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Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din meets Professor E.G. Browne at Cambridge

In Badr of 20 March 1913, on page 4, the following letter by Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din addressed to Maulana Nur-ud-Din is published. In this translation we have added three links to notes by the Website Editor and a link to an article.

 To the honoured leader, master, mentor and guide, may Allah keep you safe! assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuhu

The last time I stated that I intended to bring out the magazine, although assistance was required.

I am even now for several months bearing my expenses by the grace of God. While I can support myself and those helping me, it is beyond my present resources to bear the burden of the magazine. Prayer and attention by you is required.

When I went to Cambridge I met Professor Browne.[note 1] He is an orientalist who is very close to Islam — Allah knows best what is correct. I asked him to write for the magazine occasionally. Such persons are of interest to the readers here. An article was received from him which has been included. [article] At the end of it, Professor Browne, referring to the efforts of Europe against Islam, quotes the verse of the Quran: “They desire to extinguish the light of Allah”. I am sending you, for your reading, the note which accompanied his article. It is hand-written by him in Arabic script.

I said in an earlier letter that I would write an article in detail about the gulibat-ir-Rum prophecy.[note 2] If I receive it from the press by 3 p.m. on Friday then the English version will reach you. Its Urdu translation is enclosed. It has been translated into Arabic and is being translated into Turkish. The English translation will be sent to all the European leaders and to America, the Turkish to Constantinople, and the Arabic to Egypt. I have requested the community to say prayers in this matter, and Mufti sahib[note 3] will let you know what that is.

I ask for prayer, prayer and prayer.


Notes by the Website Editor

Note 1. Professor Edward Granville Browne (1862–1926), Professor of Persian at Cambridge and author of A Literary History of Persia (Cambridge 1902-24) 4 vols.

Note 2. The reference is to a prophecy of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad which is in the same words as the following verses of the Holy Quran: “The Romans (ar-Rum) are vanquished in a near land, and they, after their defeat, will gain victory” (30:2–3). Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din applied this to what happened to Turkey during the Balkan Wars of 1912–1913, as Turkey is known as ar-Rum in the East.

Note 3. Mufti Muhammad Sadiq, Editor of Badr.

The image of this letter, as printed in Badr, is shown below. At the end of the letter is the text of note in Persian by Professor E.G. Browne (bearing name Edward Browne at the end):

Badr, 20 March 1913, p. 4, col. 3
Badr, 20 March 1913, p. 5, col. 1

The article by Professor Browne published in the very first issue of The Islamic Review (February 1913, pages 5 and 6), as referred to above by Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din, is shown below as a scanned image from the original magazine. The article is in the form of a letter to the Editor, Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din.

The Islamic Review, February 1913, p. 5
The Islamic Review, February 1913, p. 6

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