The Ahmadi mullah, Abdur Rahim Nayyar’s first speech in British West Africa was the now famous Shitta-Bey Mosque (see Fisher). This was just 2 days after his arrival. He did do an interview for a newspaper before that. In that interview, he claimed that Ahmadi’s only accept the British government as their Khalifa (See Fisher). This type of statement was also made during the life of MGA, in the English ROR of 1903. His first speech was entitled, “The Essence of Loyalty to the British Government and Islam”.
The Lagos newspaper that interviewed Nayyar before his first speech
See Fisher, page 98

He made 4 points in this newspaper, Fisher said it might be a fake report.

—We recognize no Khilafat outside the law of the land where we live, that is, his majesty, King George, is my temporal sovereign, and the head of the Ahmadiyya movement, in a word, its spiritual Khalifa. We do not look to the Hedjaz, Afghanistan or Turkey for our spiritual Khalif.

—The Mahdi-Messiah will not be a warrior, but comes to a spiritual kingdom, he has appeared in the Punjab

—We do away with the evil customs that have crept into Islam and ask the people to go back to the Quran

—Among the prophets are acknowledged not only Jesus, Moses and others, but all holy men

He also asked Nigerian Ahmadi’s to be dedicated to the British government.

Links and Related Essay’s

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad called the British-Government as the Khalifa of all the Muslims (1902)

Who is the Ahmadi mullah, Abdur Rahim Nayyar?

“Ahmadiyya, A Study in contemporary Islam on the West African Coast” by Humphrey J. Fisher (1963)

L.B. Agusto was a pioneer member of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Nigeria but he renounced membership when he realized that members in Southfield, London believed founder, Ghulam Ahmad was a prophet

Stefan Reichmuth. “Education and the Growth of Religious Associations among Yoruba Muslims: The Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria”, Journal of Religion in Africa, Vol. 26, Fasc. 4 (Nov., 1996). p 8.

  2. Jump up to:a b c d e Animashaun, Bashir (2012) Jibril Felix Martin (1888 – 1959) and the spread of Western education among Muslims in 20th century Lagos. Ilorin Journal of History and International Studies Vol 3 No 1 2012

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