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ALL-INDIA SUNNI CONFERENCE

 

Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam presided over three venues of these conferences: Muradabad, 1925; Badayun, 1935; and Benaras, 1946.

 

For the presidency of the Badayun conference, there was a contest between Maulana Hamid Raza Khan (son of Maulana Ahmad Raza Khan) and another eminent personality. The former was elected by a majority of votes. After his election, Maulana Hamid Raza Khan announced from the podium: “I now offer the presidential chair to Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam. The votes of all my supporters, as well as mine, are for him. The presidency stipulates a lot of follow-up work, which I am not capable of. Since Hazrat Sahib is accustomed to, and well experienced in such matters, I appeal that he kindly accede to this request and preside over this conference.” The audience overwhelmingly seconded this suggestion, and so Hazrat Sahib was unanimously elected President.


PAKISTAN MOVEMENT

 

When the Pakistan Resolution was adopted in 1940, Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam supported it whole-heartedly, and assiduously worked as a pro-active preacher to arouse the Muslims of the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent in order to make the Pakistan Movement a resounding success. In this perspective, his strategy was multi-pronged: he expended huge amounts of money; made extensive tours of the country; published relevant literature; and last, but not least, addressed various Muslim League meetings and gatherings. Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam categorically told his followers that he would not lead the funeral service of anyone who had not participated in the Pakistan Movement one way or another.


AMEER-E-MILLAT VS QUAID-E-AZAM

 

Some wretched fellow once made an abortive attempt to assassinate Quaid-e-Azam. Before long, Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam forwarded to the latter a consignment, which included a number of gift items, including the Holy Koran; a prayer mat; a rosary; a shawl; a woollen cloth; and certain other valuables. Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam wrote in the letter that accompanied these gifts: “The nation has selected me as Ameer-e-Millat, and the invaluable efforts that you have been making for the establishment of Pakistan are truly appreciated, but are basically a part of my job. Nevertheless, I am now a man of over 100 years of age who has been overtaken by physical weakness and frailty. Therefore, you are, in fact, carrying my burden. Yet, I am duty bound to assist you in every possible manner.” He further urged that Quaid-e-Azam persist with his endeavours and predicted that the latter would definitely achieve his goal.

 

In reply, Quaid-e-Azam wrote: “It is an honour for me to receive the blessings of elders like you, and I can say that I have, sort of, reached the victory stand even at this moment. Let me assure you that no matter what obstacles come in my way, I will not retreat!” He added: “Your kind gift of the Holy Koran signifies that I am a leader of the Muslims. It is more than obvious that my leadership would be inconse-quential in the event that I am not knowledgeable about the Holy Koran and the Islamic law. I promise that I will study the Holy Koran, for which purpose I have already ordered various English translations and am on the lookout for some religious scholar who can teach me Koranic injunctions in English. Your second gift of the prayer mat denotes that when I do not obey Allah’s commands, how could I expect the public to abide by my directives. I assure you that I will offer my prayers regularly from now on. The gift of rosary demands that I recite benediction and salutation for Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.). How can Allah’s blessings descend on a person who does not invoke Allah’s blessings for the Holy Prophet? I will certainly comply with this gesture, too.”

 

Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam was extremely pleased to get this reply and said: “At present, I am in Hyderabad,” [the city he was staying in at that time] “while Jinnah Sahib is in Bombay. From that far away location, how did he ever get to know about my motives, despite the fact that I never even mentioned them to anybody? For certain, Jinnah Sahib enjoys a special position in the realm of sainthood!”

 

Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam once invited Quaid-e-Azam to a sumptuous feast in Kashmir. When the latter arrived, Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam stood up and embraced him. He then invited Quaid-e-Azam to sit on his bed and make himself comfortable, which Quaid-e-Azam politely declined. When Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam insisted, Quaid-e-Azam said: “One who is disrespectful never succeeds in his mission. My mission is to work for the establishment of Pakistan. Please be kind enough not to deny me that achievement.” Consequently, Quaid-e-Azam calmly sat down on the carpet.

 

Once, while speaking at a huge public meeting, Quaid-e-Azam declared: “It is my firm belief that Pakistan will definitely come into being, because Ameer-e-Millat has assured me that this will certainly happen. I have absolutely no doubt that Ameer-e-Millat’s words will come true with the grace of Almighty Allah.”


AMEER-E-MILLAT IN THE EYES OF ALLAMA IQBAL

 

Allama Iqbal says: “Obeisance and paying homage to Hazrat Ameer-e-Millat is a sure token of good fortune.” In his collection of poetry, “Zarb-e-Kaleem,” Allama Iqbal has composed the following stanza, entitled “Mard-e-buzurg”:

 

TRANSLATION:

His hate is deep as is his love profound

His annoyance with the audience is in effect translated into compassion

Even while being physically present in a gathering, he has been privileged to realize solitude

Just like the candle burning at a gathering, he is distinctive but at the same time

everybody’s companion

He resembles the morning sun in spreading splendour of inspiration

His conversation is simple and straightforward yet subtle and thought-provoking

His viewpoint and stance are discrete from those current in the society

And his circumstances are a mystery to the leading figures of mysticism


AMEER-E-MILLAT & THE PRINT MEDIA

 

The daily Nawa-e-Waqt, Lahore, in its issue of 16th April 1970, published an article, entitled: “Tehrik-e-Pakistan ka nidar mujahid” (Valiant fighter of the Pakistan Movement), in which the writer said: “Pir Sayyid Jama’at Ali Shah Sahib was a person of great insight. He would very closely examine all the movements launched from time to time in India, and would literally wage war against the ones that were either detrimental to the Muslims or could, in the long run, prove to be dangerous for them in terms of religion or faith, without paying any heed whatsoever to the ruling British regime. During the Shaheed Gunj Tehrik, he aroused in the Muslims the passion for the significance and stateliness of Mosques; and this was in effect a head to head encounter with the Sikhs and the British. The nation, consequently, awarded him the title of ‘Ameer-e-Millat.’ He pledged everything that he owned—life and property, in order to counter the menacing deluge of the Shuddhi Tehreek (the sinister movement to convert the Muslims to Hinduism) and to negate the adverse effect triggered by the Hindus. In order to popularize Islam and make it more intelligible for the general public, he founded numerous religious institutions, in particular those preaching Islamic doctrines, so that the basis of Islamic thought be made more resilient among the Muslims. Even to this date, several of these institutions are very much active, such as Anjuman Khuddamus Sufia, Anjuman-e-Islamia, etc., all of which were established by Ameer-e-Millat.”

 

The Civil & Military Gazette, the famous semi-government newspaper published from Lahore, once wrote: “The English government does not feel endangered by Gandhi or any other leader; rather, it is more threatened by the activities of Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam Muhaddis Alipuri.”


DEATH

 

It was at 11 p.m. on 26/27 Zeeqa’d 1370 H., corresponding to 30/31 August 1951, on Thursday/Friday, that Ameer-e-Millat breathed his last and perpetuated his memory.


EPILOGUE

 

What a nice depiction of Ameer-e-Millat in the poetry composed by Maulana Hamid Hasan Qadri:

 

TRANSLATION:

The one who, throwing down the gauntlet and becoming an Islamic warrior,

Guided the Muslims

Through whose pioneering in the field of enterprise and execution

Politics and religion became adjoined

Who in every conflict of religion and worldliness

Preserved the honour of equity and truth

Who was never overawed by government

As and when he observed the laws of the Holy Prophet being held in contempt.

THE END