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Death of Imam Musa Projosiswoyo

Imam Musa Projosiswoyo

With the deepest regret we announce the death of Imam Musa Projosiswoyo, a learned and dedicated member of the Jakarta Jama‘at, 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 publications are:

  • 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. M. Bachroen.
  • 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:

  • Great Religions of the World by Mrs. Ulfat Samad
  • Anwarul Qur’an Part 1 (Chapters 102-114) by Dr. Basharat Ahmad
  • The Soul of Salah and Du‘a by Imam Kalamazad Mohammed
  • Necessity and Benefits of Trials and Tribulations by Imam Kalamazad Mohammed

All these translation works and others were revised and edited by Dr. Bambang Dharamputera and then processed through the computer.

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 Ahmad
  • Ar-Rahman (The Beneficent) by Dr. Basharat Ahmad
  • Living Thoughts of Prophet Muhammad by Maulana Muhammad Ali
  • 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:

  • The Great Muslim Reformer by Dr. Basharat Ahmad
  • Second Coming of Jesus by Maulana Muhammad Ali

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, Amin!
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