by Rashid Ahmad Chaudhry
Storytelling remains one of history’s most relished pastimes. It inspires its audience to imagine, aspire and dream. Over time, however, elements of exaggeration and fabrication creep in to create a more exhilarating episode, resulting in greater myth than matter of fact.
Stories of early Ahmadiyyat share unique aspects of both. They are strictly based on facts, but their fascinating outcomes, against all odds, dazzle the mind. The reality is that they prove the existence of the Unseen Lord and the support He provides to those who strive in His cause, irrespective of the opposition they face.
Stories from Early Ahmadiyyat is a children’s book to remind our youth of the humble origins of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community at a time when they have grown accustomed to seeing its tremendous international progress and advancement. This success did not come without the sacrifices of humble men and women who trusted in their Lord and the Promised Messiah(as) whom He sent.
Essentially, this book seeks to inspire our youth to adopt the path of righteousness regardless of the obstacles and temptations that lie in their way, in the hopes that they will witness the same signs and miracles today that were manifested yesterday—signs and miracles that will, one day, be the stories inspiring tomorrow’s youth, inshaa’Allah.