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Sir For the past eight months, I have been receiving your The Review of Religions and as a result have become quite interested in the teachings of Islam and its inherent qualities. I would be grateful if you could send me information about the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in the Republic of Ireland as I would like to find out more about Islam in its true form. Also I would like information on how I may obtain a copy of the Holy Qur’an for study. Christopher Pender Republic of Ireland Sir I want to congratulate Abdul Kudus Alimi for ‘Journey to Tru t h : Hinduism’ (The Review of Religions, January 2004). But I request him to be aware of the modern translators of the Hindu Scriptures. Please refer to ‘whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice’ (page 54) quoted from Bhagavad Gita, IV:7. The actual Sanskrit word in the Bhagavad Gita is ‘yada yada’ which only means ‘whenever’ and never ‘ w h e re v e r’. The old and faithful Hindu translators have translated the words yada yada as whenever as can be seen from a 40 year old translation where: ‘Arjuna, whenever there is decline of righteousness, and unrighteousness is in the ascendant, then I body Myself forth’ (The Bhagavad Gita IV:7) Impressed by the Qur’anic teachings that God has raised Pro p h e t s amongst all nations, modern Hindu translators of their Scriptures have added the word ‘where v e r’ along with ‘whenever’ to read incorrectly: whenever and wherever there is decline of righteousness, and unrighteousness is in the ascendant, then I body Myself forth. Mr Alimi should be aware of these facts; however, if my comments are incorrect, one of your readers could perhaps correct me. S M Shahab Ahmad, Canada. 63The Review of Religions – June 2004 Letters to the Editor We hope you have enjoyed reading this edition of the magazine. The Review of Religions will continue to provide discussion on a wide range of subjects and welcomes any comments or suggestions from its readers. To ensure that you regularly receive this monthly publication, please fill in your details below and we will put you on our mailing list. The cost of one year’s subscription is £15 Sterling or US $30 for overseas readers (Please do not send cash). Payments by US residents should be by check payable to “AMI” (US dollars 30) and sent direct to ‘The Review of Religions’, Baitul Zafar, 86-71 PALO ALTO ST, HOLLISWOOD. NY 11423-1203 (USA). All other subscription payments should be made payable to the London Mosque and sent to the address below: The Review of Religions The London Mosque 16 Gressenhall Road London SW18 5QL United Kingdom Please put me on the mailing list for the Review of Religions for 1 year. I enclose subscription payment of £15.00 or US $30.00 (please see instructions above residents). OR if you wish to receive a CD of all the articles published in 2003, please tick the white box above and enclose payment of £5.00, please also add an appropriate sum for postage. Name: ___________________________________________ Address: __________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ Subscription The Review of Religions If you would like to order a copy of any issue published in 2003, please send £1.50 (or equivalent) providing us with your full name and address. Delivery will be on a first come, first served basis, and in the absence of a copy being available your money will be returned • Are you a subscriber to Th e Review of Religions? • Have you renewed your sub- scription for the next year? Why not sponsor a reader to The Review of Religions by subscribing for him/her and we will send the first edition on your behalf with your compliments Please tick in box if you wish to receive The Review of Religions 2003 CD