Responce of Dr. Sir Muhammad Iqbal to the
[From the Book: A Bunch of Old
Letters, Asia Publishing House, Bombay, Calcutta, New Dehli, Madras]
Governor of India, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru
Regarding the Qadiani (Ahmadiyya) Cult
June 21, 1936
Dear Pandit Jawahar Lal,
Thank you so much for your letter which I received yesterday. At the
time I wrote in reply to your articles, I believed that you had no idea of
the political attitude of the Ahmadis. Indeed the main reason why I
wrote a reply was to show, especially to you, how Muslim loyalty had originated
and how eventually it had found a basis in Ahmadism. After the publication
of my paper, I discovered, to my great surprise, that even the educated Muslims
had no idea of the historical causes which had shaped the teachings of Ahmadism
moreover. Your Muslims admirers in the Punjab and elsewhere felt perturbed
over your articles as they thought you were in sympathy with Ahmadiyya movement.
This was mainly due to the fact that the Ahmadis were jubilant over your
articles. The Ahmadis Press was mainly responsible for this
misunderstanding about you. However, I am glad to know that my impression
was erroneous. I myself have little interest in theology, but had to dabble
in it a bit in order to meet the Ahmadis on their own grounds. I assure
you that my paper was written with the best of intentions for Islam and India.
I have no doubt in my mind that the Ahmadis are traitors both to
Islam and India.
I was extremely sorry to miss the opportunity of meeting you in Lahore. I
was very ill in those days and could not leave my rooms. For the last two
years, I have been living a life of practical retirement on account of continued
illness. Do let me know when you come to the Punjab next. Did you receive
my letter regarding your proposed Union for Civil Liberties? As you
did not acknowledge it in your letter, I fear it never reached you.