Editorial — 2021, 2–3
Special Centennial Issue
“And if all the trees that are in the earth were pens, and the ocean were ink, with seven oceans swelling it thereafter, the words of Allah would not be exhausted. Surely, Allah is Mighty, Wise.”–The Holy Qur’an, 31:28
Hazrat Dr. Mufti Muhammad Sadiq (ra) said that he prayed for three things when he left England for America: a sincere Jama’at of Ahmadi Muslims, construction of a mosque, and starting a new journal.
To launch publication of a new journal is always a challenge but to publish a magazine based on a religion which very few people have even heard about poses numerous additional challenges.
Despite all the difficulties, God Almighty gave him a sincere Jama’at of Ahmadi Muslims during the first year, the Moslem Sunrise (still published today as the “Muslim Sunrise”) in the second year, and a mosque and a house were constructed in the third year.
A devout companion of the Promised Messiah and Mahdi, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), Dr. Mufti Muhammad Sadiq (ra) was chosen by Allah to be the first ray of light to bring about the prophesied sunrise from the West.
One hundred years ago, his voice became the most pronounced and his words the most prolific in rebutting American misconceptions about Islam through his tireless jihad of the pen in the new journal he had launched. He was unanimously described as “a learned and well-respected representative of his faith, a philologist and expert in Arabic and Hebrew. He also had a deep spiritual commitment and came to his task with ardor.” (The Oxford Handbook of American Islam, p. 146.)
The real challenge lies not in the launch of a new magazine, it lies in what comes afterwards; that is, how to keep it going at the same engaging and effective level. And not only for this quarter or the next, but for one hundred years. That adds up to roughly 400 quarterly issues overseen by all volunteer editors. The first issue in 1921 cost 25 cents; a hundred years later, it is offered for $5.00 per issue, to help offset printing costs. Just as Dr. Sadiq (ra) did within his new American surroundings, it is distributed free-of-charge to many the world over. Since 2006, most of the published issues are available online at http://www.muslimsunrise.com.
Those who have contributed in different ways to maintaining the Muslim Sunrise over these last one hundred years, as our valued readers, or as writers, editors, graphic designers, all have been an integral part of Dr. Sadiq’s (ra) recognition of our shared full humanity, aiming to capture the essence of Islam Ahmadiyyat against a backdrop of comparative religion and some of the most profound events in human history.
With ever-changing times, substantial room for improvement exists in all areas, and maintaining Dr. Sadiq’s (ra) legacy, the magazine will continue to show that adherents of different faiths, or of no particular faith, can discuss and compare openly and honestly with one another without shying away from their disagreements. For this Centennial issue we have been blessed to receive a special message from Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul-Masih V (aba), and an all-out effort will be made to follow his guidance, Insha’Allah.
The National President (Amir) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, Respected Dr. Mirza Maghfoor Ahmad (Patron of this magazine), has formed a special committee to submit recommendations to the National Executive Body of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA so that the magazine’s next century may begin according to Khalifatul-Masih V’s (aba) instruction and strong desire that the original purpose for which the Muslim Sunrise was started in 1921, namely, conveying the true teachings of true Islam to Americans, be retained. Per the directive of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul-Masih V (aba), this magazine will become a monthly publication, Insha’Allah. With our Khalifa’s (aba) blessing and prayers, as the first and continuously published Islamic periodical launched in America, the Muslim Sunrise will strive to continue inviting readers to investigate and to realize the truth of the peaceful teachings of Islam Ahmadiyyat.