By 2020, we estimate that there are less than 1000 Ahmadi’s in Liberia. There are only two Ahmadiyya place of worship, that is Baitul Mujeeb Mosque – Monrovia, Liberia.
Baitul Mujeeb Mosque in Monrovia was originally built in 1986 but suffered fire damage in 1996 during the First Liberian Civil War. The address is 107 Lynch St, Monrovia, Liberia. It was reconstructed on July 7, 2000. (See Ahmadiyya Mosques Around the World: A Pictorial Presentation. Khilafat Centenary Edition; The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. 2008. p. 14. ISBN 978-1-882494-51-4.) The Foundation stone laid for the Tubmanburg Mosque was laid in 2007, they also seem to have an Ahmadiyya Mission House in Gohn Town, Grand Cape Mount County. An Ahmadiyya Central Library in Monrovia inaugurated in 2008.
In 2020, Maulvi Naveed Ahmad Adil is the Amir and Missionary in-charge of Liberia._____________________________________________________________________________________________Liberian Rubber during WW-2
Apart from Ceylon (present day Sri Lanka) and the Belgian Congo, Liberia possessed one of the few remaining sources of rubber for the Allies. To guarantee a steady supply of rubber from the world’s largest rubber plantation, operated at Harbel by the Firestone Company since 1926, the US government built roads throughout the country, created an international airport (known as Robertsfield Airport), and transformed the capital, Monrovia, by building a deep water port (the Freeport of Monrovia). In 1944, with its entry into the war, Liberia adopted the US dollar and became one of only four countries in Africa to join the newly formed United Nations.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________After WW-2, 1948
It seems that Liberia was a puppet state of the USA. Their history is unclear.
The earliest known record of an Ahmadiyya missionary in Liberia dates back to the 1950s, when Muhammad Siddiq, a missionary based in Sierra Leone at that time, visited Liberia in the spring of 1952. Staying in the country for a period of one month, Siddiq took the opportunity to meet the President of Liberia, William Tubman and presented an English translation of the Quran as well as other Islamic literature. However, the Ahmadiyya movement was first established four later, by Muhammad Ishaq Sufi.
As per instruction of Caliph Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad, Sufi arrived in the capital Monrovia on 6 January 1956. A year later, on 12 June 1957, Sufi met with President Tubman as well, this time in his presidential palace.
Fisher tells us that Muhammad Siddiq was working in Liberia (See Fisher).
In June 1967 Mubarak Ahmad Saqi, who was then Ameer and Missionary in Charge in Liberia wrote to me to tell me that in the immediate future the Liberian President was visiting England. He recommended that, on his arrival, the British Ahmadiyya Jamaat should welcome him. He said that the President’s relationship with the Jamaat in Liberia was both warm and cordial.
I contacted the British Foreign Office and obtained the necessary information concerning President Tubman’s visit to Britain. The Liberian President, after completing his official business spread over three days, settled in the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington where he had reserved a whole wing. I contacted his Private Secretary and asked for an appointment to see him. He returned my call the next day and told me that I could see the President, only for ten minutes, two days later. Accordingly, I got to the Hotel to meet the President. His staff, which had accompanied him from Liberia, had taken control of the management of that wing of the Hotel, which had been reserved for them. Even a lift was set apart for the exclusive use of the President, his staff and his guests.
I found the President, sitting by himself, in a beautiful, well decorated drawing room. He got up to receive me and after making the normal courteous enquiries, he expressed complete satisfaction and approval concerning the work of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission in Liberia. He said that he had issued standing instructions that Mr Mubarak Ahmad Saqi should be invited to all National functions. I thanked him and then very briefly I gave him an account of the British Mission. When ten minutes had elapsed, the Private Secretary opened the door and signaled to me to leave. I was about to get up when the President said that I couldn’t possibly leave, as I had not even had some coffee. He instructed his Private Secretary to send in some coffee. Therefore, the interview continued for forty-five minutes. We talked on various religious subjects. Although he was a Christian, he believed in the Unity of God and was a champion of religious tolerance. I invited him to visit the Fazl Mosque in London and he very kindly granted my request. He said that the exact date and time could be determined later. The following day his Private Secretary told me when the President would visit the Mosque. I requested that when the President visits the Mosque he should have a meal with us. Accepting our request the President told us that forty people would accompany him. Amongst them would be some Ministers, some Generals and some members of the staff Of Liberian TV and Radio and of course some journalists.
As part of his tour of West Africa during the early period of his reign, the third caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mirza Nasir Ahmad, visited Liberia. Invited by President Tubman, the caliph arrived at the Roberts International Airport, just outside the nation’s capital, Monrovia, for a two-day visit on April 29, 1970. Accompanied by a special representative of the president, Colonel Henri R. Gobson, and also a number of Governors, the caliph journeyed to the president’s Executive Mansion and conferred in a private audience with the president. Later, the Ahmadiyya mission invited the caliph for a dinner, at the now defunct Ducor Hotel. The following day, he returned to a dinner at the Executive Mansion tendered by the president in his honor, during which the president described him as “one of the greatest leaders in Islam”. On May 1, 1970, the caliph left the country.
- “Ahmadiyya Movement Head Arrives Here Today” (PDF). Liberian Star. April 29, 1970.
- “Big Welcome For Islamic Leader Invited Here By President Tubman” (PDF). Liberian Star. April 30, 1970.
- “Press Release” (PDF). Liberian Department of Information and Cultural Affairs. April 30, 1970.
- “Dr Tubman Demands Plan to Resolve Ideologies” (PDF). Liberian Star. May 4, 1970.
An incident from 1970 in Liberia
Khutbat e Nasir 12 June 1970
“””I asked a 12-13 year old in Libera, What’s your name ? He said “Johnson”. I said No, from now on your name is Jamil Nasir and you are a Muslim, He said “Yes Sir”. That child used to work at Aminullah Salik’s house, and he went to their house the next day and said my name isn’t Johnson anymore, but it is Jamil Nasir now and now I am a Muslim. We have won their hearts but getting them to speak it from their own mouth is now our job.”””
Baitul Mujeeb Mosque in Monrovia was originally built in 1986 but suffered fire damage in 1996 during the First Liberian Civil War. It was reconstructed on July 7, 2000.
The fourth caliph, Mirza Tahir Ahmad, visited Liberia between January 31 and February 2 1988.
Baitul Mujeeb Mosque in Monrovia suffered fire damage in 1996 during the First Liberian Civil War. The address is 107 Lynch St, Monrovia, Liberia.
Baitul Mujeeb Mosque in Monrovia was reconstructed on July 7, 2000.
The first ever Jalsa Salana was held in 2003.
An Ahmadiyya clinic was opened up in Tubmanburg, Liberia.
Links and Related Essays
Sherman, Frank. Liberia: The Land, Its People, History and Culture. Intercontinental Books, 2010
FisHer, Humphrey (1963). Ahmadiyyah: A study in Contemporary Islam on the West African Coast. Oxford University Press. p. 130.Centenary Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya. Tahrik-e-Jadid Anjuman Ahmadiyya Pakistan. 2008. p. 296.
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