This Week in History: 31 March – 6 April

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa addressing a special reception held to celebrate the opening of the Baitur Rahman Mosque in Valencia, Spain.

31 March 1906: On this day, the Promised Messiah’sas prophecy, warning about an earthquake, was published on page 18 of the weekly newspaper Paisa Akhbar of Lahore. 100,000 copies of this newspaper were published.

31 March 1989: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh inaugurated an Ahmadiyya mission house in Galway, South Ireland, which he announced in his Friday Sermon. It was the first journey of Huzoorrh in the second century of Jamaat. In the evening, a special reception was also held to mark the occasion, where many dignitaries participated.  (Khutbat-e-Tahir. Vol. 8, p. 203; Silsila-e-Ahmadiyya, Vol. 4, p. 854)

31 March 1996: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh visited Birmingham, UK. (Silsila-e-Ahmadiyya Vol. 4, p. 885) On this occasion, at least one question-answer session with non-Muslims from across the English Midlands was also held, which lasted for about two hours.

1 April 1901: The Promised Messiahas was resolute in his efforts to spread the message of Islam to the Western world. To attain this grand goal, alongside other schemes, he desired to publish a magazine, to manage which, he formed an association by the name  Anjuman-Ishaat-e-Islam [Society for the Propagation of Islam]. It held its first meeting on this day. The association decided to name the magazine, “The Review of Religions”, which has been published to date. Hazrat Hakim Maulvi Nuruddinra was appointed the president of the Anjuman. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 2, p. 165)

1 April 1953: On this day, during the riots and agitation against Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya, Martial Law authorities arrested Hazrat Mirza Sharif Ahmad Sahibra and Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad Sahibrh for their faith in Ahmadiyyat. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 15, p. 254)

1 April 1996: On this day, the Muslim Television Ahmadiyya (MTA) commenced its 24-hour broadcast, and to mark this momentous occasion, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh delivered a live address.

2 April 1989: In connection with the Jamaat’s centenary celebrations, on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh participated in a discussion at the studio of LBC Radio with the representatives of the Christian and Jewish faiths. (Silsila-e-Ahmadiyya, Vol. 4, p. 854)

3 April 1912: On this day, with the permission of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira, Hazrat Sahibzada Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra commenced his journey to various places in India, at his own expense, along with a delegation of some scholars of the Jamaat. The places included Lucknow, Kanpur, Shahjahanpur, Rampur, Delhi, Saharanpur, and Deoband. During this tour, various religious madrasas were visited. This journey was to gather first-hand information about the institutions established to provide religious education. Hazrat Sahibzada Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra set forth on this long trip to enhance the standards of education in Madrasa-e-Ahmadiyya Qadian. This delegation returned to Qadian on 29 April 1912. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 3, p. 392) 

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Hazrat Sahibzada Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra with some companions during their visit of different religious institutions of India, 1912, Hazrat Sheikh Yaqub Ali Irfanira holding an issue of Al Hakam

3 April 1931: On this day, Hazrat Maulana Jalaluddin Shamsra laid the foundation stone of the first Ahmadiyya mosque in Kababir, Haifa. It was named Mahmood Mosque. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 5, p. 313)

3 April 1987: During his Friday Sermon on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh called on Ahmadi parents to devote the lives of their unborn children to the propagation of Islam Ahmadiyyat as he initiated the scheme of Waqf-e-Nau. For more details, see “A new era of servants for Islam” (Al Hakam, 3 April 2020, Issue 107, pp. 19 and 23)

3 April 2013: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa addressed a special reception held to celebrate the recent opening of the Baitur Rahman Mosque in Valencia, Spain. During his address, Huzooraa shed light on the true Islamic teachings of peace, justice and tolerance. Huzooraa said that he wished to reassure the Spanish people that the new mosque would be a source of peace and compassion. He said the mosque would foster a spirit of togetherness and unity within the society.

4 April 1917: On this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra issued a tract, titled “Zinda Khuda Ke Zabardast Nishan” – Living Sign of Living God. It was apropos to the fulfilment of the prophecy of the Promised Messiahas about Nicholas II, the Tsar of Russia. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 4, p. 197)

4 April 1932: On this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra laid the foundation of the new neighbourhood of Darul Anwar in Qadian. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 6, p. 26)

4 April 2004: On this day, during his tour of Africa, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa reached Benin from Burkina Faso. It was the first time that any Khalifatul Masih visited the country. (Al Fazl International, 16 April 2004, p. 2)

5 April 1985: Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya UK held its 20th Jalsa Salana at Islamabad, Tilford, which was attended by Ahmadis from 48 countries around the world. On this date, the three-day Jalsa Salana commenced. This was the first Jalsa Salana in Islamabad. The Jalsa was graced by the presence of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh, who delivered three addresses. There were 7,000 people in attendance altogether. (Silsila-e-Ahmadiyya, Vol. 4, p. 675)

5 April 1948: On this day, during his tour of Peshawar, Pakistan, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra delivered a lecture at the Special Government Hall, as part of a series of lectures titled “Istihkam-e-Pakistan” – Consolidation of Pakistan. The details of this series of lectures have already been published in our article, “‘The consolidation of Pakistan’: Lectures by Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra on how Pakistan can see success”. (Al Hakam, 6 May 2022, Issue 216, pp. 10-13)

Jamaat members from Peshawar with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra, 1948

5 April 2004: On this day, during his tour of Benin, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa visited the Calavi Jamaat, where 1700 Ahmadis from 17 regions had come to meet Huzooraa. On his return to the capital, Porto-Novo, 800 Ahmadis were present there to meet him. On the same day, Huzooraa laid the foundation stone of a mosque there. At night, Huzooraa granted an audience to the Ahmadi doctors serving in Africa. (Al Fazl International, 16 April 2004, p. 2)

6 April 2004: On this day, during his tour of Benin, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa visited the northern areas of the country and granted audiences to Ahmadis there. Huzooraa also granted separate audiences to the kings of Allada and Dassa. Huzooraa then visited the third largest city in the country, Parakou, and members of the Jamaat had the opportunity to meet Huzooraa. (Al Fazl International, 16 April 2004, p. 3)

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