This Week in History: 27 October – 2 November


A glimpse into the rich history of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat

27 October 1904: On this day, the Promised Messiahas embarked on his journey towards the city of Sialkot. The entourage commenced its journey from Qadian at 4 am. The Promised Messiahas covered half the distance seated in a palki (palanquin) and the other half of the journey, towards Batala, on foot. He reached Batala by 8 am. From Batala Railway Station, a second-class rail carriage was reserved for the travelling party. Hazrat Ahmadas reached Sialkot at around 6 pm. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 2, p. 359)

28 October 2016: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivered a lecture at York University in Toronto, Canada, in front of an audience of more than 180 guests, including academics, politicians, the media and thought leaders.

The event, titled “Justice in an Unjust World”, was organised by Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Canada in collaboration with York University.

During his address, Huzooraa spoke of the increase in conflicts the world has experienced and the heightened risk of another world war. (“Justice in an Unjust World – Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community delivers historic lecture at York University”,

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivering a lecture at York University in Toronto, Canada

29 October 1982: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh launched the Buyutul Hamd Scheme for building homes for the poor as a gesture of gratitude for the inauguration of the Basharat Mosque in Spain. This was the first financial scheme during his Khilafat. (Silsila Ahmadiyya, Vol. 4, p. 818)

29 October 2013: On this day, during the tour of New Zealand, a Maori king hosted a reception in honour of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa. Huzooraa was welcomed by King Tuheitia at the Turangawaewae Marae in New Zealand and given a traditional welcome by the Maori community. (“Muslim Leader Presents Quran to Maori King”,

30 October 1913: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira laid the foundation stone of Hazrat Maulvi Sher Ali’sra house.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira laid two bricks with his own hand, and then the third brick was placed by Hazrat Sahibzada Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud Ahmadra. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 3, p. 468)

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih I with Logo
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira 

31 October 1902: The weekly newspaper Al Badr started its publication from Qadian on this day. Earlier, it had brought out its sample issue under the title of Al Qadian, which the Promised Messiahas renamed.

Upon the commencement of this newspaper, Hazrat Hazrat Hakeem Noor-ud-Deenra extended his support for it and also wrote some articles. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 2, p. 221)

31 October 1980: The annual ijtema of Majlis Ansarullah was inaugurated on this day. The live English translation of the speeches of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh was available for listening via headphones for the first time. (Tarikh Ansarullah, Vol. 2, p. 119)

1 November 2013: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa inaugurated the Baitul Muqeet Mosque in Auckland, New Zealand, with his Friday Sermon. The inauguration took place on the first day of the 25th Jalsa Salana of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya New Zealand. (“Special Reception Held to Mark Inauguration of Auckland Ahmadiyya Mosque”,

2 November 1924: On this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra started the next phase of his journey back to Qadian from Europe, as he boarded his ship from Venice, in the northeast of Italy. Hazrat Maulvi Abdur Rahim Dardra had sent this news to Hazrat Maulvi Sher Alira who was in Qadian serving as Amir-e-Muqami. (Al Fazl, 6 November 1924, p. 1)

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