Intro
By 2021, we estimate that there are less than 1000 Qadiani-Ahmadi’s in the country. There are barely 2 Ahmadiyya places of worship in the entire country. In 2021, Sir Lanka serves as a hub for Ahmadiyya asylum cases, this is also connected with the Ahmadiyya refugee asylum scandal in Malaysia and Thailand._____________________________________________________________________________________________
Ahmadiyya places of worship

There seem to be 2 Ahmadiyya places of worship in the entire country.

  • Fazal Mosque in Negombo
  • Bait-ul-Hamd Mosque in Colombo which acts as the national headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Sri Lanka[58]
  • Ahmadiyya Muslim Centre in Slave Island[59]
  • Ahmadiyya Muslim mosque in (pasyala) [60]

_____________________________________________________________________________________________1907

Per Ahmadiyya records, after reading Ahmadiyya newspapers, a person named Abdul Aziz requested to join the Ahmadiyya via a letter. This could be a total fake however.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________1915

Sufi Ghulam Muhammad is sent as a missionary to Mauritius, however, he stops in Sri Lanka and works on creating an Ahmadiyya center there. Per the english-ROR of February, a new Ahmadiyya missionary, Maulvi Hafiz Ghulam Muhammad, B.A. was also sent to Ceylon, aka Sri Lanka. February 1915, page 80. He left Qadian on February 20th, 1915, he was educated at the famous Aligarh Muslim College, many Ahmadi mullahs were educated there. This was before the Jamia was created at Qadian. He was also set to travel to Mauritius.

Modern day Sri Lanka aka Ceylon was under the British government for a long time, roughly from 1800 to 1948. Per Ahmadiyya records, the first Ahmadiyya missionary was sent to Sri Lanka and then later Mauritius in 1915 (see “Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosques Around The World”), his name was Sufi Ghulam Muhammad, who seems to be not mentioned much in the history of Ahmadiyya. He wasn’t an Ahmadi in 1896 when the famous list of the 313 companions was created. Sufi Ghulam Muhammad did his BA from Punjab University and asked Khalifatul Masih I if he should memorise the Qur’an or go on to take his MA. He was advised to memorise the Qur’an first. Sufi sahib did this in six months and when he informed Khalifatul Masih I he offered a Sajda [posture of prostration] of gratefulness. Per the english-ROR of February, a new Ahmadiyya missionary, Maulvi Hafiz Ghulam Muhammad, B.A. was also sent to Ceylon, aka Sri Lanka. February 1915, page 80. He left Qadian on February 20th, 1915, he was educated at the famous Aligarh Muslim College, many Ahmadi mullahs were educated there. This was before the Jamia was created at Qadian. He was also set to travel to Mauritius.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________1919
The The Review of Religions, October and November 1919 reports: 

The secretary of the Colombo Ahmadiyya Association reports:

“Opposition to us has become very bitter again, owing to malicious letters appearing in a local non-Ahmadi paper and the continued preaching by a South Indian, thousands flocking to hear him. He has preached in four centers and now last of all is expected in Slave Island. We are not afraid. Allah is our Helper.”

This bitterness of opposition on the part of the non-Ahmadi public of Ceylon and the activities of the South Indian preacher who is going about delivering lectures against the Ahmadiyya movement is a proof that our brethren there are working zealously to convey to their fellow-islanders the message of the Promised Messiah. Enemies of truth always do their worst to destroy heavenly movements and so are our opponents in Ceylon doing. But all their efforts are doomed to failure and we pray that God may help our brethren in the island and enable them to make Ceylon an Ahmadi Island.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________1920

Per Ahmadiyya sources, an ahmadi and his sons severely beat up some Muslims and were nevertheless acquitted. The British judges, who were appointed by the British government absolved these Ahmadi’s even though they were clearly guilty. The names of Ahmadi’s are not given.
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1924
https://www.reviewofreligions.org/22054/review-of-religions-december-1924-edition/

The Dec-1924 edition of the ROR reports that a prominent Qadiani, B.W. Lye died.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________1927

He was sent to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1927. Mufti Sadiq returned to Qadian on November 6, 1927, after completing his mission in Ceylon. He then visited several cities in India (including Kinanoor Cant., Paingadi, Calicut, Bengalore, Calcutta, Brahman Barhya, Dacca, Rangpur) at the direction of Khalifatul Masih II for Tabligh purposes.
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1928

Mufti Muhamamd Sadiq visited Ka­rachi and Calcutta. He traveled to Sri Lanka once again to introduce the teachings of Qadianat.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________1929

A permanent Ahmadiyya missionary is sent to Sri Lanka, his name is Maulana A.P. Ibrahim.

In 1929, it seems that she showed up at Colombo, Sri Lanka and was brought to Qadian by Mufti Muhammad Sadiq via a special mission. Her name was changed to Hidayt Budd. She was most likely a prostitute that was bought and shared with the Khalifa at Qadian. Hafiz Qudratullah (1917-1994) was a missionary of the Ahmadiyya Movement and he explains how he saw her at Qadian in his youth. Hafiz Qudratullah (1917-1994 remembers seeing Hidayt Budd at Mufti Muhammad Sadiq’s house in Qadian (most likely in the 1920’s and 30’s).The english ROR posted her picture in the May-1929 edition of the ROR, she seems to have been single at the time. In the August-1929 edition of the ROR, it is explained how Hidayt Budd arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka on May 10th, 1929. Ahmadiyya sources tell how she was apart of the Ceylon Ahmadiyya Association and gave speeches and etc. However, they don’t tell us how she got to Sri Lanka.  There seems to be a photo of her in the famous “Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosques Around the World”. In the September-1929 edition of the ROR, there is a letter of welcome from the local Lajna of Qadian. They appreciate her as the first Dutch person to join Ahmadiyya. In fact, it was Mufti Muhammad Sadiq who was sent by the Khalifa to pick her up from Colombo, Sri Lanka (see her letter published in the ROR of September-1929), they must have had some type of connection, he married her soon thereafter. She also reports that some of the Indonesian students at the Ahmadiyya Madrassa had written in Dutch on the wall so as to get her attention (men in indonesia spoke Dutch in those days).


_____________________________________________________________________________________________1932

An Ahmadiyya mosque is built.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________1983

For the first time ever, an Ahmadiyya Khalifa visits.

Pics from “Ahmadiyya mosques around the world, a pictorial presentation

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Links and Related Essays

https://www.alislam.org/friday-sermon/index2.php?d=2011-12-30

https://ahmadiyyafactcheckblog.com/2021/11/08/humanity-first-canada-implicated-in-the-ahmadi-refugee-asylum-scandal-in-malaysia-and-thailand/

https://www.alislam.org/friday-sermon/2005-12-09.html

Ahmadiyya trafficking scheme through Sri Lanka (2019)

Mirza Tahir Ahmad visited Fiji in 1983, Singapore, Australia and Sri Lanka also

https://www.alislam.org/friday-sermon/index2.php?d=2011-12-30

http://ahmadiyyamosque.blogspot.com/search/label/Sri%20Lanka

In 1939, Italy banned Ahmadiyya, however, the British government quickly interceded on behalf of Ahmadiyya

THE FIRST MUSLIM MISSIONS ON A EUROPEAN SCALE: AHMADI-LAHORI NETWORKS IN THE INTER-WAR PERIOD – Eric Germain [Pages 89-118] (2008)

https://ahmadiyyafactcheckblog.com/?s=Russia

“The Ahmadiyya Print Jihad in South and Southeast Asia” (2009) in Islamic Connections: Muslim Societies in South and Southeast Asia, eds. M. Feener and T. Sevea

100 Years Ago… – Ahmadiyya Mission News

100 Years Ago… – “I shall humiliate him who seeks to humiliate you”: Ahmadiyya victory in Ceylon

The history of the Lahori and Qadiani Ahmadi’s by Dr. Gerdien Jonker, Ph.D–Research Scholar Germany

100 years of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Mauritius

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