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. There was an Ahmadi named Mr. Amri Obaidi (aka Sheikh K. A. Amir Abedi) was became an Ahmadi missionary and with the approval of his Khalifa, the first ever native East African mayor of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In 1960, he served as a Minister of Justice and as Minister of Education and Culture, as well as led the Tanganyikan delegation to the Eighteenth Session of the United Nations General Assembly. He was a native Swahili speaker (See State Ideology and Language in Tanzania By Jan Blommaert p.56-57) and The Anglo-African Commonwealth: Political Friction and Cultural Fusion By Ali A. Mazrui p.127). He died in 1964 at the young age of 40 as a result of food poisoning (see “Tanzania: Party Transformation and Economic Development”) while he was in Egypt.
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.
The ROR of Jan-1914 alleges that there are Ahmadi’s in East Africa.
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.
The ROR of July-1916 reports that a man named Fazal Din from Compalla (Kampala) sent an encouraging report.
The Al Fazl of 2 October 1922 reports that Ahmadiyya has spread to East Africa.
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).
In an official document presented to the Governor General of India, the Ahmadiyya Movement and the 2nd Khalifa claim to have many local converts to Ahmadiyya (See ROR of April-1934).
1935 to 1960
The ROR of Dec-1940 alleges that Maulvi Mubarak Ahmad (aka Sheikh Mubarak Ahmad)(who is the missionary-in-charge) recently started a tour of Shiyanga (modern day Tanazania) to Mowannza on Lake Victoria. Maulvi Mubarak Ahmad (aka Sheikh Mubarak Ahmad) went Musowa, then to Kitsumu, and then to Karicho. He arrived in Nicaro and gave a speech at the Salvation Army center. He reached Nairobi (modern day Kenya) on Aug-16th. The ROR alleges that Nairobi is one of the active centers of the Ahmadiyya Movement. On Sep-8th, the Ahmadi’s of East Africa prayed that the British and their allies win WW-2.
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 Ahmadiyya Movement in East Africa (Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya) wrote a letter to the British Government (Secretary of State for India in London) about the Ahrar’s and the physical attack on Mirza Sharif Ahmad (See page 182/356).
Mr. Amri Obaidi seems to have been a black man who was born in Tanzania and converted to Ahmadiyya at a young age. He seems to have been born in 1924, in the early 1950’s he went to Jamia-Rabwah and allegedly qualified as a Qadiani-Ahmadi murrabi. His name is also spelled as Sheikh K. A. Amir Abedi. He was the first ever native East African mayor of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In 1960, he served as a Minister of Justice and as Minister of Education and Culture, as well as led the Tanganyikan delegation to the Eighteenth Session of the United Nations General Assembly. He was a native Swahili speaker (See State Ideology and Language in Tanzania By Jan Blommaert p.56-57) and The Anglo-African Commonwealth: Political Friction and Cultural Fusion By Ali A. Mazrui p.127).
He died in 1964 at the young age of 40 as a result of food poisoning (see “Tanzania: Party Transformation and Economic Development”) while he was in Egypt.
The ROR of March-1941 reports that Sheikh Mubarak Ahmad has reported in his letter of Jan-1941 that there was a meeting held entitled, “Founders of Religions Day” in Nairobi (modern day Kenya)and Tanga (modern day Tanzania). He seems to have gotten the Quran translated into Swahili and 2000 copies were sent out to Nairobi (modern day Kenya), Tanga (modern day Tanzania), Zanzibar (modern day Tanzania), Mombasa (modern day Kenya), Darresalam (modern day Tanzania), Khakoma (Kakuma in Kenya?) and Batora (could this Batura, Rwanda?).
The ROR of July-1941 alleges that in the city of Tabora, Tanganyka (modern day Tanzania), there is an Ahmadiyya mosque that is being built. The ROR alleges that Muslims opposed the building of this Ahmadiyya temple, and 48 men were arrested and only 5 acquitted.
The ROR of Sep-1941 reports that an Ahmadi named Mr. A. Mustafa (B.A.) gave a talk on the British radio of East Africa entitled, “Prophet Ahmad of Qadian”. In this talk, Mr. A. Mustafa gave out the Ahmadiyya belief that earthquakes and other punishments will keep descending until the world accepts MGA as a prophet. Mr. A. Mustafa also calls the 2nd Khalifa as the Promised Son and quotes MGA’s revelations on the “Musleh Maud”.
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.
2——-Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Masjid Salaam, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat. Bibi Titi Mohammed St, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This seems to be a huge place of worship and is located in the big city.
3——-Mbeya, Tanzania. Masjid Nasir, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamat.
4——-Bendera St, Iringa, Tanzania. Bait-Un-Nur Mosque, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Tanzania.
5——-AHMADIYYA KIHONDA, B129, Morogoro, Tanzania. Masjid Masroor, Jamia Ahmadiyya Tanzania.
6——–kitonga mvuti, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Kitonga.
7——-Masjid Ihsan – Tanga, Tanzania.
8——Ahmadiyya Mosque – Kihonda Morogoro Tanzania
9——Masjid Muhammad – Lindi Tanzania
10—-Baitul Hamid – Dodoma Tanzania
At the #JalsaUK, the 5th Khalifa announced 10,000 converts to Ahmadiyya.
The Ahmadiyya Movement in Tanzania opened a Jamia training center.
Links and Related Essay’s
“Ahmadiyya, A Study in contemporary Islam on the West African Coast” by Humphrey J. Fisher (1963)
“Certain Aspects Of The Ahmadiyya Movement In East Africa With Particular Reference To Its Religious Practice And The Development Of Its History And Theology In The East African Environment by Earl Richard Martin (1974)
Barely 100 American’s converted to Ahmadiyya from July 2019 to July 2020
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