Tazkira-tush-Shahadatain (An Account of the Two Martyrs) 


Publisher: Islam International Publications 

Tazkira-tush-Shahadatain (An Account of the Two Martyrs) is a book by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, the Promised Messiah and Mahdias originally written in Urdu in 1903, a Persian rendering of which was published the following year. 

The Promised Messiahas, with great love, affection and sorrow, describes the events of Hazrat Sahibzada Abdul Latif’sra martyrdom, ruthlessly carried out by the Amir of Kabul.

Sahibzada Abdul Latif Sahibra, of Khost in Afghanistan, was renowned for his pious character and his high stature among the Islamic scholars. He was a recipient of true dreams and visions with a large following but was a very down-to-earth and humble person. 

He had seen in a vision that it was time for a reformer to be sent to the world. While expecting to hear news of this advent, he received, through a pupil, the books of the Promised Messiahas. The piety of Hazrat Sahibzada Sahibra led him to whole-heartedly embrace the fact that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas was the awaited one and that his claims were based on truth. 

Having read the works of the Promised Messiahas, he could not resist his desire to meet him in person. Having sought leave for Hajj from the Amir of Kabul, he planned to visit Qadian enroute to the Hejaz. Upon arriving in Qadian, Hazrat Sahibzada Sahibra decided to stay in the blessed company of the Promised Messiahas, which he did, and later returned to Afghanistan.

On his way back, he is reported to have received, several times, a revelation: “Do not hesitate from giving your life in this way. God has indeed chosen this for the betterment of the land of Kabul.” 

In this book, the Promised Messiahas has recorded in detail the events that led up to the martyrdom of Hazrat Sahibzada Sahibra: from his arrest as soon as he arrived back in Kabul, to the cruel torture inflicted upon him while in prison and the sad event of stoning to death of this great, pious person who chose to listen to the cry of a crier and accept it as truth. The Promised Messiahas remembers him, in this book, in the following words:

“The martyrdom that was destined for Sahibzada Shaheed has come to pass. The retribution for the tormentor has not come to pass though… O Sahibzada Shaheed! May thousands of blessings be upon you. You have shown an example of your righteousness in my lifetime. As for those members of my Jamaat who shall survive me after my death, I do not know what deeds they will render.”

The concluding section of the book was titled “Alamat-ul-Muqarrabin” (Signs of those Near to God) and written in Arabic.

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