This Week in History: 23-29 April


23 April 1910: In 1910, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira inaugurated Masjid Nur in Qadian with the Asr prayer.

23 April 1933: Mr MA Jinnah arrived at the Fazl Mosque to attend an event organised by the imam of the Fazl Mosque, Hazrat Maulana Abdur Rahim Dardra.

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23 April 1980: On this date, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh was in Islamabad where he remained until 4 May. During this time, Huzoorrh appointed Sahibzada Mirza Mansoor Ahmad Sahib as the amir-e-Muqami.

24 April 1893: It was a historic day in the religious history of the Indian subcontinent, when Rev Dr Henry Martyn Clark MD, CM (Edinburgh), MRAS, CMS, medical missionary in-charge of Amritsar district agreed on the principles of the debate with the Promised Messiahas. A day earlier, Hazrat Ahmadas had sent a letter to Dr Clark through his trusted friends and assigned those ambassadors to parley with the Christian group to finalise topics for discussion and general terms and regulations to smoothly run the much needed debate. Hazrat Ahmadas was happy that the decisive debate was going to take place because Christian missionaries were carrying on their work in the country without much opposition. The orthodox Muslims and their mullahs bothered little about the progress of Christianity. The next day – 25 April – Huzooras dispatched another registered letter to the Christian camp with the aim to further cement the particulars of the agreed debate.

24 April 1902: The Promised Messiahas wrote a letter to his companion, Hazrat Maulvi Ghulam Hassan Khan Peshawarira and asked for the hand of Maulvi Sahib’s daughter, Sarwar Sultan Sahiba, for her marriage with his son, Hazrat Sahibzada Mirza Bashir Ahmadra.

24 April 1970: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh held a press conference in Accra and then went to Saltpond on 24 April. This is the historical place where the first missionary to Africa, Hazrat Maulvi Abdur Rahim Nayyarra first set foot on African soil on 28 February 1921. From here, he started his tabligh mission. Huzoorrh was given a warm welcome and after seeing the mosque and mission house, delivered the Friday Sermon. After the Friday prayer, he addressed members again and met with all of them.

24 April 1971: On this date, the Jamaat in Sierra Leone, under the Nusrat Jehan scheme, established its first health centre.

24 April 1981: Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Pakistan held its 27th annual tarbiyati class which lasted until 7 May. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh delivered the closing address. 

25 April 1966: Foreign Minister of India, Sardar Swaran Singh visited Qadian on this day. He was given a warm welcome. A reception was held for him and he was gifted with a copy of the Holy Quran. On this occasion, deputy commissioner Gurdaspur, Major General Rajinder Singh Sparrow MVC Commander, First Armoured Division, was also present.

The English newspapers of India, Tribune of Ambala, Times of India (Delhi) and Patriot of Delhi published detailed news on 26 April, and Indian Express of Delhi on 25 April, about the visit of the foreign minister.

25 April 1977: On this date, Hazrat Maulvi Mohib-ur-Rahman of Kapurthala passed away at the age of 88. He was the son of Hazrat Munshi Habib-ur-Rahmanra of Kapurthala. After receiving his primary education from Qadian, he remained in Lahore for about 50 years and continued to perform various services for the Jamaat. Maulana Dost Mohammad Shahid Sahib led the funeral prayers at the behest of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh.

Hazrat Munshi Mohib ur Rahman ra
Hazrat Munshi Habib-ur-Rahmanra, father of Hazrat Maulvi Mohib-ur-Rahman of Kapurthala

25 April 1981: On this date, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh laid the foundation stone of the offices of the private secretariat. A few days later, he laid the foundation of Qasr-e-Khilafat.

26 April 1980: On this date, the first one-day annual gathering of Majlis Ansarullah Rabwah was held at Masjid Aqsa.

26 April 1980: On this date, a school was established in Oni, Nigeria by the Ahmadiyya Jamaat.

26 April 1981: On this date, the first tarbiyati class for Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Fiji was held, which lasted until 1 May.

27 April 1914: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra began darses of Sahih al-Bukhari. His predecessor, Hazrat Hakim Maulvi Nuruddin, Khalifatul Masih Ira used to deliver darses of Bukhari – the most authentic compilation of ahadith – along with darses on the Holy Quran, regularly.

27 April 1979: On this date, Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya  Markaziyya held its 25th tarbiyati class, which lasted until 10 May. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh delivered the opening and closing address. 539 Khuddam of 361 majalis joined.

28 April 1970: On this date, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh arrived in Abidjan, Ivory Coast during his visit. Missionary- in-Charge, Qureshi Muhammad Afzal Sahib received Huzoorrh at the airport. After Maghrib, Huzoorrh addressed the Jamaat members who were present. The address was translated simultaneously into French and Abidjan’s local language.

A group of Khuddam with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III rh in Ivory Coast
A group of Khuddam with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh in Ivory Coast

29 April 1946: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra directed members of the Jamaat to learn the basic teachings of the Holy Quran and enhance their focus on producing more Huffaz (those who memorise the Holy Quran by heart).

29 April 1970: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh invited 28 students of Abidjan’s Ahmadiyya Arabic School. The students had their pictures taken with Huzoorrh. At noon, a tour of Liberia started. Upon reaching Monrovia, the personal representative of the president welcomed Huzoorrh. Along with dignitaries of the Jamaat and politicians, press correspondents were also present. Huzoorrh gave an interview to the press correspondents. He also spoke with the Muslim governor. 

On the same evening, Huzoorrh met with President William Tubman. Then, Huzoorrh attended a dinner organised by the Jamaat in which the vice president, chief justice, speaker of parliament and ambassadors were present. 

29 April 1976: On this date, the annual tarbiyati class, organised under Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Markaziyya, which lasted for two weeks, concluded. The inaugural address was delivered by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh.

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