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A Brief History of Ahmadiyya Movement In Islam

Propagation of Islam

As most of the children know, the sole purpose for which the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat was established is preaching and propagating the message of Islam. This was the first thing Hudhoor paid attention to after his election as Caliph. On the one hand he started afresh the translation of Holy Quran into English with explanatory notes in order to deliver the message of Islam to European nations. On the other hand he started the training of Muslim missionaries and had them posted in various countries. Later on this responsibility was handed over to Anjuman Tehrike Jadid (Department of Foreign Missions).

The first Ahmadiyya mission established under his Caliphate was in Mauritius. Hadhrat Soofie Ghulam Muhammad, the first missionary arrived there on June 15th, 1915. Hadhrat Mufti Muhammad Sadiq (RA), a revered personage of the Jamaat and companion of the Promised Messiah (AS) arrived in Philadelphia, USA on February 15th, 1920 to preach Islam in the US.

Another respected companion Hadhrat Maulana Abdur Raheem Nayyar (RA) was sent to Nigeria in 1921. Through strenuous efforts of these honored elders of the Community many people accepted Islam and entered into the fold of divinely inspired Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat. By Divine grace, their labors were crowned with extraordinary success.

Upon their return new missionaries were dispatched to these countries. With the sheer grace of Allah the Exalted we now have the longest and well-established Ahmadiyya communities in these countries. In Africa we have scores of mosques and schools belonging to the Ahmadiyya Jamaat. Ahmadiyya Muslim missions started operating in the following countries as well:

  • The Americas: USA, Trinidad, Guyana
  • Europe: UK, Switzerland, Holland, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Norway, France, Italy, Bosnia, & Albania.
  • West Africa: Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leon, Liberia, Gambia, Zambia, Ivory Coast, Togoland.
  • East Africa: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzanya, Mauritius.
Besides the above countries, missions were established in South Africa, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Aden, Egypt, Kuwait, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Dubai, Fiji, Maynamar, Sri Lanka, Hong King, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, & Indonesia. In Indonesia our Jamaat has progressed in great strides. Missionaries were sent to the following countries and message of Islam was delivered: Iran, Jordan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Congo, Sicily, Romania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Albania, Hungary, Poland, & Argentina.

Mosques: More than 30 mosques were constructed in East & West Africa, besides Washington, Hamburg, Frankfurt (Germany), Zurich (Switzerland), The Hague (Holland), London (UK), Denmark, Sweden. The structures of some these mosques were so massive it costed thousands of dollars on their construction.

Colleges & Schools: There were around 57 colleges or schools operating successfully in various countries.

Newspapers: There were 112 newspapers and magazines being published in various languages around the globe.

Translations of The Noble Quran: The Holy Quran was translated into English (1955), Dutch (1953), German (1954), Danish (1961), Indonesian, Malay, Russian, French, Swahili (1953), Lugandi, Hindi (1939), Urdu, & Gurmukhi (1939). Translations in another twelve languages were under review.