Asif M Basit
Soon after settling in the USA, Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Sadiq, may Allah be pleased with him, started publishing a quarterly journal, The Muslim Sunrise, the first issue being published in July 1921.
The name of the magazine indicated to the famous eschatological hadith of the Holy Prophetsa of Islam, where he mentions, among other signs of the latter days, that the sun shall rise from the West.
As Hazrat Mufti Sahibra had set foot on the American soil to propagate the message of Islam, he believed that it was the dawn-break of the fulfilment of the prophecy.
The very first issue is a proof of the excellent journalistic abilities of Hazrat Mufti Sahibra as the topics carry a great variety of themes. This issue was blessed by a special message sent by Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih II, may Allah be pleased with him, from Qadian:
This issue had a translation of a poetic work of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra, the quality of which is magnificent; the meaning conveyed, poetic value uncompromised.
There are lists of converts who, through the preaching efforts of Hazrat Mufti Sahibra, had joined Islam Ahmadiyyat. He had only been in the USA a year, yet the lists are promisingly and astoundingly long.
The journal is still published under the administration of the USA Jamaat and carries, traditionally so, a variety of topics ranging from the teachings of Islam Ahmadiyyat to comparative studies of religions to pressing contemporary issues.
The journal, and its past issues dating back to the very first issue, can be read at www.muslimsunrise.com