F.L Andersen (Hassan)

Mr F.L Andersen (Hassan) announced his allegiance to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat on 26th September 1904 through a letter written to the Promised Messiahas. Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Sadiqra wrote that he had first corresponded with Mr Andersen in 1901[1] with the help of Alexander Russell Webb.[2] Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Sadiqra calls him the first American Ahmadi in the first issue of Moslim Sunrise.[3]  The Promised Messiahas in the fifth part of Braheen-e-Ahmadiyya writes:

“Similarly, for some time my Jama‘at has been gaining acceptance among the traditional Christians of Europe and America. Only recently a respectable English gentleman of 200–202, Worth Street, New York, in the United States of America, whose earlier name was F.L. Anderson, but who has been named Hasan after he became a Muslim, wrote to me by his own hand to ask that his name be entered into my Jama‘at. He reads my books that have been translated into English. He can read the Holy Quran in Arabic and can also write in Arabic. There are many more Westerners who are full of praise for this Jama‘at, and express their agreement with it.[4]

[1] The Moslim Sunrise 1921 No 2

[2] Zikr-e-Habib P. 314

[3] The Moslim Sunrise 1921 No 1

[4] Braheen-e-Ahmadiyya Part Five P.131