100 Years Ago… – Mufti Sahib’s request for prayers and new Ahmadis announce Bai‘at through Al Fazl


Al Fazl, 28 October & 1 November 1920

Donation for launching an Ahmadiyya magazine in America

10 rupees have been sent through money order for the launch of a magazine in America. These 10 rupees should be published in the name of Syed Adil Shah Sahib, resident of Makhnanwali.

(Maulvi Fazlur Rehman, Secretary Anjuman Ahmadiyya, Helan, District Gujrat)

Request for prayers from America

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To dear brothers and admirers of Sadiq, assalamo alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

You know that this humble one has moved to Chicago, which is one of the main city and a very big city of this country. It’s been more than three weeks since I’ve been looking for a home. Thus far, I have not been able to find a suitable house. Therefore, I am writing this letter and sending it through [Al Fazl] newspaper to request for prayers.

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North Wabash Ave from Adams Street, Chicago. A few miles south of this road is where Hazrat Mufti Sahibra built one of America’s first mosque | Wiki Commons

Since I have been here, my health is also not very well, i.e. I am suffering from a cold and cough etc. I hope and have trust in the mercy and blessings of Allah the Almighty that I will find a good house very soon, insha-Allah. The authority and knowledge of Allah the Almighty prevails over the past and the future. We firmly believe that the eternal and everlasting God reigns over everything, be it time, matter or spirit. He knows that those who pray for me from the bottom of their hearts are going to supplicate before Him.

Consequently, He shows the acceptance of their prayers in advance. I repeatedly experienced that when I would write a letter requesting for prayers to the Promised Messiahas, its acceptance would become apparent from the time of writing. One of the experiences of the current journey is that whenever I have written a letter to Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II[ra] in a state of illness or distress, the traces of difficulty and disease would begin to diminish as soon as the letter was posted. Hence, I convey this request first to Hazrat Khalifatul Masih and then to my dear friends through the newspaper. May Allah the Almighty give you the best of rewards and grant you religious and worldly blessings.

Wassalam, Muhammad Sadiq, c/o Diab Brothers, 51 – E 18th Street, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Announcement about the proposed magazine of Mufti Sahib

Mufti Muhammad Sadiq Sahib in one of his reports proposed to launch a monthly magazine from America and said that it required a monthly expenditure of at least one hundred dollars for the first year.

In this regard, first Hashim Ali Sahib Anas (revenue officer) and then some other friends have promised to give one dollar a month. May God the Almighty grant them the best of rewards. However, we would like to inform all such friends that if it is not considered appropriate to start a magazine in America, as we have not yet decided on it, then their money will be spent to spread Islam in America through other means, i.e. on publishing of tracts, leaflets etc.

(Nazir Talif-o-Ishaat, Qadian)

Appointment of Naib Nazir Talif-o-Ishaat

For the information of friends, it is announced that Master Ali Muhammad Sahib BA BT, has been appointed as the Naib Nazir Talif-o-Ishaat in the department of Nazarat from 24 October 1920.

Wassalam, Nazir-e-Ala, Nazarat Department

What prayers should be said?

A person enquired from Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II[ra], “There is a prayer book called Ganj al-Arsh, which states that if it is read with the permission of a righteous man, it will prove very beneficial. So please give me the permission.”

In reply, Huzoor[ra] wrote, “These are all made up prayers. The prayers passed on to us by God and His Messenger are the appropriate ones and those which are said from the heart with earnestness.”

Announcement of Bai‘at

Dear Editor Al Fazlassalamo alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

I am sending my and my younger brother’s declaration of Bai‘at for publishing in Al Fazl. I would like you to publish it in the upcoming issue because through this announcement, apart from getting the opportunity to request for prayers from all the brothers and sisters in faith, most of all I want to inform my non-Ahmadi relatives and friends [about the Bai‘at].

Earlier, I was not able to express the truth before them due to my personal weakness. [This announcement] will help expiate the mistake of concealing the truth. Hence, please publish the following declaration of allegiance in the newspaper, Al Fazl. May Allah grant you the best of reward. My younger brother, Muhammad Shafi, and I had been in search of the truth for two years. We used to exchange views about the [Ahmadiyya] Jamaat with Master Nazir Muhammad Khan Sahib Ahmadi Hamirpuri on regular basis.

Although our hearts had become convinced about the truth of the divinely commissioned [Messiah], we could not express it due to our inner weakness. During that time, we did extensive deliberation and discussion on the claims of Hazrat Mirza Sahibas. Ultimately, God gave us the strength to express the truth.

Now, we both declare that we have sincerely accepted Hazrat Mirza Sahibas as the prophet of age and the Promised Messiah. We have entered the Ahmadiyya Jamaat by taking Bai‘at at the blessed hand of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II[ra] through a letter, alhamdolillah. We request members of the Jamaat to sincerely pray for both of us that may we be granted perseverance and contentment in the will of God during difficult times, amin!

Yours humbly, Muhammad Abdul Wahid and Muhammad Shafi (raees and traders), Muskara, District Hamirpura

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