Intro
Watch my video on this topic herein. By 2021, we estimate barely 200 Ahmadi’s in all of Spain. In 1936, the #qadianis sent a missionary to Spain, which was unheard of in those days (See Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosques around the world, 2008). His name was Malik Mohammad Sharif (Also written as Malik Mohammad Sharid Gujrati, arrived in Madrid on March 10, 1936). Per Ahmadiyya sources, there was a civil war going on and he was re-directed to Italy. Malik Mohammad Sharif was never heard of again in the history of #ahmadiyya. 10 years later and after the end of WW-2, of which Spain was neutral, the #qadianis sent 2 missionaries, Maulana Karam ilahi Zafar and Mr. Mohammad Saqi (also spelled as Maulana Muhammad Ishaque Saqui). However, after only a few months, the mission was shut down and the murrabi’ were schedule to be re-directed. This is interesting since neither could speak any spanish. Mr. Mohammad Saqi was sent to Trinidad and Tobago, whereas Maulana Karam ilahi Zafar decided to stay (and was approved by the Khalifa to stay) on in Spain and sold perfumes at open markets for years and years. He settled in Madrid and stayed in Spain til at least 1982 (see the photo in the below with Mirza Tahir Ahmad). He doesn’t seem to have had converted any people to Ahmadiyya, since their was no Ahmadiyya mission house, nor was there any place of worship.

In 1970, Mirza Nasir Ahmad visited Spain in an unprecedented visit. It is unclear how this was arranged, it was most likely through Muhammad Zafrullah Khan and other #ahmadis who work politically. Mirza Nasir Ahmad returned in 1980 and laid the foundation stone of the Basharat Mosque in Pedro Abad, Cordoba, Spain.

Karam Ilali Zafar, then still a missionary in Spain, was sent to Granada, Andalusia, in 1982. After spending five years he was transferred to Portugal in 1987 where he spent nine years. He then returned to Granada and after serving almost 60 years, mostly in Spain, he died in 1996. He is buried in a cemetery in Pedro Abad.[6]

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The Ahmadiyya places of worship

The Basharat Mosque (Spanish: Mezquita Basharat; the name means “good news”) or Masjid Basharat is a mosque in Pedro Abad, Córdoba, Spain. The foundation stone was laid by the then head of worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mirza Nasir Ahmad on October 9, 1980. It is the first purpose-built mosque since the end of Muslim rule at the end of the 15th century. It was inaugurated on 10 September 1982 by the fourth head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mirza Tahir Ahmad. The mosque is the centre of Ahmadiyya-Movement in Spain.

The annual gathering of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Spain (Jalsa Salana) is celebrated in Pedro Abad. Address: 14630 Pedro Abad, Córdoba, Spain.
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Baitur Rehman Mosque

 

AddressC. Aigües Braves, 22, 46185 La Pobla de Vallbona, Valencia, Spain

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1936

In 1936, the #qadianis sent a missionary to Spain, which was unheard of in those days (See Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosques around the world, 2008). His name was Malik Mohammad Sharif (Also written as Malik Mohammad Sharid Gujrati, arrived in Madrid on March 10, 1936).

Per Ahmadiyya sources, there was a civil war going on and he was re-directed to Italy. Malik Mohammad Sharif was never heard of again in the history of #ahmadiyya.
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1945

A caravan of Ahmadi mullahs departed in 1945 from the headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Qadian towards Bombay harbour, via New Delhi. The group embarked on SS Batory and after three weeks landed in Liverpool where they confronted Jalal al-Din Shams, then a pioneering missionary stationed in England. The caravan spent six months in London at the Fazl Mosque.
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1946

“Forts of Muhammad”: Tahrik-e-Jadid’s foreign mosques and missions

On June 24, 1946 Karam Ilali Zafar arrived in Madrid through the French port of Hendaye.[6][7]

In 1946, after the end of WW-2, of which Spain was neutral, the #qadianis sent 2 missionaries, Maulana Karam ilahi Zafar and Mr. Mohammad Saqi. However, after only a few months, the mission was shut down and the murrabi’ were schedule to be re-directed. This is interesting since neither could speak any spanish. Zafar studied Spanish for six months before he was able to preach to the people of Spain. A noted early convert of this period was Enrique Ku Zhin, an ethnic Russian translator who adopted the name Muhammad Ahmad.

Mr. Mohammad Saqi was sent to Trinidad and Tobago, whereas Maulana Karam ilahi Zafar decided to stay (and was approved by the Khalifa to stay) on in Spain and sold perfumes at open markets for years and years. Primarily in El Rastro an open-air market in Madrid. He often used his stalls as opportunity to introduce the Islamic faith. For example, he reportedly used to chant, “Huelan esta fragancia tan agradable, sin embargo esta fragancia no durará mucho tiempo entre vosotros, pero yo conozco un aroma que es permanente y eterno. Si lo desean, pueden tomar mi tarjeta y contactarme“, meaning that the pleasant fragrance that he is selling does not last long, but there is a scent that is permanent and eternal, i.e. Islamic teachings.[7]

In one speech, Huzoorra spoke of the majestic buildings in Granada built by Muslims and the scores of libraries that were present during Muslims rule. Spain was also the gateway to Europe and thus, through tabligh in Spain, the rest of Europe would be easily accessible. To establish an Ahmadi Muslim mission in Spain was something Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra said he always wanted to do. (Al Fazl, 17 July 1946)


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1957

Mirza Tahir Ahmad visits Spain and also visits Maulana Karam ilahi Zafar. He remembers how he was selling home made perfumes in open markets (See Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosques around the world, 2008).
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1969

In 1969, Zafar wrote a letter to Francisco Franco, the dictator of Spain, introducing Islam and the claims of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. The letter discussed eight points with reference to the prevailing Catholic beliefs. This includes the Islamic teaching on the Unity of God, the status of Muhammad as a prophet, and a number of basic Quranic injunctions. The letter also discussed the Ahmadi belief concerning the survival of Jesus from the Cross and his eventual journey towards India, and also the claims of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as the spiritual return of Christ.[8] On December 24, 1969, Felipe Polo Martínez Valdés, the secretary to Franco returned his gratitude for the letter.[8]

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1970

In 1970, Mirza Nasir Ahmad visited Spain in an unprecedented visit (Bashir Ahmad Rafiq was also part of the entourage). It is unclear how this was arranged, it was most likely through Muhammad Zafrullah Khan and other #ahmadis who work politically (See Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosques around the world, 2008). Maulana Karam ilahi Zafar was also living there and most likely received his Khalifa and made sure his trip was handled smoothly (See the testimony of B.A. Rafiq, via his blog).
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1977

After more than 30 years, the Community had not grown significantly. By the 1970s, there were an estimated 30 Spaniards who had converted to the faith. “La misión Ahmadia del Islam, sin una sola mezquita” (in Spanish). El País. February 11, 1977. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
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1980

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Maulana Karam ilahi Zafar was tasked with finding a suitable location for the construction of a mosque and on October 9, 1980 the foundation stone for the Basharat Mosque in Pedro Abad was laid by Khalifatul-Masih IIIrh (See Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosques around the world, 2008).

This is also where the famous “Love For All, Hatred For None” slogan was invented, as the Khalifa kissed up to the Spanish government.
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1982

The historic inauguration of the mosque took place on Friday, September 10, 1982 under the auspices of Khalifatul-Masih IVrh, marking the opening of the first purpose-built mosque in Spain since the end of the 15th century. (See Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosques around the world, 2008). Dr. Abdus Salam and Muhammad Zafrullah Khan are also there and help give validity to the Ahmadiyya community in this event.

Built at a cost of 30 million pesetas, the mosque is the first purpose built mosque since the expulsion of Muslims from Spain. Karam Ilali Zafar, then still a missionary in Spain, was sent to Granada, Andalusia, in 1982. After spending five years he was transferred to Portugal in 1987 where he spent nine years. He then returned to Granada and after serving almost 60 years, mostly in Spain, he died in 1996. He is buried in a cemetery in Pedro Abad.

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Karam Ilahi Zafar sahib, Missionary Spain.
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1983-1984Amatul Matin, or spelled as Amatul Mateen, (daughter of the 2nd Khalifa) was born on 21 December 1936 in Qadian at Darul Masih.  She married Mir Mahmood Ahmad Nasir Sahib, who was her first cousin. Mir Mahmood Ahmad Nasir Sahib is a Waqfe Zindagi and has served as missionary in Spain and USA. She also had the opportunity to stay there (spain) and fulfil her obligations as wife of a missionary. When Masjid Basharat was constructed in Spain the family was there and worked extremely hard for the inauguration ceremony. MIrza Tahir Ahmad related that during those days if the family had the chance to retire at 3 am they would be happy to get some sleep. She leaves behind four sons and a daughter. Her two sons are Waqfe Zindagi. Dr. Ghulam Ahmad Farrukh Sahib who did PhD in Computer Science from USA but is now working in the offices of Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya, Rabwah and the other Waqfe Zindagi left his employment in USA and came to London and works with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih, Muhammad Ahmad Sahib. She has one daughter who lives in Holland. One son is a doctor in Dubai and another is in USA.
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1985The Khalifa, Mirza Tahir Ahmad visits again. (See Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosques around the world, 2008).
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1990The Khalifa, Mirza Tahir Ahmad visits again (See Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosques around the world, 2008).
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1992

The Khalifa, Mirza Tahir Ahmad visits again (See Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosques around the world, 2008).
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1995

The Khalifa, Mirza Tahir Ahmad visits again (See Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosques around the world, 2008). A mission house is opened in Algericas. Ahmadiyya sources tell us that this is how they are able to launch Ahmadiyya in Morocco.
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1996

Karam Ilali Zafar, then still a missionary in Spain, was sent to Granada, Andalusia, in 1982. After spending five years he was transferred to Portugal in 1987 where he spent nine years. He then returned to Granada and after serving almost 60 years, mostly in Spain, he died in 1996. He is buried in a cemetery in Pedro Abad.[6]
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2003

Ahmadiyya sources tell us that missions were opened in Valencia and Barcelona.MIrza Masoor Ahmad, the 5th Khalifa visits for the first time ever. He urges the small community to raise money and build mosques.
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2005

Ahmadiyya sources tell us that there are 5 Ahmadi murrabi’s working in the country. Ahmadiyya sources claim that there are 3 mission houses, in Madrid, Barcelona and Pedro Abadand Valencia.
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2013

On March 26, 2013, the caliph arrived for another visit in order to inaugurate another mosque of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, in Valencia to which he gave the name Baitur Rahman Mosque. Built at a cost of 1.2 million euros, the mosque can support up to 750 worshippers.[4]

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2015

The Ahmadiyya jamaat claims to have 500 Ahmadi’s in 2015.

Gerardo Elorriaga (June 24, 2014). “El Islam del amor” (in Spanish). Retrieved August 4, 2015.
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Links and Related Essay’s

https://ahmadiyyafactcheckblog.com/2021/08/20/who-is-bashir-ahmad-rafiq-1931/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basharat_Mosque

The history of #Ahmadiyya in #Spain

“Love for All, Hatred for None” was invented in 1980 with the Ahmadiyya Khalifa was in Spain

https://www.alislam.org/press-release/world-muslim-leader-says-new-mosque-will-spread-peace-and-unity-in-spain/

Who is Maulana Karam ilahi Zafar?

The history of Ahmadiyya in Trinidad and Tobago

  1.  Yvonne Y. Haddad, Jane I. Smith: Mission to America. Five Islamic sectarian communities in North America. University Press of Florida, Gainesville 1993, p. 49
  2. ^ “Who are The Ahmadi?”. BBC.
  3. ^ Gerardo Elorriaga (June 24, 2014). “El Islam del amor” (in Spanish). Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  4. Jump up to:a b c d e f “Re-Emergence of Islam in Spain Through a Peaceful Message”Review of Religions108 (5). May 2013.
  5. Jump up to:a b c “El Islam del amor” (in Spanish). June 26, 2014. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  6. Jump up to:a b c d e f g h Briones, R (2010). Minorías religiosas en Andalucía (in Spanish). Barcelona: Icaria editorial. pp. 289–347.
  7. Jump up to:a b “La Comunidad Ahmadía en España” (in Spanish). Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  8. Jump up to:a b c d “La misión Ahmadia del Islam, sin una sola mezquita” (in Spanish). El País. February 11, 1977. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
  9. ^ Sebastian Cuevas (September 12, 1982). “Inaugurada la primera mezquita ahmadia en España con presencia de la jerarquía católica” (in Spanish). Retrieved August 5, 2015.

 

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