Its really hard to trust Ahmadiyya sources. The Khalifa wasn’t able to walk much of the early part of the 1950’s. Rashid Ahmad, the first African-American Ahmadiyya missionary tells us from his memories that the Khalifa suffered from gout and was thus unable to walk around Rabwah. Then, in the 1954, they claim that the Khalifa was stabbed in the neck and then was forced to visit Europe as he seeked treatment. Ahmadiyya sources tell us that even though the knife had been removed, there was still a small piece of the knife that was almost touching the Khalifa’s neck bones. It is hard to trust this information by Ahmadiyya sources. On the other hand, Ahmadiyya sources claim that the Khalifa was having a great time in Europe. See the below. Nevertheless, the Khalifa returned to Pakistan in 1955 and made his final public appearance in 1956. The next 9 years of his life were spent in pain and agony. The Khalifa appointed his eldest son, Mirza Nasir Ahmad to lead all the Friday sermons and to manage the day-to-day operations of the Ahmadiyya Movement. This data was posted by an Ahmadi on his twitter account. The Khalifa also seemed to start the process of getting a mission opened in Sweden.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________Before going to England, here is the Khalifa’s condition

Reference: Al-Fazl April 26, 1955

On 26th February, around Mughrib Time (sunset time), I had an attack of paralysis on the left side of my body. For sometime I was absolutely disabled with my hand and foot. There was a pause in my mental activity. And my brain has stopped working. At this time I am absolutely sick and I can not think even for a single minute”
Reference: Al-Fazil April 12, 1955

“Because of this nutrition does not get to my brain. Physicians were of the opinion that with in few weeks my mental condition will get back to normal. So far what ever, improvement took place, its speed is not fast enough���.I can walk couple of steps with people’s help, that too is with difficulty. Condition of my brain and tongue is such that I cannot deliver sermon even for few moments. Physicians have strictly prohibited me from doing any such work that require mental exercise.”…… “I had the stroke (paralysis). Now I am disabled even for ‘Paakhana, Peshab’ (to shit and urinate), and depend on others for this. I can not walk even two steps”.
Briefly staying in Lebanon, Mahmood Ahmad travelled to Switzerland via Athens and Rome. He continued travelling and received some medical treatment in Zurich, the NetherlandsHamburg and London. After consulting with his doctors, it was concluded by that the tip of the knife had broken and embedded itself in the jugular vein and that no attempt should be made to remove it

7 May 1955: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud (ra) arrived at Beirut, Lebanon, and went to visit the ancient remains of the Baalbek.

4 June 1955: Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad was in Europe and some glimpses of his activities recorded are as follows: On this day, Huzoor inspected the mission house of Zurich.

On 5 June, Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad gave a speech in English in Zurich.

On 8 June, Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad interview was televised by a Swiss television channel in English. On the same day, a Yugoslavian man entered the fold of Ahmadiyyat. On 10 June, Huzoor ra went to Switzerland’s southern city of Lugano via car.

On 11 June, Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad reached Italy’s port city of Venice.

On 14 June, Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad landed in Austria.

On 15 June, Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad was in Nuremberg, Germany.

On 17 June, Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad was in The Hague. His stay in the Netherlands is reported between 19 to 24 June.

On 25 June, Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad was in Hamburg, where a famous journalist conducted his interview for his newspaper.

On 26 June, an orientalist performed initiation at the hand of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud ra; he was given the name of Zubair. Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad addressed a reception in English. During this, he extended his heartfelt desire to build a mosque in Germany.

On 27 June, Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad received some government officials. Later that day, Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad attended a gathering arranged by locals and spoke in English for half an hour. Many newspapers covered the above-mentioned events.

On 29 June, Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad arrive at the Netherlands.

Jul 22nd, Ahmadiyya sources claim that the Ahmadiyya mission in Sweden was started on this day (see Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosques Around the World – A Pictorical Presentation. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community; Khilafat Centenary Edition. 2008. p. 70. ISBN 978-1882494514.).
June 29th, 1956
Anwarul Aloom
See also Tahreek-e-Ahmadiyya, Volume-5, page 400 onwards

Rough Summary
“….I remember those days very well (referring to 1914), when we didn’t even have enough money to publish our announcements vs. the Lahori-Ahmadi’s. My maternal Grandfather (Mir Nasir Nawab) had been collecting money for a hospital and masjid, put a bag of money before us, this was the chanda that he had collected for other means, he gave us the money and we promised to pay him back……..last year (referring to 1955), i fell sick and the jamaat arranged a special chanda for me and my health, the jamaat collected 100k rupees for my trip to London.”


First-ever international conference of Ahmadiyya missionaries, London, 1955 (

On 22-24 July 1955, the first-ever international conference of the Ahmadi missionaries was held in London, which was presided over by Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud, Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud Ahmadra.

Mentioning this conference, The Civil and Military Gazette wrote:

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The Civil and Military Gazette, 23 July 1955

“Conference of Muslim Mission of Europe and America Begins

“London, July 22 – A conference of the Muslim Mission of Europe and America to discuss ‘the propagation of Islam in the world’ begins in London today.

“A representative of the London Mosque said last night, ‘The conference will examine the progress so far achieved in their missionary work and will plan new schemes for expansive dispensation of Islam in the West.’

“Delegates from the United States, Switzerland, Holland, Germany, W. Africa, and Trinidad have already arrived.

“Mr Mohammed Zafrullah Khan, Judge of the International Court of Justice, will attend by special invitation and the Head of the Ahmadiya Movement, Mirza Mahmud Ahmad is expected to address the conference which will last for three days. – Reuters.” (The Civil and Military Gazette, 23 July 1955, p. 6)

Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra expressed his intention to hold such a conference while he was in Zurich in June 1955. Thus, an agenda of the conference along with a questionnaire was sent to the missionaries serving in Europe, America, and Nigeria, and they were advised to consult with the other missionaries and members and then prepare a scheme before coming to the conference. (Al Fazl, 14 October 1955, p. 3)

On 21 July 1955, Huzoorra sent a telegram in which he conveyed a special English message to the members of the Jamaat. Al Fazl published its Urdu translation on 24 July 1955. In this message, Huzoorra stated that since the era of the Holy Prophet’ssa Companionsra, this would be the first occasion of its kind that a great conference would be held in London to ponder over the proposals for the propagation of Islam to all corners of the world. The conference would comprise the Ahmadi missionaries who are serving in the major countries of America, the West Indies, Africa, and Europe. Sir Zafrulla Khan Sahibra will also attend the event on 22 July. In the end, Huzoorra called the attention of all Ahmadis to pray for the success and fruitful results of this blessed event. (Al Fazl, 24 July 1955, p. 1)

The conference took place at the mission house at 63 Melrose Road, London. The proceedings continued for three days and included group consultations under sub-committees. The conference consisted of five sessions, which were all graced with the presence of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra. A steering committee was formed to run the proceedings of the Conference, including Sahibzada Mirza Mubarak Ahmad Sahib, Khalil Ahmad Nasir Sahib, Naseem Saifi Sahib, and Sheikh Nasir Ahmad Sahib. (Al Fazl, 6 August 1955, p. 3)

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Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra at 63 Melrose Road, London, 1955

During this conference, the Ahmadi missionaries had the blessed opportunity to get valuable guidance from Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra, which played a great role in their tabligh efforts in the times to come.

Upon the conclusion of this Conference, Al Fazl published detailed reports in its 26 and 27 July 1955 issues.

During various sessions of the Conference, reports from Ahmadiyya missions around the world were discussed. The topics that were extensively discussed during the Conference included various proposals to speed up efforts to propagate Islam in Europe, Africa, and America. Various schemes were suggested to expand the publication of Islamic literature throughout the world, to build mosques and missions in new places, and to expand the already existing missions. All the missionaries once again affirmed their pledge to devote their lives to the propagation of Islam the world over, in accordance with the desires and expectations of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra. (Al Fazl, 14 October 1955, p. 3)

Zarreen Hidayaat Bara’ey Muballighin

As stated by Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra in his special message to the Jamaat, this was a very significant chapter in the history of Islam. However, one ought to remember that even before this conference, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra granted valuable guidance to the missionaries on many occasions, and this practice continued in the following years as well.

During his address at the Jamia Ahmadiyya UK’s convocation in 2023, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa said that the guidance and advice to the missionaries granted by Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra on various occasions has been compiled in book form under the title of “Zarreen Hidayaat Bara’ey Muballighin” and emphasised that all missionaries should obtain a copy of this book and study it. (“Essential traits of a successful missionary: Huzoor addresses graduates at Jamia Ahmadiyya UK convocation 2023”, Al Hakam, 19 May 2023, Issue 270, p. 2)

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa said:

“During his lengthy tenure as Khalifatul Masih, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra not only assured the spiritual advancement of the Community, but also consolidated its administrative system while propagating the Faith. He also provided excellent guidance to the murabbian [missionaries] and consolidated and organised their system too. He also gave advice at various times to the students and to the murabbian of Jamia Ahmadiyya. This advice, if followed by murabbian and muballighin, could serve as a catalyst for revolution. His advice was not only for the old murabbian but also for those Companionsra who had seen the era of the Promised Messiahas. When they were sent as murabbian and muballighin, he generally gave advice to them.

“This advice and guidance from Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra has also been published in book form under the title ‘Zarreen Hidayaat Bara’ey Muballighin…’ [Golden Advice for Missionaries…]. Every murabbi and muballigh should indeed have this book at their disposal. They should study it and make notes for themselves. Then, as they continue to look at these notes, extract summaries and create points from them to keep at hand, and continue to view them, their attention will remain on improving their conditions, and it will serve as a reminder. Therefore, make sure that you consult it.” (“Zarreen Hidayaat (Bara’ey Muballighin wa Tulaba)”,

Khulafa-e-Ahmadiyyat have continued to provide a pathway to the Ahmadi missionaries serving in various countries, who have played a great role in propagating the message of Islam to all corners of the world.


Another point that is worth mentioning here is that since the migration of Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya to the United Kingdom, the Jalsa Salana UK has become the markazi (central) Jalsa. After the conclusion of  Jalsa Salana UK, the Ahmadi missionaries and life devotees who are in attendance from various countries of the world are usually blessed with the opportunity to have a collective meeting with Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa. During the meeting, missionaries present their reports to Huzooraa about the tabligh efforts in their respective countries, and more importantly, they get valuable guidance from Huzoor-e-Anwaraa in order to improve their work.

Al-Fazl, 19th Aug 1961, see page–2, also published in Truth Triumphs by Mumtaz Ahmad Faruqi, Lahori-Ahmadi, see page–38

Diagnosis by Mirza Munawar Ahmad (son of Mahmud Ahmad).

“””Nervous prostrations like the loss of memory, and emotional outbursts (like at the mention of holy names, places and events), are more or less prevalent. Some days the symptoms dwindle, but again they intensify : and so the trouble goes on. Because of remaining in prostrate position, there is tension followed by numbness in the leg muscles. All the possible efforts to make his holiness walk a litter, have failed all along…..”

A brilliant sign of ‘the devotees of Syria’: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’s 1955 visit to Damascus

Last Updated on 17th February 2023

Ataul Fatir Tahir and Tahmeed Ahmad, UK

يدْعُونَ‭ ‬لَكَ‭ ‬اَبْدَالُ‭ ‬الشَّامِ‭ ‬وَعِبَادُ‭ ‬اللّٰهِ‭ ‬مِنَ‭ ‬العَرَبِ‭ ‬

“The abdal [devotees] of Syria and the servants of Allah from among the Arabs are supplicating on your behalf.”  – A revelation to the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi (Tadhkirah [English], p. 160)

In 1924, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra went on his famous journey to Europe and visited Arab countries along the way. Huzoorra visited Egypt, Palestine, and Syria (including modern-day Lebanon) and preached the message of Ahmadiyyat.

While in Damascus, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra and his entourage initially faced great opposition, and there were no Syrian Ahmadis at the time. A famous Muslim scholar, Sheikh Abdul Qadir al-Maghrabi, even challenged Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra and said that he should not expect any Arab to accept Ahmadi beliefs as “we are of Arab lineage and Arabic is our mother tongue. And an Indian, no matter how great a scholar he may be, can never have the ability to understand the Quran and the Hadith more than us.” In response,  Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra negated Sheikh Abdul Qadir’s views and, while smiling, said:

“We are to send preachers to every corner of the earth; however, now after returning to India, my first task will be to send [Ahmadi Muslim] preachers to your country and then I will witness your courage in front of those who wave the Divine flag.” (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 4, pp. 443-444)

Though, eventually, Muslim Syrians flocked to visit Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra in Damascus, even in 1924, upon returning from his trip, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra set up an Ahmadiyya mission in Damascus: Hazrat Syed Waliullah Shah Sahib and Maulana Jalaluddin Shams Sahib were sent as missionaries.

Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra visited Damascus, Syria and Beirut, Lebanon, again in 1955, when he was en route to Europe, among other reasons, also to seek medical treatment following a vicious attack on him by an opponent.

His journey to Damascus after 31 years showcased the great acceptance of Islam Ahmadiyyat amongst the Syrians and showed their sincerity and belief in Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya. Huzoor’sra visit proved Sheikh Qadir al-Maghrabi’s words to be incorrect and decades later we now witness how Islam Ahmadiyyat has spread amongst Arabs all across the world.

The account of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’sra journey to Damascus and Beirut was covered by Al Fazl from March 1955 onwards. Jamaat members back in Pakistan and India were kept up to date on Huzoor’sra tour in this way and almost 70 years later, we are able to find detailed information on Huzoor’sra travel from these issues of Al Fazl. A compilation of these references can also be found in Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Silsila-e-Ahmadiyya and Masaleh al-‘Arab, available on, which have all been consulted for this article.

(We have previously published some details of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’sra 1924 visit of Damascus under “‘This is the son of the Mahdi’: When the Messiah’s son arrived in Damascus near the white minaret” –The Editor)

Visiting Europe and Syria in 1955

The reason for Huzoor’sra visit to Damascus stemmed from his planned visit to Europe for medical reasons.

On 10 March 1954, immediately after leading the Asr prayer at  the Mubarak Mosque, Rabwah, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra was stabbed in the neck by a person called Abdul Hameed – a non-Ahmadi youngster who travelled to Rabwah under the guise of converting to Ahmadiyyat.

The stab wound was more than two inches deep and three inches wide; it was an extremely narrow escape. (Silsila-e-Ahmadiyya, Vol. 2, p. 440) To seek better medical attention, the doctors in Pakistan strongly recommended Huzoorra travel to Europe for better medical care.

After praying and seeking further advice from members of the Jamaat, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra decided to follow the medical advice. On 23 March 1955, Huzoorra left Rabwah and began his journey, staying in Lahore before departing from Karachi towards Europe.

Hazrat Sir Chaudhary Zafrulla Khanra – who had finished his term as the First Foreign Minister of Pakistan in 1954 – joined this journey and suggested that Huzoorra travel to Europe via Arab countries; Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra accepted the suggestion. (Silsila-e-Ahmadiyya, Vol. 2, p. 466)  Sir Chaudhary Zafrulla Khanra flew from Europe to Pakistan to aid Huzoorra on the journey.

There was a large entourage with Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra for his journey, which had been split into three groups. A group travelled from Pakistan directly to Europe, while Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’s group travelled to England via Arab countries. (Al Fazl, 16 April 1955, p. 1)

Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra said that he was taking members of Tehrik-e-Jadid and the Sadr Anjuman because they were to stay in parts of Europe for further studies. Also with them were missionaries, along with their families, who were going to remain in various countries. On doctors’ advice, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra took his wives and children with him so that he would not stress and worry about them while he undertook this long and arduous journey towards Europe for medical attention. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 16, p. 469)

Of course, with all Khulafa, a journey always involves meeting Ahmadis and Jamaat members. Even though Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra was unwell, his decision to visit the Ahmadis in Damascus and Beirut in 1955 shows how the Khulafa worry and care for Jamaat members; they are anguished to meet them and attend to their personal, spiritual and educational needs.


An arduous flight ending in joy

On the night between 29 and 30 April 1955, Hazrat Musleh Maudra and his entourage departed for Damascus from Karachi via a KLM flight. Huzoorra was accompanied by his two wives, Maryam Siddiqa Sahiba (Umm-e Mateen), Syeda Bushra Begum (Mehr Apa), his son Sahibzada Dr Mirza Munawar Ahmad Sahib, his two daughters, Amatul Jameel Sahiba, and Amatul Mateen Sahiba. Also accompanying Huzoorra was Hazrat Sir Chaudhary Zafrulla Khanra. (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 16, pp. 502-503)

During this sojourn, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’s first stop was Damascus, where he stayed for a whole week. The weather was bitterly cold on his journey to Damascus, which added to Huzoor’sra ailment. In an attempt to keep Huzoorra comfortable, Hazrat Sir Zafrulla Khanra and Sahibzada Mirza Munawar Ahmad Sahib tended to Huzoorra all night in the plane. In a letter to Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmadra MA, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra mentioned how Sir Zafrulla Khan Sahib would try to cover him at night with a blanket to protect him from the cold and how Sir Zafrulla Khan Sahib’s own face seemed like he was ill himself. (Al Fazl, 10 May 1955, p. 1)

At the airport, scores of Arab members of the Damascus Jamaat and representatives from Pakistan’s embassy to Syria came to welcome Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra. Those present included the sadr of Syria Jamaat, Munir al-Husni Sahib. Munir al-Husni Sahib’s wider family, who were successful Ahmadi Syrian businessmen, personally hosted Huzoorra with great love, sincerity and sacrifice. Badruddin al-Husani Sahib, the younger brother of Munir al-Husani Sahib, gave his large family home to Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra and his family to stay in. The al-Husni family received special prayers and praise from Huzoorra which we will refer to further in the article.

Mushtaq Ahmad Bajwa Sahib, a missionary, set out and reached Damascus on 28 April, to assist in Huzoor’sra visit, and was also present to welcome Huzoorra at the airport.

After arrival at the airport, Badruddin al-Husani Sahib’s female family members welcomed Huzoor’sra wives and female members of the family and took them to their home shortly after arriving.

On 6 May 1955 Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra met with some Syrian and Palestinian Ahmadis and discussed the issue of Palestine while speaking in Arabic. During the meeting, Huzoorra also discussed plans for the progress of the Jamaat in the Middle East and took counsel from Jamaat members. Due to his God-given planning qualities, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra established the Jamaat as an extremely well-organised body. In Damascus, he even planned for an Ahmadi school to be built there. (Silsila-e-Ahmadiyya, Vol. 2, p. 467)

During his stay, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra visited various areas of Damascus. The reports tell us that he went to a place called Damar and sat at a café that was on the banks of a river. (Ibid.) He also went to a garden called Al-Munishia with his family, where they sat on the banks of the river. (Masalih al-‘Arab, Vol. 2, p. 3)

Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra sent a letter to Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmadra MA, who was amir muqami in Rabwah on  3 May 1955, in which he spoke about his journey. In the letter,  Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra praised the family of Munir al-Husni Sahib for their sincerity. Huzoorra also expressed how Chaudhary Zafrulla Khan Sahib had helped him in the plane to Damascus and that he was a source of ease for Huzoor: “Chaudhary Zafrulla Khan Sahib spent the whole night covering me with blankets, but this was beyond his control. At last, when I was completely worn out, I looked in the direction of Chaudhary Sahib, who was seated beside me and saw that his face was also worn out. I got uneasy and thought Chaudhary Sahib too might have gotten ill.”

Regarding the Husani family, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra wrote in the letter:

“At the airport, members of the Jamaat in Damascus had come, they all met with complete sincerity and brother Munir al-Husni also came with the members. […] For the women, the wife of  Sayyid Badrudin al-Husni Sahib – the younger brother of Munir al-Husni – was available. She took the women home and we eventually followed them. Out of his love and sincerity, Badruddin al-Husni Sahib has vacated the entire house for us, and we are in it now. The love with which this whole family is serving us is difficult to find in Pakistan. Brother Syed Badruddin al-Husni is a great businessman in Syria, but he is so intense in his service, that due to his sincerity, he is seen more as a servant and less as a noble. Because it is very cold here and there is no heating system like in Europe, I have suffered more from the cold. […] Now the programme is that, God willing, we will go to Beirut on the 7th and leave for Italy on the 8th. Chaudhary Sahib, God willing, will be with me, his company has been a source of comfort and ease. May Allah reward them well.

“Creating such love in hearts is only the work of Allah the Almighty. Man has no power, so we are thankful to Allah the Almighty that He has created for us something that other human beings are not capable of having, even though they are thousands of times more powerful than us. […]

“Peace be upon all the friends of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat, dear ones and relatives.

“Mirza Mahmood Ahmed” (Al Fazl, 10 May 1955, pp. 1-2)

The first Syrian Ahmadi marriage announced by Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra

During this visit, it was the first time Huzoorra led the nikah of a Syrian Ahmadi couple. The nikah was between Sayyida Najmia (daughter of deceased al-Hasan al-Jabi) with Sayyid Saeed al-Qabani Sahib. (Al-Fazl, 15 May 1955, p. 3)

Reports show Huzoorra would have light-hearted discussions with the Syrian Ahmadis and also speak about the religious situation of Damascus, for example, he enquired about the Bahá’í movement from Sayed Rushdi al-Bisti Sahib. During these sittings, Syrian Ahmadis would also recite portions of the Holy Quran in beautiful voices. On one occasion, Syed Nuruddin al-Husni did a melodious recitation of Surah ad-Duha.  (Al Fazl, 15 May 1955, p. 3)

The Friday sermon and the last meeting in Damascus

6 May 1955 was a Friday and since Huzoorra was leaving for Beirut on Saturday, members started visiting Huzoor’sra accommodation in the morning. The community arranged for a photographer to preserve the memory of this historic occasion.

Eventually, it was time for the  Friday prayers. Badrudin al-Husni Sahib was also blessed that Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra led the Friday sermon at his house. Huzoorra recited a short sermon in eloquent and articulate Arabic language, the meaning of which was that Allah Almighty inspired the following to the Promised Messiahas almost half a century before, when those present were not even born:

يدْعُونَ‭ ‬لَكَ‭ ‬اَبْدَالُ‭ ‬الشَّامِ‭ ‬وَعِبَادُ‭ ‬اللّٰهِ‭ ‬مِنَ‭ ‬العَرَبِ‭ ‬

(“The abdal [devotees] of Syria and the servants of Allah from among the Arabs are supplicating on your behalf.” (Tadhkirah [English], p. 160)

Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra said the existence of the Syrian Ahmadis present on that day was a sign of how this prophecy was fulfilled.

After the Friday prayer, Huzoorra remained among the Jamaat members for some more time. During this occasion, Syed Muhammad Zaki Sahib recited the Holy Quran, Syed Muhammad al-Rabbani Sahib recited an Arabic qasida of the Promised Messiahas, and then Syed Ibrahim al-Jaban Sahib recited a wonderful Arabic poem in the glory of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra, which was a mirror of his heartfelt feelings and a sign of his sincerity. Many photos were taken of this memorable event and the event ended with prayer.

When Huzoorra visited Damascus, 31 years ago, in 1924, there were no Arab Ahmadis present and the locals showed opposition. However, with Allah’s grace and Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’s great determination and planning, there was now a whole Jamaat of Syrian Ahmadis who were eager to quench their spiritual thirst by meeting Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra. They were anxious to catch a glimpse of him, to kiss his hand, to hear his words, and to pray behind him. They used to yearn to introduce themselves to him with pride and get his prayers.

During his stay there, these new Ahmadi Arabs were proud and honoured for even guarding the door of this Promised Khalifa of God. (Al Fazl, 15 May 1955, p. 3)

Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’sra prayer for Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Damascus

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra left Damascus for Beirut on 7 May 1955. Before leaving, Huzoorra  wrote the following words in the visitors’ book of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Syria with his blessed hand:

يَرْحَمُكُمُ‭ ‬اللّٰهُ‭ ‬وَيُبَارِكُ‭ ‬فِيكُمْ‭ ‬وَفِي‭ ‬كُلِّ‭ ‬أَعْمَالِكُمْ‭ ‬وَأَشْغَالِكُمْ

“May Allah have mercy on you and bless you in all your deeds and occupations.”
‘Prince of the Faithful received at Town Hall’: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud in Hamburg, Germany, 1955 (

‘Prince of the Faithful received at Town Hall’: Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud in Hamburg, Germany, 1955

Last Updated on 25th August 2023

Ata-ul-Haye Nasir, Al Hakam
Hamburger Anzeiger, 28 June 1955
Joseph Johann August Maria von Fisenne meeting with Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra | Hamburger Anzeiger, 28 June 1955

During his visit to Germany, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra attended a reception at the Hamburg Town Hall on 27 June 1955, which was organised by the local government in Hamburg.

Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra reached the town hall at 10:45 am local time and granted audience to various officials of the Hamburg government, including a Senator, Mr Joseph Johann August Maria von Fisenne. The meeting continued for around 20 minutes. Various press correspondents were present there as well.

On the same evening, the local jamaat organised a tea party in honour of Huzoorra, which was attended by various local dignitaries and press representatives as well. After an address by the local jamaat, Huzoorra delivered a speech in English for around 30 minutes.

During his speech, Huzoorra narrated the details of the newly-established Markaz of Ahmadiyyat, Rabwah, and narrated how Allah the Almighty enabled the Jamaat to establish an astonishing town on barren land, which comprised only three tents at the outset. In the beginning, there was very little drinkable water, and when the water samples were sent to Lahore for assessment, the doctors declared it to be harmful to humans. At that time, Huzoorra stated, Allah the Almighty told him through a revelation that drinkable water would surely be available there, and now, in accordance with the promise of Allah, there is enough drinkable water. Huzoorra said that it was a great sign of the existence of Allah and the truthfulness of Ahmadiyyat.

Further, Huzoorra said that the German nation held a dignified character and that they had rebuilt the city of Hamburg in a short period of time. The German nation, with its lively spirit, would rapidly accept Islam, which itself encourages the same spirit.

Huzoorra said that he is a follower of that prophet, the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa, who made great efforts to establish peace and harmony across the globe and, being triumphant, showed remarkable forgiveness towards his enemies, who had left no stone unturned in their opposition after they put the Muslims to the sword. Islam, Huzoorra continued, professes a great teaching of harmony that is not found in any other religion. Islam is above all kinds of discrimination, whether it is on the basis of nationality, colour, or race, and presents golden principles to establish worldwide harmony and brotherhood. (Al Fazl, 15 July 1955, p. 3)

Chaudhry Abdul Latif Sahib, the then missionary in Germany, presented the German translation of Huzoor’sra speech.

A local newspaper, Hamburger Anzeiger, published a detailed report of this event, along with a photo of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra:


“‘Prince of the Faithful’ received at Town Hall

“The head of the Islamic Ahmadiyya Movement, Caliph Hazrat Mirza Mahmud Ahmad (left), was received by Senator von Fisenne (right) at the Town Hall yesterday. The 66-year-old ‘Prince of the Faithful’, revered as the ‘Promised Reformer’, described at a reception in the Europäischen Hof how the current headquarters of the movement ‘Rabwah’ in Pakistan was founded in 1950 [sic, 1948]. From a village in the middle of a desert, it has developed into a large city with secondary schools and a seminary for Muslims. Islam is the religion of peace and brotherhood and therefore also the right one for Europe and for Germany, Hazrat Mirza explained. As a true international religion, it is now trying to find its way into Germany and win believers for Islam. The spirit of Islam is also alive in Germany, the Prince explained. The Ahmadiyya Movement, whose headquarters in the Federal Republic is in Hamburg, maintains missions in all countries.” (Hamburger Anzeiger, 28 June 1955, p. 4)

An old view of Rabwah
An old image of Rabwah | Image: Library

Joseph Johann August Maria von Fisenne

Joseph Johann August Maria von Fisenne (1902-1987) was a German pharmacist and politician. He initially worked as a pharmacist in Küstrin, Berlin, and Hamburg for a few years. After World War II, he joined the CDU (Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands). In the Senat Sieveking (Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg), von Fisenne served as the Senator of the Building Authority from December 1954 to December 1955 and as the Senator of the Police Authority from January to March 1956.

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