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. MGA is also considered the second coming of Lord Maitreyah(See ROR of Oct-1916).
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
- Ahmadiyya Muslim Centre in Slave Island
- Ahmadiyya Muslim mosque in (pasyala) 
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.
The ROR of Feb-1913 has a letter from Muhammad B.W. Tye of Ceylon.
The ROR of Jan-1914 alleges that there are Ahmadi’s in Ceylon.
The ROR of Jan-1915 has a review of Ahmadiyya literature by the “Ceylon Muslim Review”. Mirza Bashir Ahmad is mentioned as having written a refutation.
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.
The ROR Of April-1915 reports how Maulvi Hafiz Ghulam Muhammad, B.A. stopped in Ceylon on March 16th while he was enroute to Mauritius. He stayed for 2+ months.
The ROR of June-1915 reports how Maulvi Hafiz Ghulam Muhammad, B.A. stopped in Ceylon while he was en-route to Mauritius. The Ceylon Independent newspaper gave this report also. This lecture was simultaneously translated into Tamil. They announced that 30 people had converted to the Qadiani branch of Ahmadiyya. On May-27-1915, he began travelling to Mauritius.
The ROR of Sep-1915 reports that Qazi Abdullah (who was travelling as a missionary to London) stopped in on Sep-15-1915. It also alleges how Maulvi Hafiz Ghulam Muhammad, B.A. stayed in Ceylon for 1 month when he was enroute to Mauritius. They allege that he converted many people to Ahmadiyya.
The ROR of March-April-1916 reports that the Ceylon Ahmadiyya Association is doing useful work and getting published in various newspapers. On January-16, 1916, the Ceylon Ahmadiyya Association, Mr. T.K. Lye chaired the meeting. The address of this association is 10 Stewart St, Slave Island, Colombo, Ceylon. Letters from Qadian were read out. Sayyal leaving England at the end of January was discussed. They also noted how they want 50 copies of Part-1 of the english translation and commentary of the Quran. They also reported that Sayyal was scheduled to give some lectures when he stops in enroute to Qadian. Mr. C.H. Mantara gave a lecture on “Plague inoculation and the Ahmadi’s”. The Ceylon Ahmadiyya Association is also working on translating books into Tamil, in fact, “The Teachings of Islam” is soon set to be translated into Tamil.
The ROR of June-1916 presents a report from the Ahmadiyya Anjuman at Slave Island, Colombo, Sri Lanka. In this report it was alleged that the Ahmadiyya Communities monthly meeting was referred to in the Ceylon Independent (newspaper). Mr. T.K. Lye presided the meeting, letters from Qadian (and London) were read out by Mr. C.H. Mantara, he also announced the conversion of Professor Abdul Latif of Chittagong College, Dr. Syed Usmani and Panipat and the imam of the Rosehill Mosque in Mauritius. They also announced plans to send missionaries to Java, Indonesia and and the Far East. They announced the need for a journal in Tamil and English, which should be called “Islam”. Mr. C.H. Mantara (honorary secretary Anjuman-i-Ahmadiyya, Slave Island) reports that the Ahmadiyya Movement is getting verbally attacked by local Muslims in their newspaper “Islam Mittram”.
The ROR of July-1916 has many reviews on the Part-1 of an english commentary of the Quran. It specifically has a review from the Madras Times. The Madras Times has an essay entitled, “A Mahdi in India” (June 8th, 1916). It is reportedly published by from Madras by a company called, Messrs. Addison and Co of Madras. The “Bulletin” of Lahore also gave a review. There is also a review from Colombo, Ceylon (modern say Sri Lanka). There is another note about a monthly meeting wherein Mr. T.K. Lye was the chair. A man named I.L.M. Adbul Aziz is discussed as well as his letter to MGA from 1908, he has connections with the Moorish society. The 1-year anniversary of Ahmadiyya in Sri Lanka was getting close. They also mentioned a newspaper “Islam Mittram”, it seems that the editor of this newspaper was punished by the British government. The famous revelation of MGA is quoted, “I will bring to disgrace to every one who intends to disgrace you”. Mr. Mhd B.W. Lye (joint secretary, Slave Island) reports that Muslims are opposing Ahmadi’s and some moorish people have been impressed with the letter of I.L.M. Abdul Aziz to MGA.
The ROR of Sep-1916 gives a letter by Brother Mr. Mohd. B.W. Lye. In this letter, Lye explains how they are translating a letter by Bro J.L.M. Abdul Aziz to MGA from 1908 into Tamil. Lye claims that this caused a sensation in Moorish circles. Ahmadi’s are anxious for a missionary.
The ROR of Oct-1916 gives a review from from an Australian paper on the Qadiani-Ahmadi english translation of the Quran (Part 1 of 30). It gives review from newspapers in and around London too. It also reports how this english translation was given to the Governor of Ceylon aka Sri Lanka. The Secretary wrote a letter of acknowledgement to the Ahmadiyya Association therein. It also reports that two Ahmadi missionaries (Fateh Muhammad Sayyal and Sheikh Abdur Rehman Misri) are supposed to be sent in the near future (this never happened). T.K. Lye chaired a meeting wherein it mentions the recent publishing of the Qadiani-Ahmadi english translation of the Quran (Part 1 of 30). It also mentions how this was given to Governor of Sir Lanka and etc. They also report that anti-ahmadi rumors are false. It also gave a letter from the Sadr Anjuman in Qadian about the two murrabi’s (Fateh Muhammad Sayyal and Sheikh Abdur Rehman Misri) who are supposed to be headed to Sri Lanka soo.
The ROR of Nov-1916 reports that “The Ceylon Ahmadiyya Association” held some type of meeting. The ROR of Nov-1916 presents many reviews of it’s recent publishing of the Qadiani-Ahmadi english translation of the Quran (Part 1 of 30). These seem to be fake reviews. It also reports that this translation has circulation in Ceylon aka Sri Lanka. It also reports that there are some delays in this mission.
The ROR of Dec-1916 has a letter from Mr. Abdul Aziz (who was already dead by 1916) from 1908, which was allegedly sent to MGA.
The ROR of Dec-1916 reports that a Nigerian man named L. Muhammad Lawal asked for english literature from the Ahmadi’s in Sri Lanka and they sent it to him.
The ROR of Dec-1916 reports that the Muslims of Sri Lanka are giving the Qadiani-Ahmadi’s the hardest time, they publish a newspaper named, “Islam Mittran”. Ahmadi’s are proposing a newspaper called “The Message”.
The ROR of Jan-1917 alleges that Ahmadi’s in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) are having the hardest time.
The ROR of April-May-1917 gives reviews of the Qadiani english commentary on the Quran (Part-1). It is alleged that the editor of “The Daily Gazette” from Sindh wrote a review. It is also alleged that a reverend from the USA wrote a review, as well as a person from Sri Lanka.
The ROR of June-1917 reports that the first edition of “The Message” has been published. It also reports that an Ahmadi from Sri Lanka who was in Qadian for training has died, his name was Jamal-ud-Din. M. Abul Hassan has been sent to serve in his spot.
The ROR of Aug-1917 reports strong opposition from the Muslims of Slave Island, Colombo, Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Muhammad B.W. Lye is the honorary Ahmadiyya secretary and gives his report. His father led the prayer and his newspaper “The Message” is active.
The ROR of Oct-Nov-1917 reports that M. Abul Hassan is from Sri Lanka, however, a student at Qadian. They also report how their imam is Maulvi A.P. Ibrahim of Mohe. They also report that “The Message” newspaper is in debt and needs financial help.
The Jan-1918 edition of the ROR reports that there are barely 15 Ahmadi’s on the entire island. A journal called “The Message” was also started, they claim to have circulation in the Punjab, Hyderabad, Malabar and Burma. Muhammad B.W. Lye is the Ahmadiyya secretary. Maulana A.P. Ibrahim is the Ahmadiyya mullah. There is another man named T.K. Lye.
The Feb-1918 edition of the ROR reports that 13 people converted to Ahmadiyya.
The Aug-Sep-1918 edition of the ROR reports that there are roughly 70 Ahmadi’s in Ceylon (aka Sri Lanka). They also report that Maulvi Muhammad Ali (the president of the Lahori-Ahmadi’s) sent his famous book, “Prophethood in Islam” to the Ahmadi’s therein.
The ROR of Nov-Dec-1918 reports that in addition to “The Message” newspaper they are also circulating pamphlets in Tamil and English.
The Jan-Feb-1919 edition of the ROR reports that Maulvi Hafiz Ghulam Muhammad, B.A. and clashing with the local Muslim community. The ROR of Aug-Sep-1919 reports that 6 young men have been sent to Qadian for training.
The The Review of Religions, October and November 1919 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.
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. The ROR of July–1920 reports that Ahmadi’s were involved in murder, the names are given as Mr. B.W. Lye, who was the secretary of the Ahmadiyya Anjuman, and with a man named Sheriff and his own brother, Abdul Amit Lye. They killed a Muslim man named, Buckman Saffudeen.
The Dec-1920 edition of the ROR alleges that the small group of Ahmadi’s there have collected money and are looking to build a temple and offices.
The ROR of Aug-1921 reports that there are 500 Ahmadi’s on the island (a lie). It is also reported that Shaikh Abdur Rahman is on the island visiting, he seems to be a teacher at the Talim ul Islam High School at Qadian. It also reports that there is an Ahmadiyya newspaper, “The Message” being circulated in English and Tamil. The ROR of Nov-1921 mentions a public lecture in Colombo by Mr. Abdur Rahman, B.A.
The Ceylon mission is mentioned in the ROR of March-April-May-1922. The 7th annual Jalsa Salana was also reportedly held. A certain Maulvi A.P. Ibrahim is mentioned as working in the country. He was mentioned again in 1929.
The Al Fazl of 2 October 1922 reports that Ahmadiyya has spread to Ceylon.
Via the ROR of Jan-Feb-March 1923, the Ahmadiyya mission in Ceylon aka slave island is discussed.
The Dec-1924 edition of the ROR reports that a prominent Qadiani, B.W. Lye died.
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.
Mufti Muhammad Sadiq visited Karachi and Calcutta. He traveled to Sri Lanka once again to introduce the teachings of Qadianat.
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).
An Ahmadiyya mosque is built.
Allegedly, per the ROR of Jan-1933, Ahmadi’s from Sri Lanka were at the Jalsa at Qadian in 1932.
In an official document presented to the Governor General of India, the Ahmadiyya Movement and the 2nd Khalifa claim to have many local converts to Ahmadiyya (See ROR of April-1934).
The ROR of Oct-1936 mentions how Moulvi Abdullah of Malabar is working as a missionary for Sri Lanka and Malabar.
For the first time ever, an Ahmadiyya Khalifa visits.
Pics from “Ahmadiyya mosques around the world, a pictorial presentation
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