100 Years Ago… – Passion of Muslim English ladies in preaching Islam


Al Fazl, 25 November 1920

Hazrat Maulvi Abdur Rahim Nayyarra

An English lady’s passion for tabligh

Sister Aisha Noor is an enthusiastic member of our Cardiff Jamaat, who possesses keenness and passion for tabligh. She tries to convey the message of truth as much as possible and a lady has converted to Islam through her tabligh. May Allah grant her the best of rewards. Sister Aisha writes in a letter:

Assalamo alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

“I am writing to inform you that two weeks ago, a lady, who is the wife of an Arab, came to me and said, ‘Please enlighten me with the teachings of Islam.’ I gave her one of your magazines and asked her to read it carefully for a few days and then come back. This lady came back and wished to learn more. I gave her some more books to study and also explained some of the issues verbally. She has been in regular contact with me for a long time and has been busy getting information about Islam. Finally, today she recited:

لَا اِلٰہَ اِلَّا اللہُ مُحَمَّدٌ رَّسُوْلُ اللہِ

“[There is none worthy of worship except Allah; Muhammad is His messenger] with full conviction of heart and signed the Bai‘at form.

“I will continue to teach her every day to the best of my knowledge. Please write a kind letter to her and give her an Islamic name. I hope that by the grace of Allah the Almighty, I will be able to bring this woman out of the darkness and into the light.

“Yours sincerely, Mrs Ayesha Noor”

Safia’s letter

According to the wish of Sister Aisha Noor, letters were written to the newly converted lady and she was given the name of Safiya. Safiya is growing in sincerity and faith. She writes:

“My brother, assalamo alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

“I am very grateful for your kind and cheerful letter. I regret that I could not respond quickly due to ill health. I am engaged in studying and making progress in religious knowledge. I have started offering Salat, but I have a lot to learn to pray in the best possible way.

“Dear brother! I feel like I am in a new world since I have changed my religion. Beyond any doubt, Islam is the best religion. With the support of Allah, I will protect my faith with my life and also train my son in accordance with this religion and its practices.

“Your sister in faith, Mabel Emma Safiya”

Maryam’s letter

An English lady from South Shields writes:

“I am regretful that I could not send my chanda. As soon as my husband returns, I will fulfill this obligation, insha-Allah. I have studied The Review of Religions and I very much admire all the efforts that our mission is making to spread Islam in the countries of unfaithful people.

“Yours sincerely, Maryam”


The series of outdoor lectures continues uninterrupted. Weekly meetings have been started at the house and speeches have been delivered on the following topics:

Delegation in England for the tabligh of Islam by Chaudhry Fateh Muhammad Sayal Sahib (delivered on 3 October 1920); Ahmadas and his purpose of appearance by Maulvi Mubarak Ali Sahib (delivered on 10 October 1920); There is none worthy of worship except Allah by Abdul Rahim Nayyar Sahib (delivered on 17 October 1920); Oneness of God Almighty by Mr Usman Fisher (delivered on 24 October 1920).

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Chaudhry Fateh Muhammad Sayal Sahibra

In addition, the following lectures were held in the outskirts of London:

What rights do India and Britain have over each other? by Abdul Rahim Nayyar Sahib (delivered on 21 October 1920 at Abbott Finchley); Islam and Bolshevism by Chaudhry Fateh Muhammad Sayal Sahib (delivered on 24 October 1920 at Lewisham); The solution to India’s current problems by Abdul Rahim Nayyar Sahib (delivered on 27 October 1920 at Edmonton).

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Hazrat Maulvi Abdur Rahim Nayyarra

All of the above lectures went very well by the grace of God and the responsibility of tabligh was carried out in the best possible way. Mr Malik Mr Muhammad Hussain Malik, who was previously in East Africa, arrived safely in London this week. May Allah the Almighty grant him success in his endeavours and be with him in his noble desire of the tabligh of Islam. Amin!

At present, apart from the tabligh delegation, the following Ahmadi members are residing in England:

1. Maulvi Mubarak Ali Sahib BA BT, missionary to West Africa, who will leave for his destination on 12 January [1921], insha-Allah. He is currently helping the missionaries in their work here.

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Maulana Mubarak Ali Bangali Sahibra

2. Sahibzada Abdul Rahim Khan Sahib, son of Hazrat Nawab Muhammad Ali Khan Sahib, who is residing in Oxford.

3. Mian Manzoor Hassan BSc, is living in Sheffield.

4. Ghulam Qadir Khan Sahib is studying in Aberystwyth, Wales.

5. Zafar Haq Khan Sahib and Nematullah Sahib are present in London.

Report of lectures

Below is a brief report of the two lectures delivered by the Ahmadiyya missionary, Chaudhry Fateh Muhammad Sahib MA, at Lewisham and Edmonton:

Bolshevism and Islam – The first lecture

The subject of the lecture held at Lewisham was Bolshevism and Islam. The erudite speaker explained that Islam has nothing to do with Bolshevism. Europe is responsible for it [Bolshevism], especially the government of the Tsar, which was used to cruelty and injustice. The issue of equality is Islamic, but the concept of Islamic equality is based on spirituality and religion. While the equality of Bolshevism depends on worldly ideas. It was then emphasised that the only cure for Bolshevism is Islam, because Islam has so much equality, justice and brotherhood that there remains no room for Bolshevism to provoke the general public against the affluent people. Thus, if some Islamic nations become associated with the Bolshevik party, it would not be due to their economic ideas, but because of some political expediencies.

Solution to India’s current problems – The second lecture

The subject of this lecture was Solution to India’s current problems. The speaker elaborated that some of the major problems being faced by India are:

1. Presence of different nations and religions

2. Differences in the cultural and educational development of different nations

Only religion can solve the said problems. Hinduism was not able to solve these problems. On the contrary, the question of caste and race has exacerbated these problems. Christianity has also failed to solve these problems because the people of Europe cannot overlook that they are white and the question of blacks and whites worsens these problems. However, the principles of Islam are based on equality. They result in establishing justice and harmony.

Hence, the cure for India’s problems can only be the spiritual spirit taught by Islam, which will burn these different elements in the furnace of spirituality and end all the differences and remove the problems. The audience liked this speech very much.

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