In the mid-1880’s, Maulvi Hassan Ali Bhagalpuri was a self proclaimed missionary of Islam and from Bhagalpur, Bihar, India, which is close to Bangladesh. He was born in 1852, not much is known of his early life. He travelled to Qadian in 1887-1888 and met MGA (see “The three Lectures of Alexander Webb”). MGA gave him some books to read, the “Barahin-i-Ahmadiyya” and “Shahna’-e-Haq”. He thus saw the letters of Alexander Webb in that book and began correspondence with him. It seems that Alexander Webb wrote letters to many Muslims in British India in this era and Haji Abdullah Arab (see “Mujadid-e-Azim”, by Dr. Basharat Ahmad) even went to the Philippines to visit him (see “The three Lectures of Alexander Webb”). Per Maulvi Hassan Ali, Haji Abdullah Arab convinced Alexander Webb to quit his job as the “Consul General” in the Philipinnes and travel to India and then to the USA and start preaching Islam. He landed in British-India (Calcutta), India on Oct 2nd, 1892 (See Singleton) and met up with Moulvi Hasan Ali Sahib Bhagalpuri. Moulvi Hasan Ali accompanied Mr. Webb during his 3 Lectures in Madras, Hyderabad (Deccan) and Bombay. He then travelled North-west toward Agra, most likely via train, and made it to Lahore. He was in British-India from Oct 2nd to Dec-15th 1892. Nevertheless, in late 1892, Webb refused to meet MGA (see page 24, Singleton). He returned to the USA in 1893 and wrote his famous book, “Islam in America”. Moulvi Hasan Ali Sahib Bhagalpuri is listed in 1896 in the famous list (#91) of 313 Ahmadi’s (see Dard)(see Tareekh Ahmadiyyat Vol 1 Page 307). However, he was dead by Feb-1896 (See Ashab e Sadik o Safaa – first edition published in 2007 – this is from the 2nd edition Printed in 2011 – by Zia
ul Islam Press Rabwah – Page 146) and is buried in Shah Jungi Graveyard in Bhagalpur.
He wrote a book, “Taeed e Huq”, which was published by Saith Abdul Rehman of Madras, printed by Punjab press Sialkot under the auspice of Munshi Ghulam Qadir Fashee. Ahmadiyya sources claim that he met MGA again in 1894 and did bait (see Mujadid-e-Azim).
A wife of the 2nd Khalifa seemed to be from Bhagalpur. The 2nd Khalifa was in Bhagalpur in 1923 and met up with Abdul Majid Bhagalpuri and married his daughter, Sara Begum. We have also found a man named Maulawi Abdul-Baqi Bhagulpuri, who had a daughter born in 1935 that was married into the Mirza family.
Ahmadiyya sources claim that he was born on 22 October 1852 (See Ashab e Sadik o Safaa – first edition published in 2007 – this is from the 2nd edition Printed in 2011 – by Zia
ul Islam Press Rabwah – Page 146).
Maulvi Hassan Ali Bhagalpuri was from Bhagalpur, Bihar, India, which is close to Bangladesh. However he was a self named missionary of Islam and travelled around giving and organizing lectures on Islam. In 1888, while on a missionary tour of the Punjab, he went to Qadian and saw some letters of Webb addressed to MGA. He thus had a huge connection with Alexander Webb. MGA gave him some books to read, the “Barahin-i-Ahmadiyya” and “Shahna’-e-Haq”. He thus saw the letters of Alexander Webb in that book.
When Alexander Webb travelled to India for a speaking tour in 1892, Maulvi Hassan Ali Bhagulpuri was his guide. He wrote about these travels and even published the lectures in 1892. The three Lectures of Alexander Webb.
According to Tareekh Ahmadiyyat Vol 1 Page 307, Moulvi Hasan Ali accompanied Mr. Webb during his 3 Lectures in, Madras, Hyderabad (Deccan) and Bombay. He doesn’t seem to have accompanied Webb to Lahore, however, he must have heard of MGA’s wild claims and decided not to visit Qadian.
Lahori-Ahmadi sources claim that Maulvi Hassan Ali Bhagalpuri became an Ahmadi on Jan 2nd-1894 (see Mujadid-e-Azim).
Maulvi Hassan Ali Bhagalpuri died in 1896.
He was already dead by the time they made this list. He is buried in Shah Jungi Graveyard in Bhagalpur. Ahmadiyya sources claim that he is an Ahmadi by 1896 and is listed in the famous list of 313 (see Dard).
The book Taeed Haq was published in 1897 after the death of its author Maulvi Hassan Ali. It is apparent, therefore, that it was written sometimes during the period of 1895 to 1896(see Mujadid-e-Azim). It was published by Saith Abdul Rehman of Madras, printed by Punjab press Sialkot under the auspice of Munshi Ghulam Qadir Fashee.
Khwaja Kamaluddin mentions how MGA gave Maulvi Hassan Ali Bhagulpuri the authority to accept bait on his behalf (see “The Causes of Internal Dissensions in the Ahmadiyya Movement”, By Khwaja Kamaluddin, 1914).
Walter mentions the existence of an Ahmadiyya jamaat in Bhagulpur, India.
The ROR of Nov-1920 tells us that there was a conference held in Bhagalpur and a Maulvi Muhammad Ibrahim was sent from Qadian.
The 2nd Khalifa was in Bhagalpur in 1923 and met up with Abdul Majid Bhagalpuri and married his daughter, Sara Begum.
We have also found a man named Maulawi Abdul-Baqi Bhagulpuri, who had a daughter born in 1935 that was married into the Mirza family.
The first edition of, “Maulvi Noorudin” is published by the Ahmadiyya Jamaat and under the authorship of Zafrullah Khan, he quotes the book, “Risala Ta’idi Haq” by Maulawi Hasan ‘Ali Bhagalpuri, p.64.
The Ahmadiyya chapter of Bhagalpur holds a religious event. There seems to be one Ahmadiyya temple in the city.
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