This Week in History: 15-21 March


A glimpse into the rich history of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat

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A Khadim requesting Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V’saa permission to begin the ceremony of the Guard of Honour. On Huzoor’s left is the President of Ghana.

15 March 1907: On this day, the Promised Messiahas issued an announcement for Muslim clerics and invited them to read his book, Haqiqatul Wahi with deep consideration. (Haqiqatul Wahi, Ruhani Khazain, Vol. 22, p. 611)

15 March 2004: During his tour of Ghana, on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa met with the then-president of Ghana, John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor. (Al Fazl International, 26 March 2004, p. 16)

16 March 1990: During his tour of Spain, on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh delivered his Friday Sermon in the eastern town of Xativa. In his Sermon, Huzoorrh asked Ahamdis to increase their tabligh efforts, so we can see the revival of Islam in Spain. (Khutbat-e-Tahir, Vol. 9, pp. 133-144)

17 March 1989: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh delivered his Friday sermon, which happened to be the final Sermon of the first century of the Jamaat. Huzoorrh, while giving the glad-tiding of the ultimate victory of the Jamaat, also advised members to collect the accounts of the elders who made significant sacrifices in the first century of the Jamaat’s history. (Khutbat-e-Tahir, Vol. 8, pp. 167-178)

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh holding a Jamaat Centenary Souvenir, 1989

17 March 2018: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivered the keynote address at the 15th National Peace Symposium hosted by Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya UK at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in London with an audience of more than 900 people from 31 countries, including 570 non-Ahmadi guests comprising ministers, ambassadors, members of parliament, and various other dignitaries. (“Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community says Time has come to Stop Blaming only Muslims for the World’s Problems,”

18 March 1948: On this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra delivered a lecture at the Theosophical Hall, Karachi, as part of a series of lectures titled “Istihkam-e-Pakistan”. It was organised by the local Lajna Imaillah, and thus attended by around 600 Ahmadi and non-Ahmadi women, including Lady Abdullah Haroon (former president of All India Women Muslim League & Vice-President of All Pakistan Women’s Association), Begum Shaban (a prominent leader of the Pakistan Movement), Begum Afridi, etc.

For more details, see “‘Consolidation of Pakistan’: Lectures by Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud on how Pakistan can see success”, at (6 May 2022, p. 10).

18 March 1966: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh announced the blessed scheme of Waqf-e-Arzi – temporary life-devotion. This initiative was designed to support the spiritual education and moral training within the Jamaat. Huzoorrh emphasised the divine opportunity bestowed upon members to dedicate two to six weeks annually to religious service and to engage in the multitude of activities sponsored by the Community. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 23, p. 49)

19 March 1944: On this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra announced the extension project of Masjid Mubarak in Qadian. For more details about this mosque, see “Masjid Mubarak – A blessed mosque”, at (24 May 2019, pp. 21-23).

20 March 1970: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh delivered a Friday Sermon in Masjid Mubarak, Rabwah in which he stated that Ahmadi Muslims recognised the great status of the Holy Prophetsa and his mercy for mankind. Huzoorrh said that it was our duty to raise the slogans of “Khatam-ul-Anbiya, zindabad!” and “Insaniyyat, zindabad!” with such passion and glory that they reach the Seventh Heaven and the throne of Allah. This sermon of Huzoorrh continued for more than 50 minutes. (Khutbat-e-Nasir, Vol. 3, pp. 61-72)

21 March 1874: Looking back at the 18th century, one can’t help but notice how rapidly Christianity was spreading throughout the world, especially in British India. For example, the Cheltenham Mercury wrote on this day that:

“If the present rate of increase was continued, by the year 2001, at least 135,000,000 of people would be converted.” 

This tide was turned by the advent of the Promised Messiahas.

For more details about this, see “How Christianity spread in British India: Crusade of the Clapham Sect”, at (25 March 2022, p. 10).

21 March 1891: Hazrat Hakim Maulvi Nuruddinra served in the state of Kashmir for years. On this day, in a letter to him, the Promised Messiahas highlighted his help for Jamaat, in the following words:

“Your employment is of a great benefit to us. Its exterior may seem worldly but intrinsically, it is all for the faith. 

“Although there is a great conflict going on, there seems to be divine wisdom behind you being stationed at such a place.”

For more details about his life in Kashmir, see “Pursuit, betrayal and triumph: The formative years of Hazrat Hakim Maulvi Nuruddin”, at (27 May 2022, p. 6).

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