Per Ahmadiyya sources, in 1875, after never praying his whole life and never stepping into any masjid, MGA’s father, Mirza Ghulam Murtaza decided to build a masjid at Qadian, most likely for his own tomb to be displayed and adorned (he is buried in the courtyard). Ahmadiyya sources allege that the piece of land on which it stands belonged at that time to the Sikhs, and he bought it at an auction at the very high bid of Rs. 700. He had made up his mind to buy it at any cost, as he wanted to make amends for the worldly pursuits in which he had spent his life. Allegedly, the piece of land that he purchased in an auction was formerly a prison, once managed by the Sikhs (Sheikh Nur Ahmad, Mukhtar-i-Aam [Attorney] in Al Hakam, 14 January 1936). Some traditions suggest that this piece of land had once been the local court of law of the Sikh rulers (Sufi Ghulam Muhammad, Register Riwayat, Vol 7). It is mentioned in the ROR of Nov-1942.

The mosque had been renovated and extended repeatedly throughout the 20th century by the Ahmadiyya administration and the capacity of the building increased from its initial capacity of 200 to 15,000 by the year 2014. The mosque is situated inside the compound of the family house of Ghulam Ahmad which now serves as the centre of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in India located close to the White Minaret and important offices of the community. In 2007-2008, and via the Ahmadi book on their global mosques, there is a picture of Masjid Aqsa before renovation, it was much different.

Ahmadiyya sources allege that an anonymous hindu named Pandit Devi Ram observed (while posted as a teacher in a local school of Qadian in 1875), it is also alleged that the father of Jala ud Din Shams led the prayers in Masjid Aqsa:

He witnessed, and reported, that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad would walk through a narrow street from his house to the Aqsa Mosque and offer his prayers. He would usually be alone, but when joined by Mirza Kamaluddin or Mir Abid Ali (two local Muslim residents of Qadian), they would offer prayers in congregation. Otherwise Mirza  would offer his prayers and return.

Pandit Devi Ram narrates that the Muslims of Qadian were generally uninterested in religious affairs and the majority would find ample time for gambling and other vain activities.

Links and Related Essay’s

Where did Mirza Ghulam Ahmad go for Juma? Did he ever attend Juma? What about congregational prayers?

The First Ahmadi Mosque

Who is Mirza Ghulam Murtaza (1791–1876)?,_Qadian


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