This Week in History: 6-12 October


A glimpse into the rich history of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivering a historic address at the Netherlands National Parliament

6 October 1902:

The Promised Messiah’sas book, Tuhfat-un-Nadwa, was published on this day. This treatise was written for the upcoming conference of elite scholars of divinity on the Indian subcontinent. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 2, p. 219)

6 October 1942:

Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra announced an exclusive scheme for tabligh in India on this day. The first objective of the scheme was to send 1,000 issues of Al Fazl that contained the transcript of his weekly Friday Sermon to all Muslim scholars. He also instructed for 1,000 copies of The Moslem Sunrise to be sent to them. Secondly, he urged that the message of Islam be conveyed to influential personalities of the country on a regular basis. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 8, p. 349)

6 October 2015:

On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa was interviewed by the Reformatorisch Dagblad newspaper at the Baitun Nur Mosque complex in Nunspeet, the Netherlands.

On the same day, Huzooraa delivered a historic address at a special session of the Standing Committee for Foreign Affairs at the Netherlands National Parliament in the country’s capital city of the Hague in front of an audience of more than 100 dignitaries and guests. (“Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community delivers historic address at Dutch National Parliament”, and “Help genuine refugees but remain vigilant to threat of extremism – Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community”,

7 October 1966:

During his Friday Sermon on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh announced the establishment of Daftar Atfal of Waqf-e-Jadid so that the Ahmadi children could also get the blessings of participating in this financial sacrifice.

For more details, see “A chronology of Waqf-e-Jadid’s early years (1965-1982)”, Al Hakam, 31 December 2021, Issue 198, pp. 18-20.

7 October 1982:

On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh inaugurated the Croydon mission in the UK. (Silsila Ahmadiyya, Vol. 4, p. 817)

7 October 2016:

On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa held a press conference with representatives of the Canadian print, broadcast and ethnic media, including CTV and the Toronto Star. (“‘One day we will win the hearts of people’ – Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community”,

8 October 1897:

On this day, the first issue of Al Hakam was published, under the editorship of Hazrat Sheikh Yaqub Ali Irfanira. In his editorial in the very first issue of Al Hakam, explaining the objectives of this periodical, he wrote:

Al Hakam comes to the stage of journalism to fulfil its duty, declaring تَوَکَّلتُ عَلَی اللہِ [‘In Allah We Trust’]. […] The method that is closest to human nature, as suggested by sound reasoning and experience, is Islam. Therefore, Al Hakam will be a true servant of Islam.”

For more details, see “Al Hakam: A glimpse into its history and relaunch during the blessed era of Khilafat-e-Khamisa”, Al Hakam, 24 March 2023, Issue 262, p. 12-14.

8 October 1905:

The Promised Messiahas sent out a message to his community on this day. It was regarding the esteemed stature of Hazrat Imam Hussainra. (Majmu‘ah-e-Ishtiharat [2019], Vol. 3, pp. 374-377)

8 October 1924:

On this and the following day, during his Europe trip, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra visited the House of Commons in London to observe the proceedings there. According to the report, Huzoorra visited the House of Commons at 12:30 pm. He was invited by a member of parliament. (Al Fazl, 11 November 1924, p. 6)

9 October 1910:

On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Ira prepared and sent a delegation of Ahmadi Muslim scholars on a tour of Uttar Pradesh, upon the invitation of Madrasa Ilahiyat, Kanpur, and Anjuman Hidayat-e-Muslimeen, Utawa. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 3, p. 327)

9 October 1980:

After a period of 500 years, the foundation stone of the first mosque in Spain was laid by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh on this day. In addition to Huzoorrh, various elders of the Jamaat from Pedro Abad also placed bricks. Among the Spanish Ahmadis, Abdul Karim Sahib and Jose Lope Sahib laid the foundation stone.

After laying the foundation stone, Huzoorrh gave a short speech in which he narrated the objectives of building mosques. There was a lot of media coverage for this event. Both TV and radio stations broadcast news of the event, which was prominently published in newspapers. (Silsila Ahmadiyya, Vol. 3, p. 638)

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh laying the foundation stone for the mosque in Pedro Abad, Spain

9 October 1987:

On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh laid the foundation of the new headquarters and the Baitur Rehman Mosque near Washington. (Silsila Ahmadiyya, Vol. 4, p. 843)

9 October 2015:

On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa was interviewed by the Dutch media outlet De Correspondent at the Baitun Noor Mosque complex in Nunspeet, the Netherlands. (“Governments should take firm measures against extremist clerics – Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community”,

10 October 2017:

On this day, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, visited the Fazl Mosque, where he met with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa. (“Archbishop of Canterbury Visits Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community”,

11 October 1946:

During his Friday Sermon on this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra instructed Ahmadis to especially pray for peace and harmony within the country.

For more details, see “The deadlock over Interim Government and Constituent Assembly for India: Its background and Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad’s guidance”, Al Hakam, 15 July 2022, Issue 226, pp. 17-20.

11 October 2013:

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivered the keynote address on this day, at a special reception held at the Princess Court Reception Centre in Melbourne. The event was attended by more than 100 non-Muslim dignitaries and guests. (“Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Delivers Historic Address in Melbourne”,

12 October 1951:

On this day, addressing the ijtema of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra said:

“Even in this era, it is only the Holy Quran which can fulfil the needs of this world. The world tried hard for the establishment of peace – established the League of Nations and the United Nations – however, they are proving to be unsuccessful since these efforts are not based on spirituality, rather personal interests and rights have been kept in mind. In reality, the solution to the world’s problems lies in the establishment of pure morals, and pure morals cannot be established through worldly efforts, but rather in accordance with the teaching presented by the Holy Quran.” (“‘God has given you an opportunity for sacrifices which no one else will ever have’: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’s advice to Ahmadi youth”, Al Hakam, 9 September 2022, Issue 234, pp. 12-13)

12 October 2012:

On this day, Canada’s Minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney MP, visited Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa at the Fazl Mosque, London. (“Canada’s Government Minister calls on Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in London’’,

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