Death of Imam Musa Projosiswoyo
With the deepest regret we announce the death of Imam Musa Projosiswoyo,
a learned and dedicated member of the Jakarta Jamaat, Indonesia.
He passed away in Jakarta on 15th January 2005 and was buried in
Solo, Java on the 16th.
Imam Musa Projosiswoyo was born on 19 July 1942. His grandfather,
R. Moeh Aspari, became a member of the Ahmadiyya Movement through
Bro. HOS Tjokroaminoto, a staunch and devoted Ahmadi. He took the
bai‘at by writing directly to the Central Ahmadiyya Anjuman
in Lahore before the Ahmadiyya Anjuman in Indonesia was formed.
His parents, Bro. R. Ng. Mohammed Koesban Prodjosiswojo and Asmini,
also joined the Ahmadiyya Movement by letter. His parents established
a book depot and organised the annual Jalsa every year before
the Second World War.
Bro. Imam Musa completed his Elementary and High school education
in Surakarta from 1950 to 1961. He then went to Jakarta to do a
Bachelor’s course in the Economic Faculty of the University. When
he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Economics, the country went
through mass demonstration against the military rule of General
Suharto. As Imam Musa was an active member of the Islamic Students
Association (H.M.I), it became impossible for him to continue his
studies at the University. He thus left the University and became
an active member of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Anjuman, Indonesia, after
he got married in 1970. He established a centre of the Lahore Ahmadiyya
at IX/12 Kesehqtan, Jakarta. Weekly dars-i Qur’an and the
annual Jalsa are held at this centre regularly. He also established
the Darul Kutubil Islamiyyah Foundation with the active cooperation
of Bro. H. Soetjipto and Dr. Bambang Dharmaputera to publish books,
periodicals and booklets of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement. Most
of the publications were Indonesian translations of the English
books published by the Central Anjuman in Lahore. Some of the major
- Indonesian translation of the English translation of the Holy
Qur’an by Maulana Muhammad Ali, (Qur’an Suci Terjemah dan Tafsir)
rendered by H. M. Bachroen.
- Indonesian translation of The Religion of Islam by Maulana
Muhammad Ali, (Islamologi Dienul Islam) rendered by H.
- Indonesian translation of A Manual of Hadith by Maulana
Muhammad Ali, (Kitab Hadits Pegangan) rendered by H. M.
Kaelan and Imam Musa Projosiswoyo.
It also included publication of the monthly journal Studi Islam
and the booklet Fathi Islam.
He moved to Cimanggis 1987 to be near his office and residence.
There he established the Darus Salaam Prosiswoyo Foundation in memory
of his youngest daughter and his mother. At this foundation, he
held dars-i Qur’an on weekends. He also managed to have a
small library and book depot for books published from Yogyakarta
and Jakarta. He performed Hajj in 1993.
At the end of 1997, he retired from his job because of liver illness
and returned to Jakarta. Here he continued holding dars-i Qur’an
every third week and took an active part in organising Friday congregations
and other meetings. He devoted most of his time to translating books
and booklets published by the Central Ahmadiyya Anjuman in Lahore.
The books already published are:
All these translation works and others were revised and edited by
Dr. Bambang Dharamputera and then processed through the computer.
- Great Religions of the World by Mrs. Ulfat Samad
- Anwarul Qur’an Part 1 (Chapters 102-114) by Dr. Basharat
- The Soul of Salah and Dua by Imam Kalamazad Mohammed
- Necessity and Benefits of Trials and Tribulations by
Imam Kalamazad Mohammed
Other translations done by Imam Musa and which are being edited
by Dr. Bambang Dharamputera and awaiting publication are:
- Anwarul Qur’an, Parts II & III (Chs. 78-101) by Dr. Basharat
- Ar-Rahman (The Beneficent) by Dr. Basharat Ahmad
- Living Thoughts of Prophet Muhammad by Maulana Muhammad
- The Early Caliphate by Maulana Muhammad Ali
- The Ahmadiyya Case by Hafiz Maulana Sher Muhammad, translated
and edited by Dr. Zahid Aziz
- Muhammad in World Scriptures, Vol. I & II by Maulana
Abdul Haq Vidyarthi
- Jesus in Heaven on Earth by Khwaja Nazir Ahmad
- Prophethood in Islam by Maulana Muhammad Ali
- Truth Triumphs by Mumtaz Ahmad Faruqui
The books which are being translated are:
Bro. Imam Musa was a very sincere, devout and dedicated Ahmadi. A
glance at his translation and published works shows his literary zeal
and deep commitment to the cause of Islam and the Ahmadiyya Movement.
He not only kept in contact with other branches of the Movement such
as the USA, Holland, Trinidad, India and Pakistan through correspondence,
but also kept them informed about the activities of the Indonesia
Jama‘at. May Allah bless and reward him, grant him mercy, protection
and forgiveness, and admit him to join the righteous ones in Jannah,
- The Great Muslim Reformer by Dr. Basharat Ahmad
- Second Coming of Jesus by Maulana Muhammad Ali