This Week in History: 26 April – 2 May


A glimpse into the rich history of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat

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Ahmadis welcome Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa to Kenya, 2005

26 April 1922: On this day, explaining the importance for a merchant to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the industry, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra said:

“One who is unaware of the importance of something cannot benefit from it. Take, for example, the tea that is produced in India – the people [of India] were unaware of its value. They did not pay attention to it. Its plants were produced and would dry up in the forest. The British appreciated its value and its importance in trade with the Chinese and immediately bought the areas [of land] where tea was produced for a cheap price. Tea gardens all over India now [1922] belong to the British. They acquired them for a price, not by force. Indeed, they have benefited from their knowledge. The British now earn 200 million rupees annually from this tea in India.”

For more details, see “Islamic guidance on trade and business in the words of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud”, at (18 February 2022, p. 15)

26 April 1984: On this day, Pakistan’s military dictator General Zia-ul-Haq, as the President of Pakistan, promulgated Ordinance XX, under which Ahmadis were banned from using and preaching Islamic rites. This ordinance initiated a systematic conspiracy to arrest the then Head of the Jamaat, cut off his connection with the Jamaat members, etc., but God had other plans, and Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh was safeguarded by Allah the Almighty.

For more details, see: “Sharia on the altar of the Federal Shariat Court”at (17 August 2018, pp. 5-6).

27 April 1908: On this day, after the Fajr prayer, the Promised Messiahas, his family and a delegation of his Companions travelled to Lahore.

For more details, see: “Final Days of the Promised Messiahas” at (22 March 2019, pp. 18-19).

27 April 1968: On this day, the central Majlis-e-Irshad held its meeting, which was presided over by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh. During this session held at the Mubarak Mosque Rabwah, three research papers were read out. At the end of the speeches, before dua, Huzoorrh spoke shortly and instructed the audience and Jamaat members, to pray fervently with regard to hidden enemies of Islam. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol 24, pp 478-479)

28 April 1902: On this day, The Times covered the controversy about the Archbishop of Canterbury and Bibles.

For more details, see: “The ‘Holy’ Bible or the ‘Whole’ Bible? A Brief Study in the Apocrypha Controversy” at (13 December 2019, pp. 4-8).

28 April 1970: On this date, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh arrived in Abidjan, Ivory Coast during his visit. The 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. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 26, pp. 52-53)

28 April 2005: This was the first day of the 40th Jalsa Salana of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Kenya. This Jalsa was historic as it was the first Jalsa of Kenya in which the Khalifatul Masih attended in person.

The vice president of the country also addressed the inaugural session of the Jalsa. It should be noted that the country’s officials had never attended the Jamaat’s Jalsa before. 

The attendance was five times higher than the previous year. In addition to other engagements, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa attended a reception in the evening to which the country’s political, diplomatic and higher judicial and administrative officials were invited. (Al Fazl International, 13 May 2005, pp. 8-9)

28 April 2006: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivered the Friday Sermon from Sova, Fiji. This sermon was broadcast live. Huzooraa said that all praise was due to Allah that He enabled him to deliver the sermon directly from this region of the world, which is also known as the “corner of the world”. Hence, the message of the Promised Messiahas was being conveyed from one end of the world to the other via the means of MTA. (Khutbat-e-Masroor, Vol. 4, pp. 209-220)

29 April 1936: On this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra attended a meeting of the All-India Kashmir Association, reported by The Civil and Military Gazette on 2 May 1936.

For more details, see “Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’s services to the Muslim cause: Guidance for Turkey, peace in the Arab world and the Kashmir Movement”, at (19 February 2021, p. 41).

29 April 1970: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh started his tour of Liberia. 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. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 26, p. 55)

30 April 1984: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh emigrated from Pakistan to London. During this journey, Huzoorrh travelled by car from Rabwah to Karachi on April 28.

For more details, see: “Turning point in history – Part II”, at (13 April 2018, p. 5).

30 April 1999: On this day, the officials of the government of Pakistan arrested Hazrat Sahibzada Mirza Masroor Ahmad Sahib, the Nazir-e-Ala and Amir Muqami, and three other Ahmadis in a false case. His release took effect on May 10.

For more details, see “A sitting with Mirza Waqas Ahmad Sahib at 2019 UK Khuddam Ijtema Part II” at (27 September 2019, pp. 4-5).

1 May 1931: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra delivered a lecture during a public jalsa at the Islamia School in Dehradun, presided over by Khan Bahadur Zill-e-Hussain Sahib, Honourary Magistrate, and the event was attended by people from various religions. During his lecture, Huzoorra shed light on Hindu-Muslim relations, the need for conciliation, and the reasons behind their disputes.

For more details, see “A call for interfaith harmony and tabligh: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’s visit to Mussoorie, Dehradun and Delhi, 1931”, at (2 June 2023, p. 8).

2 May 1930: When the Congress initiated civil disobedience on 6 April 1930, some Muslim organisations such as Majlis-e-Ahrar and Jamiat-ul-Ulema favoured this initiation. But with Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’sra efforts, the Muslims as a whole avoided it. 

In his Friday Sermon on this day, Huzoorra expressed his views about the matter and outlined an appropriate course of action.

For more details, see “A letter to the Viceroy, 1930: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’s efforts in preventing Indian Muslims from indulging in agitation and violence”, at (5 May 2023, p. 14)

2 May 1924: Speaking about the need for sacrifices, during his Eid-ul-Fitr sermon on this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra said:

“The early era of the Prophets, denotes ‘Ramadan’, and the era of their progress signifies ‘Eid’. One is required to offer sacrifices along with the Prophets, and to be delighted on the day of ‘Eid’ that God’s prophecy has been fulfilled. On that day, even the [spiritually] blind will cry out that ‘we have witnessed the ‘moon of Eid’”.

For more details, see “True Eid of this era”, at (21 April 2023, p. 1).

2 May 1970: During his visit to Africa today, Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih IIIrh, met with President Daud Ajuara of Gambia and also attended a banquet hosted by Sir FM Singhate. During his stay in Gambia, on the same visit, he was divinely inspired to establish the Nusrat Jehan Scheme to help the African nations. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 26, p. 58)

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