"The Ahmadies are at present the most active propagandists
of Islam in the world"
These are the words with which Dr. Titus, a Christian missionary ends
the first paragraph of his article about the Ahmadiyya Movement in his
book Indian Islam. In the following pages
I want to explain who the Ahmadies are and in what way our Muslim friends,
only under a misunderstanding, are trying to undermine and destroy the
great work on which actually depends the success and triumph of Islam.
When Islam is, as at present, involved in a severe struggle and is faced
with the gravest situation in its history, it is the first and foremost
duty of every son of Islam to come to its help in whatever way he can.
It is a sin even to keep oneself aloof at such a moment.
(Dr. Murray T. Titus, Indian Islam, 1930, p. 217.)
With a little thought it would become clear that on the preaching of
Islam (Ishaat Islam), depends all the success of Islam.
In this way we can turn the Western foes of Islam, who have been trying
their utmost to destroy the Muslims for so many centuries, into the
faithful servants of Islam. The place that gives rise to poisonous thoughts
against Islam can also be made to produce an elixir for this poison.
By ishaat Islam we can turn the minority of Muslims in
India into a majority.*
||This was written before the partition of India.
The Muslims of India did not generally pay heed to the call of the
Ahmadiyya Movement in time, otherwise the history of this subcontinent
would have been quite different.
By ishaat Islam we can create that power and passion of
faith among Muslims which would help them to live as a strong community
in spite of their being in a minority in any part of the world.
By ishaat Islam we can teach them to lead a simple and
straightforward life and thus break all their un-Islamic habits and
customs which have brought them to such a condition of disgrace.
By ishaat Islam we can bring about a unity among Muslims
which will make them a strong and triumphant nation in the world in
spite of their being weak in financial resources.
What does ishaat Islam mean in reality? It is presenting
the true picture of Islam to the world. On the one hand it will attract
the hearts of the other people towards Islam and on the other create
a zeal for action among Muslims which is lacking in them today. This
will lead them to the paths of progress and prosperity, the paths which
have been unfortunately lost by them today. The power of captivating
the hearts exists in the Quran itself; it exists in the pure and
perfect precept of the Prophet Muhammad. The only shortcoming is that
the true picture of Islam is hidden behind a veil. The opponents have
a wrong picture of Islam before them on account of which they are despising
it and trying to destroy it from the face of the earth. Muslims themselves
are oblivious of the real beauty of Islam, Islam which had profoundly
affected the lives of the Muslims of earlier centuries and had given
them an invincible strength to uphold the cause of the truth. Ishaat
Islam means the unveiling of the beauty of Islam once again; it
means opening up of new vistas for the progress of Muslims. If in this
country there are eighty million Muslims it is only due to ishaat
Islam. The source by which we became eighty millions can raise us
to the number of two hundred millions as well.
God has given a promise to us that:
"He it is Who sent His Messenger with guidance and the
Religion of Truth, that He may cause it to prevail over all religions"
(The Quran, 9:33).
This is not a mere promise. In Arabia God manifested the fulfilment of
this promise during the life of the Holy Prophet, i.e. within a short
span of twenty years. Afterwards on whatever soil Islam set its foot it
received its due share from the people of that country, as for instance
from the fireworshippers of Iran, from Christians of Egypt and Syria,
from Hindus and Buddhists of India, from the pagans and idolaters of Java
and Sumatra, from the followers of Confucius in China and from the nations
of Central Asia. If we can just show the example of the courage and valour
of our ancestors we shall see with our own eyes the fulfilment of this
Divine promise. One fact, however, is obvious that the principles of Islam
are even now gaining ground throughout the world. People get disheartened
by the dominance of materialism and irreligion in the world. But they
forget that any lasting civilization has never been based or will never
be based on the forces of materialism and irreligion. Its permanent foundation
can only be laid on spiritual and moral values. If the human civilization
has to exist then religion, which is the foundation-head of all spiritual
life and moral values, will also exist in its complete and perfect form,
the other name of which is Islam.
The only object of the Ahmadiyya Movement is to create such conditions
under which Islam could flourish. I end this brief introduction with
"O Allah help him who helps the religion of Muhammad
and make us from among them, O Allah forsake him who forsakes the religion
of Muhammad and do not make us from among them."
I hope that from the heart of every lover of Islam will rise amen
at this prayer! I call my Muslim friends to help the religion of
Muhammad and expect that my call will not be a call in the wilderness.
31st March 1931.