Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, the Promised Messiah and Mahdi (as), stated:
“The days are fast approaching when the sun of truth will rise from the West, and Europe will be able to recognize the true God” (1).
He also emphasized:
“The time is not far. Rather, it is nigh when you will see angels in troops descend from Heaven and influence the hearts of people in Asia, Europe, and America” (2).
Today, we are indeed witnessing this very miracle that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah (as), so potently prophecised. His fifth Successor, endowed with an angelic spirit, has traveled across the world for the last 17 years to influence the hearts of people so that the people of Europe and America recognize the true God.
Even Hazrat Bashiruddin Mahmood Ahmad, Musleh Mau’ud (ra), in 1957, predicted that Islam Ahmadiyyat would spread throughout the world, especially to the West, through Khilafat. He wrote:
“Look, we are propagating Islam all the world over. But have you ever pondered how this propagation is being done? It is being done only through the blessings of Khilafat. There is a Centre at which all those who have love of Islam in their hearts, have gathered together, and under it they are making collective efforts for the victory and revival of Islam. At the surface, they appear to be a few individuals, but there has developed among them a power that can accomplish great deeds. Even as water falls from the sky in drops, and then the same drops form into streamlets, and then the same streamlets form into a flowing river, we, too, are gaining ever increasing strength and power. The reason is only that Allah has blessed us with Khilafat” (3).
These are quite grand statements. But where is the proof? Has Khilafat, especially the Khilafat of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aba), really magnetized the West toward Islam? The truth lies in the numbers, the data. So, let us study and analyze the countless tours that Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih V (aba), has embarked upon in the West for nearly two decades now.
Luckily, Maulana Owais Ahmad Naseer, a Missionary working in the Library in Jamia Ahmadiyya Rabwah Senior Section, has done the work for us. He has com- piled data of all the foreign tours outside of the UK of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih V (aba), until 2018 in an article where he writes:
“When I analyzed and reviewed the reports published in Al-Fazl of beloved Huzoor’s tours spread over 15 years, I became lost in an astonishing and fascinating view. Every report demon- strated the reflection of such a view, which is utterly impossible even to attempt to count, enumerate, or cover. It was akin to the impossibility of describing the beauty of Prophet Joseph (as) in words” (4).
He proceeds to write:
“Khalifatul Masih’s illuminating and beaming face has performed enchanting magic on the hearts of different nations, countries, populaces, colors, languages, and classes of society spread across the world. Every heart testifies that this is not actually magic, but it is the spiritual and heavenly movement of theblessings and light of Khilafat spread from horizon to horizon, which magnetizes the whole world to itself. It is as if sitting upon the throne of Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya is that King who governs the hearts of the entire world, in its true meaning.”
So, let’s get into the numbers: (Remember, the data only covers until 2018)
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih V (aba), has spent nearly three years outside of the UK on tours of Western countries. He has toured 29 countries. He has had 190,692 personal meetings with Ahmadi Muslims.. He has had 14,237 meetings with influential and educat- ed members of Western society. The data speaks for itself.
And the data proves that Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih V (aba), is on a mission to magnetize the West towards Islam. And he is succeeding.
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aba) himself, in his November 16, 2018, Friday Sermon, explains three great benefits of his tours in the following words:
“The three major benefits are that, firstly, I can meet intellectuals and influential people of such countries. This takes place by way of audiences at inauguration ceremonies, or receptions, of new mosques, etc. Second- ly, people are introduced to the real teachings of Islam and Ahmadiyyat through media coverage. The third major benefit is that personal contact and bond is estab- lished with the members of the Community. This, in turn, increases them in their faith and sincerity, and the relationship of love and brotherhood is strengthened. The personal meetings of the Khalifa with the members of the Community and then their mutual interaction with one another brings about an extraordinary change in them and instills a certain passion in them. Moreover, I can address them directly through my sermons, given the current situation of those countries.
By the Grace of God Almighty, such tours have very positive effects in terms of building a bond with our members as well as the external audience, and I can oversee the administration of the Community. Due to direct observation and information, I get to know of many things” (5).
The diaries of the Press Secretary, Abid Khan, of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih V (aba), also present innumerable quantifiable proofs that Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aba) has influenced Westerners’ hearts toward recognizing God. Only one example from Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad’s (aba) recent 2018 tour to America, and Philadelphia in particular, will suffice here. Abid Khan recounts how he met Annetta Curry, an African American Christian who listened to Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aba) deliver his address inaugurating the new Philadelphia Mosque. He writes:
“Amongst the people I met, one person I will not forget was a middle-aged African-American lady, a practicing Christian, called Annetta Curry.
‘Definitely, I came here with a very different impression of Islam and Muslims. Before I came here, I was fearful – actually very fearful. You do not know what thoughts I had in my heart! I actually believed that this Mosque was going to be built as a front for terrorist financing and as a hub of extremism and that you would plot another 9/11 at this Mosque. It’s no exaggeration to say that I thought that this Mosque will destroy the peace of this city and in fact of the United States.
I had those fears right up until the moment your Caliph started speaking. But as soon as he started to talk, he immediately put my heart at ease. He made me feel comfortable. Honestly, I cannot tell you how glad I was that I came this evening! Today, after listening to him I feel I have been educated. I have realized that every religion has some bad people but that we should not assume all Muslims or Mosques are extremist.” Wiping tears from her eyes, Annetta continued: “Even the way he looked and spoke put my heart at ease. The Caliph is so elegant, so beautiful. It is as if there is a halo around him. I feel so peaceful now. I feel so peaceful. You have no idea how peaceful I feel! I never expected to feel like this. I honestly never did. I was in awe of the Caliph. I kept looking at him and thinking he is a man of truth and a man of peace. The more he spoke, the more I relaxed and eventually every single fear I had completely disappeared.
He said that Ahmadi Muslims will be there to wipe away the tears of their neighbors. What he does not know is that when he said these words, I began to weep and had real tears in my eyes. I thought of how my fears were completely wrong and how miseducated I had been.
I promise you that I am going to tell my people everything I have seen and heard here tonight. I am going to tell them about Islam and educate them, like I have been educated. My name is Annetta Curry and I promise you that Annetta Curry is going home with a message to tell her people to embrace this Mosque, just like this Mosque has embraced me. That is my mission now and what I am going to do. I promise. I promise. This is my task and I’m not going to waste any time. Starting tomorrow, I am going to be preaching the message of the Caliph’”! (6).
What more do we need? Quantifiable proof that Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aba) has fulfilled and continues to fulfill the prophecy of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, the Promised Messiah and Mahdi (as): “You will see angels in troops descend from Heaven and influence the hearts of people in Asia, Europe, and America” (7).
This article appears in the Spring 2020 issue.
1. Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), Majmooa al-Istiharat, Ishtihar January 14, 1897, Pg. 304
2. Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), Victory of Islam, Pg 21
3. The Al-Fazl, March 28, 1957
4. Al-Fazl International, April 19, 2019
5. Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Friday Sermon, 16 November 2018. https://www.alislam.org/urdu/khutba/2018-11-16/ (Accessed February 10, 2020)
6. http://www.pressahmadiyya.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/USA-Guatemala-2018-Part-1.pdf, Pg. 66-71 (Accessed February 10, 2020)
7. Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), Victory of Islam, Pg 21
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