100 Years Ago… – Tabligh in Washington and Philadelphia

Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Sadiqra (1872-1957)
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It [Washington] is the capital city of America, just as Delhi is the capital of India. It is a very pleasant city with a lot of trees and wide roads. It also has open fields and gardens. Moreover, there are white stone buildings in it. It looks like an extended orchard. The hygiene management in this city is of very high quality.

The literature [of Ahmadiyya Jamaat] was distributed in this city, and tabligh [preaching] was carried out to various people. Due to summer vacation, the lecture could not be arranged. However, a request has been made for a lecture at the most prestigious [literary] club in the city, which will hopefully be arranged in October [1923]. Maulvi Muhammad Din Sahib will go there for the lecture. The name of this club is “City Club”. The President of America is also a member of it and visits every now and then.

The editors of two famous [newspapers] came to meet me. I acquainted them with the teachings of Islam Ahmadiyyat. They published this description of Islam in very interesting words, along with my picture, in their daily newspapers. Those articles will be published in the magazine Moslem Sunrise. It is being published under the supervision of Maulvi Muhammad Din Sahib in Chicago.


It [Philadelphia] is the second-tier city in the country. It’s been almost three years since I first landed here and was detained on the shores for six weeks. The dreams and hopes of those days are being fulfilled now. During my first visit, various newspapers published articles about me, and now the editors of four daily newspapers came to visit. They have published detailed articles with my picture, stating that within 3 years, God has granted me 700 new converts in this country, that mosques and mission houses have been established, and that a magazine [Moslem Sunrise] is also being published. Alhamdulillah [All praise belongs to Allah].

Three lectures were held in Philadelphia. A lady converted to Islam and was named Safia, alhamdulillah.

New York

By a mere coincidence, a Muslim leather trader from Amritsar met me in New York. He asked me if I particularly convey the message of “Ahmadiyyat” in this country or not. At that time, by chance, I was going somewhere for tabligh and I had in my hand some limited issues of Moslem Sunrise No. 3 that were printed as samples. I was going to distribute them. I presented one of these prints to him. On the very first page, there was a picture of the Promised Messiah, peace be upon him, and under it was written “The Prophet Ahmad[as]”. Then I explained to him that Islam and Ahmadiyyat are not separate from each other. Surely, I do not teach any separate creed or prayer to new converts. I teach the same creed, the same prayer, the same fasting, the same Quran and the same Hadith that are taught in Islam. And faith in the Promised Messiahas is also included in this.

– Muhammad Sadiq. 24 August 1923.

Al Fazl, 9 November 1923

Maulvi Muhammad Dinra (1881-1983)

This week, four individuals converted to Islam and embraced Ahmadiyyat. One of them has been a priest himself for thirty-five years and is also highly educated.

Sincere new convert

Sister Saeeda is a sincere new convert. Every now and then, she preaches and considers it her duty. She is so strong-willed that if she gets a single day off after doing work day and night, she goes out to preach. Last Sunday evening, she lectured for 2 hours straight. Many people are visiting the Ahmadiyya Mosque and exchanging views after being inspired by her lectures. A lot of them have converted to Islam, and many people want more acquaintances and information. […]

(Translated by Al Hakam from the original Urdu, published in the 9 October and 9 November 1923 issues of Al Fazl)

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