Maulana J.D. Shams was from a small village called Sekhwan (“n” is silent), which is a few miles away from Qadian. His father’s name was Khwaja Imam-ud-Din Wyne Sekhwani, and his grandfather’s name was Khwaja Muhammad Siddique. His father is listed in the 313 companions of the Promised Messiah (AS) as is his grandfather. They were ethnically Kashmiri and that’s why the have the foretitle Khwaja and the surtitle Wyne (“n” is silent) around their names, but they lived in Punjab, India. I was informed by a Pakistani geneaologist that this Kashmiri family was originally of Jewish ethnicity and around 1,000AD the leader of their tribe, Wyne, became a Muslim and all others in the tribe followed suit – but I can’t verify this as it’s probably based on oral tradition.
His father, Imam-ud-Din, had two brothers: Jamal-ud-Din and Khair-ud-Din (also listed in the list of 313 companions) and they were known to be exceptionally poor. However, they strived so much financially that even though their combined amounts were still pretty meagre, the Promised Messiah (AS) gave them special attention. For example, for the construction of the white Minaret-ul-Masih (the minaret of the Messiah), which symbolised the mission of the Promised Messiah (AS) and the minaret mentioned in the hadith prophecies, there was a special call for construction funds. A minimum contribution of 100 rupees entitled the person’s name to be commemorated near the foundation. The three Sekhwani brothers, as they were called, asked for a special exception if they all three could combine their contribution to add up to 100 rupees. This was still a great financial sacrifice for their families and the Promised Messiah (AS) accepted their request and included their names along the list of those who made the 100 rupee contributions.
Imam-ud-Din made more than financial sacrifices in the cause of Islam. His son, JD Shams was a life dedicate to Ahmadiyyat. This meant that he had to leave for missionary assignments as ordered by the Khalifa. I heard from JD Shams’ sister’s daughter, Aamina who is still alive in the US, that Imam-ud-Din had a dream indicating his own death while his son, JD Shams was away (I think in Palestine or England). Aamina was a young girl living there at the time and personally witnessed this. Imam-ud-Din had written a letter to the Second Khalifa to allow his son to come home so that he could see him before he passed away, but as he started on his way he had second thoughts. He felt ashamed to ask for this when the time called for the sacrifice of persons and wealth for the cause of Islam. He went to the courtyard of his home and tore up the letter. He had the dream again, and wrote another letter, but tore up that letter too. He died before seeing his son again. He took comfort in the company of JD’s young son (i.e., his grandson), Dr. Salah-ud-Din Shams, who resembled his father JD.
Imam-ud-Din’s two sons were very important to him. His family had a history of problems with male children. They were rare births and tended to die in infancy. He requested the Promised Messiah (AS) to pray for him to have sons. The Promised Messiah (AS) gave him medicine (which Dr. Salah-ud-Din Shams told me was iron) and the Promised Messiah (AS) told him that he would have two laudable sons.
Jalal-uddin Shams was sent to Syria, and Palestine, since the Ottoman Empire had fallen and this lands came under British control
Beef with the Haqiqat Pasand Party
Apparently, he defended Mahmud Ahmad and his acts of immorality. His daughter was also implicated in Mahmud Ahmad’s web of deception at Qadian.
Jalal-ud-Din’s grandfather was Imam of the mosque in Qadian from roughly 1870 to 1891
MGA never led Salaat during his life. MGA’s father employed Jalal-ud-dins grandfather as an Imam, to essentially lead the Salaat and give all the speeches (skip to 2:36). This proves that MGA never led salaat in his life.