Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din

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Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din

Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din (1870 – December 28, 1932), a lawyer by profession,[1] was a prominent figure of the early Ahmadiyya movement. He was the first Muslim missionary to Britain and the author of numerous works[2] about Islam.[3]


Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din was born in Punjab, India, and received his education at the Forman Christian College, Lahore. His grandfather, Abdur Rashid, a poet, was at one time chief Muslim Judge of Lahore during the Sikh period. In 1893 he joined the Ahmadiyya Movement and became a close associate of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad founder of the Ahmadiyya movement. Before joining the movement he was planning on converting to Christianity but was convinced by Ghulam Ahmad not to convert.

Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din with Lord Headley

In 1912 he proceeded to England in pursuence of his legal practice and was instructed by Hakeem Noor-ud-Din, the first khalifa (successor) of Ghulam Ahmad, to keep three things in view, one of which was to try to get the Mosque in Woking opened which was originally built by the Begum of Bhopal, and had been reported to have been locked for some time. Having reached London, Kamal-ud-Din enquired about the Mosque, met with other Muslims and was able to have the Woking Mosque unlocked. He laid the foundation of the “Woking Muslim Mission and Literary Trust[4] as well as The Islamic Review.[5]

From 1912 until his death, he devoted his life to the propagation of a decidedly non-sectarian Islam in Britain.[6] Besides visiting England several times for lengthy periods, he also toured other countries in Europe, Asia and Africa, including his home country of India, delivering lectures on Ahmadiyya. He performed his second Hajj in the company of Lord Headley,[7] the famous British convert and the Khwaja's close friend and associate. Following the split within the Ahmadiyya movement in 1914, Kamal-ud-Din aligned himself with the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement[8] under Muhammad Ali.

In 1920, Kamal-ud-Din toured Southeast Asia where, through public discourses, he successfully managed to win confidence among some Indonesian Muslims. He delivered a number of speeches in Surabaya and Batavia which attracted headlines in several leading newspapers.[9]

Literary work[edit]

Below is a partial list of English books by Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din, which can be read online:[10] (Urdu books by Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din are also accessible online.[11])

  • Al-Islam
  • Ethics of War
  • The Existence of God
  • Five Pillars of Islam
  • God and His Attributes
  • The Great Revolution
  • The Holy Quran and the Bible
  • Introduction to the Study of the Holy Quran
  • Islam and Christianity
  • Islam and Civilisation
  • Islam & Other Religions
  • Islam to East and West
  • Jesus — An Ideal of Godhead and Humanity
  • Muhammad the Most Successful Prophet
  • Mysticism in Islam
  • The Problem of Human Evolution
  • The Quran a Miracle
  • A Running Commentary on the Holy Quran
  • The Sources of Christianity
  • The Status of Women in World Religions and Civilisations
  • The Strength of Islam
  • Study for an Atheist
  • Study of Islam
  • Sufeism in Islam
  • Unity of the Human Race
  • The Vicegerent of God on Earth
  • Woman from Judaism to Islam
  • Worship and Sacrificialism


  1. ^ Life of Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din; Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din: Entry in Who’s Who; To the memory of Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din, editorial in The Islamic Review in its first issue of 1962
  2. ^ A Complete List of Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din Sahib's Books
  3. ^ Nathalie Clayer, Eric Germain Islam in Inter-War Europe -2008 Page 90 "The mission that Khwaja Kamaluddin (1870-1932) founded in Woking (Surrey) reactivated and increased Quilliam 's English reading public throughout Europe and within the British Empire."
  4. ^ Woking Muslim Mission Website
  5. ^ The Islamic Review online archive, 1913-1970
  6. ^ Gilham, Jamie (2014). Loyal Enemies: British Converts to Islam, 1850-1950. C. Hurst & Co. p. 128–29. ISBN 978-1-84904-275-8.
  7. ^ Life of Lord Headley
    Hajj of Lord Headley, 1923
  8. ^ Gilham, Jamie (2014). Loyal Enemies: British Converts to Islam, 1850-1950. C. Hurst & Co. p. 139. ISBN 978-1-84904-275-8.
  9. ^ Ahmad Najib Burhani (2014). "Conversion to Ahmadiyya in Indonesia: Winning Hearts through Ethical and Spiritual Appeals". Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia. Sojourn. 29 (3): 660–663.
  10. ^ Books by Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din online
  11. ^ Urdu books by Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din

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