The Martyrdom of Sahibzada Abdul Latif Shaheed
by Prof. Khalil-ur-Rahman
The Heartfelt Feelings of the Promised Messiah on the Martyrdom of Hazrat Sahibzada:
The Promised Messiah expressed himself poignantly at the painful events of the martyrdom as follows:
“The land of Kabul shall witness the bitter fruits that this murder shall bear. This slaughter shall not go unavenged. Prior to this, poor Abdul Rahman of my party was cruelly killed, and God remained silent. But He will not remain silent on this murder and the consequences that will accrue will be enormous. Accordingly, it has been reported that in the days when the deceased martyr was killed by stoning, a virulent epidemic of plague broke out in Kabul and many important persons of the kingdom fell prey to it. The plague hit the house of Nasrullah Khan, the real brother of Ameer Habibullah Khan, and the actual culprit responsible for this bloodshed, and he lost his wife and son. About four hundred persons died daily, victims to the plague, and on the night of martyrdom, the sky turned red. This is only the beginning, because this murder has been committed most mercilessly, the like of which cannot be found in these times. Alas! This foolish Ameer has destroyed himself by murdering such an innocent person with such unusual cruelty. O land of Kabul, remain a witness that on you this heinous crime was committed. O unlucky land, you have fallen in the eyes of God because you are the venue of this extreme cruelty.”1
The Promised Messiah’s Predictions about Kabul and the Historical Facts about the Tyrant’s Retribution:
Be afraid of the sigh of those in the class of saints,
Especially when it comes from the sorrowing heart of Mirza.
This is so because there is no barrier between such a sigh and God. One prophecy of Hazrat Mirza was,
“About fifty thousand people will be killed in the kingdom of Kabul.”
The loss of life that was occasioned by plague has been mentioned above. In 1919, Ameer Habibullah Khan was murdered as the result of a plot by his brother Nasrullah Khan. After this, Nasrullah Khan was put in prison and, subsequently, murdered there. Those judges, Islamic jurists, and mullahs, who gave the verdict of kufr and had Hazrat Sahibzada stoned to death, were disgraced, humiliated, ruined and destroyed. There was no trace left of them and none remained to mourn them.
After Habibullah Khan, his son Amanullah Khan ascended the throne. He tried to pursue a policy designed to rid Afghanistan of British influence. The British did not like this, and so they instigated Baccha Sakka to revolt against Amanullah Khan. In the ensuing fighting, thousands of people were killed and Amanullah Khan had to flee and take refuge in Italy. The government passed from his family to that of General Nadir Khan, who later ruled in Kabul under the name Nadir Shah. There was a prophecy of Hazrat Mirza about him, as well. The prophecy was,
“Alas! Where has Nadir Shah gone?”
He was assassinated at a function by a student. After him, his son, Zahir Shah ascended the throne, but he too was forced into exile.
Dr. Abdul Ghani, the arbitrator of the debate, was imprisoned by the Afghan government for conspiracy and spying for the British Government. He had to suffer the torment of imprisonment for a long time.
After intervention by the Russian forces at the end of the 1970s, a civil war started in Afghanistan. The human toll of this war was colossal: several hundred thousand were killed and over four million refugees had to seek shelter in Iran and Pakistan. Afghans killed Afghans. After about a decade and half of fighting, a tenuous peace prevails, which erupts sporadically into more bloodshed. It is not known for how long the unfortunate land of Kabul, which fell in the eyes of God after the murder of the innocent person, will continue to pay for the crime that was committed on it. The anger of the “Mighty in retribution” is still visiting it2. The fallout of the events in Afghanistan is directly or indirectly affecting the neighbouring countries. Is there not a sign in this for those who observe? But:
“Or thinkest thou that most of them hear or understand? They are but as the cattle; nay, they are farther astray from the path.” (The Holy Quran, 25:44)
Only those with intelligence can learn a lesson from this. And in the heaven and the earth are many signs that appeal to their intellect and thought, but they pass by them with their faces turned and forgetful of their end. Then why feel sorry for a people who will not accept.
- Tazkirat-ul Shahadatain, p. 72. ↩
- Note by the Webmaster: The American attack on Afghanistan, following the attacks of 11th September 2001, have, too, tolled heavy on the ‘land of Kabul’. ↩