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A Mighty Striving:

by Muhammad Ahmad & Mumtaz Ahmad Faruqui

English translation of Maulana Muhammad Ali's Urdu biography Mujahid-e-Kabir


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Table of Contents:
  • Part 1: The First Twenty-Five Years — From birth to May 1899:
    • Birth and early education
    • Education and employment in Lahore
    • Meeting Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian
    • Stay in Lahore after joining the Ahmadiyya Movement
    • Correspondence with Hazrat Mirza sahib and arrangements for legal practice
  • Part 2: Life at Qadian — From May 1899 to April 1914:
    • 1. The Promised Messiah’s time:
      • 1a. First of two sections:
        • Migration to Qadian and the early days
        • Residing in the Promised Messiah’s house
        • The early writings of the Promised Messiah about Maulana Muhammad Ali
        • Publication of the Review of Religions
        • Hazrat Mirza sahib’s wishes regarding propagation of Islam
        • First photograph of Maulana Muhammad Ali
      • 1b. Second of two sections:
        • The dreams, visions, revelations and writings of Hazrat Mirza sahib about Maulana Muhammad Ali
        • Need for an English Translation of the Holy Quran
        • Represents Hazrat Mirza sahib in court cases
        • Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya founded
        • Some other events
        • Talim-ul-Islam High School
        • Financial Commissioner’s visit to Qadian
        • Some domestic events
        • Death of the Promised Messiah
    • 2. The Times of Maulana Nur-ud-Din (May 1908 to March 1914):
      • Overview
      • Early life of Maulana Nur-ud-Din
      • Commencement of the English Translation of the Holy Quran
      • Maulana Nur-ud-Din’s interest in the English translation
      • Calcutta Convention of Religions
      • Debate in Rampur
      • Debate at Mansoori
      • Religious convention at Allahabad
      • Some domestic circumstances and trip to Murree
      • Talim-ul-Islam school and construction of the boarding house
      • Activities and health of Maulana Nur-ud-Din
      • Publication of The Teachings of Islam
      • Beginning of the propagation of Islam in the U.K.
    • 3. Events of the Split in the Movement and migration of Maulana Muhammad Ali to Lahore:
      • Al-Wasiyyat and the founding of the Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya and its consequences
      • Death of the Promised Messiah: Maulana Nur-ud-Din takes bai‘at (pledge) from members
      • Beginning of the discord and efforts to mislead Maulana Nur-ud-Din
      • Efforts to get Maulana Muhammad Ali and his friends expelled from the Ahmadiyya community
      • More efforts to create suspicion in Maulana Nur-ud-Din’s mind
      • Maulana Nur-ud-Din’s true feelings
      • Maulana Muhammad Ali’s announcement about the disunity and mistrust
      • The second tactic
      • The scandal of calling Muslims as kafir and the establishment of the Ansarullah party
      • A tract on calling Muslims as kafir and one on khilafat
      • Maulana Nur-ud-Din’s death and subsequent events
      • Further stay in Qadian and migration from there
      • The world of Islam and the event of 1914
      • End of second phase of Maulana Muhammad Ali’s life
  • Part 3: Life at Lahore — From April 1914 to October 1951:
    • 1. Founding of the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha‘at Islam Lahore:
      • Brief history of Ahmadiyya Buildings
      • Newspaper and journal Paigham Sulh
      • Establishment of Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha'at Islam, Lahore
      • Expulsion of Maulana Muhammad Ali and his comrades from the Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya Qadian
      • When was the Qadiani doctrine of the prophethood of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad invented
    • 2. From 1914 to 1917: Completion and publication of the English translation of the Holy Quran:
      • Early stay in Lahore
      • Two initial tasks
      • Teaching Quran classes (Dars-i Quran)
      • Completion and publication of the English Translation of the Holy Quran
      • English translation of the Quran and the Qadian community
      • Other writings of the Maulana during 1914 to 1917
      • Some other events from 1914 to 1917
      • The first three and a half years of the Anjuman’s life
      • Opinions and reviews about the English translation of the Holy Quran
    • 3. From 1918 to 1923: Completion and publication of Bayan-ul-Quran, Urdu translation of the Holy Quran:
      • Urdu translation and commentary
      • Other publications from 1918 to 1923
      • Quran teaching classes (Dars-i Quran)
      • Touring branches and other trips
      • Stay in Simla, 1918–1921
      • Other events, 1918–1923
      • Stay in Dalhousie, 1922–23
      • German Mission
      • Royalty and how it began
      • Relations with the Qadian community
    • 3. Addendum by the Translator: Reviews of Bayan-ul-Quran by modern Pakistani scholars)
    • 4. From 1924 to 1937: Publication of Fazl-ul-Bari and The Religion of Islam:
      • 4a. First of two sections:
        • Publications from 1924-1937: Fazl-ul-Bari
        • Publications from 1924-1937: The Religion of Islam
        • Publications from 1924-1937: other writings
        • Quran teaching (Dars-i Quran)
        • Stay in Dalhousie
        • Muslim High School buildings at Lahore and Baddomalhi
        • Demise of Shaikh Rahmatullah
        • Demise of Syed Muhammad Ahsan of Amroha
        • Missionary work in India
        • Organizational tours and other travels, 1924 to 1937
        • Arrival of Lord Headley in India, December 1927
        • Construction of the Berlin Mosque and translation of the Holy Quran into German
        • Coming of Baron Umar Ehrenfels to India
        • Java mission
      • 4b. Second of two sections:
        • Purchase of land in Okara
        • Maulana Aziz Bakhsh
        • Founding of the Woking Muslim Mission and Literary Trust
        • Death of Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din
        • Conversion of Mr. Gauba to Islam
        • Opening of the Fiji Islands Muslim Mission
        • Opposition to the Ahmadiyya Community in its homeland
        • Death of Dr. Mirza Yaqub Baig
        • Appeal to make Wills
        • Some other events
        • Payment of royalty, 1924-1937
        • Some internal conflicts
        • Relations with the Qadian Jama‘at, 1924 to 1937
    • 5. The Anjuman’s Silver Jubilee 1938 and recovery from a critical illness:
      • Initial move to mark Silver Jubilee
      • Ill health
      • Silver Jubilee
      • The annual gathering and 25 year work of the Anjuman
      • Residence in Muslim Town, Lahore, and other events of 1938
      • Passing away of Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah and Babu Manzur Ilahi
      • Deepest desire of a true devotee of Islam
      • Address to young people
    • 6. From 1939 to June 1947: Publication of A Manual of Hadith, Living Thoughts and The New World Order. Three campaigns for Quran publication:
      • 6a. First of three sections:
        • Writings from 1939 to 1947
        • Founding of the Holland Mission
        • The German translation of the Holy Quran and the Berlin Mosque
        • Death of Dr. Syed Muhammad Husain Shah
        • Other events of 1939
        • Events of 1940
        • Events of 1941
        • Campaign for charitable loan, December 1941
        • First trip to Hyderabad, Deccan, 1942
        • Visit of Mr. Usman Woo
        • Passing away of Dr. Basharat Ahmad
      • 6b. Second of three sections:
        • Three ways for service of the Holy Quran
        • Proposal for ‘Quran Publication Trust’
        • The first proposal — Quran Translations Fund
        • The second proposal for the propagation of the Quran — opening of missionary centres
        • Trip to Bombay
        • The third proposal — Idara Talim-ul-Quran
        • Emphasising service of the Quran
        • Second journey to Hyderabad
        • From 1946 to June 1947
        • Founding of the American Mission
        • Translation of the Quran in Javanese language
        • Last trip to Dalhousie
        • Special spiritual exertions in the month of Ramadan
        • The royalty issue
      • 6c. Third of three sections: Relations with the Qadian Jama‘at:
        • Appeal to Qadian Jama‘at, 1939
        • Invitation and challenge to debate, 1940
        • Efforts in 1941
        • Challenge to take oath on beliefs, 1944
        • Open publication of charge of falsehood
        • Challenge to debate and mubahila, 1945
        • Summary of efforts
        • Challenge by a Qadiani for oath
        • Maulana Muhammad Ali takes oath in speech, December 1946
        • Epilogue 1954: Mirza Mahmud Ahmad retracts his extremist beliefs in court
    • 7. From June 1947 till end of 1950: Revision of the English Translation of the Holy Quran and campaign for distribution of literature:
      • 7a. From June 1947 to end of 1949:
        • Partition of India and journey from Dalhousie to Lahore
        • Refugees Relief Fund
        • The annual gathering for 1947
        • Affiliation of the Woking Mission
        • Stay in Quetta
        • Instructions for spiritual exertions in Ramadan
        • A letter of advice
        • Another serious illness
        • Exhortations to the Jama‘at
        • Press conference
        • The annual gathering 1948 and campaign for distribution of literature
        • Emphasis on publishing literature
        • Idara Talim-ul-Quran
        • Passion for the propagation of the Holy Quran
        • All-Pakistan Economic Conference
        • Stay in Karachi in 1949
        • Some letters to members of the Jama‘at
        • Completion of the revision of the English translation of the Holy Quran
        • Meetings with ambassadors of Muslim countries
        • Distribution of free sets of books
        • Proposal to send free sets to five thousand libraries
        • An objection and answer to it
        • His last address to the Qadian Jama‘at
        • Death of Mian Ghulam Rasul
        • The annual gathering, 1949
      • 7b. The year 1950:
        • Events of 1950
        • Khutbas of 1950
        • Stay in Karachi in 1950 and illness
        • Addressing the Jama‘at after recovery — three letters
        • Thanks-giving fund
        • Return to Lahore
        • Annual gathering 1950
    • 8. The last year, 1951, and death:
      • Last letters to members of the Jama‘at
      • Meeting delegates to the World Muslim Conference (Mu’timar ‘Alam Islami) and his fame abroad
      • Other work in early 1951 and another attack of illness
      • His last journey to Karachi
      • Plan to perform Hajj and visit Western countries and the Middle East
      • Invitation to join Board of Editors of the Encyclopaedia of Islam
      • Holy Quran Trust
      • Death of Maulana Muhammad Ali
      • A will for the Jama‘at
      • Newspaper reviews and messages at his death
  • Part 4: Recollections of Maulana Muhammad Ali:
    • 1. Home life, qualities, character and habits:
      • Home life
      • Domestic life
      • Moral qualities and habits
      • As father
      • As head of family
      • Love for relations
      • As elder of Jama‘at
      • Strict observance of time schedule and punctuality
        Stamina for work
      • Administrative skills
      • Style of speech and writing
      • Worship
      • Revelations and communications from God
      • Love for the Holy Quran
    • 2. Personal Reflections:
      • Maulana Abdul Haq Vidyarthi
      • Dr. Saeed Ahmad Khan
      • Maulana Murtaza Khan Hasan
      • Dr. S.M. Abdullah
      • Maulvi Ismatullah
      • Shaikh Muhammad Yusuf Garanthi
      • Shaikh Muhammad Inam-ul-Haq
      • Maulana Ahmad Yar
      • Malik Fazal Ilahi
      • Mumtaz Ahmad Faruqui
      • Shaikh Ghulam Qadir
      • Muhammad Karimullah
      • Master Muhammad Abdullah
      • Haji Allah Rakha Mumin
      • Chaudhry Muhammad Abdullah Khan
      • Shahzada Begum
      • Maulana Hafiz Sher Mohammad
    • 3. Some impressions of Maulana Muhammad Ali:
      • Privilege of being first in history of Islam
      • Writer
      • A busy life
      • Regard for duty
      • A constructor and builder by nature
      • Made Ahmadiyya Buildings the centre of Islamic thought
      • Long-standing relations with the Quaid-i Azam
      • The Quaid-i Azam at the Maulana’s residence
      • Muslim visitors
      • Respect for the Maulana in the Christian world
      • Research on Maulana for Doctorate of Divinity in Rome
      • The Anjuman’s financial stability
      • Friday khutbas (sermons)
      • Balanced heart and mind
      • As President of the Anjuman
      • An affectionate father
      • Ordinary activities
      • Hazrat Maulana’s status
    • 4. Memories of my beloved, by Naseer Ahmad Faruqui:
      • Widely respected and loved
      • Extraordinary qualities
      • His jovial nature
      • Gentle and mild but courageous
      • His forgiveness and forbearance
      • His prayers
      • Passion for service of the Quran
      • Incidents showing effects of his literature
      • Iqbal
      • Raising funds
      • Death of Maulana Muhammad Ali
      • Spiritual experiences
      • Prediction of creation of Pakistan
      • Vision of God
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