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Early life

 

Today, we are presenting a modern story of a very great devotee of the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him. He was born on Thursday the 8th of Zil Qada 1326, 4th December 1904.

 

He was born in that time when many changes were taking place in the world. It was in this period that Sultan Abdul Hamid Khan handed the Turkish people its Parliament. The official railway line in Madina Shareef was removed and the station closed. In Iran, internal strife and war broke out between Ahmed Shah Qachar and the common masses. In Afghanistan, Ameer Habeebullah Shah opened the first school for the common people. In Marrakesh the local forces defeated the French. In Bengal, there were huge explosions which forced the English to leave. In this year also, Mirza Ahmed of Qadian reached his ultimate destination which was the Fire of Hell.

 

From 1905 until 1929, no one except the family of Ilmudeen knew who he was. He was also only known to his family and his close friends. However, on the 6th of April 1929, all of that was about to change. He performed a deed which made him forever be known as a Ghazi. Others called him a Shaheed, some called him a true devotee of the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – and a sincere follower of Islam. Suddenly, his photo appeared in newspapers all around the world and in every part of the Indo Pak subcontinent. What was the reason for this?

 

The reason was quite apparent. Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – had performed such a loyal act to show respect and reverence for the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – that others could only sit and admire. This took him from a place of non-recognition to instant recognition. This is the reason that Dr. Iqbal has mentioned, “Life is created through action (which further) creates Jannah or Hell. This piece of sand (which is man) by nature is neither Nur nor fire.”

His father also mentions that his son, Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him, did not receive any special schooling. Whatever the family could afford to do, they did this for the young man.

 

However, this is the amazing thing. The Sajjadah of Siyal Shareef who was to visit him many times in jail, swore that he had never met someone as learned as Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him. He narrates, “When I went to meet him in Minawali Jail, his immense knowledge so overpowered me that for a few minutes I could not speak or utter a word. I then began to read Surah Yusuf. Since he was someone who was listening in the manner of a true Qari, he also stopped me as I was reading in certain places. He kept telling me to read the ‘Bismillah’ again and re-read the verses. At times, it seemed like he had entered another dimension.”

 

Bear in mind that here was a person who had not received any formal proper Madressah training in the field of Qur’an, yet, in jail, he kept correcting the Peer Saheb. This continued until the Peer Saheb had completed the recital of Surah Yusuf. When the Peer Saheb came out and met other people, he made it clear that although the person he saw was Ghazi Ilmudeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him, but through him, someone else was speaking. He also mentioned that no one should say that this person has no knowledge because today he had met one of the most learned people in his life. This certainly proves that Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – was given inspired knowledge or Ilme Ladduni. He was fully aware of the most finer points of the Qur’an as it was been read in front of him.

 

Bear in mind that this is that magic which made Beh Zarr into “Bu Zarr.” Which made Bilal Habshi into some which even the moon envied. Which brightened the world over, the blessed names of Zaid and Khubayb. Remember that Ilmudeen is not a member of our family and neither was he a friend at that time. We did not live in his time nor did we see him. But, we will continue to praise him for years to come. The reality is that he has created a family relationship with us which will never be broken and a relationship which is even greater than a family relationship. He was someone who sacrificed his life for the honour and dignity of the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him-. This is the same Master that we Muslims serve and will always honour but could not have done what this person was able to achieve.

 

People like Dr. Iqbal were seen visiting him. Shaikhul Muhadditheen, Syed Deedar Ali Shah – may Allah be pleased with him – was seen coming and going from his cell. Even Peer Syed Jamaat Ali Shah – may Allah be pleased with him – looked at this person’s Janaza in amazement. There is no doubt that there must have been eminent scholars and individuals who were wishing that they could have a Janaza like this. However, this was given to those who were destined to get this type of Janaza. In fact, even his father was blessed because people began to say that this is a father of a true Shaheed. In other words, through Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – even his father gained respect. Again, whoever is destined to receive this, is destined to receive this.

 

The newspapers did mention that Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him –was not noted for his Salaah and fasting and we accept this. However, he performed such a task in Islam that even those who read Salaah day and night could not manage to do. Even those who fast every day, could not do what he had done.

 

In fact, history also proves to us that at times, these are people who are chosen by the Allah Almighty to complete these types of actions. We should not therefore start throwing Fatwas around and say that because he was not a Namaazi or a person who did not keep fast all the time, therefore his action is not accepted. Look at history, even in the time of the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – there were people who had sincere love and reverence for the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – yet, they were not what you might call ideal citizens.

 

There was a person in the time of the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – whose name was Abdullah. People used to call him “Himaar” or “donkey.” He sometimes came in front of the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – and spoke in a such a joking manner with his good voice and every time, he made the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – smile. However, he had one problem. His problem was that he used to consume alcohol. Every time, he used to get caught drinking alcohol. And every time this happened, he was lashed with a whip in public.

 

One day, while he was been punished, a drop of blood from this person fell on one of the onlookers and in anger, he cursed this person who was been punished. The person also mentioned, “May the curse of Allah Almighty be on this person. Every time, he gets caught for the same crime.” When the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – heard these words, he said, “Do not curse this person, what I know, you do not know. And it is this. This is someone who loves Allah Almighty and His Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him.”

 

Therefore, when we see an apparent weakness in a person, we should not abruptly say that this person has no interest or concern for Islam. Perhaps, he may have ten good attributes which you yourself do not possess. We see that at times, a sinner can perform such noble deeds which even a so-called pious person may not be able to fulfil. Today, we are in the habit of looking at the good and bad deeds of someone and then we place our decision on what we see. However, how many times have we seen that sometimes a so called “bad person” may even give his life for someone while a so-called “pious” person” may just stand and look and do nothing.

 

Sometimes we see that a sinner freely gives his life for a noble cause while a pious person stands and looks all the time concerned about his own welfare. Sometime we see a sinner is someone who is prepared to give his life while a so-called scholar sells his soul for a few cents. In fact, a person is determined by his entire existence and not merely by a few bad deeds he may perform.

 

 

 

Monday, April 1928 – Spring

 

This was that day when Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – was sitting with his friends talking about general issues when suddenly a disturbing sound reached their ears. Someone was saying, “Is there anyone who is prepared to safeguard the dignity and respect of Hadrat Sayyidah Khatijah – may Allah be pleased with her.”

 

At this time, Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – stood up and answered the call that he was prepared to come forward to achieve this noble cause. He then took a sharp knife and headed towards Hospital Road on which the shop of a person named Raj Pal was situated. This person had printed a book entitled “Rangheelah Rasool”. On the way, he kept saying, “O Allah Almighty and His Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – please allow me to fulfil this mission.”

 

Raj Pal was resting in his shop. When Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – arrived at this shop, he shouted, “Apologize for what you have done and promise me that you will stop all new editions of this book or else get ready for what will happen.”

 

However, this enemy of Islam remained silent and never uttered a word of apology. Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – had no choice but to then attack this person. As for the two workers who were present in the shop, Bhagat Ram and Kadarnat, they were so overawed that they just stood and watched. They were terrified with that they saw was happening in front of them.

 

Suddenly, the entire city was abuzz with the news that Raj Pal had been killed and the killer of this person was a young Muslim male. This young man was also seen leaving the scene with a knife full of blood. In fact, he had actually gone to the nearest tap so that he could wipe the impure blood of this person from his knife. He then returned to the shop and made a public announcement that he had killed this person who was someone that had openly insulted the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him. Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – also made it clear that this person would certainly enter the Fire of Hell and he had fulfilled his Islamic duty. He said that he was also prepared to face whatever penalty was given to him.

 

There are also times when a person comes into a certain frenzy and commits a certain act, however, when he realises the consequences of what he had committed and the penalty that would be given to him, he begins to experience extreme fear and regret. However, Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – killed this person and remained in jail for two hundred and eight days.

 

During this time, people like Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Sir Mohammed Shafi and even Dr. Iqbal visited him and tried to convince him to admit that he was not the one who had committed this act. In fact, certain people even later admitted that these people even tried to convince him that he was not the killer and that this person had actually been attacked by a bull and had been killed. However, this true Ghazi of Islam kept repeating the words that he had indeed killed this person. He also mentioned to them, “during my entire life, this is the only noble act which I had committed and still you people want me to disown this. I will never agree to admit that I had not committed this act. I am admitting now and I will continue to admit in the future as well that I am the person who had killed this enemy of the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him.”

 

He also admitted, “Whether I remain or not, I will leave making sure that I give my people the message that anyone who insults the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – should not be allowed to live.”

 

We see that when powerful and even strong people approach the rope, they begin to sweat and tremble. Yet, the guards at the Mianwali Jail were shocked to see that this same person who was once weak and frail; today, this same person looks fit and healthy and he is also smiling. Why should he not smile, after all, today will be the day when he meets his beloved Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him.

 

In certain reports, it is also mentioned that on that historical day when Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – left his house, he mentioned to his mother the following words, “Please prepare some food today with your blessed hands.” His mother felt that something was wrong and asked him why his attitude seemed different. However, he replied, “I am alive and someone insults my Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, why should my attitude not change. This cannot happen.” He also admitted to his mother that today, he was going to take revenge against that person who had openly insulted his Prophet. He also admitted that even though he was not considered a pious person, but today he was going to change that as well and that the real truth will be revealed.

 

His journey

 

Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – was then taken from Lahore to Gujranwala and from there by rail at 12.30 to a jail in Mianwali. In fact when the High court in Lahore had mentioned his death penalty, he only smiled and said, “All praise is due to Allah Almighty. This was my wish. I did not want that I rot in jail. I wanted that to sacrifice my life for my Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – so that I could receive eternal peace and dignity. I also make Du’a that Allah Almighty accept this small sacrifice of mine.”

 

In fact, at another time when the Council in London also upheld his death sentence, Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – again jumped up in joy. He also mentioned that martyrdom had already been prescribed on him from the very beginning and there is no doubt that Allah Almighty had accepted his sacrifice. “The day is not far when I will be able to meet my beloved Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him.” He used to also say that only those people understand the status and dignity of the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – who are fully aware of what the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – had accomplished in this world. Before he blessed this world with his presence, this world was in the pit of ignorance and very few even recognized or accepted the Allah Almighty.

 

Whoever used to visit him in jail were also surprised that Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – always looked happy and satisfied and completely at peace.

 

The only reason that he restricted his parents at times from visiting him was because his mother used to weep a lot. He also mentioned that he had not committed a crime but had been responsible for upholding the dignity of the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him. He also admitted that on one side of the jail, he was also able to see the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him. At times, even Nabi Moosa – peace be upon him – appeared in front of him. He admitted that he only wept because he felt that he was causing inconvenience to the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – by having him to appear in such a place.

 

The superintendent of the jail confesses that one night, there was a problem with the electricity and all the lights of the jail went off. However, the cell of Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – remained bright and in this bright light which appeared in his cell, he was able to read.

 

This is also one of the reasons that many people in authority in this jail displayed immense respect for Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him. Eventually, this jail was demolished. Nevertheless, as a mark of respect for Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – his original cell was left untouched and still exists until the present day. The old people in this area also admit that until the present day, they are also able to get a sweet fragrance from this cell. This is perhaps one of the reasons that Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – remained calm and peaceful in his cell and displayed no sense of panic whatsoever.

 

His immense steadfastness while in jail

 

Among the many people who visited him in jail was the Sajjadah of Siyal Shareef. Others who visited him were the Deputy Commissioner of Mianwali, Raja Zamaan Mehdi Khan, who was also considered as someone who was very pious and humble. In fact, he had actually mentioned to Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – that when he meets the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – he should not forget him in his Du’a and must also convey his Salaam to the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him. At the time of this meeting, Ghazi Ilmudeen mentioned to him, “At times, someone who has been sentenced to death has to spend years in jail and finally the date of his hanging is published. However, I consider myself extremely lucky to have only waited for six months and nine days. Now, no power on earth can stop me from meeting the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him.”

 

The Deputy Commissioner also mentioned to him, “I have seen many prisoners who were about to be hanged and because of their fear of dying most them became thin as stick. However, I am amazed at what I see in you. Your face is full of Nur, there is a constant smile on your face and day by day, you also seem to be getting healthier. In fact, when a person sees you, he seems to enter a state of spiritual ecstasy. My feeling is that I continue to see you and also continue to recite the Durood Shareef on the blessed being for whom you have sacrificed your life.”

 

The son of an ordinary person attained the rank where his name was to be recorded in gold. In fact, his action was a result of the blessed words of the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – who had declared, “None of you can become a true believer until I do not become more beloved to him than his parents, his children and all of mankind.”

 

The chapter of Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – has become that same chapter written by eminent souls in Islam such as Mohammed bin Qasim, Taariq bin Ziyad and Sultan Tippu Sultan. The lesson he taught to present day Muslims will also be remembered by them. He accepted hanging but was not prepared to accept a person who insulted the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him. He was prepared to give up the world, but was not prepared to give up the blessed shawl of the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him. Indeed, he gave an immense lesson to Muslims of today.

 

As long as there are people like Rajpal, there will always be people like Ilmudeen, Ghazi Abdul Aziz, Ghazi Abdur Rasheed, Ghazi Amir Cheemah, etc.

 

This is not something which belongs exclusively to one family or tribe or clan. This is something which is decreed by the Allah Almighty. If He wishes He can remove people like Abu Jahl and Abu Lahab and replace them with Bilal Habshi and Suhaib Rumi – may Allah be pleased with them.

 

His spiritual affect

 

It is mentioned that just outside the cell where he was imprisoned, there used to be a small well and through his presence, the water in this well also became a means of Shifa for people around the area. In fact, whenever anyone became ill, they only had to drink a handfull of this water and they became well. Many people around the area were also witnesses this miracle.

 

One of the guards whose name was Nawab Deen admits that one night they could not find Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – in his cell and as they began to search for him, a bright light suddenly appeared in his cell and they found him sitting in his room. They also found a person in the cell whose entire appearance was bright with Nur and he was advising Ghazi Ilmudeen to be brave. Some have admitted that this was actually Hadrat Sayyiduna Ali – may Allah be pleased with him.

 

Once in the same cell, he made Du’a to meet Nabi Moosa – peace be upon him – and this request was fulfilled which created immense happiness for him that evening.

 

His Final Wish

 

In his final meeting with his family, Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – requested that everything should be completed according to Islamic Shari’ah. During his Janaza, the Kalimah should be loudly read. He nominated the ground in which his Janaza should be read. He also mentioned to his mother that she should be pleased that it was through her, that he is leaving this world as a Ghazi.

 

People were also shocked and surprised at the bravery which Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – displayed in these final moments. In fact, it reminded one of the final moments of Hadrat Sayyiduna Bilal – may Allah be pleased with him – who was smiling during his final moments while his family around him were weeping. However, he mentioned that today he would be meeting the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – and his blessed companions. Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – also seemed to have been influenced by this Bilaali effect. He was someone who seemed to be waiting expectantly for someone.

 

Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – said that after his Janaza Salaah, two rak’ah of Shukr Salaah should be read and no one should come to his Janaza without a hat. (In fact, from the pictures of his Janaza, one can see that most of the people who presented themselves either had turbans or hats).

 

Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – also said what should be done with his clothes. He also said that if anyone wanted to see him after he passes away, then they should read Durood Shareef, Ayatul Kursi between the nights of Saturday and Sunday and convey the Thawaab to him and make Du’a that they meet him. Before sleeping, they should remove all foul smelling items such as tobacco from themselves, and In Sha Allah, they would seen him in their dream.

 

Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – also declared that for someone to sacrifice themselves for the dignity of the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – was the greatest gift which they could present. This is why he said that he was happy that his death sentence had not been overturned and that among the millions of Muslims present in the country, he was chosen for this mission. He therefore said that instead of crying, people should read as much Durood Shareef as possible.

 

On the night of 26th of Jamaadi ul Awwal, 31st October on Thursday night, Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – performed his Tahajjud Salaah. After performing the Fajr Salaah that morning, he continued to sit on his Musallah. The jailer then approached him and told him that the time for his execution had arrived. When he was asked his final wish, he mentioned that he wanted to perform two rak’ah of Shukr Salaah.

 

Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – then happily walked with the guard to the gallows. He also addressed the people present and said to them, “I had committed the act of sending someone to Hell who had insulted the dignity of the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him. I am also reciting the Kalimah in front of you people. Please bear witness on my Imaan”.

 

The rope was then placed around his neck which Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – also kissed. He revealed that he could see thousands of Angels standing in front of him. As he mentioned these words, the floor was removed from under his feet. His body did not even shake and to everyone present, it was like a sweet smelling fragrance had just appeared from a flower.

 

His Janaza

 

As is the manner of any government, the authorities wanted to bury him quietly in a small grave site in which other prisoners were buried before. They felt that this would not create any internal strife in the country. However, there was a large protest in this regard and the authorities were forced to send his body to the city of Lahore.

 

It was also mentioned that his Janaza will be performed on the 14th of November and the decision of who would perform the Janaza was given to Dr. Iqbal. Dr. Iqbal chose the name of Shaikhul Muhadditheen, Hadrat Sayed Deedar Ali Shah – may Allah be pleased with him. However, since the great Syed had not yet arrived, the first Janaza Salaah was performed by Qari Mohammed Shamsudeen. During this time, Allamah Syed Deedar Ali Shah – may Allah be pleased with him – arrived and he performed the second Janaza. The third time, the Janaza Salaah was performed by his son, the Mufti-e-Azam of Pakistan,  Hadrat Moulana Syed Ahmed Shah – may Allah be pleased with him.

 

As we mentioned, during the entire Janaza Salaah procession, Ghazi Ilumdeen Shaheed – may Allah be pleased with him – had maintained that the Kalimah and the Durood Shareef be read. Thousands of people followed the Janaza and as they passed along the road, people threw flowers on the Janaza.

 

Most of the newspapers at the time also displayed their sympathy. Some newspapers merely appeared as a blank black page and some appeared as red symbolising the spilling blood.

 

His blessed body was placed in his grave by Dr. Iqbal and Hadrat Moulana Syed Deedar Ali Shah – may Allah be pleased with him. No doubt that when people saw this scene, they must have wished that it was their Janaza.