the first week of July 2004, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Registered
Trustees Incorporated joined the National Trade Show, the first such
event organised by the Government after the ethnic tension. The Ahmadiyya
Muslim Association joined an early morning march with a banner and
this participation helped build a very good relation with the public.
During the National Trade Show, Ahmadis had a stall where the public
could come and share in the information about Islam and Ahmadiyyat.
stall was very popular. Pamphlets and brochures were distributed.
The National Trade Show was visited by between 20,000 and 40,000 people.
The response from the public showed an interest in Islam and Ahmadiyyat.
Press and radio coverage:
The Solomon Star, the national newspaper and the Solomon Islands Broadcasting
Corporation all held exclusive interviews with Mr. Mubashir Martin
Rasu, the President of the Ahmadiyya Association for the Solomon Islands,
and this media coverage made the public aware of the establishment
of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the Solomon Islands and of Islamic
issues in general.
The renewed interest:
The Ahmadiyyat Mission Centre at Kolale, West Kola Ridge in Honiara
was, after this, more openly visited by youths, students, church leaders,
politician, journalists, teachers, and chieftains, who came as individuals
or in groups. The mission centre is located above Honiara Hotel and
above the Assemblies of God of Church and provides easy access for
the public. The centre at West Kola Ridge will now become our permanent
The community now has many influential and helpful members. One such
is Muhammad Assad Leslie, an Ahmadi member from Russell, Central Province,
who became an Ahmadi in 2001. Even from the beginning he approached
his tribe and his people to accept Islam and Ahmadiyyat. The Paramount
Chief, Chief Jason of Russell and Muhammad Assad's uncle, has spent
time at the Mission Centre, and has become a very good friend of the
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Chief Jason's two sons have already joined
the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Muhammad Assad Leslie is the future
Paramount Chief of Russell. Now the Ahmadi community is steadily becoming
accepted by his tribe and his people.
The community in other provinces:
The Ahmadi community is also established in other provinces in Solomon
Islands. These include North and South Malaita, and Vella La Vella
in the Western Province. Mr. Abdul Gaffur Edward Mekawo is an active
Ahmadi at Nangu Village, Temotu Province and Mr. Abdul Basit John
de Beux, in Vella La Vella.
The community is gaining more friends among the Melanesian, Polynesian
and Micronesian peoples. In East Rennel, a landowner Mr. Steward,
through the East Rennel Foundation Trust has invited the AMA to work
together to build health services such as a community clinic with
voluntary doctors. This is the first approach from the community at
large, showing a very friendly inclination towards the Ahmadi community.
The economic crisis in the country following the tensions has meant
that parents are facing many financial problems to provide financial
support to children who are schooling. Too many students drop out
of school because parents cannot not pay the fees. The Ahmadi community,
at the present time, supports and sponsors four children, all in primary
A good example of a student now sponsored by the Ahmadiyya Muslim
Community is Franklin, aged 10 years, who can now attend school, at
Primary One level. His father is Mr. Muhammad Sabir David Samo, who
converted and accepted 'baiat' in Rove Prison, Honiara. Muhammad Sabir
is a very sincere Ahmadi and he studies and memorised his Surah Al
Fatiha very well. I visit him regularly at Rove.
Lajna Imaillah Honiara:
Lajna Imaillah in Honiara now has regular sewing and cooking program
for ladies. At the same time they learn about Islam and Ahmadiyyat.
Sewing and cooking programs give the Ahmadis ladies skills and activities
at the centre. More new mubayyin mean more talim-o-tarbiyyat programs
at the Mission Centre.
More guests come and learn at the Mission Centre, which has had regular
visit from people from the provinces to learn more about Islam and
Ahmadiyyat The future of Islam Ahmadiyyat appears to be bright in
Guadacanal, Russell, Malaita, Western Province, Choisuel, Temotu Province
as more chiefs make direct contact with the Ahmadi community.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community can proudly claim to have a strong
record so far in the Solomon Islands in the matter of gaining more
friends and trust.
May Allah bless the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Solomon Islands.