Biography of the Martyrs of Lahore (Part IV)

The Friday sermon was based on the mention of the martyrs of the Lahore massacre.

1. Abdur Rehman Sahib, son of Mohammad Javaid Aslam Sahib. Along with his mother, maternal aunty and younger sister, Rehman sahib performed bai’at in August 2008 and had not declared their acceptance of Ahmadiyyat to the entire family, hoping they would do so after completing his degree. He was studying to become a medical doctor. From the mother’s side, apart from his maternal grandfather, everyone is an Ahmadi. His late maternal grandmother was a very devout Ahmadi, who is buried in Bahishti Maqbara. She remained steadfast in face of intense adversity. At the time of martyrdom, he was 21 years of age, and was martyred in Dar-ul-Zikr. On the day of the massacre, he went to Dar-ul-Zikr straight from college to attend Jumma service. He sat in the main hall, and after the attack began, he called his mother on the phone, and comforted her saying that firing has begun, but she should not worry for him. He also called his cousin and said to him that if he is martyred, he willed that he should be buried in Rabwah, as he thought that the extended family may oppose his burial in Rabwah. He received three bullet wounds due to which he was martyred. Other family members were also martyred in this massacre, including Malik Abdur-Rasheed Sahib, Ansar-ul-Haq Sahib and Zubair Ahmad sahib. After the events, when the extended family came to know of their acceptance of Ahmadiyyat, the husband of his maternal aunt who had converted to Ahmadiyyat forced his wife out of the house and the neighbours also exhibited intense persecution. This persecution is still ongoing. Huzoor (aba) prayed for them: May Allah keep them in His Protection, Ameen. The situation at the time of the funeral got quite intense when the family members who are bitter opponents, including the husband of his maternal aunt, insisted that his burial will take place according to his will. The maternal aunt opposed her husband, and with great bravery and courage, she told him that it was the young man’s will to be buried in Rabwah as he had called his cousin expressing his wish, and thus he was buried in Rabwah. His father who has not performed bai’at up to this instance was a bitter opponent, but after the attacks, his attitude has softened a little. Before the events, his mother dreamt that Hadhrat Khalifatul Massih V (aba) is visiting their home. His cousin saw the pictures of the all the Khulafa in his dream and then saw the words: This is the right way. Rehman was a first year medical student and he had a passion for studies. He also had a passion to serve the elders. He had a dream that once he would start his practical life, he would open a center for the care of the aged and elders by the name of his maternal grandmother Saeeda. The opposition in the family and neighbourhood is so intense that the mother has requested for prayers that may Allah enable them to remain steadfast in the face of such intense adversity and keep them in the shades of His Mercy and protect them from all types of harm, Ameen. Due to this persecution, the jamaat group could not visit them to pay their condolences. The way this young man has shown his steadfastness by laying his life in the way of Allah shows that he had a deep connection with His Creator and His Prophet, and that he sacrificed his life after recognizing the truth of the Promised Messiah (as). May Allah Almighty elevate his status in Paradise, Ameen.

2. Nisar Ahmad Sahib, son of Ghulam Rusool Sahib. His forefathers belonged to District Narowal. His paternal grandfather, who was from Amritsar, was a companion of the Promised Messiah (as) and performed bai’at. At the age of 17, Nisar sahib moved to Lahore, and started staying with and working in the factory of Ashraf Bilal Sahib (who was also martyred in this massacre). During the firing, he was martyred while trying to protect Ashraf Bilal Sahib. He was 46 years of age at the time of martyrdom, was a moosi and was martyred in Dar-ul-Zikr. It was his norm to attend jumma service at Dar-ul-Zikr and would bring his children along as well. On this fateful day, he brought his children with him. He would offer sadqa before jumma prayers and would encourage his children to do the same. On the day, he offered sadqa and his son asked him to give some sadqa on his behalf too, to which he said that he should give sadqa with his own hand. Another receipt in the name of his daughter was also found in his pocket after the attacks. During the onslaught, he covered Ashraf Bilal Sahib by laying on top of him when he was severely wounded. The terrorist sprayed bullets in his direction, due to which his back was covered with bullet wounds and he was martyred right away. Ten days before the attack, he dreamt and saw both his parents, who have passed away. The parents tell him that he should join them where they are. His wife said that he was regular in offering salat and tahajjud. During the 25 years of their marriage, he never spoke harshly to his wife. Both his kids are dedicated in the Waqf-e-nau scheme. Before the demise of his parents, he served them to the best of his abilities. He had a great passion for service for mankind. He was also very passionate about Ahmadiyyat. Once, a Jalsa was organized by the opponents of Jamaat in his ancestral village, where they were talking ill against the jamaat on loud speakers. It was night time, and he quietly left his house and went to the Maulvis and told them to stop this hate-mongering and if they had any allegations to discuss them face-to-face. At his forceful insistence, the maulvis ended their Jalsa. On his return home, his wife suggested that going alone could have been dangerous, on which he replied that the worse that could have happened was that he would have been martyred. But he had to go because he could not bear the slander against the Promised Messiah (as).

3. Dr. Asghar Yaqub Khan Sahib, son of Dr. Yaqub Khan Sahib. His father was born in Bataala in 1903. His paternal grandfather Shaikh AbdurRasheed Khan Sahib (rz) was a companion of the Promised Messiah (as). His father and maternal grandfather Dr. Mohammad Ibrahim Sahib, both had the honour of serving Hadhrat Musleh Maud (rz) as his personal physician. Dr. Asghar was born on 25 August 1949 in Lahore. After FSc, he obtained his Masters in Biochemistry and MBBS degrees. At the age of his martyrdom, he was 60 years of age and was martyred in Dar-ul-Zikr. He was buried in Model Town. Normally he went to Karak House for jumma services, and would sometimes attend jumma in Dar-ul-Zikr. On the fateful day, he dropped his son off at college and went to Dar-ul-Zikr which was closeby. He entered the gates at 1:40pm, where he received bullet wounds in his chest and legs and was severely wounded. He was conscious till he received medical treatment in the ambulance but was martyred on his way to the hospital. His family said that he served mankind at large in the truest sense of the word. He never differentiated between the rich or the poor, and would be sympathetic to everyone and give equal treatment to everyone. He was always ready to serve his patients and there was no time fixed to see his patients. Anyone could come at any given time for treatment, and yet, he would always receive them with kindness. A relative dreamt a day before the event that his father Dr. Waseem sahib is digging a grave and saying that this is a grave for one of his relatives. May Allah Almighty elevate his status in Paradise, Ameen. 

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