Sahibzada Mirza Anas Ahmad Sahib passed away on 18 December 2018 at the age of 81. Surely, to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return.
Mirza Anas Ahmad Sahib was the eldest son of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh and the eldest paternal grandson of Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih IIra. He was the maternal grandson of Hazrat Nawab Mubaraka Begumra and Hazrat Nawab Muhammad Ali Khanra.
He received his early education from Qadian, which he later completed in Rabwah. He then obtained a master’s degree from the University of Punjab, and further went on to study at Oxford University in England from where he received a master’s degree.
In 1955, he dedicated his life as a Waqif-e-Zindagi. He studied philosophy and English literature and had a great personal interest in Hadith. He attained his initial study in Hadith from the late Khurshid Ahmad Sahib.
Mirza Anas Ahmad Sahib had a remarkable library at his home, which contained numerous books on various subjects. He had a great eye for detail and spent a lot of his time continuously reading and studying various subjects.
He served in many offices of the Jamaat for 56 years. His initial posting was in the Talim-ul-Islam College as a teacher. Then, in 1975, he was appointed as Naib Nazir Islah-o-Irshad. He also served as the private secretary of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IIIrh, and Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh during his first trip to Europe.
In his Friday Sermon, Hazrat Amirul Momineen, Khalifatul Masih Vaa narrated a beautiful incident regarding Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra with Mirza Anas Ahmad Sahib, in which the sacrifice of Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra and his love for his grandchildren can be seen. When Ahmadis were migrating from Qadian, after the partition, due to the hardships, there was a lack of food to go around for everyone. Thus, everyone was only permitted one roti and this limit was not to be exceeded. Mirza Anas Ahmad Sahib, who at the time was a young boy (around 10 years of age), said to Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra that he was unable to suffice on one roti. Upon this, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra stated that due to the lack of food and provision, this limit could not be exceeded. Thus, Hazrat Musleh-e-Maudra arranged half of his roti to be given to Mirza Anas Ahmad Sahib.
Huzooraa narrated an incident of Mirza Anas Ahmad Sahib in which his true love for Khilafat can be seen. During the elections of the fourth Khalifa, when it was announced from the mosque that Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmadrh had been elected as Khalifatul Masih IV, Mirza Anas Ahmad Sahib fell in prostration, paying gratitude to Allah. This incident demonstrates his deep love and relationship with Khilafat.
Huzooraa further stated in his Friday Sermon that when he was appointed as Amir-e-Muqami and Nazir-e-Ala by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IVrh, Mirza Anas Ahmad Sahib showed complete obedience to him, even though Huzooraa was at least 13-14 years younger. This was purely due to his obedience towards Khilafat. Then, when Huzooraa was appointed as Khalifatul Masih, he continued to show complete obedience and devotion.
Towards the end, Huzoor prayed, “May Allah grant him mercy and forgiveness. Indeed, he was a scholar and possessed tremendous knowledge. May Allah continue to produce more scholars and may Allah continue to elevate his station.”