This Week in History: 4-10 November

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    Last Updated on 9th November 2022

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    Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivers the keynote address at the reception given in his honour, in Nagoya, Japan

    4 November 2013: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivered a historic address at New Zealand’s National Parliament in Wellington. During his address, Huzooraa advocated the urgent need for justice as a means to develop world peace in the face of increasing tensions and conflicts in various parts of the world.

    4 November 2016: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa inaugurated the Mahmood Mosque in Regina, which serves as the capital city of Saskatchewan Province in Canada. Huzooraa delivered the Friday Sermon from the newly built mosque, in which he outlined the true and entirely peaceful objectives of building mosques.

    On the same day, Huzooraa delivered the keynote address at a special reception held to mark the inauguration of the Mahmood Mosque, which was attended by more than 180 guests, including the Premier of Saskatchewan, Brad Wall. During his address, Huzooraa reflected upon the true objectives of mosques and spoke of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya’s continued commitment to serving humanity. Huzooraa also spoke about the situation in the Muslim world at that time, which he described as “extremely precarious and turbulent”.

    5 November 2010: During his Friday Sermon on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa announced the new year of Tahrik-e-Jadid and commended the financial sacrifices of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Lahore, which stood first in the whole of Pakistan in Tahrik-e-Jadid’s collections. Huzooraa said that the incident of 28 May 2010 did not discourage them, rather they exceeded in their spirit of sacrifice. 

    5 November 2013: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa arrived in Japan from New Zealand. Huzooraa spent his first night in Japan in Tokyo city centre, before travelling to Nagoya, where the Ahmadiyya centre in Japan is based. This was his second visit to Japan.

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    Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa inaugurating Baitul Ahad Mosque in Nagoya with his Friday Sermon

    6 November 2016: A special reception was held to mark the opening of the newly built Baitul Aman Mosque in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada, at which Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivered the keynote address. During his address, Huzooraa spoke of the true purpose of mosques and how the new mosque would not only be a place to worship God Almighty, but would also prove a means of serving and protecting all people.

    He said that at a time when there was widespread fear of Islam, it was a sign of open-heartedness and “extraordinary courage” that the guests had attended an Islamic event. Both prior to and after the reception, Huzooraa met personally with a number of guests and also held a press conference with local media representatives.

    7 November 2008: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa inaugurated the Baitul Mahdi Mosque in Bradford, UK, and narrated the history of Jamaat in Bradford.

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    Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa addressing dignitaries, general public and community members at the inauguration of Al-Mahdi Mosque in Bradford, UK

    7 November 2012: Fanatical religious extremists targeted Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Bangladesh in a village named Taraganj, district of Rangpur in an extremely brutal and vicious attack. At least 15 local Ahmadis were injured during the course of the attack. Apart from the mosque, two Ahmadi homes, one of which was used as a prayer centre, were also attacked. The three properties were all vandalised, looted and set on fire.

    7 November 2014: During his Friday Sermon on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa mentioned a missionary of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Ghana, Alhaj Yusuf Edusei Sahib, who passed away on 2 November. He was born on 15 December 1942 in a Christian household and accepted Ahmadiyyat at the age of 16. He graduated from Jamiatul Mubashireen Ghana. He had the opportunity to build around 40 mosques in Ghana, and also translated the Holy Quran into the Twi language. 

    8 November 2013: During his Friday Sermon on this day, from the newly built Baitul Ahad Mosque in Nagoya, Japan, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa shed light on the importance of building mosques and the purpose of mankind’s creation. 

    On the same day, Huzooraa held an interview with the Japanese media outlet The Asahi Shimbun, one of the four largest newspapers in Japan.

    8 November 2014: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivered the keynote address at the 11th National Peace Symposium hosted by Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya UK. During his address, Huzooraa categorically condemned the activities of ISIS and other extremist groups as “entirely un-Islamic” and said they were “viciously spreading a network of terror” throughout the world.

    Quoting extensively from the Holy Quran, Huzooraa proved Islam to be a religion of peace that promoted tolerance, mutual respect and understanding at all levels of society. Huzooraa also raised the issue of how extremist groups such as ISIS were able to receive funding and support.

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    9 November 2017: During his Friday Sermon on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa mentioned a missionary from Sierra Leone, Yusuf Khalid Sahib, who had passed away on 2 November. He graduated from Jamia Ahmadiyya Rabwah with the Shahid degree. He had the opportunity to serve the Jamaat in Sierra Leone in various capacities, such as Naib Amir I and Principal Jamia Ahmadiyya Sierra Leone. 

    9 November 2013: Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa addressed an audience of more than 100 Japanese dignitaries and guests at a special reception held at the Mielparque Hotel in Nagoya.

    During his address, Huzooraa explained Islam’s true and peaceful teachings, condemned all forms of terrorism and extremism, spoke movingly about the Japanese people and appealed to Japan’s leaders to strive for world peace.

    10 November 2017: During his Friday Sermon on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa mentioned Hassan Muhammad Khan Arif Sahib, who had passed away on 3 November. He served the Jamaat in various capacities, such as Naib Wakil-ut-Tabshir, Wakil-ud-Diwan, Wakil-ut-Talim, Wakil-uz-Zara’at, Wakil-ul-Maal, and Officer Amanat.  In 1981, he migrated to Canada, and served there as the editor of the Ahmadiyya Gazette for 26 years. He also wrote a book titled Muqaddas Kafan.

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