Watch my video on this here. Tanzania was part of British-East-Africa uptil 1962. Officially, the Ahmadiyya movement got access to all of British-East-Africa since 1934. Sheikh Mubarak Ahmad was a pioneering missionary to East Africa, as well as South Africa. In 1934, he landed in Mombasa, Kenya (it was British-Kenya at the time)(See Fisher). He seems to have never even traveled to the West Coast of Africa. He served as the missionary in-charge until 1962, he was recalled to Rabwah, which was not Qadian. He picked Tabora, (modern day Tanzania) for his headquarters, he started a press and school, both seem to have shut down by the 1950’s. By 2020, there seem to be less than 10 Ahmadiyya mosques in Tanzania. The Amir/missionary in-charge in Tanzania has always been a Pakistiani-Ahmadi. Even in 2020, that tradition remains, the current Amir is Tahir Mahmood Chaudhary. By 2020, there seem to be less than 10 Ahmadi places of worship in Tanzania. The Khalifa announced 3000 converts to Ahmadiyya from Tanzania in 2019-2020, which seems to be a lie. Martin reports in 1974 that there were barely 700 men and 300 men, women and children, however, by 2020, most young Ahmadi’s have left the movement.
The Ahmadiyya community even had a beef with the famous Sunni scholar, Sheikh al-Amin Mazrui (see Martin). al-Amin wrote “Upotofu wa Makadiani”– (Exposing the Qadiani – beliefs commonly called The Ahmadiyya).
How many Ahmadi’s are there in Tanzania by 2020?
Ahmadi trolls are all over the internet spreading mis-information about the census of Ahmadi’s in the world and specifically in Africa. Per a false wikipedia article on ‘Ahmadiyya by country”, they erroneously report that 15% of the Muslim population is Ahmadi. This is a total lie. They have mi-used data from a Pew research study on Islam in the world. 100 Muslims from Tanzania were asked questions about Islam, it seems that 15% of them claimed to be Ahmadi. Ahmadi’s took this data and claim that 15% of the Muslim population of Tanzania is Ahmadi. Which is a lie. By 2020, there seem to be less than 10 Ahmadi places of worship in Tanzania. The Khalifa announced 3000 converts to Ahmadiyya from Tanzania in 2019-2020, which also seems to be a lie. This number most likely comes from the number of students in their schools, however, most are non-Ahmadi.
Per the English-Review of Religions of September-1915 (see page 355) an Ahmadi was living in Kampala, Uganda by the name of Fazl Din, he was a Veterinary Assistant. This Fazl Din mentions about Eid and how many people showed up and he asked them for money to send to Qadian, then he tells us that the British government has given the Ahmadiyya Movement 4000 acres of land to use for a mosque. September-1915, pages 350-357.
Commander Dr. Abdul Latif is sent as a medical missionary to Uganda and Kenya, basically East Africa. The other one was Major Dr. M. Shah Nawaz Khan (1899–1977), he was the pioneer Ahmadi Muslim medical missionary to West Africa.
Sheikh Mubarak Ahmad arrives in the port city of Mombasa (modern day Kenya) he travels inland, all of the coastal cities seem to be heavily influenced by the Shafi Fiqh of Sunni-Islam and thus hostile towards Ahmadiyya. However, in the inland cities, there was less resistance, quite the opposite situation was happening in West Africa (See Fisher). Sheikh Mubarak Ahmad picks Tabora, which falls in modern day Tanzania for his headquarters. The first Ahmadiyya place of worship was opened in 1945 (when WW-2 ended) in Tabora. Sheikh Mubarak Ahmad is the supreme Amir in British-East-Africa and remains as such until 1962.
It should be noted that the Ahmadi’s (Indian immigrants) paid the expenses of this missionary, not the central Jamaat at Qadian, not the new Tehrik-i-Jadid program. In fact, most of the mosques in East and West Africa were either taken over by the Ahmadiyya community (in west africa mostly) or wealthy donations were given from Indian immigrants living in East Africa (see the case of the ahmadiyya mosque in Mombasa).
1935 to 1962
Sheikh Mubarak Ahmad served as Missionary-in-Charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim missions in East Africa, and established Ahmadiyya Muslim outreach centers in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. During this period, Ahmadiyya mosques were constructed in several East African cities. He translated several Islamic religious books in Swahili; his most memorable achievement being the translation of the Holy Quran and commentary in that language.
The first Ahmadiyya mosque is built in Tabora (see Martin. This mosque was built by Italian prisoners of war.
After being the only Ahmadi murrabi in all of British-East-Africa, Nur-al-Haq Anwar is sent from Qadian to help Sheikh Mubarak Ahmad.
Nur-al-Haq Anwar is sent north to modern day Uganda, which was British-East-Africa.
Sheikh Mubarak Ahmad seems to have toured Southern British-East-Africa, he tried to setup Ahmadi communities in Lindi, Masasi, Mtama and Minogoyo. By 2020, those all seem to be gone (see Martin).
In a strange move, Nur-al-Haq Anwar is sent to America to be a missionary. 8 other Pakistani Ahmadi missionaries arrive. The first ever Jalsa Salana is held.
Another Ahmadi Maulvi, Nur-ud-Din Muneer is stationed in Mombasa, British-East-Africa (modern-day Kenya).
An Ahmadiyya school was started in Tabora and later shut down (see Fisher).
Sheikh Mubarak Ahmad start an english newspaper entitled, “East African Times”. He also has a swahili newspaper which spreads Ahmadiyya. The Ahmadiyya mosque in Dar es Salaam was completed (see Martin). In March, an Ahmadiyya mosque in Kisumu, British-East-Africa (modern day Kenya) was also opened (see Martin).
In Northern Tanzania, in the city of Moshi, it seems that lots of people converted to Ahmadiyya from Sunni-Islam (see Martin).
8 native East African students are sent to Rabwah for murrabi training (See Fisher).
Nur-al-Haq Anwar returns to British-East-Africa as a missionary.
Tanzania got its independence from the British. By this time, there seem to be 2 Ahmadiyya places of worship, one in Tabora and one in Dar es Salaam.
Earl Martin writes his famous PHD thesis on Ahmadiyya in East Africa.
By 2020, there seem to be less 10 Ahmadi places of worship in Tanzania. The Khalifa announced 3000 converts to Ahmadiyya from Tanzania in 2019-2020, which seems to be a lie.
1——-Tabora, Tanzania, Masjid Al-Fazl, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Tanzania, Gongoni St, Tabora, Tanzania. This seems to be a small mosque, occupancy about 100.
3——-Mbeya, Tanzania. Masjid Nasir, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamat.
4——-Bendera St, Iringa, Tanzania. Bait-Un-Nur Mosque, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Tanzania.
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