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A Brief History of Ahmadiyya Movement In Islam

Some Notable Personalities

Many distinguished personalities of the Jamaat passed away during the last twenty-five (25) years. Among others some of these include:

Hadhrat Nawab Mubaraka Begum (RA): She was the daughter of the Promised Messiah (AS). An accomplished poet in her own right, she was a revered lady of the Jamaat. She was born in fulfillment of a prophecy of Hadhrat Ahmad (AS). She was married to Hadhrat Nawab Muhammad Ali khan of Malirkotala, a companion of the Promised Messiah (AS). She was a first hand observer of Hadhrat Ahmad's exemplary family life. Her writings in this respect are a valuable source of information for historians of the Movement. She passed away at Rabwah on May 23, 1977.

Hadhrat Nawab Amatul Hafeez Begum (RA): She was also a daughter of the Promised Messiah (AS). She was a revered lady of the Community fondly remembered for her piety. She was married to Hadhrat Nawab Abdullah Khan. She passed away on May 6th, 1987 at Rabwah.

Hadhrat Sayyeda Maryam Siddiqa (RA): She was born on October 7th, 1918. She was the daughter of Hadhrat Dr. Mir Muhammad Ismaeel, brother of Hadhrat Amma Jan (RA). She was the subject of several popular poems written by her illustrious father.

Her marriage to the Second Caliph took place on September 30th, 1935. She earned the Master of Arts degree in 1948 from the University of Punjab. She was president of the Central Lajna Ima-Allah for thirty-nine years. She was a talented writer and a speaker. She compiled the History of Lanja Ima Allah in five volumes. She breathed her last on November 3rd, 1999 in Rabwah and was buried in Bahishti Maqbara.

Hadhrat Sayyeda Mansoora Begum (RA): She was the wife of Hadhrat Khalifat al-Masih the Third. She was a daughter of Hadhrat Nawab Mubaraka Begum sahiba. She was a source of tranquility & a pillar of strength for forty years to her illustrious husband. She passed away on December 3rd, 1981.

Hadhrat Sayyeda Asifa Begum: She was the wife of Hadhrat Khalifat al-Masih the Fourth, and a granddaughter of the Promised Messiah (AS). She possessed sterling qualities. She migrated to London along with her illustrious husband in 1984. In 1991 she accompanied Hudhoor on his epic visit to Qadian. She passed away on April 3rd, 1992. She was blessed with four daughters.

Hadhrat Chaudhry Muhammad Zafrulla Khan: Born on February 6th, 1893, he was a Sahabi (companion) of the Promised Messiah (AS). He occupied high political offices and was a jurist of international fame. He was elected president of the UN General Assembly in 1962, a Judge of the International Court of Justice in the Hague (Holland), and foreign minister of Pakistan from 1947-1954.

He authored several books, as well translated many books of the Promised Messiah (AS), and a book of Hadith. He spent most of his wealth in charitable causes as well as giving financial assistance to thousands of students.

He was awarded numerous honorary Doctor of Laws degrees by American universities. His book - Islam its meaning for modern man - has been widely acclaimed in the Western world. He passed away in Lahore on September 1, 1985 at 8:45 am.

He wrote two autobiographies, one in Urdu 'Tahdesay Naimat' and one in English 'A Servant of God'. He performed the pilgrimage as royal guest of King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, and translated the Holy Quran into English.

A street is named after him in Maple, On. Canada

Hadhrat Maulana Abul Ata, raziallah anho: He was an eminent scholar, debater, journalist, and veteran missionary of the Movement. He had a delightful personality. He performed excellent preaching work inside and outside of Pakistan.

He authored several scholarly works. He performed literary crusades by writing in-depth articles in the newspapers and through the monthly magazine al-Furqan, which he edited. He held several important portfolios. He encouraged young Ahmadis to devote themselves in the service of the Movement. He provided good education to his children and had them devote their life for the Community. Hadhrat al-Musleh Mauood (RA) awarded him the honorific title of ‘Khalede Ahmadiyyat’. His son Maulana Ata al-Mujeeb Rashed, a brilliant scholar and an orator in his own right, has been Imam of the London Mosque for more than 20 years.

He died on May 30th, 1977 at Rabwah.

Hadhrat Qazi Muhammad Nazeer Lyalpuri: He was a tireless worker, distinguished scholar, and a witty debater. He wrote several books. He died at Rabwah on September 5th, 1980.

Hadhrat Maulana Abdul Malik Khan: He was a notable scholar, an outstanding speaker and polemicist of the Community. He was born on November 25, 1911, moved to Qadian in 1920. He completed the course of study in theological and oriental studies (Maulvi Fazil) in 1934 and became a missionary in 1935. Before Pakistan came into being he was stationed in Hyderabad, India, later a well-known missionary in Karachi.

In 1961 he was sent to Ghana, West Africa for missionary work. In 1971 he was appointed Director Islaho Irshad, Sadr Anjuman. He had a commanding personality, his speaking style was captivating. He passed away on August 6th, 1983 in a motor vehicle accident.

Hadhrat Maulana Saifur Rahman Malik: A learned divine of the Community who occupied the high office of Mufti of the Movement for a long time. His grasp of Islamic jurisprudence was breath taking. He devoted his entire life to the cause of the Community. He died at Calgary, Canada on October 25th, 1989.

Hadhrat Shaikh Muhammad Ahmad Mazhar: A renowned scholar of the Movement. The Promised Messiah (AS) had argued that Arabic was the mother of all languages, to prove this he studied fifty languages. His long & arduous research showed that all the languages of the world were derived from Arabic. This was indeed his noteworthy achievement. He died on May 28, 1993.

Hadhrat Maulvi Muhammad Hussain – (Sabaz Pagri Walay): He was the last surviving Sahabi (companion) of the Promised Messiah (AS) who took the oath of allegiance at the hand of Hadhrat Ahmad (AS) at the tender age of nine. He died on June 19th, 1994.

Professor Dr. Abdus Salam: He was an internationally renowned scientist who received the highest honor in science Nobel Prize in 1979. He was born on January 29th, 1926 in Jhang, Pakistan. For a long time he was professor of theoretical physics at Imperial College of Science & Technology, London. He received numerous honorary doctorates, and highest civil awards from many countries.

His crowning achievement was the creation of a research institute, International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. He was a devout Muslim who prayed regularly & often quoted in his speeches verses of the Holy Quran dealing with natural phenomenon. He authored 250 scientific papers and close to a dozen books. His biographies have been written in Urdu as well as in English.

He died on November 21st, 1996 at 2:45 am at his home in Oxford, England. The funeral prayer was led by Hadhrat Khalifat al-Masih IV in London. He was buried in the Bahishti Maqbara at Rabwah, where 30,000 people attended the funeral.

The Ahmadiyya Jamaat USA gives out two Dr. Abdus Salam Scholarships in the amount of $2500 every year. A street is named after him in Maple, Ontario, Canada.