As of 2022, there are barely 10 #Ahmadi’s in all of Saudi Arabia, they are most likely there on a work contract. Ahmadis are officially banned from entering the country and from performing the pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina. This has led to criticisms from multiple human rights organizations. In 1974, Ahmadi’s were officially banned from even working in Saudi Arabia, listen to Afzal Upal interview an Ahmadi who’s father lived in Mecca in the 1960’s and up til 1974.
In 1891–1893, MGA and his team of writers fabricated a story wherein an arab named Sheikh Muhammad bin Ahmad al-Makki, a resident of Shi’b ‘Amir in the city of Mecca came in contact with MGA and even visited Qadian in 1893. By 1894, MGA and his team wrote an arabic book (Hamamatul Bushra) and sent it to Mecca for distribution. He was never heard of again. This is the same book wherein MGA called Russia and England as DAJJAL.
By 1912, the son of MGA, Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad went to Mecca for Hajj, along with grand-father, Mir Nasir Nawab. In the ROR of July-1921, it is alleged that 70 people have joined the Ahmadiyya Movement. It is also discussed how 15 Ahmadi’s have performed Hajj, including Fateh Muhammad Sayyal. They also allege that a man named Mir Muhammad Saeed (from Hyderabad) is being sent to help at Mecca. It is also alleged that another Qadiani-Ahmadi murrabi named Mumtaz Ali Khan is also being sent to help. The ROR of March-April-May-1922 reports that an Ahmadi named Shah Wali Ullah is doing good work. They also claim that 250,000 rupees are being spent on tabligh and etc.
(See also “Life of Ahmad” by Dard)
The first Arab Ahmadi from the region, according to Ahmadiyya historical records, was Sheikh Muhammad bin Ahmad al-Makki, a resident of Shi’b ‘Amir in the city of Mecca. Upon visiting India in 1891 and hearing of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and his claim, he initially wrote an invective letter to him but upon meeting with him at Ludhiana, pledged his allegiance to Ghulam Ahmad and joined the Ahmadiyya movement. He remained for some time at Qadian before returning to Mecca in 1893 and maintained correspondence with Ghulam Ahmad requesting him to send some literature so as to distribute in Mecca. In response Ghulam Ahmad authored the book Hamāmat-ul-Bushra (The Dove of Glad Tidings) in Arabic and sent it to Mecca. Other literature also seems to have been sent to Arabia. Another individual by the name of Uthman a resident of Ta’if, is registered in Ahmadiyya records as having pledged allegiance to Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, but nothing much is known of him except his name and residence.
Hamamatul Bushra is published from Sialkot and allegedly sent to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Sheikh Muhammad bin Ahmad al-Makki, a resident of Shi’b ‘Amir in the city of Mecca is not mentioned in the famous list of 313 Ahmadi’s (see Dard), nor are any residents of Saudi Arabia.
Mahmud Ahmad tells us that in 1912, Mir Nasir Nawab met Mahmud Ahmad in Mecca as they both performed Hajj(See Truth about the Split, page 157). Mahmud Ahmad claims that Mir Nasir Nawab was told by the Khalifa (noorudin) that it was OK to read prayers behind non-Ahmadi Imams whilst in Mecca, and all the Ahmadis did so. However, Mahmud Ahmad only did it since it was ordered…he wasn’t sincere…hence, he re-did all of those fake prayers(See Mahmud Ahmad, truth about the split, page 157-160).
The ROR of Jan-1914 alleges that there are Ahmadi’s in Arabia.
The ROR of June-1915 alleges that MGA’s doctrines have gained acceptance in Saudi Arabia, this was via an article by an unknown person named M. Arnold entitled, “Qadian and the Ahmadi’s”. There is another instance of this towards the last few pages.
The ROR of Oct-Nov-1917 reports that M. Muhammad Said (from Jeddah) was in Qadian for 3 years studying. They claim that his father was an “earnest” Ahmadi, Abu Bakr Yusuf. 9 years later, the 2nd Khalifa married the daughter of Seith Abu Bakr Yousaf. Her name was Azizah Begum, she was called Umm Wassim (mother of wassim).
In the ROR of July-1921, it is alleged that 70 people have joined the Ahmadiyya Movement. It is also discussed how 15 Ahmadi’s have performed Hajj, including Fateh Muhammad Sayyal. They also allege that a man named Mir Muhammad Saeed (from Hyderabad) is being sent to help at Mecca. It is also alleged that another Qadiani-Ahmadi murrabi named Mumtaz Ali Khan is also being sent to help. The ROR of Sep-1921 reports that Maulawi Fateh Muhammad Sayyal is staying at Mecca and he is enroute to Qadian.
The ROR of March-April-May-1922 reports that an Ahmadi named Shah Wali Ullah is doing good work.
The Al Fazl of 2 October 1922 reports that Ahmadiyya has spread to Arabia.
In an official document presented to the Governor General of India, the Ahmadiyya Movement and the 2nd Khalifa claim to have many local converts to Ahmadiyya (See ROR of April-1934).
The ROR of Dec-1939 alleges that there are Ahmadi’s in Mecca.
The ROR of Feb-1940 mentions MGA’s revelations about Arabia.
Many Ahmadi’s moved to Saudi Arabia for work, and in fact, one of them lived in Mecca and hosted Ahmadi’s regularly. Afzal Upal interviewed the man herein.
Dr. Mujaddid Ahmed Ijaz taught Physics at the U.P.M. in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia from 1979 until 1981.
In a 2006–2007 nationwide campaign to track down and deport Ahmadi Muslim foreign workers, the Saudi religious police arrested 56–60 Ahmadi Muslims of Indian, Pakistani and Syrian origin from major cities across the country. In late December 2006, several dozen Saudi police raided a private guest house in Jeddah in Western Saudi Arabia, and detained 49 Ahmadi Muslims, including women, children and infants. A fortnight later, in early January 2007, the police arrested 5 Ahmadis from major industrial cities of Jubail and Dammam in the Eastern Province. The police failed to arrest the leader of the movement in Dammam, because he was out of the country at the time. In February of the same year, two more Ahmadi guest workers were arrested from the capital of the country Riyadh, in central Saudi Arabia. The arrests came under the orders of Minister of Interior Prince Nayef, and targeted Ahmadis solely because of their faith. Despite calls from international human rights groups, by April 2007, 58 Ahmadi Muslims were deported to their country of origin.
In May 2012, Saudi authorities arrested two Saudi citizens because of their conversion to the Ahmadiyya movement. Saudi officials encouraged them to abandon their beliefs, and three months later, they were detained. They have not been released since then.
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