100 Years Ago… – New Jamaat in Southsea, seekers of truth and the Ahmadiyya Mosque, London

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Al Fazl, 9 September 1920

Hazrat Maulvi Abdur Rahim Nayyarra

Our honourable visitors

People seeking the truth after hearing the message of the arrival of the Promised Messiahas and wishing to quench their thirst with the water of spiritual life, keep coming to Dar-ul-Dawat [mission house] of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat in increasing numbers.

Hazrat Maulvi Abdur Rahim Nayyarra

Below are the names of some noteworthy seekers of the truth from this week:

1. Mr John Garden: This respected English gentleman was a Roman Catholic, but [now] holds a keen interest in Islam. He regularly attends every gathering and listens attentively for hours. During the last meeting, he said, “I always mention you in good words.” That is, he speaks in support of Islam whenever an opportunity presents itself. Since he is also acquainted with Khawaja Sahib, he was very astonished to find out that despite receiving blessings from Hazrat Ahmadas, why Khawaja Sahib had not mentioned [the name of the Promised Messiahas] and the hope of this world to his Western friends.

2. Mrs DeLoria: This esteemed lady takes a special interest in the Jamaat. After listening to the speeches of missionaries, she always says, “I feel happy.”

3. Mr Robert Shaw: This friend is a noble-hearted Christian. He is particularly interested in the claims of the Promised Messiahas.

4. Miss Victoria Norton: This educated, distinguished lady is one of those visitors who stands for hours at our outdoor gatherings and keeps listening to the speeches. This lady is deeply in love with Islam. She continues to spread its message to others as well. Hopefully, she will soon declare her conversion to Islam, insha-Allah. (Alhamdolillah, she has [accepted Islam and] announced it: Nayyar)

Frustration

Before joining the Ahmadiyya Jamaat, respected Sister Amatullah belonged to the Order of the Star in the East, i.e. a group awaiting the universal teacher from the East. Ever since she became an Ahmadi, she has been informing those awaiting the Promised Messiah about the arrival of the holy one and now she has brought the news that these people are getting frustrated. Their societies are closing down and people are losing interest:

یارو جو مرد آنے کو تھا وہ تو آچکا

یہ راز تم کو شمس و قمر بھی بتا چکا

[Friends! The man who was to come, has already arrived. The sun and the moon also informed you of this secret.]

اب میرے بعد اوروں کی ہے انتظار کیا

توبہ کرو کہ جینے کا ہے اعتبار کیا

[Now, what is this wait for others besides me? Pray repent – for what surety is there on life!]

General tabligh

The series of lectures continues unabated. Hundreds of educated men and women eagerly listen to the message of the second coming of the Messiah. Sometimes, pastors try to make a fuss in our meetings and sadly enough, some so-called Muslims are also among these opponents. They are treated as gently as possible because:

اے دل تو نیز خاطر ایناں نگاہ دار

کاخر کنند دعوئے حبّ پیمبرم

[O heart, respect their feelings as well because after all, they also profess love for the Holy Prophetsa.]

Men and women are surprised to hear the answers to questions because they thought that Islam is a religion which demeans women, debars them from entering into paradise, does not care about their rights and allows man to have as many wives as he wants. The answers to these questions are proving so satisfying and effective that by the grace of God Almighty, educated English women are recognising the misrepresentations of the [Christian] clergy and becoming admirers of the teachings of Islam.

اَللّٰھُمَّ صَلِّ عَلیٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلیٰ آلِہِ وَاَصْحَابِہِ وَخُلَفَائِہِ اَجْمَعِیْن

[Bless, O Allah, Muhammadsa, the people of Muhammadsa, his companionsra and Khulafara collectively.]

Azizuddin Sahib

Apart from his basic responsibilities, Brother Azizuddin Sahib is taking an interest in the work of tabligh as well. His help in distributing literature, meeting people and arranging lectures is proving very beneficial. May Allah grant him the best of reward and enable other friends to follow his example.

Ahmadiyya Mosque, London

As was mentioned in last week’s letter, a house and land have been purchased for the Ahmadiyya Mosque. At the same time, preparations for the construction of the mosque are also in their final stage. The blueprint is ready and a copy has been sent to be presented to Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II[ra] for approval.

Construction will be started immediately after approval, insha-Allah. Members of the Jamaat are requested to pray that Allah the Almighty may complete this blessed project as soon as possible.

Southsea Jamaat

By the grace of Allah the Almighty, our Jamaat has been established in Southsea. Most of the people are underprivileged and some of them are sick. We request our friends to pray for their well-being and health.

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