Narrated by Syed Mir Mahmud Ahmad Nasir Sahib, son-in-law of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra. Al Hakam is grateful to Syed Mir Mahmud Sahib for sharing his personal recollections of a great
I have never heard someone speak like Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra, nor have I ever seen an orator like him. On one occasion, notes written in Urdu were present before him, but he delivered the entire speech in English. I cannot describe the scene and the atmosphere that was created when Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra would deliver an addressed.
Generosity and munificence
Our father, Mir Muhammad Ishaq Sahibra passed away when I was very young. From then on, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra looked after us. Ever since then, I have not eaten any bread save that which was offered by him and I have not worn any clothes apart from those provided by him and I have not worn any shoes, but the ones granted by him. In fact, my only marriage was also a gift from him. It was certainly due to the prayers of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra that his daughter and I stayed together for 57 long years. People tend to mention the grandeur of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra. However, there was a whole unique world of his grace, compassion and benevolence as well. One cannot gauge the magnitude of his gentleness and kindness. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra was so close and attached with his children that one of his daughters used to say that she talked a lot with her father about her marriage as compared to her mother.
Acceptance of prayer
This field is most exclusive to the Khulafa. A man came to Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra in a state of severe distress and said that his wife’s eyes had suddenly closed shut. After hearing his case, the condition of Huzoorra was such that he was pacing relentlessly and praying constantly. A while later, Huzoorra told him to go and check [his wife’s eyes]. He came again after half an hour or so and told Huzoorra that his wife’s eyes had opened. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra reached Lahore at the time of the partition of the Indian subcontinent.
The rest of the caravans used to come on a daily basis. I had also reached Lahore in a similar caravan after Huzoorra. In those days, it was reported to Huzoorra as and when caravans from Qadian had left for Lahore. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra would take a copy of the Holy Quran in his hand and constantly read while walking in Rattan Bagh. The recitation of the Holy Quran, praying and the issuing of instructions used to start from the moment he would receive the news of the departure of the caravan.
He would continuously walk in the veranda, praying and reciting the Holy Quran until it was reported that the caravan had safely entered Pakistani soil. In the meantime, Huzoorra would keep issuing necessary instructions to the private secretary and the staff, while various other engagements and works used to continue as normal.
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra has himself written at one place, “I offer Tahajud [predawn prayer] for three hours.”
I have heard an incident that might not have been heard by anyone else. Once, the wife of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra, Hazrat Choti Apara [Syeda Maryam Siddiqa] and my mother were talking while standing in the courtyard of Hazrat Amma Janra in Qadian. As the conversation continued, Hazrat Choti Apara, who was the maternal aunt of my mother, said to her, “Chachi Jan, his [Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’sra] state when he offers Tahajud prayer is like a person who takes out his life and places it in the palm of his hand and presents it before God.”
Expertise in sciences
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra used to say that if a person with exceptional expertise in any worldly knowledge raised an objection against the Holy Quran, he could answer it. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra was revealed that he was the Musleh-e-Maud in Sheikh Bashir Ahmed Sahib’s bungalow, situated at Temple Road, Lahore. I have seen that room. After that, he gave a speech in the Jalsa at Masjid Aqsa, Qadian.
I remember that scene very well and I also remember where I stood. Huzoorra used to say, “I have certainly read through those parts briefly where the Promised Messiahas has mentioned the Musleh-e-Maud in his writings, but how is it possible for me to announce that I am the Musleh-e-Maud until Allah Almighty tells me to do so Himself.”
Though members of the Jamaat used to call him Musleh-e-Maud, Huzoorra himself never acknowledged it. Even the Paighamis, the people of the Lahori Jamaat, used to object that Huzoorra had never called himself the Musleh-e-Maud.
However, when Allah revealed it upon him, he made a grand announcement. During that address, Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Sadiq Sahibra, overwhelmed with emotions, began to say out loud on behalf of the members Jamaat:
“We believe and testify to its truth.”
Therefore, Hazrat Mir Muhammad Ismail Sahibra stated:
مصلحِ موعود نے دعویٰ کیا جمعہ کے دن
اور جماعت نے بھی اٰمَنَّا کہا جمعہ کے دن
“Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra claimed [that he was the Musleh-e-Maud] on the day of Jumuah and members of the Jamaat said ‘Aamanna’ [we believe it] on the same day of Jumuah.” (Bukhar-e-Dil, p. 181)
If I talk about his extensive study, then this instance is from a very early age. I heard from Sheikh Mubarak Ahmed Sahib that Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra said that he had read 18,000 books. I was reading a book of a Christian that had been under the study of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra.
I saw that Huzoorra had taken notes on each of the opening pages of the book, but I did not see any more notes after a few pages. I thought that Huzoorra might not have taken any further notes. However, when I reached the last pages of the book, I saw that Huzoorra had taken notes there as well. The passion for research and study was such that even in his final illness, according to my knowledge, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra continued to study, except for the last two weeks of his life.
Habibur Rahman Sahib was [a professor] at Talim-ul-Islam College. One of his books was about the wonders of the sea and the other was about the vastness of the universe. These books were under the study of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra. In fact, I have seen those books placed by his pillow. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra was very much interested in perfumes and fragrances. If Huzoorra had any hobby, then it was surely this and it might have developed due to the Holy Prophet’ssa love for perfume.
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra used to make and invent perfume himself. For instance, he himself prepared the perfume of the Queen of the Night’s flower and transformed it into a very pleasant fragrance. Never before had such a nice and appreciated perfume been made available. There was a plant of the Queen of the Night’s flower in our house located at Darul Anwar, Qadian. Its scent was smelled by all the people of the neighbourhood during the moonlit nights. By getting a branch and a special part cut from the Queen of the Night’s plant, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra had its perfume prepared under his supervision.
The country of France holds great international reputation for their perfumes and fragrances. One such expert came to Lahore from France, and the members of the Jamaat sent him to Rabwah because they were aware of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’sra interest in perfume. That man came to Rabwah, stayed there and met him. He showed some of his perfumes to Huzoorra [without naming the ingredients] as it is the secret of every company.
However, Huzoorra smelled it and remarked that the perfume contains such and such ingredients. When Huzoorra disclosed all the ingredients of the perfume, the man’s eyes were filled with wonder as their secret was revealed entirely. The man came out and started to praise Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra highly before Pir Muinuddin Sahib, who also used to take part in perfume work with Huzoorra. When Pir Sahib mentioned the incident of praise by the French person with Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra, Huzoorra humbly said, “Look, that person presented a thing for us to smell which we already knew and recognised. This was a blessing of Allah Almighty. Otherwise, if he had offered a perfume that I did not know, then what could have been said?”
Hence, the greater the skill, knowledge and wisdom of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra, the humbler he was before Allah the Almighty. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’sra style of giving advice was very special. For instance, whenever I would go before him to meet, he used to tell me that my name was Mahmud. I once said to him, “Yes Huzoor, I was named after your name, Mahmud.” He stopped after listening to my answer and said, “But my name is Bashiruddin Mahmud.” In that way, Huzoorra advised me that if I wanted to become Mahmud, I would have to become Bashiruddin first.
Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra did not like idleness and fragility. Hard work was his nature and he liked to put in great effort. When I was a student at Jamia Ahmadiyya, there was a two-month holiday for some reason and I was told to pursue matriculation. My mother also said the same but our lives were such that even if a straw was to be plucked, we had to take permission from Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra. One day when Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra came out of the building made of clay after leading the prayer, I stood in the doorway and asked Huzoorra that I am being advised to do matriculation. Huzoorra stopped for a few moments when he heard this and said, “Go ahead and pursue the matriculation, but keep in mind that your actual goal is the study of Jamia [Ahmadiyya].”
We were three persons at that time who used to go via car to Talim-ul-Islam High School, which was located in Chiniot at the time. I took up science subjects. We used to study English from Hazrat Syed Mahmudullah Shah Sahib. One day, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra called me in the courtyard of Hazrat Mehar Apara and said, “Do you go to Chiniot by car? A bicycle is standing over there. Take it and start going to school on bicycle.”
Majlis-e-Irfan used to take place after Maghrib prayer at Masjid Mubarak in Qadian. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra had the following poem read out for three days [in Majlis-e-Irfan]:
مَیں اپنے پیاروں کی نسبت ہرگز نہ کروں گا پسند کبھی
وہ چھوٹے درجہ پہ راضی ہوں اور اُن کی نگاہ رہے نیچی
“I shall never expect from my loved ones that they are satisfied on a lower status and they set small goals.”
He said, “I have written this poem for Waqifeen-e-Zindagi [life devotees].”
I have endeavoured not to mention too many incidents of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’sra personal compassion towards me.
On one occasion, I have myself witnessed the instance when he received a revelation. Although I did not know at the time that a revelation was descending upon him, I still noticed it through the movement of his eyes and the state [of his body]. In that moment, only I was with him. It was the occasion of Jalsa Musleh-e-Maud in Ludhiana. After announcing the proclamation of Musleh-e-Maud at Masjid Aqsa, Qadian, another Jalsa took place in Hoshiarpur. The leader of the caravan of that Jalsa was my father, Hazrat Mir Muhammad Ishaq Sahibra. As I was present at Masjid Aqsa, I also went to Hoshiarpur with my father.
Then, another Jalsa took place in Lahore and after that, our father passed away. The next Jalsa was in Ludhiana and Huzoorra took me with him in his motor car and we stayed together during the entire journey. When we left Qadian, it was raining. There was a village called Harchowal near Qadian. When we reached that place, there was a canal and a bridge. A bungalow was also built over there. When we advanced onto the canal track, the people of that place stopped the motor cars. There were three cars in total and the people said that as it was a dirt track, the motor vehicles would be damaged.
The private secretary was talking to those people when Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahibra went there to talk as well. Thereafter on one side of the canal, only Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra and I were present and then he received a revelation:
بہت سی برکتوں کے سامان ہونگے۔
“There will be a downpour of abundant blessings.”
Editor: Al Hakam is indebted to Mir Mahmud Ahmad Nasir Sahib for sharing these memories with us. We pray that this devout servant of Islam, Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad, may Allah be pleased with him, continues to live on through the triumphs and victories of Islam and may we all live up to the standard set for us as described by Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud himself:
ہم نشیں تجھ کو ہے اِک پُر اَمن منزل کی تلاش
مجھ کو اِک آتش فشاں پُر وَلْوَلہ دل کی تلاش
“My friend, while you search for a place to rest, I am in search of a revolutionary, volcanic soul.”