This Week in History: 17-23 November


A glimpse into the rich history of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa inaugurated the Baitul Ahad Mosque in Nagoya, Japan

17 November 1884: The Promised Messiahas was in Delhi and his nikah was announced on this day with Hazrat Syeda Nusrat Jehan Begumra, daughter of Hazrat Mir Nasir Nawabra. It was Monday, 27 Muharram, 1302 Hijri. The nikah was announced by the famous cleric of the city, Syed Nazeer Husain Dehlawi. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 1, pp. 242-244)

17 November 1935: On this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra graciously spent some time with students of Jamia Ahmadiyya and Madrasa Ahmadiyya and spoke to them about the highest standards expected of them. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 7, pp. 270-273)

17 November 1972: On this day, the 15th annual ijtema of Lajna Imaillah Markaziyyah was held. Also, the 50-year anniversary of Lajna Imaillah was celebrated. A special magazine was published on this occasion. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh also addressed the gathering. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 28, p. 131)

17 November 1998: On this day, the Provincial Assembly of Punjab in Pakistan unilaterally adopted a resolution to change the name of the town of Rabwah, established in 1948 following the creation of Pakistan. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh commented on this in his Friday Sermon on 27 November. (Al-Fazl International, London, 15 January 1999, pp. 5-8)

17 November 2015: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa visited the Meiji Jingu Memorial in Tokyo, Japan. The vice-priest of the Meiji Shrine, Mr Shigehiro Miyazaki, officially welcomed Huzooraa and described his presence as a “great honour”. Later, Dr Mike Sata, PhD, a close friend of the Jamaat, hosted a special dinner in Huzoor’saa honour at the Meiji Kinenkan (also known as Constitution Memorial Hall). (“World Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community visits Meiji Memorial in Tokyo”

18 November 1910: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira assigned young Hazrat Sahibzada Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra to lead congregational prayers in the central mosque during his absence for treatment, as he had been injured in an accident while travelling. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 3, p. 329)

18 November 1924: On this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra touched the shores of Mumbai during his journey back to India after his successful tour of Europe. 200 representatives of the Jamaat from different parts of India welcomed Huzoorra. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 4, p. 461)

19 November 1937: 48 years had passed since the establishment of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya, and 29 years since the demise of the Promised Messiahas. During this period, a large number of the Companions of Hazrat Ahmadas also passed away. On this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra called the attention of Jamaat members to record narrations and memories of the Companions of the Promised Messiahas. (Al Fazl, 26 November 1937, pp. 1-9)

20 November 1924: While returning from his Europe tour and making his way back to Qadian, on this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra departed Mumbai for Agra via train, boarding BB&CI (Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway). (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 4, p. 462)

20 November 2015: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa inaugurated the Baitul Ahad Mosque in Nagoya, Japan. It is the country’s first Ahmadi mosque and can accommodate up to 800 worshippers. On the next day, Huzooraa delivered the keynote address at a special reception held to mark the inauguration. Over 100 non-Muslim dignitaries and guests attended the evening reception. (“‘Spread Islam through love, not by force or compulsion’ – Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community”

21 November 1924: While returning from his tour of Europe, on this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra reached Agra Fort Railway Station at 8 o’clock in the morning and was received by a hundred local representatives and dozens of other non-Ahmadi friends. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 4, p. 462)

21 November 1982: On this day, a reception organised in Rabwah by Lajna Imaillah was addressed by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh. In his address, Huzoorrh launched a scheme [tahrik] and encouraged Ahmadis to perform waqf-e-arzi in Spain. (Silsila Ahmadiyya, Vol. 4, p. 819)

22 November 1931: On this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra was in Delhi to attend an important session of the Kashmir Committee. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 4, p. 462)

23 November 1924: On this day, while travelling back to Qadian from England, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra reached Batala at night by train. During this journey, at almost all railway stations, local members of the Jamaat would gather to see a glimpse of their beloved Imam. Where possible, some receptions were also held, for example, in Ludhiana and Amritsar. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 4, p. 463)

23 November 2013: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivered the keynote address at an event held by the Pan-African Ahmadiyya Muslim Association to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the independence of Algeria, Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, and Uganda. (“World Muslim Leader Calls for Self-determination and Freedom of All Nations”

23 November 2015: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivered the keynote address at a special reception held in his honour at the Hilton Hotel on the island of Odaiba, Tokyo. More than 60 guests attended the reception, during which Huzooraa reflected on the consequences of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, and described them as “attacks that shamed humanity”. (“Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community delivers a historic address in Tokyo, Japan”,

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