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Bangladesh: How Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at found footing in former East Bengal


In 1912, a lawyer in Brahmanbaria sent for medicine from a pharmacy Lahore, which arrived in a package containing a brochure of the Ahmadiyya ideology

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Source/Credit: The Dhaka Tribune
By Tarek Mahmud | June 12, 2017

The Ahmadiyya ideology, a variation of the Muslim faith developed by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadian, came to Bangladesh with a parcel of medicines in 1912.

Doulat Ahmed Khan, a lawyer who lived in Brahmanbaria, ordered medicines from a reputed pharmacy in Lahore. The package of medicine contained a brochure of the Ahmadiyya ideology. When Doulan discovered the brochure, he took it to a local imam by the name of Maulana Syed Muhammad Abdul Wahed.

Abdul Wahed was swayed by the message in the brochure. He pledged allegiance to Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and began to formally spread the Ahmadiyya faith across the nation.

But Abdul Wahed was not the first person to accept the Ahmadiyya faith. It was Ahmad Kabir Noor Muhammad, a resident of Anwara, Chittagong, who was the very first Ahmadi in the region.

Kabir was attached to a post office in Burma in 1905, where he contracted several tropical diseases. He travelled to north-east India for medical treatment, and there he found adherents of the Ahmadiyya faith. Moved by the ideology, Kabir pledged allegiance to Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.

The second man to embrace Ahmadiyya faith was Rais Uddin Khan from Kishorganj. Rais joined the community in 1906. He was followed by his wife Syeda Azizatunnisa, the first woman from Bengal to become an Ahmadi, in 1907.

In 1909, Mubarak Ali, an Islamic scholar from Bogra, went to Qadian in Punjab and pledged his allegiance to Mirza Ghulam.

Ahmadi scholar Mohammad Habibullah wrote in the Pakkhik Ahmadi – a quarterly magazine of the Ahmadiyya community of Bangladesh – in 2013: “The first four Bangalis to become Ahmadis did not preach the faith. It was Maulana Abdul Wahed who began preaching.”

The Ahmadiyya movement gained momentum by 1912 by the efforts of Abdul Wahed. The Ahmadiyya Muslim community became officially established in Bengal in 1913 under the moniker of “Anjuman-e-Ahmadiyya”.

Currently, the Ahmadiyya community congregates at Bakshibazar in Dhaka. There are 109 chapters of the faith operating throughout the country.

Majlis Ansarullah is an auxiliary organisation of the Ahmadiyya community for men above 40 years of age while Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya is the association of male who are between the ages of 15 and 40. Majlish Atfalul is the sorority of Ahmadi boys who are between the ages of 7-15.

Similarly, Lajna Emaillah is the women’s auxiliary organisation of Ahmadiyya women above the age of 15 and Majlis Naseratul is the branch of Ahmadi girls between 7-15 years of age.

“Pakkhik Ahmadi,” the quarterly magazine of the community in Bangladesh has been published since 1920. A studio of the Muslim Television Ahmadiyya channel is also located in Bakshibazar.

A total 13 Ahmadi people were killed by different attacks in the country from 1963 till present.


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