This Week in History: 13-19 May

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Dignitaries of Japan and Jamaat members with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa

13 May 2005: During his visit to Tanzania, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivered his Friday Sermon at Masjid Salam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (East Africa). On the same day, Frederick Sumaye, then-Prime Minister of Tanzania, met with Huzooraa. The 35-minute-long meeting at the prime minister’s house focused on issues of mutual interest. 

On this day, apart from individual and family mulaqats, Huzooraa presided over separate meetings with the country’s national majlis-e-amila and the amilas of Majlis Ansarullah and Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya and issued guidance and instructions. (Al Fazl International, 10 June 2005, p. 13)

13 May 2006: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa addressed the closing session of Jalsa Salana Japan. After the Jalsa, Japanese guests had the privilege of meeting Huzooraa. During his visit to Japan, in the evening, Huzooraa presided over a meeting with the national amila of Japan. Separate meetings of Ansarullah Japan’s amila and Lajna Imaillah Japan’s amila were also held. (Al Fazl International, 30 June 2006, pp. 12-13)

Japanese Dignitaries with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa, Japan, 2006

13 May 2017: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa addressed the Annual Symposium of the European chapter of the International Association of Ahmadi Architects and Engineers (IAAAE). The symposium took place at the Baitul Futuh Mosque. (“Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community addresses concluding session of IAAAE Annual Symposium”, www.pressahmadiyya.com, 17 May 2017)

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivering the keynote address at the 2017 IAAAE Symposium

14 May 2005: On this day, the president of Tanzania had the privilege of meeting with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa. Also, on this day, Huzooraa travelled about 200 kilometres from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro where he was warmly welcomed by Ahmadis. There, Huzooraa inspected Jamia Ahmadiyya and many other sites. 

At the end of this busy day, Huzooraa attended a dinner to which dignitaries of the area and government officials were invited. (Al Fazl International, 17 June 2005, p. 16)

President of Tanzania, Benjamin Mkapa, with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa

14 May 2016: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivered the keynote address at a special reception held to mark the inauguration of the Mahmood Mosque in Malmo, Sweden. 

In his address, Huzooraa said:

“A basic purpose of a mosque is to serve as a place for Muslims to offer their prayers and in Arabic, the word for prayer is ‘al-salat’ which in essence means ‘compassion, love and mercy’. Consequently, a Muslim who offers his prayers with sincerity is a person who is kind, caring and merciful and he or she is a person who strives to stay away from immorality, illegal activity and all forms of evil.”

This mosque, which is the Jamaat’s second mosque in Sweden, was officially opened a day earlier when Huzooraa delivered his weekly Friday Sermon. (“Reception held to mark inauguration of Mahmood Mosque in Malmo, Sweden”, www.pressahmadiyya.com, 15 May 2016)

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa addressing a reception held to mark his first-ever visit to Stockholm

15 May 2005: On this day, during his tour of Tanzania, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa inaugurated a mosque in Chalinze, held a meeting with missionaries of Tanzania and also addressed a press conference in addition to attending a dinner that evening. (Al Fazl International, 17 June 2005, pp. 11-12)

15 May 2006: After visiting the Far East, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa returned to London after a 12-hour flight from Tokyo, Japan. (Al Fazl International, 30 June 2006, p. 16)

15 May 2013: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa arrived in Canada on this day as his tour of North America continued. 

15 May 2015: In his Friday Sermon, while mentioning the grandeur of the Promised Messiahas, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa said that the government of Punjab in Pakistan recently had banned the publication and display of some Jamaat publications. Huzooraa said that people from Pakistan wrote to him expressing their anxiety about the matter. Huzooraa reminded the Jamaat that opposition against the Jamaat was nothing new. Huzooraa said no mother had ever given birth to a child who could halt the divine mission of the Promised Messiahas

In his sermon, Huzooraa said that he had decided that on MTA, the dars of the books of the Promised Messiahas would be extended and presented more than before and thus, the restrictions placed in one province of Pakistan would bring benefit to everyone as they would have more opportunity to learn about the books of the Promised Messiahas through MTA. 

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivering the keynote address at the 25th anniversary dinner of MTA International

15 May 2017: The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat held a special reception to mark the 25th anniversary of its 24-hour, global and multi-lingual television channel, Muslim Television Ahmadiyya International (MTA). The historic event was graced by the presence of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa

16 May 2005: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa travelled 500 kilometres from one part of Tanzania to another, had mulaqats with Ahmadis and also held a meeting with Lajna Imaillah Tanzania’s national amila. This was Huzoor’saa last day in Tanzania. (Al Fazl International, 17 June 2005, p. 12)

17 May 2005: During his visit to Africa, on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa arrived in Uganda from Tanzania. Huzooraa also addressed a press conference. Many officials also had the opportunity to meet with Huzooraa. (Al Fazl International, 24 June 2005, pp. 10-16)

17 May 2013: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa inaugurated the Baitur Rahman Mosque in Vancouver, Canada by delivering his weekly Friday Sermon from the new Mosque. 

Arrival of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa at Vancouver Airport, Canada, with a ceremonial welcome by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police

17 May 2016: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivered the keynote address at a special reception to mark his first-ever visit to Sweden’s capital, Stockholm. 

18 May 2005: On this day, during his tour of Uganda, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa visited an Ahmadiyya School in Mbiko. (Al Fazl International, 24 June 2005, pp. 10-11)

19 May 2005: During his visit to Uganda, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa graced Jalsa Salana Uganda with his presence. This was also Uganda Jamaat’s first Jalsa Salana in which a Khalifatul Masih was present. (Al Fazl International, 24 June 2005)

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivering the concluding address at Jalsa Salana, Uganda, 2005

19 May 2010: On this day, Hafeez Ahmad Shakir Sahib, an Ahmadi, was martyred in Karachi, Pakistan.

On 21 May, during his Friday Sermon, Huzooraa mentioned that as Hafeez Ahmad Shakir Sahib closed his shop late at night, he was shot at close range and was thus martyred. He was 41 years old and was a most active member of the Jamaat, a devoted Ahmadi, especially dedicated to the recitation of the Holy Quran. 

Huzooraa, in view of the painful situation in Pakistan, reminded Ahmadis around the world to pray for Pakistan.

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