This Week in History: 10-16 March


A selection from the first 15 blessed years of Khilafat-e-Khamisa

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Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa granting an audience to the then-president of Ghana, John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor

11 March 2011: During his Friday Sermon on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa mentioned Syed Dawood Muzaffar Shah Sahib, who had recently passed away. He was the paternal grandson of Hazrat Syed Dr Abdus Sattar Shah Sahibra and the maternal grandson of Hazrat Syed Sarwar Shah Sahibra. He was married to Syeda Amatul Hakim Begum Sahiba, daughter of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra. He was the father-in-law of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa. In 1944, after receiving his BA degree, he dedicated his life to the service of Islam Ahmadiyyat.

12 March 2004: During his Friday Sermon on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa informed the Jamaat that he was going on a tour of some African countries, and some of those countries were such that they would be graced for the first time with the presence of Khalifatul Masih. Huzooraa instructed the members to pray for the success of the tour.

13 March 2004: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa reached Accra, Ghana from London. Thousands of Ahmadis welcomed their beloved Imam at the Kotoka International Airport, Ghana. Huzooraa also addressed a press conference at the airport.

14 March 2004: On this day, during his tour of Ghana, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa visited the Talim-ul-Islam Ahmadiyya Secondary School in Gomoa Potsin. Following this, Huzooraa visited a town named Mangoase, where he was welcomed by the local Ahmadis, who were overjoyed to see their beloved Imam among them. Huzooraa unveiled the plaque of a recently built mission house and then visited an Ahmadiyya mosque. After this, Huzooraa visited the Ahmadiyya Secondary School in Ekumfi Essarkyir and the Jamia Ahmadiyya Ghana complex as well.

14 March 2013: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa conveyed a congratulatory message on the election of Pope Francis I and said:

“First of all, I would like to offer congratulations to Pope Francis I and to Catholics across the world. May the appointment of the new Pope prove to be blessed not just for Christians but for all people across the globe. May the new Pope lead the Church towards the true teachings of Christianity.

“I hope and pray that in the forthcoming era, the Pope uses his influence to develop peace and harmony in the world. There is a great need to join together upon our common teachings and particularly upon the Unity of God.

“Rather than increase division, the world desperately needs unity and compassion. This is something that I wrote to Pope Benedict XVI in a letter I sent to him in 2011.

“In my letter to the Pope, I also requested him to use his great influence to bring the people of the world together towards peace, reconciliation and mutual understanding and to strive to prevent the world from destruction. I send the same message to the new Pope as well.

“In terms of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, we have always been at the forefront of promoting inter-faith harmony and striving for peace. We always cooperate with all people and organisations who desire peace and tolerance and will forever continue to do so.” (“World Muslim Leader congratulates Pope Francis and Catholic Church”,

14 March 2015: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivered the keynote address at the 12th National Peace Symposium, hosted by Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya UK.

During his address, Huzooraa spoke of the increased threat of radicalisation and warned of the potential danger it posed to the world. Huzooraa spoke of the mounting conflict in both the Muslim and non-Muslim world and said that rather than religion, the root cause of today’s conflicts was a seemingly “unquenchable thirst for power, influence and resources.”

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Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivering the keynote address at the National Peace Symposium 2015

15 March 2004: During his tour of Ghana, on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa granted an audience to the then-president of Ghana, John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor.

16 March 2004: During his tour of Ghana, on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa visited the Daboase Hospital in the Western Region and various places such as Kasoa, Abora town of Cape Coast, and Saltpond which had previously served as the Jamaat’s headquarters in Ghana.

16 March 2012: During his Friday Sermon on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa mentioned the Sultan of Agadez, Niger, who had passed away on 21 February. His name was Alhaj Umar Ibrahim, and he accepted Ahmadiyyat in 2002. He was the biggest Sultan of Niger, the president of the traditional rulers of Niger, and one of the four members of the special cabinet of the president of Niger. The Agadez Sultanate was established in Niger in the 15th century, and he was elected as the 51st Sultan of Agade in 1960. He attended the Jalsa Salana Benin in 2002, along with his 12-member delegation, travelling around 2,500 kilometres. When Huzooraa visited Benin in 2004, he came there along with a 62-member delegation and had the opportunity to meet Huzooraa as well.

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