the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Ever-Merciful
AN AHMADIYYA PRIORITY
(A speech delivered by Dr. Nasim
Rehmatullah at Jalsa Salana USA June 2001)
If you review the history of Islam you would note that great emphasis
on the building of mosques has been laid from the very beginning
Broadly speaking, there are three fundamental reasons for this.
- A mosque facilitates and promotes worship of Allah and therefore
fosters a personal bond of
love and devotion between man and his God.
- A mosque is essentially a first step towards fostering unity
and brotherhood amongst people and consequently, a powerful
force in our endeavors to unite mankind.
- A mosque provides an effective tool for inviting people
to Allah and is conducive to the propagation and progress of
Ahmadiyyat is the Renaissance of Islam and it was therefore all
the more important that we carry on this process of building of
mosques worldwide with even greater speed and devotion for our
own benefit and benefit of mankind. The Holy Prophet (peace be
upon him) said:
"...The whole Earth has been made a mosque
and pure for me...." (Bukhari).
That is why the Promised Messiah emphasized, "The
foundation stone of the Renaissance of Islam and a superior world
order have been laid. Now mosques will be built and people will
enter therein, and join the divine movement in droves". (Noor
Ul Haq Vol 2, p. 42).
The Importance of Mosques
From the (1) Holy Quran (2) The Ahadith (3) Promised Messiah's writings and (4) the instructions of the Khulafa.
If you read the Holy Quran:
"And I have not created the Jinn and the men but that
they may worship Me". (51:57).
If you consider this verse of the Holy Quran, we learn that the
purpose of man's creation is to establish the worship of God. Therefore,
the places most adorable and lovable to Allah are those that are
supportive and helpful in achieving this purpose -namely the mosque
or Masjid. Masjid meaning any place where you do 'sajda' (prostration)
before God Almighty. The forehead touching the ground as practiced
Allah says in the Holy Quran:
"Surely, the first house founded for mankind
is that at Becca (Mecca), abounding in blessings and guidance
for peoples". (3:97)
Mosques are the retainers and containers of divine grace and blessings.
That is why there is a great emphasis on the importance of building
mosques in great numbers.
Again if you look at early history of man after the construction
of Baitullah, hundreds and thousands of houses of worship were
built till the time of the Holy Prophet who was the most
true and the greatest worshiper of Allah. It is a pity that
his own people did not permit him to build a mosque during his
in Mecca. As the Holy Prophet migrated
to Medina, he stayed for a short time in Quba, a suburb of Medina
(three miles north
of the city). Here was built the first mosque in Islam by the Prophet and
his companions. It is called Masjid-E-Quba or Masjid-E-Taqwa (Mosque
In Surah Tauba we read:
"A mosque that was founded
upon piety from the first day, is surely more worthy that thou
therein to lead the prayer service".
Some scholars believe
that this verse is related to the building of this mosque.
When the second mosque at Medina Masjid-e-Nabwee was completed,
the Holy Prophet is quoted to have said:
"I am the
last Prophet and this Mosque of mine is the last Mosque." (Muslim)
Muslims all over the world have built millions of mosques. As
long as these mosques are built with Taqwa and solely for the worship
of Allah and Muslims turn their faces to Baitullah in their prayers,
they are all part of the last mosque built by the Holy Prophet.
We Ahmadies are the followers of the Grand Prophet Muhammad and his Messiah and in these latter days, the building and maintenance
of mosques is our prime responsibility as Allah says in the Holy
alone can maintain the Mosques of Allah who believes in
day, and observes
prayer and pays the Zakat and fears none but Allah; so these
it is who may be rightly guided." (9:18)
These are people who may reach the goal.
The Holy Prophet on the importance of mosques
In addition to Hadith that I have already narrated, there are
several more Ahadith that reflect on the importance of mosques.
- O ye people, praise Allah. Whoever builds a mosque for Allah,
Allah, The Exalted, shall
build a house for such a one in paradise.
- To Allah, the most adored places are the mosques and the
most undesirable places are
- Mosques are the houses of Allah and those believers who
enter therein are the guests of
- Those who visit the mosques in darkness convey to them the
good news that Allah shall
bestow upon them from Himself perfect light on the day of judgment.
- For him who makes his ablutions at home and then walks to
one of the houses of Allah to
discharge his obligations imposed on him by Allah, one single
step of his towards the
mosque wipes out a sin and next step raises his status.
anyone of you enters a mosque let him pray that "O
Allah open up for me the
doors of Thy Mercy"; and whenever anyone from among you
leaves a mosque, let him pray
O Allah, I seek from Thee Thy blessings".
All these Ahadith amplify the importance of mosques in our lives.
In helping us reform ourselves and our souls by purifying us, by
bringing Muslims together and fostering brotherhood and unity.
To be recipients of the blessings as noted in these Ahadith, it
is incumbent that we give top priority to the building and maintenance
During the period of Khilafat-i-Rashidah, wherever the sahaba/companions
took the message of Islam, they erected mosques and filled the
known world with houses of God and the Unity of God was proclaimed
The Promised Messiah on the importance of Mosques
The Promised Messiah said:
"If you want Islam to progress build a mosque. Wherever our
Jamaat is established, a mosque should be built. Our Jama'ats progress
is founded on the construction of mosques. If there are only a
few Muslims in a village or a city, build a mosque with good intentions
and God will bring more Muslims to that place. It is not mandatory
that the mosque be embellished or be a brick building. Wall off
a piece of land and build a room with a thatched roof..." (Malfoozat Vol 2, p. 42)
On laying the foundation of Mubarak Mosque in Qadian in 1883,
the Promised Messiah received the revelation:
"This is a blessed mosque to impart blessings. Every
blessed work will be done in it." (Braheen-i-Ahmadiyya Vol.
4, p. 559)
Through the years since then, Jamaat Ahmadiyya has continued the
building of mosques under the guidance of the Khulafa.
In his Friday Sermon March 19, 1999, Hazrat Khalifatul
Massih IV said:
"Among the guidelines I had issued to the Jama'ats, the most
significant advice was that they should start building houses of
God and build them in great numbers. Since it is God's work to
fill these mosques, He will bring people to these mosques....Our
efforts should not be limited to building of central and big mosques.
In fact, every community where there are a few Ahmadis we should
look into building small mosques....".
In 1968, Hazrat Khalifatul Massih III gave
a series of sermons elaborating on 23 great reasons for the building
He said: "In the building of Baitullah as the First House
of God, we are instructed to build houses on the same model and
purity at every place so as to provide mankind the same benefits
as contained in the verse "Mubarakaon wa hodal lilaalameen " (abounding
in blessings and a guidance for all mankind). In the next 20-25
years people will be entering Islam in great numbers and you will
need to prepare now by building mosques to provide for these people
consistent with these verses of the Holy Qurán."
Hazrat Khalifatul Massih II
mosques be constructed from one end of the world to the other
Azan be heard from every mosque. Wherever the sun may rise,
it may see that the holy name of God is being raised there. My
desire is that there should be a mosque at every place in the
What we see in Jamaat Ahmadiyya today is the zeal to send missionaries
worldwide and to build mosques worldwide. This is an offshoot of
Tehrik-i-Jadid, a plan launched by Hazrat Khalifatul Massih II
in 1934. Huzoor described Tehrik-i-Jadid as a stepping stone to
the establishment of the new world order.
need manpower to reach the entire world population. We need
money to attain this noble goa1. We need determination
steadfastness to accomplish this great task. We need desperate
prayers to attain this purpose which could attract God's special
favors. A composition of all these things is known as Tehrik-i-Jadid" (Alfazal Vol. 30, No. 280).
demands of Tehrik-i-Jadid have been introduced for the reason
that you could become manifestation of Allah's attributes." (Alfazl Vol.
15, No. 283)
Facts and Figures
Exclusive of Pakistan, we have over 10 thousand mosques all over
the world; Asia: 815; Australia and Pacific Islands: 17; Europe:
54; North America, Central America and South America: 59; Africa:
over 9000; the total comes to over 10,000.
India: 1030; Indonesia: 310; Rabwah: 50 and Qadian: 5.
Brief History Of Mosques
1922: Building in the heart of the city of Chicago, Wabash Mosque,
was acquired. The money for this was donated by Ahmadis in India
October 23, 1926: Fazal Mosque in London was inaugurated. Majority
of the money was contributed by Lajna Imaillah (95,000 RS).
April 6, 1950: The American Fazal Mosque was purchased ($42,000).
1952: Fazl Umar Mosque in Dayton, Ohio was the first Muslim House
of Prayer in the USA. Erected from ground up by Jamaat Ahmadiyya.
June 22, 1963: Mahmud Mosque Zurich, Switzerland.
1959: Fazl Umar Mosque; Hamburg, Germany.
July 21, 1967: Nusrat Jehan Mosque, Copenhagen, Denmark.
September 10, 1982: Basharat Mosque, Pedroabad, Spain (first mosque
in 700 years).
August 19, 1983: Baitul Huda Mosque, Sydney (first mosque in Australia).
July 3, 1989: Baitul Awal, Guatemala
7, 1989: Baitul Hameed Mosque, Los Angeles, CA USA
October 16, 1992: Baitul Islam Mosque, Toronto, Canada (largest
mosque in the west)
October 14, 1994: Baitul Rahman Mosque, Silver Spring, MD USA
Other mosques in Qadian (total of 5), the Aqsa Mosque built in
1876 by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Murtaza, father of the Promised Messiah
(a.s.). The mosque was extended several times over the years. A
lofty minaret was built in 1903 in the mosque's courtyard called
Minaratul-Masih. The Noor Mosque was built under Khalifatul Massih
I) on April
After moving to Rabwah, Pakistan in 1947, the first mosque built
by Khalifatul Massih II was the Yadgari Mosque, a mosque to remember,
a symbol of our migration from Qadian to Pakistan. Thereafter,
several mosques (total of 50) have been built including the Mubarak
Mosque, Lateef Mosque and the Aqsa Mosque.
Although all the Khulafa emphasized the importance of building
of mosques, the pace of building mosques increased after 1982 consistent
with the expansion of the Jamaat.
In his Friday Sermon May 14, 1989, Huzoor said:
wish Germany would be the first European country in Jamaat
Ahmadiyya to be bestowed
with the ability to build 100 mosques."
In addition, in the African continent, at Huzoor's direction,
a scheme of building hundred mosques per country has begun in the
following African countries, Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Ivory Coast,
Gambia, Borgina Faso, Senegal, Guinea Bassau, Benin, Togo, Niger,
Congo, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
Renovation of existing mosques has also begun.
Coming to the USA, as I said earlier, the first house of Allah
ever built/acquired in the USA was by Jamaat Ahmadiyya in 1922
(the Wabash Mosque). Since then, we have added over 40 more. About
30 were added from 1982 through today. It was in 1983 that Hazrat
Khalifatul Massih IV called on the USA Jamaat to collect 2.5 million
dollars outside the regular budget for the establishment of 5 centers
(mosques and mission houses) for the propagation of Islam and service
to humanity. By Allah's Grace, the Jamaat's response was splendid.
We had only 7 mosques and mission houses in 1982, but under Huzoor's
new directive, we have been able to build/acquire over 30 more
mosques and mission houses and funds collected exceed the target
many times over.
The biggest new addition is the Baitur Rahman Mosque which was
inaugurated on October 14, 1994 by Hazrat Khalifatul Massih IV.
The cost was over 4 million dollars.
It may be mentioned here that one of the greatest achievements
of the Late Maulana Sheikh Mubarik Ahmad was to build mosques and
mission houses in Africa, U.K. and USA where he served as the Jamaat
Amir. He would give building of mosques a priority and in his unique
way, also was able to collect funds for it. May Allah bless him
and grant him a place amongst His chosen ones.
Today our pace in building mosques in the USA has increased tremendously
under the guidance and direction of Amir Sahib, USA.
Almost every Jamaat in the USA is working towards it.
Building mosques is our priority because the Holy
" You are the best people
raised for the good of mankind".
There is nothing better than inviting people to Allah
and establishing His Worship
2. Building mosques is our priority
because the Holy Prophet said
"To Allah the most adored places are the mosques....".
3. Building mosques is our priority because the Promised Messiah said so.
Jamaat's progress is dependent on the building of mosques."
4. Building mosques is our priority because the Khulafa said
building mosques and build them in great numbers since
it is God's work to fill these mosques, He will bring people
these mosques." (Khalifatul Massih IV)
We will continue to build mosques to see the victory of Islam
and the unity of mankind.
He may cause it to prevail over all other religions" (48.29)
Today, Jamaat Ahmadiyya has spread over the globe in over 170
countries and is 50 million strong (2003
Following the footsteps of Kaaba and the Prophet's Mosque, Jamaat
Ahmadiyya is busy in constructing mosques all over the world. Our
will be constructed on the model of The Prophet's Mosque
and make every land the land of Hedjaz."