The tour of Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, to the United States reached Dayton, Ohio on 18 June 2012. Following a successful and blessed visit to Chicago, His Holiness proceeded directly to Dayton where he visited the Fazl-i-Umar Mosque.
Upon arriving at 8.15pm, His Holiness was greeted by hundreds of Ahmadi Muslim men, women and children. Many of the local Ahmadi Muslims, who are Afro-American, were visibly moved upon seeing their world leader. Some were in tears, whilst others recited poems in thanks to God Almighty.
The Fazl-i-Umar Mosque is the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s oldest purpose built mosque in the USA, having been inaugurated in 1964. Recently a major extension and renovation of the complex was completed and His Holiness inspected the building and unveiled a plaque to mark his visit.
After visiting the residence of the local Missionary, a reception welcoming His Holiness was held by the local Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. During this period a number of local Ahmadis took the opportunity to introduce themselves to His Holiness.
Before concluding his visit, His Holiness led the Maghreb and Isha prayers.