History of Ahmadiyyat in America

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1920

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Ahmadiyyat arrived in America in 1920, when Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Sadiqra, the first missionary sent by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, landed in the United States. For the three years he was in the US, he converted hundreds of Americans to Ahmadiyyat Islam and established the community’s first mosque in Chicago.

1946

Over twenty years after Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Sadiqra arrived in the US, the community was going strong. To the left, a picture of the Chicago chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in 1946.

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1950

Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Sadiqra wasn’t the only missionary sent to America. By the 1950s, several more were to follow in his footsteps, helping to establish the fledgling community.

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1970

The 1970s brought a historic milestone to the American Ahmadiyya community: a visit by the third Khalifah (Caliph) and worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmadrh, the first visit of this kind.

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1976

The third Khalifah visited the United States twice: once in 1976 and the second time in 1980. During these trips he visited across the country, going to San Francisco, Dayton, and New York, among other places.

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On his trips, the third Khalifah gave dignitaries and local officials, both from the US and from other countries, the opportunity to visit him. Above, Mr Manfred Bentgon, a German official posted at the World Bank, meets with His Holiness at a reception in his honour in Washington, D.C.

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Mr MKA Agyeman, a counsellor at the Ghanaian embassy in Washington, D.C., meets with His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmadrh.

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1982

In 1982, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmadrh passed away, and Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmadrh, the fourth worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, became the community’s leader.

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1987

His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmadrh continued the occasional visits to America started by his predecessor. He came several times to the US to visit American Ahmadi Muslims, including in 1986, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1997 and 1998.

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A guest, along with the late president of the American chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, MM Ahmad, sit with His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmadrh.

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His Holiness, in addition to meeting with American Ahmadi Muslims, reached out to community leaders, at both the local and national level, to spread the message of the true and peaceful Islam.

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Retired World Bank President Barber Conable sits to the right of His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmadrh at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s annual convention in the US in 1994.

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2003

In 2003, the fourth head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community passed away, and His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba became the fifth and current worldwide head.

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2008

His Holiness has visited the United States three times, in 2008, 2012 and 2013. In 2008, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community celebrated 100 years of Khilafat, or unified leadership behind the successors of the Promised Messiahas. His Holiness’ first trip marked this momentous occasion.

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2012

In 2012, His Holiness visited Capitol Hill and delivered an address to dozens of members of Congress and dignitaries.

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In his address, entitled ‘The Path to Peace – Just Relations Between Nations’, His Holiness noted that ‘peace and justice are inseparable.’ He emphasized the duties that all nations have to act equitably, fairly and without an unfair regard for their own self-interest.

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2013

In 2013, His Holiness visited California. Here, then-Lieutenant Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, stands with His Holiness, while they hold an official proclamation from the state of California.

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Local politicians and dignitaries in Los Angeles had the opportunity to meet His Holiness in 2013

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