The Martyrdom of Sahibzada Abdul Latif Shaheed

by Prof. Khalil-ur-Rahman

Some Incidents before Martyrdom

A Recollection of some Incidents Prior to Martyrdom:

Once in his own house, long before his arrest or even any suspicion of the forthcoming events, Hazrat Sahibzada addressed his hands as follows:

“O my hands, would you be able to bear the handcuffs.”

He advised his household:

“I am going, but let it not be that you take some other path. The faith and belief which I profess should be your faith and belief as well.”

While being taken to Kabul after his arrest, he said:

“I am the bridegroom of this gathering.”

During the debate with the Islamic jurists, who had gathered under the orders of the Ameer for this purpose, he said:

“You have two gods because you are afraid of the Ameer like you should be afraid only of God. I have only one God, so I am not afraid of the Ameer.”

In another incident from the debate, he was asked by the mullahs about his opinion of the man from Qadian who claimed to be the Promised Messiah. He replied:

“I have seen him and given his actions close attention. There is none like him on this earth, and certainly and without a doubt, he is the Promised Messiah. He is bringing the dead back to life.”

The mullahs raised a clamour and said,

“He is a kafir and so are you.”

They threatened him on behalf of the Ameer and said that he would be stoned to death in the event he did not repent. Hazrat Sahibzada understood that he would die and he recited the following verse:

“Our Lord, make not our hearts to deviate after Thou hast guided us and grant us mercy from Thee; surely Thou art the most liberal Giver.” (The Holy Quran, 3:8)

When he was about to be stoned, he recited the following verse:

“Thou art my Friend in this world and the Hereafter. Make me die in submission and join me with the righteous.” (The Holy Quran, 12:101)

After this the stoning started and he was martyred.

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