The Muslim Sunrise

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The Muslim Sunrise (formerly The Moslem Sunrise) is a quarterly magazine published by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community from the United States. Founded in 1921 by Mufti Muhammad Sadiq in Detroit, Michigan, it is the earliest Muslim publication originating in the United States.[1] It took its name from a saying of the Islamic prophet Muhammad to the effect that in the latter days "the sun shall rise from the west" and serves as a platform for Islamic and interfaith discussion.[2] Its stated purpose is that it "seeks to open discussions on Islam and topics relating to religion in general. It highlights the role of Islam in an ever changing global society. It provides a platform for public opinion on contemporary issues and presenting their solutions from an Islamic perspective".[3]

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Being the longest running Islamic magazine in the United States, it is also an important historical source for the history of Islam in the United States since the early 20th century. The first volumes of the magazine featured reports of Sadiq's lecture tours, public debates and other activities, and published lists of people who had embraced Ahmadi Islam.[4] The traditional format of the magazine has been a featured passage from the Quran, followed by sayings of Muhammad and excerpts from the writings of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad the founder of the Ahmadiyya movement, believed by its followers to be the expected Mahdi and Messiah; an address by an Ahmadi Imam and a series of scholarly articles typically dealing with theological issues and Islamic practices and morals. It also frequently discusses contemporary issues and events in the Muslim world or within local American Muslim communities.[5] Sadiq, and the American Ahmadiyya Muslim Community utilized The Muslim Sunrise as a tool to defend Islam and the Quran particularly against Christian polemics. Recognizing racial intolerance in early 20th century America, Sadiq also popularized the Islamic quality for inter-racial harmony. According to the religious historian Richard Turner, The Muslim Sunrise was the foremost medium of spreading the Ahmadiyya message across America in the early 20th century, multi-racial missionary work was its primary thrust and it exercised "a profound influence on the signification that black Americans formed for themselves in Islam".[6] Recent editions regularly contain "Friday Sermon" and "poetry corner" sections alongside a new feature on "Religion and Science".

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  1. ^ Yohanan Friedmann. "Prophecy Continuous: Aspects of Ahmadi Religious Thought and its Medieval Background" Oxford University Press, 2003 p 31 "...he [Mufti Muhammad Sadiq] settled in Highland Park, Michigan, and in July 1921 started a magazine called The Moslem Sunrise. In the following year the publication was transferred to Chicago, where a mosque was also established. The first volumes of the magazine dealt with topics usual in Ahmadi periodicals and reported Muhammad Ṣādiq's lecture tours, public debates, and other activities. It also regularly published lists of persons who embraced Ahmadi Islam. During the years 1921-1924, it reported the conversion of slightly more than one thousand persons."
  2. ^ "Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History". Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  3. ^ "About the MuslimSunrise". Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  4. ^ Yohanan Friedmann. "Prophecy Continuous: Aspects of Ahmadi Religious Thought and its Medieval Background" Oxford University Press, 2003 p 31
  5. ^ "Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History". Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Islam in the African-American Experience". Retrieved 14 September 2015.

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