Hazrat Chaudhry Fateh Muhammad Sialra, a devoted follower of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, the Promised Messiahas, and the first Ahmadi missionary dispatched from India to London for the purpose of Tabligh by Hazrat Hakim Maulvi Nuruddin, Khalifatul Masih Ira, occupies a prominent and significant place in the historical narrative of the Ahmadiyya Community in the United Kingdom.
Born in 1887 in Jora Kalan, a small town in the Kasur district of Punjab, Hazrat Fateh Muhammad Sialra and his father, Chaudhry Nizam Din, pledged their allegiance to Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas in 1899. Subsequently, in 1900, the family migrated to Qadian. Hazrat Fateh Muhammad Sialra obtained his bachelor’s degree from the Government College University, Lahore, in 1910. He also pursued a Master’s degree in Arabic from the Aligarh Muslim University.
In response to an appeal made by Hazrat Hakim Maulvi Nuruddinra, Khalifatul Masih Ira, urging members of the Jama’at to propagate the message of Islam in London, Chaudhry Fateh Muhammad Sialra, at the young age of 26, became the first servant of the Promised Messiahas to embrace this responsibility. Upon his arrival in Great Britain on 22 June 1913, Hazrat Chaudhry Fateh Sial Sahibra embarked on a missionary journey. This coincided with the onset of the First World War.
Chaudhry Fateh Sial Sahibra began disseminating the message of Islam among the British populace. His initial location for preaching was Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park, where he distributed leaflets and engaged in conversations with residents while conducting interviews with the press. In the summer of 2013, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK commemorated the centenary of Hazrat Chaudhry Fateh Muhammad Sial Sahib’sra arrival in the UK.
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra instructed Hazrat Muhammad Sial Sahibra to procure a property suitable for the construction of a mosque for the Muslim community. In August 1920, he acquired a one-acre site in Southfields, which served as an active mission house and his primary operational base. However, due to increased requirements, the Mission House soon proved inadequate, prompting the formulation of plans for a mosque on the premises. The inauguration of the Fazl Mosque (also known as the London Mosque) took place on October 23, 1926.
Chaudhry Sahib assumed the role of missionary-in-charge in 1913 and served in the UK until 1916. He returned in 1919 for a second term, continuing his service to the UK mission until 1921. Hazrat Chaudhry Fateh Muhammad Sial Sahibra passed away on February 28, 1960.