Maulana Abdul Haq Vidyarthi in Guyana (British Guiana), March 1957

The following photographs were printed in the Urdu monthly, ‘Ruh-i Islam’, Lahore, December 1957 issue. It was a magazine run by members of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Jama‘at, and Maulana Abdul Haq Vidyarthi was its honorary editor. They are displayed below along with the Urdu captions that appeared with them. The quality of these photos is not good due to the reproduction standard of the magazine.

Caption above reads: Friday sermon in mosque in Georgetown

Caption above reads: With the Jama‘at of West Berbice, New Amsterdam

Caption below reads: With the Jama‘at of British Guiana at Georgetown airport

From left to right in front row: Maulvi Abdur Rashid, Maulana Abdul Haq Vidyarthi, Majeed Ali and Hoosein Ganie (President)

(The local members mentioned above were recognized in this photo by Muhammad Haroun, who is originally from Guyana, subsequently lived in England for a long time and then moved to Florida, when we showed him this photo in May 2020.)

Caption above reads: Meeting the Jama‘at of Georgetown after disembarking from the aircraft

Caption above reads: “A mosque in Georgetown which has a board outside it saying that the entry of women to the mosque is prohibited.”

The photograph was taken to show and deplore this un-Islamic practice. In the photograph the wording in English on this board can be discerned as reading:

“Warning: No woman is permitted to enter Mosque during praying hours.”