This entry is in terms of Maulana Sadr-ud-Din, the famous Lahori-Ahmadi.

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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!