RELIGIOUS & NATIONAL SERVICES


As far as religion is concerned, Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam’s services are inestimable. He funded and was instrumental in the erection of scores of mosques, religious academies, caravanserais, and wells. He paid particular attention to the publication of literature on mysticism.In 1916, he inaugurated the construction of Masjid-e-Noor at Alipur Sayyidan, which was eventually completed in 1920. The total cost came to around six lacs of rupees, which was an enormous amount in those days.

In March 1901, he founded the Anjuman Khuddamus Sufia, Hind. In addition, he started the publication of the monthly Anwarus Sufia from Lahore. 

He was the patron of a number of religious and national institutions, including Anjuman Himayat-e-Islam, Lahore; Anjuman Hizbul Ahnaf, Lahore; Anjuman Nomania, Lahore; Anjuman Islamia, Amritsar; Nadwatul ‘Ulama, Lucknow; Muslim University, Aligarh; Anjuman Khuddamus Sufia, Hind; Anjuman Khuddamul Muslimeen, Kasur; Anjuman Ta’limul Qur’an, Lahore; Madrasa Saulatia, Makkah Mukarramah; Madrasa Naqshbandia, Mysore; All-India Sunni Conference; Anjuman Islamia, Sialkot; Central Muslim Association, Bangalore; etc.

In addition, he presided over many conferences and conventions, including, but not limited to, Tehrik-e-Khilafat Conference; Tehrik-e-Fitna-e-Irtidad; Tehrik-e-Sarda Act; Tehrik-e-Masjid Shaheed Gunj; Jam’iyat-e-‘Ulama-e-Hind (Sunni Conference); Ghazi Ilm Din Shaheed Case; Fitna-e-Mirza’iyat; Majlis-e-Ittihad-e-Millat; and the Pakistan Movement. He led them all dynamically and served them energetically.

THE NUISANCE & MENACE OF MIRZA’IYAT


From 1901 to 1908, he led a vigorous campaign against the nuisance of Mirza’iyat. Later, as long as he lived, he persistently repudiated this perfidious faction. Exactly as Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam had earlier predicted, Mirza Qadiyani died “Hell-bound” in a ghastly and disgraceful manner.

ALL-INDIA SUNNI CONFERENCE


Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam presided over three venues of these conferences: Muradabad, 1925; Badayun, 1935; and Benaras, 1946.For the presidency of the Badayun conference, there was a contest between Maulana Hamid Raza Khan (son of Maulana Ahmad Raza Khan) and another eminent personality. The former was elected by a majority of votes. After his election, Maulana Hamid Raza Khan announced from the podium: “I now offer the presidential chair to Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam. The votes of all my supporters, as well as mine, are for him. The presidency stipulates a lot of follow-up work, which I am not capable of. Since Hazrat Sahib is accustomed to, and well experienced in such matters, I appeal that he kindly accede to this request and preside over this conference.” The audience overwhelmingly seconded this suggestion, and so Hazrat Sahib was unanimously elected President.

PAKISTAN MOVEMENT


When the Pakistan Resolution was adopted in 1940, Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam supported it whole-heartedly, and assiduously worked as a pro-active preacher to arouse the Muslims of the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent in order to make the Pakistan Movement a resounding success. In this perspective, his strategy was multi-pronged: he expended huge amounts of money; made extensive tours of the country; published relevant literature; and last, but not least, addressed various Muslim League meetings and gatherings. Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam categorically told his followers that he would not lead the funeral service of anyone who had not participated in the Pakistan Movement one way or another.

AMEER-E-MILLAT VS QUAID-E-AZAM


Some wretched fellow once made an abortive attempt to assassinate Quaid-e-Azam. Before long, Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam forwarded to the latter a consignment, which included a number of gift items, including the Holy Koran; a prayer mat; a rosary; a shawl; a woollen cloth; and certain other valuables. Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam wrote in the letter that accompanied these gifts: “The nation has selected me as Ameer-e-Millat, and the invaluable efforts that you have been making for the establishment of Pakistan are truly appreciated, but are basically a part of my job. Nevertheless, I am now a man of over 100 years of age who has been overtaken by physical weakness and frailty. Therefore, you are, in fact, carrying my burden. Yet, I am duty bound to assist you in every possible manner.” He further urged that Quaid-e-Azam persist with his endeavours and predicted that the latter would definitely achieve his goal.

In reply, Quaid-e-Azam wrote: “It is an honour for me to receive the blessings of elders like you, and I can say that I have, sort of, reached the victory stand even at this moment. Let me assure you that no matter what obstacles come in my way, I will not retreat!” He added: “Your kind gift of the Holy Koran signifies that I am a leader of the Muslims. It is more than obvious that my leadership would be inconse-quential in the event that I am not knowledgeable about the Holy Koran and the Islamic law. I promise that I will study the Holy Koran, for which purpose I have already ordered various English translations and am on the lookout for some religious scholar who can teach me Koranic injunctions in English. Your second gift of the prayer mat denotes that when I do not obey Allah’s commands, how could I expect the public to abide by my directives. I assure you that I will offer my prayers regularly from now on. The gift of rosary demands that I recite benediction and salutation for Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.). How can Allah’s blessings descend on a person who does not invoke Allah’s blessings for the Holy Prophet? I will certainly comply with this gesture, too.”

Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam was extremely pleased to get this reply and said: “At present, I am in Hyderabad,” [the city he was staying in at that time] “while Jinnah Sahib is in Bombay. From that far away location, how did he ever get to know about my motives, despite the fact that I never even mentioned them to anybody? For certain, Jinnah Sahib enjoys a special position in the realm of sainthood!”

Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam once invited Quaid-e-Azam to a sumptuous feast in Kashmir. When the latter arrived, Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam stood up and embraced him. He then invited Quaid-e-Azam to sit on his bed and make himself comfortable, which Quaid-e-Azam politely declined. When Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam insisted, Quaid-e-Azam said: “One who is disrespectful never succeeds in his mission. My mission is to work for the establishment of Pakistan. Please be kind enough not to deny me that achievement.” Consequently, Quaid-e-Azam calmly sat down on the carpet.

Once, while speaking at a huge public meeting, Quaid-e-Azam declared: “It is my firm belief that Pakistan will definitely come into being, because Ameer-e-Millat has assured me that this will certainly happen. I have absolutely no doubt that Ameer-e-Millat’s words will come true with the grace of Almighty Allah.”