Hazrat Maulana Sadr-ud-Din Passed Away
The Light (Pakistan), 24th November 1981 Issue (Vol. 61, No. 22, p. 4)
Tributes to the Late Hazrat Maulana Sadr-ud-Din:
A meeting of the General Council of the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-i-Islam, Lahore (Pakistan) was convened on the 20th of November 1981 at Darus Salam, Lahore to condole the death of Hazrat Maulana Sadr-ud-Din who had been its Head for the past thirty years, and also to elect his successor. A meeting of the Ahmadiyya Conference was also held the same day after the Friday prayer.
Glowing tributes were paid by prominent members of the Council for Hazrat Maulana’s selfless services to the cause of Islam and for leading the Jamaat through difficult times towards the close of the 14th century of Hijrah. Special mention was made of the Mosque at Berlin, German translation of the Quran and his remarkable contributions to the Muslim Mission at Woking and the monthly Islamic Review. The Council also recorded its appreciation for the late Maulana’s efforts to build commercial centres and residential flats at the Ahmadiyya Buildings, Brandreth Road, Lahore which now form a permanent source of income for the Anjuman. The Council expressed its profound sorrow on the death of Hazrat Maulana Sadr-ud-Din being one of its early founders and sympathised with the members of late Maulana’s family on the sad bereavement of their illustrious father. May Allah shower His choicest blessings on the departed soul. Amen!
The Light Has Lost its Founder-Editor:
The first issue of the Light came out on 16th December 1921 and Hazrat Maulana Sadr-ud-Din was its first Editor. The initial issues were entirely contributed by him. In the very first issue, the Maulana wrote the following lines in connection with “The Object of the Light”:
“The Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-i-Islam, Lahore, which is known for its activities for the spread of Islam in foreign countries and in India, has realised the need of educating, in the faith of Islam, the English-knowing section of the Indian Muslims, especially young men. Need has also been felt of presenting a comparative study of Christianity and Islam with the sincerest hope of enlightening our Christian fellow countrymen and acquainting Muslims with the views represented in the Christian scriptures.”
In the death of Hazrat Maulana Sadr-ud-Din, the Light has lost its founder-Editor. It has journeyed through sixty years of its life and contributed substantially to the cause of Islam and the revival of Muslims in this subcontinent.