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Fourth Khilafat (1982-1989)

1980's
10 June 1982
Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih IV Becomes Khalifa

On 10 June 1982, Khilafat Electoral Committee established by Hazrat Muslih Mau‘ud (may Allah be pleased with him), convened to hold the election of the next Khalifa. Mirza Mubarak Ahmad, the then Wakil-e-A‘la, presided over the election. Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad was elected as the fourth caliph of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. According to the tradition, he first took the Bai'at (Oath of Allegiance) and then led the funeral prayer of Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad (may Allah shower His mercy on him). About 100,000 people participated in the funeral prayers. Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih III was laid to rest next to the grave of Hazrat Muslih Mau‘ud (may Allah be pleased with him) in Bahishti Maqbarah, Rabwah, Pakistan. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, July 1982, pp. 3-6)

1982
Foundation Brick of Tucson Mosque
Azhar Haneef

Missionary Ata’ullah Kaleem, Missionary and Amir Jama'at USA, laid down the foundation brick of the Tucson Mosque in 1982. Khalifatul-Masih III (may Allah shower His mercy on him) mentioned this mosque at Jalsa Salana (annual convention) at Rabwah in 1982. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette, USA, Vol. 72, Nos. 10-12 and Vol. 73, Nos. 1-9, October 2020-September 2021, p. 287)

A 2.5 Acre piece of land was bought by Dr. Ahsan Zafar for $62500 in Willingboro in 1982 and donated to Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, USA. (General file America 1984, pp. 280-81)

Missionary Azhar Haneef devoted his life at the hand of Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV.

13-15 August 1982

The Thirty-Fourth US Annual Convention of Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam was held at Wayne, New Jersey. Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, Khalifatul-Masih IV sent a message for the convention. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, August 1982, pp. 2-4)

December 1982

Missionary Mian Muhammad Ibrahim returned to Rabwah Headquarters in December 1982. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette, USA, Vol. 72, Nos. 10-12 and Vol. 73, Nos. 1-9, October 2020-September 2021, p. 43)

1983

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) said, “I warn Ahmadis all over the world that even if they were not calling people towards Allah previously, they will have to do so in future. To bring about the victory of Islam all over the world is a tremendous assignment. It requires many sacrifices which are being demanded from the Ahmadiyya Community. From today, let every Ahmadi Muslim decide that while he will continue to earn a living, wherever he is, he will give precedence to Da‘wat Ilallah (calling people towards Allah).” (Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, USA, 50th Jalsa Salana Souvenir, June 1998, p. 69)

8 March 1983

Maulawi Muhammad Din, the second Ahmadiyya Muslim missionary in the US, passed away. Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV lauded his achievements in his Friday sermon of 11 March 1983. (Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, Khutbat-e-Tahir, Vol. 2, pp. 155-6)

13 March 1983

A mosque at Tucson was inaugurated by Missionary Missionary ‘Ata Ullah Kaleem. The mosque was built, and total expenditure was borne by Dr Zafar Qureshi and his family. The mosque was named Yousaf Mosque and is used as a US mission. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, March 1983, p. 7, The Ahmadiyya Gazette, USA, Vol. 72, Nos. 10-12 and Vol. 73, Nos. 1-9, October 2020-September 2021, pp. 279-280)

20 March 1983

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) sent a message to Canadian Ahmadis on 20 March 1983 to leap forward like American Ahmadis and collect $300,000 in the next 3 years for new mission houses, mosques, and extension of existing mission houses. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 112)

21-22 May 1983

National Ijtima of Majlis Ansarullah USA was held at Fazl Mosque, Washington D.C. on 21-22 May 1983. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, June 1983, p. 8, the Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, September 1983, p. 37)

8-9 August 1983
Dr. Muzaffar Ahmad

Dr. Muzaffar Ahmad of the USA was martyred on the night between August 8 and 9 by a hired thug. The body reached Rabwah and Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV led his funeral prayer. He said: O martyr of Ahmadiyyat, peace be on you; You did illuminate the name of Ahmadiyyat. (Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, USA, 50th Jalsa Salana Souvenir, June 1998, p. 22)

The Detroit Mosque which was bought in 1980, was set on fire by terrorists on 8 August 1983 resulting in the martyrdom of Dr. Muzaffar Ahmad. The mosque was repaired in 1989 and was named Bait-ul-Muzaffar. Another house and a large piece of land was bought in the vicinity of the mosque. (Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, USA, 50th Jalsa Salana Souvenir, June 1998, p. 22)

13 August 1983

The Thirty-Fifth Annual Convention of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam USA was held at the Lower Huron Metropark, Bellville, MI on 13 August 1983. The first session was presided by National President Alhaj Muzaffar Ahmad Zafr. Sahibzadah Mirza Muzaffar delivered the inaugural address. The message from Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) was read by missionary Mubasher Ahmad. A special message by Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV on the martyrdom of Dr. Muzaffar Ahmad was received by telephone and was read by missionary ‘Ata‘ullah Kaleem. 

Sayyeda Ummi Mateen Maryam Siddiqa, Central Sadr Lajna addressed the Annual Convention of Lajna Ima’illah USA. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, September 1983, pp. 6-7)

29 October 1983

Buyut-ul-Hamd Scheme was launched on 29 October 1983 to build houses for the poor and widows as an expression of gratitude to Allah for Basharat Mosque in Spain. The US Jama'at joined the scheme immediately. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 111)

November 1983

It was in November 1983, at the Holiday Inn in Georgetown, that Sheikh Mubarak Ahmad, Amir and missionary in-charge, USA, bonded some expatriates from Asia and other countries with local African American Ahmadis. Sahibzadah M.M. Ahmad had the good fortune to be knit together in the bond of brotherhood with Brother Muzaffar Zafr. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 153)

26 November 1983
Sheikh Mubarak Ahmad

Shaikh Mubarak Ahmad was appointed Amir and missionary in-charge from 26 November 1983. 

The mosques in Cleveland, New York, Los Angeles, Portland, OR and Willingboro, NJ and the mission houses in Detroit, Houston, New Orleans and the National Mosque were built or acquired under his leadership. (Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, USA, 50th Jalsa Salana Souvenir, June 1998)

The foremost task assigned to missionary in-charge Sheikh Mubarak Ahmad, (Amir USA from November 1983 to June 1989) by Khalifatul-Masih IV, Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad (Rahimahullahu Ta‘ala) was to launch a scheme to establish major Ahmadiyya Centers in the five important cities of Washington DC, New York, Detroit, Chicago and Los Angeles. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette, USA, Vol. 72, Nos. 10-12 and Vol. 73, Nos. 1-9, October 2020-September 2021, p. 50)

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV asked all Chanda paying Ahmadis of the US Jama'at that they should try to pay a minimum pledge of $3800 for building five new mosques in the USA. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, July 1983, p. 1)

25-27 November 1983

Majlis-i-Shura of Ahmadiyya Community USA was held at Washington D.C. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, December 1983, pp. 13-14)

1984
Properties Acquired

A larger building was procured for $450,000 in Queens after selling the existing New York mission house. (General file Mission America 1984, pp. 245-246)

In Zion a Flat and a house was bought for $30,000 in 1984. It has a hall and flat on the first floor. There is adequate space for car parking. (File Mission Houses and Centers America, p. 1)

A 6-acres piece of land was acquired in Detroit. (File Zafar Sarwar 1984-5, p. 17 and General file America 1984, p. 245)

1984
Zafar Ahmad Sarwar

Zafar Ahmad Sarwar came to USA in April 1984 and since then has served the following Jama'ats as missionary: St. Louis, MO, Detroit, MI, Chicago, IL, Pittsburgh, PA, Cleveland, Ohio, Columbus, OH, Dayton, Ohio, Indiana, IA, HQ Washington, DC. HQ Bait-ur-Rahman, MD, Houston, TX, Austin, TX, Dallas, TX, New Orleans, LA, Miami, FL, Oklahoma City, OK, Rochester, NY, Buffalo, NY, Syracuse, NY, Binghamton, NY, Albany, NY, Boston, MA, Fitchburg, MA, Seattle, WA, Portland, OR., Milwaukee, WI, Oshkosh, WI and Zion, IL. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette, USA, Vol. 72, Nos. 10-12 and Vol. 73, Nos. 1-9, October 2020-September 2021, p. 51)

Jama'at Ahmadiyya bought a church building in Zion and converted it to a mosque in 1984. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette, USA, Vol. 72, Nos. 10-12 and Vol. 73, Nos. 1-9, October 2020-September 2021, p. 367)

23 March 1984
New York Mission House

A house was bought in New York for $24900 for a mission house. It was inaugurated by Sheikh Mubarak Ahmad on 23 March 1984. (General file America 1984, p. 90)

26 April 1984
Ordinance XX

Government of Pakistan promulgated Ordinance XX under the regime of General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq. It is meant to prohibit the practice of Islam and the usage of Islamic terms and titles by the Ahmadiyya Community. The ordinance bars Ahmadi, who are deemed Non-Muslims under the Pakistani constitution, from publicly practicing the Islamic faith and also disallows them from using any Islamic texts for praying purposes. It is in addition to – but separate from – the 1974 Second Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan. While the Second Amendment declared that Ahmadis are non-Muslims, the Ordinance prohibits Ahmadis from identifying themselves as Muslims. (Wikipedia)

29 April 1984

Three days after the notorious Ordinance XX on 26 April 1984, the fourth Khalifa of Ahmadiyya Islam, Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad (may Allah shower His mercy on him), was forced to migrate from Pakistan to England due to the cruel and discriminatory regime of General Zia-ul-Haq. Jama'at office was set up in London. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 110)

 

29 June 1984

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) asked for donations to build centers across America and Europe in Friday sermon delivered at Fazl Mosque, London, on 29 June 1984. He urged the USA Jama'at to construct five new mosques and mission houses. The mosques were to be built in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Detroit. Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih asked members to collect $2.5 million. He made a personal contribution of $4,200. (Khutbat-e-Tahir, Vol. 3, pp. 335-6)

3-5 August 1984

The Thirty-Sixth Annual Ahmadiyya Convention USA was held at University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, September 1984, pp. 15-20, Souvenir USA, 50th Jalsa, June 1998, p. 17)

30 September 1984
Building Procured in Zion

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) wrote to Amir and missionary in-charge, Sheikh Mubarak Ahmad, on 30 September 1984: I am extremely pleased to know that a building was procured in Zion for the purposes of a Mission House. God may bless your endeavors and enlist you in His favorite personalities.

12-14 October 1984

The National Ijtima of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya, USA was held in Groveland-Oaks Park, near Detroit. About eighty-five attended. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, January 1985, p. 7)

1985

A house and 5-acre land were procured in Glen Ellyn in 1985 for $262500 for the purpose of building a mosque. (General file Mission Houses and centers, p. 7)

Four Acres of parcel land was bought in Los Angeles around 1985. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette, USA, Vol. 72, Nos. 10-12 and Vol. 73, Nos. 1-9, October 2020-September 2021, p. 295).

One acre (0.82 acre) of land was bought for a mosque in Portland, Oregon for $17,000 in 1985. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette, USA, Vol. 72, Nos. 10-12 and Vol. 73, Nos. 1-9, October 2020-September 2021, p. 280).

Due to the increasing population of Ahmadis in the area, the Jama'at acquired an office building having a covered area of 8,000 sq. ft. Funds were raised locally. The mosque was named as Dar-ul-Aman and was inaugurated by Na’ib Amir Naseem Mahdi and Na’ib Amir Azhar Hanif. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette, USA, Vol. 72, Nos. 10-12 and Vol. 73, Nos. 1-9, October 2020-September 2021, p. 367)

2-4 August 1985

The Thirty-Seventh Annual Ahmadiyya Convention USA was held at University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin. Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) sent a message which was read by Sheikh Mubarak Ahmad, Amir and missionary in-charge, USA. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, August-September 1985, pp. 1-2, Souvenir USA 50th Jalsa June 1998, p. 17)

1 September 1985
Chaudhry Zafrullah Khan

Chaudhri Zafrulla Khan passed away. The UNO flag was lowered. The news of his death was published in the Washington Post, New York Times and some other newspapers. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, August-September 1985, p. 3, the Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, October 1985, pp. 1-5)

10 October 1985

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) sent a message through Wakil-ut-Tabshir. He said: Most earnest and special attention should be paid towards those who have newly joined Ahmadiyyat. The right way of becoming Da’i Ilallah (i.e., the one who calls to Allah) and joining the system of regular contribution should be introduced to them immediately.” (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, January 1986, p. 3)

6-17 November 1985

More than seventy members of the General Council (Majlis-i-Shura) representing over twenty-five Local Jama’ats from the entire U.S.A; and members of the National Managing Committee including all Muballighs, met for a two-day annual meeting on November 16 and 17 at Bait al-Zafar in New York. Several important matters of the USA Jama'at pertaining to Tabligh, Ta‘lim-o-Tarbiyat, Finance and General affairs were taken into consideration by the General Council and necessary decisions were made. Most importantly, the annual budget for the fiscal year 1986-87 was discussed and finalized for submission to the Markaz for formal approval. Election of the National Office Bearers was held in the final session of the General Council meeting. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, January 1986, p. 11)

1986

Jama'at Ahmadiyya Cleveland bought a piece of land for $50,000 in 1986. (Letter Sheikh Mubarak Ahmad 1985-11-30, File Sheikh Mubarak Ahmad 1985, pp. 60-2)

In 1986, initially a 9.1-acre lot was purchased for Bait-ur-Rahman Mosque. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette, USA, Vol. 72, Nos. 10-12 and Vol. 73, Nos. 1-9, October 2020-September 2021, p. 378)

4 April 1986

Missionary Khalil Ahmad Nasir passed away. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, April 1986, p. 1)

3-4 May 1986

Majlis Ansarullah USA held 25th Ijtima. Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) sent a message. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, May-June 1986, p. 3)

June 1986
Muhammad ‘Abd-ur-Rashid Yahya Returns to USA

Muhammad ‘Abd-ur-Rashid Yahya came to the US again. He served in Washington for two years. He remained in-charge of Chicago West, Chicago East, Zion, Milwaukee and St. Louis in July 1988. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 73, Nos. 10-12, Vol. 74, Nos. 1-9, p. 46)

28-30 June 1986

Thirty-Eighth Annual Convention of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA was held at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. Nearly 2,000 attended. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, September 1986, p. 7)

July 1986
Fahim Ahmad Martyr

An Ahmadi Muslim youth, Fahim Ahmad, age 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hanif and Nafia Ahmad was martyred in Zion, IL. The murderer was a Caucasian man, Joey Isbell. (Perseverance—The story of Al-Haj Rashid Ahmad American, pp. 189-9)

24 August 1986

Jama'at Ahmadiyya Los Angeles hosted the fourth West Coast Convention at Crown Valley Community Park—a suburb of Los Angeles. Approximately three hundred attended the convention. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, October 1986, p. 7)

29-31 August 1986
National Ijtima‘ of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya

Annual National Ijtima‘ of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya, USA was held at Addison Oaks County Park in Oxford, MI. One hundred and nineteen registered for the Ijtima. (Tariq, Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya USA, November 1986, p. 9)

15-16 November 1986

Majlis-i-Shura of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, USA, was held at Bait-uz-Zafar, New York. It was chaired by Sheikh Mubarak Ahmad, Amir and missionary in-charge. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, December 1986, pp. 3-6)

1987

Mahmood Ahmad Bengalee, the last International Sadr of Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya, attended the Annual Ijtima of Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya in New York in 1987. He had several meetings with Qa’ideen Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya and also visited many chapters in the US from west to the east of the country. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, May-June 2014, p. 65)

A building was bought in Bedford, Cleveland, Ohio in the year 1987 and was converted to a mosque. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette, USA, Vol. 72, Nos. 10-12 and Vol. 73, Nos. 1-9, October 2020-September 2021, p. 518)

1987

The Thirty-Ninth Annual Ahmadiyya Convention USA was held at University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland. (Souvenir USA 50th Jalsa, June 1998, p. 17)

September 1987
Syed Shamshad Ahmad Nasir

Syed Shamshad Ahmad Nasir arrived in the US in September 1987. 

    He was stationed for eight years at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s U.S. national headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. He served in Houston, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette, USA, Vol. 72, Nos. 10-12 and Vol. 73, Nos. 1-9, October 2020-September 2021, p. 51)

30 September-14 November 1987

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) toured 11 states of USA from 30 September to 14 November 1987. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette, USA, Vol. 72, Nos. 10-12 and Vol. 73, Nos. 1-9, October 2020-September 2021, p. 13)

30 September 1987

Jama'at Ahmadiyya New York procured a two-story nursery school building at Palo Alto Street, Hollis Jamaica (Bait-uz-Zafar). Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV visited the place on 30 September 1987. He met with the members of the Jama'at. (American Ahmadiyya Centennial Souvenir 1889-1989, p. 43)

1 October1987

Jama'at Ahmadiyya USA arranged a reception in Marriott on 1 October 1987 in honor of Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) where 250 politicians were invited. The representatives of the Governor of New York and the Mayor of New York City presented an address of welcome. 

    In the afternoon, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV addressed the faculty and students of the Department of South Asian Studies of Columbia University.   (American Ahmadiyya Centennial Souvenir 1889-1989, p. 43, the Ahmadiyya Gazette, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 115)

2 October1987
Senator Hartke

Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) delivered Friday sermon in New York. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette, USA, Vol. 72, Nos. 10-12 and Vol. 73, Nos. 1-9, October 2020-September 2021, p. 13)

Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) was interviewed by Voice of America and Daily Jang. The media of N.Y. published his presence. The interview appeared in New York Times, New York Tribune and some other local papers. 

A magnificent reception in honor of Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV was held at the Washington Hilton. It was attended by over 300 people from different segments of the city, most of whom were from the government. There were a few diplomats and intellectuals from other faiths. Welcome address was presented by Senator Vance Hartke. (American Ahmadiyya Centennial Souvenir 1889-1989, p. 43, the Ahmadiyya Gazette, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 115)

3 October1987

Majlis-i-Shura (Advisory Council Meeting) was held on 3 October 1987 under the chairmanship of Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV. The election of the national Executive body was also held and Khalifatul-Masih accorded its approval. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 115)

4-6 October 1987

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) arrived in Washington on 4 October 1987 and proceeded to American Fazl Mosque where a large number of families had an audience with him. The meeting with families continued for the next two days. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 116)

4 October 1987

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) visited Ahmadiyya Community in Philadelphia and Willingboro. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette, USA, Vol. 72, Nos. 10-12 and Vol. 73, Nos. 1-9, October 2020-September 2021, p. 13)

7 October 1987

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, USA arranged a reception in Washington Hilton in honor of Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV in which 350 guests were invited. The Mayor of Washington D.C. declared 7 October 1987 as Hazrat Mirza Tahir Day. 

Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) was interviewed by Jang and BBC correspondents at the Fazl Mosque. The interviews were reported in their respective media. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 117)

8 October 1987

Jama'at Ahmadiyya Willingboro procured a house with 5.3-acre land in 1983. The house was converted to a mosque. Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV came here and inaugurated the mosque. A reception was arranged in his honor. The mayor announced 8 October 1987 as “Mosque Inauguration Day.” Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV named it Nasir Mosque. He unveiled a plaque of the mosque. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 117)

9 October 1987

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) delivered Friday Sermon at Armory Place where hundreds of people listened to him. He performed the groundbreaking ceremony of the mosque in Silver Spring and named it Bait-ur-Rahman. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 117)

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) inaugurated the Philadelphia Mosque. A reception was arranged in honor of the Khalifa. The City Mayor presented a welcome address. The inauguration news was published in Philadelphia Daily News. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 117)

10 October 1987

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) arrived in Dayton OH. A reception was arranged which was attended by dignitaries of town council. The mayor presented Khalifatul-Masih with an insignia. The reception was covered by local media. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 117)

Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) arrived in Chicago and members of the Ahmadiyya Community welcomed him. People came from Milwaukee, Zion and St. Louis. He was also welcomed when he arrived in Hinsdale Hall of University of Chicago where 150 non-Ahmadis from different sections of society were present. Another reception was arranged in the same university’s Banquet Hall. Khalifatul-Masih IV answered questions on Islam from the audience. The Mayor of Chicago was invited to yet another reception. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 117)

11 October 1987

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) was interviewed by Channel 19 of Chicago TV Network. The interview was broadcast on local TV the same evening. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 117)

13 October 1987

Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) addressed a public reception at Zion where the mayor of the city of Zion welcomed him. Later, he was interviewed by TV reporters. The local media covered the event. (American Ahmadiyya Centennial Souvenir 1889-1989, p 44)

15 October 1987

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) held a question/answer meeting in Detroit. He met non-Ahmadi guests and answered their questions. (American Ahmadiyya Centennial Souvenir 1889-1989, p 44)

16 October 1987

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) delivered Friday Sermon at Detroit, Michigan. He said: “Build dignity of character. It abolishes the feeling of inferiority complex. There is no discrimination of White-Black in the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.” (The Detroit address, 16 October 1987 by Mirza Tahir Ahmad, Khalifatul-Masih IV, the Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 118) [For details, see “The Detroit Address,” published by MKA USA]

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) laid the foundation stone of a mosque and a mission house in Troy MI. 

He traveled to Miami FL, St. Louis MO and gave an audience to the members there. (American Ahmadiyya Centennial Souvenir 1889-1989, p 45)

21 October 1987

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) inaugurated Yousaf Mosque in Tuscan, AZ. (The first mosque was demolished due to road expansion. Another larger mosque has been built to the east of the mosque). A press conference was arranged. He granted interviews to the media. The media covered the event. (American Ahmadiyya Centennial Souvenir 1889-1989, p 45, the Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 118)

A reception was arranged in San Francisco. Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad (may Allah shower His mercy on him) met medical professionals and professors at a local college. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 118)

22 October 1987

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) was welcomed to Los Angeles. He addressed Lajna Ima’illah of Los Angeles. He also addressed a press conference which was covered by local media. Channel 18 televised a one-hour documentary of the Los Angeles tour. (American Ahmadiyya Centennial Souvenir 1889-1989, p 45, the Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 118)

23 October 1987

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) delivered Friday Sermon in Los Angeles. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 118)

27 October 1987

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) met with intellectuals and held Majlis-i-Irfan [a question/answer session] in San Francisco. (American Ahmadiyya Centennial Souvenir 1889-1989, p 45)

28 October 1987

In Portland, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) held a question/answer session and addressed a public reception. He hosted a special dinner for Ahmadis as well as non-Ahmadis. A question-and-answer session followed. Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V addressed a public reception at the Red Lion Hotel which was attended by the dignitaries of the town. The program ended with a question-and-answer session. Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih also performed an Amin ceremony. (American Ahmadiyya Centennial Souvenir 1889-1989, p 45)

30 October 1987

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) opened Rizwan Mosque in Portland and delivered Friday sermon. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 118)

31 October 1987

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) addressed a reception in Portland which was attended by 125 guests. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 118)

8 November 1987

After delivering Friday Sermon in Calgary, Canada, on November 6, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV returned to Washington D.C. on 8 November 1987. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette, USA, Vol. 72, Nos. 10-12 and Vol. 73, Nos. 1-9, October 2020-September 2021, p. 13)

13 November 1987

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV delivered Friday Sermon in New York. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette, USA, Vol. 72, Nos. 10-12 and Vol. 73, Nos. 1-9, October 2020-September 2021, p. 13)

13-14 November 1987

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV presided over the Majlis-i-Shura of Jama'at Ahmadiyya USA in New York. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette, USA, Vol. 72, Nos. 10-12 and Vol. 73, Nos. 1-9, October 2020-September 2021, p. 13)

1988
Azhar Haneef Graduates
Azhar Haneef

Missionary Azhar Haneef earned a Mubashshir degree from Jami'a Ahmadiyya Rabwah.

In 1988, Mubasher Ahmad devoted his life. He has served the U.S.A Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the Southwest, Midwest, Northeast and Central South Regions as Regional Missionary. Presently missionary Mubasher Ahmad is Editor-in-Chief of the Muslim Sunrise magazine, member of the USA Qada Board. 

He arrived in the US in 1969. He served the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community as the President of Washington, DC Metropolitan Chapter in the years 1980-84, and National General Secretary for several years. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 73, Nos. 10-12, Vol. 74, Nos. 1-9, p. 52)

June-August 1988
Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad Khalifatul Masih IV

With the Pakistan government’s persecution of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community intensifying beyond all previous thresholds, Khalifatul-Masih IV challenged Zia to a prayer duel in his Friday Sermon of 3 June 1988.

In a question-and-answer session, Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, the Fourth Caliph, said: "I swear by God that when our Lord comes to assist us, there shall be no one there who will help you. When God’s decree will shatter you into pieces, all traces of your identity shall be wiped out, and the world shall forever remember you with disgrace and disgust.” Five days later on 17 August 1988 his plane was blown from the sky. In the following week’s Friday Sermon, Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad said: God has given his decision. Ahmadis are happy because they have witnessed the victory of God. It is a great heavenly sign of the succor that God has extended to us. (Friday Sermon of Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, Khalifatul-Masih IV dated 19 August 1988, Khutbat-e-Tahir Vol. 7, pp. 559-579)

1989
Miami Book Fair

The Miami chapter starts taking part in the famous Miami Book Fair.

20 January 1989
George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush

George H. W. Bush was inaugurated as 41st US President on 20 January 1989. He remained in the office till 20 January 1993. (Wikipedia)

1 February 1989
New Chapter in Phoneix

The Tucson chapter is split, forming a new chapter in Phoenix.

23 March 1989

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) sent a message on the completion of one hundred years of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. He outlined the aim and objectives of the advent of the Promised Messiah (peace be on him). He said, “Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian laid the basis for the unification of mankind in a unique manner. He resolved the conflicts and paradoxes prevailing in the religious work regarding the advent of a global Reformer.” (The Muslim Sunrise, March 1989, Vol. LV, No. 2, pp. I to IV)

24 March 1989

The first Friday sermon of the second centenary of Ahmadiyyat was broadcast live to Mauritius and Germany via phone. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette, USA, Vol. 72, Nos. 10-12 and Vol. 73, Nos. 1-9, October 2020-September 2021, p. 61)

June 1989

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) visited the USA for the second time. He went to Rochester, Amsterdam, New York, Willingboro, Washington D.C., Baltimore and Los Angeles in California. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, April-Sept. 2020, pp. 121)

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) held a question/answer session. The news media asked numerous questions, especially on the unique status of Ahmadiyyat in the contemporary world, on the mission of the Promised Messiah, on the achievements of the Ahmadiyya Movement in the world over the last one hundred years and on its future in the next one hundred years. He said, “If the community had already spread to over 122 countries of the world in its first one hundred years, then one could well imagine what the next one hundred years would bring.” (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-Sept. 2020, p. 121)

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) traveled to Amsterdam, a scenic town in upstate New York. The combined Chambers of Commerce of the surrounding towns held a reception at a luncheon in his honor. A large number of guests, mayors of the local towns and members of the Ahmadiyya Community from Rochester and New York attended. Khalifatul-Masih IV spoke on freedom of conscience in Islam in response to the raging global debate raised by a notoriously offending book that evoked strong sentiments across the western and the Muslim worlds. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-Sept. 2020, p. 121)

24 June 1989

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) addressed the Lajna Ima’illah USA. His address was relayed live in the men’s marquee. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, April-Sept. 2020, p. 121)

25 June 1989

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) presided over the concluding session of the annual convention. A poem written by him for martyrs in Pakistan was read by missionary Zafar Ahmad Sarwar in his melodious voice. He wept quietly as the painful tragedies were recounted in the poem. Then, he delivered his concluding address. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, pp. 121-2)

June 1989

The foundation stone of Bait-ul-Hameed Mosque in Chino California was laid by Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV on 30 October 1987. 

During his second visit to the US, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV went to Chino and inaugurated Bait-ul-Hameed Mosque with his prayers. 

Many newspapers across the US reported his interviews. Among them were: The Sun of Baltimore, York’s Daily Record, India West Journal of Los Angeles, CA, The Orange County Register of Chino and The Chino Champion. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 122)

July 1989
Mirza Muzaffar Ahmad

Sahibzadah Mirza Muzaffar Ahmad assumed charge as Amir Jama'at USA in 1989. (50th Jalsa Salana Souvenir-June 1998, the Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 122)

August 1989

Missionary Azhar Haneef returned to the US after completing his studies at Rabwah.  (The Ahmadiyya Gazette, USA, Vol. 72, Nos. 10-12 and Vol. 73, Nos. 1-9, October 2020-September 2021, p. 53)

3 November 1989

Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV (may Allah shower His mercy on him) announced in the course of Friday sermon at Fazl Mosque London 3 November 1989, the following changes in the auxiliary organizations all over the world. These changes have come into force at once.

  1. The national Nazim A‘la of Majlis Ansarullah will henceforth be designated as Sadr Majlis Ansarullah of that particular country.
  2. The national Quaid of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya will henceforth be designated as Sadr Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya of that particular country.
  3. The national President of Lajna Ima’illah will henceforth be designated as Sadr Lajna Ima’illah of that particular country.
  4. The national Sadrs of all these auxiliary organizations shall henceforth
  5. i) Seek guidance from Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih IV and shall be answerable to him in all matters pertaining to the concerned auxiliary organization.
  6. ii) Send a monthly brief of their activities to Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih with a copy to the Amir/National President.

iii) Refer to Khalifatul-Masih all cases of appointments and removal of office bearers along with the recommendations of the Amir/National President.

  1. iv) The sphere of Sadr Majlis Ansarullah, Sadr Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya and Sadr Lajna Ima’illah in Rabwah shall henceforth be restricted to Pakistan only.

(Khutbat Tahir Vol. 8, Friday Sermon 3 November 1989, pp. 709-724)