About Ourselves — Changes in ‘The Light’
by The Editor
The Light & Islamic Review (US), September/October 1991 Issue (Vol. 68, No. 3, p. 15)
The Light had been printed and published in Lahore, Pakistan, as the organ of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement, since the journal was founded in 1924. It appeared uninterrupted till early 1985, when it was forced to cease publication due to legal restrictions imposed on the work of the Ahmadiyya Movement. Publication recommenced in 1989, but the scope of its contents and coverage was seriously hampered by various restrictive legal requirements. As The Light could not serve its purpose under these circumstances, we were compelled to stop its publication as a Pakistani magazine, with its last appearance in February 1991.
It has, therefore, been decided to re-issue it as an internationally based periodical, representing the worldwide Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement, to be printed and published outside Pakistan. This is the first such issue. Due to limited resources for the new venture, the magazine will now appear once every two months. There will be further changes while the printing and distribution arrangements are being finalised, and we seek our readers’ indulgence in this transition period.
The aims and objects of The Light will remain what they have always been. It will be a representative and exponent of Islam, in particular putting before the modem world those fine pearls of wisdom and truth which have been unearthed, from the Holy Quran and the life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and his scholarly followers in this age. It will also highlight the necessity, for the Muslim world, of the mission of Hazrat Mirza and the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement, and strive to dispel the misconceptions about his claims and our Movement’s beliefs and works.
Naturally, we depend upon the support of our contributors and readers. Please send us your articles for publication, write to us with your views about the contents of the magazine, and try to enlarge its circle of distribution.