Ahmadiyya books inspired
Speech at North American
Convention, Columbus, Ohio, August 1995
by Mansyur Basuki,
(From The Light & Islamic Review,
Volume 72, No. 5, September-October 1995, pages 12-14)
The name of my country, Indonesia, was mentioned in the English
commentary of the Holy Quran by Maulana Muhammad Ali
"As a matter of fact, it is true that notwithstanding
various setbacks at different periods of history, the cause of Islam
has gone on gaining ground. When the existing Muslim civilization
was destroyed by Mongols, a greater Muslim nation rose up by their
joining the ranks of Islam; and when Islam was extirpated in Spain
in the West, it gained ground in the Far East in Indonesia,
winning over fifty million people." -- Note 2754.
I will connect what Maulana Muhammad Ali had said in the comment
above with the fact of our history of Indonesian Muslim development.
The influence of Tafsir Quran by Maulana Muhammad Ali towards Indonesian
intellectual Muslims is great. Mr. H.A. Salim, a prominent Indonesian
diplomat of the past, said:
"Among many Tafsirs we could find, the Ahmadiyya
Tafsir by Maulana Muhammad Ali is the best Tafsir which satisfied
the youth of Islamic students."
When this Tafsir was translated into the Malay language by HOS.
Tjokroaminoto (the father of the Islamic movement in Indonesia),
H.A. Salim wrote as follows in his Preface:
"After more than one year I have known and been studying
this Tafsir intensively, I found that it is the best one; lots of
valuable ideas are given here. And it gives information to understand
Islam and its teaching. It explains, educates and advices. Here
I did not find any mistakes which mislead the readers at all. This
Tafsir matches the knowledge and understanding of the intellectuals
of this age. Various misconceptions, insults, scorns and rejections
from non-Muslims, especially from the West and Europeans, are refuted
by strong arguments here. And it uncovered the narrowmindedness
of the accusers." (H.M. Bachrun, Quran Suci, P. III).
It is not surprising that many Indonesian Muslims, including the
prominent figures, are silently taking advantage of this Tafsir,
although openly they rejected the Ahmadiyya movement. Mr. M. Natsir,
a famous politician of the past, said:
"If I went to meet Mr. Hassan in his house, I would
ask for solutions of some problems. After discussing the matter,
he would give me some books such as Al-Furqon and the Holy Quran
by Maulana Muhammad Ali." (M. Natsir, Politik Melalui Dakwah,
Tempo, 2 Dec. 89, p. 52)
The first President of the Republik Indonesia, Mr. Sukarno, took
the Holy Quran by Muhammad Ali
as his main Holy Book. He also was an admirer of the books written
by Khwaja Kamal-ud-din. Secret of Existence
by Khwaja Kamal-ud-din has become a reference book for
the students in Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB).
Margaret Blood, an Australian doctor, in her thesis about the Ahmadiyya
Movement in Indonesia writes:
"Lahore publications in particular have made an important
contribution to the study of Islam in Indonesia, religious thought
among Indonesian Muslims... the membership of the Lahore School
in Indonesia has always been negligible but this fact alone belies
the importance of the Lahore branch which is best evaluated as a
school of thought rather than an organization."
(Margaret Blood, The Ahmadiyya (Lahore) in Indonesia; Its
Early History and Contribution to Islam in the Archipelago,
In recent years "Al-Quran dan Terjemahannya" or Al-Quran
and its translation have been issued by the Indonesian Department
of Religion Affairs. Here, the characteristics of Maulana Muhammad
Ali are seen very clearly.
Recently, one of the well-known and influential Indonesian Muslim
intellectuals, Prof. Dr. Dawam Rahardjo, quoted lots of parts of
Ahmadiyya books, especially concerning Adam, Jesus, revelation,
prophets, etc. in his writing and speeches.
The book The Religion of Islam
by Maulana Muhammad Ali, has also become an important
reference work for the students of the Literary Faculty of the University
of Indonesia, the biggest State University in this country.
As it has been known, Maulana Muhammad Ali was the right hand man
of the Promised Messiah, the man of God. Sooner or later God's planning
must be successful. Since a long time ago, we have been working
to accomplish the service of the Holy Quran which was translated
into Dutch by Sudewo, into Javanese by Djojosugito and into Indonesian
by H.M. Bachrun.
The Indonesian language (Bahasa Indonesia) can also be understood
by people of Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam; therefore
Ahmadiyya books in Indonesian will be produced more intensively.
We realize that the Muslim world needs the reformation of the Divine
Reformer, and the Holy Quran is the most effective tool of reformation,
so as servants working for the victory of Islam, our main duty is
publishing and spreading Ahmadiyya books, and especially the translations
and commentaries of the book of God, the Holy Quran.
In many ways we try to follow the advice of Maulana Muhammad Ali
himself, given as follows:
"I advise my friends to seek solutions of the world
problems from the Holy Quran. Reflect upon the ills the world suffers
from. Then reflect upon the Holy Quran to find the cure of those
ills. As a principle, bear in mind that the salvation of the world
depends on faith in God. And faith in God is created by the Holy
Quran ... The greatest treasure in the hands of the Muslims is the
book of God. But they pay the least attention to its propagation.
Of all the constructive works that the Anjuman can do, the service
of the Holy Quran comes above all ...
"Knowledge of the Holy Quran is a legacy of the Promised
Messiah, with which is linked the ultimate victory of Islam in
the world. By all means learn other branches of knowledge, but
make them subservient to the service of the Holy Quran to the
whole world, then the Quran will do its own work ..."
Insha-Allah, Indonesian Anjuman always tries its best to
publish and carry the Ahmadiyya books, particularly the Holy Quran
translations, to meet the demand for reformation which is overwhelming
this part of the world. May Allah grant us the power, ability and
strong will to accomplish this duty!
(Taken from Mr. S. Ali Yasir's speech,
President of Gerakan Ahmadiyya Indonesia, by Mansyur Basuki.)