The Light and Islamic Review

Some Further Changes

The Light & Islamic Review (US), November/December 1991 Issue (Vol. 68, No. 4, p. 13)

It was mentioned in our last issue that further changes were still to be made in the publication arrangements of The Light, following its transfer out of Pakistan.  The main such change is that The Light now also incorporates the longstanding and world renowned monthly The Islamic Review.  A few words about the latter are therefore in order.

The Islamic Review was established in England in 1913 by the late Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din, a prominent follower of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who was embarking on the propagation of Islam in this land.  It became the monthly organ of the Woking Muslim Mission, set up at the Woking Mosque, Surrey, by the Khwaja sahib.  It not only dealt with the teachings of Islam, countering the grossly distorted image of this faith in the West at that time, but launched a fierce assault against the established Church doctrines.  Islam was shown to be the religion which was in accord with enlightenment and civilization, and could satisfy the modern world, while the church Christianity was shown both as a faith derived from pagan beliefs and rituals, and as a force which was always opposed to progress and reason.  At that time, The Islamic Review was highly remarkable in so boldly presenting the religion of a subject and colonised people to the nation which ruled them, and proclaiming its message from the heart of that empire.

Contributions to the monthly came from a wide cross-section of Muslim intellectuals, scholars and leaders, but its ideals and missionary zeal undoubtedly stemmed from the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement. It became an international magazine, dealing also with political, economic, and cultural matters affecting the Muslim world.

The Islamic Review of Woking ceased publication after some 55 years.  In 1980 it was revived by the U.S.A. branch of the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-e-Islam Lahore, and carried articles dealing with Islam and our Movement.  With The Light now becoming an international journal published from the West, it was an obvious step to incorporate The Islamic Review into it, thereby avoiding a duplication of effort as well as continuing the title The Islamic Review which has a place in history. Readers are urged, as in our last issue, to send us their views and articles for publication.