AMEER-E-MILLAT IN THE EYES OF ALLAMA IQBAL


Allama Iqbal says: “Obeisance and paying homage to Hazrat Ameer-e-Millat is a sure token of good fortune.” In his collection of poetry, “Zarb-e-Kaleem,” Allama Iqbal has composed the following stanza, entitled “Mard-e-buzurg”:

TRANSLATION:

His hate is deep as is his love profound

His annoyance with the audience is in effect translated into compassion

Even while being physically present in a gathering, he has been privileged to realize solitude

Just like the candle burning at a gathering, he is distinctive but at the same time

everybody’s companion

He resembles the morning sun in spreading splendour of inspiration

His conversation is simple and straightforward yet subtle and thought-provoking

His viewpoint and stance are discrete from those current in the society

And his circumstances are a mystery to the leading figures of mysticism

AMEER-E-MILLAT & THE PRINT MEDIA


The daily Nawa-e-Waqt, Lahore, in its issue of 16th April 1970, published an article, entitled: “Tehrik-e-Pakistan ka nidar mujahid” (Valiant fighter of the Pakistan Movement), in which the writer said: “Pir Sayyid Jama’at Ali Shah Sahib was a person of great insight. He would very closely examine all the movements launched from time to time in India, and would literally wage war against the ones that were either detrimental to the Muslims or could, in the long run, prove to be dangerous for them in terms of religion or faith, without paying any heed whatsoever to the ruling British regime. During the Shaheed Gunj Tehrik, he aroused in the Muslims the passion for the significance and stateliness of Mosques; and this was in effect a head to head encounter with the Sikhs and the British. The nation, consequently, awarded him the title of ‘Ameer-e-Millat.’ He pledged everything that he owned—life and property, in order to counter the menacing deluge of the Shuddhi Tehreek (the sinister movement to convert the Muslims to Hinduism) and to negate the adverse effect triggered by the Hindus. In order to popularize Islam and make it more intelligible for the general public, he founded numerous religious institutions, in particular those preaching Islamic doctrines, so that the basis of Islamic thought be made more resilient among the Muslims. Even to this date, several of these institutions are very much active, such as Anjuman Khuddamus Sufia, Anjuman-e-Islamia, etc., all of which were established by Ameer-e-Millat.”

The Civil & Military Gazette, the famous semi-government newspaper published from Lahore, once wrote: “The English government does not feel endangered by Gandhi or any other leader; rather, it is more threatened by the activities of Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam Muhaddis Alipuri.”

DEATH


It was at 11 p.m. on 26/27 Zeeqa’d 1370 H., corresponding to 30/31 August 1951, on Thursday/Friday, that Ameer-e-Millat breathed his last and perpetuated his memory.

EPILOGUE


What a nice depiction of Ameer-e-Millat in the poetry composed by Maulana Hamid Hasan Qadri:

TRANSLATION:

The one who, throwing down the gauntlet and becoming an Islamic warrior,

Guided the Muslims

Through whose pioneering in the field of enterprise and execution

Politics and religion became adjoined

Who in every conflict of religion and worldliness

Preserved the honour of equity and truth

Who was never overawed by government

As and when he observed the laws of the Holy Prophet being held in contempt.


  THE END