This Week in History: 25-31 March

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Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivering an address during the Burkina Faso Jalsa

25 March 2004: Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih Vaa completed his trip to Ghana during his visit to Africa and arrived in Burkina Faso. Huzooraa departed from Tamale, Ghana and reached the Ahmadiyya mission house in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where 5000 Ahmadis were eagerly waiting to welcome their beloved Imam.

During the journey to Burkina Faso, Huzooraa inspected and inaugurated the newly built mosque in Kperiga and offered prayers there. 

On the border of Ghana and Burkina Faso Huzooraa inaugurated the newly-built mosque in the Paga Jamaat. At the border, a large number of Ahmadis were present to bid farewell to Huzooraa. Sounds of ‘assalamu alaikum’ were echoing from all sides. After leading silent prayer, Huzooraa crossed the border and entered Burkina Faso. (Al Fazl, 2 April 2004, p. 11)

25 March 2017: The 14th annual peace symposium of Jamaat-e Ahmadiyya UK was held. Members of parliament, ministers of state, diplomats, government officials and other dignitaries and guests attended. 

A press conference with Huzooraa was held where journalists asked Huzooraa different questions relating to Islam and current affairs.

During the symposium, a special message from the Dialogue of the Patriarchal Council in the Vatican was delivered. 

Setsuko Thurlow Quan, a Japanese-born woman was awarded The Ahmadiyya Muslim Prize for the Advancement of Peace for her work on humanitarian aid.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa addressed the symposium and presented the beautiful teachings of Islam on how to establish world peace. (Al Fazl, 21 April 2017, p. 9)

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivering the keynote address during the 2017 Peace Symposium

26 March 2004: The first shura (mutual consultation) meeting of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V’s era was held in Rabwah, Pakistan which lasted till 28 March.

In his message to the representatives of the shura, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa said that after Khilafat, if any institution was sacred, it was Majlis-e-Shura

Huzooraa also said that he would pray to Allah Almighty to keep every Ahmadi living in any city, town, or village of Pakistan in His safety and to keep them safe from the evils of the opponents. 

Huzooraa said that he would continue to pray to Allah for His mercy, grace and happiness to be bestowed on them. (Al Fazl, 3 and 5 April 2004, p. 1)

26 March 2004: While Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa was visiting Burkina Faso, the Prime Minister of the country, Paramanga Ernest Yonli met him. 

After the meeting, Huzooraa addressed a press conference in which a delegate asked about the topic and purpose of the meeting with the president.  Huzooraa said that it was a courtesy visit. Another asked about the purpose of Huzoor’s visit to West Africa to which Huzooraa said that he came to meet his people. (Al Fazl, 9 April 2004, pp. 3-4)

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Prime Minister of Burkina Faso with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa

27 March 2004: 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 revelation of the Promised Messiahas:

اِنِّيْ‭ ‬مَعَكَ‭ ‬يَا‭ ‬مَسْرُوْرُ

Surely, I am with you, O Masroor

This revelation was repeated in the poem and 13000 Ahmadi Muslims, together in one voice, repeated the revelation during the recitation of the poem. (Al Fazl, 9 April 2004, p. 4)

The revelation, “Inni ma’aka ya Masroor” (Surely, I am with you, O Masroor) in the handwriting of the Promised Messiahas

27 March 2015: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa, referring to the small leaflets published by the Promised Messiahas, drew the attention of the Jamaat to publish and distribute pamphlets. (Al Fazl, 17 April 2015)

27 March 2015: A young Ahmadi Muslim businessman, Noman Ahmad Najam Sahib was martyred after being shot on 21 March 2015 in the Rafah-e-Aam Society neighbourhood of Karachi, Pakistan. In his Friday sermon, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa mentioned the martyr and offered his funeral prayer. (Al Fazl, 17 April 2015)

28 March 2004: During Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V’s visit to Burkina Faso, more than 500 different Jamaat officials from 12 regions of the country had the privilege of meeting Huzooraa.

Jamaat delegations from Ivory Coast and Mali also met and received guidance from Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa

That same evening, a children’s class took place and later a dinner was held in honour of Huzooraa to which non-Ahmadi guests were invited. (Al Fazl, 17 April 2004)

29 March 2013: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa inaugurated an Ahmadiyya Mosque in Valencia, Spain. It was the second mosque of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in Spain after the Basharat Mosque in Pedro Abad. The construction of the whole mosque cost 1.2 million euros. (Al Fazl, 19 April 2013, p. 5)

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Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa inaugurating Baitur Rahman Mosque, Valencia, Spain, 2013

30 March 2017: Malik Saleem Latif Sahib Advocate, President Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Nankana Sahib, who was 70 years old, was martyred. He left his house at 9 am for court. On the way, opponents of the Jamaat shot him due to which he was martyred. 

In 1989, the house of the late martyr was burnt down by opponents of the Jamaat. The father of the late martyr and the mother of Dr Abdul Salam Sahib Nobel Laureate were relatives. (Al Fazl, 21 April 2017, p. 8)

31 March 1906: The Paisa Akhbar was a popular Urdu newspaper published in Lahore, British India. The paper was established in 1887. On this date, the Paisa Akhbar published the Promised Messiah’s prophecy about the upcoming heavenly signs and global sufferings:

پهر‭ ‬چلے‭ ‬آتے‭ ‬ہيں‭ ‬يارو‭ ‬زلزلہ‭ ‬آنے‭ ‬كے‭ ‬دن

[O friends, the days of earthquakes are nigh again]

This prophecy that was encapsulated in a poem spread far and wide through the circulation of this newspaper. (Majmu‘ah Ishtiharat, Vol. 3, p. 551)

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Paisa Akhbar, 31 March 1906

31 March 2004: During his visit to Burkina Faso, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa travelled hundreds of kilometres on difficult unpaved roads from Dori to Kaya Region. During this visit, Huzooraa inaugurated Huda Mosque and laid the foundation stone of an Ahmadiyya mission house. He also addressed the closing session of the local annual Jalsa. (Al Fazl, 16 April 2004, pp. 1-5)

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