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Al Fazl, 12 July 1919

London letter

Hazrat Maulana Mufti Muhammad Sadiq Sahib has been appointed in London to represent the Ahmadiyya Jamaat regarding the national reforms for Hindustan. He is engaged in carrying out the assigned task through writing articles, delivering lectures and meeting [with various people]. Apart from that, the work of tabligh is being performed side by side. Last Sunday, Maulana Sahib’s lecture was held on the topic of reformation, through which the need for spiritual reformation was demonstrated. An Englishman, currently serving in the army, by the name of Mr McCartney has embraced Islam. This revered brother was given the Islamic name Jariyullah. O Allah, grant many more!

Professor Abdul Hayy Arab (Maulvi Fazal)

London, 21 June

Tabligh of Ahmadiyyat in Malabar

All praise belongs to Allah! Our Jamaat has been established in Pangari. Previously, a Jamaat did not exist over there.

A system of Chanda [monetary funds] has been established and around 40 individuals have entered the pale of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat. A noble and wealthy gentleman, Kunji Ahmad Sahib has been appointed the secretary of that place. He prepared a mosque for Ahmadis without any delay by presenting his own land and all the expenses of the mosque by himself. A well has also been built. He is a very courageous person; may Allah grant him the best of rewards. The Chandahas been collected and it will be sent to Qadian very soon.

Eid prayer was led by Hazrat Maulvi Ghulam Rasul Sahib in Kannanur after which he delivered a sermon that was full of wisdom. New Ahmadi converts are being gifted to us in Kannanur. Today, a letter has been dispatched to the chief judge of this region composed in Arabic language, propagating the message of Islam Ahmadiyyat.

Wassalam, Sheikh Mahmud Ahmad, Malabar

Congratulatory gathering

Respected Munshi Farzand Ali Sahib was given a grand garden party in the town hall of Firozpur city by the entire staff workers of Qila Firozpur on 2 July 1919 [to congratulate him] for the honourary title of “Khan Sahib”which was awarded to him by the government.

The party was due to be held at 6:30pm in the evening. The total number of participants was around 200 to 250 in the gathering, including individuals from all walks of life and faiths. Apart from local chiefs and officers, European officers and dignitaries were present in great numbers. A series of speeches began at around 7:30pm under the presidency of Inspector for War Material, Respected Captain Prior Sahib. Initially, Shah Muhammad Khan Sahib and Mian Inayat Muhammad Khan Sahib (both non-Ahmadis) presented their respective poems and delighted [the audience].

Thereafter, respected Lala Fatehchand Sahib Pensioner (ex-second clerk of Qila Firozpur) on behalf of the entire workers of Qila, read out an address in English; the exceptional services, excellent morals and praiseworthy attributes of Khan Sahib were mentioned.

Then Khan Sahib delivered a brief yet relevant speech, thanking the organisers and the participants of the gathering.

The president of the gathering, in his presidential address, congratulated respected Khan Sahib on behalf of the entire European associates. Thereafter, the gathering was served with fruits and sweet etc. By the grace of Allah, the event concluded successfully. Thereafter, most of the Hindu and Christian associates left for their homes. We offered the Maghrib prayer at the grounds of the town hall and being grateful to Allah the Almighty for the award of honour, prayed before Him that this appreciation becomes a source of blessings for Khan Sahib in both religious and worldly matters.

Humbly yours, Muhammad Amir Ahmadi, Firozpur city

A request for Ahmadiyya literature

This humble one is financially destitute. I possess a great deal of interest in viewing the books of Ahmadiyyat, the true faith, in which the beliefs of the non-Ahmadi people are pointed out with distinction, for instance, regarding the death of Jesusas and various other issues of dispute. As frequent discussions are held on these issues with the non-Ahmadis of this region from time to time, we are unable to answer them [properly] owing to the lack of availability of Jamaat Ahmadiyya’s books. There is no other person here except for this humble one who is a well-wisher of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat. I am in a state of doubt as well. Therefore, prosperous brothers of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat are requested that they be rewarded by Allah the Almighty by sending books and magazines comprising the answers to the allegations of opponents and beliefs of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat to this humble one for responding [to allegations] and promulgation…

Humbly yours, Abdul Rahim Khan Lodhi, Samba State, Jammu

Ballabhgarh

A gathering was arranged at the occasion of the [Amin] ceremony on the completion of the Holy Quran in Ballabhgarh which had the presence of most non-Ahmadi brothers along with various officers, i.e. Deputy Tehsildar [revenue collector] Sahib, Sub-Inspector Sahib and Sergeant Sahib. In the beginning, children recited the Holy Quran which was followed by a poem, “Nur-e-Furqan hay jo sub nuron sey ajla nikla”[‘Tis the light of the Quran that outshines all lights], recited with great passion.

Thereafter, respected Anwar Hussein Khan Sahib (expert Hakim) delivered an impressive lecture of tabligh and then Hafiz Salim Ahmad Sahib Atawi presented a few words. The entire audience and the officers listened to the speeches with patience and keen interest. By the grace of God, it had a great impact. May Allah the Almighty produce the best of results.

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