The Akhbar-e-‘Am newspaper of Lahore was started in 1870 by a Kashmiri pundit, Mukand Lal. (See “Lineages of the Present: Ideology and Politics in Contemporary South Asia” By Aijaz Ahmad, page 124). Dard tells us (page 59, ‘”Life of Ahmad”)that MGA read Akhbar-e-‘Am in the latter stage of his life. However, MGA sent letters to the Akhbar-e-‘Am as early as 1885. It should be noted that it is also written as Akhbar-e-‘Aam (See Tadhkirah). In 1895, MGA quoted (and agreed with this quote) the Akhbar-e-‘Aam in Arya Dharam and in 1907 in Haqiqatul Wahy, thus proving that MGA supported them and vice versa.
The Akhbar-e-‘Am newspaper of Lahore was started in 1870 by a Kashmiri pundit, Mukand Lal. (See “Lineages of the Present: Ideology and Politics in Contemporary South Asia” By Aijaz Ahmad, page 124).
Per Dard, on May 10th, 1885, one of MGA’s letters were published in the Akhbar-e-‘Am.
MGA specifically quoted the Akhbar-e-‘Am of Nov 5th, 1895, page 72. He mentioned the Kanoon Dikhay (Law of Inspection), he was referring to the recent passing of the Cantonment Act of 1895, which essentially stopped the British government from testing prostitutes for sexual diseases. MGA was wishing (KOSH) that Nikah-muta should be allowed for these soldiers. MGA also said that Nikah-muta was allowed for 3 days by Muhammad (saw). However, after MGA died, Ahmadi editors totally denied that Nikah-muta ever happened.
After Lekh Ram was murdered, the Akhbar-e-Am defended MGA (See Dard). They argued that it wasn’t a Muslim who killed Lekh Ram.
The Akhbar-e-‘Am sided with Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in his famous beef with Pir Mehr Ali Shah (See Dard).
In Haqiqatul Wahy, MGA quotes The Akhbar-e-‘Am in terms of some recent earthquakes and rains.
Dr. Basharat Ahmad, a Lahori-Ahmadi writes that MGA did in fact want European prostitutes to be brought from Europe to fulfill the sexual desires of British soldiers on their bases (See Mujadid-e-Azim, abridged english version.
“”””Protest against the statute prescribing medical examination
The British Government had allowed brothels in the military cantonments to service the needs of British soldiers. In order to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, the prostitutes were required to undergo medical examinations periodically. Later, under pressure from the puritanical elements of the British society, the compulsory medical examinations were made illegal. With the change of government in London, a movement was started to restore the medical exams and the London Times wrote several articles in its support. When Hazrat Mirza
learned of this, he published a notice in which he drew the attention of the government to the fact that it was only in Islam that fornication had been declared wrong and sinful under all circumstances. He petitioned the government to find ways to maintain the morals of its soldiers and to stop them from fornicating, but if this could not be done, then the government
should import British prostitutes for the Britons. Indian women should not be used to satisfy the lasciviousness of the British soldiers.””””
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