Per Ahmadiyya sources, there are barely 300 Ahmadi’s in Japan, and mostly Pakistani immigrants on asylum. There is only one Ahmadi mullah working in the country.
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The Japan Mosque, the largest in the country, was opened in 2015 by the caliph
The first Ahmadi Muslim missionary to be sent to Japan was Sufi Abdul Qadeer, who was sent by the second Caliph. He arrived in Japan on June 4, 1935. Qadeer was later joined by another companion, Abdul Ghafoor. However, due to the escalating war, the mission had to be abandoned, and the two missionaries had to return to their country in 1941
S.M.Koreshi (2004). Diplomats & diplomacy: story of an era, 1947-1987. p. 107.
On September 8, 1951, Zafarullah Khan, a companion of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who was also at that time Pakistan’s foreign minister and the country’s delegate to the United Nations Security Council, spoke at the Treaty of San Francisco with Japan. Citing Muhammad’s example of forgiveness and peace at the Victory of Mecca, Khan spoke in favour of a more humane treatment towards Japan, following the conclusion of the Second World War. At that time, Pakistan was the only country to hold this position.
Efforts were revived during the late 1960s and the 1970s. Mirza Mubarak Ahmad, a prominent Ahmadi Muslim and later Major Abdul Majeed, a retired soldier and a missionary of the Community was sent by the Third Caliph. During this period, missionary activity was centered in Tokyo. From 1975 to 1983, Ataul Mujeeb Rashed served as a missionary in Japan. Methods adopted by Rashed included flier distribution, such as at the Hachiko exit of the Shibuya Station, and preaching over a loudspeaker, whilst driving a car printed with religious slogans. As advised by the caliph, and recommended by Rashed, the headquarters shifted to Nagoya, when a mission house was bought in the city in 1981. In 1989, a Japanese translation of the Quran was published. The Quran was translated by Atsushi Kobayashi, a 1957 convert, who adopted the name, Muhammad Uwais Kobayashi. The first caliph to visit Japan was Mirza Tahir Ahmad, whose visit in 1989 coincided with the publication of a translation of the Quran into Japanese, published by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
The current caliph, Mirza Masroor Ahmad visited the country in 2006, 2013 and also in 2015 to inaugurate the first purpose-built Ahmadiyya mosque in Japan. The opening ceremony, which was held on November 21, 2015, was attended by local residents, religious leaders, monks, and Ahmadi Muslim representatives from over 27 countries.
Links and Related Essay’s
- Nadeem, Anees Ahmad (March 23, 2015). “The History of Muslims in Japan”. The Muslim Times. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
- S.M.Koreshi (2004). Diplomats & diplomacy: story of an era, 1947-1987. p. 107.
- Numajiri, Masayuki (March 29, 2010). “World Religion Crossing The Border : The Future of Gods in the Era of Globalization” (PDF). Otemon Gakuin University Sociology Bulletin (in Japanese). Otemon Gakuin University: 64–65.
- Penn, Michael (November 28, 2015). “Japan’s newest and largest mosque opens its doors”. Al Jazeera. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
- 聖クルアーン (PDF). Islam International Publications.
- “愛知の新モスク 犠牲者悼む 金曜礼拝” (in Japanese). November 21, 2015. Retrieved November 26, 2015.
- ““Spread Islam through love, not by force or compulsion” – Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community”. November 23, 2015. Archived from the original on November 26, 2015. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
- “Opening ceremony for large mosque is held in Aichi Prefecture”. The Japan Times. November 21, 2015. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
- Hiroko, Minesaki (September 9, 2013). “Diaspora Believers : Ahmadiyya Muslims’ Identity within Globalization”. Japanese Journal of Cultural Anthropology (in Japanese). Aichi University of Education. 78 (2): 204–224.
- “国内最大級のモスク、愛知・津島に完成” (in Japanese). TBS News. November 20, 2015. Archived from the original on November 22, 2015. Retrieved November 26, 2015.
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