The Ahmadiyya jamaat didn’t get access to France until the 1990’s. The French were never very friendly with the #ahmadis and saw them as a British implantation. Similarly, Ahmadi’s got access to the French colonies of Africa later on in most cases, like the 1980’s. Per Ahmadiyya sources, Ahmadi’s got access to France after WW-2 ended, most likely through pressure from the British. The 2nd Khalifa, visited France in 1924 and viewed the construction of the famous
Grande Mosquée de Paris (The Grand Mosque). The Khalifa tried to get the French government to give the mosque to him and the Ahmadiyya Movement, however, the French disagreed. You can view the Ahmadiyya twitter handle herein.
The first Ahmadiyya place or worship was opened in 2008, the Moubarak Mosque in Saint-Prix, Allier. The mayor of Saint-Prix, Jean-Pierre Enjalbert, was at first against the idea of an Ahmadiyya mosque in his town, but later changed his mind and gave his approval. He said, “What reassured us is the fact we’ve got to know them through all these years, had time to observe them, see how they act. I came to many meetings, listened to what they had to say and learned what their message was.”____________________________________________________________________________________________
How many Ahmadi’s are there in France?
There are barely 200 Ahmadi’s in the entire country.
Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, V. 11, p. 14
Two missionaries of Tahrik-e-Jadid, Malik Ata-ur-Rahman and Maulvi Ataulllah were sent to Paris in 1946 to establish a mission. They converted a hotel room into an Ahmadiyya mission. It was a humble beginning and there were many obstacles to overcome. These missionaries reported on how the French did not appreciate their arrival, frowned upon them, showed no hospitality to them and were averse to the message of Islam.
There seem to be just a few Ahmadi Mullah’s working in the country in 2021.
Ahmadiyya places of worship?
There are 4. Capacity is barely 400.
The Mubarak Mosque is located in the commune of Saint-Prix in the Val-d’Oise. It is the first Ahmadiyya mosque in the country. This mosque was inaugurated by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad on 10th October 2008. Head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Movement. The Mubarak Mosque in France was established in Saint-Prix territory thanks to the support of the mayor Jean – Pierre Enjalbert (DLR).
- Moubarak Mosque in Saint-Prix, Allier
- Baitul Ataa Mosque in Trie-Château
- Mahdi Mosque in Hurtigheim
- Baitus Salam Mission House in Paris
The ROR of Sep-1916 reports that Brother Dr. Abdullah from Rouen has been spreading the French translation of “The Teachings of Islam”.
The ROR of Aug-1917 reports that 2 brothers, Dr. Muhammad Abdullah and Mr. Haq Nawaz are trying to get Ahmadiyya literature into the French Republics.
The Dec-1920 edition of the ROR alleges that a French-countess named Lena Louvevas converted to Ahmadiyya. The ROR of July-1920 reports that Mufti Muhammad Sadiq converted a french person to Ahmadiyya during his ride from the UK to New York (this is a lie).
Interestingly, in 1924, during his visit to France, the 2nd Khalifa was invited to visit the Grande Mosquée de Paris (The Grand Mosque) that was being built by the French government in Paris. Present were prominent newspapers and Muslims who greeted the 2nd Khalifa and his entourage. At the same time, he visited an nude opera house with Zafrullah Khan.
“I prayed, ‘O Allah, may this mosque be given to us and [may we] be given the opportunity to make it a means of spreading your religion.’” (Al Fazl, 18 December 1934)
The ROR of Dec-1931 reports that there is a “Teachings of Islam” available for sale in French.
The Ahmadiyya movement got access to France. 17 May 1946: Two Ahmadi Muslim missionaries – Malik Ataur Rahman Sahib and Chaudhry Ataullah Sahib – reached Paris, #France to establish an Ahmadi mission there. They rented a room in a hotel and commenced their preaching activities.
The 4th Khalifa visits and there is a photo of him at the Baitus Salam Mission House in Paris.
(Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosques Around The World – A Pictorical Presentation. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community; Khilafat Centenary Edition. 2008. ISBN 978-1882494514).
The first ever Jalsa Salana is held.
The 5th Khalifa visits France.
The first Ahmadiyya place of worship is built. The Mubarak Mosque. The Mubarak Mosque is located in the commune of Saint-Prix in the Val-d’Oise. It is the first Ahmadiyya mosque in the country. This mosque was inaugurated by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad on 10th October 2008. Head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Movement. The Mubarak Mosque in France was established in Saint-Prix territory thanks to the support of the mayor Jean – Pierre Enjalbert (DLR).
Hafeez Ehssan Secundar is working in the country as a missionary, Ashfaq Rabbani is the Amir of the Jamaat.
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