This Week in History: 14–20 June


A glimpse into the rich history of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat

14 June 1903: Lala Bhim Sin was a pleader by profession, who happened to be a class fellow of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, along with Maulvi Muhammad Hussain of Batala, when they were all pupils of Gul Ali Shah Sahib. On this day, Huzooras replied to a letter from Lala Bhim Sin, clearing his misconceptions regarding religion. Despite Huzooras being occupied with other undertakings, he spared some time for this old acquaintance to guide him to the right path. (Maktubat-e-Ahmad [2008], Vol. 1, pp. 86-93)

14 June 1948: On this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra delivered a lecture at the York House in Quetta as part of a series of lectures titled “Istihkam-e-Pakistan” – Consolidation of Pakistan. The session was attended by the Iranian Consul, the Minister of the State of Qalat, tribal leaders, civil and military officials, office-bearers of the Muslim League, local dignitaries, doctors and press representatives.

For more details, see “‘The consolidation of Pakistan’: Lectures by Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud on how Pakistan can see success” at, 6 May 2022, pp. 10-13.

15 June 1912: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira travelled to Lahore and laid the foundation stone of the house of Hazrat Sheikh Rahmatullahra. Sheikh Sahibra had been told by the Promised Messiahas that he would bless the house by laying its foundation stone, but destiny did not allow him. On this, the first successor of the Promised Messiahas did not desire for a single promise of his master to remain unfulfilled. Accordingly, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira bore patiently the hardships of travel and reached Lahore to lay the foundation stone. The following day, Huzoorra delivered a lecture too. Huzoorra returned to Qadian on 19 June. During this journey, Huzoorra also gave speeches in Amritsar, Batala and Lahore. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 3, pp. 397-400)

15 June 1915: On this day, Hazrat Sufi Ghulam Muhammadra arrived at Port Louis to establish the Ahmadiyya Mission in Mauritius. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 4, p. 170)

For more details of his journey, see: “100 Years Ago… – Progress of Ahmadiyyat in America and first Ahmadi missionary in Mauritius” at (16 December 2022, p. 12).

15 June 1955: During his tour of Europe, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra reached the city of Nuremberg, Germany, from Austria on this day. Chaudhry Abdul Latif Sahib, Missionary of Germany and various other devoted fellows were present there to welcome Huzoorra. There were 15 Ahmadi men and women in Nuremberg at that time.

For more details about the history of Jamaat in Germany, see: “Germany: The gateway to Europe and beyond” at (5 July 2019, pp. 14-17).

16 June 2008: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa travelled to America. Huzooraa travelled from London and landed at Dulles International Airport. Huzooraa reached the Bait-ur-Rahman Mosque, the headquarters of the USA Jamaat, where he was given a warm welcome. (Al Fazl International, 18 July 2008, p. 16)

17 June 1928: On this day, Seerat-un-Nabi jalsas were held across British India following the scheme of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra.

For more details, see “Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’s services to the Muslim cause: Guiding Muslims of the Indian subcontinent amid religious and political conflicts,” Al Hakam, 26 February 2021, Issue, 154, p. 19.

17 June 1974: During the anti-Ahmadiyya agitation in 1974, on this day, the crops belonging to Ahmadis were destroyed in Chak 39 DB, a village in Sargodha, Pakistan. (Daily Al Fazl, 6 March 2003, p. 2)

18 June 1974: During the 1974 anti-Ahmadiyya riots, the severity of the attacks on Ahmadis by their opponents was so extreme that instead of deterring the assailants, the police and administration began arresting Ahmadis themselves. On this day, 12 Ahmadis were arrested in Pak Patan, Punjab. (Daily Al Fazl, 6 March 2003, p. 2)

19 June 1955: On this day, Mian Afzal Hussain, the then Vice-Chancellor of the Punjab University, visited Rabwah and addressed the convocation ceremony of the Talim-ul-Islam College. The Civil and Military Gazette published a detailed report on this event, along with some photographs, under the heading “Train Students to be Good Citizens  Talim-ul-Islam College Convocation”, on 21 June 1955.

For more details on this Convocation, see “75 years of Rabwah: A glimpse into its early years”, at (22 September 2023, pp. 6-9).

19 June 2012: During his tour of the USA, on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa visited the Bait-un-Nasir Mosque in Columbus, Ohio. (“Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Continues Tour of USA”,

20 June 1974: On this day, opponents of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya set alight the Ahmadiyya Mosque in Talvandi Khajoor Wali, in District Gujranwala, Punjab, Pakistan. (Daily Al Fazl, 6 March 2003, p. 2)

20 June 2009: On this day, Major Afzaal Mahmood Sahib’s body was brought to Rabwah and was buried with full army protocol.

This Ahmadi member of the Pakistan Armed Forces was martyred a day before, on 19 June, while fighting against militants in Bajaur Agency. He went on patrol with his men on the Pakistan-Afghan border. Near Bajaur, their convoy was attacked and he was martyred.

For more details, see “Forbidden history: Monumental services of Ahmadis in the Pakistani Armed Forces”, at (16 July 2021, pp. 10-11).

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