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March 4th, 2009

Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din solves the case of the wall for Promised Messiah

Submitted by Bashir.

For some reason or the other Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din (KK) is not given the credit that he deserves in terms of a court case that he solved in 1901. I came across this information while researching a different matter. I was sifting through the pages of Tadhkirah where I found this:

“Then the time of judgment came and our lawyer Khwaja Kamaluddin thought of looking up the index of the record of the previous case. When he did so he discovered something entirely unexpected. The order in the previous case had found that the piece of land on which the wall was now constructed was in the possession not only of Imam-ud-Din but also of Mirza Ghulam Murtaza, my father. The lawyer realized at once that this was a crucial factor in our support which would win our case for us.” (Haqeeqatul Wahi, pp. 271-272).

Immediately, I checked Maulana Dard’s book “Life of Ahmad” for further details. Dard’s book is the most comprehensive book on the life of HMGA, he thoroughly explored almost every detail in the life of HMGA. I realized something, Dard had hidden the name of the person who solved the case. Dard appears to have a grudge against the aaiil. Dard writes:

“So in fulfilment of these words another record was incidently discovered by Ahmad’s representatives which proved that Imam Din was not in sole possession of the site under dispute.”

I checked various other books to see if KK had ever been given credit for solving this case, I couldn’t find anything to affirm this. I checked the book by Ian Adamson, I checked HMBMA’s book about the life of HMGA, I also checked M. ali’s book about the founder.

I didn’t check Tehrik-e-Ahmadiyya, the one by M. ali and the one by Dost Muhammad. The data should be there.

My conclusion is that the AMI writers have suppressed this information in an attempt to hide the glory of KK. Maulana Dard referred to the person who solved the case as a representative. I think that this may have been the first case where KK had exhibited his expertise, after this KK represented HMGA in most of his court cases.

Unfortunately the aaiil hasn’t glorified this achievement by KK either. Maybe it was overlooked by them as it has been overlooked by all Ahmadis. This information only appears in one English book. I hope the aaiil researches this matter further and publishes a detailed article that appropriately gives KK the credit that he deserves.

2 Responses to “Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din solves the case of the wall for Promised Messiah”

  1. March 4th, 2009 at 9:41 pm
    From Zahid Aziz:

    The whole incident is covered in Mujaddid-i Azam, and being in volume 1 it means that it is in the recently-published English translation.

    Here is a link to the relevant chapter in the English translation. The photograph in this chapter was taken by the learned translator of this book, Dr Hamid Rahman.

    The achievements of Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din are mentioned in many Urdu books of the AAIIL.

    At his death, Maulana Muhammad Ali paid him the following tribute:

    “Those men whose names shine in heaven do not lose their radiance when they are buried under the earth. My personal connection with him went back a long way. I met him for the first time in 1894 when both of us were teaching at Islamia College, though he had taken his B.A. examination a year before me. He was the cause of my taking the bai‘at, though I had known about Hazrat Mirza sahib previously and had loved him since that time and also used to affirm his claim. Right from the beginning when I read his book Izala Auham I became convinced of the truth of the Promised Messiah. Both my brother Maulvi Aziz Bakhsh and I are witness to it because both of us were fellow students and shared the same thinking. The third witness was our revered father. However, it was this honoured friend of mine, of whom I am speaking now, who led me to take the bai‘at of Hazrat Mirza sahib. He had already taken the bai‘at and in 1897 it was he who took me to Qadian where I entered into the bai‘at. I wish to declare the fact that the bai‘at brought a great inner transformation in me. No doubt I used to say my prayers regularly from childhood, and due to my father I was much under the influence of religion, but when I took the bai‘at of the Promised Messiah I noticed a tremendous change within me from what I was like before. The Khwaja sahib was my guide in this respect. Had I remained as I was before, I would not have had the opportunity to serve the faith and would have been deprived of the light I received. So I think that my honoured friend played a major part in my receiving the spiritual good that I was blessed with. This happened in 1897. Since then we became even closer and by the grace of God this relationship was maintained till the end.” (Paigham Sulh, 27 January 1933)

    In one of his very last writings in 1949, summing up his life’s work, Maulana Muhammad Ali wrote:

    “Whoever went to him [Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad] he put a spark of the fire of the love of God in the heart of that disciple. Just like me, the late Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din too, by sitting at the feet of the Imam of the age, was blessed with opening the first Islamic mission to Europe at Woking, shedding such light on the teachings of Islam and the life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad that the entire attitude of Europeans towards Islam changed.”

  2. ZA:  Thanks for the work, I appreciate it immensly. 

    I found a tidbit on prophethood.  HMGA always referred to himself as a prophet.  Here in 1900, when the AMI and the AAIIL agree that he was only a muhadass’, HMGA refers to himself as a prophet.  This should be analysed by the AMI. 

    “The situation here has become such that it has become difficult to live here. We have to work; if not here, then somewhere else, and migration is a tradition of prophets. Hence, it is my intention that we migrate outsidesomewhere.”

    If he used the word exclusively after 1901, that doesnt solve anything, nor does that prove that he changed his theory on prophethood in Islam!!!