This entry is in terms of Maulana Sadr-ud-Din, the famous Lahori-Ahmadi. He pioneered Ahmadiyya in Germany and even had a german translation of the quran published in 1938. On the death of Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Ali in 1951, he was elected Amir [Head] which position he retained till his death in 1981.
The Light (Pakistan), 8th/24th December Issue (Sadr-ud-Din Number) (Vol. 61, Nos. 23–24, pp. 9–10)
He is born in Sialkot.
He become an Ahmadi via bait.
The ROR of Jan-1911 has an essay by him entitled “Islam”, this was read out by him at “The Convention of Religions” at Allahabad, Jan. 9-11th, 1911.
The ROR of July-1911 has an essay by him entitled, “Communion with God” (Part-1).
The ROR of March-1912 has an essay by him entitled, “Communion with God” (Part-2).
He has an essay in the ROR of Oct-1912 entitled, A Review of “Islam—-a Short Study” (Part-1). It is alleged that he has a B.A. and a B.T.
He has an essay in the ROR of Nov-1912 entitled, A Review of “Islam—-a Short Study” (Part-2). It is alleged that he has a B.A. and a B.T.
He is the headmaster at the T.I. school at Qadian.
He was one of the pioneer Lahori-Ahmadi missionaries to Europe, doing much valuable work first at the Woking Muslim Mission (Woking, Surrey) during the years 1914–17.
In 1919-1920, he has a second tour of Duty in the UK.
He returns to Lahore, British-India and continues working for the Anjuman.
He is the pioneer of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat in Germany and even helps to get the first Ahmadiyya temple built.
He works as an imam out of Lahore, British-India.
Maulana Sadr-ud-Din used to prepare translation and commentary of the Holy Quran in English. Then Dr. Mansoor would translate them into German. In this manner the translation of the Holy Qur’an in German was completed under the supervision of Maulana Sadr-ud-Din in February 1934. While the translation work was being done, Syed Mustafa Ahmad, a zealous member of the Jama’at, donated four hundred Rupees every month for the translation work, for a period of two years. In this manner, in all, he donated a sum of ten thousand Rupees. Some financial difficulties were encountered during the last stages of the work. However, Maulana Sadr-ud-Din’s appeal and generous contributions of certain members of the Jama`at enabled him to get it published in Berlin.
Members of the Jama‘at contributed generously towards the German translation of the Holy Qur’an. Several people outside the Jama‘at also gave financial support towards this important religious publication, among which a donation of Rs. 500 by the Princess of Manavar is worthy of mention.
In connection with the printing of the German translation, Maulana Sadr-ud-Din went to Berlin again in April 1937. He completed all the arrangements for the printing in a period of nine months and returned in December 1937. The supervision of proof reading and printing was done very diligently by Dr. Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah. At the end of 1937, for about six months, during the absence of Dr. Abdullah, Dr. Nazeer-ul-Islam served as Acting Imam of the Mosque and also looked after the proof-reading and printing of the Translation. Finally, in June 1939, by the Grace and Mercy of Allah, this Translation was printed at a cost of Rs. 15,000 and came out of press in August 1939.
The Translation was greatly appreciated in German circles. One German scholar expressed his opinion in the following words:
“This Translation has not only fulfilled a long-felt educational and religious need but it has also ensured that its dissemination will greatly spread and popularise the knowledge of the Quran and the teachings of Islam.”
Unfortunately, only a month after the publication of this Translation, on September 3, 1939, the Second World War broke out and the bombing of Berlin by the planes of the Allied forces not only damaged the dome and minarets of the Mosque but also destroyed the entire stock of the German translation of the Holy Quran, except for a few copies. After almost twenty-five years, in 1965, two thousand copies of its off-set edition were published in Pakistan. A sum of Rs. 20,000 was donated for it by a generous lady of Multan. Mrs. Sheikh Ataullah. The stock of this edition was also soon exhausted. In 1982, a famous German publishing firm, Sea Benztryn, decided to reprint the German Translation of the Quran. For this purpose, it obtained the opinions of several scholars of the Al-Azhar University and also of some German scholars about the authenticity and the standard of the translation and commentary and received their satisfactory opinion on all counts. Then the firm contacted the Central Ahmadiyya Anjuman in Lahore through the Imam of the Berlin Mosque, Maulana Yahya Butt to obtain its formal approval. Unfortunately, for certain reasons, agreement could not be reached.
The ROR of March-1941 reports that “All Prophets Day” is an ahmadiyya event which is used for tabligh. The Ahmadiyya Movement seems to have participated in a religious founders day of sorts with the some Hindu organizations in Calcutta. The Ahmadiyya Movement seems to have a center at Ahmadyya Darut Tabligh, 61 Dharrumtollah Street, Calcutta, this was signed off by the secretary of the Ahmadiyya Association in Calcutta. The Ahmadi Maulvi Qureshi Muhammad Hanif is also mentioned. A deputation of Ahmadi Mullah’s were sent to Lahore to activate the Qadiani-Ahmadi’s of Lahore and get them to do more tabligh and to address the non-Ahmady communities and try to get them to convert to the Ahmadiyya Movement. Lectures were given, the Bhati gate is specifically mentioned. They also spoke to the Lahori-Ahmadi, Maulvi Muhammad Ali and Maulvi Sadr ud Din.
In 1951, on the death of Maulana Muhammad Ali, he was elected the head of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement.
The Light (Pakistan), 8th/24th December Issue (Sadr-ud-Din Number) (Vol. 61, Nos. 23–24, pp. 9–10)
The Maulana Sadr-ud-Din, head of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement, died in Lahore, Pakistan, on 15th November 1981, at the age of over 100 years. He was one of the pioneer Muslim missionaries to Europe, doing much valuable work first at the Woking Muslim Mission (Woking, Surrey) during the years 1914–17 and 1919–20, and then in Germany where in the early 1920’s he established the first Islamic Centre and Mosque in that country. In 1951 he succeeded the world-renowned Maulana Muhammad Ali (translator of the Holy Quran into English) as Head of the International Pakistan-based Muslim missionary organisation, the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat Islam of Lahore.
Born in 1881 in Sialkot, the Maulana joined the Ahmadiyya Movement in 1905 at the hand of the Founder himself, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (d. 1908). A teacher by training, he earned early fame as the Headmaster of the newly-founded Taleem-ul-Islam High School in Qadian [India].
As Head Master of Taleem-ul-Islam High School, Qadian:
I had the opportunity to see him from close quarters during 1913-14, when I was a student of the Taleem-ul-Islam High School Qadian, of which he was the Head Master. He left deep and permanent impressions of his attractive personality on my mind. It is no exaggeration to say that under his guidance the Taleem-ul-Islam High School was being run in many respects better than the English Medium Public Schools of that time, and even the modern ones. His discipline was exemplary and yet as far as I am aware he never treated a student harshly. In fact, everybody thought that he had a special fatherly interest in him. He loved his students and joined even the little children in their sports with the result that the academic and extra-curricular activities of the School were of a very high order. In addition, he gave special attention to the moral and religious training of the staff and students alike. All the five prayers were said regularly in Masjid-i-Noor attached to the School. The students attended even the Dars-i-Qur’an[religious talk on the Holy Quran] by Hazrat Maulana Noor-ud-Din after the ‘Asr prayer. The personality of the late Maulana Sadr-ud-Din contributed to the establishment of the fame of the School far and wide. Even the late Sir Muhammad Iqbal sent his son Aftab Ahmad (who was my class fellow) to the Qadian School rather than to any other public school.
The Maulana’s training left an unforgettable mark on the field of play. The circle Tournament in which many schools took part was once held in Amritsar. The Hockey final was played between the Taleem-ul-Islam High School Qadian and the Khalsa High School Amritsar. Our team won the match. When the referee blew the final whistle, all of our players, wherever they were on the playground, prostrated themselves before Allah in thanks giving. This left a deep impression on the spectators. The tradition set at Qadian has been kept alive by our National Hockey Team in Final matches of International level.
In 1914 he was sent to Woking (England) as Imam of the Woking Muslim Mission founded by the Ahmadiyya Muslim missionary Khwaja Kamal-ud Din. Here, amongst other duties, he edited the Islamic Review, and worked alongside well-known British Muslims of those times such as Lord Headley, gaining many new converts of repute. As Woking was the only Muslim centre in England at that time, its Imam was regarded as the representative of Muslims in that part of the world. In this capacity, at the Government’s request, the Maulana ministered to wounded and dead Muslim soldiers during the First World War. He also succeeded in obtaining a plot for Muslims in Brookwood cemetery.
In 1922, the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement sent the Maulana to Berlin to establish an Islamic mission there. He constructed a beautiful mosque in the Wilmersdorf area of that city (now in West Berlin [now, Berlin]), and started a monthly Moslemische Revue. Among the Muslim converts he gained there were, Dr. Hamid Marcus, a noted philosopher, and the Austrian Baron Umar Ehrenfels. Some years after his return to Lahore in 1925, be supervised the German translation of the Holy Quran.
After his return from Europe, Maulana Sadr-ud-Din held various prominent positions in the Lahore Ahmadiyya Anjuman, touring on its behalf to many parts of the [Indian] Sub-continent. He also wrote a number of books on Islam. In 1951, on the death of Maulana Muhammad Ali, he was elected the head of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement. He will be remembered in particular for his excellent and forceful sermons and speeches, delivered in simple language and an engaging style. A cheerful, informal and physically strong man, Maulana Sadr-ud-Din remained in incredibly good health to a very advanced age. May God admit him in His Mercy!
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