100 Years Ago… – The Promised Messiah’s call for subscribers of The Review of Religions

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Last Updated on 4th August 2021

The Review of Religions (Urdu), July 1921

Regarding the expansion of the publication of The Review of Religions, the Promised Messiahas said:

“If, God forbid, this magazine [The Review of Religions] ceases to publish due to lack of attention on the part of this Jamaat, then it will really be a time of mourning for this Jamaat. Thus, I strongly urge the sincere, generous members of my Jamaat to show courage in supporting and financing this magazine as much as possible.” 

The Promised Messiahas then said:

“If 10,000 members of the Jamaat come forward to buy both the Urdu and English versions to support this magazine, then this magazine will certainly be successful. According to my knowledge, if those who have taken bai‘at, strive to do so by keeping the true spirit of bai‘at in their minds, then the number [of 10,000] is not very high. In fact, this number is very small as compared to the current number of members of the Jamaat.”

What could be more effective for the Ahmadiyya Jamaat than these words? It is unfortunate that the Promised Messiahas – many years ago, when the condition of the Jamaat was much weaker than it is today – wanted 10,000 members to buy this magazine, but the Jamaat has not yet produced even two thousand buyers [in 1921]. If the words of the Promised Messiahas are not heeded, what effect will my appeal have? 

Amirs, presidents and secretaries are more responsible for drawing the attention [of the Jamaat] towards complying with such instructions. 

Wassalam. The manager of The Review of Religions.

(Translated by Al Hakam from the original in The Review of Religions [Urdu], July 1921)

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