurshid Ahmad sahib and Mirza Ghulam Ahmad sahib was critically ill in those days and so, that night, the unusual presence of cars around their house was thus covered; onlookers and passers-by could not sense the commotion
  • The historic migration of Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya, from Pakistan to UK, would commence the following morning…

(To be continued)

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