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November 18th, 2016

Lahore Ahmadi tends to Maulvi Barakatullah in San Francisco in last days of his life in 1927

Maulvi Barakatullah (1854-1927) was an Indian Muslim revolutionary who campaigned for the independence of India from several countries outside India. Bhopal University in India was re-named after him as Barkatullah University. He spent the last few months of his life in the USA, died in San Francisco and was buried in Sacramento. See Wikipedia article on his life.

In the Lahore Ahmadiyya English magazine The Light a letter was published in the issue for 8 December 1927 in this connection written by a member of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement from San Francisco who looked after Maulvi Barakatullah in his dying days. I have made it available at this link.

The writer of the letter is Mirza Daud Baig. He was the older son of Dr Mirza Yaqub Baig, the well-known prominent follower of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, and a founding member of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Anjuman. Mirza Daud Baig returned to India a couple of years later, and spent most of the last years of his life in Turkey, having married a Turkish woman while still in India. (He was also my wife's maternal uncle, so we personally know some details of his life.)

2 Responses to “Lahore Ahmadi tends to Maulvi Barakatullah in San Francisco in last days of his life in 1927”

  1. I grew up in the town where Barakatullah is buried, sadly he is not well-known among local Muslims. Did MGA and the Maulana ever meet, or know of his teachings? Is anything known about the Syed Hussain  mentioned in the article; all I can find on him  is that he was possibly a doctor, and associated with the Ghaddar Party.

  2. March 20th, 2017 at 6:44 am
    From Zahid Aziz:

    The name of Dr Barakatullah is mentioned in a few places in Ahmadiyya and Ahmadiyya-related literature of the time when he was alive. There is an article in The Islamic Review, July 1914 (see link) by a Muhammad Barakatullah entitled 'Islam in Japan', which clearly is by him. See also the editor's note at the end of the article. It reminds me that I have also read elsewhere in Urdu Ahmadiyya literature that Dr Barakatullah is propagating Islam in Japan.

    It is obvious from the above article that he was in communication with Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din. However, I don't know if he ever met Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.

    Paul: Muslims aren't interested in the history of their religion and those who contributed to it, and their legacy. Other nations are very keen to preserve theirs.