In 2021, even official Ahmadiyya sources claim less than 50 #Ahmadis in all of Russia. There is an Ahmadiyya twitter account for Russia, see here. Factually, in 1893, in Hamamatul Bushra, MGA called the Russian Christians as Gog and Magog. By 2022, there doesn’t seem to be a single Ahmadi in all of Russia. In 2008, in “Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosques Around the World”, it is stated that there were 3 #ahmadis in Russia who seem to be working as psuedo-Murrabi’s, Mr. Khalid Ahmad and Mr. Ristam Hammad Wali in Moscow and Hafiz Saeed-ur-Rahman working in Kazan Tatarstan. They seem to be totally missing by 2021. In 1984, the owners of the Shezan company pay for the translation of the Ahmadiyya Quran into Russian. Its unclear if this was completed. However, it doesn’t seem to have attracted any Russians. After 2006, the Qadiani-Ahmadi’ seem to have invented a revelation of MGA about Ahmadi’s converting in Russia like grains of sand, this was added in the 2009 english edition of Tadhkirah and came from the Register Riwayat-e-Sahabah, which seems to be a missing book.
The history of Ahmadiyya in Russia started after WW-1. Ahmadiyya missionaries were sent to Russia illegally in 1921-1927 era. However, there seems to be a companion of MGA who claimed that MGA had a revelation that his followers were like grains of sand in Russia (see in the below). This was obviously never fulfilled, and in fact, seems to have been made by after the fact. This was also in the 1976 english edition of Tadhkirah. In 1921-1922, the 2nd Khalifa and his team of writers wrote and presented “A Present to His Royal Highness – The Prince of Wales” to British authorities. In this book, the 2nd Khalifa claimed that Ahmadiyya would spread in Bukhara (see page 97). He didn’t mention the “like grains of sand” fabrication which appeared in most likely 1965 in Tadhkirah. The 2nd Khalifa also gave revelations of MGA which indicate that the majority of Europe would convert to Ahmadiyya. He also claimed that MGA’s “doomsday-earthquake” was fulfilled via Russia’s involvement in WW-1.
I came across an interesting book just recently, it is: “A call to Islam in the USSR” by A.R. Mughal. This book is essentially an oral narrative by Maulvi Zahoor Hussain of his imprisonment in the USSR. I have read this book thoroughly and am shocked at the behavior of Ahmadiyyat and the involvement of the British in their support. This book essentially proves to the world that Ahmadiyyat always had support from the British government in almost every aspect of its operations. Another Ahmadi Murrabi was also sent, Maulvi Muhammad Amin.
Here are a few quotes from the Al-Fazl of 1923. In October of 1924 (see Bashir Ahmad, “Ahmadiyya British-Jewish connections”, page 89), while the Khalifa was in London, Maulvi Zahoor Hussain and Maulvi Muhammad Amin are sent into Russia with Abdul Majid.
Maulvi Zahoor Hussain’s grandchildren live in the USA nowdays, his grandson is a major worker of Ahmadiyya INC. @Harris_Zafar. The Khalifa, Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad mentioned this incident in 1945 via a speech that was turned into a book, “The Economic System of Islam”, see page 75), Maulvi Zahoor Hussain was in the audience. We should also remember that MGA called Russia and the British as Gog and Magog in 1893.
Ahmadiyya places of worship or mission houses
There is only one Qadiani-Ahmadi mission house, its in St. Petersburg, most likely at a rented house (See Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosques Around the World, pg. 151).
MGA’s comments on Russia?
Via Tadhkirah, [Register Riwayat-e-Sahabah, vol. 10, p. 114, Riwayat Sheikh ‘Abdul-Karim,
“”The Promised Messiah said:
I see my Jama‘at [Community] in the area of Russia like the grains of sand in numbers.””
Quote and scan
Hamamatul bushra Page 42
“Gog and Magog are the Russian and the british christians.”
al-Hakam, no. 4, vol. 7, January 31, 1903, p. 15:3
“On January 22, 1903, I saw in a vision that the sceptre of the Czar of Russia had come into my hand. It was very long and beautiful. But examining it carefully I found that it was a gun, though it had not the appearance of one. It had secret barrels and outwardly appeared to be no more than a sceptre, while it was also really a gun”.
In 2008, in “Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosques Around the World”
Zikre Habib pp 399-401 published Qadian, First Edition, December 1936
‘To Mufti Muhammad Sadiq Sahib,
Dear friend! Your letter along with Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’s picture and a sample of the magazine Review of Religions has been received. To engage in the proof of the death of Christ or in the investigation of his tomb, is a futile effort because an intelligent man can never believe that Jesus is still alive…. We need reasoned religious teaching and if Mr Mirza presents a new
reasonable proposition then I am ready to benefit from it. In the specimen number, I approved very much two articles, ‘How to get rid of the Bondage of Sin’ and ‘The Life to Come’, especially the second. The idea is very profound and very true. I am most thankful to you for sending me this and am also grateful for your letter.
Yours Sincerely, Tolstoy, from Russia. 5th June 1903.’
In the Barahin-i-Ahmadiyya Vol. 5, MGA mentions the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-1905 in a poem. MGA mentioned Russia and the how the Czar (also spelled Tsar) will be in a miserable condition.
The ROR of May-1911 mentions Tolstoy.
The ROR of Jan-1912 alleges that MGA predicted the fall of the Shah and his escape to Russia.
Count Tolstoy is mentioned in the May-1912 edition of the ROR.
The ROR of Jan-Feb-1920 reports that Zafrullah Khan was at the Martin Historical Society in Lahore and gave a speech on “Islam in Russia”. In this speech he reflected on his trip to Russia in 1913.
In the August 1914 edition of The Review of Religions, the community reprinted MGA’s prophecy. The community went on reprint the prophecy in September 1914.
The editor of the magazine remarked:
“This is a harrowing account of a future distress which is to fall humanity in the near or remote future. The description is of a complex character and its dire details are dreadful enough to cause a shudder and make one’s hair stand on end… the name of Russian Tsar attaches special interest to the predicted event… Our readers can easily interpret the wording of the Promised Messiahas in the light of the events as they occur under their very eyes and testify to the truth of the prophecy according to their own way of looking at things.”
The ROR of June-1915 also seems to discuss the prophecy. Quotes from BA-5 are given.
The ROR of January 1916 also seems to discuss the prophecy. Quotes from BA-5 are given.
The ROR of January-1916 reports that the “Truth” newspaper (out of Australia) published an essay about MGA, entitled, “Indian Messiah Ahmad” on Oct-3-1915. They seem to have compared MGA with the famous Tolstoi (Tolstoy).
ROR-English, Feb and March
Ahmadiyya editors claim that MGA predicted WW-1 in 1905 via the Barahin-i-Ahmadiyya Vol.5, however, this is a lie. In fact, this is the famous doomsday earthquake which MGA even argued was delayed since it was supposed to happen in his lifetime. The Barahin-i-Ahmadiyya Vol. 5 is quoted, MGA mentions the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-1905 in a poem. MGA mentioned Russia and the how the Czar (also spelled Tsar) will be in a miserable condition.
The ROR of Sep-1917 argues that MGA predicted the fall of the Czar and Russia.
“So what. If the Tsar has been deposed, scores of Tsars have been deposed before now. Now another Tsar will take his place as was the case in Iran where the father was replaced by his son and in Turkey, where one brother was dethroned and another made king. In this very manner, the same will happen here. Thus, this prophecy has not been fulfilled because another Tsar has been made and his condition was not pitiable.”Khutbat-e-Mahmud, 23 March 1917.
The 2nd Khalifa began making statements about setting up missionaries in Bukhara (Bokhara), Iran, Afghanistan and other Arab countries (See the 2nd Khalifa’s address on 3-17-1919, page 104)(see Ahmadiyya British-Jewish connections, page 87).
The ROR of Oct-Nov-1919 reports that a Russian Jew named Solomon Faith.
The March-1920 edition of the ROR alleges that MGA’s prophecy that the Tsar would be in a pitiable state came true.
Maulvi Muhammad Amin was sent to Russia by the Khalifa. See “Ahmadyya, British-Jewish connections” by Bashir Ahmad
Mahmud Ahmad sent Maulvi Muhammad Amin to Iran and Central Asia in 1921 (see Ahmadiyya British-Jewish connections, page 87). Also see, Fateh Muhammad Sayal, “Jamaat Ahmadiyya Ki Islami Hidmat”, 1927, Lahore, Page 30.
In 1921-1922, the 2nd Khalifa and his team of writers wrote and presented “A Present to His Royal Highness – The Prince of Wales” to British authorities. In this book, the 2nd Khalifa claimed that Ahmadiyya would spread in Bukhara (see page 97). He didn’t mention the “like grains of sand” fabrication which appeared in most likely 1965 in Tadhkirah. The 2nd Khalifa also gave revelations of MGA which indicate that the majority of Europe would convert to Ahmadiyya. He also claimed that MGA’s “doomsday-earthquake” was fulfilled via Russia’s involvement in WW-1.
In the ROR of April-1921, it is inferred that Gog and Magog are north of the caucaus mountains, north of the Caspian Sea. The ROR of November-1921 and many others show quotes from Tolstoy, written as “Count Tolstoi”. He is quotes as saying, “The ideas are very profound and very true”, however, the original reference doesn’t exist. In the June-1921 edition of the ROR, the Ahmadiyya Movement claimed to already be in Bukhara, Iran and Afghanistan and getting positive results. The ROR of Jan-1921 states that a man is at Qadian studying Ahmadiyya by the name of Muhy-ud-Din (from Bukhara) and he intends to go to Russia and preach.
The ROR of March-April-May-1922 mentions that MGA predicted the fall of the Czar and etc. However, this is a total lie, they recycled MGA’s prophecy of the doomsday earthquake.
“”A PRESENT TO HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE OF WALES”” published in February
See pages 87-88
See also, Tuhfat Shahzad Wales, Anwarul ‘Uloom, Vol. 6, p. 524
In this book, the Khalifa claims that MGA predicted the Kangra earthquake and many more.
“Tuhfat Shahzad Wales,” Anwarul ‘Uloom, Vol. 6, p. 523
“The prophecy indicated several things in respect to this portion:
Firstly, the Tsar’s government would not be shaken by internal revolutions before the beginning of this war (as the Tsar will still be in power). Secondly, that his government would not survive the war, as it had been foretold that he would be reduced to a miserable plight during the war (and thus his government will be terminated). Thirdly, that he would be dethroned before his death (as it is impossible for him to be in a pitiable state whilst still on the throne). Fourthly, that he would be the last Tsar, for the words of the prophecy were directed against Tsars as such, and not against any particular monarch. Lastly, that he would not die suddenly but would be subjected to great humiliation, disgrace and torture (as indicated by the prophesied pitiable state that he will be in).”
Tuhfat Shahzad Wales, Anwarul ‘Uloom, Vol 6, p. 522
“although the word zalzalah has been employed in this prophecy, in the Arabic language, zalzalah can denote any type of calamity.”
See “Ahmadyya, British-Jewish connections” by Bashir Ahmad
Mahmud Ahmad sent Maulvi Muhammad Amin to Iran and Central Asia in 1921 (see Ahmadiyya British-Jewish connections, page 87). Also see, Fateh Muhammad Sayal, “Jamaat Ahmadiyya Ki Islami Hidmat”, 1927, Lahore, Page 30. By 1923, Maulvi Muhammad Amin has been arrested a few times for spying on behalf of the British Govt., (see page 87). Also See Al-Fazl, Qadian, 14 Aug 1923 and Al-Fazl, Qadian, 28 Sep, 1923. See also ROR of Nov-Dec-1923.
Maulvi Muhammad Amin relates:
Al-Fazl, 28 Sep, 1923
“Although I had gone to Russia for the propagation of Ahmadiyyat yet I served the interest of the British Government also side by side my preaching because the interests of the Ahmadiyya sect and those of the British government are closely interlinked with each other and whenever I preached my beliefs I must have to serve the British government. The centre of our Ahmadiyya sect is in India, therefore, during my preaching I had to describe the religious freedom and blessings of the British rule in India”
———————————————————————————————————————————————————- Al-Fazl of 14 Aug 1923
“”””Since Muhammad Amin Khan has no passport, as soon as he reached the first Railway Station at Qabza he was held up on the charge of spying for the British. All that he possessed including clothes, books, etc., were seized. He remained there for one month after which he was imprisoned at Ishqaband Jail. From there he was removed to Tashkent via Samarkand under the guard of Muslim Russian Police where he was jailed. During his two month imprisonment, his statements were repeatedly recorded to prove him a British spy. When his statements could not serve their purpose they resorted to threats and tried to allure him. His photographs were taken so that he could easily be recognized and arrested again. At last he was taken to the Afghan border at Goshgi where he was deported to Herat (Afghanistan).
Since this mujahid had determined to propagate truth in that territory, he preferred death to his return. He, anyhow, again managed to escape from the Russian police and reached Bokhara. There he freely lived for 2 months but was, at last arrested on the charge of spying for the British. He was subjected to torture and a heart-rendering treatment was meted out to him during his imprisonment. Subsequently, under the guard of the Russian Muslim Police he was deported towards Iran.
Even after these events his thirst did not quench. He got an opportunity to escape at Kakan Railway Station from the Police custody and fled to Bokhara. All the way he travelled on foot. After one week he was arrested in Bokhara and was taken to Samarkand via Kakan. He managed to escape from police custody this time too and reached Bokhara. “”””
Maulvi Zahoor Hussain and Maulvi Muhammad Amin are sent into Russia with Abdul Majid. The 2nd Khalifa was not in British-India, he was in London. (see Bashir Ahmad, “Ahmadiyya British-Jewish connections”, page 89). Maulvi Zahoor Hussain was a young Indian-Ahmadi (see page 112) was made an imam and sent out without passing Jamia.
When the day finally came for Mahmud Ahmad to select a person…he didnt choose his younger brother, instead he chose Maulvi Zahoor Hussain who followed the orders of his “peer”. He thus began his journey as he travelled from Qadian to Afghanistan and then to Iran in 1924. He seemed to buy assistance all along the way. He consistently found people who housed him and guided him as he attempted to sneak across the Iran/USSR border. When the day finally came for him to sneak into the USSR, he followed his route as his guide had explained and prayed to his God for support in this illegal endeavor. From his own account, Maulvi Zahoor Hussain was apprehended very shortly after entering the USSR. He was immediately arrested for not having a visa. He was immediately detained and began to be questioned as to why he was in the USSR. The USSR quickly confiscated all of his personal belongings and found some rather shocking documents that led to the conclusion that Maulvi Zahoor Hussain was spying on behalf of the British government through the mask of Ahmadiyyat.
The Soviets questioned him intensely. The British were not on good terms with the USSR and they were thus questioning Maulvi Zahoor Hussain in terms of the relationship between Ahmadiyya and the British. Further, the Russians had confiscated some secret instructions from Mahmud Ahmad to this maulvi, the instructions were as such:
“When you reach Bukhara and start converting people to Ahmadiyyat, do not disclose the names of the new converts to anyone. So much so that even the Ahmadi converts were to be kept in the dark about each other’s identity. However, when you shift from one town to the next, then select one of the most efficient and truthful Ahmadis from the whole lot and apprise him of the names and other details of all the Ahmadis in the area. You should tell the chosen person to continue meeting all the Ahmadis in he town strictly on an individual basis. This instruction should be adhered to both in word and spirit at all times” (page 63).
After reading this and other papers from the bags of Maulvi Zahoor Hussain, the Russians had concluded that this Ahmadi was in fact a spy and had thus scheduled him for execution. This also led to beatings and intense questioning. The Soviets kept trying to get this Ahmadi-Mullah to confess that he was in-fact spying for the British…however, this Maulvi had been trained very well at Qadian and kept his mouth shut, he stuck with his alibi which was to state that he was simply a cleric of the Ahmadiyya who was instructed to trespass the USSR and gain converts to Ahmadiyya. However, the Soviets weren’t buying it! They knew of the Ahmadiyya and its close relationship with the British Government. They were even able to get books of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and thus questioned this Maulvi based on those books, it seems that “Jihad and the British govt” was also included in these collections.
Further, during the course of his stay in various jails in the USSR, this Maulvi reports that he had converted a few people to Ahmadism. He states that his strategy of tabligh was to hide the prophethood of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and to focus on the spirit and support of Islam that Ahmadiyya was selling as if Islam was a product. Through his process of masking Ahmadiyat, he was able to secure a few converts. It so happened that these Muslims who had unknowingly converted to Ahmadiyyat were still in the habit of praying salat behind Sunni Imams. The Ahmadi-Maulvi quickly scolded them and explained to them that Muslims were spiritually dead, and thus praying behind Sunni Imams was useless. He also explained the Ahmadiyya principle that Sunnis and Shi’ites were now Kafirs since they rejected Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. These newly converted Ahmadis must have been shocked in terms of the isolation aspect of the “A”.
Meanwhile, back in the interrogation rooms, Maulvi Zahoor Hussain kept getting transferred to different jails and questioned about his religion and the British govt., all the while he kept frequent contact with Qadian. Eventually he was transferred to some prison in Moscow and I’m sure that Mahmud Ahmad was informed of this final transfer. It should also be noted that almost 1 1/2 years had elapsed and Maulvi Zahoor Hussain hadn’t been executed or let free by the Soviets. However, the rumors in the jails began to circulate that the execution of Maulvi Zahoor Hussain was very close. Maulvi Zahoor Hussain had kept in touch with Mahmud Ahmad in Qadian and Mahmud Ahmad had been actively trying to get his agent released and thus avoid execution. It so happened that Mahmud Ahmad used his positive connections with the British Government and arranged for Maulvi Zahoor Hussain to be released through diplomatic discussions between a certain ambassador of the British and the USSR, who just so happened to be in Moscow. In the introductory pages of this book, Mirza Bashir Ahmad wrote a heart-felt letter explaining how the British came to the rescue of Ahmadiyyat and were able to get their murrabi released and thus avoid execution.
After a 2-year prison stay, Maulvi Zahoor Hussain was going to be released by the USSR and thus avoid execution for espionage. The Ahmadiyya Movement thanked the British government and Maulvi Zahoor Hussain was coming home. Maulvi Zahoor Hussain was released from prison in 1926 and traveled south from Moscow until he reached Baghdad. As part of the deal between the USSR and the British, Maulvi Zahoor Hussain would meet a high ranking British official in Baghdad and then catch a ship to Karachi. Maulvi Zahoor Hussain reached Qadian and was celebrated as hero.
“Ahmadiyyat or The True Islam”
“””He was a resident of Kadian or Kade as Qadian is popularly called. In short, when we consider all these prophecies collectively, we find that they apply to no age but to the present, and to no person but to Ahmadas. It appears clearly that the present age is the age of the advent of the promised one, whose appearance was foretold by the former Prophets, and that Ahmadas is the promised one whose advent had been eagerly awaited for centuries. When we see that before most of these signs were witnessed, the holy founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement, having received revelations from on High, foretold the appearance of many of these signs, as, for instance, the approach of the plague, the World War, universal earthquakes, the influenza epidemic, etc., etc., our faith and conviction are further strengthened, and we are compelled to believe, like every person who does not act thoughtlessly but considers and reflects and acts with justice, that God has fulfilled the hopes and expectations of all nations in the person of the holy founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement. The clouds of His mercy have sent down showers of rain, and lands which had been parched have been watered; blessed is he who collects this water in his fields, and renouncing all manner of pride and hypocrisy holds his faith above the riches and glories of this world.”””
“””This instance also pertains to Europe where, and in America, it has exercised, and is still exercising, a profound influence. I refer to his prophecy concerning the Great War and the end of the Czar. This prophecy was published piecemeal and was completed in four years from 1904 to 1908. He prophesied that God had told him that ‘a mighty earthquake was impending,’ and he explained that it did not necessarily mean that the earth would be actually shaken, but that it meant some form of calamity ‘which would cause great loss of life and destruction of buildings, and which would cause rivers of blood to flow and create great consternation among men.’ From the details of this earthquake as foretold at the time it appears that the prophecy foreshadowed a great war, for he says ‘consternation would be caused in the whole world, and travelers would be
put to great trouble.’ This clearly shows that the calamity foretold was a war, for an earthquake would not particularly affect travelers. Again, he says ‘rivers of blood would flow and the calamity would come all of a sudden.”””
Via “Invitation to Ahmadiyyat” by the 2nd Khalifa
See pages 366-386
The Khalifa explains that MGA’s doomsday earthquake prophecy was really about WW-1 and not an actual earthquake. He also mentions the fall of the Tsar and keywords like vessels. He also mentions that MGA gave a 16-year limit on this prophecy.
25 October 1926:
Maulvi Zahoor Hussain returned to Qadian after two years of imprisonment in Russia. This devout missionary traveled to the Soviet lands to spread the message of the Jamaat, but was apprehended upon his arrival on the false suspicions of espionage. He patiently faced barbaric torture and other hardships during his captivity.
April—Maulvi Muhammad Amin reaches Meshed on his way out of Soviet Russia. He was helped by the Pahlavi dynasty, which seem to be a puppet of the British. He is back in Qadian by the late summer of 1927. Mufti Muhammad Sadiq wrote the letters on behalf of his Khalifa.
Dard’s report of missionary activity is published in the ROR of Nov-1933. He claims to have given a lecture at the Dorking Rotary Club. He talked about MGA’s prophecies like Dowie, Lekh Ram, the Great European War (doomsday earthquake), the destruction of the Czar dynasty (Russia). He also mentioned how Ahmadi’s are persecuted and killed in Afghanistan, Maulvi Abdul Latif and a few others. Dard also claims that M.M. Ahmad (B.A.) had recently came to London. Russia and Bolshevism are also discussed.
The fate of Tsar is mentioned in the ROR of Nov-1934. In fact, a photo of the Tsar is posted to the ROR. The author then alleges that MGA predicted the fall of Nicholas II and his Russian Empire.
In 1937, Maulvi Muhammad Amin, the first ever Ahmadi murrabi to Soviet Russia accuses the Khalifa of gay-sex with Bashir Ahmad Misri and Fakhur ud Din Multani, he is murdered by Chaudhry Fateh Muhammad Sial (1887–1960)(See Bashir Ahmad, “Ahmadiyya Movement, British-Jewish Connections” and with the sub reference of “Tahrik-e-Arar”, page 89). This is most likely mis-spelled, it should be “Tehrik-e-Ahrar”, or some variation of that.
The 1976 english translation of Tadhkirah has the reference to Russia.
The owners of the Shezan company pay for the translation of the Ahmadiyya Quran into Russian. Its unclear if this was completed.
“all Ahmadis felt especially close to Russia and friendly towards Russia because they thought and knew and believed in fact that the future of Ahmadiyya was destined to be deeply linked to Russia” – Mirza Tahir Ahmad, 1990
The famous booklet “Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosques Around the World” is published. In it, Qadiani-Ahmadi’s claim that Leo Tolstoy wrote to Qadian and exchanged letters with Mufti Muhammad Sadiq. Psuedo-Murrabi’s, Mr. Khalid Ahmad and Mr. Ristam Hammad Wali in Moscow and Hafiz Saeed-ur-Rahman working in Kazan Tatarstan.
At the #JalsaUK, the 5th Khalifa announced that there is a russian desk of the Ahmadiyya Movement.
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