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Books Section > by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib of Qadian > A Complete List of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib's Books > Summary of Tazkira-tush-Shahadatain (The Account of the Two Martyrs)

Summary of Tazkira-tush-Shahadatain (The Account of the Two Martyrs):
13 October, 1903


Tazkira-tush-Shahaadatain (The Account of the Two Martyrs) is the name of a book that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib wrote in the Urdu language. It was published on October 13, 1903, and its Persian version was published a year later in July 1904. This book narrates the events of Sahibzada Abdul Lateef Shaheed’s arrival in Qadian and his subsequent martyrdom in Kabul (Afghanistan). Those arguments that Hazrat Mirza Sahib used to support the truthfulness of his claim are also to be found in this book.

Sahibzada Abdul Lateef was a resident of Khost in Afghanistan. He was highly regarded for his piety, and was a very wealthy man, as well. He was a great scholar, a recipient of spiritual visions and Divine revelations. His piety and spirituality were well-established throughout the region. And he had thousands of students and disciples.

One day, copies of Hazrat Mirza Sahib’s books fortuitously came to his attention by way of one of his pupils. The Sahibzada’s pure conscience unhesitatingly embraced the fact that Hazrat Mirza Sahib had been raised by Allah, and that his claims were true. Reading his works created within him such an ineffable love and reverence for Hazrat Mirza Sahib that it became burdensome for Sahibzada Abdul Lateef to stay away from meeting this holy person. He finally decided to embark upon the Hajj [Pilgrimage], such that en route to Mecca he would stopover in Qadian to meet Hazrat Mirza Sahib. The King of Afghanistan (known in those days as the Ameer of Kabul), who held the Sahibzada in the greatest esteem and regarded him as a highly eminent scholar, not only granted him permission to embark on this journey but also granted him a sum of money to assist him in his travels. On arriving in Qadian, however, Sahibzada Abdul Lateef was so impressed by Hazrat Mirza Sahib that his devotion compelled him to set aside any thoughts of leaving Qadian and going anywhere else thereafter. He thus remained in Qadian for several months. Hazrat Mirza Sahib, for his part, has recorded in his book Tazkira-tush-Shahadatain the following sentiments regarding the Sahibzada:

"I swear by that God in Whose Hands is my life that when I met Sahibzada Abdul Lateef, I found him to be so devoted to me, and his belief in the truthfulness of my claims was so strong, that it exceeded anything humanly possible. The way that a vial is filled with perfume, so did I find his heart to be filled with devotion to me. Just as his face was glowing with spirituality, so did his heart impress me as being aglow with spirituality. The quality that was most enviable in this spiritually-elevated person was that he accorded real preference to the affairs of faith over the affairs of the world. He was truly one of those righteous people who, out of their fear of God, elevate their piety and obedience to God to the highest degree. He was also one of those persons who, in their quest to please God, subsequently view their life, honour and wealth as worthless weeds. His spiritual strength was so highly developed that if I were to compare it to the tallest mountain, I fear that I wouldn’t be doing justice to it ... "

Hazrat Mirza Sahib goes on to present the arguments that had led Sahibzada Abdul Lateef to his identification, the foremost of which was the Holy Quran. The Sahibzada had found on studying Hazrat Mirza Sahib’s books that the Holy Quran supported all his claims and teachings. Hazrat Mirza Sahib then sets forth the arguments that he had periodically been presenting to Sahibzada Abdul Lateef in support of his claim to being the Messiah from the nation of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). He gives, in this regard, sixteen instances of the likeness between Jesus Christ and himself that manifestly prove that Hazrat Mirza Sahib was indeed the Promised Messiah.

As mentioned before, the Sahibzada stayed in Qadian for several months and benefited from Hazrat Mirza Sahib’s holy presence and company. It is related by one of his disciples that during this period he repeatedly received the following revelation: "Do not hesitate from giving your life in this way. God has indeed chosen this for the betterment of the land of Kabul." Finally, upon direction from the Unseen, Sahibzada Abdul Lateef decided to return to his homeland. His parting from Hazrat Mirza Sahib was a very sorrowful and emotional one, because he was convinced that he would not see his beloved again in this life. During his journey to Afghanistan, too, he repeatedly remarked to his disciples that the land of Kabul stood in need of his blood.

Hazrat Mirza Sahib has recorded in detail the events that led up to the martyrdom of the Sahibzada: his arrest immediately after his arrival in Kabul, his cruel imprisonment for months while heavily chained from head to foot, his ‘public’ hearing and debate with the maulvis (while eight men with drawn swords watched over him menacingly), his being declared an unbeliever or kafir and being sentenced to death by stoning -- and the Ameer’s repeated offers at each juncture regarding his immediate release with honour if he would only disavow his validation of Hazrat Mirza Sahib’s claims. But the strength of Sahibzada Abdul Lateef’s faith was so profound that he spurned all such offers from the Ameer, stating each time that he had found the truth, and the fear of death would not deter him from holding on to his belief in Hazrat Mirza Sahib’s truthfulness. When he was buried in the ground up to his waist prior to being stoned, the Ameer went up to him and told him that, even at that point, he could still save his life, provided that Sahibzada Abdul Lateef stepped back on his views. The Sahibzada simply replied that, God forbid, he would not deviate from the truth. Hazrat Mirza Sahib writes:

"The martyrdom that was destined for Sahibzada Shaheed has come to pass. The retribution for the tormentor has not come to pass though ... O Sahibzada Shaheed! May thousands of blessings be upon you. You have shown an example of your righteousness in my own lifetime. As for those members of my Jamaat who shall survive me after my death, I do not know what deeds they will render."

Hazrat Mirza Sahib also mentions the martyrdom of Mian Abdur Rahman, who was one of Sahibzada Abdul Lateef’s dearest students. About two years prior to the Sahibzada’s martyrdom, Mian Abdur Rahman had visited Qadian twice, staying there for several months on each occasion. He was deeply influenced by Hazrat Mirza Sahib’s teachings and started preaching on his return to Afghanistan. He was, thereupon, arrested under the directive of the Ameer of Kabul, and subsequently killed in prison.

Hazrat Mirza Sahib then discusses at some length a revelation stated in his book Baraheen-i-Ahmadiyya, a segment of which means: "Two lambs shall be slaughtered, and everyone on this earth shall perish." In the holy books, the mention of a lamb is a metaphorical reference to an innocent and guiltless person. The martyrdom of Mian Abdur Rahman and Sahibzada Abdul Lateef patently fulfilled this prophecy.

Hazrat Mirza Sahib also presented in this book a memorable prophecy regarding Islam and the Ahmadiyya Jamaat:

"Allah shall bless the Ahmadiyya Movement to an extraordinary degree. All those who seek its downfall shall be thwarted. This dominance shall endure forever, till Judgment Day … From this very day, three hundred years shall not have passed than those who wait for the return of Christ, be they Muslims or Christians, will be extremely disappointed and disillusioned. They shall eschew this belief, and then there shall remain only one religion and only one leader (Prophet Muhammad) in the entire world. I am merely a gardener that has come and sown a seed. Now that seed shall grow and flourish. There is none that can hinder this growth".

Hazrat Mirza Sahib wrote the final section of Tazkira-tush-Shahadatain in Arabic, and titled this section as "Alamaat-al-Muqarrabeen" ("Signs of those who have Attained Nearness to God."). In this section, he discusses those signs that indicate that a person is among those who have attained nearness to God. Insights of a high order are to be found in this section.


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