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Lahore Ahmadiyya leaders noted in Muslim League records

In the period before the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947, Lahore Ahmadiyya leaders were also regarded as a part of the general Muslim leadership and held in respect by the leaders of the Muslim League. The collection entitled Foundations of Pakistan, All-India Muslim League Documents: 1906–1947, edited by Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada (National Publishing House Ltd., Karachi and Dacca, vol. I, 1969, vol. II, 1970) provides a record of the proceedings of the sessions of the Muslim League throughout these years. We find the following mention of names of prominent Lahore Ahmadis in this record.

1. At the 15th Session in Lahore on 24–25th May 1924, among the names of those present is listed Dr Mirza Yaqub Beg (vol. I, p. 575). Later it is reported that a committee was formed “to confer with the working committee of the Central Khilafat Committee in order to frame a scheme in consultation with it for the purpose of organizing the various public activities of the Muslim Community”, and the names of its members are listed. The first name is M.A. Jinnah, and further on in this list occurs the name of Dr Mirza Yaqub Beg (vol. I, p. 580).

2. At the 23rd Session in Delhi on 25–26th November 1933, in the Presidential address of Hafiz Hidayat Husain it is stated:

“At the very outset, it is my most melancholy duty to mourn the death of Sir Muhammad Shafi, Sir Syed Ali Imam, Sir Mohammad Fakhruddin, Syed Hasan Imam and Khwaja Kamaluddin — all these were great in their line, greater still in their love for Islam. All of them were, in one way or other, connected with the All-India Muslim League, with unique and unsurpassed service to the credit of each. May their souls rest in peace.” — vol. II, p. 210 (bolding of name is ours).