A Sage from China


Lord Linlithgow, Viceroy of India, appointed Hazrat Sir Zafrulla Khanra as Agent-General of British India in China. This appointment was made in February 1942 and Hazrat Chaudhry Sahibra was to stay in China for a period of six months to establish direct diplomatic relations between China and India and pave way for a diplomatic mission to continue thereon. 

During this brief stay, Hazrat Chaudhry Zafrulla Khanra came into contact with Muslim leaders of China. In his autobiography Tehdis-e-Nemat, Hazrat Chaudhry Sahibra has mentioned that he was pleased to meet the Muslim representatives who had come from the north-western states of China where the Muslim population was in millions.


Among the Chinese Muslim youth inspired by Hazrat Chaudhry Zafrulla Khan’sra invitation to travel to Pakistan and enhance their understanding of Islam was a young man called Usman Chou. He, along with another three friends, began preparing to travel to Pakistan. 

With a lot of difficulty, he was able to embark upon this long journey where he had to travel through Singapore and India. In Singapore, he met the Ahmadi Missionary Ghulam Hussain Ayyaz Sahib. Inspired by his piety, Usman Chou Sahib became even more encouraged to travel to Rabwah where he started to learn more about Islam and also about the claims of the Promised Messiahas

It was after a thorough research and a long period of prayers that he was finally guided by Allah the Almighty to accept Ahmadiyyat. 

Usman Chou Sahib, fondly known as Chini Sahib in the Jamaat, would very lovingly reminisce an incident from his early days in Rabwah. 

It was a very hot summer in Punjab. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra was in the famous hill-station of Murree. A young Usman Chou was told that Hazrat Musleh Maudra had called him for some work in Murree. When he arrived there, the job assigned to him was not a very major one and he was able to do it in little time with great ease. 


Usman Chou Sahib seated in the middle (facing camera) | Family of Usman Chou Sahib

When he reported back to Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra that the work had been done, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra said, “I had actually called you to spend some time in the pleasant weather of Murree for a few days”.

During the period that he spent in fervent prayers and research about the Jamaat, he was taught a prayer through a dream. Upon waking up, he could not remember the whole of it and could only recall the words “Allahumma” (O Allah). He narrated this incident to Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmadra who interpreted this incident saying, “You will have a lot of chances to worship Allah!”

How he received countless blessings, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa has shed light upon this in the previous Friday Sermon that was dedicated to this pious, noble and God-fearing servant of Ahmadiyyat.

May the Jamaat and Khalifatul Masih forever be given such passionate and selfless servants. Amin

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