Obituary: Mumtaz Ahmad Faruqui

22 September 1899 – 27 December 1978

by Razia Faruqui

Al-Ahmadiyya, April 1979 Issue (Vol. 1, No. 4, p. 17–18)

Against the advice of his doctors, Mumtaz Ahmad Faruqui went to Lahore from Rawalpindi to attend the Annual Jalsa (Gathering) of the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-e-Islam, Pakistan. On the first day of the Jalsa he passed away.

قَالُوۡۤا اِنَّا لِلّٰہِ وَ اِنَّاۤ اِلَیۡہِ رٰجِعُوۡنَ ﴿۱۵۶﴾ؕ

“Surely we are Allah’s, and to Him we shall return” (The Holy Quran, 2:156).

At the age of two, while his family was at Amritsar, he fell seri­ously ill with typhoid and there was not much hope that he would live. My mother told my father, Doctor Basharat Ahmad, to go to Qadian and request Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement, to pray for the recovery of their son. My father went to Qadian, forgot about the illness of the child, and became fascinated in the spiritual discourses which were being held there. He was so much impressed that he joined the movement the same day. When he was at the point of leaving the Founder, he suddenly remembered about his ailing child and requested his Master to pray for him. They raised their hands and prayed together for a long time. At the same time my mother took the temperature of the child and she found it normal. She could not believe it and informed the other members of the family, and at hearing the news the doctor came rushing. They were all surprised that the temperature had become normal on the twelfth day of illness and later on it was discovered that this coincided with the time of prayer at Qadian. This was how Ahmadiyyat was introduced in our family.

Years passed by and Mumtaz Ahmad grew to be a healthy young man and went to USA for higher education in engineering. He was always interested in preaching Islam. After his retirement from service he devoted himself more to this cause. Besides many other articles of interest, he wrote the following books:

  • The Great Missionary of Islam (Life of the late Maulana Muhammad Ali) in cooperation with Mr. Muhammad Ahmad
  • The Crumbling of the Cross
  • Anecdotes from the Life of the Prophet Muhammad
  • Anecdotes from the Life of the Promised Messiah
  • I Beseech Thee, O Lord!

My brother leaves the members of his family and hundreds of his friends to mourn his departure from the world. May his soul rest in peace. Ameen!

Abridged from: Paigham-e-Sulh weekly, Lahore, dated 19th February 1979