In Memory of the Late Malik Saeed Ahmad

31st July 1906 — 5th May 2012

The Muslim News, August 2012 Issue (pp. 1–2)

Born on July 31,1906 in Ludhiana in Malik Khuda Bakhsh’s family. It is said that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib suggested his name. When he was a few months old, his grandfather, with his daughter-in-law, went to see the Promised Messiah [Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian] who took Malik Saeed lovingly onto his lap and the baby immediately started sucking one of Hazrat Mirza Sahib’s thumbs. Saeed Ahmad was still a child when his mother died and his father, Malik Khuda Bakhsh, remarried. His stepmother did not treat him well and at times he did not have shoes and at other times holes in his clothes. Later, his stepmother died and his father remarried again but the new mother’s attitude was also not good.

Malik Saeed Ahmad

Malik Saeed Ahmad stayed in Delhi for some time where he resided in the Mission House and assisted Maulvi Shimlavi Sahib, the missionary.

He started his career in the Police Department. During World War II, he served with the Army and was sent to the Burma Front. After independence, Malik Sahib joined the Police Accounts Department of Pakistan and worked there till his retirement. His colleagues and senior officers always appreciated his honesty and integrity.

For a long time, he was the treasurer of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Anjuman.

When he moved to Ittefaq Foundries as head of security, the CEO there offered him inducements to embezzle but despite financial hardship he preferred to resign.

He had great love for and attachment to Abrar Ahmad Sayal, Prof. Ejaz Ahmad Sayal, and rest of the family of Darus Salaam, New Garden Town, Lahore. When he complained to Allah regarding his own sons’ painful attitude, he was told in a vision by Allah that Abrar Ahmad and his brothers are his sons. Mariam Abrar’s care and hospitability, like that of a daughter, was commendable.

During the 1953 anti-Ahmadiyya riots, his father’s house in Faisalabad was attacked and the building suffered great damage. To save himself and his family, Malik Khuda Baksh opened fire killing one and injuring another. The pressure was too much on the judge to convict his father, however, and the case lingered on. When the situation calmed down, Malik Sahib’s father was released.

Maulana Aftab-ud-Din Ahmad was Secretary of the Woking Muslim Mission in Lahore. On his advice Malik Saeed Ahmad would distribute literature including to the British officers at the Punjab Civil Secretariat. At times they would get angry, but he would just say that he just wanted to deliver a gift.

Hafiz Baba Raj Sain, a saintly man with a large following, and Malik Saeed Ahmad Sahib were close friends. Sometime after the 1974, Malik Sahib enquired of Baba Raj Sahib in public his opinion about Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. Baba Raj meditated on this and after quite a long silence said:

“Mirza Ghulam Ahmad is the Imam of the time and whoever will stand against him will be questioned about it.”

On hearing this, his followers said:

“Your Holiness, we have not only been speaking against him, but have also been abusing him.”

Baba Raj Sain replied:

“Allah is Merciful. Ask forgiveness from Him.”

When Malik Sahib was posted in Jalandhar, India, the Quaid-e-Azam came on a visit to that city. Muslims removed the horses from the Quaid’s carriage and decided to pull the carriage themselves. Malik

Sahib was on duty and joined in. An inquiry was held, and Malik sahib admitted the “offence”.

Malik Saeed Ahmad was very pious, and through intense prayers, was blessed by Allah. He prayed for people and Allah accepted his prayers. People requested him to make istikhara, or seek Allah’s guidance, for matters about which they were not sure whether they should do or not. Allah would often bless him with an answer.

Dr. Saeed Ahmad Khan Sahib, Ameer-e-Jamaat III, was ill during his last days, that is, in 1996. Malik Sahib prayed intensely for his health. He was told by Allah:

“His life is precious.”

In 2005, Malik Saeed Ahmad Sahib sustained a leg fracture and had to undergo surgery and had a steel plate and screws inserted in his leg to fix the fracture. Physiotherapy was also done, but still he could not walk. He faced this handicap with courage and patience and continued his prayers. His daily routine was reading newspapers, watching TV news, chatting with visitors, and of course offering his prayers regularly.

He used to pray intensely for peace in Muslim countries, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Many a time when Malik Sahib suffered from some ailment, Allah prescribed for him medicine, which worked. Many people were granted health through his prayers. His advice to all family members was to recite,

“Ya Allah, Ya Rahman.”

Till his last days, he intensely prayed to earn Allah’s pleasure and offered Tahajjud prayers with passion and devotion.

He was very particular about physical cleanliness. When he was in good health, he always took a bath before offering Tahajjud prayers. He recited Darood Sharif often and loudly.

In the last ten days of Ramadan, he was regular in observing Itikaf in the Darus Salaam Mosque.

In August 2011, he entered the 106th year of his life and it proved to be his last Ramadan. By the grace of Allah, he managed to keep the fasts for the whole month.

Malik Sahib had an impressive personality. He was an intelligent and prudent person and was blessed with farsightedness. He had a great sense of humour. He was a kind, affectionate and generous person and a dedicated Ahmadi.

He married Hajara Bibi, who proved to be a very good companion. He had four sons and a daughter. Although Malik Sahib had very meagre salary, yet his wife managed the house very well and always remained grateful to Allah. When he became old, however, he had to bring up his two granddaughters, Uzma and Salma.

Allah have mercy on his soul. Ameen.

Note by the Webmaster: Malik Saeed Ahmad passed away on 5th May 2012 in Lahore, Pakistan.

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