There are less than 50 #ahmadis in Italy by 2021. In 1939, Italy banned Ahmadiyya, however, the British government quickly interceded on behalf of Ahmadiyya, the Ahmadiyya mullah, Jalal-ud-Din Shams seems to have been managing Italy from the London mosque. The Ahmadi mullah who was stuck in Italy was Malik Mohammad Sharif (Also written as Malik Mohammad Sharif Gujrati, arrived in Madrid on March 10, 1936, see ROR of Oct-1937 also). Per Ahmadiyya sources, there was a civil war going on and he was re-directed to Italy from Spain. Malik Mohammad Sharif was never heard of again in the history of #ahmadiyya. In this same era, A Qadiani-Ahmadi Maulvi named Maulvi Muhammaduddin Sahib was getting expelled from Albania. The 2nd Khalifa mentioned that he wrote to Maulvi Muhammaduddin Sahib and encouraged him to continue preaching. Through his efforts, some people even accepted Ahmadiyyat, including leaders of Muslims who were also representatives of Muslims in parliament. Subsequently, the government of Yugoslavia was alerted by the government of Albania, who then expelled Maulvi Muhammaduddin Sahib from the country. After that, he went to Italy, then Egypt, and finally returned to India. Later, when he was sent to West Africa, during his travels, the ship sank on the way there (Tarikh-e-Ahmadiyyat, Vol. 8, p. 358). Gradually, Maulvi Muhammaduddin Sahib’s preaching efforts went beyond the city limits of Belgrade, and he planned to leave the city. He requested permission from the government; however, during this time, the papers for his expulsion from Albania were received. The Yugoslavian police removed him from their borders within 24 hours and took him to Albania, where he was left at the Greek border. A ship was departing from a Greek port for Italy, and to board the ship, Maulvi Muhammaduddin Sahib sold all his clothes and some other items to buy a ticket. In this way, he reached Rome. He met up with Malik Mohammad Sharif, the Qadiani-Ahmadi working in Italy.
By 2021, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat International is the umbrella organization which controls the membership and finances of the Ahmadiyya jamaat in Italy. You can follow the Ahmadiyya in Italy twitter account here for updates.
Top members of the Ahmadiyya jamaat in Italy are Abdul Fatir Malik Sahib National President, Mohammed Akram Sahib General Secretary, Rana Naseer Sahib Sadr Majlis Ansarullah, Kashif Kamal Sahib Sadr Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya, Shoaib Ahmad Iqbal Sahib Secretary Umur-e-Kharija, Mohammad Afzal Sahib Sadr Jamaat Rome, Arsalan Afzal Sahib a Khadim from Rome and Murrabi Ataul Wasih Tariq.
Ahmadiyya place of worship?
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Italia
Ahmadiyya mullahs working in Italy?
The ROR of July-1920 reports that Mufti Muhammad Sadiq converted an italian person to Ahmadiyya on his ride from the UK to New York (this is a lie).
The Ahmadiyya movement at Qadian sent a murrabi to Spain, however, he was forced to move on to Italy. His name was Malik Mohammad Sharif (Also written as Malik Mohammad Sharif 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 from Spain. Malik Mohammad Sharif was never heard of again in the history of #ahmadiyya.
Gradually, Maulvi Muhammaduddin Sahib’s preaching efforts went beyond the city limits of Belgrade, and he planned to leave the city. He requested permission from the government; however, during this time, the papers for his expulsion from Albania were received. The Yugoslavian police removed him from their borders within 24 hours and took him to Albania, where he was left at the Greek border. A ship was departing from a Greek port for Italy, and to board the ship, Maulvi Muhammaduddin Sahib sold all his clothes and some other items to buy a ticket. In this way, he reached Rome.
At the 1936 Jalsa at Qadian (See ROR of Jan-1937), the 2nd Khalifa alleged that new missionary centers had been setup in Italy.
The ROR of Oct-1937 reports that Malik Mohammad Sharif founded the mission in Rome, Italy in 1937.
In 1939, Italy banned Ahmadiyya, however, the British government quickly interceded on behalf of Ahmadiyya, the Ahmadiyya mullah, Jalal-ud-Din Shams seems to have been managing Italy from the London mosque. Maulvi Muhammaduddin seems to have stopped thru as he was kicked out of Yugoslavia and Albania.
The ROR of Dec-1939 alleges that there are Ahmadi representatives in Rome.
Jalal-ud-Din Shams writes an essay on “Christianity and Islam”, this speech was delivered in the UK at Southwell. He alleges that there are regular missions of the Ahmadiyya Movement in the USA, Argentina, Gold Coast, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Java, Sumatra and Palestine, he alleges that before the war, there were missions in Hungary, Poland and Rome.
The ROR of March-1945 alleges that the Ahmadiyya Movement has established a mission in Italy.
The ROR of Nov-1945 alleges that there is an active Qadiani-Ahmadi mission in Italy.
The ROR of Aug-1946 reports that there is Qadiani-Ahmadi Maulvi working in Italy named Malik Mohammad Sharif, and he reported to the headquarters how a local convert to Qadianism (Sharif Dosta, a Yugoslavian parliamentarian) was executed by the Albanian government, along with his family members. Ahmadiyya sources allege that Maulvi Muhammad-uddin (worked in the Balkan States, specifically between Albania and Yugoslavia)(1936-39) had converted him to Qadianism a few years earlier. They didn’t mention how Maulvi Muhammad-uddin was dead.
Via the ROR of Nov-1946, Ahmadiyya had spread to Italy and was successfully established.
Dr. Abdus Salam moved to Italy and seems to have rented a vacation apartment and begin working on an international college of physics, he would live there off and on for the next 25 years
Activities of Italy Jamaat in 2018
15th March 2019
Last Updated on 18th March 2019
Ataul Wasih Tariq
2018 has been a significant year for the Ahmadiyya Jamaat in Italy.
The very first day began with a Peace March in the Centre City of Bologna, in which we also had the opportunity to represent the Jamaat and its peaceful message to all the participants of the march. A group of brave Khuddam and Atfal participated on this very cold day to represent the true message of Islam.
Later on 16 January, the Jamaat in Italy, was introduced at an event on religious freedom in the Italian Parliament for the first time. The members of the Jamaat delegation consisted of the Abdul Fatir Malik Sahib National President, Mohammed Akram Sahib General Secretary, Rana Naseer Sahib Sadr Majlis Ansarullah, Kashif Kamal Sahib Sadr Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya, Shoaib Ahmad Iqbal Sahib Secretary Umur-e-Kharija, Mohammad Afzal Sahib Sadr Jamaat Rome, Arsalan Afzal Sahib a Khadim from Rome and myself.
During our presentation, the picture of the Promised Messiahas was shown. As the topic of this presentation was on the history of the opposition and persecution of the Jamaat, I was told by the national general secretary, Mohamed Akram Sahib, that it was very difficult to hold his tears when the picture of Hazrat Maulvi Abdul Latif Shaheedra was shown during the presentation.
Many politicians, academics and religious leaders who participated in this event expressed their regret of having little knowledge of the Jamaat and were looking forward to getting to know more about the Jamaat in the future.
In March, a delegation of academics and journalists participated at the UK Peace Symposium. Dr Luigi di Salvia, President of Religions for Peace also had the honour to address the participants of the symposium and to sit with Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa. A world-renowned scholar on religious movement, Prof Massimo Introvigne also participated in this event as a member of the Italian delegation.
Another highlight was Jalsa Salana Italy, held from 11 May to 13 May in San Pietro in Casale in the Suburbs of Bologna. Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa graciously appointed Laiq Ahmad Atif Sahib, President and Missionary of Malta Jamaat as his special representative. We were all surprised that the number of participants had increased by around 30% this year and, by the grace of Allah, we were able to manage the unprecedented number of participants.
Among other non-Ahmadi guests was the world-renowned Catholic scholar on Islam, Prof Dr Zannini who currently holds the chair on Tafsir-ul-Quran at the Papal University of Islamic Sciences (PISAI) in Rome, Italy.
Also, Mr Louis Bono Deputy Ambassador of the United States to the Holy See (Vatican) traveled with his wife and children from Rome to participate at our Jalsa. In his address to the participants, he highlighted his pleasure to be with the Ahmadiyya Community in Italy and the concerns of the US Government on the lack religious freedom in some countries.
A delegation of academics and journalists from Italy then participated at the 2018 UK Jalsa. Among them was the religious priest and orientalist scholar, Prof Justo Lancuba who has been a close advisor to Pope Benedict and previous popes.
Another important member of the delegation was Prof Di Marzio, who is the director of a Research and Study Centre on Religious Freedom in Italy (LIREC) and who wrote a very positive and impressing article on the Jamaat, which was circulated among the academic elite in Italy.
It was also planned for the Honourable Prof Emanuela del Re, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy to participate at the Jalsa, however she had to change her plans due to other official commitments. Nonetheless, she sent her greetings to Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa and expressed her concerns on the persecution of the Ahmadiyya Community and stated, “Italy stands beside all those who are unjustly persecuted”.
On 13 October, Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Italy held its first Peace Symposium in Parma, a detailed report of which has already been published in Al Hakam, on 14 December 2018.
Aside from this, the Jamaat has held various presentations on the Italian translation of Huzoor’saa book, World Crisis and the Pathway to Peace. Among other locations, such presentations were held also in Bologna, Parma, Florence and Rome.
Of course there have been many more tarbiyat and tabligh events organised during this year and we hope and pray that Allah accepts our humble attempts to convey the message of Islam Ahmadiyyat to the Italian people.
There are less than 50 Ahmadi’s in all of Italy.
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