100 Years Ago… – Launch of The Moslem Sunrise in America, Jamaat in Baghdad and foundation of Ahmadiyya Mosque in Kohat


Al Fazl, 21 July 1921

A Moslem Sunrise

A Quarterly Magazine published in America. The only periodical of Islam in the English Language on the Western Hemisphere. Contains reports of the progress of Islam. Defends Islam and Moslems. Articles to prove the truth of Moslem Religion. Annual Subscription Rs. 5 which should be sent to Nazir Bait-ul-Mal, Qadian, Punjab.

Dr. MM Sadiq, 74 Victor Avenue, Highland Park, Mich. (The Review of Religions [English], July 1921)]

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Shams-ul-Islam [Sun of Islam]

Despite the shortage of expenses, I have gathered the courage to publish a magazine here [in America] and according to the prophecy of the Holy Prophetsa, the pride of the sons of Adam, Muhammad Mustafa, that the sun will rise from the west in the last days, this magazine is named The Moslem Sunrise. Currently, this magazine has been launched on a quarterly basis but gradually, it will be published monthly. The annual subscription is 5 rupees.

Members of the Jamaat are requested to write to the nazir talif-o-ishaat [director of compilation and publication], Qadian, for subscription. The nazir will inform me weekly about those who will pay the subscription. There is a great need for friends to pay the subscription on behalf of this country’s inhabitants so that they are persuaded towards Islam. The total cost of printing the first issues will be about 300 dollars and the second will cost less.

Muhammad Sadiq, 74 Victor Avenue, Highland Park, Mich, USA.

Ahmadiyya Anjuman Baghdad

The office-bearers of the Anjuman have been re-elected after the previous officials returned to India. Sufi Abdul Rahim Sahib Clerk, Director of Civil Transport, has been appointed as the amir, Munshi Barkat Ali Sahib Overseer as the secretary and Munshi Jafar Ali Sahib has been appointed as the muhasib [accountant]. The Anjuman has decided that in future, one anna [a unit of currency formerly used in the subcontinent, equal to 1/16 of a rupee] per rupee will be presented as chanda. 200 rupees have been sent to nazir bait-ul-mal [director of finance] for the American mission. In the joy of having 4,000 Ahmadis in Africa, a donation drive was organised which resulted in the collection of 123 rupees. Tabligh letters and Jamaat’s literature have been sent to several officers.

Humbly yours, Barkat Ali, Secretary

Ahmadis of East Africa should pay attention

Brothers! As the people of the African continent have a right on us that where this country is our source of physical nourishment, there we must arrange to irrigate and nourish it with spiritual water and food. Although it may be difficult for the natives to understand what we are talking about, but our Indian brothers, who live in high numbers in the area of Mombasa, Nairobi, should try to raise awareness in them. 

Thus, through Al Fazl, I urge all brothers in East Africa to turn their attention to this matter. I think you should set up your own special committee and collect some money and then send a request through a missionary to Hazrat Khalifatul Masih or at least arrange for weekly or daily publication of Ahmadiyya English newspapers of London and America. At the moment, I promise 10 rupees for this work.

Muhammad Ayub, Station Master, Tanganyika Territory, Africa

Foundation of Ahmadiyya Mosque in Kohat

There is no Ahmadiyya Mosque in Kohat. Moreover, there is no influential person who can give or rent a house on permanent basis so that it can be used permanently by the Anjuman. This need was being felt from a long time. Eventually, the following happened:

مردے‭ ‬از‭ ‬غیب‭ ‬بروں‭ ‬آید‭ ‬كارے‭ ‬بكند

[“A man appeared from nowhere to do this good work.”]

Our esteemed friend, Khan Bahadur Khan Muhammad Ali Sahib of Ahmad Kot, adjoining Kohat, Political Extra Assistant Commissioner Ladha Camp, Waziristan, has promised that he will fulfill this need. The land [for the mosque] has been suggested by Khan Bahudur Sahib. Moreover, he has also promised to help construct a beautiful building as well. May Allah reward him the best of rewards. 

Opponents want to put up hurdles in the land suggested by Khan Bahadur Sahib. Friends are requested to pray for its success. Having this mosque in the North West Frontier Province is just as important as the need for Ahmadis to become good role models. 

Humbly yours, Sadruddin, Secretary Anjuman Ahmadiyya Kohat […]

New converts

By the grace of Allah the Almighty, Master Chiragh Din Sahib, mudarris of Chak No. 132 South and Hakim Saleh Muhammad Sahib, imam of Thatta Umra mosque in Salanwali, have joined the Ahmadiyya Jamaat and their requests of bai‘at have been sent to Hazrat Khalifatul Masih[ra]. Friends are requested to pray for their perseverance.

Wassalam, Manzoor Ahmad Manzoor Bhairavi from Salanwali

(Translated by Al Hakam from the original Urdu in the 21 July 1921 issue of Al Fazl)

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