This Week in History: 1-7 April

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President of Republic of Benin meeting with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa

1 April 2004: Huzooraa was on his first tour of Africa as Khalifatul Masih. During his visit to Burkina Faso, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa travelled from the capital, Ouagadougou, to the country’s second-largest city, Bobo-Dioulasso, a journey of 365 kilometres. Bobo-Dioulasso has a Muslim Ahmadiyya radio station with a range of up to 50 km. (Al Fazl, 8 April 2004, p. 2)

1 April 2010: Three Ahmadi businessmen were shot dead in Pakistan’s famous industrial city of Faisalabad. The martyrs – Sheikh Ashraf Pervez Sahib, 60, Sheikh Masood Javed Sahib, 57, and his son Sheikh Masood Javed Sahib, 24 years old – were on their way home after closing their shop at night when they were ambushed by opponents of the Jamaat. (Al Fazl, 15 April 2010, p. 1)

2 April 2004: During his visit to Burkina Faso, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivered the Friday Sermon at Bobo-Dioulasso, inspected the Ahmadiyya hospital and the radio station. He also attended a dinner to which the elders of the city were also invited. (Al Fazl, 8 April 2004, p. 2)

3 April 2004: During his visit to Burkina Faso, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa travelled from Bobo Dioulasso to the capital, Ouagadougou. In addition to Ahmadis, the country’s minister of health had the privilege of meeting Huzooraa. Huzooraa inaugurated a hospital built by the Jamaat in Ouagadougou.

3 April 2013: On this date, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa addressed a reception marking the opening of the Baitur Rahman Mosque, Valencia, Spain.

In this address, whilst expounding upon the true teachings of Islam, Huzooraa said:

“This Mosque has been built to serve as a place of brotherliness and unity. Whoever comes here with pious intentions, be it a Muslim or a non-Muslim, will have the doors of the Mosque always open for him or her.”

3 April 2016: An Ahmadi soldier, Shaukat Ghani Sahib of Kashmir was martyred while on duty in the Pasni area of Balochistan province. He was 21 years old. While speaking about this martyrdom, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa said:

“Muslim clerics allege that Ahmadis are enemies of their homeland; however, it is now Ahmadis who are being martyred and offer sacrifices.” (Al Fazl, 29 April 2016, p. 9)

Shaukat Ghani Sahib of Kashmir

4 April 2004: During his 2004 visit to Africa, Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa travelled by plane from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to Benin International Cotonou Airport. This was a very historic moment as, for the very first time, the Khalifatul Masih set foot in Benin. On this occasion, the Sultan of Agadis of neighbouring Niger was also present with his delegation to welcome Huzooraa. (Al Fazl, 16 April 2004, p. 2)

5 April 2004: While in Benin, on this date, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa travelled 55 kilometres from Porto-Novo and visited the Calavi-based jamaat. More than 1,700 people from 17 different regions had travelled for hundreds of kilometres to meet Huzooraa.

Later that evening, Huzooraa laid the foundation stone of the Portonovo Mosque. At night, he met with Ahmadi doctors to review services and hospitals in Africa. (Al Fazl, 16 April 2004, p. 2)

5 April 2010: This date’s issue of Al Fazl published Huzoor’saa message sent on the occasion of the 91st Consultative Council (Shura) of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Pakistan, in which Huzooraa said:

نہ صرف اپنے لئے، جماعت كے لئے بلكہ ملک كى سلامتى كے لئے بھى دعائیں كریں آج اس ملک كى بقا بھى احمدیوں كى دعاؤں سے وابستہ ہے

“Pray not only for yourself and for the Jamaat, but also for the security of the country [Pakistan]. Today, the survival of this country is also dependent on the prayers of Ahmadis.”

6 April 2004: During his visit to Benin, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa travelled a long way to the north of the country to meet with Ahmadis. Huzooraa also met with the King of Allada. He then met the King of Dassa, and then travelled about 200 km and reached Parakou, the third-largest city in the country. In addition to the greeters, the first Ahmadi of Niger welcomed Huzooraa in an emotional embrace. Mulaqats with Ahmadis continued till late at night. (Al Fazl, 16, April 2004, p. 3)

7 April 2017: Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa, in his Friday Sermon, mentioned the ongoing atrocities against Ahmadis in Algeria and Pakistan, and said that the Promised Messiahas once said that no matter how fiercely falsehood opposed the truth, the absolute truth would always reign supreme. Huzooraa stated that wherever Ahmadis faced opposition, opportunities arose to further introduce the Jamaat to the world. (Al Fazl, 28 April 2017, p. 5)

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