The Martyrdom of Sahibzada Abdul Latif Shaheed

by Prof. Khalil-ur-Rahman


Hazrat Sahibzada Abdul Latif walked steadfastly and sincerely on the path that lead to the status of martyrdom. According to his advise, his sons and other members of the family, despite severe trials, held on dearly to the code of conduct he had prescribed for them. The tyrants received exemplary punishment for their deed. However, the words of Hazrat Mirza,

“Those who will stay in my Movement after my death, I do not know what kind of service they will perform,”

give an invitation to the present members of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Jamaat to stop and reflect. After Hazrat Mirza, the great achievements of his companions, who were our forefathers, will forever remain an illuminating chapter of the Movement’s history. The torches lighted by them are today illuminating the dark valleys of Europe, and, God willing, will continue to do so.

Our excessively stubborn opponents are also benefiting from the scholarly works produced by the Movement, though they may not admit it. Because of the untiring efforts of our forefathers, the world is continuing to accept the views of Hazrat Mirza. Articles in the national press, and speeches on other information media, reflect this change in thinking.

Their hearts are with us, though their mouths may babble incessantly.

Every cloud has a silver lining, which gives hope in despair. It is our duty that we do not wound, or give cause to despair, to the holy spirit of the Founder of the Movement. We know that we are weak and that none of us can become the like of Abdul Latif; nor can we make the same claim of giving precedence to religion over worldly affairs. However, in these times of turbulence, we can at least strive to preserve and pass on to the coming generations the priceless inheritance of Hazrat Mirza and our forefathers. May Allah grant us this power. Amen.