This Week in History: 17-23 March

After leading the eclipse prayer on 20 March 2015, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivering a short sermon

17 March 2004: On this day, during his tour of Ghana, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa granted audiences to the local missionaries and to the doctors and teachers serving under the Nusrat Jehan Scheme. Huzooraa also granted audiences to 110 circuit missionaries with respect to their regions. Moreover, the vice president of Ghana also had a meeting with Huzooraa.

17 March 2018: 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.

Addressing the audience, Huzooraa said that as long as adequate steps towards establishing peace are not taken by the major nations of the world, it is the duty of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat to continue calling the world to this noble cause and to never give up.

During the event, Huzooraa also granted the Ahmadiyya Muslim Prize for the Advancement of Peace to Ms Angelina Alekseeva, the representative of Dr Leonid Roshal, a noted paediatrician from Moscow, Russia, and chairman of the International Charity Fund to Help Children in Disasters and Wars, in recognition of his outstanding medical and humanitarian services.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivering the keynote address at the 15th National Peace Symposium hosted by Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya UK

18 March 2004: On this day, during his tour of Ghana, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa graced the opening session of Jalsa Salana Ghana. It was the first time an address by any Khalifatul Masih was broadcast live on MTA from Ghana. The president of Ghana was also present on the stage.

18 March 2011: During his Friday Sermon on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa mentioned Rana Zafrullah Sahib of Sanghar, Pakistan, who had been martyred there. He was serving as the qaid majlis and secretary maal.

19 March 2016: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivered the keynote address at the 13th National Peace Symposium of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya UK, held at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in London. It was attended by more than 900 delegates from 26 countries, including 17 parliamentarians, a number of diplomats, and faith and civic leaders.

Huzooraa also granted the Ahmadiyya Muslim Prize for the Advancement of Peace to Ms Hadeel Qassim in recognition of her outstanding efforts to personally alleviate the suffering of thousands of refugee children stranded in dangerous and inhospitable camps in the Middle East.

During his keynote address, Huzooraa spoke of the fundamental need for justice and equity at all levels of society in order for genuine and long-lasting peace to be established.

20 March 2004: On this day, during his tour of Ghana, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa visited the Ashanti region of the country, visited various institutions of the Jamaat, and granted audiences to the local Ahmadis. Moreover, Huzooraa visited the Ahmadiyya Hospital in Asokore, and then departed for Kumasi, where Huzooraa visited the mission house. When Huzooraa stood on the balcony on the third floor of the mosque, thousands of Ahmadis were present outside the building, reciting taranahs and waving their hands, showing their love for Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa.

20 March 2015: At the occurrence of the solar eclipse on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa led the salat al-kusuf (eclipse prayer) at the Fazl Mosque in London, during the period of the solar eclipse. Following the prayers, Huzooraa delivered a short sermon in which he narrated the sayings of the Holy Prophetsa in relation to the significance of eclipses.

Huzooraa said that in today’s world, people consider an eclipse to be a mere spectacle and travel great distances for a good view of the eclipse. Believers, on the other hand, turn to God in prayer, remembering Him and seeking forgiveness from Him.

Later in the day, during his Friday Sermon, Huzooraa said that according to the sayings of the Holy Prophetsa, the occurrence of a solar and lunar eclipse was prophesied as a sign of the coming of the Promised Messiahas. It was fulfilled during the lifetime of the Promised Messiahas.

21 March 2004: On this day, during his tour of Ghana, a meeting took place between Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa and the biggest king of the Ashanti region, Asante Hene, at his palace.

22 March 2004: On this day, during his tour of Ghana, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa visited the Ahmadiyya Hospital in Techiman, and also visited various places, including mosques, schools, and mission houses in the Wa region of the country.

22 March 2016: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa strongly condemned the terrorist attacks that took place on this day in Brussels, saying:

“On behalf of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community worldwide, I express my deepest sympathies and condolences to the Belgian people following the barbaric terrorist attacks that have taken place in Brussels. Such heinous and utterly inhumane attacks must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.” (“Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community condemns Belgium terrorist attacks”,

23 March 2004: On this day, during his visit to Ghana, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa inaugurated the Ahmadiyya Mosque in Tamale and stated, “When I was last here, I could not have imagined that such a grand mosque could be erected here.”

Prior to his becoming the Khalifa, Huzooraa had been appointed to oversee the agricultural farm in Tamale during his eight-year stay in Ghana. During this period, he successfully grew maize, rice, and wheat there.

23 March 2012: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa discussed the contributions of Ahmadis to Pakistan and highlighted some significant historical events during his Friday sermon on 23 March 2012, which marks Pakistan Day. He fervently prayed for both Pakistan and the Ahmadis living there, emphasising the dire need for prayers in light of the increasing political unrest and the alarming state of the country.

Huzooraa said, “Unfortunately, the trend of shameful ingratitude is on the rise among various political groups, and the state of the country reflects this. Therefore, on this day, it is important for Pakistanis to offer abundant prayers for the safety and prosperity of their country. May Allah protect it from the impending disaster and guide it towards a brighter future.”

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