Some sources claim that the Community was formally registered in the country in 1992, during the era of the Fourth Caliphate. However, “Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosques Around The World”, claims that the Jamaat was established in 2001. Nevertheless, the history of Ahmadiyya in Ireland started when Bashir Ahmad Orchard converted to Ahmadiyya in the late 1940’s. He began working in Ireland from 1949–1952 and later 1966–1983. Bashir Ahmad Orchard was dead by 2002. Ibrahim Noonan was sent to Ireland to attempt to make progress in the early 2000’s.
There is only one Ahmadiyya mosques in the country. The majority of the members are of South Asian origin. Ireland consisted of five jamaats, with a total of 467 Ahmadis. About 40% of the Ahmadis in Ireland reside in Galway. There are an estimated 60 members who are under asylum in the country, a third of which are under asylum in Galway. Besides, Galway and Dublin, the Community has members in Cork, Limerick, and a number of smaller towns and cities across Ireland. There are two Ahmadiyya mosques in Ireland, one in Galway in the western coast, and in Lucan near the eastern coast in County Dublin. The first ever Jalsa salana was held in 2002.
Bashir Ahmad Orchard was the first ever Irish-Ahmadi. He was also the first ever Irish-Ahmadi-Imam. He seems to have been working in Ireland from 1949 to 1952 and 1966–1983. Barely anyone converted to Ahmadiyya in that era.
In the 2000’s, Ibrahim Noonan was made an imam and missionary in-charge and is working/living in Ireland for the past 20 years. Atta-ur-Rahman Khalid Sahib, a missionary who has recently been posted in Dublin (since 2019–2020).
Ahmadiyya places of worship?
Bashir Ahmad Orchard was stationed at Glasgow, Scotland by the Khalifa. His wife went with him.
Mirza Tahir Ahmad visits the country for leisure.
Bashir Ahmad Orchard returned to Glasgow, Scotland. Even though he was a paid-employee of the Mirza family, he was allowed to sell stamps and thus make money for his own welfare as well as other random expenses. His wife and kids lived in the mission house in Glasgow. Thus, Ahmadiyya INC saved money.
In the 1980s, an entrepreneur, Muhammad Hanif, held congregational prayers in his home, which became the Ahmadiyya Community’s first makeshift mosque in Ireland. The house was later donated to the Community, to be used as a mosque.
The 4th Khalifa visits via an official tour.
Ibrahim Noonan is made missionary-in-charge.
Bashir Ahmad Orchard dies. The first ever Jalsa-Salana was held.
The 5th Khalifa visits the country.
Maryam Mosque in Galway is the first purpose-build mosque in Galway, this is Ibrahim Noonan is working. The 5th Khalifa laid the foundation stone.
In July of 2019, an Ahmadiyya mosque located in Galway was vandalized. The mosque in question was the Maryam Mosque. The mosque was thought to be targeting by Sunni and Shia Muslims. Bishop Brendan Kelly of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora spoke out against the vandalism, saying “I wholeheartedly condemn the actions of the perpetrators.” Charlie Flanagan, the Irish Minister for Justice and Equality, also spoke out against the attack, saying he was “greatly disturbed” by the news of the attack.
Dr Muhammad Anwar Sahib, National Sadr (President) Ireland and 19 members in the national amila had a sitting with the Khalifa.
Dr Hamid Ahmad Khan Sahib, Sadr Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya and National Secretary Tabligh (Preaching) reported that this year, only one person in Ireland joined Ahmadiyyat, who was Irish and worked as a lecturer. Huzooraa then asked what the bai‘at target was for the year; to which Dr Hamid Ahmad Khan Sahib stated that the target was 10 bai‘ats. Hearing this, Huzooraa said:
“You have accomplished one [bai‘at] out of the 10-bai‘at target. If you had set a big target, you would probably have worked with more effort. You have set a small target, so the effort was less too.”
Dr Hamid Ahmad Khan Sahib said that they would increase the target next time.
Huzooraa then asked how they conducted and carried out tabligh. The National Secretary Tabligh, Dr Hamid Ahmad Khan Sahib answered that they usually organised leafleting and tabligh stalls. Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa then said that one-to-one meetings should also be held, and more relations should be built. Huzooraa explained that leafleting was one way and more avenues of tabligh should be explored.
Dr Hamid Ahmad Khan Sahib said that they had displayed a photo of the Promised Messiahas on buses with the message, “The Promised Messiah has come”. He said that this helped in tabligh and the message of Islam Ahmadiyyat reached thousands of people this way. Another bus campaign was planned.
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