A True Ahmadi Passes Away

Friday Sermon: Mahmood Ahmad Bengali:
Sermon Delivered by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (at) Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.


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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.

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.

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(ra) added MuhibUllah. He was the first Ahmadi of his region and was a great scholar.

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(rt) was most affectionate to Mahmood Sahib. He beckoned him and told him to abundantly engage in Istighfar till the evening.

Khalid Saif Ullah Sahib writes the late Ameer Sahib was an intelligent person who was extremely skilled in making contacts and honouring them and used this for the benefit of the Jama’at. As a result of this the immigration process for Pakistanis became easy and the Australian Jama’at which numbered in a few hundred when he first came here now numbers in its thousands and is progressing.

May Allah the Exalted have mercy on him and continue to elevate his station. No doubt he was a selfless elder who served the Jama’at with all his capacities. He neither cared for his health nor let any impediment come in the way of Jama’at work. Although he was in great pain during my last tour of Australia he supervised everything himself. When I emerged from the air plane he stood there. I was quite concerned to see his condition. He had severe back ache. His back bone had deteriorated a lot.


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