Friday Sermon: Blessed month of Ramadan

August 28th, 2009

Next, Huzur paid tribute to Maulana Dost Muhammad Shahid sahib who passed away on 26 August ’09. He was a high ranking scholar of the Community, may God continue to elevate his status. He was referred to as the ‘Historian of Ahmadiyyat’ as he had penned the history of the Community of which twenty volumes have been published, while work on the Fifth Khilafat was in progress. Huzur said he was not simply an historian; rather his life was a chapter of the history of Ahmadiyyat. He was a luminary who was ever ready to spread Ahmadiyyat, the true Islam. He had an incredible memory. Huzur said it would not be out of place to say that he was an encyclopaedic person. In fact, Huzur said, Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih IV (may Allah have mercy on him) did indeed make this observation. Huzur said he retained extensive information on the lives of early saints and mujaddad (reformers) to the point of remembering the name of the relevant book and the page number where certain information was.

Huzur said he would make only a few observations from his many personal qualities. He was a most selfless person who spent most of his time in the way of serving religion. He was a life-devotee who had an intense connection with Khilafat. He was an extremely pious and prayerful person but whenever people requested him to pray for them he would say ‘do not ask me, write to Khalifa of the time.’ He was utterly humble. Huzur said every time he read something new he sent Huzur a photo-copy of the material. He deserves to be referred to as a scholar who practised his scholarship. Huzur said it is natural to be concerned at the passing away of such great obliging associates but one prays that God will always provide us with great, obliging associates.

Khilafat was always the axis of his thoughts and he maintained that once the Khalifa of the time had said something there was no need to look elsewhere. Huzur said the Ameer sahib of Saudi Arabia wished to write the history of the Jama’at there. It was suggested to him to visit Maulana who collated all the information for him within half an hour. Huzur said he was the champion of references. Someone once went to his office to ask for some help with a reference. The person picked up a pen and paper from Maulana’s desk and started making notes. Maulana took the pen and paper back and said as the person had come for a personal reason, he should use his own material.

Huzur related an incident from his life where someone arranged for him to travel in a rickshaw. On the return trip he ensured that a taxi was arranged and paid for was his entitlement. Huzur said exercising one’s entitlement also signifies obedience and he was always aware of maintaining the dignity of the scholars of the Community. 

He received his early education from Madrassa Ahmadiyya, Qadian, and then joined the Jami’a. He obtained a Maulwi Fazal degree from the Punjab University. He served the Community for sixty three years. He was asked by the Khalifa of the time to write the history of Ahmadiyyat in 1953. He leaves behind one son, Dr. Sultan Mubasher sahib, who works at the Fazl e Umer hospital and five daughters. He wrote a research article on Jama’at e Islami in 1951 under the guidance of Hadhrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him). He has over forty publications.

When Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih III (may Allah have mercy on him) went to the National Assembly of Pakistan in 1974, Maulana was a member of the delegation that accompanied Huzur. He was the last surviving member of that delegation. His responsibility at the National Assembly was to look for information and references and he amazed members of the Assembly with his efficiency. He was an honorary member of the Majlis e Shura Pakistan, an appointment that Khalifa of the time makes, till the end. In 1992, he was awarded ‘Man of the Year’ by an international institution of Cambridge, UK, ‘International Biographical Centre’. This award is given to scholarly persons. In 1982 he also experienced imprisonment for a few days in the way of God. In 1988, he was imprisoned in Gujaranwala District Jail. He continued to give Dars ul Qur’an in the Jail and also did Tabligh. During imprisonment he had to do hard labour, but this fact was only disclosed after his release.

He was engaged day and night in serving religion. If he was given a task by the Khalifa of the time, regardless of time of the day, he would immediately start working on it and did not stop until the task was complete. He would say that he was the soldier of the Khalifa of the time and a soldier never leaves his trenches. He had no concept of taking time off. A few days prior to passing away he dreamed that Dr. Abdus Salam said ‘Assalamoalaikum’ to him. At the time of every concern/distress he would say, ‘write to the Khalifa of the time, give alms and do Istaghfar in abundance.’ He had eight thousand books in his personal library. He used to say that a representative of the Community should be mindful of his dignity and take care of his appearance. He never complained about anything.

Once Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih III (may Allah have mercy on him) called for him but he could not be found anywhere. When he arrived for Asr Salat, Huzur asked him where had he been. He replied that he was in the library. The library had been locked from outside, so he had scaled a wall to get inside. He could not afford a bicycle and would walk everywhere until 1979, when the Community provided him with a bicycle. He would sit in assemblies of the Khalifa of the time with his head bowed and would say this was how Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih I (may Allah be pleased with him) sat in the august company of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). One day he came home most excited and on asking said that he had been with Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih III (may Allah have mercy on him) and Huzur left the room for a short while when he spotted Huzur’s shoes and had the opportunity to wipe the shoes clean with his handkerchief. Huzur said someone has rightly written about him that tasks for which organisations are formed in the world, this person did by alone. Huzur said such was his dedication to work that his children would not see him for months as he left home while they slept and returned while they slept.

Huzur said an incident of his life has significant counsel for all life-devotees. In 1965, on the first Friday of the Third Khilafat, Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih III (may Allah have mercy on him) called him and said that although Friday was a day off he had unconvinced Maulana. Maulana said it was very pleasing that he was called. Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih III (may Allah have mercy on him) said that he had called Maulana because when Huzur had filled the form for life-devotion and presented it to Hadhrat Musleh Maud (may Allah be pleased with him) he said that he had fulfilled his secret desire by devoting his life. He had added that he should remember that now that his life was devoted, he had no time off till his death. Maulana told Huzur that he too pledged that he would work day and night for the cause of faith.

Huzur said even while he was hospitalised (for the last time), he would say that he should be discharged as a lot of work given by the Khalifa of the time awaited him. He thus honoured his pledge till the very end. May God elevate his status and enable his children to follow in his footsteps. May God enable his son, Dr. Sultan Mubasher sahib to fulfil his life-devotion in the real sense.

Huzur said he would lead the funeral Prayer in absentia of Maulana along with two others; Maulana’s younger brother Muhammad Aslam sahib, who passed away an hour after Maulana’s death. He was a Moosi and a devoted member of the Community. Naseem Begum sahiba, wife of Bashir Ahmad sahib of Sargodha and mother of our missionary Arif Bashir sahib who is currently serving in Tanzania. She was a Moosia. May God elevate the station of all the deceased and fulfil the pious desires they had for their offspring.