Ahmadiyya Muslim Community In South Australia
The first Ahmadi to arrive in South Australia was Dr. Zaid Bin Abdul Kader who came in 1968 to study for his Ph.D. degree in Botany (Plant Genetics) at Adelaide University. After obtaining his Ph.D. degree Dr. Zaid returned to Pakistan in 1972 to continue teaching and research at Sind University, Jamshoro, Pakistan.
The first permanent Ahmadi settler in South Australia was Dr. Munir Ahmad Abid who came to Adelaide on 11th March 1971 to do his Ph.D. degree in Botany (Plant Taxonomy). His wife and two children soon joined him. He completed his Ph.D. degree in 1974 and after nearly 27 years service he retired as a Senior Botanist. In late 1971 Dr. Mubashar Ahmed came to Adelaide to undertake his Ph.D. degree in Radio Physics. Soon after completing his degree in 1976 he and his wife left Adelaide in 1977 to work overseas and interstate.
On 29 April 1982 Dr. Riaz Ahmad Akber came to Adelaide to pursue his Ph.D. degree in Nuclear Physics. On 25 April 1982 his wife and three young children also joined him. In 1985 Dr. Mubashar Ahmed and his family came back to Adelaide. At that stage there were three Ahmadi families in South Australia with a total strength of 14 members, including children. By then the Ahmadiyya Jamaat in South Australia was not formally organized but by the grace of Allah this small community of three families was performing Jamaat activities on a local scale. The members were regularly meeting at weekends for congregational prayers, to conduct Sunday school for children, and preaching to selected people. Monthly Chanda (payment) was sent to the National President Australia Jamaat, Dr. Ijazul Haque, regularly. After the arrival of the first Missionary and Ameer for Australia, Mr. Shakeel Ahmad Monir in July 1985, the Chanda was forwarded to him.
In 1988 Dr. Riaz Ahmad Akber and his family left Adelaide for the town of Jabiru in the Northern Territory to take up a job as a Radiation Physicist. Now only two Ahmadi families were left in South Australia. Dr. Munir Ahmad Abid and his wife Rashida Munir took over the job of teaching the Holy Quran, prayer and Sunday school activities of the children of both families. In 1990 Dr. Mubashar Ahmed and his family also left Adelaide for Pakistan leaving in South Australia the single Ahmadi family of Dr. Munir Ahmad Abid.
On 17 July 1991 a new Ameer and Missionary In-Charge Australia, Mr. Mahmood Ahmad, reached Sydney to replace Mr. Shakeel Ahmad Monir. With the prayers and guidance of Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad (The worldwide head and 4th Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya community), along with the efforts of the new Ameer, new Ahmadi families came to settle in Australia.
In July and August 1998 two Ahmadi family from overseas arrived in Adelaide. Subsequently more families arrived in Adelaide at different intervals resulting in the consolidation of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat in South Australia. At the end of March 2005, by the grace of Allah, the total membership (including children) rose to hundreds in number. Most of these are from Pakistan, with some from Bengla Desh, Fiji, India and Siera Leone.
Regular functioning of Jamaat
In 1999 the Ameer and Missionary In-Charge Australia Mr. Mahmood Ahmad nominated the first executive committee ('Aamla') for the South Australia Jamaat. Dr. Munir Ahmad Abid was nominated as President and Mrs Rashida Munir as Sadar Lajna Ima-Illah (President women's auxiliary). Appointments were for a two years period. Since then the election of the executive committee ('Aamla') has taken place every two years, and the Jamaat in South Australia has moved forward at a steady pace. Due to the lack of the Jamaat's own building Juma (Friday) prayers, meetings and other activities are held at a hired community hall. Namaz (Prayer) centers have been established in members' homes in several suburbs to provide an opportunity to get together for regular prayers. Under the guidance of the Ameer and Missionary In-Charge Australia, all auxiliary organizations of the South Australia Jamaat have shown progress in their sphere of activities.
Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya
The first nominated Qaid was Mr. Nasir Ahmad Zia and was succeeded in 2001 by an elected Qaid Dr. Munawar Rana. The current Qaid is Mr. Manzoor Ahmad Chandio. All of them took great interest in the Taleem and Tarbiyat (Education and Training) of members. As a result, Khuddamul Ahmadiyya South Australia has for the last four years consecutively won the highest award, 'Alam-e- Inämi', for the best performance amongst interstate Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Organizations. The main monthly activities of this organization are:
1. Executive committee meetings,
2. General body meetings,
3. Education and training classes.
4. Preaching ('Tabligh') classes every three months
5. Picnic every three months
6. Sports activities almost every weekend
7. Ijtemah and Sports Tournaments annually
8. Charity Walk ("Walkathon") for 'Humanity First' - starting this year
9. Blood Donations - starting this year
This organization was first established in 2002 and its first elected 'Zaeem' was Syed Mahboob Ahmad Janud. The present strength of this organization is 16. The main activities are:
1. Monthly executive and general body meetings
2. Annual Ijtemah for general knowledge test and sports.
Besides weekly Friday prayer, the Jamaat celebrates the following events each year:
1. Two Eid Festivals
2. Muslih Maud Day
3. Masih-e- Maud Day
4. Seerat-un-Nabi Day
5. Khilafat Day
6. Tabligh Day
7. Clean up Australia Day
8. Door knock appeal (collection for the Australian Red Cross)