Dr. Allah Bakhsh
A Brief Autobiographical Note
The Light & Islamic Review (US), March/April 1994 Issue (Vol. 71, No. 2, pp. 16–17)
Note by the Editor: Dr. Allah Bakhsh, late editor of this journal and ex-General Secretary of the Central Ahmadiyya Anjuman Lahore, who died in London in July 1985, wrote a very brief sketch of his life in English in a letter to the President of the UK Jamaat [branch] Mrs. J. Khan a few days before his death. This letter has recently come to notice again, and is reproduced below, despite his expressed reluctance to have it published.
Being rather in indifferent health for the past few months, I am addressing this humble note about my connections with the Movement here and in Pakistan.
I am related to the world-famous Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Ali, M.A., of blessed memory, being his nephew. I had the honour of living in his house in Ahmadiyya Buildings, Lahore, while a student.
After joining the Punjab Medical Service and being appointed member of the Chemical Examiners Department, I chose my residence in the Ahmadiyya Street. From 1934–1942, I was issuing a fortnightly journal “The Young Islam”, bilingual in Urdu and English. The main purpose was to draw the attention of the members towards the strengthening of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Jamaat. I was nominated as a Trustee of the Central Anjuman and have ever remained one.
After retirement from service, I was made honorary General Secretary of the Anjuman from 1965–1972. The American reprint of the Translation [of the Holy Quran by Maulana Muhammad Ali] by Dr. Macgregor (Dr. Salam) was carried out in my period.
Earlier, while in Karachi in 1960, I was fortunate to reclaim Anjuman’s Mateer lands for about 2 million [Pakistani] Rupees, with which have been built the present buildings of Central Offices at the new site of Lahore Darus Salaam.
In 1982, I had the honour to accompany Hazrat Ameer Dr. Saeed Ahmad Khan to participate in the inaugural session of the opening of the UK branch, to deliver a lecture on “The Quran and Science”, commented upon in a later issue of the Islamic Guardian. Another lecture, “God speaks to Man”, delivered in Darus Salaam London was published in the Islamic Review, USA.
A series of articles was published in The Light, September to November 1983. These published articles, if considered of value, may be published by the UK Jamaat. However, my personal connections and services as described need not be publicised.
In 1983, upon your instructions, I toured the Ahmadiyya Jamaats of Holland, where they arranged my talk at the Hague Radio, five cassettes of which are sent herewith to be kept in Darus Salaam (London) with the Imam, Mr. Muhammad Anwar, for reproduction if so desired.
I have to express my gratitude for all the kindness and courtesy shown by yourself, your husband and all the other members of the UK Jamaat for their loving care they have shown me during my last about four years stay in this country which I have enjoyed so greatly and appreciated immensely.
Yours ever in gratitude,