Hazrat Khalifatul Masih devoted the entire sermon today to pay tribute to Mahmood Ahmad Bengali Sahib, Ameer Jama’at Australia who passed away two days ago. Huzoor said:
‘I wish to pay tribute here to a very dear personality who had a special station owing to his absolute loyalty. He was utterly devoted to serve the Jama’at and passed away two days ago. Inna lillahe wa inna illaihe raji’oon. Each person has to leave and will one day depart from this world. Most fortunate are those who try to spend their lives according to the wishes of Allah the Exalted and try their utmost to honour the pledges they make. Along with serving faith, they are ever keen to try and also serve humanity. These people are included among those whom the world praises and because of this according to the saying of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) Paradise becomes obligatory for such people.
This was our dear brother Mahmood Ahmad Shahid, who is known as Mahmood Bengali Sahib by many in Pakistan. He was a servant of the Jama’at, an excellent helper of the Khulafa of the time who had intense sense of honour for Khilafat. These days he was serving as the Ameer Jama’at Australia. He passed away on 23 April. Inna lillahe wa inna illaihe raji’oon. The first letter or message that I received after his passing away was from a relative saying that may Allah the Exalted make all of us as devoted to Khilafat as he was. In response I said that indeed, he operated in synchronisation like pulse. He did not ever entertain the thought of why an instruction was given and why was it given in a specific way. He would promptly comply even if something was asked which was against his will.
I will now mention his illness and passing away. He left Sydney mission house on 22 April to offer Asr Salat at the mosque but turned back after a brief walk as he did not feel well. Soon after reaching home he suffered severe brain haemorrhage. He was diabetic and suffered from blood pressure. He was taken to the hospital where he was placed on the ventilator. The doctors were of the opinion that a haemorrhage in the area of the brain that he suffered proved fatal. However, I advised them to try for twenty four hours and not any more. When the ventilator was switched off after twenty hours, he passed away after two minutes.
By way of introduction Mahmood Ahmad Sahib was born on 19 November 1948 in a Bangladeshi village Char Dukhiya in Chandpur district. His father’s name was Maulana Abdul Khair Muhammad MuhibUllah and his mother’s name was Zebunnisa. His father had accepted Ahmadiyyat in 1943. Initially his father’s name was just Abdul Khair Muhammad to which Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II (may Allah be pleased with him) added MuhibUllah. He was the first Ahmadi of his region and was a great scholar. He was very keen on Tabligh and through his Tabligh efforts he gave the beneficence of the light of Ahmadiyyat to his father Khawaja Abdul Mannan, Mahmood Sahib’s grandfather. MubibUllah Sahib was introduced to Ahmadiyyat during the lifetime of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) when he went to Saharanpur in UP, [Utter Pradesh] to study. When the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) once visited Delhi he was eager to meet him but he was not allowed to go by the education authorities where he was studying. Later, when he became Ahmadi he used to say those people tried to keep us deprived of this blessings but Allah the Exalted granted us this blessing. On the motivation of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II (may Allah be pleased with him) Mahmood Ahmad Shahid Sahib’s father dedicated his life under the auspices of dedicating one’s children in 1954. Mahmood Shahid Sahib had his elementary education in his hometown and joined Jamia Ahmadiyya, Rabwah in 1962 at a very young age. He obtained his Shahid degree in 1974. He was married to Hijira Sahiba, daughter of late Maulawi Muhammad Sahib, Ameer Jama’at Bangladesh in 1977. They had three daughters and one son, with the grace of Allah the Exalted they are all married and actively serve the Jama’at.
Mahmood Sahib narrated some of his early life accounts to his son-in-law and asked them to be written down. He says that once during his time in the Jamia he sustained severe injuries on his knee while playing football. He became quite unwell and went back home to East Bengal. Rabwah did not have many facilities in those days and the climate was quite harsh as well. The water was salty and sweetwater was not available. He often suffered from stomach pain, his parents were far away and he must have missed them given his young age and then he got hurt, so he returned to Bangladesh which was East Pakistan at the time. He had no desire to return to Rabwah. However, the principal of Jamia Rabwah at the time Syed Mir Daud Ahmad Sahib wrote him frequent letters and tried to get him to return to Jamia and this led him to return to Jamia. Mahmood Sahib said that his father’s prayers had a deep impact on his life. While in Rabwah he wrote to his father that the weather was harsh and hot, there was lack of water supply and he had problems regarding food and drink etc. MuhibUllah Sahib wrote back saying times in Mecca were also very harsh and he quoted verse 38 of Surah Ibrahim: ‘Our ‘Lord, I have settled some of my children in an uncultivable valley…’(14:38) and counselled him through it and wrote that if you cannot live in the town that has been populated by the Khalifa of Allah, then your connection with your father is meaningless. Mahmood Sahib said a profound change came in his life after this.
Mujeebur Rehman Sahib advocate, writes from Rawalpindi that Mahmood Sahib was a quiet, accomplished servant of the Jama’at who undertook his obligations with complete loyalty and sincerity all his life and went to meet his Maker while in the midst of serving. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III (may Allah have mercy on him) nominated him Sadr Khuddamul Ahmadiyya and with that his administrative skills came to the fore. Mujeebur Rehman Sahib writes that his father was appointed a missionary in Bengal and he dedicated his first child and while Mahmood Ahmad was quite young he was sent to Rabwah. Due to the unfamiliar surroundings he used to get sad in the early days. Mujeebur Rehman Sahib is the maternal uncle of Mahmood Sahib. Mahmood Sahib’s father had an intense wish [for his son to go through Jamia] and he would write to Mujeebur Rehman Sahib not to let Mahmood Sahib get sad so that he could study and finish his schooling at Jamia. This was in the early days, very soon Mahmood Sahib became engrossed in his studies wholeheartedly and those who lived in Rabwah at that time know how much assimilated Mahmood Sahib became. Mir Daud Ahmad Sahib would send him to Rawalpindi to stay with Mujeebur Rehman Sahib during summer holidays.
Mujeeb Sahib writes that the dear deceased was so simple and sincere and was so friendly and sociable that even non-Ahmadi neighbouring children and ladies would become acquainted to him and always remembered him. Mahmood Ahmad Sahib had a very loving relationship with his brothers and would quietly help his underprivileged relatives. He always had some of his money kept with the Bangladesh Jama’at with which he constantly served his mother. All his relatives say they had a very loving relationship with him.
In the notes to his son-in-law he said that in 1979 the election of Sadr Khuddamul Ahmadiyya took place at Shura in which his votes were in fifth place. At Fajr time after the elections Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III (may Allah have mercy on him) beckoned him and told him to engage in Istighfar abundantly and to recite Durud. The next day or in the evening the same day Huzoor gave approval of his name as Sadr Khuddamul Ahmadiyya although his votes were in fifth place.
Missionary Inam Ullah Kausar Sahib from USA writes that he befriended Mahmood Sahib during Jamia day at Nasir Hostel. He was the Zaim of the hostel and Kausar Sahib was the Mohtamim. He was a member of the mess and later the Sadr and also became Raeesul Jamia. When the announcement of his appointment by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III (may Allah have mercy on him) as Sadr Khuddamul Ahmadiyya was made, Inam Ullah Sahib stood next to him and wished to embrace him but Mahmood Sahib Sahib told him to get away in his specific accent of Bengali and Urdu mixed. He then asked if his name was announced and when told that yes it was he could not believe it. Rather than be happy, he looked sad, but soon recovered and Inam Ullah Sahib embraced him.
Khalid SaifUllah Sahib, who is currently the acting Ameer of Australia writes that Mahmood Bengali Sahib told him that when the election of Sadr Khuddamul Ahmadiyya took place in 1979 the votes he garnered were in fifth position. Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III (may Allah have mercy on him) was most affectionate to Mahmood Sahib. He beckoned him and told him to abundantly engage in Istighfar till the evening. Mahmood Sahib was quite scared and thought he had committed a mistake but when Huzoor appointed him as Sadr in spite of his votes being in fifth place he realised that Huzoor was drawing his attention to humility in this way. Therein is a lesson for all office-holders that when they are appointed they need to engage in Istighfar and Durud so that they maintain humility and are enabled by Allah the Exalted to serve in a proper way.
Mahmood Mujeeb Sahib who is an engineer also writes that Mahmood Bengali Sahib was a devoted Ahmadi who was wholly dedicated to Khilafat. Perhaps in 1981 Hazrat Khalifatul Masih had all the Sadr Khuddamul Ahmadiyya from 1960 up till then enumerated and then said that Mahmood Sahib had excelled them all in obedience and in being a recipient of prayer and said that this was the reason why he had appointed him Sadr in spite of his votes being in fifth position. He said he wanted to give the Jama’at a lesson that appointment by Khilafat is indeed better. He had many books written by him during the Khuddamul Ahmadiyya time.
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III (may Allah have mercy on him) appreciated his services in these words: ‘Blessings are given to those who sincerely follow Khilafat because all blessings are associated with this system. And nothing besides it can gain acceptance with Allah the Exalted.’ He said: ‘Mahmood Ahmad Sahib was in fifth position as regards votes in the Khuddamul Ahmadiyya election held last year. I wanted to give this lesson to the Jama’at that the tasks of those four individuals who secured more votes would not have been blessed because of the number of votes they had. Rather, one who follows Khilafat with sincerity is the one who receives blessings. Therefore, I appointed Mahmood Ahmad Bengali Sahib as the Sadr. He is a very sincere person, may Allah enhance his sincerity. He has worked very hard and has received many prayers.’
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III (may Allah be pleased with him) mentioned the attendance graphs of Ijtimas from the times of different Sadrs of Majlis e Khuddamul Ahmadiyya dating from 1960 to that time and with the exception of a blip mentioned the gradual increase and said: ‘I wish to tell you that success if not with those who garner more votes but those who receive the prayers of the Khalifa of the time. Last time the Sahib whose votes were in fifth position was made the Sadr. In the first year 771 majalis were represented and this year 818 majalis are present.’