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Third Khilafat (1980-1982)

1980's
1980
Plots Purchased

In 1980 two plots were purchased adjacent to the Al-Sadiq mosque. A plan was made in 1980 to rebuild the mosque as the old mosque turned weary.

25 May 1980

The Ahmadiyya Community, West Coast, USA held its first regional annual convention in the Masonic Temple at 897 Colusa Avenue, Berkeley. Mir Mahmud Ahmad Nasir, missionary in-charge, presided over the convention. Seventy-five attended. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, June 1980)

11-23 September 1980
Khalifatul Masih III Visits USA

Khalifatul-Masih III (may Allah shower His mercy on him) toured the USA for the second time from 11 September to 23 September 1980. He visited San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Longwood Gardens PA. His stay in San Francisco was for four days. He led Friday prayer and met members of the Jama'ats. He delivered Friday sermon in San Francisco on 12 September 1980. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 102)

15 September 1980

Khalifatul-Masih III (may Allah shower His mercy on him) flew to Washington D.C. on 15 September 1980 for a week where he met 1,000 people in 112 groups. He convened meetings with missionaries and gave instructions regarding matters of interest. He had a dialogue with American dignitaries at a reception in San Francisco. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 104)

17 September 1980
Feast at World Bank Building

Sahibzadah Mirza Muzaffar Ahmad arranged a feast at the World Bank Building, Washington D.C. in honor of Khalifatul-Masih III. It was attended by many dignitaries. (Tour of the West by Khalifatul-Masih III, p. 494)

19 September 1980

Khalifatul-Masih III (may Allah shower His mercy on him) delivered Friday sermon in Washington D.C. 

He over viewed activities of missionaries and Presidents of chapters in a specially convened meeting. 

He instructed them to prepare literature about moral ethics within a year. Procure land for ‘Id congregations. Tabligh and literature distribution should be given due importance. Make plans to publish Tabligh folders in all well-known languages. Publish 50,000 copies of short English commentary of Holy Quran in the US. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 104)

20 September 1980

A special meeting was held under the chairmanship of Khalifatul-Masih III (may Allah shower His mercy on him) on 20 September 1980. It was attended by missionaries of the USA. 

Khalifat-ul-Masih III enquired from Ahmadiyya missionary in-charge Syed Mir Mahmood Ahmad about the action taken on the instructions for distribution of forty thousand copies of Quran. 

Missionary in-charge replied that thirty thousand names and addresses of such Americans have been recorded in a register. The work is in progress for remaining contacts. In this context the presidents of the Jama‘at gave some useful suggestions which were noted. Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 96)

Training and propagation work of US missions was analyzed. Missionaries and presidents of the chapters presented reports. Following matters were discussed. Establishment of community centers (should be called Eid Gah in future), publication of folders, the problems and its solution regarding marriages and payment of obligatory dues at the prescribed rates. 

A reception was arranged by the US Mission in honor of Khalifatul-Masih III (may Allah shower His mercy on him) on the night of 20 September 1980 at the Hilton Hotel, Washington. Professors, print and media personnel, dignitaries and some other important personalities were invited. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, p. 106)

21 September 1980
Farewell Reception for Khalifatul Masih III

A farewell reception in honor of Khalifatul-Masih III (may Allah shower His mercy on him) was arranged in the hall of hotel Shoreham Americana on 21 September 1980. Syeda Mansoura Begum, wife of Khalifatul-Masih V, participated. Khalifatul-Masih delivered a speech and gave important instructions to members of the Jama'at. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 72, April-September 2020, pp. 102-7)

15 November 1980

National Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya USA held Shura on 15 November 1980. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, January 1981)

18 November 1980
Masud Ahmad Jhelumi Returns to US

Missionary Masud Ahmad Jhelumi came back to the USA and worked in Brooklyn, New York for one more year. He went back to Rabwah, Pakistan on 4 February 1982. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 73, Nos. 10-12, Vol. 74, Nos. 1-9, p. 43)

1981

The Ahmadiyya Jama'at Philadelphia arranged a one-hour discussion on T.V. Network WCAU Channel 10 in Credo Program. The panel consisted of Ata’ullah Kaleem, Br. Bilal Abdus Salam and Major Fazal Ahmad. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette, April 1981, p. 8)

20 January 1981
Ronald Reagan 40th US President
Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as 40th US President on 20 January 1981. He remained in office for two terms till 20 January 1989.

Ahmadiyya missionary to the US, ‘Ata‘ullah Kaleem, wrote a congratulatory letter to newly elected US President Ronald Reagan and presented to him the Holy Quran with English translation.

7 March 1981

Missionary Ata’ullah Kaleem addressed the students from various institutes and different races on “The Second Advent of Christ '' at Wheaten Room, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh on 7 March 1981. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette, April 1981, p. 5)

18 April 1981
Inamul Haq Kauser

Inamul-Haq Kauser arrived in Washington D.C. on 18 April 1981. He remained missionary of the Northeast region (New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Rochester, Willingboro, and New Jersey) of the USA with headquarters in New York. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette, USA, Vol. 72, Nos. 10-12 and Vol. 73, Nos. 1-9, October 2020-September 2021, p. 47).

He returned to Rabwah, Pakistan in April 1983 after three years of missionary work and returned to the US again in September 1984. (Letter from Inamul-Haq Kauser dated 21 November 1981-Record Tabshir) 

In June 2010, Missionary Inamul-Haq Kauser was transferred to Chicago where he stayed up to September 2014. After this, he was appointed as Amir (National President). (The Ahmadiyya Gazette, USA, Vol. 72, Nos. 10-12 and Vol. 73, Nos. 1-9, October 2020-September 2021, p. 47)

21 May 1981
Muhammad ‘Abd-ur-Rashid Yahya Leaves for Pakistan

Muhammad ‘Abd-ur-Rashid Yahya left for Pakistan on 21 May 1981. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, Vol. 73, Nos. 10-12, Vol. 74, Nos. 1-9, p. 46)

5-6 September 1981

The Thirty-Third Annual Convention of Ahmadiyya Islam USA was held at 4-H Center, Washington D.C. on 5-6 September 1981. The first regular session of the convention was inaugurated by Sahibzadah Mirza Muzaffar Ahmad. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, October 1981, p. 4)

18 September 1981
Mufti Ahmad Sadiq

Mufti Ahmad Sadiq arrived in the USA on 18 September 1981. He served in San Francisco and then in Los Angeles as a missionary from 1981 to 1983. 

Following chapters were under his control. LA, San Francisco, Seattle, Tucson, Portland. He had five Jama'ats to supervise which he visited four times each. He attended 23 Tabligh meetings, seven out of them at local level. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette, USA, September 1983, p. 10-11)

18 September 1981
Chaudhri Munir Ahmad

Chaudhri Munir Ahmad arrived in the US on 18 September 1981. He served as a missionary at different chapters of the US Jama'at. (Contributed by Chaudhri Munir Ahmad, March 26, 2021)

18 September 1981
Mirza Muhammad Afzal

Missionary Muhammad Afzal arrived in the US (Ahmadiyya Gazette Oct 2021-Sept 2022 page 48).

22 November 1981

A convention on founders of religions was held at University of Maryland, College Park Campus at Zoo-Psych Building 1240, Washington under the chairmanship of Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan. 

Rabbi Andrew Baker, Director of the American Jewish Committee Washington D. C. chapter spoke on "Moses- A Law Bearing Prophet;" the Venerable Oung Mean Candavanna, Spiritual Leader of the Cambodian Buddhist Society addressed on "Buddha- the Light of Asia;" Rev. M. John Farrelly OSB, Prof. of Theology De Sales School of Theology Washington, D. C. explained "Jesus and the Christian Way;" and Alhaj ‘Ata Ullah Kaleem, the Imam of the American Fazl Mosque Washington, D. C. delivered his speech on "Muhammad the Messenger of Allah." 

In his Presidential address, Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan exhaustively dealt with the moral and religious degeneracy of the present-day society and then presented its solution in the acceptance of the Reformer of the age, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah, who came in the spirit and power of all the Prophets particularly in that of Jesus Christ and the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of God be upon him). [The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, December 1981, p. 6]

The proceedings were reported by “The Diamondback" on December 1, 1981. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, December 1981, p. 10)

4 June 1982
Building for a Mosque Purchased

A 3-story building for a mosque in Philadelphia, the largest city of Pennsylvania, was purchased for $42,000. Missionary Ata’ullah Kaleem inaugurated the mission building with Friday Sermon on 4 June 1982. (General File America, Diary 1972, p. 77)

9 June 1982
Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad Khalifatul Masih III

In June 1982, while in Islamabad, Pakistan, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih III (may Allah shower His mercy on him) suffered a severe heart attack. He died on 9 June 1982 at 12:45 P.M. Inna Lillahi wa Inna Ilaihi Raji’oon. His body was taken to Rabwah for burial. (The Ahmadiyya Gazette USA, July 1982, pp. 1-2)

June 1982
Muzaffar Ahmad Zafr Leaves for Rabwah

Brother Dr. Muzaffar Ahmad Zafr (National President from 1978/1979 to 1983) went to Rabwah in June 1982 on the sad demise of Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih III. (General File, America 1982, p. 131)