Who was Marmaduke William Pickthall

Marmaduke Pickthall (7 April 1875 — 19 May 1936) was a Western Islamic scholar, noted for his English translation of the Qur’an. A convert from Christianity, Pickthall was a novelist, esteemed by D. H. Lawrence, H. G. Wells, and E. M. Forster, as well as a journalist, headmaster, and political and religious leader. He declared his conversion to Islam in dramatic fashion after delivering a talk on ‘Islam and Progress’ on November 29, 1917, to the Muslim Literary Society in Notting Hill, West London. He was also involved with the services of the Woking Muslim Mission in the absence of Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din, its founder.

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  1. I agree that Marmaduke Pickthall was a Muslim. He had integrity to defend Maulana Mohammad Ali publicly. However he did indicate he had esoteric views indicating he considered him inappropriate in his ability to teach Muslims in India. As we have seen the photograph of Maulana Mohammad Ali in which the left hand of a man holds the Quran, it indicates he was meant to teach Islam to the people of India and our country where he is currently considered a heresy in the faith of Islam. We should not give in to the thought that he will not be successful in that endeavor. This is the view I hold.

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