This Week in History: 7–13 June


A glimpse into the rich history of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat

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Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa delivering his historic speech to Parliamentarians, VIPs and diplomats at the House of Commons, 11 June 2013

7 June 1970: After his blessed tour of Africa, while addressing the local Ahmadis of Karachi on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh mentioned the Nusrat Jehan Scheme and said:

“When I was in the Gambia, Allah the Almighty inspired me that, in addition to the scheme for a broadcasting station in West Africa, now is the time to spend at least £100,000 in these countries. […] I did not worry as to where £100,000 would come from. Without the grace of Allah the Almighty, a humble person like me cannot bring even a penny. But my heart had the belief that when Allah the Almighty commands us to spend at least £100,000 here, then we will certainly collect at least £100,000. Thus, there is no need to worry, and He will also provide such people as are needed for the fulfilment of this cause.”

For more details, see “Nusrat Jehan Scheme: Khilafat’s impetus for ‘Africa to Leap Forward’ – A glimpse into the early years (1970-1982)” at (27 May 2022).

7 June 1974: During the anti-Ahmadiyya riots in 1974, violence continued unabated. For instance, on this day, rioters forcibly took over an Ahmadiyya mosque in Kohat. In a similar vein, aggressors plundered the home of an Ahmadi resident in Haripur, Hazara. (Al Fazl, 6 March 2003, p. 2)

8 June 1904: On this day, the Promised Messiahas received the following Arabic revelation:

عَفَتِ الدِّيَارُ مَحَلُّھَا وَ مُقَامُھَا۔ اِنِّي اُحَافِظُ کُلَّ مَنْ فِي الدَّارِ۔ اَعْطَيْتُکَ کُلَّ النَّعِيْمِ۔

“Temporary residences and permanent ones will be wiped out. I shall safeguard all those who are in this house. I have bestowed upon you all bounties.” (Tadhkirah [English], 2019, p. 703)

For more details, see “‘The recurring earthquakes continue to affirm him’: A glimpse into the Promised Messiah’s prophecies and the Kangra earthquake of 1905” at (12 April 2024).

8 June 1974: On this day, an Ahmadi, Naqab Shah Mahmand Sahib, was martyred in Peshawar. He was 37 years old and a teacher by profession. His attacker announced in public that he had killed a ‘Qadiani’; hence, no one should try to apprehend me.  (Khutbat-e-Tahir, Babat Shuhada, p. 149)

9 June 1888: On this day, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas of Qadian issued an ishtihar [announcement]titled ‘Paadri Weitbrecht Sahib par Ittmam-e-Hujjah aur Mian Fateh Masih ki Darogh-goie ki Kaifiyyat’.

This ishtihar was read out on the next day by Haji Ghulam Muhammad Sahib, in the presence of Hazrat Ahmadas, before the Eid-ul-Fitr prayer in Batala. Riaz-i-Hind of Amritsar reported on this in its issue of 18 June 1888.

For more details, see “Anti-Islam rhetoric before and after Surma-e-Chashm-e-Arya: A glimpse into the Indian press” at (3 May 2024).

9 June 1962: On 8 June 1962, Pakistan adopted a new constitution. The following day, on 9 June 1962, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra sent a message to the then-President, Ayub Khan, in response to this significant national development.

In this message, Huzoorra stated that his prayers and best wishes were with him in the strive to make Pakistan happy and prosperous more than ever before. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 21, p. 447)

For more details, see “Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’s services to the Muslim cause: Nurturing the newly formed Pakistan” at (12 March 2021, pp. 19-20).

9 June 1974: On this day, amidst the intensifying anti-Ahmadiyya riots throughout Pakistan, a brutal attack occurred in the town of Topi, located in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (then known as the Frontier Province). Ghulam Sarwar Sahib, aged 52, and his nephew, Asrar Ahmad Khan, aged 16, were tragically martyred. After Asrar Ahmad Khan’s martyrdom, his body was subjected to horrific mutilation; it was riddled with bullets and his legs were forcibly torn apart in opposite directions.

On the same day, further tragedy struck in Quetta, the largest city and provincial capital of Balochistan. An Ahmadi, Sayyed Maulod Ahmad Sahib, was also martyred. The attackers inflicted severe injuries on his two brothers as well. The violence was of such severity that it recalled the barbarity of the period of Jahiliyyah. (Khutbat-e-Tahir, Babat Shuhada, pp. 149-151, 157)

9 June 1986: In connection to the upcoming historic occasion of the Ahmadiyya Centenary Jubilee, on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh announced the scheme for the publication of complete translations of the Quran in 25 languages and translations of selected verses in 100 languages. (Silsila Ahmadiyya, Vol. 4, p. 838)

10 June 1927: Following a disrespectful article of Risala-i-Vartman, titled Sair-i-Dozakh, published in its May 1927 issue, on this day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra published a poster, titled “Rusool-e-Karimsa ki Mahabbat ka Da‘wa karnay wale kiaa ab bhi bedaar na honge?” (Anwar-ul-Ulum, Vol. 9, pp. 547-556)

11 June 1974: On this day, a harrowing episode of violence occurred during the anti-Ahmadiyya riots in Pakistan. In Abbottabad, Muhammad Fakhruddin Bhatti Sahib was martyred by opponents of the Jamaat, and his body was subsequently set on fire. On the same day in Balakot, a father and son, Muhammad Zaman Khan Sahib and Mubarak Ahmad Khan Sahib, were also martyred. (Khutbat-e-Tahir, Babat Shuhada, p. 159-161)

11 June 2013: On this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa was welcomed to the British Houses of Parliament. Huzooraa visited Westminster to deliver the keynote address at a special reception hosted by Rt Hon Ed Davey MP (then Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change) and the ‘All Party Parliamentary Group for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’ in recognition of the 100-Year Centenary Celebrations of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in the UK. Prior to the formal proceedings, Huzooraa held private meetings with the then Deputy Prime Minister, Home Secretary, Energy Secretary, Shadow Foreign Secretary, etc. (“Historic Reception takes place at Houses of Parliament to Celebrate Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat UK Centenary”,

12 June 1970: During his Friday Sermon on this day, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh reflected on his recent tour of West Africa, which he undertook after being chosen by Allah as Khalifatul Masih. During the tour, he also launched the Nusrat Jehan Scheme in The Gambia. His experiences and the details of this blessed scheme were shared in this sermon, which was later translated into English and published as “Message of Love and Brotherhood to Africa”.

13 June 1974: On this day, during the 1974 riots in Pakistan, the violence against Ahmadis extended beyond personal attacks to include economic devastation. In the village of Shah Nikdur, located in the Sargodha district of Punjab, a particularly grievous act took place. Assailants targeted 275 acres of agricultural land owned by an Ahmadi. They not only ransacked the property but also looted the wheat crops and agricultural equipment present on the farm.

13 June 1982: Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmadrh, after being elected Khalifatul Masih IVrh, sent a heartfelt message to Ahmadis, in which he urged everyone to pray for the Palestinian Muslims. On this day, Jamaat’s organ, Al Fazl, published this special message. Huzoorrh stated that Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh felt this grief severely during the last few days of his life and upon the mention of these oppressions, he would become so grieved that one could see the pain in his eyes.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh instructed the Ahmadis, “So, I call the attention of all Ahmadis – men, women, elders, and children – that they should supplicate to Allah with great fervour, that He may have mercy on everyone who is associated with our master, the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa.”

For more details, see “The Ahmadiyya Khilafat’s call for Muslim unity: The solution to Israel-Palestine issue” at (21 May 2021, pp. 8-10).

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