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The Muslim Sunrise - Mufti Muhammad Sadiq
Mufti Muhammad Sadiq
Mufti Muhammad Sadiq was a highly noble and godly personality in Ahmadiyyat. He was a descendent of Uthman, son of Affan, the third successor of the Holy Prophet. Mufti Muhammad Sadiq was bom on January 11, 1872, at Bhera in Mufti Mohallah. After completing his matriculation (Entrance Examination) in his hometown, he was appointed as an English teacher in Jammu High School in 1890 with some assistance from Maulana Nooruddin Bhervi. He visited Qadian for the first time at the end of the same year and was initiated at the sacred hand of the Promised Messiah on January 31, 1891. Dr. Sadiq himself writes: Sadiq stayed in Jammu for five years. He started teaching Mathematics in Islamia High School at Lahore in August-September 1895, before joining the Office of Accountant General as a clerk, where he worked till 1901. During his stay in Jammu, Mufti Sahib had been preparing to take B.A. Degree Examination in English, Arabic and Hebrew but after his Bai'at, he was so enamored with love and became so dedicated to the Promised Messiah that he spent all his school vacations at Qadian. While he was employed in Lahore, he was visiting Qadian almost every Sunday to see the Promised Messiah. He meticulously noted Hadhur's sayings and shared with others at Lahore and with friends abroad which enlightened their hearts and increased their faith manifold. Mufti Sadiq writes: "I see Mufti Muhammad Sadiq here on every day he has leave from work. Sadiq was fortunate to serve Islam in several ways during the times of the Promised Messiah: Dr. Sadiq stood up and rendered the Bishop speechless. The Arch Bishop of Lahore arranged another public lecture on May 25 to avenge his prior defeat. The Promised Messiah wrote an article at the request of Mufti Sadiq that was read by him with great enthusiasm to the audience after Bishop's lecture. The city of Lahore became alive with the slogans of "Allahu Akbar" (God is the Greateset) by Muslims. The Bishop was overwhelmed and said: "My addressees are for other Muslims only. You are an Ahmadi and I will not talk to you." At the time when the book Minanur-Rahman (Bounties of the Gracious God) was being composed by the Promised Messiah, Dr. Sadiq was directed to learn Hebrew. He learnt enough Hebrew from a Jewish scholar at Lahore to prepare a list of words for Hadhur to provide proof that Hebrew also had its origin in the Arabic language. Dr. Sadiq also researched the Hebrew Bible to identify the prophecies related to the advent of the Holy Prophet of Islam and the Promised Messiah and some of those are recorded in Hebrew on pages 111 and 138 of Tohfa-i-Golarhviyya (A Gift for Golarhviyya). He also used to copy-write the text of Hebrew extracts (as included in His Holiness' booklet Ar'baeen IV, Page 8, related to the prophecy of false Prophets). Mufti Sadiq was deeply committed to spreading the truth right from the beginning. He Mufti Sadiq wrote all the pamphlets on behalf of Jama'at Ahmadiyya, Lahore, in 1900 to provide true facts about Peer Mehr Ali Shah of Golarha. His booklet entitled "The Actual Facts" is a memorable publication of this period. Migration to Qadian: Headmaster of Taleem-ul-Islam High School, and Editor, Al-Badr Mufti Sadiq migrated to Qadian, July, 1901 to settle permanently near his Spiritual Master, the Promised Messiah. He served as Secondmaster in the beginning but became Headmaster of Taleem-ul-lslarn High School in 1903. He was appointed Manager and Superintendent and Professor of Logic when the college was opened on May 24, 1903. Mufti Sadiq became very ill in 1904. His respected mother was in Qadian and asked Hadhur to pray for his recovery. Hadhur said: "We always pray for him. You think you love Sadiq because he is your son. The fact is that we love him more than his mother. [Sadiq recovered from his illness.] He was appointed the Editor of Al-Badr in 1905 and the following announcement which appeared in Al-Badr was written by His Holiness himself: Mufti Sadiq continued as Editor of Al-Badr till 1915. Al-Badr like Al-Hakam is a historical chronicle of the early History of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam and its splendid services can never be forgotten. These newspapers were regarded as two hands of the Promised Messiah. Mufti Sadiq was included as a member in the deputation dispatched by the Promised Messiah in 1908 to Guru Harsehai in District Ferozepur to investigate the existence of a pothy (a small book) which was said to have been used by Guru Baba Nanak Ji (commonly regarded as the Founder of Sikhism). Mufti Sadiq presented the complete report to His Holiness which is also included in Hadhur's book Chashma-i-Ma'refat (The Fountain of Knowledge, page 337). Mufti Sadiq had the added responsibility of handling all correspondence for His Holiness after the death of Maulana Abdul Karim in 1905. Just before his passing, Hadhur wrote the following note on April 12, 1908, to Mufti Sadiq, summoning him to come to Lahore from Qadian: "Please come for a week to answer all these large number of letters. I would also like to see you. It is urgent." This was the last letter His Holiness wrote to Mufti Sadiq from Ahmadiyya Buildings, Lahore. Mufti Sadiq arrived immediately and set up a temporary office of Al-Badr in Lahore and stayed there till Hadhur's departure from this world. Mufti Sadiq was described as "sincere friend," "truly affectionate" and "a noble member of Ahmadiyya Jama'at" for his utmost love, dedication and enthusiasm for service. His Holiness in a poster dated October 22, 1899, wrote: "Mufti Muhammad Sadiq is one of the sincere friends in my Jama'at. Like his name he is Truly Affectionate." It was narrated by Maulana Sher Ali that: "Hadhur had great affection for all his khuddam but I had the feeling that Hadhur had a special affection for Mufti Sadiq. Whenever he mentioned Mufti Sadiq, Hadhur would say 'Our Mufti Sahib.'" Mufti Sadiq left for England on March 10, 1917 as a missionary. He remained involved in the propagation of Islam during his voyage. He reached London on April 17, 1917, and joined Qazi Muhammad Abdullah who was already active in spreading the message of Islam. Mufti Sadiq spent about two and a half years in England and published many tracts during his stay. He preached the message of Islam to important personalities including King George V and the Queen of England, Secretary of State, Lord Montego, the British Prime Minister, Lord Mayor of London, and Prince Yori Hito Hakashi Foshi of Japan. Mufti Sadiq delivered public speeches in Hyde Park, Central Hall, Mission House, and in various churches in London. He was awarded honorary degrees and diplomas for his contribution to religious knowledge. He debated with Christian Preachers and planned to convey the message of the Holy Quran in churches in every possible way. About one hundred noble souls entered the True Islam. Mufti Sadiq wrote the following letter from England which was read at Qadian's Annual Ahmadiyya Muslim Convention: When Mufti Sadiq was in England, the Leader of the Faithful, Khalifatul Masih II, directed him to establish the first Ahmadiyya mission in America. Mufti Sadiq sailed from England on January 26, 1920, and reached Philadelphia in the second week of February. The immigration department blocked his entry into the U.S.A. on the grounds that he was not allowed to preach the message of God. He faced the whole situation with great courage and patience and filed an appeal to the Department of Justice in Washington for entry. In one of his reports from America, Mufti Sadiq wrote: Mufti Sadiq, when interviewed by the parents of the little girl, said: "I am a mere servant of the Promised Messiah, not a Christ." Every Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Mufti Sadiq had a regular general meetings scheduled to deliver lectures on specific subjects and then answered questions from the audience. He was also invited by different societies and churches to talk about the True Islam. Reports of these educational lectures were being published in the press all over the country in America. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Literature Degree by Jefferson University of Chicago for his contribution to education and services to human welfare. He was also elected as a member of The Press Congress of The World
An Introduction,The Muslim Sunrise has been in print for so long that at its inception, the word Muslim was commonly spelled Moslem, Islam was commonly referred to as the Mohammaden faith, and most Americans who met its first editor, Dr. Mufti Muhammad Sadiq, had never before encountered a Muslim!Dr. Mufti Muhammad Sadiq
The Muslim Sunrise - Past Issues
Religious Life in Pakistan; My Faith by Sir Zafrulla Khan; Role of Muslim Women in Arab History; Suppression of Civil Liberties in India; Islam v. Communism; Historical Role of Muhammad; A Message from Dr. Mufti Muhammad Sadiq
Attributes of God; Soul's Voice; Prophetic Mission of Muhammad; Islam's Attitude Towards Christianity by Dr. Sadiq; Short Sketches from Qadian; Quest of Islam; Religion and Art; Tragedy of Prejudice; Two Slave Leadersof Islam: Bilal and Zaid; Tomb of Jesus Mirza Bashir Ahmad; Worldly-Minded; What Messiah Says; Our Loyalty; Holy Manifestation; Matthew Examined; An Ode; Our Mission; Be a Muslim; Godless Civilization; Dr. Sadiq in Paris; Democracy in Islam; New Muslims; Impposibility of Unity; Beware Liberal Christians; Man a Liar; Swedenborgian Church Divine Love; Religion of Peace; London Eid Gathering; Reincarnation; Parable of Vineyard; Compulsory Polygamy; Learned Egyptian Explorer; Crescent or Cross; Why Pamper Them?; Honoring the Prophet; A Bogus Gospel; The Sabbath-When?; Prayer of Jesus; Tu Quo Que; Dr. Sadiq; Harding Inaugural issue of the Moslem Sunrise, published under founding editor, Dr. Mufti Muhammad Sadiq
The Muslim Sunrise - About Us
Dr. Mufti Muhammad Sadiq
he MUSLIM SUNRISE endeavors to share true Islamic teachings across the United States of America. Its publication beginning an astounding 89 years ago, the MUSLIM SUNRISE carries the distinction of being the longest running Muslim publication in America. Dr. Mufti Muhammad Sadiq , an eminent scholar and first missionary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to arrive in America, founded the magazine (then named "Moslem Sunrise") in 1921.
• In 1920, The first Ahmadiyya Muslim missionary to arrive in America was Dr. Mufti Muhammad Sadiq, who arrived in Philadelphia on Sunday, February 15, 1920, on board the Haverford.
For religious reasons he was detained on Ellis Island, New York on February 25, 1920. On May 20, 1920 he was released by the order of the Secretary of the State. Dr. Sadiq stayed in New York for some time and continued to preach Islam. Later, he moved to Chicago and in 1921 established the first headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, at 4448 Wabash Avenue, giving it the name "Al Masjid." • In 1950, the first mosque in the nation's capital is established as the "American Fazl Mosque" at 2141 Leroy Place, Washington, DC.