Early mention of Maulana Abdul Haq Vidyarthi in 1915

Possibly the earliest mention of Maulana Abdul Haq Vidyarthi is in Paigham Sulh, 20 July 1915. A news is published on the front page reporting that the editor of Paigham Sulh, Maulana Akbar Shah Khan of Najibabad, is touring the United Provinces as a Muslim Missionary where he will “work to provide an antidote to the poison spread in the area by our Arya Samaj friends, and will take part in public debates and give lectures”. The last paragraph begins as follows:

“The Maulana [Akbar Shah Khan] is accompanied in his journey by Maulana Abdul Haq Vidyarthi, a scholar who has obtained a higher qualification from the Isha‘at Islam College of Lahore and has dedicated himself to religious service by delivering public lectures. We hope that the lectures and religious talks given by both of them will be listened to with interest by all sections of Muslims, and people of all faiths will benefit from them.”

The Isha‘at Islam College was run by the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha‘at Islam Lahore.

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