Tributes to Maulana Muhammad Ali

Tributes by Muslim Leaders

by Maulana Abdul Majeed Salik; Khwaja Hasan Nizam; and, Feroz Khan Noon

The Light & Islamic Review (US), September/October 1992 Issue (Vol. 69, No. 5, pp. 6–7)

1. Maulana Abdul Majeed Salik:

Editor’s Note: Maulana Abdul Majeed Salik was editor of a Muslim daily, the ‘Inqilab’, and lived close to Maulana Muhammad Ali’s house. The street in Lahore where Maulana Salik lived is now named after him.

… Maulana Muhammad Ali became a true and staunch Muslim by living in the company of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. Not only that, the greatness of the religion of Islam was so impressed upon his mind and heart that he devoted the whole of his life for its propagation. Every moment in his life was spent in the service of the faith. Besides the English translation of the Holy Quran, he wrote countless books on religious subjects. In my opinion, the best of these is the book The Religion of Islam, by studying which an English-knowing person can acquire such detailed knowledge about the religion which even the fully-qualified maulvis [clerics] do not possess.

For the last fifteen years, Maulana Muhammad Ali had been living in Muslim Town [a suburb of Lahore – Editor.], where I also have my residence. So we used to meet often in various gatherings and functions. Despite his religious and pious nature, he was quite informal. He was, no doubt, an Ahmadi, but his relations with other Muslims were extremely sincere and fraternal. One reason was that he was the head of that group of Ahmadis whose beliefs are not intolerant. Secondly, he was by nature peace-loving. He used to give sympathetic support to the campaigns and movements of the Muslims, and did not tolerate takfir [dubbing Muslims as non-Muslims] of them, because he believed that calling Muslims as kafir [non-Muslims] was inconsistent with the work of propagation. He presented the message of Islam not only to India but the Western world as well. And it is a fact that he possessed the capability of doing so in every way. He was not only a learned man of the religion, but also a high-ranking commentator of the Quran and mujtahid [a person who is accepted an authority in Islamic Law]. He was an English writer of the highest standard, who well understood the Western mind. He presented Islam to Western-educated people as well as to Westerners themselves in such a style that they could not help becoming convinced of the greatness of this faith. I believe that hundreds of seekers-after-truth in the Western countries became Muslims by reading the writings and books of Maulana Muhammad Ali, and it is as a result of his efforts that today the name of Islam is mentioned with respect in the West, hostility towards Islam having become infrequent. The selfless service of Islam, over a long period, will surely be a source of Allah’s mercy for Maulana Muhammad Ali, because Allah never wastes the efforts and exertions of the true servants of his faith.

There is no doubt that there was a little difference of belief between him and the general Muslims, but that difference was by no means so serious that the Muslims should ignore his services and fail to appreciate him. I am extremely dismayed to see that, when quite ordinary poets and writers die, the press and the radio devote hundreds of pages in their honour and relay endless speeches boring the listeners, but at the death of Maulana Muhammad Ali they did nothing. Muslim newspapers and magazines should have published detailed articles about his life and his work of the propagation of Islam, and talks should have been broadcast on the radio about his work. However, most newspapers did no more than publish just the news of his death. Two or three newspapers wrote notes which were about twenty lines in length. This is a reflection of the ingratitude and lack of appreciation of these times. However, in the religious circles in Western countries, regret was expressed at the death of the Maulana, and articles were written about his services. But the most important thing is that the Maulana will find his reward with Almighty Allah. The man whose work is accepted by Allah cannot have any concern about its acceptance by the world.

May Allah grant the Maulana shelter under the shadow of His mercy, make his services to the religion a cause for his forgiveness and for his elevation in rank, and grant that educated Muslims follow his example — Ameen.

2. Khwaja Hasan Nizami of Delhi:

Maulana Muhammad Ali was the head of the Lahore Jamaat of the Ahmadis. His death was recently reported by Lahore radio. He did not agree with the khilafat of Qadian, and so he had formed a separate Jamaat. Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din belonged to his group. Maulana Muhammad Ali also translated the Holy Quran into English. In connection with the work of the propagation of Islam, I had cause to meet the Maulana from the very beginning of my life till today. I consider him to be a very great and very successful worker. May Allah grant him protection, and patience to the bereaved.

I inform my disciples and their leaders in India and Pakistan to hold meetings of reading the Fatihah for him. He has rendered so much service to the Quran and Islam that I believe it essential to hold the reading of the Fatihah for him.

(Munadi, September–October 1951)

3. Sir Feroz Khan Noon:

Editor’s Note: He was a Pakistani statesman, and held the office of Governor of East Bengal at the time of the Maulana’s death. Given below is the letter of condolence that he sent.

I was deeply grieved to read in the newspapers the sad news of the death of Maulana Muhammad Ali.  Please accept my heart-felt sympathy. This is a loss which not only I but the entire Muslim world will fully share with you. Hazrat Maulana’s writings shall live forever. I know of no one who rendered such great service for the revival of Islam as did the Maulana. There is no parallel even in the last five hundred years.