Friday Sermon: True Servants of Allah: 21st October 2016 (Urdu)

Friday Sermon: True Servants of Allah: 21st October 2016 (Urdu)


Peace be on you! I bear witness that there is none
worthy of worship except Allah. and I bear witness that Muhammad (saw)
is His Servant and Messenger After this I seek refuge with Allah,
from Satan, the accursed. In the name of Allah,
the Gracious, the Merciful. All praise belongs to Allah,
Lord of all the worlds. The Gracious,
the Merciful. Master of the
Day of Judgment. Thee alone do we worship and
Thee alone do we implore for help. Guide us in the right path; The path of those on whom
Thou hast bestowed Thy blessings, those who have not
incurred Thy displeasure, and those who have
not gone astray. Today, I will mention two servants of
the Jamaat who passed away recently; one being Mr Bashir Ahmad Rafiq Khan Sahib,
the second is Doctor Nusrat Jahan, who was the Gynaecologist
for the Fazl-e-Umar hospital. Each person who has set foot on this
earth must, one day, depart from here. However, blessed are those individuals who have the opportunity to serve
their faith as well as serving humanity. Bashir Rafiq Khan Sahib was a longstanding
servant and missionary of the community. He was assigned to a number
of posts in the community. He fulfilled all his responsibilities
in the best manner and on 11th October 2016 he passed
away in London, at the age of 85. “Surely, to Allah we belong
and to Him shall we return.” He completed his BA from Punjab University, then completed his Shahid [Jamia] degree
from Jami’at-ul-Mubashireen in 1958. He belonged to an old established Ahmadi family.
His mother’s name was Fatimah Bibi, the eldest daughter of Hazrat Maulvi
Muhammad Ilyaas Khan Sahib, a companion of the Promised Messiah (as). His father’s name was Danishmand
Khan who was born around 1890. He was a man who received true
revelations and dreams. Bashir Rafiq Khan Sahib was an Ahmadi by birth. His father accepted Ahmadiyyat in 1921, upon which the people of his
village boycotted him. With reference to his father,
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) once wrote to Bashir Khan stating: “Your letter always reminds
me of your eminent father, “and draws my attention towards praying for him.” There were no contradictions between
his statements and his actions and he was an embodiment of purity and honesty. These are the attributes which befit the dignity
of an Ahmadi and a believer. He writes: “I had a deep bond with him and would
always express this through prayers.” May God Almighty shower His
intimate mercy upon him, and enable his progeny to become his true heirs. He married in 1956 to Saneema Nai
Sahiba, who was the daughter of Abdur Rahman Khan Sahib; he was the son
of a companion of the Promised Messiah (as), Khan Ameerullah Khan Sahib.
She bore three sons and three daughters. In 1945 [Bashir Rafiq] Khan
Sahib was enrolled into Ta’leem-ul-Islam High School
in Qadian at the age of fourteen. At that time Hazrat Musleh Maud
(ra) delivered a sermon in which he urged the Ahmadi youth to dedicate
their lives [for the service of the Jamaat]. As soon as the sermon concluded many
youths presented their names for this scheme. Khan Sahib was also amongst
those blessed individuals. At that time a systematic organisation
(as is the case now) was not in place and a personal letter from Hazrat Musleh Maud
(ra) was sent in which it was written that his application [to devote his life in the
service of the community] had been accepted. Until the partition in 1947 he
continued his studies in Qadian. After completing his Matriculation
examinations or perhaps a short while before the partition,
he left for his home town. Having gained admission into college, one day, he unexpectedly received a
letter from the Private Secretary, stating that “Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) has
requested to enquire about a student of Pathan “origin studying in Qadian, who dedicated his
life, but there was no mention of his name. “As there was no record present in Rabwah
or was lost due to the partition “you must enquire as to the identity of that
student in Qadian who was [present] in 1945 “and dedicated his life
[for the service of the Jamaat].” Coincidently, the letter arrived at
his house and he wrote back saying: “I am that very student”.
Upon this Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) ordered him to report to Rabwah
immediately and apply for admission at the Ta’leem-ul-Islam College in
Lahore and study towards a BA. At that time Hazrat Khalifat-ul-Masih III (rh)
was the principal of the college. He [Bashir Rafiq Sahib] states:
“In 1953, whilst we were busy preparing “for our examinations,
the anti-Ahmadiyya riots broke out “and during those disturbances I sat my
exams, and was extremely disappointed “at the results owing to
the fact that I had failed.” He continues by saying: “I was also
perturbed by the fact that if I was to fail, “then [why] had God Almighty shown me the
forthcoming paper before sitting the exam “and the very same paper had appeared. “Also that Hazrat Khalifat-ul-Masih II (ra) “had assured me with great
conviction that I would pass.” He states: “At this point
my faith began to waver. The results were published in the newspaper.
I sat down and was deeply distraught. My father enquired as to why I was upset,
to which I informed him of the reason. He said: “Do not worry,
you can re-sit the examination. “Besides you were probably
unable to prepare properly “for the exams owing to
the riots in the Punjab.” After a few days had
passed his father said to him: “Whenever I pray for you
I hear a voice which says; “‘Bashir Ahmad has already passed’
but when he would show “him the results he would remain silent.” He states: “After a few days [his father] said: “I am still receiving the answer
that you have passed!” He says: “One day, we unexpectedly
received a high volume of letters. “Amongst the letters there was
one from the University. “When I opened it I was amazed. The university
stated that they had failed me in error. Having rechecked the papers
I had in fact passed.” He says: “A few days later I presented myself
before Hazrat Khalifat-ul-Masih II (ra) “and explained the whole incident to Huzoor (ra). “Hazrat Khalifat-ul-Masih II (ra) replied: ‘I had already told you that after praying
I had been informed that you would pass, ‘and I relayed all of this to
you that you would pass.’” Hence, this result clearly demonstrates
that nobody can defer a divine scheme. God had already made His decision.
It would have been a point of ridicule that God Almighty is informing
Hazrat Khalifat-ul-Masih II (ra) and his father of one thing
and the result is contrary to it. In the end, only that which God Almighty
had already decreed proved to be true. After this Hazrat Musleh Maud (ra) instructed him to join Jamia Ahmadiyya
and obtain the Shahid degree. He said: “It is my wish to send you for
[missionary] work in propagating the message.” He [Bashir Rafiq Sahib] states: “Our class in
Jamia had the honour of occasional visits “from Hazrat Khalifat-ul-Masih II (ra),
who graced us with his presence and advised us “on the methods to specialise in
various fields of knowledge. “Hazrat Khalifat-ul-Masih II (ra) specially
advised that every student should build “his own library and should inculcate in
themselves a habit of purchasing books.” This is something that every Jamia
student should adhere to. Today, throughout the world
there are various Jami’aat, as well as numerous people who
have dedicated their lives, they should build their own libraries. Recently, there was a meeting with
all the Missionaries in London. I informed them that every Missionary
should have a [personal] library and not solely rely on the official
library of the Jamaat. He [Bashir Rafiq Sahib] says: “When I completed
my studies from Jamiat-ul-Mubashireen “and obtained my Shahid degree, I went to
Vakalat-e-Tabshir [Office for Foreign Missions]. “Mr Mirza Mubarik Ahmad Sahib was
Vakeel-e-Tabshir at the time. “He took me to see Hazrat Khalifat-ul-Masih II
(ra) who said to send me to England. “Then Vakeel-e-Tabshir took me to
prepare [my departure] for England.” He met with Hazrat Khalifat-ul-Masih II (ra) and wrote down detailed
instructions and directives. He gave him his blessings and prayers
then hugged him before his departure. He was sent to England in 1959
on official assignment and served as the Deputy Imam of Fazal
Mosque in London. He says: “When I departed for England in
1959, one day I went to meet “Maulana Jalal-ud-Din Shams Sahib
and requested him for some advice.” Maulana Jalal-ud-Din Shams
Sahib also served for a long time in London as the Imam of the Fazal Mosque. After highlighting various aspects he said:
“There is one advice I will give to you, “which has benefitted me greatly in my life.” He said: “I was serving in Syria.”
(Shams Sahib narrated) “I was serving as a missionary in Syria. “Through me a member of a wealthy family, “Munir-ul-Husni Sahib accepted Ahmadiyyat.
He was an established and devout Ahmadi. “It was after this [incident] that
the Jamaat spread in Syria.” He states: “As each day would pass
his [i.e. Munir-ul-Husni’s] “passion and desire to serve the faith
intensified. Every day after Asr prayers, “Munir-ul-Husni Sahib would
come to the mission house.” In those days there was a mission house
in Syria as there were no restrictions. “He would insist on cooking for me and would
prepare the meals with great enthusiasm. “Then in the evening we would eat together. “One day when we sat down to eat
and I said to Munir-ul-Husni Sahib “that there is too much salt in the curry
today, please avoid this in future. “Munir-ul-Husni Sahib remained
quiet for a while, then said: ‘Maulana Sahib, you are well aware that at home ‘I have many servants to do my chores for me.’ ” (He was quite a wealthy gentlemen.) ‘To the extent that when I return
home in the evenings, ‘a servant of mine opens my shoelaces. ‘In my home, I have never had to make
even a cup of tea for myself. ‘If I come here to cook, I do so solely
to gain the pleasure of God Almighty, ‘otherwise what business do I have cooking curry. ‘Therefore, if there is shortcoming in the
Masala [mixture] please forgive me, ‘as preparing food is not my job.’ ” After narrating this incident
Maulana Shams Sahib said: “From this incident I learnt that
the treatment we receive, i.e. “the assistance the people are happy to
offer us missionaries is not due to us “within our own right, in fact they
do it to gain the pleasure “of God and out of love for
the Ahmadiyya Community. “Therefore, we should always bear in mind
that however much anyone serves us, “it is a kindness on their part.
If they commit an error “[in this regard] we have no right to
question them or to scold them.” Nevertheless, from the very
outset and even up until now there have been countless individuals
bestowed to the community of the Promised Messiah (as) engrained
with unusual amounts of loyalty. He [Bashir Rafiq Sahib] continues to say that in
1964 Mr Chaudhry Rahmat Khan Sahib, who was Imam of the London Mosque,
returned due to illness. Consequently, he was appointed as
the Imam [of the London Mosque]. In 1960 Bashir Rafiq Sahib launched
a magazine in the English language called ‘The Muslim Herald’.
Initially, it consisted of ten pages. He was the editor and had to do everything
else associated with it. “Owing to the scheme launched by Hazrat
Mirza Bashir Ahmad Sahib (ra) “he started a fortnightly magazine in 1962,
by the name “The Ahmadiyya Periodical”. Bashir Rafiq Sahib says that he was
the one who launched the magazine and had the opportunity to serve
as its Editor for a long period as well as write various articles for it.
He was a well-versed scholarly personality. He also had the opportunity to work
for “The Review of Religions”, the magazine launched by
the Promised Messiah (as). From 1967, throughout the period of his Khilafat, Hazrat Khalifat-ul-Masih II
(rh) toured Europe eight times. Maulana Bashir Rafiq Sahib accompanied him as
part of his entourage on seven occasions. On two of the tours he had the
opportunity serve as the Private Secretary. In 1970 he returned to Pakistan and
served as the Private Secretary to Hazrat Khalifat-ul-Masih II (rh). In 1971 he came back to London
as the Imam of London Mosque and continued with all his previous duties. In 1976 he served as the Private Secretary to Hazrat Khalifat-ul-Masih II (rh)
on his tour to USA and Canada. In May of 1978, Hazrat Khalifat-ul-Masih
II (rh) came to London for the ‘International conference of Jesus’
Deliverance from the cross’. To organise the event and see it through
to the end, Majlis Aamila UK [organisational body of the UK Jamaat]
and the Conference Committee worked around the clock,
exhibiting an outstanding model of team work under his supervision. He served as Imam of the Fazal Mosque,
London from 1964-70 and from 1971-79. He was the founder and editor of ‘The
Muslim Herald’ magazine from 1961-79 and as Private Secretary to Hazrat
Khalifat-ul-Masih Saalis (rh) from 1970-71. In November 1985 he served as
Vakeel-e-Divaan in Tehreek-e-Jadid until 1987, Vakeel-e-Tasneef, Rabwah from 1982-85,
additional Vakeel-e-Tabshir, Rabwah from 1983-84, additional
Vakeel-e-Tasneef, London from 1987 to 1997. He served as the editor of
‘The Review of Religions’ from 1983-85, chairman board of Review
of Religions from 1988 to 1995, member of Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya,
Pakistan 1971 to 1985, member of the Iftaa Committee 1971-73,
member of the Qaza Board from 1984-87. Similarly he held official posts
in external organisations; he was a member and Vice President
of the Rotary Club Wandsworth, then he was [later] appointed as
the President of the Rotary Club. In 1968 he was officially invited
by the President of Liberia, Mr [William] Tubeman as a special guest
and was given the role as an honorary chief. His son writes that: “He would offer
his Tahajjud prayers regularly “and would pray with great dedication to the
extent that he would write down “all the names he wanted to pray
for, in case he forget anyone. “He would constantly invoke
blessings on the Holy Prophet (saw) “and always explained to us the
significance of giving Chanda” His brother Colonel Nazeer writes
an incident that when Hazrat Khalifat-ul-Masih II (ra)
called him [Bashir Rafiq Sahib] he had gained admission to Law School. When the letter of Hazrat Khalifat-ul-Masih
II (ra) arrived addressed to my father to send him, he said that he can
serve the Jamaat better by pursuing Law. In reply to this Hazrat
Khalifat-ul-Masih II (ra) wrote: “We need religious lawyers, not worldly ones. “Whatever status, wealth and fame he
wishes to attain in the world, “God Almighty will grant him through the
blessings of devoting one’s life.” When my father gave this letter to my brother, he read it through and without saying a word,
he packed his bags and left for Rabwah.” Observe how God Almighty
fulfilled these exact words. Had he become a lawyer he would
have been one on a worldly level. [Instead] he received worldly accolades as well
having the opportunity to serve his faith. His brother writes: “Whatever Khalifa
Sani (ra) stated, came true. “Through the blessings of devoting [his life] he
received honour, recognition and distinction. “Through the grace of Allah he lived
an all-round complete life.” He was extremely loyal to Khilafat. He suffered from a serious heart condition for a
prolonged period of time and underwent surgery. On one occasion, his situation became
extremely precarious with little hope, but Allah the Almighty granted him another life. He also experienced a lot of
weakness due to this illness, however he not only regularly wrote to
me expressing his loyalty and devotion, in fact whenever he would come
to learn of my attendance in a function, he would always come, whether it be with the
aid of a walker or by any other means. I saw that despite his weakness,
he would always attend the Friday prayers and would come by foot. May Allah the Almighty treat him with mercy
and forgiveness and elevate his rank. May God enable his progeny to also
maintain a relationship of devotion and loyalty with the community and
enable them to follow in his footsteps. The second person I shall mention is
respected Dr Nusrat Jahan Malik Sahiba, who was the daughter of Hazrat
Maulana Abdul Malik Khan Sahib. She passed away on 11th October 2016 in London – “Surely to Allah we belong
and to Him we shall return.” Although she lived in Rabwah she was a
British national and would come every year in order to continually build upon
her expertise at various hospitals. She had been unwell for some time
and was receiving treatment here. After Jalsa Salana UK, she developed a chest
infection which continued to spread and as a result her lungs stopped functioning. However, God Almighty blessed
her and she had begun to recover and the doctors also became hopeful
but there was always a danger that if the infection recurred then
survival would be extremely challenging. However, as per the decree of God Almighty,
she once again suffered an attack due to an infection and passed away
within a few hours after the illness. She was born on 15th October 1951 in Karachi. Dr Nusrat Jahan Sahiba’s father,
Respected Maulana Abdul Malik Khan Sahib was also a longstanding servant of the community. He was the son of Hazrat Khan Zulfiqar
Ali Khan Sahib and her ancestors were from Najibabad in the
district of Bijnor situated in UP. Dr Nusrat Jahan Sahiba’s grandfather
took Bai’at [pledge of initiation] of the Promised Messiah (as) in 1900
through a letter and later in 1903 had the honour of meeting the
Promised Messiah (as) in person. According to the wish of the Promised Messiah
(as) that he should dedicate his son for the service of faith, Hazrat Maulana
Khan Zulfiqar Ali Khan Sahib Gohar dedicated the life of Maulana Abdul
Malik Khan right from his childhood even though he was born much later in 1911. After entering Madrasa Ahmadiyya,
Maulna Abdul Malik Khan Sahib did his Maulvi Fazal [Religious scholar
examination] from the Punjab University in 1932. After this he found a very good employment
but Maulvi Abdul Malik Khan Sahib’s father wrote to him saying that he did not educate
him so he should pursue worldly affairs, rather there should be some
who should pursue after their faith. Upon receiving the letter, Maulvi Abdul
Malik Khan Sahib immediately handed in his resignation and returned to Qadian and started attending
classes for the missionaries. It was this very passion of
devotion and loyalty that was also to be found in Dr Nusrat Jahan Sahiba. She completed her MBBS in Pakistan
and then did her specialisation in the UK. She could have gone anywhere and would have
been able to earn hundreds of thousands of rupees but she chose
to settle in the small city of Rabwah in order to serve
her faith and mankind. At the time, there was also a need in
the hospital which she fulfilled and then went on to spend her whole life offering
her services with a spirit of selflessness, a service that was of a remarkable standard. Many people have expressed
their sentiments to me and it would be difficult to mention them all,
however I shall mention a few of them later on. She only has one daughter, Ayesha
Nuzhat, who currently resides in the UK with her husband and three children. As I mentioned earlier that Dr Sahiba
completed her MBBS studies from Fatima Jinnah Medical College in
Pakistan and then she did her RCOG specialisation in England at the Royal College
of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. She formally began her services in
1985 at the Fazl-e-Umar hospital and from 20th April 1985 until now,
she continued to render her services. As I mentioned earlier, she was unwell
and had a problem in her liver and so she took leave and came
to London on 5th April. She was undergoing treatment and by
the grace of Allah the Almighty her treatment was successful, but after
the Jalsa she got a chest infection and from that it seemed as if her end
was nigh but then there was a sudden attack [of infection] again and she
passed away shortly after. Her son-in-law, Maqbool Mubasher Sahib says: “She had an extraordinary trust in God Almighty,
and a great passion for worship “and loved the Holy Quran. She
had a deep bond with Khilafat “and among her first and foremost priorities
were to show obedience to Khilafat, “service to mankind and providing
care to her patients “with complete contentment of the heart.” I have also personally witnessed all of these
traits which he has mentioned and there is no exaggeration in this whatsoever.
All these qualities were truly found in her. “Before every surgery and treatment, she would
pray and would daily give Sadqa [alms]. “She would request the elders in Rabwah to pray
for the good health of her patients. “She would pay from her own
pocket to cover the treatment “of those patients who were extremely
poor or get her close friends to cover the cost. “She took painstaking care of Jama’at’s
money and would always try to ensure “that she spent as little
money as possible and so that “not a single rupee of the Jama’at was wasted.” He further states: “I used to work
in a private hospital in Lahore “and she would ask me from
which company and the price “at which I obtained such and such items. “Similarly in the case of medicines
she would ask the same. “Thereafter if she found it to be reasonable,
she would purchase them “from those companies at a lower
price for Fazl-e-Umar hospital. “She loved her parents dearly
and also served them. “Her mother was ill for quite some time
but despite this she served her greatly; “she fulfilled her other duties
as well as serving her mother. “She also bore her own illness in
her final days with great strength. “She spent almost two months
in hospital during her last illness “and would always ask for the Tilawat [recitation
of the Holy Quran] to be recited to her. “Even at home, she would stress on Tilawat. “She would be extremely happy
and would give out rewards “and give prayers whenever she saw
children doing anything good “or saw them reciting the Quran [Tilawat].” Mubasher Sahib states:
“When our daughter turned 12, “she spoke to her about covering
her head and about Purdah, “and with reference to Hazrat Amma
Jaan and various other elders “she would cite examples or incidents which, “although were small matters
but extremely significant. “She too always adhered to Purdah.” Thus, if parents and the elders continue
to advise their children in this way then the reluctance girls have in
wearing the Hijab [head covering] would no longer remain,
in fact they would gain courage. Doctor Nusrat Majoka Sahiba from
Fazl-e-Umar hospital says: “I knew Dr Nusrat Jahan Sahiba for the last 18
years and straight after finishing my house job, “I became a part of the Gynaecology
department in Fazl-e-Umar hospital. “All my professional training
was completed by Dr Sahiba. “She was a highly competent
teacher and we were able “to seek guidance from her in all aspects of life. “She was very strong and highly
accomplished individual and God Almighty “had endowed her with extraordinary abilities. “She was an obedient and sympathetic daughter
and also a compassionate mother. “She was a disciplined teacher and a
very caring and consoling friend.” She further adds: “Her whole life was full of sacrifices
and she gave precedence “to the service of Jama’at over her personal life. “Her priorities were very different
from that of an average person. “She would say that she has two children; one is
her daughter and the other is her profession. “She was always looking for ways to
improve the Gynaecology department “and would be ever ready to take care of patients, “particularly those who were serving the
Jama’at and were not so well-off, “she would repeatedly phone
them if any of their wives “were unwell and enquire about their health. “She was extremely loving to
the members of her staff. “If they ever had to work longer
than usual due to a patient, “she would arrange for food to be
sent to them from her own home. “She would always try and help
them in times of difficulty.’ “Everyone has written about her strong
attachment with Khilafat “and this indeed was the reality.
She had an extraordinary bond with Khilafat.” She further states, “since last year,
she included me in everything “and in every important issue.
She even taught me the various surgical procedures “in gynaecology and would say that
she had very little time left. “At the time, I never paid attention to what she
meant by this because she was very active, “however after her demise I now realised that
she had some insights of her illness.” She also states: “She [Dr Nusrat] has now
departed from us but bequeathed “countless favours for the people of Rabwah “and so every eye is tearful and
every heart is sorrowful.” I have received many letters and they
all have truly depicted the reality. Doctor Amatul Haye, who has recently gone
to work in our hospital in Ghana writes, “my initial training was also done by Dr
Nusrat Jahan and when I went to Ghana, “she was constantly in touch with
me through WhatsApp and email. “She would happily reply to me and guide
me if I ever faced any difficulty in Gynaecology “and would tell me to write to Huzur
for prayers at times of difficulty.” She further adds: “When I
used to work with Dr Sahiba, “she would pay attention
to even the smallest details. “I remember that whenever she noticed that
an extra light was left turned on, she would “immediately turn it off, so that Jama’at’s
money would not go to waste for no reason. “She would also draw attention to married
couples in keeping their marriage intact. “She would say that blood relations
can never break but the relationship “between a husband and a wife
is one of love and affection “and if that no longer exists
then nothing is left.” This is a very good advice she has given
and all couples should follow this. She further states, “recently, before her illness
and before being admitted to hospital in London, “she phoned me and said that a new
Gynaecology theatre has been built “and I do not know whether I will be
able to go and see it or not.” [she mentioned this to me as well]. Or, she said that it may take her a while
[before she returns] therefore the Nazir-e-Aa’la should open it and I have told
him that work of the Jama’at cannot be stopped because of any individual. Dr Noori Sahib, who is the in-charge of
Tahir Heart Institute in Rabwah, says: “I have had the opportunity to work with
Respected Dr Nusrat Jahan Sahiba for over 9 years “in the Zubaida Bani wing of Fazl-e-Umar
hospital and the Tahir Heart Institute. “She had certain qualities which are
found in very few doctors today. “She was a very pious lady, who was
always engaged in supplication. “She possessed high qualities, feared God Almighty “she prayed for her patients
and observed the Purdah “by paying attention to the most minute details.
She had a very broad knowledge of the Holy Quran “and followed the example of the Holy Prophet
(saw) and the Promised Messiah (as).” She came to the UK for education and after
that visited various hospitals here in order to further her knowledge but she
always observed the Purdah wearing a Niqab [form of head covering] and
wore the complete Burka [long coat] and never had any kind of complex.
She did all her work while observing Purdah, therefore she is a model for
those girls who give the excuse that they cannot work while in Purdah. He further states: “She was an expert
in her field and was aware “of all the latest technical developments. “She would work by widening her knowledge
according to the latest techniques and practices. “When at work she never cared about time
and never took extra advantage “from the facilities provided.
She would sacrifice her holidays “for the sake of critically ill patients
and would work for 12 hours a day.” He states: “I remember that once she worked all
night on a complicated case of delivery. “She would take her time and inform the
patients of all the possible options, “hence patients had a lot of trust in her. “She strictly followed all the
rules, regulations and “procedures and she fulfilled
her duty with great trust.” During her time, people would often
say that she was very strict and they would also write to
me but if she was strict that was because of her adherence to the rules
in place, however she was very soft-hearted. Her generosity and sympathy was among
her attributes. Dr Noori Sahib writes: “A very elderly lady, who was admitted to
Tahir Heart Institute has narrated an incident. “She says that once Dr Sahiba
finished work and was leaving home in “her car when she saw me on Aqsa
road near the hospital. “She stopped the car and placed her
hand on the back of my neck “and enquired about my illness with great
care and prescribed me medication “and then left for her home.”
Her ability to express herself was excellent. Her father, Maulana Abdul Malik Khan
Sahib was also an outstanding orator. Fauzia Shameem Sahiba, Sadr Lajna
Lahore, told Noori Sahib that “whenever she was invited to address
the Lajna members of Lahore, “her personality and speech would leave
a deep impression on everyone present. “The central theme of her
speech would be Ahmadiyyat, “Khilafat and the blessings of Allah
Almighty and when she spoke, “one could see glimpses of her late father,
Maulana Abdul Malik Khan Sahib. “She had a relationship of great loyalty
and devotion with Khilafat. “During meetings, seminars and even
while on her rounds in the wards, “she would speak about the various
instructions of the Khalifa. “Her love for Khilafat was not just
limited to her speech alone “but was evident in her practise also.
She truly was a role model.” Dr Muhammad Ahmad Ashraf Sahib writes: “God Almighty had gifted her
with great wisdom and foresight. “Sometimes she would delay
the procedure while treating a patient “and later her decision would
prove to be the right one. “She had extremely good organisation skills and
had complete command over her department. ” She adhered to the rules and would
firmly express her standpoint. “It was her habit to fully investigate any issues
and then draw lessons from them for the future. “Whilst she had a great presence and
authority in matters of administration, “she was very loving with her staff
members and whether it be “occasions of happiness or sadness,
she would take full part in them. “Her sympathy and compassion was
not just limited to relatives, neighbours, “staff members and in the hospital,
in fact we noticed that the family members “of the staff and patients benefitted from it too. “She would help the needy
with an open heart and in view “of their sense of self-respect and honour,
she would do this without letting anyone know.” Dr Sahib further states, “She would keep
a record of all the important issues.” Dr Sahib says, “according to
my knowledge, under her supervision, “the Gynaecology department’s records are
one of the best and most comprehensive.” Fuzail Ayyaz Sahib, who is a
missionary wrote the following: “She was immensely compassionate and caring. “In 1989, while I was serving
at Jamia Ahmadiyya Rabwah, “I moved here along with my wife and daughter. “When the esteemed doctor
started our medical treatment” it was regarding the birth of
a child or some other issue. “In any case, she was very kind, benevolent and
sympathetic throughout the treatment. “My wife, due to her being the wife
of a life-devotee missionary, “as well as my children always received
exceptional kindness and love from her.” He further says: “We have four children;
three daughters and a son, “who were all born at Fazl-e-Umar Hospital. “I always found her to be worried
about the health of my children “and their mother more than myself. “When we were blessed with four daughters,
on one occasion the third daughter “Once my third daughter, who
was only four years old at that time, “went to her house and said to her, ‘Please,
get a brother for us as well!’ “Upon hearing this, Doctor Sahibah
showed much affection to her and said, ‘Pray to Allah that He may grant you a brother!’ “Later, when my wife was expecting
again, she prayed herself wrote to “Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih IV (rh) and also
used to request every visitor to pray for my wife. “Eventually, Allah bestowed his
Grace and when a son was born, “she came to our house and took my
daughter [to the hospital] and said, ‘Look, Allah the Almighty has
granted you a brother.’ “Then she dropped my wife home in her own car.” Non-Ahmadi patients also used
to visit her in abundance. She narrated an incident herself
that on one occasion a non-Ahmadi cleric from Chiniot came to see her. His wife was unable to conceive. After the treatment by the esteemed doctor, Allah the Almighty bestowed
his Grace and she fell pregnant. She said, “Since the cleric will now be
under my control for at least nine months, “I can preach to him freely.”
She was not fearful of anyone or anything. Tahir Nadeem Sahib, who works
in the Arabic Desk, says that, “The esteemed doctor used to rely
on prayers more than on medicine. I migrated to London, while my wife was still
back at home and was due for an operation. [At the time] she was faced with a critical
situation. Doctor Sahibah told me herself, that “At that moment, I profusely cried
before God Almighty and prayed that; “O Allah! She is the wife of a devotee of life.
Her husband has gone away to serve your faith. “Bestow your Grace!” Thus, after some time, Allah the
Almighty bestowed His Grace and the bleeding stopped completely, due to which, a surgical intervention was no longer necessary. Regarding her attribute of hospitality,
Tahir Nadeem Sahib writes that: “Some Arab guests came for the recording
of the programme Al-Hiwar al-Mubashir “and were staying at number
53 guesthouse in London. “She was also staying there at the time.
Once she was preparing Parathas [a flatbread, with butter] in the
kitchen along with her daughter “and said that ‘these Arabs have come here
and you are participating in the ‘Hiwar’ program. “It is my desire to make
Parathas with my own hands “and serve them to all of you
who are serving the faith “and thus I will also partake of
the reward of this Jihad.’” Mubashir Ayyaz Sahib, who is the principal at our Jamia in Rabwah, writes about her being
spirited and her Pardah that, “This esteemed doctor of ours,
dressed in her Niqab, “adorned with the perfect form of Pardah, “and would be seen marching like a soldier. “She was a perfect role model for those women,
who consider Pardah to be an impediment. “She used to work all day
long and was very active, “yet never demonstrated
any sign of tiredness.” Dr Sultan Mubashir Sahib says that, “We used to reside at the quarters of Sadr
Anjuman Ahmadiyya and so did she. “In those days, the environment
of Rabwah was such that “we used to visit each other’s
houses without any hesitance.” He [Dr Sultan Mubashir] is the son
of Dost Muhammad Shahid Sahib, who was a friend of Abdul Malik Khan Sahib. As Mr Abdul Malik Khan
did not have any sons there, Dost Muhammad Shahid Sahib had instructed
his son to regularly visit their house and enquire if they needed
anything and if so for him to buy it from the shops and to
assist them in this regard. Due to this, there existed a frankness between
them and he used to visit their house often. He further says that, Later there was the professional acquaintance
with her as a physician. He would often discus things with her.
They worked as colleagues at the hospital. Even if he performed the smallest of service
for her she demonstrated immense gratefulness and after having thanked him countless times, she would give gifts etc. to his
children, his wife and himself. The Gynaecology Department [at Fazl-e-Umar
Hospital], which was her department, wrote that, “She used to visit England
every year to familiarise herself “with the arising needs and to learn
modern [medical] procedures. “There, she used to acquire new medical
equipment with the help of various friends.” She used to come at her own expenses
and not at Jama’at’s expenses. They further write, that “She
recently took active part in the “construction of the new Zubaida Bani Wing. “However, she did not have the
opportunity to work there.” Nevertheless, may Allah the Almighty
enable the present physicians to utilise it in the appropriate manner. They further write, that “In short, the
department started to take its current shape “from just one room, the Gynaecology
Department at Fazl-e-Umar Hospital “used to consist of just one room, and now
it has developed into a complete new wing. “The competence, unceasing hard work and passion “of Dr Nusrat Jahan has
played a great role in this.” Jamilah Sahibah, a member of
her nursing staff, writes that, “We are deeply saddened at the
demise of the esteemed doctor. “She was a very competent and
well mannered physician. “She very much cared for all of us. “She used to love us like [her own]
children and took great care of us. “Whenever a poor patient visited her, “she would reimburse the prescription fees and
even provide the medication herself.” Musarrat Sahibah, who is another member
of the nursing staff, writes, that “She was an excellent, benevolent teacher
and a highly ranked expert physician. “I have worked for a period of almost
31 years under her supervision. “She was very loving, extremely conscious
of the sentiments of others, “[she was] supportive at every difficult hour,
sympathetic to adults and kind to children. “She would treat patients with extreme
affection and share their pain. “She used to teach all the staff members to serve
mankind and to exhibit good manners. “She used to be at the forefront in complying with
the instructions of the Khalifa of the Time.” A patient of her writes, that
“Once she was treating me and, “due to my being a wife of a
life-devotee, she was working very diligently. “An ultrasound scan was required and she asked one
of her assistants to accompany me for the scan. “There was a lot of rush at that time. “There was a chair on which a poor lady was sat. “As the assistant was sent by the Doctor,
she tried to remove [the lady] “from the chair so that I could occupy it. “When she was about to do so, suddenly
there was a voice from behind saying, ” ‘Stop! Do not sit on that chair!
Take this one instead!’ “As we looked, we saw that, the esteemed
doctor was bringing a chair herself, “so that the poor patient did not feel that “she had been unduly removed,
since patients are all equal. “However, on the other hand when
she looked at the condition “of the other patient, she felt that she should
also be provided a place to sit down. “Thus, she brought a chair herself
and sat her patient on it.” Another lady doctor writes that
she [Dr Nusrat Sahiba] felt a great regard for the dignity of the community. She had an unending dedication to Khilafat
and used to encourage her colleagues to maintain a personal bond with the Khalifa
and to write regularly seeking his prayers. She says that whenever she [Dr Nusrat]
wrote to the Khalifa requesting prayers for her own matters, she also used to
include a prayer request for the rest of us. She says that when Dr Nusrat Jahan
used to get a letter from the Khalifa in response to her request for prayers,
she would share the letter with all of us. Her delight and joy would be evident in
her eyes and her manner of speaking. She continues by saying: “This commitment of Dr
Nusrat Jahan was faith affirming for all of us. “She made a great sacrifice of her
worldly comforts and income “by dedicating her life in the
service of the community. “Through her own example, she used
to motivate all other doctors to dedicate “their lives and serve the community.
Working with her meant that one’s faith “was strengthened on a daily basis
and a desire, to dedicate one’s “life in the service of the
community was rekindled.” “From our Press [Department] Abid Khan
Sahib writes and narrates an example “of her obedience and bond with Khilafat.
Dr Nusrat Jahan once said to him that “if I hear the opinion of the Khalifa,
even if it is not a directive, but an opinion, “I regard this as an order and try
my best to act accordingly.” This was the level of loyalty and
obedience she demonstrated. Many people have written about her
and it is difficult to mention all of them here. However, one lady writes that: “Once I was
going to the Lajna office from my home, “which is situated behind the hospital.
Dr Nusrat Jahan was going somewhere else by car. “She enquired where I was going. “I explained that I was going for voluntary
community work in the Lajna Office. “At this Dr Nusrat Jahan asked the driver
to drop me to the Lajna office first, “since I was going for voluntary work
in service of the community. “She told me that she uses the car appointed by
the Jamaat strictly for community work”. Her daughter, Nudrat Ayesha Sahiba says: “My mother was a model mother and
was a personification of love. “She used to pray a lot for me and my children. “Whenever, I faced any difficulty, I used to ring
my mum and then all my worries were taken care of. “With the grace of Allah,
my difficulties were resolved “and my mother would say to me,
now prostate before your Allah in gratitude. “Despite all her time commitments,
she invested time and energy “in my upbringing and moral training. “She was very courageous and had resolved “to play the role of both my
father and mother in my life”. At times, she used to get concerned that
she was not giving adequate attention to her daughter and would
say to her daughter that, “I was unable to give enough time to
you because of my commitments”. Then she would immediately say that the
time spent on the services of humanity is more important and God Himself
will sort the affairs of my daughter. She would always say to me that: “Your maternal
grandfather advised his children about two things; “to depend on Allah and the second,
to maintain a bond of dedication with Khilafat. “I advise you to do the same; always put your
faith in Allah and maintain a strong bond “and connection with Khilafat for
both yourself and your children.” Her daughter writes: “Dr Nusrat Jahan had a very
strong bond of commitment and love with Khilafat. “When she was taken ill and had to be placed on
the ventilator, she offered her prayers [Salat] “and read the Holy Quran on my mobile phone. “Then she asked for a pen and paper and wrote, ‘Carry on writing, regularly
to the Khalifa for prayers.’ Her daughter says: “I found my mum extremely
committed and zealous in serving the community. “My mother started her service
at the Fazl-e-Umar Hospital “with a small consultation room
equipped only with a chair and couch.” Her spirit of dedication and prayers granted her, first the Labour Ward and then an independent
wing of the Gynaecology Department. Dr Nusrat Jahan and her team turned this into a
successful unit through hard work and commitment. She used to travel personally to Lahore or
Faisalabad to buy medical equipment for the unit; she used to take several quotations so that community funds could be
preserved as much as possible. Once her granddaughter Alia
visited her in Rabwah for 15 days, Dr Nusrat Jahan included her in her
team for voluntary work in typing as she had good proficiency in typing. She advised her granddaughter that it
is an honour to serve the community and “I wish you to take part
in these blessings”. She was so dedicated in her work that
a smile would brighten her face on hearing the name of her hospital. Even when she was drowsy, she would
mutter the names of the companies that make the surgical equipment. This used to astound English nurses and they would ask me in
surprise about what is she saying. She had complete faith in Allah the Exalted. During her last severe illness,
she was not able to speak for a few days, but when a speech valve was fixed, the first
thing she said was to leave it all to Allah. If, when overwhelmed, I ended up crying,
she would just point to Allah. May Allah the Exalted give resolve
and courage to her only daughter. All the advice that her mother gave her
and all the expectations she had of her, may Allah enable the daughter to attain these. May Allah always keep her daughter
and her children in His protection. May Allah the Exalted elevate her status. May Allah the Exalted grant the
Fazle Omar Hospital more doctors who are committed to the serving the humanity,
who are loyal to their work, dedicated to the community
and obedient to Khilafat. May Allah enhance all those doctors
who are serving at present as well. I will lead their funeral prayers in
absentia after the Friday prayers. All praise is due to Allah. We laud Him, we beseech help
from Him and ask His protection; we confide in Him,
we trust Him alone and we seek protection against
the evils and mischief of our souls and from the bad results of our deeds. Whomsoever He guides on the right path,
none can misguide him; and whosoever He declares misled,
none can guide him onto the right path. And we bear witness that none deserves to be
worshipped except Allah. We bear witness that Muhammad (saw)
is His servant and Messenger. O servants of Allah!
May Allah be merciful to you. Verily, Allah commands you to act with
justice, to confer benefits upon each other and to do good to others as
one does to one’s kindred and forbids evil which
pertain to your own selves and evils which affect others and
prohibits revolts against a lawful authority. He warns you
against being unmindful. You remember Allah;
He too will remember you; call Him and He will make
a response to your call. And verily divine remembrance
is the highest virtue.

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