Shahid Khan, Missionary Congo Kinshasa
The Ahmadiyya Congo Kinshasa Jamaat constructed a beautiful mosque in the province of Kwilu, Bandundu region. This remote village is on the bank of river Kwilu, about 450 kilometers from the capital Kinshasa.
The Jamaat was established here in 2005 when the chief, Mr Umar Balesi accepted the message of the Promised Messiahas. The chief continued to spread the message of Ahmadiyyat, and in a very short period, people from about 30 more villages accepted Ahmadiyyat.
The Amir and Missionary-in-Charge of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Khalid Mahmood Shahid Sahib visited the village of Nkansala on 26 January 2018 and offered the Friday prayer. After the prayer, Amir Sahib laid the foundation stone of the Aqsa Mosque. Construction work started on 11 March 2019. The regional missionary of the Bandundu region, Farid Ahmad Bhatti Sahib, with his team, endeavoured to complete the task of building the mosque. It was a hard task to reach the site of the mosque with all the building material because there is no land route to the site and our missionary and workers had to take boats to reach the site.
As the construction work started, Huzooraa authorised our Jamaat to buy a motorboat. This boat helped us a lot and is still very effective to contact distant Jamaats.
The enthusiasm and sentiments of Ahmadis during the construction of the mosque was worth watching. They organised many waqar-e-amal events to save a lot of money.
On 3 July 2019, the blessed day of the inauguration ceremony of the mosque commenced. A delegation of 35 members accompanied Khalid Mahmood Shahid Sahib on a boat to the site of the Aqsa Mosque.
After the recitation of the Holy Quran, a brief report was presented to the audience followed by a brief speech by Amir Sahib. The mosque was formerly inaugurated by cutting the ribbon and after that, Zuhr and Asr prayers were offered. About 500 people attended the ceremony.
A delicious lunch was also served at the end of the ceremony. Three local radio channels broadcast the news of the inauguration of a mosque by Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya and a television channel aired a documentary spanning 45 minutes about the mosque.