The British government allowed the Mirza family free reign in Africa. After WW-1 and WW-2, the British came to gain many territories in Africa, some taken from the French, Italians, Germans and others. Nevertheless, the British used Ahmadiyya and the Mirza family to spread their tentacles in Africa. We have covered Ahmadiyya in the Gambia and other places, sees the links at the very bottom.
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.
Ahmadiyya was introduced to Liberia during the era of the Second Caliphate, the movement today represents an estimated 10% of the country’s Muslim population, which should be 85,000 people. However, this number seems dubious and devoid of proper research. The earliest known record of an Ahmadiyya missionary in Liberia dates back to the 1950s, when Mufti Muhammad Sadiq, 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, Sadiq 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.
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.
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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