Maulana Muhammad Ali (1874-1951),
the famous author of several world-renowned works on Islam, has acknowledged
in the prefaces to many of his books that the man who drew him into the
field of religion, the source of his inspiration, his mentor and guide,
and the fountain-head of the new thought expounded by him, was the Founder
of the Ahmadiyya Movement, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian
(may Godís mercy be upon him!).
to the Internet Edition
Sadly, the life and teachings of this great Muslim Reformer and thinker
have been misunderstood and misrepresented beyond all limits. It is
extremely fortunate, therefore, that Maulana Muhammad Ali recorded this
concise biography of his master, an account which is highly authoritative,
not only because of the Maulanaís established reputation as a scholar
of the highest merit and integrity, but also because he was a close
associate and confidant of Hazrat Mirza, living and working with him
in Qadian for the last nine years of the Founderís life.
It was at the behest of Hazrat Mirza that Maulana Muhammad Ali, having
obtained qualifications in English and Law, dedicated his life for the
cause of Islam about the year 1900 and came to join the Founder in Qadian.
Settling in Qadian, Maulana Muhammad Ali continued to translate various
booklets and tracts for Hazrat Mirza, as he had been doing since joining
the Movement in 1897. Then, in 1901, the Founder decided to start an
English journal, The Review of Religions, to present the true
picture of Islam to the Western world. He appointed Maulana Muhammad
Ali as the editor. In this magazine, besides his own contributions,
the Maulana also translated articles and discourses by Hazrat Mirza.
The periodical soon acquired fame and renown for the high quality of
its contents, scholarship and eloquence.
In December 1905, Hazrat Mirza published a pamphlet known as "The Will",
in which he set out the arrangements for the management of the Movement
after him. He constituted a central executive body, the Sadr Anjuman
Ahmadiyya, to have charge of the Movement, and appointed Maulana
Muhammad Ali to the key position of Secretary. This system came into
operation at once, and thus, during the last two and a half years of
the Founderís life, the Maulana held the chief administrative post in
the Ahmadiyya Movement.
In May 1908, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad passed away, and thus ended
the period of nine years in which Maulana Muhammad Ali had lived and
worked closely with the great Reformer as his beloved, devoted follower
and one of the most prominent men in the Movement.
To read about Maulana Muhammad Ali's close association with Hazrat
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and his prominent position in the Movement during
the Founderís lifetime, please go
to this link.
It will be seen that Maulana Muhammad Ali, with his knowledge and experience,
was in a unique position of authority to give an accurate and authentic
account of the life, mission and teachings of the Founder of the Ahmadiyya