We have found a book by the Ahmadiyya Movement about their history in Calcutta, this is also covered by me herein. This booklet is dated as 12-1-1979 and signed off by the Ameer of the Calcutta Qadiani’s, Md. Noor Alam Ahmadi. A grandson of MGA, Mirza Wasim Ahmad was in-charge of all the missions of the Qadiani’s from 1977 until he died in 2007. This book also lists Qadiani-Ahmadi mission houses and mosques in India and some abroad.
In 1979, in India, only 10 Ahmadiyya mosques were acknowledged and about 32 mission houses.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission Calcutta
The Ahmadiyya Anjuman at Calcutta sent a letter to the Secretary of State of India (in London) in terms of the Ahrar controversy (See 320/356).
The ROR of Jan-1941 mentions that there was an Ahmadiyya “Founders of Religions Day” held in Calcutta. The Ahmadi Maulvi Qureshi Muhammad Hanif (All India Cycle Tourist Missionary) was there. Maulvi Abu Muhammad Hassam uddin Haider is the Ameer of the Calcutta Ahmadiyya Association of Qadiani-Ahmadi’s, he is also a retired Magistrate and holds a B.A., Maulvi Daulat Ahmad Khan Khadim (B.L.) is the secretary. They signed off with the address of 61 Dharamtala Street, Calcutta.
The ROR of Feb-1941 tells the world that the Ahmadiyya Community has acquired land from the British government in Srinagar, Kashmir, British India for the purposes of building an ahmadiyya mosque, this would eventually be the famous Ahmadiyya mosque in Srinagar. The price is not given, it seems to be for free. Land in Poonch (modern day Azad Kashmir area) has also been acquired.
The ROR of Feb-1941 also reports that from 12-24-1939 to 12-25-1940, 1200 persons joined Ahmadiyya from the Hoshiarpur District of India. Mirza Nasir Ahmad is alleged to have sent 164 missionaries out to the local villages of the Hoshiarpur District.
The ROR of Feb-1941 also reports that an Ahmadi named M. Muzaffar-ud-Din Chaudhary (B.A.) is working in the Assam state of North-Eastern British India, he has made his headquarters in the Khawai sub-division.
The ROR of March-1941 reports that “All Prophets Day” is an ahmadiyya event which is used for tabligh. The Ahmadiyya Movement seems to have participated in a religious founders day of sorts with the some Hindu organizations in Calcutta. The Ahmadiyya Movement seems to have a center at Ahmadyya Darut Tabligh, 61 Dharrumtollah Street, Calcutta, this was signed off by the secretary of the Ahmadiyya Association in Calcutta. The Ahmadi Maulvi Qureshi Muhammad Hanif is also mentioned. A deputation of Ahmadi Mullah’s were sent to Lahore to activate the Qadiani-Ahmadi’s of Lahore and get them to do more tabligh and to address the non-Ahmady communities and try to get them to convert to the Ahmadiyya Movement. Lectures were given, the Bhati gate is specifically mentioned. They also spoke to the Lahori-Ahmadi, Maulvi Muhammad Ali and Maulvi Sadr ud Din.
The ROR of April-1941 reports that at the “Town-Hall” in Lahore, the Qadiani-Ahmadi’s held a meeting with other religions. Maulvi Ghulam Rasul Rajeke was there and gave a speech. Professor Aslam was there too. Chaudhry Asadullah Khan was there too. These “Prophet Day” or founders of all religions day are quoted going back to 1927, 1938, and 1939. The article then mentions Zafrullah Khan at how he gave a speech at the “Prophet Day” celebration in Delhi. This article also tells the world that the British Government gave 100,000 rupees to the Ahmadiyya Movement for holding this meeting and is willing to give it out to other organizations it seems. This article was written by Sheikh Abdul Hamid, he signed off from 13 Nicholson Road, Lahore.
The ROR of June-1941 reports that there was an Ahmadiyya conference at Bharatpur, West Bengal on May 10th, and 11th. Khan Sahib Maulvi Mubarak Ali (B.A. and B.T.)(retired Head Master, Bogra Zilla School)(Ameer of the Ahmadiyya Association, Bengal Province) was there.
It also reports that other pseudo-Ahmadi missionaries were there, Maulana Zillur Rahman, Chaudhary Muzaffar-ud-Din (also working as the general secretary), Chaudhary Mohammad Abdul Hafiz, Khondkar Hafiz Tayyabullah, Maulvi Daulat Ahmad Khan Khadim and Maulvi Mohammad Sayed.
The ROR of July-1941 reports that there was an Ahmadiyya Tabligh Day in Calcutta held on June 8th, 1941. Maulvi Zillur Rahman (Muballigh) and Maulvi Muhammad Abdul Hafiz were there. This was written by D.A.K. Khadim (Maulvi Daulat Ahmad Khan, Secretary Dawat-o-Tabligh, Ahmadiyya Association Calcutta).
The ROR of July-1941 reports that the Anjuman Tarraqi Islam has published a pocket sized pamphlet in Urdu, “The Goal Before the Muslims” and from Secunderabad, Deccan which can be had by sending mail to Seth Abdullah Allahdin at Allahdin Buildings, Oxford Street, Secunderabad, Deccan (India).
The ROR of Aug-1941 reports that on Sunday, June 15th, 1941, there was a meeting in Calcutta wherein the Ahmadi maulvi’s: Maulvi Zillur Rahman and Maulvi Muhammad Abdul Hafiz were present and handed out a book by the 2nd Khalifa, “Why I believe in Islam”. On Sunday, June 22nd, 1941, Maulvi Zillur Rahman and Maulvi Muhammad Abdul Hafiz travelled to Dakhineswar (northern Calcutta), an Ahmadi was there and working in a match factory and arranged for Ahmadi’s to do tabligh. It is alleged that on the same day, a companion of MGA (Maulvi Abdul Wahed Khan (from Meerut), he spoke about Qadian, Maulvi Abdul Karim and Syed Mahmud Shah, he also mentioned litigation about a mosque in Sialkot. This was written by the Secretary Tabligh, Calcutta Ahmadiyya Association.
The ROR of Aug-1941 also reports that the local Qadiani community of the Gurdaspur District is working under Ch. Fateh Muhammad Sial (who is the Nazir A’la), he reports that from Jan-1 to the end of June, 1000 people converted to Ahmadiyya (in the immediate neighborhood of Qadian). It is alleged that Ahmadiyya has been established in 19 villages, and there were no Ahmadi’s there prior to that.
The ROR of Sep-1941 reports that Maulvi Zillur Rahman and Maulvi Muhammad (Joint Secretary Dawat-o-Tabligh, Calcutta Ahmadiyya Association) were on tour on Sunday July 6th, 1941. They went to a place called Hajipur, and allege to have converted someone to Ahmadiyya. The next day, an event was held in Calcutta and a lecture was given by Maulvi Daulat Ahmad Khan (also called D.A.K. Khadim, Secretary Dawat-o-Tabligh, Ahmadiyya Association Calcutta).
On July 14th, 1941, Maulvi Muhammad Abdul Hafiz gave a speech, and Maulvi Zillur Rahman presided the session. Maulvi Qureshi Muhammad Hanif also gave a speech. Maulvi Zillur Rahman gave the 3rd speech, Maulvi Mubarak Ali (Ameer Bengal Province) presided. Signed off by D.A.K. Khadim, Secretary Dawat-o-Tabligh, Ahmadiyya Community, 1 Wellington Square Calcutta.
The ROR of Jan-1942 reports that the 3rd Annual Religious Founders Day was held on Dec 7th, 1941 at Wellington Square in Calcutta and by the Calcutta Ahmadiyya Anjuman. Khan Bahadur Abul Hashem Khan Choudhury (M.A., B.T.)(Retired Divisional Inspector of Schools) gave a speech. Maulana Zillur Rahman also gave a speech. Mr. Daulat Ahmad Khan Khadim (B.L)(Secretary Ahmadiyya Anjuman) also gave a speech. Signed off by D.A.K. Khadim Secretary Ahmadiyya Association, 1 Willington Square, Calcutta.
The ROR of Feb-1942 reports that Maulana Zillur Rahman gave a speech on Jan-11-1942 in terms of the second coming of Muhammad (Saw)(astagfarullah) at the Ochterloney Monument at the Calcutta Maidan. He said that the second coming of Muhammad (Saw)(astagfarullah) was to be more comprehensive and more extensive from the point of view of propagation of Islam than his first advent. He also said that if the people of Calcutta would repent and become Ahmadi, maybe the impending Japanese invasion would be avoided. On Jan-17-1942 he travelled to Dakhineswar and gave some speeches, Maulvi Muhammad was in the chair. On Jan-18, he went to New Tangra Road, which is just a few miles away and gave additional speeches. On the same day, another tabligh session was held at the foot of the Ochterloney Monument at the Calcutta Maidan, signed off by D.A.K. Khadim, Secretary Dawat-o-Tabligh, Anjuman-i-Ahmadiyya, 1 Willington Square, Calcutta, dated -Calcutta, The 21st of January, 1942.
The ROR of March-1942 alleges that Ahmadiyya tabligh is taking place in Calcutta and its suburbs. Maulana Zillur Rahman wrote some tracts in Bengali and had them distributed, he also gave some speeches. The first speech was on Earthquakes and how Non-Ahmadi’s will suffer for rejecting MGA. On Jan-31st, Maulana Zillur Rahman, Maulvi Daulat Ahmad Khan Khadim (B.L.) and Maulvi Muhammad went to Belghurria on a tabligh mission. On Feb-7th, 1942, the same three and another Maulvi Muhammad Abdul Hafiz went to Budge-Budge on another tabligh mission. Signed off by D.A.K. Khadim, Secretary Dawat-o-Tabligh, Calcutta Ahmadiyya Anjuman. 13th of February, 1942.
The ROR of Apr-1942 alleges that on Feb-15-1942 Maulana Zillur Rahman gave a speech at the Ochterloney Monument at the Calcutta Maidan. He spoke about “Post-War World-Reconstruction”. A second speech was given on Feb-22 about “Federal World State”. Maulana Zillur Rahman left to go to Brahmanbaria in East Bengal to give lectures, in his place Maulvi Daulat Ahmad Khan Khadim (B.L.) gave the 3rd speech in the series on March-1st-1942. He spoke about the “New World Order”. In the same speech he explained how Ahmadi’s believe in prophets like Krishna, Rama, Confucius, Zoroaster and Buddha. A prophet day meeting was also held wherein it was decided that Maulvi Muhammad Abdul Hafiz and Mian Dost Muhammad Shams would be representatives of the Ahmadiyya Anjuman at Calcutta at the upcoming Majlis-i-Mushawarat in Qadian on the upcoming Easter holiday. Additional work was done via tabligh, Maulana Zillur Rahman and M. Mohammad visited the local YMCA. Some Christian named Mr. Fox was there and delivering lectures on the “Second Coming of Christ”. Signed off by D.A.K. Khadim, Secretary Dawat-o-Tabligh, Anjuman-i-Ahmadiyya. March-12-1942.
The ROR of May-1942 alleges that tabligh work is ongoing in and around Calcutta, Maulana Zillur Rahman and Maulvi Mohammad (B.A.). They held yet another meeting at the Ochterloney Monument at the Calcutta Maidan on March 8th, 1942. Maulana Zillur Rahman gave a speech on MGA and even mentioned the eclipses. 2 additional meetings were held on March 15 and the 22nd. On March-18, a tabligh meeting was held at the house of Maulvi Syed Humayun Jan (B.A.) at Ice Factory Lane, Calcutta. The 15th Annual Prophet day was held on March 29th, 1942. A man named Maulvi A.M.H. Haider (B.A.)(Ameer of the Ahmadiyya Community at Calcutta was there as well as Maulana Zillur Rahman, D.A.K. Khadim was also there.
The ROR of June-1942 alleges that in Dera Dun, India, an Ahmadi by the name of Maulvi Abdul Malik (M.A.) gave some speeches. The ROR also alleges that the Ahmadi mullah in Cannanore (Malabar), India also went on tour for converts. The ROR then refers to the Al-Fazl of May 7th, 1942 in terms of Ahmadiyya tabligh activities in the Punjab, it gives a list of cities and villages that were visited. In terms of Orissa, it is alleged that the Ahmadi missionary (the bike cyclist murrabi) was on tour and visited many cities. They then allege that one hindu boy converted to ahmadiyya.
The ROR of July-1942 alleges that an announcement was made from Qadian wherein there should be a Tabligh Day in Calcutta on May 24th, 1942. Thus, Maulvi Zillur Rahman went on tour to get converts in the city of Dharamtala, they also visited Kidderpore. Another Ahmadi named Munshi Mohammad Shamsuddin visited a Sikh Gurdwara and gifted them a Gurmukhi translation of the Holy Quran. On May 31st-1942, Maulana Zillur Rahman held a public meeting.
The ROR of Jan-1943 alleges that the Ahmadiyya Movement held a “Prophet’s Day” in Calcutta. Ahmadiyya sources allege that this “Prophet’s Day” has been going on since 1939, 4 years running. In this speech, it is alleged that MGA told Ahmadi’s to believe in Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster, Rama and Confucius as prophets.
The ROR of Oct-1943 alleges that the Ahmadiyya Movement in Calcutta is doing work to prevent famine. Signed off D.A.K. Khadim, Secretary. It is also mentioned how Mir Muhammad Ishaq had written something in the Al-Fazl wherein he addressed Ahmadi’s in Calcutta.
The ROR of Dec-1943 alleges that the Ahmadiyya Movement in Calcutta held some meetings with Hindu’s, this is their tabligh activities. Signed off D.A.K. Khadim, Secretary.
The ROR of Jan-1944 reports that the 5th annual “Founders of Religions Day” was held by the Ahmadiyya Movement on Nov-7th, 1943. Maulana Zillur Rahman was also there and gave a speech. D.A.K. Khadim (Secretary Calcutta Ahmadiyya Association) also spoke. D.A.K. Khadim tells the world that Ahmadi’s are forced to believe in Rama, Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster, Confucius and others as prophets of God. Another Ahmadi, Maulvi Muhammad Salim also gave a speech. The ROR also alleges that MGA wanted Muslims to stop killing cows and proposed a strange method. Signed off by D.A.K. Khadim.
The ROR of April-1944 congratulates the 2nd Khalifa on his claim of being the Musleh Maud. On Feb-6th, they held a meeting chaired by their Ameer, Mian Dost Mohammed Shams. A resolution by a Mr. Ahmed was adopted unanimously, the leadership of the Calcutta Jamaat took turns speaking. Religious fervour was on the rise and some young Ahmadi’s went on a preaching tour. They told people that Ahmadiyya had spread around the world and etc. (total exaggerations).
The ROR of Dec-1944 reports on the activities of Ahmadi’s in Calcutta. They allege that this was the 17th annual “Prophet Day Meeting”, which goes back to 1927 and the Rangila Rasul situation. This was held on Sunday, Nov-5-1944 at the mayor of Calcutta was also there. Maulvi Abu Mohammad Husamuddin Haider (a retired Deputy Magistrate). Alhaj Maulana Mohammad Salim (formerly working in the near and middle east) also gave a speech. Ahmadi’s again argued that a Muslim is required to believe in all the prophets, which includes: Rama, Krishna, Buddha. D.A.K. Khadim was also there. The ROR also reports of “Seeratun Nabi Day” in Lucknow, a Qadiani-Ahmadi named Dr. Wahid Mirza took the chair.
The ROR of Feb-1945 reports on the activities of the Qadiani-Ahmadi’s in Calcutta. Qadiani’s were at the Gita Jayanti Conference, D.A.K. Khadim (on Nov 26, 1944) and Mr. Abdus Samad Khan Chowdhaury. D.A.K. Khadim highlighted the Ahmadi belief in Krishna, Rama, Buddha, Zoroaster and Confucius. In the middle of Dec-1944, D.A.K. Khadim attended an informal meeting (of the Indian Cultural Association), then, on Dec-25 another meeting was held (Fellowship of Faiths), D.A.K. Khadim gave additional speeches, D.A.K. Khadim and his colleagues also attended the Radical Democrats Conference. The 2nd Khalifa’s “New World Order” was distributed. D.A.K. Khadim then went to “Satsanga Asrama in the District of Pabna” and attended another conference in Jan of 1945. The 2nd Khalifa’s “New World Order” was distributed again. Majlis Khuddam Ul Ahmadiyya bought 150 copies of “New World Order” and were selling it.
The ROR of May-1945 gives a report on the activities of the Qadiani-Ahmadi’s in Calcutta. They argued that MGA was the Krishna awaited by Hindu’s, the Mahdi of Islam, the messiah of Christianity. And how MGA requires Ahmadi’s to believe in Ram, Krishna and Buddha as prophets of God. Qadiani’s did a tablighi tour of Shamnagar. The ROR of May-1945 reports that the Qadiani-Ahmadi’s in Calcutta circulated 5000 copies of a book by the 2nd Khalifa (Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad) entitled, “He is our Krishan”. This was done on March 11th, 1945. Signed off by D.A.K. Khadim.
The ROR of July-1945 gives a report on the activities of the Qadiani-Ahmadi’s in Calcutta and Peshawar. Signed off by D.A.K. Khadim.
The ROR of Nov-1945 gives a report on the activities of the Qadiani-Ahmadi’s in Calcutta and Peshawar. The Qadiani’s went to a town named Shantipore, MGA was announced as the Kalki Avatar or Krishnavatar. They also reported how the local Qadiani’s have translated “Dawatul Ameer” into Bengali. Signed off by D.A.K. Khadim on Oct-25-1945.
The ROR of Aug-1946 reports that the 19th annual “Prophet Day” was held in Calcutta on July-14-1946. Maulvi Muhammad Saleem was there. Signed off by Muhammad, Secretary, Tabligh Ahmadiyya Association, 1 Wellington Square, Calcutta. June-15-1946.
The ROR of Oct-1946 gives a report about the tabligh activities of Qadiani’s in Calcutta. Maulvi Muhammad Saleem was mentioned. Signed off by Muhammad, Secretary, Tabligh Ahmadiyya Association, 1 Wellington Square, Calcutta. June-9-1946.
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