100 Years Ago… – After deep reflection, a new convert to Islam writes a letter

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Al Fazl, 27 February to 2 March 1922

In his latest letter, Maulvi Mubarak Ali Sahib Bengali, BA BT, missionary to England, has quoted a letter of a new convert Muslim which he wrote to another new convert. The name of the first [new convert] is Mr HT Lake. He is a resident of Brighton and Maulvi Sahib had been corresponding with him for some time. The friend to whom the said letter is addressed is Mr Bacon [Omar Ali]. May Allah the Almighty grant him the strength to accept the truth and openly declare it. After reading this letter, you [the readers] will sense the admiration and passion the said new covert has in his heart for Islam. May Allah the Almighty bless this friend with perseverance and make him a source of guidance for others. (Editor, Al Fazl)

[I have not adopted a dead religion: New convert’s letter]

“Dear brother! What I am writing to you is not a statement of any temporary or impulsive emotion. Rather, it is an expression of the opinion I have reached after many nights of deep reflection and which I have decided to follow.

“I have been taken out of a [religion that possess] disorderly religious reasoning, and have been brought into the true [divine] light of the faith of Islam, the true and only true religion of the world. Thus, dear brother, I request you to give me more instructions to guide me towards your religious principles, and high and profound morals.

“I have not adopted a dead religion that is only for me, but in fact, I truly feel the holy power of this religion [within me] and I want this Divine truth to reach all mankind. My objective in this world is to work for the advancement of the next world. I want to dedicate my whole life to the pursuit and propagation of this holy religion.”

(Translated by Al Hakam from the original Urdu in the 27 February to 2 March 1922 issue of Al Fazl)

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