ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT GAZETTE – Hameed Naseem: Islam’s ideals of peace arrived in US in 1920
Islam’s ideals of peace arrived in US in 1920
This year Ahmadiyya Muslim Community celebrates its 100th anniversary in the USA. Mufti Muhammad Sadiq was the first Islamic missionary to set foot on the soil of these United States. Upon his arrival on Feb. 15, 1920, at the Philadelphia port, he was taken into custody before disembarking to be sent back to India. He had indicated that the purpose of his visit was to preach the message of Islam to Americans. Mufti Muhammad Sadiq had preached Islam in England for several years before coming to the US. He appealed the decision and was incarcerated in the Philadelphia Detention Center, where in a matter of weeks, Sadiq was able to convince some 19 people of various nationalities from among the detainees to accept Islam. He was released in April 1920.