This Week in History: 19-25 March


In this, the fourth year of Al Hakam, we will present a selection of incidents from the blessed era of the Third Khalifa, Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmadrh (1965-1982)

19 March 1980: The sixth equestrian tournament was held in Rabwah, which lasted three days. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III, may Allah have mercy on him, addressed the closing ceremony. 


20 March 1970: 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. 

20 March 1971: On this date, the Ahmadiyya Jamaat held its annual provincial conference in Kerala, India.

20 March 1980: Maulana Muhammad Sadiq Sumatri Sahib, who served as a missionary of the Jamaat, passed away in Rabwah.

Maulana Muhammad Sadiq Sumatri Sahib

In 1949, Maulana Sahib left Rabwah for Singapore. He was the first missionary who Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra himself bade farewell from the railway station at Rabwah.

22 March 1979: A sincere member of the Jamaat, Naib Sadr Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya, Muhammad Shafiq Qaiser Sahib died in an accident in Burma.

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Muhammad Shafiq Qaiser Sahib

23 March 1968: On this date, after the Maghrib prayer, a session of Majlis-e-Irshad Markaziya was held at Masjid Mubarak, Rabwah, and chaired by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh. It was attended by members from Rabwah and also from other areas. On this occasion, three speeches were delivered:

Peshgoi “Tazalzul Dar Iwaan-e-Kisra Fataad” by Muhammad Munawar Sahib

Peshgoi “Masaleh-ul-Arab, Masir-ul-Arab” by Maulvi Fazal Ilahi Bashir Sahib

The Great Fulfilment of Peshgoi Musleh-e-Maud by Dr Syed Sultan Mahmud Shahid Sahib

23 March 1968: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh started delivering darses of the Holy Quran for ladies in Hazrat Choti Apa’s house. On this day, Huzoorrh explained the tafsir of verses 13-14 of Surah al-Baqarah.

23 March 1969: On this date, Chief Minister of Indian Punjab, Sardar Gurnam Singh visited Ahmadiyya Muhalla Qadian. He was accompanied by Gen Rajinder Sparrow, Sardar Satnam Singh Bajwa MLA and other government officers. They were welcomed by Mirza Waseem Ahmad Sahib, Acting Nazir-e-Ala and Amir-e-Muqami and members of Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya. 

On this occasion, the chief minister was gifted with the Holy Quran and other literature.  

23 March 1978: On this date, the Nusrat Jehan Secondary School in The Gambia held a certificate distribution ceremony with President Dawda Jawara, the first president of The Gambia, as the chief guest.

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Nusrat Jehan Secondary School, The Gambia

23 March 1978: On this date, The Gambia Jamaat held its fourth Jalsa Salana, which lasted three days.

23 March 1979: The Jamaat’s two-day annual provincial conference was held in Kering Orissa, India.

23 March 1982: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh laid the foundation stone of the Ahmadiyya Centenary Jubilee office, Bait-ul-Izhar, in the premises of Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya Pakistan offices. 

24 March 1968: On this date, the sixth prize distribution ceremony of Jamia Nusrat Rabwah, a college for women in Rabwah, was held in which Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh addressed and granted important guidance in regard to the progress of the institution.

Huzoorrh stated that an arrangement should be made for a dispensary by October 1968. Each year, the college should organise a competition to test their knowledge of the Holy Quran and the books of the Promised Messiahas

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Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh delivering a Sermon in Masjid Mubarak, Rabwah

24 March 1981: On this date, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh departed for Lahore. On 25 March 1981, in Lahore, a reception was held in honour of Huzoorrh by chiefs of the districts of Punjab.

25 March 1966: On this date, the Majlis-e-Mushawarat commenced, which continued until 28 March. On this occasion, the second edition of Tafsir-e-Saghir was published under the special supervision of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh.

25 March 1974: Majlis Atfal-ul-Ahmadiyya Rabwah conducted a cycling trip. 30 members of Atfal-ul-Ahmadiyya covered a distance of 50 miles. 

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