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September 13th, 2008

Dr Israr Ahmad confirms that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad did service to Islam

Below is the link to a You Tube video clip of a discussion on ARY One TV. Participating are Dr Javaid Iqbal (son of Allama Iqbal), Prof. Mahdi Hasan and Dr Israr Ahmad.

Allama Iqbal’s praise of Hazrat Mirza sahib is mentioned and acknowledged.

Someone mentions that Abdul Majeed Salik was also an Ahmadi. But he was one of those whose being Ahmadi was not later provable. He wrote a brief life of Iqbal in the 1950s, Zikr-i Iqbal. Salik lived in Muslim Town, very close to Maulana Muhammad Ali’s house, and in the street where I was born. The street is now named after him.

They then discuss why Ahmadiyyat was admired by all these people. The reason they give is that Hazrat Mirza sahib stood up to confront Christian and Arya Samaj attacks on Islam. Dr Israr Ahmad mentions it with some stress and you can tell he is telling the turth from the heart.

6 Responses to “Dr Israr Ahmad confirms that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad did service to Islam”

  1. FYI: Iqbal contributed the following article in Islamic Review

    By DR. M. IQBAL, Ph.D., Barrister-at-Law

    Page 257, Islamic Review & Muslim India, Vol V, No. 6, June 1917, The Mosque, Woking, Surrey, England.

  2. Thanks for that, Ikram. I looked up the Urdu Ishaat-i-Islam magazine which carried Urdu translations of articles in the Islamic Review (and some other matters of interest). This article by Iqbal is in the August 1917 issue.

    Here is the link to the pdf file.

    See p. 374 of magazine, which is p. 40 of the pdf file.

  3. It is always heartening to see how helpful has been to the research work being carried out by people like yourselves. All the raking done since 1999 hasn’t gone to waste. Alhamdullilah!

  4. FYI: Abdullah Yusuf Ali, who translated Quran into English under guidance from Muhammad Ali, contributed the following article in Islamic Review

    By A. YUSUF ALI (apparently submitted by him on November 16, 1917)

    Pages 515-520, Islamic Review & Muslim India, Vol V, No. 12, December 1917, The Mosque, Woking, Surrey, England.

  5. I don’t know how far we can say that Yusuf Ali did his translation under guidance of Maulana Muhammad Ali. No doubt he sought the Maulana’s opinion sometimes.

    Yusuf Ali attended many functions at the Woking Mosque.  For example, Id-ul-Fitr in 1935 (see this link), or birthday of the Holy Prophet, May 1939 (see this link).

    In fact, using the search facility at the Woking Muslim Mission website reveals a large number of issues of The Islamic Review with his name in them. (It is in fact a local Google search, and I am very heartened to see that it is finding text within the image pdf files of The Islamic Review.)

  6. “Guidance/Supervision” of Yusuf Ali by Muhammad Ali was narrated to me by my father who then as a young man, for a brief period worked as a secretary with Muhammad Ali and was witness to Yusuf Ali’s frequent visits to the latter in Ahmadiyya Buildings for review/critique of his translations efforts. He also told me that Yusuf Ali worked in Anjuman Himayat Islam, which was located across the street from Ahmadiyya Buildings on Brandreth Road, Lahore. The time period is probably late 1920’s or early 1930’s, which coincides with my father F.A. and/or B.A. studies in Lahore, before he did his Law from Punjab University. This time period also corresponds with first edition of Yusuf Ali’s  translation of the Quran i.e. 1934.
    [the above is to best of my recall]

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