This Week in History: 22-28 March


A glimpse into the rich history of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat

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Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa addresses Conference of World Religions Held at Guildhall

22 March 1897:

On this day, the Promised Messiahas wrote a detailed announcement that bore principle guidelines for the loyalty of citizens towards their government. This piece also carries some basic information about the personality and family of the Promised Messiahas. (Majmua-e-Ishtiharat [2019], Vol. 2, pp. 248-256)

22 March 1917:

On this day, the family of Nikolai Alexandrovich Romanov, the Tzar of Russia, and their servants were imprisoned. They stayed in captivity until their ultimate execution.

For more details, see “A prophecy fulfilled – The Tsar in agony and distress”, at (15 March 2019, pp. 9-10).

22 March 2015:

On this day, the foundation stone was laid for the Bait-ul-Ahad Mosque in Bondoukou: this city is called the “city of a thousand mosques” in Ivory Coast.

For more details, see “First Ahmadi mosque and Jalsa Salana in Bondoukou, ‘The city of a thousand mosques’, Ivory Coast”, at (14 January 2022, p. 27).

23 March 1935:

Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra visited Gurdaspur on this day, to record the defence witness statement in a case against the Ahrar leader Syed Attaullah Shah Bukhari. Reporting about Huzoor’sra statement, The Civil and Military Gazette wrote under the heading “Ahmadya Head in Gurdaspur: Arrival by Special Train to Give Evidence in Court”:

“Khalifa Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud, head of the Ahmadya community, appeared as a defence witness today in a case against Attaullah Shah Bokhari, the Ahrar leader, who is being tried on a charge of promoting hatred between two communities. The case arose out of a speech delivered by the accused at the Ahrar Conference in last October in Qadian.”

Huzoorra visited Gurdaspur again on 25 March to complete his statement.

For more details, see “Historical analysis of Ahrar’s anti-Ahmadiyya agitation – Part 2”, at (13 October 2023, pp. 14-18).

23 March 1983:

On this day, a detailed introduction to the Jamaat was published in the famous central newspaper of Japan, the Japan Times, with pictures of the Promised Messiahas and the Khulafa. (Silsila Ahmadiya, Vol. 4, p. 822)

23 March 1994:

On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh started delivering his homoeopathy lectures on MTA and after recording 200 classes, this precious material was compiled into a book, several editions of which have been published and translated. Huzoor’srh passion for promoting this economical method of treatment for needy people around the world was enormous. (Silsila Ahmadiyya, Vol. 4, p. 878)

23 March 2018:

Al Hakam was the first-ever periodical of the Jamaat, initiated during the time of the Promised Messiahas in 1897 and published in Urdu at that time. It was re-launched on this day from London, in the English language, by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa.

For more details, see “Al Hakam: A glimpse into its history and relaunch during the blessed era of Khilafat-e-Khamisa”, at (24 March 2023, pp. 12-14)

24 March 1968:

On this day, the sixth convocation and awards-distribution ceremony of Jamia Nusrat Rabwah, a Jamaat college established for the education of girls, was held, which was graced by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh with his presence and address. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 24, p. 502)

24 March 2004:

On this day, during his tour of Ghana, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa visited Salaga and inspected the Talim-ul-Islam Ahmadiyya Secondary School there. Huzooraa was the principal of this school from 1977 to 1979. (Al Fazl International, 2 April 2004, pp. 10-11)

25 March 1910:

The Jalsa Salana, which had been postponed in December 1909, commenced in Qadian and spanned three consecutive days starting on this day. It was attended by 3,000 people. During the Friday sermon of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira on this day, some members were assigned to repeat and echo the words of Huzoorra so that everyone in the large audience could clearly hear his voice. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 3, p. 316)

26 March 1977:

On this day, an exhibition of the Holy Quran and Jamaat literature was organised in Japan. Ataul Mujeeb Rashed Sahib, then serving as a missionary in Japan, reported in the Daily Al Fazl Rabwah of 5 April 1977 that a very successful exhibition of Islamic literature was organised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in Japan on 26 March 1977. This exhibition showcased translations of the Holy Quran in more than 15 languages, along with various other Islamic books, newspapers and magazines. It was the first exhibition of its kind in Japan. Many researchers, professors and journalists from Japan and ambassadors and students from other countries showed great interest.

26 March 2004:

On this day, during his tour of Africa, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa granted separate audiences to the then-prime minister of Burkina Faso, Per Langa Ernest Yonhi, and the then-president, Blaise Compaore. (Al Fazl International, 9 April 2004, p. 2)

Prime Minister of Burkina Faso with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa

27 March 1923: 

Maulvi Muhammad Din, BA, former Headmaster of TI High School, Qadian, and editor of The Review of Religions, the missionary designated for America, landed in Boston from England on this day. He reached Chicago on 29 March 1923. He took up his work in earnest under the guidance of Mufti Muhammad Sadiq DD.

For more details, see “100 Years Ago… – Second Ahmadi missionary to America with a message of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II”, at (14 April 2023, p. 10).

28 March 1920:

On this day, Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Sadiq’sra ship, by the name of SS Haverford, set sail from Liverpool in the afternoon for America.

For more details, see “100 Years Ago… – Mufti Sahib’s ship to America, Chinese converts and a fervent prayer”, at (24 April 2020, p. 13).

28 March 1999:

On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh led the Eid-ul-Adha at the proposed site of the Baitul Futuh Mosque, Morden, UK. (Al Fazl International, 16 April 1999, p. 1)

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