This Week in History: 13-19 October


A glimpse into the rich history of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat

13 October 1905: The Promised Messiahas received some guests from Gujrat on this day. Among them was Mr D Neel, headmaster at the Mission School. The guests had an opportunity to ask some questions. (Malfuzat [1988], Vol. 4, pp. 484-486)

13 October 1969: On this day, a delegation of 26 members from the United Presbyterian Church in the United States visited Qadian, the birthplace and burial place of the Promised Messiahas. This visit was marked by warm hospitality, introductions, tours of significant landmarks, and in-depth discussions about the teachings and history of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat.

For more details, see “Coming from every distant track: A delegation from the United Presbyterian Church, USA, visits Qadian”, Al Hakam, 2 December 2022, Issue 246, pp. 8-9.

14 October 1955: On this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra gave two important instructions for the missions operating outside of Pakistan. Firstly, they should try to inculcate among new converts the habit of offering financial sacrifices by giving chanda. Secondly, to encourage students from outside countries to travel to the markaz in Pakistan and obtain education there. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 17, p. 120)

14 October 1994: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh inaugurated the Baitur Rahman Mosque on this day in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. (Silsila Ahmadiyya, Vol. 4, p. 881)

14 October 2011: During his Friday Sermon on this day, delivered from Nunspeet, the Netherlands, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa said that “this era in which we are living today is the era of Islam’s revival.”

15 October 1909: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira delivered the Eid-ul-Fitr Sermon, in which he spoke about the institution of Khilafat. (Khutbat-e-Nur, pp. 411-422)

15 October 1924: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra, during his tour of Europe, visited the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) on this day. Sir Denison Ross showed Huzoorra the university and its library. (Al Fazl, 11 November 1924, p. 6)

16 October 1903: The Promised Messiah’sas book, Tadhkiratush-Shahadatain (The Narrative of Two Martyrdoms), was published on this day.

This book comprises two sections – one in Urdu and the other in Arabic – and was written and published in October 1903. The Urdu section gives heart-rending details about how Hazrat Sahibzada Abdul Latif Shaheedra was charged and stoned to death, while the other portion in Arabic is in three parts, each dealing with important spiritual issues. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 2, pp. 337-338)

16 October 1970: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh addressed the ijtema of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya and shed light on the attributes of a true khadim. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 26, pp. 211-212)

17 October 1975: The ambassador of the Gambia to the UK met Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh in London. (Al Fazl, 5 November 1975, p. 6)

17 October 2008: During his Friday Sermon on this day, delivered from the Khadija Mosque in Berlin, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa narrated the history of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Germany and the history of this mosque as well. A day before, on 16 October, a special inaugural reception was also held.

18 October 1956: On this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra addressed the gathering of the Ahmadiyya International Press Association, an organisation of Ahmadi journalists. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 18, p. 237)

18 October 1994: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh inaugurated a new mosque and mission house in Willingboro, USA. (Silsila Ahmadiyya, Vol. 4, p. 881)

18 October 2013: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa officially opened the Khilafat Centenary Hall, built next to the Baitul Huda Mosque in Sydney, with the keynote address at an inauguration reception. The event was attended by more than 200 non-Muslim dignitaries and guests, including a range of federal and state parliamentarians. (“Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Inaugurates ‘Khilafat Centenary Hall’ in Sydney”,

18 October 2015: On this day, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih Vaa, laid the foundation stone for the first Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosque in Florstadt, Germany, naming it the Mubarak Mosque. The ceremony, attended by around 150 guests, including dignitaries like Mrs Bettina Muller of the German National Parliament and Mr Herbert Unger, Mayor of Florstadt, marked a significant moment of interfaith dialogue and community outreach. (“Foundation Stone for New Mosque laid by Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community”,

19 October 1924: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra laid the foundation stone of the Fazl Mosque in London on this day. The ceremony was attended by 200 guests. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 4, p. 456)

19 October 1934: During his Friday Sermon on this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra called the attention of Ahmadis towards sacrifices for the sake of faith, and said:

“The sacrifices made by our Jamaat thus far are significantly less as compared to the sacrifices of Prophet Moses’as jamaat, or Jesus’as disciples, or the Holy Prophet’ssa Companionsra. But now, it is time for us to make sacrifices in a way that soon manifests its fruits and takes us to those heights for which the Promised Messiahas was sent to the world.”

For more details, see “Tahrik-e-Jadid: The magnum opus of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud – Part 1”, Al Hakam, 30 October 2020, Issue 137, pp. 4-5.

19 October 1973: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh encouraged Ahmadis outside of Pakistan to attend Jalsa Salana in the form of delegations so that they too could partake of the blessings associated with it. In this regard, in his Friday Sermon, he also directed the respective departments overseeing the Jalsa to make additional and necessary arrangements for guests. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 29, p. 276)

19 October 1999: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh laid the foundation of the Baitul Futuh Mosque in London, UK. (Silsila Ahmadiyya, Vol. 4, p. 900)

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh going to lay the foundation of the Baitul Futuh Mosque in London, UK

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