On April 4th, 1970 Huzoor embarked on a nine week tour of West African countries. Large Ahmadiyya communities have flourished in these countries for quiet some time. Members had longed for a long time to see Huzoor in person. At last their intense desire was fulfilled. African Ahmadi men, women, children and even elderly traveled long distances to see Huzoor in person. To welcome their beloved Imam they chanted heartwarming religious poems and uplifting slogans in their traditional ways. Huzoor’s inspiring speeches strengthened their faith.
During Huzoor’s epic travel to this continent, many eminent personalities of African countries had audience with Huzoor and attended the receptions given in his honor. They readily acknowledged educational, social as well as spiritual services rendered by the Movement. Newspapers, radio, and television gave wide coverage to his travels. In a nutshell this journey was a tremendous success in many respects. In fact it heralded a new era of preaching in West Africa.
This was one of the main objectives for which Hudhoor had started the Nusrat Jahan Scheme, and appealed for a contribution of 100,000 sterling pounds. Under the guidelines of this project Ahmadi doctors and teachers are serving in Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Gambia, and Sierra Leone by running 17 medical clinics and 15 secondary schools.
al-Aqsa Mosque in Rabwah
On March 31, 1972 Huzoor inaugurated the magnificent al-Aqsa Mosque in Rabwah which can accommodate over 150,000 worshippers. The entire cost of the project, over 600,000 rupees was borne by an affluent Ahmadi. Masha Allah.