This Week in History: 20-26 May

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivering the Friday Sermon in Baitun Nur Mosque Calgary, Canada

20 May 2005: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivered a Friday Sermon in Uganda, during his tour. This was the first Friday Sermon delivered by a Khalifatul Masih in Uganda, which was also broadcast live on MTA. Later, Huzooraa delivered an address at the concluding session of Jalsa Salana Uganda. (Al Fazl International, 24 June 2005)

20 May 2016: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivered his weekly Friday Sermon from the Nasir Mosque in Gothenburg, Sweden.

While explaining the Islamic command of hijab, Huzooraa said that it was a form of modesty taught by the Holy Quran and that many young Ahmadi Muslim women took great pride in wearing headscarves and were not perturbed if they were mocked or ridiculed. Huzooraa said that such women considered observing hijab as their personal choice, freedom and right.

21 May 2004: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivered a Friday Sermon from Bad-Kreuznach, Germany. Huzooraa said that a Khalifa was appointed by Allah alone. No matter how hard opponents and hypocrites stood in opposition, Huzooraa said, the Khalifa was from Allah and Khilafat would remain as long as Allah willed.

21 May 2005: During his tour of Uganda, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa inaugurated a mosque in Busia. Upon reaching this city, Huzooraa gave instructions regarding the mosque and the adjoining mission house. Later, Huzooraa went to Mbale to inspect an Ahmadiyya hospital there. (Al Fazl International, 24 June 2005)

22 May 2013: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa arrived in Calgary during his historic tour of North America.

Huzooraa arrived at Calgary International Airport at 7:20 pm after a short flight from Vancouver. At the airport, Huzooraa was greeted by four members of Alberta’s Legislative Assembly (MLAs) and by Calgary’s Deputy-Mayor Ray Jones. After departing the airport, Huzooraa and his entourage were given a 10-car police escort to the Baitun Nur Mosque.

22 May 2007: On this day, an extremist suicide bomber detonated a shrapnel-laden homemade bomb as people were leaving the Manchester Arena following a concert. 23 people died, including the attacker, and 1,017 were injured, many of them children.

Regarding this incident, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa said:

“Earlier this week, 22 innocent people, including young children were brutally and senselessly murdered in Manchester. This was an utterly barbaric act and such heinous acts are completely opposed to the teachings of Islam. As Muslims, we are devastated and grief-stricken by this attack and condemn it in the strongest possible terms.” (“Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community condemns ‘utterly barbaric’ Manchester terror attack”,, 27 May 2017)

23 May 2015: Hazrat Khailfatul Masih Vaa inaugurated the Mansoor Mosque in the German city of Aachen.

Upon arrival, Huzooraa officially inaugurated the mosque by unveiling a commemorative plaque and offering a silent prayer. He then led the Zuhr and Asr prayers at the new mosque before planting a tree at the premises to further mark the occasion.

In the evening, a special reception, attended by more than 210 dignitaries and guests, was held to mark the opening of the mosque. 

In his address, Huzooraa said:

“The main purpose of a mosque is to act as a place to worship God and to serve His creation and fulfil their rights. There are so many people who are suffering in the world through poverty, who are ill or who cannot afford education and so helping them is a means of fulfilling the rights of a Mosque.” (“New Ahmadiyya Mosque opened in Aachen, Germany by Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community”,, 25 May 2015)

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Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa unveiling Masjid Mansoor’s plaque

24 May 2013: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivered a Friday Sermon from the Baitun Nur Mosque in Calgary, Canada.

Huzooraa explained that 27 May 1908 was a day when the fear and panic that had gripped the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat were replaced by peace, comfort and contentment. This was why Ahmadi Muslims celebrated 27 May as Khilafat Day each year.

Huzooraa said: 

“The progress of Islam is now destined to take place through the Promised Messiahas. The flag of the Holy Prophet of Islam will now be raised in the world through the servants of the Promised Messiah […] So no effort of yours, and no misdeed or attack that you carry out, even if it be with the help of any worldly power, will be able to stop Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya from achieving its purpose, nor will any such effort be able to stop the progress of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat.” (“Muslim Community to celebrate ‘Khilafat Day’”,, 27 May 2013)

24 May 2016: Dawood Ahmad Sahib of Karachi, son of Haji Ghulam Muhyuddin Sahib, was martyred at the age of 60 by opponents of Ahmadiyyat outside his house at around 9 pm. In his Friday Sermon on 27 May, Huzooraa mentioned Dawood Ahmad Sahib and offered his funeral prayer in absentia.

25 May 2013: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa was visited by the Mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi and various other dignitaries at the Baitun Nur Mosque in Calgary. Huzooraa also answered questions during a media conference.

Huzooraa said:

“It is a dire need of the time to respond to all forms of fanaticism and extremism with Islam’s true message of peace and harmony.” (“Calgary Mayor comes to meet Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat”,, 26 May 2013)

Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary, with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa

25 May 2015: Die Zeit, the German national weekly, interviewed Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa. He was interviewed by reporter Tahir Chaudhry about the role of Islam in the modern world, the threat of extremism and various other global issues. During the interview, Huzooraa was asked about the greatest threat to civilization, to which he replied:

“I believe that the biggest threat today is the increasing distance between mankind and God Almighty. We are seeing fairness and justice decrease, whilst cruelty and hatreds rise. Such behaviour and trends can only lead to the punishment of God Almighty.” (“Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community says Germany should protect integrity and unity of Europe”,, 29 May 2015)

26 May 2014: The 6th Masroor International Cricket Tournament concluded on this day. The highlight of the tournament was the presence of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa at the final.

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Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa at the 6th Masroor International Cricket tournament, 2014

26 May 2014: Dr Mehdi Ali Bashir-ud-Din Qamar, of USA, was martyred in Rabwah on this day at the age 51 Years. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa spoke about the deceased in his sermon on Friday, 30 May 2014 and offered his funeral prayer in absentia.

26 May 2015: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa inaugurated the newly acquired administrative headquarters of Majlis Ansarullah Germany and Lajna Imaillah Germany.

Huzooraa named the five-storey building Baitul Aafiyyat.

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