The Movement was established on March 23, 1889. It completed its one hundred years, by Divine grace, on March 23, 1989. Huzoor issued instructions for the jubilation ceremonies, which were to take place in various parts of the world.
Grand ceremonies took place in almost 100 countries in which eminent leaders were invited while newspapers, radio and television carried news prominently. Islamic literature prepared for this occasion was distributed to the general population.
On March 23rd 1989 all Ahmadis offered special prayers for the progress of the Jamaat and made a vow to continue their efforts in bringing the victory of Islam a step closer. In 1989 the number of new converts increased ten folds. Ahmadis living in Rabwah though were not allowed by the Government of Pakistan to celebrate this historical event in any shape or form.
In Canada a special ceremony was held at the International Center Toronto, to mark the centenary. About one thousand members including six MPs and MPPs attended the gathering. Selected verses of the Holy Quran were displayed in one hundred languages of the world.