This Week in History: 14-20 July


A glimpse into the rich history of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa giving an address at the Paramount Banquet Hall, Canada

14 July 1894: On this day, the Promised Messiahas wrote the book Sirr-ul-Khilafah (The Reality of Khilafat) to express authentic views on the centuries-old differences between Sunnis and Shias, which had often resulted in running battles between them.

14 July 1989: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh inaugurated the Baitul Huda Mosque in Australia. (Silsila Ahmadiyya, Part 4, p. 126)

14 July 1967: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh reached Holland on this day during his tour of Europe. Huzoorrh was warmly welcomed by members of the Jamaat at Amsterdam airport. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 24, p. 95)

15 July 1909: The Promised Messiahas foretold the upcoming political turmoil and disorder in Persia:

تزلزل در ایوانِ کسرىٰ فتاد

“The palace of Chosroes has been shaken.” (Tadhkirah [English], p. 814)

On this day, the world witnessed the first manifestation of this prophecy; the Iranian monarch was besieged by rebels and compelled to take refuge in the Russian embassy, later being overthrown by the rebels.

15 July 1924: On this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra embarked on his journey to Europe from Bombay Port by ship. On this occasion, Huzoorra also sent a telegram, full of love and affection, to the members of the Jamaat. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 4, p. 435)

16 July 1901: On this day, the Promised Messiahas attended a court hearing of the Wall Case in Gurdaspur as a defence witness. Hazrat Ahmadas had his statement recorded, which explained not only the background of this case but also his mission, his prophecies, and the opposition he had faced on all fronts. (Life of Ahmad, p. 702)

16 July 1925: On this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra invited scholars from the Deobandi school of thought for a decisive debate concerning the commentary of the Holy Quran. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 4, p. 534)

16 July 1989: On this day, three Ahmadis were martyred in Chak Sikandar, in District Gujrat of the Punjab province of Pakistan, including Nazir Ahmad Saqi Sahib, Rafiq Ahmad Saqib Sahib, and a ten-year-old Ahmadi girl named Nabila. (Silsila Ahmadiyya, Part 4, p. 858)

16 July 2012: On this day, during his tour of Canada, a special reception was held in honour of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa at the Paramount Banquet Centre in Woodbridge, Ontario. The event was hosted by the then Premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty, and the then Minister of Citizenship and Immigration for Ontario, Charles Sousa. (“Ontario’s Premier Hosts Reception in Honour of Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat”,

17 July 1952: On this day, owing to the ongoing troubles of law and order for Ahmadi Muslims in the country, a delegation from the Jamaat had a detailed meeting with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Khawaja Nazimuddin, in Karachi (the then capital city of Pakistan) to brief him about the Ahmadiyya concerns. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 14, p. 274)

18 July 1908: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira gave instructions about ensuring that the Jamaat’s published literature is easily available to all members of the Community. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 3, p. 232)

18 July 1983: On this day, Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya initiated an agricultural project in Ghana for the country’s agricultural progress. Hazrat Sahibzada Mirza Masroor Ahmadaa was the manager of this project. Under his supervision, a successful experiment of growing wheat was conducted there. (Silsila Ahmadiyya, Part 4, p. 824)

19 July 1887: On this day, the Promised Messiahas rendered thanks through a short letter to Hazrat Munshi Rustam Alira, upon receiving the gift of mangoes.

Huzooras was so precise in extending his thanks that he mentioned the exact number of mangoes he had received. Huzooras said that the gift reminded him of another pressing task that needed to be accomplished very soon. (Maktubat-e-Ahmad [2008], Vol. 2, p. 505)

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