Ahmadiyya in Bangladesh

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The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Bangladesh or Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at Bangladesh (Bengali- আহ্‌মদীয়া মুসলিম জামা'ত, বাংলাদেশ) is Bangladesh's branch of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community founded in 1889 in India by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian (1835–1908). Within Bangladesh, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community have over 100 local branches and can attract up to 10,000 attendees at their national events.[1]

History[edit]

87th annual convention of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at Bangladesh

The Ahmadiyya movement reached in Bangladesh (then Bengal province) in 1905 when a man named Ahmad Kabir Noor Muhammad from Chittagong pledged allegiance to Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. The second man to join the community from Bengal was Rais Uddin Khan, of Kishorganj. His wife Syeda Azizatunnisa also pledged allegiance and she was the first Ahmadi woman from Bengal. In 1909 a student named Mubarak Ali from Bogra went to Qadian and also became a member of the community. The Ahmadiyya movement gained speed in 1912 when a well known sage from Brahmanbaria, Moulana Syed Muhammad Abdul Wahed, joined the movement. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community became officially established in Bengal in 1913 with the name of "Anjuman e Ahmadiyya".[2]

Persecution[edit]

Since its establishment in Bangladesh, members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community have faced persecution from other Muslim groups. In 1963 two Ahmadis were killed in Brahmanbaria. In 1992, the Ahmadiyya headquarters in Dhaka were attacked by a mob and a number of Qurans & other books were burnt. In 1999, a bomb blast at an Ahmadiyya mosque killed seven people. On 29 October 2003, an Ahmadi Imam named Shah Alam in Roghunathpurbak village in Jhikargachha upazila of Jessore was killed.[3] In 2004, the International Khatme Nabuyat Movement (IKNM) besieged several Ahmadiyya mosques countrywide.[4] On 17 June 2010 an angry mob vandalised an Ahmadiyya mosque and the house of an Ahmadiyya believer at Ghatail upazila in Tangail Thursday.[5] In February 2013, a mob set fire to Ahmadiyya property at a site which had been prepared to hold the community's centenary celebrations, causing tens of millions worth of damage in local currency.[1]

Countrywide centers[edit]

Masjid Baitul Baset chittagong
  • The Bangali Ahmadiyya Community currently has 120 local chapters across the country, in 425 cities and villages.[6]
  • There are 65 missionaries, an MTA (Muslim Television Ahmadiyya) studio in Dhaka and a Jamia Ahmadiyya (Missionary Training College).[6]
  • Maharajpur Mosque in the Natore District [7]
  • Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosque in Khulna [7]
  • Galim Gazi Mosque in Betal, Kishoregonj [7]
  • Masjid Baitul Baset, in Chittagong.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bangladesh: Ahmadiyya persecution overview; New Religion". newreligion.eu. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  2. ^ Babul, Jahangir (2010). Ahmadiyyater Itihashe Banglar Shoronio Bektitto. Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Bangladesh. pp. 5, 7, 36, 65, 66. ISBN 978-984-99102-0-6. 
  3. ^ "Bangladesh: Continued attacks on the Ahmadiyya community | Women Reclaiming and Redefining Cultures". Wluml.org. Retrieved 2012-12-05. 
  4. ^ "Religious Persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community - Updates April-June, 2004". Thepersecution.org. Retrieved 2012-12-05. 
  5. ^ "Ahmadiyyas in Tangail attacked - The Daily Star, Bangladesh". Thepersecution.org. Retrieved 2012-12-05. 
  6. ^ a b Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosques Around the World, pg. 118
  7. ^ a b c Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosques Around the World, pg. 119

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