This Week in History: 24-30 March


A glimpse into the rich history of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat

Baiat Register
Register of the first Bai’at at the hand of the Promised Messiahas with names including Hazrat Maulvi Nuruddinra, Hazrat Hafiz Hamid Alira and Hazrat Munshi Rustam Alira

24 March 1889: The Promised Messiahas was in Ludhiana on this day, and on this second day of the inception of the Bai‘at, Huzooras accepted some more new members as mentioned in the Register Bai‘at. (Al Hakam, 23 March 2018, Issue 1, pp. 5-6)

24 March 1989: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh delivered the first Friday sermon of the second century of Ahmadiyyat from Islamabad, Tilford, UK, which was listened to in Mauritius and Germany as well via telephone, and it was the first-ever occurrence of this kind. Huzoorrh said that at the outset of the second century of Ahmadiyyat, Allah Almighty had vouchsafed him the gift of “as-salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullah”. (Khutbat-e-Tahir, Vol. 8, p. 179)

On this occasion, various events took place; for instance, Huzoorrh planted a tree, and a person took bai’at as well.

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)

25 March 1933: On this day, the foundation stone of a mosque in Ambala, India, was laid, and it was later inaugurated on 30 July 1933. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 6, p. 135)

25 March 1952: On this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra addressed a press conference in Hyderabad, Pakistan. Huzoorra also addressed a gathering of 1,000 people in the Theosophical Hall in Hyderabad about the importance of Muslim unity. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 14, pp. 62-63)

25 March 2004: On this day, during his tour of Africa, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa travelled from Ghana to Burkina Faso. (Al Fazl International, 2 April 2004, p. 11)

26 March 1934: On this day, under the instructions of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra a delegation from Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya called on Freeman Freeman-Thomas, 1st Marquess of Willingdon, GCSI, the Governor General and Viceroy of India, and called his attention to the rights of the Muslims of British India, especially during the transfer to the new government set up. This meeting took place in Delhi, and the delegation consisted of 22 members, including Hazrat Mirza Sharif Ahmad Sahibra. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 6, p. 159)

26 March 1939: On this day, a subcommittee was formed to discuss and formulate the programmes to mark the upcoming Jubilee of Ahmadiyyat and Khilafat of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra. Hazrat Mir Muhammad Ismaelra was assigned to head this historic task. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 7, p. 577)

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)

27 March 1972: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh inaugurated the science block of Jamia Nusrat, Rabwah, Pakistan. Huzoorrh delivered a speech and provided guidance and instructions on various matters. Earlier, on 8 March 1970, Huzoorrh had laid the foundation stone of this block. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 28, p. 41)

27 March 2004: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa addressed the closing session of the Jalsa Salana of Burkina Faso. During the proceedings, Omar Moaz Sahib recited a poem based on the following revelation of the Promised Messiahas:

اِنّي مَعَکَ يَا مَسْرُور

“Surely, I am with you, O Masroor.”

This revelation was repeated in the poem and 13,000 Ahmadi Muslims, together in one voice, repeated the revelation during the recitation of the poem. (Al Fazl International, 9 April 2004, p. 4)

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)

28 March 2004: On this day, during his tour of Burkina Faso, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa granted audience to the regional presidents along with their amilas, the presidents of the auxiliaries, za‘eems, and other office bearers from 12 regions, who numbered around 500. (Al Fazl International, 9 April 2004, p. 7)

29 March 2004: On this day, during his tour of Burkina Faso, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa visited the Ahmadiyya Humanity First Centre in Ouagadougou and granted audiences to the local mayor, Ouadragou Zakaria, and the Minister of State for Agriculture, Hon Salif Dialo. (Al Fazl International, 9 April 2004, p. 8)

30 March 1893: On this day, the Promised Messiahas dispatched a detailed letter to his fierce foe, Maulvi Muhammad Hussain of Batala. In it, Huzooras forwarded a concise idea through which a decisive duel was to be held between the two parties. With that proposed competition in the commentary of selected verses of the Holy Quran, Huzooras sought to put an end to the long-running severe opposition of Maulvi Sahib. In the event of, God forbid, the failure of Huzoor’s arguments, Huzooras offered that he would burn all his books and repent of all his claims. Maktubat-e-Ahmad [compilation of the letters of the Promised Messiahas], volume 1, pages 359–362, recorded this dispatch.

30 March 1905: On this day, the Promised Messiahas appointed Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Sadiqra as the editor of Al Badr [later Badr] after the demise of Babu Muhammad Afzal Sahibra. (Malfuzat [1988], Vol. 4, p. 251)

30 March 2004: On this day, during his tour of Burkina Faso, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa departed from Ouagadougou to Dori, and the distance was around 265 kilometres, of which only 105 kilometres were covered with a proper road. There, Huzooraa graced various events arranged by the local jamaat. (Al Fazl International, 9 April 2004, p. 8)

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