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Razia Faruqui Sahiba:

 


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Razia Faruqui, my grandmother, was the 6th child of eight.

She was the daughter of Dr. Basharat Ahmad Sahib, the author of 'Mujaddid-e-Azam', the biography of the greatest Reformer of all time, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib.

She was born in 1909.

She grew-up in the life and times of the great Ahmadis of the jamaat, some of who are:

  • Hakeem Nur-ud-din Sahib, the first successor to Hazrat Mirza Sahib.
  • Maulana Muhammad Ali Sahib, the 1st Ameer (Head), was her brother-in-law.
  • Khawaja Kamal-ud-din Sahib, founder and Imam of Woking Muslim Mission.
  • Maulana Yaqoob Khan Sahib, founder Editor of ' The Light', member of Muntazima and Imam Woking Muslim Mission, was another brother-in-law
  • Dr. Saeed Ahmad Sahib, the 3rd Ameer (Head) was the father-in-law of her senior nephew Muhammad Ahmad Sahib, son of Maulana Muhammad Ali Sahib.
  • Mumtaz Ahmad Faruqui Sahib, member of Muntazima and Foreign Missions Incharge, was her elder brother
  • Naseer Ahmad Faruqui Sahib, the orchestrater of the Spanish Translation of Maulana Muhammad Ali’s Translation of the Holy Quran, and one of the greatest explainers (darus) [click here to listen to some of them; in Urdu] of the Holy Quran of our time, was another elder brother.

Coming into adulthood in the shadow of these stalwarts of Islam, one can imagine the practise and the spirit of propagation of Islam that ran through her veins.

She describes these times as the most beautiful and electric – Islam was in ascendance, once more, in the Sub-continent.

Maulana Muhammad Ali Sahib finished the greatest of all Translations and Commentaries of the Holy Quran.

Its publication was a joyous occasion for the jamaat – she was a young girl at the time, but little did she know that its impact would change her world one day.

Her Father finished the great work of Mujaddid-e-Azam.

Missionaries were being trained and sent to far away lands - Indonesia, the Fiji Islands, the West Indies, Guyana, Suriname, Holland, South Africa, Germany, and England.

Woking Muslim Mission was established.

News of debates being won against the Arua Samaj (the Hindu conversion group) was coming from all fronts.

The ground lost to the Church of England missions was being recovered and missionaries were running away.

Villages from the heartland of the Punjab, the South, the North West Frontier Province, the Tribal Areas were sending delegations to the Lahore Annual Jalsa.

Unbeknown to all, it was during this time of fervent religious activity, a man called Fard Mohammad slipped away and introduced a copy of Maulana Muhammad Ali’s Translation of the Holy Quran to some Black Americans – they were to become a jamaat called the Nation of Islam in the USA.

Berlin Mosque was lost and then saved – all my grandmother’s dowry was donated by her Father to "Save the Berlin Mosque" appeal launched by Maulana Muhammad Ali - but that is another story.

In 1943, she joined the Royal Navy as Junior Commander, and was seconded to the British Indian Army as Welfare Officer - British Indian Troops, Middle East.

She was posted to GHQ Cairo, Egypt.

As part of her job she visited the Holy Lands, Greece, the Aegean Islands and roamed the Sinai and North African deserts. Wherever there were Indian Troops she was visiting them and at times she came under enemy fire.

One memorable time, for her, was coming under fire from Romell's soldiers in, what has become known in military history as, the Battles of Mersee Matruh, a desert west of Cairo.

The British Indian Army of World War II was the largest volunteer fighting force the world has ever seen. And it was this army which won the final Battle and saved Cairo.

At the end of the war she was awarded the MBE by King George VI (the 6th).

But, her greatest service was the conversion of a Col. Ernest Ross-Magenty to Islam. She gave him Maulana Muhammad Ali's English Translation of the Holy Quran to read. He accepted Islam. She married him in the main Mosque of Port Saeed in 1945. He was my grandfather.

Out of this union my father, Ross Mahmood was born in 1946.

We can now see how the great translation work of Maulana Muhammad Ali, published when she was a young girl, completely changed her life and that of my grandfather’s, some 30 years later.

My sisters and I are grateful to her for inculcating in us love of Islam and creating an Islamic atmosphere in our household.

She wrote articles in Urdu, which were published in the "Paigham-e- Sulah" (Note: the 'Official' organ of the AAIIL in Urdu) and enjoyed by everyone.

Some were in English.

She wrote a short biography "A Noble Soul in Quest of his Creator" celebrating the Life, Work and Qualities of Mr. N. A. Faruqui, her brother.

She played a major part in establishing the UK Ahmaddiya Mission and was instrumental in facilitating the first and subsequent visits of Hazrat Dr. Saeed Ahmad to England.

My grandmother left us to meet her Lord and Maker at 10 minutes past midnight on the 21st day of September 1999. This blessed day was also her birthday, 90 years ago.

The Holy Quran says:

"O soul, that art at rest, return to thy Lord, well-pleased with Him, well-pleasing Him. So enter among My servants, and enter My garden".

Her desire has been to be admitted into Hazrat Mirza Sahib's Jamaat in Paradise and be granted a place at the feet of her beloved father.

Towards this end, for the last 7 years, she had been praying for forgiveness and reciting the "darud" (a prayer of blessings for the Holy Prophet [pbuh] and his followers).

She once told my father, the "darud" is the hallmark of an Ahmadi. Our Hazrat Mirza Sahib used to recite it all the time - at work or at rest.

By saying the "darud" sincerely, she said, you bring into action unimaginable forces, armies of angels are set forth.

She said:

"The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)once said - by reciting the "darud" profusely you form a link with me and make it incumbent on me to plead your case to The Almighty, when you die."

 She went on to say:

"We should remember this and whenever we are alone - walking, driving, resting - always recite the "darud" - please do not let the time go by uselessly – one cannot get a better advocate then the Prophet (pbuh)."

So, ladies and gentlemen of the Jamaat (Movement), please join me in reciting the "darud",

Allah huma sallay Allah Mohammadin Wala aalley Mohammadin Kama sallaita ala Ibraheema wala aalley Ibraheema Inaka hameed un majeed. Allah huma bariq Allah Mohammadin Wala aalley Mohammadin Kama baraqta ala Ibraheema wala aalley Ibraheema Inaka hameed un majeed.
God bless you!

Click to see her photographs! [Image #1] [Image #2] [Image #3]

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