Letter to the Editor:

Clarification of Movement’s History in Fiji

by Muhammad Amin Sahu Khan (General Secretary, Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-e-Islam Lahore, Fiji)

The Light & Islamic Review (US), September/October 1992 Issue (Vol. 69, No. 5, p. 18)

Editor’s Note: A letter was received by the Editor from Mr. Muhammad Amin Sahu Khan, General Secretary of the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-e-Islam (Lahore) Fiji, correcting certain points made in the article ‘Hafiz Sher Muhammad — My Benefactor’ by Mr. Shahid Aziz which appeared in our March–April 1992 issue. The essential part of the letter is given below.

May I on behalf of the Fiji Anjuman congratulate you on … this scholarly journal, The Light and Islamic Review, and on your most impressive produc­tion of this journal. I have had the pleasure of reading through Nos. 1 and 2, and what a plea­sure it has been. The layout of the journal would attract many a reader and your style of writing provides excellent reading. I ensure that the two public libraries we have in Fiji and the University of the South Pacific receive a copy of every issue of this journal.

Please pardon me for having to draw your attention to certain errors of fact as contained in the article Hafiz Sher Muhammad — My Benefactor by Shahid Aziz in the March–April [1992] issue. I attach herewith a copy of page 12 for ease of reference; I refer to the subtitle Work in Fiji Islands.

  1. The Muslim League was not the organization responsible for inviting Maulana Ahmad Yar in the 1960s; it was the Muslim Association of Fiji, whose membership comprised Lahore Ahmadiyya Muslims.
  2. It was Mirza Muzaffar Baig on whom the Fiji Muslim League had put severe restrictions — who could not mention the Promised Messi­ah’s name or Ahmadiyyat or even defend the Promised Messiah or the Movement against attacks by other groups.
  3. There were no restrictions imposed by the Fiji Muslim League on Maulana Ahmad Yar, as your article suggests; it was Mirza Muza­ffar Baig who had such restrictions imposed on him and who refused to abide by these restrictions.
  4. Maulana Ahmad Yar was not forced out of Fiji; he left on the full completion of his tour here, having revived the Ahmad­iyya Anju­man Ishaat-e-Islam of Fiji.
  5. It was not the property of Fiji Muslim League that Hafiz Sahib was instrumental in purchasing but the property of the Muslim Association of Fiji. (It should be noted that the Lahore Ahmadiyya Muslims in Fiji oper­ated under the name Muslim Association of Fiji for a number of years; this Association is no longer existent.) The Qadianis have now renamed their organization Ahmadiyya Muslim Association of Fiji.

May I please ask that the above corrections be made in your next issue and thus ensure that the record is set straight.

Muhammad Amin Sahu Khan
General Secretary