100 Years Ago… – Ahmadiyyat spreading across the world: Mission updates from 100 years ago

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The Review of Religions [Urdu], November 1920

Qadian

Everything is fine in Qadian by the grace of Allah the Almighty. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih is also well and engaged day and night in the work of the Jamaat. The departments of Nazarat and Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya are working diligently. Maulvi Rahim Bakhsh Sahib MA, Nazir Talif-o-Ishaat is currently on leave due to illness and Maulvi Sher Ali Sahib is in charge of the department in his place.

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Hazrat Khalifatul Masih has appointed Maulvi Ali Muhammad Sahib BA BT as the Naib Nazir of Talif-o-Ishaat from November 1920. The group of missionaries are progressing rapidly under the supervision of Hafiz Roshan Ali Sahib. We hope that these young gentlemen will soon be able to do useful work in the field of tabligh by the grace of Allah the Almighty.

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Our missionaries were on a tour of different regions and districts of India last month. At the request of the Ahmadis of East Bengal, Maulvi Ibrahim Sahib Bakapuri was sent to Bengal. Maulvi Sahib delivered around 35 lectures at different places over there. The general impact of these lectures is reported to be very good. Maulvi Sahib will now stay in Calcutta for about a month and fulfill the request of the people of Calcutta. Maulvi Zill-ur-Rahman Sahib is working as an interpreter with Maulvi Sahib and has proved to be his right hand in this long journey.

There was always a demand from the people of Sindh for a missionary, so considering their sincere wishes, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih has now sent Hafiz Ghulam Rasul Sahib Wazirabadi over there.

The Ahmadis of Malabar Jamaat are in distress these days because they are being treated very harshly by non-Ahmadis. In a few days, three or four of our missionaries are going there.

Ceylon

The series of opposition continues in Ceylon. The owner of the house, where the Anjuman Ahmadiyya was located, has given them a notice to vacate the place. Thus, the house was vacated, but the good news is that the poverty stricken Jamaat of Ceylon have bought a new house in central Colombo.

The secretary sahib informs us that if the house next to it comes in our hand, which is being sold for 3,000 [rupees], then there will be enough space for the needs of the Jamaat and our press will be set up in that place, insha-Allah. The total expenditure is estimated to be about ten thousand rupees. Four students of Ceylon are engaged in religious studies over here.

Hazrat Maulvi Sher Ali Sahib BA, spares some of his precious time to teach them Arabic and Maulvi Ali Muhammad Sahib teaches them Urdu. After some days, they will start studying the Urdu writings of the Promised Messiahas.

Mauritius

We have received a report from Mauritius that the long-running mosque case is now nearing a verdict. Members of the Jamaat are requested to specially pray about it. The Mauritius Jamaat plans to translate the [Philosophy of the] Teachings of Islam into French and add a preface to it that states the accounts and claims of the Promised Messiahas.

Members of the Mauritius Jamaat had started a series of lectures in the cinema hall and invited Christian pastors and Muslim clerics to voice their questions, but none of them showed up there. A few Hindu friends turned up apart from the general public and listened to the lectures with keen interest.

By the grace of God, a new Jamaat has been established at Triolet. A new friend by the name of Rasul has joined the Ahmadiyya Jamaat. Though non-Ahmadis have ousted him from the status of chief, he remains a staunch believer.

Nigeria

Maulvi Mubarak Ali Sahib BA BT, is about to arrive in this country [Nigeria]. Hopefully, he will be able to live up to the expectation of the people there.

England

The latest report from England indicates that Master Abdul Rahim Sahib Nayyar went out of [London] for a change in environment. Chaudhry Fateh Muhammad Sahib is focusing on the internal edification of the Jamaat because instilling [the truth of] Islam in new converts is as important as converting others to Islam.

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Hence, special attention is being paid to help them memorise Namaz [wording of Salat] and Arabic Qaida Yassarnal Quran [elementary course in Arabic reading, used to teach the Holy Quran]. Chaudhry Sahib has also sent blueprints of the mosque.

The proper work of the mosque will begin after the approval of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih.

America

Mufti Muhammad Sadiq Sahib has moved to Chicago from New York. He found a home after a great deal of looking, but it does not meet the requirements. Sincere and learned members of the Jamaat, Mr James Sadiq, Fatima Mustafa and Sadiqatul Nisa are present in New York. They offer [five obligatory] prayers.

A man in Chicago has claimed to be a prophet. He also knows Arabic because he is originally from Iraq but has been living here for quite some time. He works in an Angizi’s shop. He believes in the Khatm-e-Nabuwat [finality of prophethood] of the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, but also claims to be a [law-bearing] prophet. He says, “I am actually a prophet towards the white people. The people of Iraq, Arabia, Syria, Europe and America are all whites. Africans, Indians and Chinese are black people and will live under the whites.”

He wears a suit and a hat. [According to him], his divine name is Bala ibn Ala. He says that a prophet named Ala passed away five thousand years ago, and he was his foretold son. Mufti Sahib aims to publish a monthly magazine from America, which will cost close to 100 dollars per month (the value of the dollar these days is three and a half rupees). Many friends have promised to donate, but it will only be launched when Hazrat Khalifatul Masih approves the proposal.

Miscellaneous

Maulvi Chiraguddin Sahib Sialkoti has obtained his passport to go to Japan. Maulvi Fazlur Rehman Sahib has received his passport to go to China and Maulvi Mumtaz Ali Khan Sahib, son of Khan Zulfiqar Ali Khan Sahib and Chaudhry Abul Asim Sahib have got their passports to go to Greece. It should be noted that these four persons have devoted their lives for three years. They will bear all the expenses on their own and carry out tabligh without putting any burden on Nazarat.

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