I.L.M. Abdul Aziz – First Sri Lankan Ahmadi Muslim.
Posted on November 1st, 2021

By A. Abdul Aziz

          In Sri Lanka, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at was established in 1915.It was during the life time of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, (Peace be on him) – Founder of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (Jama’at)  in Islam – Promised Messiah and Imam-al-Mahdi that, some of his books reached Ceylon as they reached Europe,  America and  Africa, A prominent Muslim gentleman who had been the trustee of the Mardana Mosque in Colombo at that time Mr. I.L.M. Abdul  Aziz, after reading a few of such books, had sent his Bai’at (oath of allegiance) to enter the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at by post direct to Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian in 1907.  Mr. I.L.M. Abdul  Aziz published an article entitled ‘A short sketch of Ahmadiyya Movement’, in a magazine named Muslim Guardian”, (Sept. 1907 issue) authored by him. This way the first introductory article about Ahmadiyya  Muslim Jama’at appeared in Ceylon in September, 1907. He died in 1915 and his tomb is still preserved at Mardana Mosque in Colombo. In 1915, Hazrat Sufi Ghulam Muhammad, a companion of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (a.s.) arrived in Colombo and stayed there for 3 months and established this Community in Sri Lanka. It’s also came to know, Sri Lanka had issued a Commemorative Stamp of Marhoom I.L.M. Abdul Aziz at that time.

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