This Week in History: 16-22 February


A glimpse into the rich history of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat

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Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa opening new block of offices and warehouse of Al-Shirkatul Islamiyyah at Tahir House London

16 February 1899: On this day, the Promised Messiahas wrote a letter to Hazrat Munshi Rustam Alira saying that the previous day, he had returned from Pathan Kot after attending court proceedings where Muhammad Hussain of Batala and others had accused him of treason towards the British Raj and the murder of Lekhram. (Maktubat-e-Ahmad, Vol. 2, pp. 634-635)

16 February 1956: The local chapter of the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya in Dera Ghazi Khan convened a three-day annual Jalsa. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’sra special message was read out every morning of the Jalsa prior to formal sessions.

This message was given by Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra at the request of Faiz Muhammad Khan Sahib, a student of Government College, Dera Ghazi Khan. This short message can be read in volume 17 of Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat (p. 395).

16 February 2014: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa inaugurated a newly-built extension to Tahir House in southwest London. The building was purchased in 2002 to house various central offices of the Jamaat.

Currently, Tahir House is home to many central departments of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, including Al-Shirkatul Islamiyyah, Makhzan-e-Tasaweer and the Ahmadiyya Archive and Research Centre (Ahmadiyya ARC). (“Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Inaugurates Tahir House Extension”,

17 February 1908: On this day, the nikah of Hazrat Nawab Mubaraka Begumra was announced with Hazrat Nawab Muhammad Ali Khanra, the chieftain (ra’is) of Malerkotla. Hazrat Hakim Maulvi Noor-ud-Deenra led this nikah in Masjid Aqsa, Qadian and the mahr was set for 56,000 rupees. Several guests came to participate from outside of Qadian. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 2, p. 515)

17 February 1974: On this day, upon the conclusion of the third horse racing tournament in Rabwah, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh distributed prizes among the participants. Huzoorra had inaugurated the tournament on 15 February. That year (1974), 105 riders from different parts of Pakistan arrived in Rabwah to participate in the competitions. (Al Fazl, 19 February 1974, p. 8)

17 February 1983: On this day, a person named Muhammad Aslam Qureshi of Sialkot disappeared. Anti-Ahmadiyya elements falsely claimed that the head of Ahmadiyya Jamaat, Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmadrh, had killed this person. This conspiracy ended years later, in 1988, when this person reappeared following a journey to Iran. He informed the authorities and the press that it was his personal decision to travel. (Silsila Ahmadiyya, Vol. 4, p. 821)

18 February 1922: On this day, Hazrat Sheikh Mahmud Ahmad Irfanira departed Qadian for Egypt to establish a mission of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat. He was able to establish the mission within a year. He continued to work in Egypt until 1926. He continued to offer his services following his return and passed away in February 1944.

On the occasion of his departure from Qadian in 1922, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra provided guidance, which can be read in the fourth volume of Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat (pp. 286-287).

18 February 1935: On this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra laid the foundation stone of a new mosque in the Dar-ul-Barakat neighbourhood of Qadian. Besides this, Huzoorra also laid the foundation stones of the houses of two devout Ahmadis, namely Sultan Ahmad Sahib and Hakim Fazl-ur-Rahman Sahib, a missionary in Africa. (Al Fazl Qadian,  21 February 1935, p. 1)

19 February 1920: On this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra delivered a lecture in Lahore near the Delhi gate. This persuasive speech lasted two and a half hours. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 4, p. 254)

19 February 1934: On this day, a tourist from Persia, Mr Abu Qasim Khan, visited Qadian. He shared his travel experiences in a session organised in Masjid Aqsa, Qadian. He spoke in Persian, which was translated into Urdu by Sheikh Muhammad Allah Bakhsh Zia Sahib. (Al Fazl Qadian, 22 February 1934, p. 1)

20 February 1915: On this day, Hazrat Sufi Ghulam Muhammadra set off from Qadian to Mauritius to establish a mission. He reached his destination on 15 June, spending months in Sri Lanka to establish a local chapter on this Island. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 4, p. 169)

20 February 1986: During his tour of Africa, on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh met the Gambian press.

20 February 1986: On this day, the Prime Minister of India, Indra Gandhi, was called on by a delegation of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya. She was also presented with the literature of Jamaat. (Silsila Ahmadiyya, Vol. 4, p. 837)

21 February 1936: The Jamaat’s mission in Budapest, Hungary, was established on this day.

On the instruction of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra, Chaudhry Haji Ahmad Khan Ayaz BA LLB left Qadian on 16 January and reached Budapest on this day to establish the Ahmadiyya mission in Hungary. A day before his departure, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra wrote to Ayaz Sahib:

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah. May Allah bless your work and grant you great success in the purpose for which you are going, meaning to preach [the message of Islam], and may He make you a means of spreading Islam Ahmadiyyat in the country. [May He] be your Protector and Helper. Amin.

“Humbly, Mirza Mahmud Ahmad, 15 January 1936”. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 7, p. 291)

21 February 1955: On this day, some members of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya England met with the King of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and presented him with a copy of the English translation of the Holy Quran. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 17, p. 312)

21 February 2003: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh introduced a special fund to help parents with the marriage of their daughters. On 28 February, Huzoorrh named this ‘Maryam Shadi Fund’. (Silsila Ahmadiyya, Vol. 4, p. 912)

22 February 1935: On this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra graciously donated 500 rupees towards the fund for the construction of Gurdwara Patna Sahib. The local press lauded this act of generosity. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 7, p. 281)

22 February 1944: On this day, Mr C King, Commissioner of Lahore, along with his wife, visited Qadian. They arrived by train and visited Jamaat offices and educational institutes. (Al Fazl Qadian, 24 February 1944, p. 4)

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