Biography of the Martyrs of Lahore (Part V)

Hudhur Aqdas continued paying tribute to the Lahore Shohad’aa (martyrs) in his Friday Sermon today by citing brief accounts of their lives.

Ehsan Ahmad Khan sahib Shaheed, son of Waseem Ahmad Khan sahib: Shaheed’s (martyr) grandfather Munshi Dinayat Khan sahib was a companion of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). He hailed from district Kangra and was of Yusufzai family. His grandfather’s two brothers, Shahanat Khan sahib and Imanat Khan sahib (may Allah be pleased with them both) took their bai’at in 1890 and were included in the 313 companions. Missionary of the Jama’at, Zaheer Ahmad Khan, who is currently stationed in London, is Shaheed’s uncle while his brother, Nadeem Ahmad Khan is studying at Jamia Ahmadiyya Rabwah. Shaheed was born in 1984 and was employed at Shezan for the past two years. He served the Jama’at as secretary Waqfe Jadeed. At the time of shahadat (martyrdom) his age was 36 and he was at Darul Zikr. On the day of the tragedy he bathed, said his Salat and recited the Qur’an and before leaving for work told his wife that he would offer his Friday Prayer at Darul Zikr. He patted his daughter and left. Around 1.35 pm he rang his mother from Darul Zikr informing her of the terrorist attack and reassured her, but he could not be communicated with again. He was initially injured with the shrapnel of a grenade. Later, at the misinformation that the terrorists had been killed he came outside. A further grenade was detonated and he was martyred. He was buried at Rabwah, prior to burial his uncle led his funeral Prayer at his home in which many people outside the Jama’at joined in.

About a month before shahadat, Shaheed’s mother dreamed that her son is martyred and his body has been placed in the courtyard. She caresses her son’s face and asks, ‘what happened’? She awoke from the dream perturbed and gave sadqa. After the shahadat his body was placed at exactly the same spot. A few days before shahadat, Shaheed also dreamed that he has been martyred. All he told his mother was that he had had a bad dream and gave sadqa.

Shaheed was a very honest, pious-natured person who treated others with love and compassion. His uncle told Hudhur that he looked after his parents most attentively. On his return from work he would say Salaam to his parents and then go home. He leaves behind a four month daughter who is Waqfe Nau. Every night before going to bed he would massage his father’s feet. He was married a year and a half ago. May Allah elevate his status.

Munawar Ahmad Qaiser sahib Shaheed, son of Mian Abdur Rahman sahib: Shaheed’s family came from Qadian, from where they moved to Gojra and then Lahore. The first person to take bai’at in his family was Abdul Aziz sahib (may Allah be pleased with him), a companion of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). His grandfather was a cousin of Dost Muhammad Shahid sahib. His grandfather and others in the family took the bai’at during the era of the second Khilafat. Shaheed’s profession was photography. He was 57 years old and for the past twenty years he had given duty at the main gate of Darul Zikr and often said that any attacker would first have to go over his dead body. On the day of the tragedy he arrived at duty around 11 am. He was at the very front when the terrorists attacked and started firing at 1.40pm, he took hold of one of the attackers but the other fired, martyring him. A few days earlier, his wife dreamed that there is coffin which is higher than normal. There is a bench nearby. One of their relatives puts his foot on the bench and lies down in the coffin. When asked why is he laying in there as he is healthy…Hudhur said some part of the narrative is missing here. Shaheed’s wife says that on the day of the tragedy she ironed a golden-coloured suit for him to wear for Jummah and remarked that he had donned a ‘bridegroom’s’ suit. He went to Jummah well-dressed. He had many qualities, was most conscientious of his responsibilities, did not ever complain to anyone and was regular in Salat. His work also entailed photo-copying. When students from a nearby college came to make photo-copies, he would take money from them without counting. He said he did not count because sometimes people do not have enough money to pay. At times, opponents would put up hostile posters in front of his shop while he was around. He would say nothing at the time and would quietly remove the posters at a later time. He advised his son if anyone wronged him he should walk away quietly, for with any response he would end his matter. However, if he left it to Allah, Allah would certainly take a reprisal.

Hassan Khursheed Awan sahib Shaheed, son of Khursheed Awan sahib: He was from district Chakwal. His father and grandfather were born Ahmadis, but, a while ago his family showed weakness and retracted. However, with the grace of Allah, Shaheed was connected to the Jama’at till the time of his shahadat as is his brother who lives in Germany. Shaheed was 24 years old at the time of martyrdom, was unmarried and was martyred at Darul Zikr where he had gone to offer Friday Prayers. He rang home and his family about the attack, he said he was injured. This is when he was martyred by the firing of the terrorists. His family members raised objections about his being an Ahmadi and his parents were pressurised. They said that if Ahmadis offered his funeral Prayer, commotion would break out in the area as there was a lot of influence of the so-called ‘Khatm e Nabuwat’ (finality of Prophethood) people in the vicinity. Thus Ahmadis were not allowed to offer his funeral Prayer which was offered by people outside the Jama’at. However, people in the area generally expressed regret over this. The father of the Shaheed declined from giving any details about him due to the opposition. He was counselled that his son had given his life and thus given a message not to be afraid of worldly people even if one’s life is lost and that covering up the sacrifice of the Shaheed was unfair to him. However, the father still did not give any details. May Allah elevate the status of the Shaheed and may his sacrifice become a source of opening the eyes of his family.

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