How Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
inspired the Woking Muslim Mission
Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din was one of the leading followers of Hazrat
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement in India
(d. 1908), and was inspired to undertake the work of propagation
of Islam through his influence. Many other missionaries and scholars
of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Anjuman also served in the Woking Muslim
Mission as its Imams and Heads. A Muslim scholar associated with
the Woking Mission, Shaikh Mushir Hosain Kidwai of Gadia, wrote
in a booklet, Islam in England,
I am far from being a follower of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of
Qadian, but I cannot but give him credit for having fired English
educated Muslims with a missionary zeal for Islam. Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din
is one of those men who were, so to say, reclaimed to Islam by
the Mirza sahib, and that to this extent that he gave up his flourishing
practice at the Bar and voluntarily accepted to be an exile and
came to England with the sole object of preaching Islam.
Maulana Muhammad Ali
Maulana Muhammad Ali (d. 1951), the first
Head of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement, was a close, life-long friend
of Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din, and indeed was introduced to Hazrat Mirza
Ghulam Ahmad in 1897 through the influence of the Khwaja. Near the
end of his life he wrote a booklet in 1949 explaining what prompted
him to devote his life to the cause of the propagation of Islam.
Whoever went to him [Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad] he put
a spark of the fire of the love of God in the heart of that disciple.
Just like me, the late Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din too, by sitting
at the feet of the Imam of the age, was blessed with opening the
first Islamic mission to Europe at Woking, shedding such light
on the teachings of Islam and the life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad
that the entire attitude of Europeans towards Islam changed.
To those people who harbour ill-feeling against the honoured
Mujaddid [Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad], or who fail to give
him the respect and love due to such a servant of the faith, I
say: Has there ever been in the world a liar and imposter who
filled the hearts of his followers with such an urge for the propagation
of Islam, and to whom Almighty Allah gave so much help as to continue
fulfilling his dreams and aspirations long after his death?
Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din himself wrote in 1914:
It was through him [Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad] that in
1892 I became a Muslim anew. Not only did I become a Muslim, but
through his guidance and prayers I was able to make amends for
the sin which had been taking me towards Christianity by showing
Christians the right path today. It was the most auspicious and
blessed day of my life in 1893 when I took the pledge, at the
hand of the Messiah sent by God, to hold religion above the world.
I would give anything for those times which I spent in the company
and service of this spiritually perfect man, which enabled me
to fulfil my pledge as best as I could. How can I forget those
favours and that love which he bestowed on me, especially on me!
Even if I spent my whole life working for the aims and objects
of the Divine mission of this Muslim Messiah, it would be little
recompense for the continuous prayers he said for me.