Amir al-Mu'minin Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad مرزا طاہراحمد

Khaifatul Masih IV in 1998 in the UK

Caliphate :

June 10, 1982 to April 19, 2003
Preceded by : Mirza Nasir Ahmad
Succeeded by : Mirza Masroor Ahmad
Personal Information :

Name : Mirza Tahir Ahmad
Born : December 18, 1928(1928-12-18)
Qadian, British India
Died : April 19, 2003(2003-04-19) (aged 74)
London, United Kingdom
Resting place : "Islamabad" in Tilford, England
Spouse(s) : Asifa Begum (m. 1957 - 1992)
Children : 5
Alma mater : School of Oriental and African Studies
University of Punjab
Parents : Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad
Syeda Maryam Begum
Website : The Tahir Foundation

Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad (Urdu: مرزا طاہراحمد) (December 18, 1928 – April 19, 2003) was Khalifatul Masih IV, Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and successor of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. He was elected to this office on 10 June 1982, the day after the death of his predecessor, Mirza Nasir Ahmad. He was the son of Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad, the second Caliph and was the half-brother of Mirza Nasir Ahmad, the third Caliph. He graduated from Jamia Ahmadiyya (Theological Academy) at Rabwah, followed by higher education in Lahore at the University of Punjab, and London at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies. In 1974 he was also nominated as a member of the Ahmadiyya delegation which appeared in the Parliament of Pakistan to defend the beliefs of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Mirza Tahir Ahmad returned to Qadian (the original centre of the community) in 1991 for the 100th annual gathering of the community; which was the first time an Ahmadiyya Khalifa had returned to Qadian since the second Khalifa left in 1947. He is perhaps best known for his 'Question & Answers' Sessions. The community experienced structural and financial growth during his time. He launched, in 1994, the first Muslim satellite television network by the name of Muslim Television Ahmadiyya.