Conference of Great Religions
Munawar A. Saeed, Secretary, Taleem USA
The Ahmadiyya Gazette, April - June 1996
A Great Sign of Allah in Support of Islam and the Promised Messiah
Given below is a review of the proceedings of the Conference of Great
Religions held in Lahore on December 26-28, 1896. A note entitled "Signs
of Allah manifested in the Conference of great Religions" is given before
the summary of the proceedings. The main point of this note is that in
addition to the overwhelming sign of the success and acclaim of the lecture
of the Promised Messiah (peace on him) there were several other signs
of the mercy of Allah which were shown during the conference.
An announcement was made by the Promised Messiah (peace on him) on
21 December 1896 in which he clearly prophesied that his lecture would
prevail. Narrating a vision, the Promised Messiah (peace on him) said:
It was thus disclosed to me that the wide publication of this paper
would expose the untruth of false religions and the truth of the Quran
will spread progressively around the earth till it arrives its climax...
All brothers and sisters are requested to study the book during this
centennial year of this great sign of Allah. A study guide to the lecture
of the Promised Messiah (Alaihis Salam) entitled, "Philosophy of the
Teachings of Islam" is being printed in the Gazette.
All praise belongs to Allah, Lord of all the worlds.
Signs of Allah Manifested in the Conference of Great Religions
Before the Conference, which was held on December 26-29, 1896, the Promised
Messiah made the announcement which was published widely as "Grand Piece
of News for Seekers After Truth." He stated that the paper which he had
written for the conference "is not the result of ordinary human effort
but is a sign among the signs of God, written with His special support."
... "God, the All-Knowing, has revealed to me that my paper will be declared
supreme over all other papers." ... "I received the revelation (Arabic)
God is with you, and God stands where you stand." ... During the conference
the excellence of the paper were acclaimed widely because:
- The number of listeners was the greatest during this lecture;
- One speaker willingly gave up his time for the completion of the
- Time was extended once, and then the proceedings were extended
by one day to complete the paper. These extension were greeted with
Since the conference the paper has received international acclaim
and millions have derived knowledge and wisdom from it.
There were several other signs of the support of Allah during the
conference, in accordance with the promised that "God stands where you
- Even though all religions in India had been invited to send representatives
to the Conference, Almighty Allah's decree so ordained that no polytheistic
(shirk) views could be uttered during the conference. This is how
- The first speaker who was to represent the Jen faith and could
have expressed some polytheistic views did not attend.
- The representatives of the Araya faith presented the various
autars as servants of the One God, i.e., equivalents of angels,
and not originators of faith or worthy of worship in themselves.
- Finally, the cross was broken in a magnificent way during the
conference. The main priests of Lahore, who had been invited,
declined to participate. Christianity was represented by a lay
journalist. Although he used the words "Christ was an embodiment
of the Love of God" he did not even once call him a partner in
Divinity. He did not similarly refer to any divinity for the Holy
Ghost. He used the word trinity but referred to it as the "Wisdom,
Purity, and Love. This is the Trinity that we worship." In other
words, he presented three attributes of God as his concept of
- Since the first speaker did not come, the organizers gave his time
to Hadhrat Mir Nasir Nawab (ra) who read a poem paying homage to Allah,
describing the beauties of Islam. He also declared that the beauties
of Islam and the Holy Qur'an will become manifest during the conference.
- The conference was organized by Hindus. All testimonials make it
clear that they selected the topics, and established the rules for
the conference. Yet they could not do justice to them as shown below.
- Several speakers abided by the rule that no other faith be attacked.
No speaker, except the Promised Messiah (peace on him) and Pundit
Durgadas, discussed all questions. But Pundit Durgadas did not restrict
himself to the Vedas (He made references to Gita and other epics).
Thus the Promised Messiah (peace on him) alone satisfied all conditions
of the Conference.
- The conference took place in 1896 -- seven years after the claim
of the Promised Messiah (peace on him). This claim was denied by the
Moulvies of his time. The two leaders in his opposition were Maulvi
Muhammad Husain Batalvi and Maulvi Thanaullah Amratsari. Both spoke
at the Conference. By joining the Promised Messiah (as) in the same
forum to represent Islam, they acknowledged that the Promised Messiah
(peace on him) was representing Islam. This fact becomes particularly
significant when we consider that objections were raised against Munshi
Muhammed Imamuddin, whom many Muslims considered not to be a representative
- As noted in the following review the speeches of the two Moulvis
were not adequate treatments of the topic, not to speak of any comparison
with the lecture of the Promised Messiah (peace on him). Maulvi Muhammed
Husain, in particular, failed miserably at addressing the issues.
He seems to have realized his inadequacy and tried to protect his
reputation by stating at the beginning that he did not want any cheers.
(He must have sensed that there are not going to be any!)
- It also appears from the proceedings of the conference that after
listening to the speech of the Promised Messiah (as), the Arya Samaj
became concerned about its impact. One speaker was scheduled to speak
at the spur of the moment in addition to another previously scheduled
to speak. Both acknowledged that there is truth in all religion, but
emphasized that one should not change the religion in which one is
born. As noted earlier, the Christian clergies did not accept the
invitation to speak and Christianity was only represented by a lay
- The Conference ended with a beautiful concluding address by Hadhrat
Maulvi Nuruddin which explained Surah An-Nas. Thus the conference
started and ended with the name of Allah pronounced by two companions
(ra) of the Promised Messiah (as) and its main lecture was by Promised
Messiah (peace on him) about the beauties of Islam.
Summary of the Proceedings: Great Conference of Religions
The Conference was organized by the leaders of Sanatam Dharm faith. In
the Introduction written by secretary Panjab Dharam Mahutsu, the rules
established for the Conference are clearly stated:
- Restrict Answer to the Five Appointed Questions.
- Answer from the Scripture in which you believe.
The introductory speech by Master Darga Parshad, President Organizing
Committee added another rule:
- Do not Attack other Faith, directly or indirectly.
The President also appealed for tolerance and broad mindedness in
listening to the speeches.
The speech of the President was followed by a speech by Sardar Jawahir
Singh, Moderator, who also emphasized that no attack should be made
on the other faiths; each speaker should confine himself to the beauties
of his own faith.
The first speaker, who was going to represent the Jen faith did not
come. His time was given to Hadhrat Mir Nasir Nawab (ra), who had composed
a poem in support of the objectives of the conference.
Poem read by Hadhrat Mir Nasir Nawab
The poem started with homage to Allah:
Sub hamd Khuda koheymusallam
Hey zat main sus sey jo muqaddam
All praise is truly due only to God Who, in His being, precedes and
sustains all life.
Mir Sahib's poem went on to state a summary of the announcement of
the Promised Messiah (peace on him) which had already been publicized
in the following magnificent words:
Islam ka hal yan khule ga
Qur'an ka Jalal yan khule ga
In this conference the faith of Islam shall be explained. Herein the
grandeur of the Qur'an will be expounded.
Speech of Maulvi Muhammed Husain Batalvi
Started the speech by Al-hamd, Ta'awwuz and Tasha'hhud. Then went out
of his way to request that no cheers be made. It seems that he was very
self conscious that he would be overshadowed by the speech of the Promised
Messiah (as) and was trying to protect him.
Recited verses of the Holy Qur'an extensively, but instead of going
into the subject directly, spent a lot of time on discussing what religion
is and why it is needed. These comments did not address the assigned
questions, and did not expound the beauties of Islam.
Maulvi Sahib then commented that the purpose of the Holy Qur'an is
to reform the moral; therefore it does not give much attention to nature,
"not it was necessary." This comment was not called for and is a desecration
of the Holy Quran which draws attention to the phenomena of nature repeatedly.
It also shows how superficial the knowledge of the Maulvi Sahib was.
Maulvi Sahib did not restrict comments to the Holy Qur'an; he brought
in some events from history and also used his own logic to make his
Maulvi Muhammed Husain talked mainly about Question 3 and made some
references to Questions 1 and 5. Questions 2 and 4 were generally were
not discussed. However, it is hard to pin down exactly which questions
he discussed because there was no order in the discussion and most of
the time was taken up in the recitation of the verses of the Holy Qur'an
and reading their translation. The verses which recited have a direct
bearing on the questions which were being discussed, but their import
was not brought out in the speech.
Speech of Roy Broda Kantah, Pleader, Secretary Theosophical Society
Roy Broda appreciated Maulvi Mohammed Husain Batalvi's eloquence and appealed
He started the speech by discussing the third question.
He stated that the Theosophical Society invited all religions to join
it and that he was representing the "Hindu Theosophist" point of view.
Roy Broda talked mainly about human desires -- the good and the bad.
He described virtue as doing good and suppressing bad desires, but did
not offer any references from the Vedas (or from the Theosophist literature)
to determine what is good and what is bad. He referred mainly to ancient
Indian history in support of his comments.
Roy Broda concluded his speech by apologizing that he did not possess
much eloquence -- "only prophets do'. He appealed to all who were present
to follow their own respective religions.
The speech of Roy Broda Kantah was very courteous and he showed a
lot of tolerance towards different faiths. However, his comments touched
mainly on the third question. Moreover, they were a presentation of
the Hindu doctrine. He did not present Theosophical Society as a faith.
Hadhrat Maulana Nuruddin was appointed as the moderator for the second
day. He started the proceedings by expressing his satisfaction over
the orderliness with which the proceedings of the previous day had passed.
He also thanked Allah for the increasing convenience in the acquisition
of knowledge because of the easier access to books. He made an eloquent
point that thankfulness to Allah is our duty because of His favors.
Speech of Maulvi Thanaullah Sahib of Amratsar
Maulvi Thanaullah Sahib talked extensively about the first question and
touched briefly upon the third question. He did not address the other
questions except in casual references.
Maulvi Sahib did not restrict his comments to the Holy Qur'an, but
added references to the Ahadith.
On the whole the speech was well organized, and was made with a great
deal of courtesy. It ended by appealing the listeners to reflect upon
the truthfulness of the Holy Prophet (saws).
After the speech of Maulvi Thanaullah was concluded, Hadhrat Maulvi
Nuruddin (ra), who was presiding that session, appreciated the loving
manner of the speech.
Speech of Babu Ram Chatterji, Ex-President Arya Samaj Sakher
(Only a summary of the speech is provided in the proceedings, because
a written transcript was not provided by the speaker.)
Babu Ji started by praising God and then said objectives of life can
be attained through (1) Faith and (2) Marriage. He concluded his talk
by saying that sacrifice in the way of God is everything, without it,
The available summary does not elaborate the main points. The summary
does not quote any references from the scriptures, nor does it provide
any other supporting material. It is not clear whether the speech of
Babu Ji was made without quoting any authoritative source or whether
the writers of the summary were unable to record the references.
It seems that he talked only about the third question.
It appears that parts of his speech were quite humorous and made the
Speech of Pundit Gurdhen Das, Free Thinker
The speech was made in English, and was translated for incorporation into
Pundit Gurdhen Das emphasized the inter-relationship of the five prescribed
question and stated that he would deal with them in an overall manner.
Supported the views expressed earlier by the Theosophical Society
that we should all view each other as human beings and should forgot
our identities as Hindus and Muslims.
He emphasized that human history is a common treasure of all human
beings. We all inherit it. For all of us, each of the reformer worked,
each martyr shed his blood, and each stalwart used his prowess.
He argued that when man commits himself to one belief, his faith is
blinded. He suffers loss of perspective and starts emphasizing and exaggerating
the theories derived from his faith at the cost of realities of practical
life. Finally, faith leads people to emphasize hereafter (of which,
according to him, nothing is known), rather than his life.
He did not quote any scriptures in support of his views. But he dwelled
on the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you wish to be done by." He described
it as a reflection of human thought process, but said that it provides
a key to the reformation of mankind. He stated that humanity is good
by its inherent nature.
He stated the object of our life is to develop all our faculties in
a harmonious way. To do what benefits humanity and to shun what hurts
He denied the concepts of soul and life after death. According to
him if there was life before our birth, we don't remember it. Therefore,
if there is life after death, we will not remember our present life
in it. He argued that if there is life after death, it is an independent
new existence. The thrust of his comments was that we should forget
about soul and life after death and concentrate on living harmoniously
with our fellow human beings in our present existence.
Pundit Gurdhen Das did not quote any scriptures in support of his
views. Indeed, contrary to the agreed rules, he criticized the scriptures
of the other faiths as a reflection of human thought process. He dealt
basically with the third question.
After the speech of Pundit Gurdhen Das, the speech of Hadhrat Mirza
Ghulam Ahmad (as) was started. It continued over later sessions.
SPEECH OF THE PROMISED MESSIAH (AS)
The Speech, published in English translation as the "Philosophy of the
Teachings of Islam" is well known to all Ahmadis and continues to be a
source of inspiration and insight into the teachings of Islam. It dealt
with all questions in a comprehensive manner and based all its arguments
entirely on the Holy Qur'an. It was courteous and indeed filled with the
true love of humanity. It was a true manifestation of the Divine support
as Allah had promised to the Promised Messiah (as). No summary can do
justice to this master piece of divinely inspired piece of wisdom.
Sardar Jawahir Singh's Speech
Sardar Jawahir Singh talked mainly about the first question, but touched
upon the fifth question also. He admired the knowledge and wisdom of the
Promised Messiah (as) and quoted from Sat Bachan about the qualities of
Guru Baba Nanak. The Sardar said that Guru Baba Nanak was elevated to
a high stature by God. He quoted from Granth Sahib and sayings of Guru
Baba Nanak in support of the first question. He argued that the natural
condition with which man has been created should not be changed (hence,
not shaving any body hair and no circumcision). He stated that goodness
consists of selflessness and freedom from ostentation. He also talked
about chastity with reference to ancient Indian epics.
Sardar Sahib briefly touched upon the sources of knowledge and then
emphasized the need of devotion to God as the ultimate stage of development.
He also said that some of what he said resembles. Vedas and some resembles
the Holy Qur'an. He concluded by describing ten good qualities of a
The speech of Sardar Sahib was appreciated by the Sikh audience as
a very good representation of their faith. He quoted extensively from
the Granth Sahib, but also added references from ancient Indian history
in support of his views.
After the interval Lala Kanshi Ram, Joint Secretary of the conference
addressed the audience. He made a very eloquent speech stating that
the Spirit does not die when the humans face physical death. After this
speech, Lala Ramjidas, a well-known philosopher and representative of
Religion of Harmony asked for permission to address the Conference,
and he was permitted to do so.
Speech of Lala Ramjidas, of Religion of Harmony
Lala Ramjidas started by discussing the fifth question. Knowledge, according
to him, is the knowledge about God. God speaks to every body -- birds,
men, animals, Pundits, Maulvis. There are four sources of knowledge --
five senses, logic, historical facts, and intuition.
He touched briefly on the first question. Then he argued for universal
brotherhood and universality of humanity. That according to him is the
meaning of harmony.
The speech of Master Ramjidas was very soft and did not attack any
other faith. However, his views were based only on generalities and
did not quote any scripture in support of his views. Out of the assigned
questions, he addressed only the first; the rest of his speech was about
toleration and harmony.
Representation of Christianity
The Christian leaders boycotted the conference even though a deputation
was sent to the principal of the Mission College and to two main Priests
as well as other leaders of Christianity. However, a well known Christian
journalist, John Maurice, attended the conference.
Speech of Mr. John Maurice, Journalist, Lahore
Mr. Maurice appreciated the objectives of the conference -- a feast in
which everybody is offering spiritual food. He said our offerings should
be for the Lord God alone. Then he said that all five questions posed
by the conference were related to the need for religion. Therefore he
would talk about his religion.
He emphasized humility as the cornerstone of his faith. Then he talked
about thankfulness, prayer, love of God. The aim of life is happiness;
but our happiness should be in things which make God happy. The essence
of Christianity is love. He then described the doctrines of trinity
and redemption of sins.
Mr. Maurice gave a new version of trinity: Wisdom, Purity, and Love.
He said that this was the trinity he worshipped.
Mr. Maurice said that there are two sources of knowledge -- our intellect
and revelation. But soon afterwards he went against the use of intellect
by admitting that the concept of God's love by assuming human form goes
against human intellect, and it makes people laugh. But this is the
belief of the Christians: believe and be saved.
He concluded his speech by saying that God is One. We should believe
in him and love humanity. He described his views about the relationship
between love and the Grace of God.
Mr. Maurice was admittedly not a Christian scholar but a lay person.
His speech consists of generalities and deals mostly with the first
and fifth question. Passing references, however, were made to other
questions. Nothing was quoted from scriptures. He did not make any effort
to reconcile the commonly prevailing Christian concept of trinity with
his statements about trinity which was consistent with the Unity of
A second Christian speaker, Mr. Rao agreed with Mr. Maurice and gave
his time to Mr. Maurice.
Speech of Pundit Gopi Nath
Pundit Gopi Nath, a Sanskrit scholar, was especially asked to make a speech
to describe the Satanan Dharm faith and the condition of making a prepared
speech was waved for him. He opened his speech by describing the beauties
of the Sanatan Dharm faith and bewailing the trend towards materialism
and the spread of other faiths which is diverting the members of Sanatan
Dharm to other pursuits. But he said that does not reduce the value of
Sanatan Dharm Faith, because "the value of a precious gem is not reduced
if someone does know its value."
Pundit Gopi Nath described the reasons why he believes Sanatan Dharm
to be the best faith:
First: Sanatan Dharm as the most ancient faith on earth. There is
no book on earth more ancient than that of Sanatan Dharm Hinduism. Its
literature is the most extensive, which proves that countless lovers
of God appeared in this faith. He argues that its being the oldest is
a proof of its truthfulness.
Second: Despite being old, it still holds strength. Even though the
political power has been lost, it has done no harm to the Sanatan Dharm
Third: Its scriptures are the oldest.
Fourth: It did not start with a single prophet or reformer. Rather,
a countless number of saintly individuals have graced it. He said that
people criticize us because we worship 330 million gods. He said that
we don't consider any of these 330 or 430 million to be the founders
of our faith, of our faith is One God; all these are His servants.
Fifth: It does not restrict redemption to the members of any single
faith. The division into castes is only to distribute work systematically.
That is why Sanatan Dharm abhors the change of faith.
Sixth: Sanatan Dharm does not prostelise and does not "try to bring
corruption into other faiths." He quoted Sri Krishna: "It is better
for every one to die in his own faith."
Seventh: It shows the path of salvation to all - rich and poor. There
are three means of attaining salvation: (a) true love, (b) worship,
(c) true knowledge of God.
Then Pundit Ji explained what faith is according to Sanatan Dharm.
There are ten qualities; whoever has those qualities is a man of faith
-- whether he is a Hindu, Muslim, Christian or anything else:
- Staying on the Right Path
- Not to Steal
- Keeping all five senses under control
- Intellectual honesty
- Not to be angry and excited
Pundit Ji also discussed the importance of worship without any consideration
for reward as the key to true worship. He concluded his speech by referring
to the doctrine: "do unto others as you wish to be done by" as not being
a monopoly of the other faith which claims it. It is the property of
Hindus too. He said that this rule is present in the Sanskrit literature,
and quoted three references to prove his point.
He concluded his speech by emphasizing again the beauties of his faith
and that it needs no sword or political power to retain its strength.
A very noticeable theme in the speech was the trials alone test the
faith, friendship as well as marital fidelity and made a plea to all
Sanatan Dharm members in his audience to remain steadfast in their faith.
The speech did not address any of the question directly. Its main
import was the good qualities of Sanatan Dharm, need for steadfastness,
and the importance of adhering to the faith in which one is born. This
speech was made at the spur of the moment and was not a prepared speech.
It was made shortly after the speech of Hadhrat Masih Mau'ud (as) had
It seems that the author of the speech and the organizers of the conference,
who were Sanatan Dharm members, were fearful of the impact of the speech
of Hadhrat Ahmad (as) upon the members of their faith, and arranged
this speech to try to protect them into their faith.
Speech of Pundit Bhanu Das
Pundit Bhanu Das was a very renowned scholar of Sanskrit and was serving
as the examiner in the University. He started by categorizing people into
two groups: believers and non-believers. He then talked about the cause
and effects and stated three prime causes: (1) the human, (2) life and
(3) a sense of purpose.
What we consider to be a living being actually consists of three elements:
(1) an empty skeleton, (2) five senses and (3) life.
He described man as the paragon of nature as the agreed belief of
all faiths and called upon the audience to attend to the needs of goodness
and not be content with the physical requirements of this life. The
object of life is "Mukti" or "Param Shartha" -- i.e., attainment of
the ultimate happiness. This can only be attained by not concentrating
on this life.
Faith, according to him, does not refer to religion or faith. It refers
to humanity. Humanity according to the Vedas consists of faith as a
consequence of good deeds and disbelief as a consequence of bad deeds.
Faith requires the following:
- Not to hurt anybody (ahinsa)
- Not to steal
- Acquiring the knowledge of faith
- Not to be stubborn and covetous
- Joy derived from the five senses
- Controlling the heart and mind
- Cleanliness and avoiding the intoxicants
Then he talked about the faith of the common man and the faith of
the higher order. The ordinary faith consists of attaining the civil
and good moral faculties whereas the faith of the higher order requires
devotion and self-annihilation.
He concluded his speech by inviting all not to be the people of this
world, but to attend to the requirements of faith with complete devotion
Pundit Ji's speech was very scholarly. He quoted extensively from
the ancient scriptures, but did not identify a single source as the
scripture as was required by the conditions of the conference. He talked
extensively about the third question and made references to the fifth
question. The treatment of the first and the fourth questions was very
casual. The second question was totally untouched.
The import of the speech, just like the speech of the previous speaker,
was to motivate the members of Sanatan Dharm to hold fast to their faith
and not be swayed by any other attraction.
Speech by Munshi Muhammad Imamuddin Fatehul Kitabul Mubin
The unusual thing about the speech of Munshi Imamuddin was that before
he spoke, an introduction about his religious association was read. He
stated: "I am neither a Mohammedan, nor a follower of Moses or Jesus.
I am a Muslim and I believe in Torah, the Gospels, and the Qur'an. But
I am not a Muslim in the sense in which the other followers of Islam are."
Munshi Sahib then stated that redemption can only be attained by obeying
God. He said that Torah is the only book which gives a criterion for
determining the truthfulness of a prophet -- he should teach Oneness
of God and his prophesies should be fulfilled.
Then he said that the Torah has instructions both about the body and
soul. It says that if you obey God, you will not die; a similar statement
about Brahmans appears in the Manu Samarti. He then stated the laws
concerning eating, based on the Torah, although he made references to
the Holy Qur'an and Manu Samarti. He also referred briefly to one of
the Ten Commandments.
He said that Torah was called a "guidance and light", but it has been
forsaken. He concluded by saying that he accepted the Torah; but he
was not a Jew. He accepted the Gospels to the extent that they do not
conflict with the Torah; and he accepts the Holy Qur'an.
Munshi Sahib's speech was very brief. It was a confused statement.
He claimed to be a Muslim, though not in the sense in which the other
Muslim are. But he did not make any reference to the teachings of the
Holy Qur'an in support of his views. His comments were derived from
the teachings of the Torah.
Munshi Sahib did not really address any of the question in a comprehensive
manner. The brief comments did make touched upon the criterion for judging
the truthfulness of a messenger, inter-relation between the body and
soul, and the laws relating to eating.
There was a lot of commotion from the Muslim audience that Munshi
Sahib should not be considered a Muslim because he did not believe in
the prophethood of the Holy Prophet (saws). Munshi Sahib said that he
did believe in the Holy Prophet (saws).
Hadhrat Hakim Maulana Nuruddin (ra), who was presiding, made very
wise comments saying the speaker had attested to the Prophethood of
the Holy Prophet (saws) and has stated that he accepts Torah because
the Holy Quran calls it guidance and light. We have patiently heard
people who deny the Holy Prophet (saws), so we should hear him, who
despite his beliefs accepts the Holy Qur'an.
Speech of Master Durga Parshad, President Arya Samaj Lahore, and President
Organizing Committee, Conference of Faiths
Master Durga Parsad spoke at this time, not in his capacity as the organizer
of the Conference but as a representative of the Arya Samaj.
He started by apologizing for the shallowness of his knowledge and
said that what he states should not be considered the sum total of the
teachings of the Vedas.
He discussed all five questions systematically and basically drew
his material from the Vedas. But he also referred to the epics (Ramaina
and Gita) in his speech. He categorized the various aspects of the teachings
of the Vedas similar to what the other Hindu speakers had done before
him and concluded by claiming that Hinduism is the most ancient of all
religions. It teaches One God, who can be reached by worship and spiritual
Speech of Swami Shugan Chander Founder of Dharam Mahutsu
Swami Sahib was introduced as the prime organizer of the conference. He
stated his belief in the goodness of all faiths. Then he briefly gave
the events of his life. Then he described his faith, which was Sadharan
faith, i.e., the easy faith. He said that Sadharan faith stays with man
after death; everything else stays back. He summarized Sadharan faith
as "Living in this world, yet remaining aloof from it, giving up pleasures,
giving up personal desires, not considering one's intellect to be of any
worth, and eschewing sin."
Sadhu Sahib did not formally represent his faith, but was honored
as the main person behind the conference and spoke in that capacity.
But his speech and the speeches of the other organizers provide an important
testimony in understanding the great signs of Allah which appeared at
the conference; it is very obvious that the Promised Messiah (as) did
not select the questions or the rules of the conference.
Sadhu Sahib's comments were followed by a few comments of thankfulness
by the secretary of the conference and the Moderator, after which the
presiding officer, Maulvi Nuruddin made the concluding speech.
Concluding Speech by Hadhrat Maulvi Nuruddin (ra)
Hadhrat Maulvi Sahib (ra) started his speech by reciting Tashahhud, Ta'awwuz,
and Sura An-Nas. He said that the Holy Qur'an is the khatim of the scriptures
and Sura An-Nas is the khatim of the Holy Qur'an; therefore he has recited
it at the conclusion of the conference.
He introduced the kalimah and its emphasis on the Unity of Allah.
He then gave a beautiful commentary on Sura An-Nas and how it is related
to the physical, moral, and spiritual states of man which have been
elaborated earlier by the Promised Messiah (as). He made a very moving
appeal to all listeners to turn to God and repent from their sins and
then he declared the conference closed.