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Hāfiz Mirza Nasir Ahmad
Mirza Nasir Ahmad
(Urdu: مرزا ناصر احمد‬‎) (16 November 1909 – 9 June 1982) was Khalifatul Masih
Khalifatul Masih
III (Arabic: خليفة المسيح الثالث‎, khalīfatul masīh al-Thālith), head of the Ahmadiyya
Ahmadiyya
Muslim Community. He was elected as the third successor of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
on 8 November 1965, the day after the death of his predecessor and father, Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad. Under his leadership, there was further expansion of missionary work started by his predecessor the second caliph, particularly in Africa and Europe. In 1974, he represented the Ahmadiyya
Ahmadiyya
Muslim Community in the National Assembly of Pakistan
Pakistan
in an eleven-day inquisition. Despite his efforts, the National Assembly declared Ahmadis to be non-Muslims and he led the Community through this period of increased hostility and government repression.[3] the Nusrat Jehan Scheme, a scheme dedicated to serving parts of Africa
Africa
by running numerous medical clinics and schools was one of the many outcomes of his 1970 tour of West Africa, the first visit to the continent made by an Ahmadi caliph. In 1980, Nasir Ahmad traveled to Spain, where he laid the foundation stone of the Basharat Mosque
Basharat Mosque
in Pedro Abad. The mosque was inaugurated posthumously in 1982 and was the first purpose-built mosque in Spain since the Reconquista
Reconquista
and the Fall of Granada
Fall of Granada
in 1492.[4][5] Nasir Ahmad also directed the compilation and arrangement of Ghulam Ahmad's literary output. The writings of Ghulam Ahmad, which had hitherto been published as individual books, pamphlets or articles were compiled in the twenty-three volume corpus known as Rūhānī Khazā᾽in (Spiritual Treasures). His dialogues or discourses were collected in the ten volume Malfūzāt (spoken words) and his announcements and advertisements were published in three volumes under the title of Majmu'a Ishtihārāt (Collection of Flyers or Posters).[6][7]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Caliphate

2.1 Africa 2.2 Ahmadiyya
Ahmadiyya
and the National Assembly of Pakistan 2.3 London 2.4 Compilation of Ahmadiyya
Ahmadiyya
texts 2.5 Spain

3 Marriage, children, and family 4 Death 5 Lectures and discourses 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Mirza Nasir Ahmad
Mirza Nasir Ahmad
was born in Qadian, India on 16 November 1909. His early education was both religious and secular. By the age of thirteen, with guidance from his father Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad, Nasir Ahmad had committed all 114 chapters of the Qur’an
Qur’an
to memory, making him a Hafiz. His father placed great emphasis on the acquisition of religious education. In pursuit of that goal, Nasir Ahmad was enrolled at the Madrassa Ahmadiyya, Qadian, graduated with honors in July 1929. After graduation, he went through his post-secondary education and by 1934, obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Government College, Lahore.[8] On 5 August 1934, Nasir Ahmad married Syeda Mansoora Begum, a granddaughter of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
and eldest daughter of Nawab Muhammad
Muhammad
Ali Khan of Malerkotla, India. Within a month of getting married, Nasir Ahmad left India and proceeded for postgraduate studies to England. In England, he obtained Masters of Arts degree in the Tripos
Tripos
(P.P.E.) Political Science, Philosophy
Philosophy
and Economics
Economics
from Balliol College, University of Oxford. He impressed his college professors as a very well-behaved and deep-thinking student. During a subsequent visit to England, he met one of his former professors who welcomed him to his residence. The professor told other members of the Community that he had seen signs of leadership in Nasir Ahmad and was certain that one day, he would be a leader.[9] Before returning back to India he visited Egypt for three months from July to November 1938 in order to improve his Arabic and to meet up with his brother Mirza Mubarik Ahmad to analyse the progress of the Community in Cairo. During his stay he also visited numerous sites of historical interest.[10] In November 1938, he returned to the town of his birth, Qadian, where he was appointed a professor at Jamia Ahmadiyya, the missionary theological training college of the Ahmadiyya
Ahmadiyya
Muslim Community. In 1939, he was appointed principal where he remained for five years. From May 1944 to November 1965, he was principal of the Talim-ul-Islam College, first in Qadian, then after partition, in Rabwah, Pakistan. During the anti- Ahmadiyya
Ahmadiyya
riots in 1953, Nasir Ahmad was imprisoned briefly but released on 28 May 1953.[8] Upon his release, he served in various other offices of the community, until being elected as Khalifatul Masih
Khalifatul Masih
after the demise of his father, Khalifatul Masih
Khalifatul Masih
II. Caliphate[edit] Mirza Nasir Ahmad
Mirza Nasir Ahmad
was elected as Khalifatul Masih
Khalifatul Masih
III on 9 November 1965, shortly after Isha prayer
Isha prayer
at Mubarik Mosque in Rabwah, Pakistan. The Majlis Intikhab Khilafat (Electoral College) was presided by Mirza Aziz Ahmad.[2] Shortly after his election as Khalifatul Masih, he established the Fazl-e-Umar Foundation in honour and memory of the Khalifatul Masih
Khalifatul Masih
II Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad. One of the projects envisioned by the foundation was the construction of a library. In 1971, the Khilafat Library in Rabwah
Rabwah
was inaugurated, which today houses over 100,000 books, rare manuscripts, a children's section and science displays. Africa[edit] In 1970, Khalifatul Masih
Khalifatul Masih
III embarked on a nine-week tour of various African countries. During his visit he attended numerous receptions held in his honour and inspected the educational, social as well as spiritual services rendered by the Ahmadiyya
Ahmadiyya
Muslim Community of various African countries. He started the Nusret Jehan scheme and appealed for financial contributions from the community. Under this scheme, Ahmadi doctors and teachers are serving in various parts of Africa
Africa
by running numerous medical clinics and secondary schools. Ahmadiyya
Ahmadiyya
and the National Assembly of Pakistan[edit] Following the riots and violence against Ahmadis in 1974, Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
faced considerable pressure from religious leaders to declare the Ahmadis non-Muslim. Consequently, legislation and constitutional changes were enacted, Ahmadis were socially boycotted and their religious practices were criminalised by preventing them from claiming to be Muslims or from "behaving" as Muslims.[3] Thereafter the Ahmadiyya
Ahmadiyya
Muslim Community faced an eleven-day inquisition where Mirza Nasir Ahmad
Mirza Nasir Ahmad
himself and four other eminent Ahmadi scholars represented The Ahmadiyya
Ahmadiyya
Muslim community in the National Assembly of Pakistan. Mirza Nasir Ahmad
Mirza Nasir Ahmad
personally answered all the allegations that were made against Ahmadiyya.[11] Eventually Ahmadis were declared non-Muslim by the National Assembly of Pakistan. London[edit] In 1978, Mirza Nasir Ahmad
Mirza Nasir Ahmad
traveled to London where the conference of Jesus’ Deliverance from the cross was held at the Commonwealth Institute in Kensington. This was attended by various scholars belonging to principal faiths who read their papers discussing the circumstances surrounding the Crucifixion of Jesus, after which the Ahmadiyya
Ahmadiyya
viewpoint regarding the death of Jesus was presented. Presentations were also given by Sir Zafrulla Khan and M.M. Ahmad. The Christian Church
Christian Church
gave a statement dismissing the Ahmadiyya
Ahmadiyya
as not representing the teachings of Islam and refused to be drawn into the debate that had been re-opened by the discovery of the Shroud of Turin and now this conference.[12] There were participants from Pakistan, India, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the United States. On this occasion Nasir Ahmad also delivered a lecture on this issue. He dealt with the subject of Jesus’ survival from death upon the cross, his travel to the east, the Unity of God, and expounded the status of Muhammad.[13] Compilation of Ahmadiyya
Ahmadiyya
texts[edit] During his Caliphate, Mirza Nasir Ahmad
Mirza Nasir Ahmad
is also known for having directed the compilation of the complete dreams, visions and verbal revelations claimed to have been received by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, which had hitherto been published in various books of Ghulam Ahmad, as well as various journals and newspapers. The compiled version of his entire revelations was published in the form of the Tazkirah. The complete dialogues or utterances of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
were also compiled under the directives of Khalifatul Masih
Khalifatul Masih
III. This was published in the form of the Malfoozat, which include his discourses, speeches, question and answer sessions, sermons and casual sayings. Spain[edit]

The Basharat Mosque
Basharat Mosque
in Pedro Abad, of the Ahmadiyya
Ahmadiyya
Muslim Community, was the first mosque to be built in modern Spain.

In 1980, Mirza Nasir Ahmad
Mirza Nasir Ahmad
traveled to Spain, where he laid the foundation stone of the Basharat Mosque
Basharat Mosque
in Pedro Abad. This was the first mosque to be built in Spain in over 750 years.[14] It was here he coined the motto "Love for All, Hatred for None". The construction of the mosque was not completed until after his death in 1982. Marriage, children, and family[edit] Mirza Nasir Ahmad
Mirza Nasir Ahmad
married Sayyidah Mansoora Begum on 5 August 1934. She was the daughter of Nawab Muhammad
Muhammad
'Ali Khan of Malerkotla
Malerkotla
and Nawab Mubarka Begum, the daughter of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.[8] They had five children together:

son Mirza Anas Ahmad daughter Amatul Shakoor daughter Amatul Haleem son Mirza Fareed Ahmad son Mirza Luqman Ahmad

Shortly after the death of his wife Mansoora Begum, Nasir Ahmad decided to remarry. On 11 April 1982,[8] he married Tahira Siddiqua Nasir, daughter of Abdul Majeed Khan of Verowal. This marriage only lasted a few short months with the demise of Nasir Ahmad on 9 June 1982. Death[edit] In June 1982, while in Islamabad, Pakistan, Mirza Nasir Ahmad
Mirza Nasir Ahmad
suffered a severe heartattack. He died on 9 June 1982 at 12:45 p.m.[2] Nasir Ahmad's body was taken to Rabwah
Rabwah
where he was buried in Bahishti Maqbara, a cemetery established by the Ahmadiyya
Ahmadiyya
Muslim Community. Upon electing Mirza Tahir Ahmad
Mirza Tahir Ahmad
as Khalifatul Masih
Khalifatul Masih
IV, his successor led the funeral prayer in Rabwah. Lectures and discourses[edit]

A Message of Peace and a Word of Warning Message of Love and Brotherhood to Africa Khilafat and Mujadadiyyat

References[edit]

^ Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih
Khalifatul Masih
III(ru) – Election as Khalifa, Review of Religions, March, 2008 ^ a b c The Life of Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih
Khalifatul Masih
III (rh).  ^ a b 2nd Amendment of Pakistan
Pakistan
Constitution, Gazette of Pakistan, Extraordinary, Part I, 21 September 1974 ^ Roose, Eric (2009). The Architectural Representation of Islam: Muslim-commissioned Mosque Design in the Netherlands. Amsterdam University Press. p. 47.  ^ "Who are Ahmadi?". BBC News. 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2011-01-09.  ^ "Hazrat Hafiz Mirza Nasir Ahmad". Retrieved 25 August 2014.  ^ http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Hidden-Treasures-of-Islam.pdf An Introduction to the Hidden Treasures of Islam ^ a b c d "Early Life of Mirza Nasir Ahmad". Review of Religions. March 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2010.  ^ "Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih
Khalifatul Masih
III: A brief history of his life before his 16 1⁄2 year Khalifat". Muslim Herald. July 1982.  ^ Shahid, Maulana Dost Muhammad. Tarikh e Ahmadiyyat: vii. 493, 495. ^ thepersecution.org: Mahzarnama - The Memorandum ^ The Review of Religions, March 2008, Vol. 103, issue 03, © islamic publications 2008 ^ A Brief History of Ahmadiyya
Ahmadiyya
Movement in Islam – Conference in London ^ Ahmad, Mirza Nasir. "An Elementary Study of Islam". Retrieved 13 March 2011. 

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