Obituary: Mirza Masud Beg

The Islamic Guardian (UK), July to December 1983 Issue (Vol. 4, Nos. 3–4, pp. 30–31)

It is with deep regret and sorrow that we record the death of Mr Masud Beg Mirza, a Vice-President of our Central body, the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-i Islam (Lahore), on 2 October 1983 in Lahore, Pakistan

Inna li-llahi wa inna ilai-hi raji’un. [The Holy Quran, 2:156]

Till recently the deceased was the General Secretary, a post he had held for several years. His name is also very familiar to the Jamaat’s foreign branches around the world, as he carried out the world centre’s official correspondence with them.

Born in 1909 and an educationist by training, Mr Masud Beg Mirza had served the Lahore Ahmadiyya Anju­man and Movement for over fifty years. He had held many administrative positions in the Anjuman which he discharged with great thoroughness and efficiency. He was also a scholar of religion, an eloquent writer, and a captivating speaker. His knowledge of Islamic history was vast, and of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Jamaat truly phenomenal.  He had been closely associated with pioneer Lahore Ahmadis such as Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Ali, Dr Mirza Yaqub Beg, and Maulana Abdul Haque Vidyarthi (God’s mercy be upon them), and had acquired a deep insight into the lives of these great servants of Islam.  Besides these, he had an encyclopaedic know­ledge of the biographical details of most people who had served the Jamaat, as evidenced by the obituary notes he had to write.

The late Mr Mirza was also a very capable writer of English and Urdu, being able to draft complicated resolutions and yet also simple stories for children with equal facility, in clear idiomatic language. His speeches captivated all types of audience, and were delivered in a simple, natural way, straight from the heart.

We mourn this tragic loss to our community and submit to God with resignation.  The Lahore Ahmadiyya Jamaat in Britain extends its condolences to its bro­thers and sisters in Lahore, and expresses its deepest sympathy to the bereaved relatives of the deceased.

May God admit him to His eternal Mercy and Protection.  Ameen.