In 1902, Al-Badr appeared as an Ahmadi newspaper. The first was Al-Hakam, the ROR came next. These are the first 3 newspapers in Ahmadiyya history. The newspaper would run for 11 years, it closed in December of 1913. Munshi Muhammad Afzal started the newspaper but died of plague in 1905. Miyan Me‘rajuddin Sahib Umar purchased the Ahmadiyya newspaper Badr, he then was allowed to publish a new edition of Barahin-i-Ahmadiyya, in the introduction, he shared a filthy story of how MGA would carry sweets and rocks to clean his excrement, and most of the time, MGA would mix up the pockets and thus eat the sweets mixed in with excrement.
The newspaper starts.
Mufti Muhammad Sadiq is ordered to take over the Al-Badr newspaper, since the founder and owner had died. After the Talim ul Islam School was shut down, MGA made Sadiq as the editor of the Al-Badr. Since the old owner (Munshi Muhammad Afzal) and editor of the Badr had died (March 21st, 1905) of plague. This was his only job. Miyan Me‘rajuddin Sahib Umar purchased the Ahmadiyya newspaper Badr when its owner and editor, Babu Muhammad Afzal Sahib passed away, hence, this newspaper continued serving the Jamaat under him until 1913.
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The offices of the Al-Badr were moved to Lahore, since MGA was already there. Noorudin also showed up at Lahore (see “Hakeem Noorudin” by Syed Hasanat Ahmad, page 108, online edition).
Al-Badr started a supplement under the name of Kalaam-i-Amir, which carried the text of the Dars-i-Qur’an, and other assertions of Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih Ira. In the same year, another supplement to Al-Badr was added, the Arabic News, under the editorial direction of Abdul Hayee Arab(see “Hakeem Noorudin” by Syed Hasanat Ahmad, page 129).
The Al-Badr newspaper is forcefully shut down by the British Government. This was part of the Indian Press Act of 1910 (See Walter). Details are sketchy.
Badr, 12 July, 1908
“We also have been asked to submit this wide prayer; and its acceptance is assured. Let the opponent take this verse to mean whatever he likes. We hold firmly to the view that Allah can raise Prophets; He can bestow the rank of Siddiq, Shahid and Saleh, as long as there is some one to solicit these eminences.”
Badr, 24th August 1911
“There is another debate, as to whether the Messiah was born without father or not. I say: Did 124,000 prophets have fathers or not? The Shariah has not laid upon us the obligation to make investigation about the mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers of prophets. These matters are not a part of your spiritual progress.”
We found lots of data on the Khilafat of Noorudin and many issues that popped up in the summer of 1912. In the link, we have given the Badr of July 4th, 1912 and a full translation.
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