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A Man of God: Remembering His Holiness Mirza Tahir Ahmad (1928 – 2003)

Today we remember with  fondness His Holiness Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, the late worldwide leader and fourth Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, who passed away on April 19, 2003. 

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‘A Man of God’

The following excerpts are taken from Wikipedia and slightly edited to fit Ahmadiyya Times’ salutations policy.

His Holiness Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad (Urdu: مرزا طاہراحمد) (December 18, 1928 – April 19, 2003) was Khalifatul Masih IV, Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and fourth successor to Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, India, the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. He was elected as Caliph on June 10, 1982, the day after the death of his predecessor, Mirza Nasir Ahmad.

In 1974, he was nominated as a member of the Ahmadiyya delegation which appeared before the Parliament of Pakistan to defend the beliefs of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. As Khalifatul Masih IV, Tahir Ahmad attended the 100th Annual Jalsa Salana (annual gathering) being held in Qadian, India in 1991. It was the first time an Ahmadiyya Caliph had returned to Qadian since the partition of India occurred in 1947 when the community relocated from India to Pakistan.

His Holiness Mirza Tahir Ahmad is perhaps best known for his “Question & Answers” sessions. During his Caliphate, the community experienced structural and financial growth including the launch of the first Muslim satellite television network, Muslim Television Ahmadiyya, in 1994.

One of Hadhrat Ahmad’s achievements as Khalifatul Masih was the establishment of the Muslim Television Ahmadiyya (commonly referred to as MTA). This satellite-based channel broadcast it’s first show on August 21, 1992 from London, England. Originally, it started with a weekly one-hour program, televising the Friday sermon of Khalifatul Masih IV.

Today, MTA broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, is watched by millions of people on five continents, and consists of three channels. Every Friday, broadcasts still include Khalifatul Masih’s Friday sermon, simultaneously televised into six languages. Important events of the Community are also televised in most major languages around the world.

Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad bears the distinction of being a religious figure who answered questions from inviduals of various faiths, professional backgrounds, cultures and mindsets around the world in various meets and forums. He would answer any and all questions, whether related to Islam or not, and do it according to the sphere of understanding of the questioner. The answers displayed not only his vast knowledge of various science, history, cosmology, civic and social studies, but a deep knowledge of world religions, and their incorporated changes through the ages. He would answer these questions without preparation or assistance, and more surprisingly even answered questions from politicians, often giving them straightforward and very effective, fitting advice in various matters pertaining to their respective jurisdictions and political systems. This was considered an extraordinary feat as no other individual displayed such widespread knowledge about almost anything, and that too in interactive, live forums, completely without specific preparation.

Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad died on April 19, 2003 at 9:30 am GMT in London, England from heart failure. His body was taken to Islamabad, Tilford where he was buried on the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s property. His successor His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad as the Khalifatul Masih V, led the funeral prayer. The service was held at on April 24, 2003 at 2:00 p.m, attended by over 40,000 people from around the world.

Learn more about Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad here: A Man of God: Remembering His Holiness Mirza Tahir Ahmad

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