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
Syed Mir Mahmud Ahmad Nasir
A personal problem
Aside from many other reasons, it is difficult to say anything about Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud, may Allah be pleased with him, because he was a universe in himself and an ocean of knowledge. I remember his great personality and become anxious as to whether I can even describe him adequately or whether I will be able to explain his characteristics completely and draw a sufficient sketch in the minds of readers and listeners.
Given the situation, how can a person express such a vast, diverse and deep personality? This is a hurdle and I think that I will not be able to fulfill the responsibility of this article. Once, I reached for a notebook to write something, but I was not able to do it. One of the reasons was that I was afraid that I would not be able to fully introduce a great being like him. Another reason was that I could not stop my tears when remembering the compassion and kindness of his majestic personality. A personal hindrance in writing is that though I have seen Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra myself, I have also heard a lot of things in the house from my elders over an extended period of time.
Verbal accounts are equally important, but I am afraid that when people hear them from me, they will start considering them as my eyewitness accounts. Careful consideration of the narrated accounts is very necessary. In response to a man’s query about Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra while I was serving in the United States, I said that I had not witnessed any prophet with my material eyes, but the closest person I had seen to a prophet was Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmadra, whom I observed closely.
Love of God
Regarding Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’sra love for his Lord, I would say that people do remember God, but at times, they tend to forget Him. However, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIra states:
سوؤں تو تجھ کو دیکھ کر، جاگوں تو تجھ پہ ہو نظر
موت سے تھا کسے دریغ، اُس کا ہی انتظار تھا
“I go to sleep looking at You [God] and when I wake, You are my focus. I am not reluctant to die because am waiting for death [so that I may meet You].” (Kalam-e-Mahmud, p. 182)
Some people used to call Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra a prophet owing to their innocence or deep affection for him. For instance, Chaudhry Ghulam Sarwar Sahib, who belonged to Sialkot, used to say that Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra did not call himself a prophet because of his humility, but people should call him a prophet. I [Syed Mir Mahmud Ahmad Nasir Sahib] have also heard one such incident that listening to similar discourses, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra said, “Some people call me a prophet, but I am certainly not a prophet,” but after a short pause he stated, “I wonder whether the love of God I have in my heart is somehow less than that of prophets?”
He had a yearning for attaining God’s love. Though I am not an eyewitness, I have also heard another incident that occurred in Qadian. Once, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra became very ill. There were frequent announcements in the newspaper and requests for prayer were made. A regular pronouncement was published by Hazrat Amma Janra that her son, Mahmudra was ill. After some time, Allah the Almighty blessed him with good health. He visited the house of Hazrat Umm-e-Tahirra for a formal meal. Food was served, but he would not eat it. In fact, he would not even pay heed towards it. His family members requested him to start eating. Then in a very unique manner, expressing great displeasure, he told his relatives upon their repeated requests, “I was sick; I was to die and meet my God I was to see Him, but you all prayed and my health was restored.”
He said this due to his passion of beholding the Divine. The narrator of the incident states that he left without eating any food.
Greatness and glory
I will now describe a bit about the feeling people used to experience when they would see Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra and the way they would observe him. To put it briefly, they used to experience a kind of grandeur, spiritual elevation, splendour, magnificence and dignity. It was as if a person was standing beneath a great mountain of the Himalayas and the mountain was about to come tumbling on them. However, looking closely, people would be filled with the certainty of affection, compassion, benevolence and kindness. This is not just my personal impression, rather just as has been said [to the Promised Messiahas]:
“You have been helped with prestige”, similarly, he too had an awe-inspiring personality that was full of grandeur, glory, excellence and honour. When I imagine the pure life, prominence and magnificence of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra, the following verse of the Holy Quran comes to mind:
الَّذِیۡ خَلَقَ سَبۡعَ سَمٰوٰتٍ طِبَاقًا ؕ مَا تَرٰی فِیۡ خَلۡقِ الرَّحۡمٰنِ مِنۡ تَفٰوُتٍ ؕ فَارۡجِعِ الۡبَصَرَ ۙ ہَلۡ تَرٰی مِنۡ فُطُوۡرٍ۔ ثُمَّ ارۡجِعِ الۡبَصَرَ کَرَّتَیۡنِ یَنۡقَلِبۡ اِلَیۡکَ الۡبَصَرُ خَاسِئًا وَّ ہُوَ حَسِیۡرٌ
“… Who has created seven heavens in harmony. No incongruity canst thou see in the creation of the Gracious God. Then look again: Seest thou any fl aw? Aye, look again, and yet again, thy sight will return unto thee only confused and fatigued.” (Surah al-Mulk, Ch.67: V.4-5)
For 52 years, Paighamis [otherwise known as Lahori Ahmadis] and non-Ahmadi scholars kept trying to find faults in Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra but were unable to do so. I remember one scene vividly. I was a bit late for Friday prayer. Normally, we used to reach the mosque before the arrival of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra. He would come and then the muazzin would make the call to prayer. Huzoorra would wait by the pulpit and then stand up to deliver the sermon. On that specific day, I saw that the Huzoorra departed to lead the Friday prayer. There were some guards with him and some other elders of the Jamaat.
As I was also walking behind him at some distance, I noticed a civil servant. This person probably worked for the post or the telegram office and they would wear khaki uniforms in the winter season. He came on a bicycle and immediately got off when he saw Huzoorra and quickly set his bicycle up against the wall. Huzoorra did not see him and only I was watching the spectacle. The man, who was a Hindu, fell prostrate on the ground, due to the glory and radiance of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra. In one of his writings, the Promised Messiahas has stated about Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra that God would send him with His Word of Majesty [“He is the Word of Allah, for Allah’s mercy and honour have equipped him with the Word of Majesty.” (Announcement, 20 February 1886)].
The third impression that I have in my heart was the extraordinary intelligence of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra. You cannot even gauge the scale of Huzoor’sra intelligence. I can try and explain with the example of a light bulb, that once it is switched on, a time comes when its light goes off, but the intellect of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra was constant and kept progressing without stopping. I will relate a small incident of his intelligence.
In 1955, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra was ill and he travelled to London. At the time, I was already there and had the pleasure to prepare a house for his accommodation. Some other friends were also accompanying him … There was a person who was associated with the Jamaat and a service was entrusted to him. Later on, he abandoned the Jamaat. It took me six months to understand this person. After a whole six months, I understood the mentality of the person and what he wanted.
However, when Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra came to visit, one day, that person handed me a letter placed in an envelope, which, instead of the private secretary, he wanted me to directly deliver to Huzoorra. Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra opened the envelope, but only a little bit; he did not open it entirely. He must have seen only a small part of the letter inside and immediately, he closed the letter and told me in detail about the person’s intentions. It was the same impression which took me a full six months to assess. That person later turned out to be exactly as Huzoorra had described.
“He was a very impressive personality”
Regarding the astuteness of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra, I wish to narrate the case of a non-Muslim scholar-priest. He was Kenneth Cragg whose book, The Call of the Minaret is quite famous. A few years ago, when I went to England, Asif Mahmood Basit Sahib told me that Kenneth Cragg was alive. I was surprised as I thought that he would no longer be alive. He was a very old person.
This gentleman was then living in an institution built for the elderly. I went to meet him with Asif Mahmood Basit Sahib. This author was a very well-known and renowned figure. He was also known in the intellectual circles as well as the Christian circles. Accompanied with Hazrat Sir Chaudhry Zafarulla Khan Sahibra, he once came to meet Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra. I reminded Kenneth Cragg that he met Huzoorra in the year 1955. He had only one remark:
“He was a very impressive personality.”
Now, he was an elderly learned man and a famous priest who worked against Islam. His testimony about the personality of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra was that he was impressive, even though he remained in the company of Huzoorra for a very short period of time.
Knowledge of the Holy Quran
Those who have read his commentary of the Holy Quran, Tafsir-e-Kabir are well aware of this aspect of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’sra personality. It was this field in which he was a vast ocean of knowledge. Despite his illness, health and many other engagements, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra used to regularly deliver his dars [sermon] of the Holy Quran in Qadian twice a day. A trunk of already prepared notes and references was ready before the preparation of Tafsir-e-Kabir’s volumes. When conditions began to worsen during the partition of the subcontinent, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra had already recognised the course of changing circumstances with his wisdom and foresight, and a small plane had been purchased for the Jamaat. Syed Muhammad Ahmad Sahib, son of Hazrat Mir Muhammad Ismailra used to fly it.
Once, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra called him and asked, “How old are you, Muhammad Ahmad?” After hearing his reply, Huzoorra said, “A person can understand things at such an age. The trunk containing the notes of Tafsir-e-Kabir is placed right there. This is the basis of the Holy Quran’s interpretation for the next 1,000 years. Take this trunk from Qadian to Lahore by plane and there, tell Sheikh Bashir Ahmad Sahib to deposit it in a bank.
Even his rivals were convinced about this aspect. So what more can I say regarding Hazrat Musleh-e-Maud’sra knowledge of the Quran! Hard work How do I write about this and explain it? [I recall] an instance of Rattan Bagh, Lahore. Once, after Isha prayer, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra quickly came down and Chaudhry Ishaq Sahib was keeping guard there. After the partition, there was an ordinary security arrangement, with only a couple of men available for the security duty in every shift.
Chaudhry Ishaq Sahib himself related this incident to me that Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra told him, “Ishaq, I am engaged in important work. I have to send it to London by tomorrow morning. Due to this work, I sometimes lose track of time. So do this; come upstairs every hour and remind me of the time.” Ishaq Sahib told me, “I went in at 9 o’clock and Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra was working. Again, I went in at 10 o’clock and he was working. I kept visiting him every hour, 11 o’clock, 12 o’clock, 1 o’clock, 2 o’clock, 3 o’clock and 4 o’clock – each time, I found him working. Then at 5 o’clock, Huzoorra said that it was enough and started to offer his prayers.”
On many occasions, Maulvi Abul Munir Nurul Haq Sahib had the opportunity to work with Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra. He had the privilege to be actively involved in the work of finding various references for Tafsir-e-Kabir. In one of his lectures at Jamia, he stated his observation of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra in simple words that Huzoorra used to work all day and night, and he would only rest from 5 to 8 o’clock in the morning.
Likewise, my father, Hazrat Mir Muhammad Ishaqra was gracious to me in that many of his works that were to be presented before Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra, he used to deliver them to Huzoorra through me, instead of sending them through the private secretary. He would send me to ask about specific matters. As usual, he sent me one day and as I entered, I saw Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra seated on the floor. In front of him was a pile of letters, almost two and a half feet high.
Similarly, the mother of Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih IVrh [Hazrat Umm-e-Tahir, Syeda Maryam Begum Sahibara] was seated at a distance of two to three yards and there was a heap of letters in front of her as well. I noticed that Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra would read out a letter from the envelope, put it back in the same envelope and write the response on top of the envelope, which was later sent to the people in the form of proper responses through the staff members of the private secretariat. That day, I saw that in between the short period of time when Huzoorra would open the letter and place it back into the envelope, Hazrat Umm-e-Tahirra would read out a letter expressing that the sender had written about such and such subject and in this manner, would seek guidance from Huzoorra. Huzoorra would explain to her how to reply.
In the meanwhile, Huzoorra affectionately joked with me, listened to my father’s question and guided me in this regard. The work of correspondence continued side by side. No one should consider this description of the “piles of letters” as an exaggeration. I wish to make it clear that Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh received 55,000 letters only in the very first year of his Khilafat and that is not all; he said that he read all those letters, dictated the answers and sent replies to all of them.
Hazrat Nawab Mubaraka Begumra has stated in her poem regarding Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra:
قومِ احمد جاگ تُو بھی، جاگ اُس کے واسطے
اَن گنت راتیں جو تیرے درد میں سویا نہیں
“Wake up O ye nation of Ahmad! Wake up for that person who has not slept countless nights in your pain.”
This is the exact reality. He passed many nights without sleep. There was a non-Ahmadi who came to Qadian and later became Ahmadi; he used to publish books, like Al-Wasiyyat, Durr-e-Samin and Kishti-e-Nuh etc. that were permitted by Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya. He was a very nice person. He used to carry out very interesting discourses. When he came to Qadian before he embraced Ahmadiyyat, he said after spending some time there, “Your Mirza is a liar.”
Everyone was shocked to hear these words. They turned towards him and insistently enquired, “What do you mean by this, that Mirza Sahib lies!”
He said, “Mirza Sahib stands up to carry out a speech and tells [the audience] that he is ill; that his health is poor and then he delivers an eight-hour speech!”
I have personally heard those speeches. After offering the Zuhr and Asr prayers, the speech would begin after the recitation of the Holy Quran. It would continue until the time for Isha, and even then, the speech would continue and no one in the audience would leave the gathering.
Regarding such occasions, an elderly person expressed to Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra, “I sit down to listen to your speech. You explain a point. I listen to that point carefully. But I also have bladder issues and I am old. Thereafter, you start explaining another matter. I sit down again to hear it as well. As soon as it ends, the next one starts and I cannot leave to answer the call of nature. At last, it becomes extremely impossible [for me to hold it any longer].”
I was present at the scene when Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra was attacked with a dagger. I ran towards the house of Dr Mirza Munawar Ahmad Sahib to report the attack on Huzoorra. When Huzoorra was shifted to the upper storey of the house, I had the opportunity to serve him for some days. At that time, I remember that despite such a near fatal attack, there were only a few days before Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra resumed his work again.
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.”
(Transcribed and Translated by Al Hakam)