In Memory of Hazrat Ameer

Hazrat Ameer (III), K.B. Dr. Saeed Ahmad Khan, S.K. — Recollections by some of those whom he Inspired

by Sarah Ahmad

The Light & Islamic Review (US), May/June 1997 Issue (Vol. 74, No. 3, pp. 6–7)

There are a few very special people in the world who devote their lives for a special cause, whose lives are pure and blameless, who have the power to influence others and whose love and prayers are for everyone. Our beloved late Ameer, Dr. Saeed Ahmad Khan sahib, was such a personality.

I would like to present a few personal memories and impressions about him.

It would not be wrong to say that my relationship with Hazrat Ameer was purely spiritual, for, in spite of living quite close to his house in Dar-us-Salaam, we went to visit him very seldomly — about twice or thrice a year. This was partly due to an idea that he might be disturbed by us, but we also had the comfort of knowing that he was always there and we could go to see him whenever we liked. So, we were close to him spiritually rather than physically. What I want to say is that Hazrat Ameer’s spiritual power was so great that even at a distance he unconsciously influenced and moulded the lives of those around him.

Whenever Hazrat Ameer came to the mosque on some occasion, everyone would be most eager to see him. Since he obviously sat in the men’s part of the mosque, we, in the female side, would peek through the curtain partitioning the two sides to catch a glimpse of our beloved Ameer. The speech and beautiful recitation of the Holy Quran in his weak voice had the power to move people to tears. Before leaving, he would come to our side of the mosque and everyone would gather around him to shake hands with him and to hear him say Assalamu Alaikum. He gripped the hand firmly and the expression of his face clearly showed his love for every single member of his Jamaat.

Hazrat Ameer did a great deal towards bringing my family, which was drifting away, back to Ahmadiyyat. My late grandfather was a devoted Ahmadi, but in England my parents had no contact with the Jamaat until Hazrat Ameer and Hafiz Sher Mohammad sahib came to our house and urged them to join the Jamaat. Afterwards, whenever Hazrat Ameer visited England, he always called on us. This is just one example; by establishing a personal contact like this with people living abroad, Hazrat Ameer must have drawn many families back to Ahmadiyyat.1

Hazrat Ameer was a role model for us. He symbolized all that our Jamaat, founded by the Promised Messiah [Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian], stands for. The simplicity of his lifestyle is an example for many of us. Being the head of a Jamaat and a highly successful doctor himself, and having children who are all outstanding in their own fields, he could have lived as luxuriously as he liked. On the contrary, his residence was an ordinary house whose doors stood open to everyone at all times. In these times this quality is unique for a head of a Jamaat. Moreover, whenever one walked into his house, one could be sure of a warm welcome by all the members of his household and especially by Aunty Safia [Saeed], his daughter. Even if Hazrat Ameer was indisposed and unable to receive visitors himself, one was always touched by the hospitality and warmth of everyone. The atmosphere of the house itself seemed to show that it was the abode of a great personality and one could almost sense the effect of Hazrat Ameer’s presence.

For many days after meeting Hazrat Ameer, the memory of his face stayed with one and I would be inspired by a renewed enthusiasm for religious work. One afternoon Aunty Safia told my sister and I that Hazrat Ameer had asked to see us because he had been told that we were doing translation work of the books of our Movement. Both of us went to meet him some time before the Maghrib prayer. He was ready for the prayer, wearing white clothes and a white cap. He received us with every sign of pleasure and, taking my hand in his, he made me sit down beside him.

He asked us what classes we were studying in and when my sister told him she was studying to become a doctor, he smiled and remarked: “then you are one of our clan (baradari)”.

We left soon afterwards because it was time for prayer. We did not know that this was to be our last meeting with Hazrat Ameer.

One of my friends, who belongs to the Rabwah Jamaat, calls their Khalifa as ‘Huzoor’.2 Our love and respect for Hazrat Ameer has made us informal so that our Hazrat Ameer was Janji to most of the Jamaat.

We will always remember our dear Janji. His loss is deeply felt but we pray that even in his absence Allah keeps us committed to the mission of the Promised Messiah — Ameen. We are very thankful to Allah for giving us such an excellent person to hold place as the head of the Jamaat.

Footnotes:

  1. What young Sarah Ahmad says here about the late Hazrat Ameer establishing personal contact is also borne out by the experience of many others, like myself, who live in countries visited by him, as I mention in my article on page 8. — Editor. ↩︎
  2. The title Huzoor, as used in the Rabwah Movement for their head, signifies something like ‘His holiness’. The affectionate term Janji for Hazrat Ameer, which originated among his relatives but subsequently gained a much wider currency, indicated the ‘dear one’. — Editor. ↩︎

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