This was a fanatical Ahmadi, who’s father was a close companion of MGA. The family of Major Dr. M. Shah Nawaz Khan seems to have made a website dedicated to their grandfathers and etc, here is the link: https://shahnawazkhan.weebly.com/. He was born on Friday the 29th of December 1899 a son was born to Hadhrat Chaudhry Maula Bakhsh Bhatti Sialkoti, a famous companion of the Promised Messiah and Mahdi, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian. His historic name is “Muhammad Taqdees Khan” with the Arabic gematrical value of 1317 A.H. (After Hijra). He vividly remembered his meeting with the holy founder ofAhmadiyya Muslim Community at age 7. He had his early education in Sialkot. He finished his F.Sc. pre-medical diploma from the Government College, Lahore in 1918 as a distinguished student. He graduated with honors in the subject of Pathology from King Edward Medical College, Lahore in 1923. He was among the five Muslims in that graduating class. In 1925 he offered to devote his life for the service of Islam to his holy master, Hadhrat Mirza Bashir-ud-din Mahmood Ahmad, the second successor to the promised messiah. At that time he was advised to pursue his career and serve his faith in whatever capacity he was in. He got married to a very noble soul, Maryam Begum, daughter of Hadhrat Mian Abdur Razzaq sahib Sialkoti, another companion of the Promised Messiah (AS). She was a simple, contented, compassionate, generous and an extremely prayerful lady who provided him the peace of mind necessary to accomplish his literary pursuits and life goals. Through her he was blessed with six sons and three daughters.
By 1933, he was a medical officer of the British government and working out of Zanzibar, British-East Africa. He seems to have stayed until at least 1937. He has an essay in the ROR of July-1933 entitled, “The Psychology of the Leg Show”. He has an essay in the ROR of Oct-1933 entitled, “The Origin of Religion”. He is mentioned by the 2nd Khalifa in the ROR of March-1935. He has an essay in the Jan-1935 edition of the ROR entitled, “Islam, the Greatest Integrating Force”. He has an essay in the March-1938 edition of the ROR entitled, “Are Earthquakes Incompatible With Divine Mercy?”.
His children also served in the Pakistani military
Son––Lt. Col. (R) Dr. Rafique Ahmad Bhatti T.I, he was married to one of the earliest female-Ahmadi doctors, Dr. Tayyaba Rafique was appointed to head the Ahmadi Lady Doctors.
She played a very active part in health check-up of Waqf-e-Nau children as well as establishing free medical camps in the poor neighborhoods around Rawalpindi. Her sister was also a female-Ahmadi doctor, Dr. Zakia Shameem. The father of these girls also served in the British military.
Son–-Air Cdre. (R) Rashid Ahmad Bhatti (pilot). He was married to Shahida Latif sahiba daughter of Commander. Dr. Abdul Latif.
The first page
In the Name of Allah, The Gracious, The Merciful
Major Dr. M. Shah Nawaz Khan
The pioneer Ahmadi Muslim medical missionary to West Africa
- 1. Biography
- 1.1 Early Life
- 1.2 Literary Genius
- 1.3 Physician par excellence
- 1.4 Pioneer Muslim Medical Missionary
- 1.5 Shah Nawaz – “Cherisher of Kings”
- 1.6 Meeting with King Hussain of Jordan
- 2. Decorations
- 3. Descendants
- 4. Notes
- 5. References
- 6. External Links ( Literary Works, Residences, Nationalities and WWII Medals )
- 7. Ayaz at the feet of Mahmood ( A Short Autobiography in Urdu )
- 8. Head of Medical Delegation to Kashmir
- 9. Photo Gallery
- 10. The Miracle of Service to Humanity, Emergency Commission and Record of Military Service
Early LifeOn Friday the 29th of December 1899 a son was born to Hadhrat Chaudhry Maula Bakhsh Bhatti Sialkoti, a famous companion of the Promised Messiah and Mahdi, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian. His historic name is “Muhammad Taqdees Khan” with the Arabic gematrical value of 1317 A.H. (After Hijra). He vividly remembered his meeting with the holy founder ofAhmadiyya Muslim Community at age 7. He had his early education in Sialkot. He finished his F.Sc. pre-medical diploma from the Government College, Lahore in 1918 as a distinguished student. He graduated with honors in the subject of Pathology fromKing Edward Medical College, Lahore in 1923. He was among the five Muslims in that graduating class. In 1925 he offered to devote his life for the service of Islam to his holy master, Hadhrat Mirza Bashir-ud-din Mahmood Ahmad, the second successor to the promised messiah. At that time he was advised to pursue his career and serve his faith in whatever capacity he was in. He got married to a very noble soul, Maryam Begum, daughter of Hadhrat Mian Abdur Razzaq sahib Sialkoti, another companion of the Promised Messiah (AS). She was a simple, contented, compassionate, generous and an extremely prayerful lady who provided him the peace of mind necessary to accomplish his literary pursuits and life goals. Through her he was blessed with six sons and three daughters.
Through persistent motivation, spiritual mentoring, guidance and prayers of Hadhrat Musleh Maud (RA), the literary skills of the young Dr. Khan who had just entered his practical life were honed and polished.
Before leaving on his first appointment as medical officer for plague control duty in Jhelum, Dr. Khan had a private meeting with Hadhrat Musleh Maud (RA) that lasted more than an hour and Hazoor gave him pearls of wisdom regarding his conduct as a physician and practice guidelines in detail. Dr. Khan published those advices in the Al-Fazl of May 13, 1924. The third advice was that: “No occupation should be an obstacle in your religious obligations as it is not something separate rather all these things fall under ‘Deen’. Serve the faith with every kind of knowledge and find out the wisdom and reasons behind religious injunctions. Doctors and Physicians need to refute any objections against Islam on the basis of medical science. Your profession should help your faith. Study the books of scientists in an unbiased way and if you find an objection raised against Islam, then try to ponder and reflect upon its answer. When I read any book, I keep this thing in mind what kind of challenges it poses to Islam and then I contemplate on its response”.
Since the publication of Review of Religions from London in 1925, Hadhrat Musleh Maud (RA) was very much concerned for the two persons there responsible for this task. Dr. Khan received a letter from Hadhrat Musleh Maud (RA) stating: “I hope that you will be writing articles in a short and crisp style on current religious topics from the Islamic and Ahmadiyya viewpoints which are captivating so that our magazine can generate similar kind of interest which arises from varied opinions and thought processes”.
Dr. Khan had the singular honor for being the sole scribe for the famous lecture by Hadhrat ‘Musleh Maoud’ (RA), the second caliph on the subject of Religion and Science, given at Islamia College Science Union meeting presided by Allama Sir Muhammad Iqbal in Lahore on 3 March 1927. This lecture’s usefulness cannot be over-stated.(1)
Mr. Abdullah Malabari writing in his article “Sense of hearing is superior to sense of sight” said that:“Respected Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan’s personality is greater than my need for expressing that he is such a generous and valuable saintly figure who serves the readers of the Review of Religions time and again with intellectual food by putting it on paper while applying the standards of modern sciences and latest discoveries for understanding the truth and the philosophy of Islamic commandments. And in these times of scarcity of such gracious souls, he truly deserves our heartfelt gratitude who unlike other experts of modern sciences does not believe in remaining silent or sitting idle as fulfilling his obligations and performing his duties”. The Review of Religions (Urdu), October 1927.
Editor Review of Religions (Urdu) wrote a note with Dr. Khan’s article published in Aug. 1929 stating: “Respected Ch. Dr. Shah Nawaz MBBS writes scholarly articles after thorough research. Readers should increase their knowledge by carefully and attentively going through his articles and see for themselves how the modern sciences and discoveries testify to the truth of Quranic knowledge…. Doctor sahib usually makes full benefit of the writings and speeches of the Promised Messiah (AS) and the Second caliph (RA) which is really praiseworthy”.
The second caliph in a small gathering once addressed him lovingly as “The Psychologist of the Jamaat Ahmadiyya”. In his Friday sermon of July 27, 1956, the second caliph said about Dr. Shah Nawaz that ” since he has a habit of thinking and he writes articles as well, he gets to the depth of an issue sooner”. (2)
Hadhrat Mir Mohammad Ishaq sahib writes in Al-Fazl May 12, 1962: “Shouldn’t Al-fazl be expecting from Ahmadi physicians and doctors that they through their knowledge make its pages interesting and extremely attractive for the people and by adopting Dr. Shah Nawaz’s research methodology at a smaller scale and on the basis of medical science try to prove the superiority, dominance and truth of Islam over other faiths?”.
The former Imam of the London Mosque, Bashir Ahmad Rafiq sahib and the editor of The Muslim Herald (UK), wrote in the issue of May, 1963: “Major Dr. Shah Nawaz is a confirmed writer and a very active member of our community. He has behind him a vast experience of missionary work and has been particularly keen in writing articles concerning Islam in relation to the medical science. His knowledge of Islam and Ahmadiyyat is undoubtedly great and we hope that he will often contribute to our magazine”.
Dr. Khan was a well traveled and well read personality. He was a prolific writer with more than a hundred articles in half a century to his credit. They were published in various newspapers and magazines of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at both in English and Urdu. His areas of interest and research included scientific and philosophical basis of Islamic injunctions and commandments, revelation, spirituality, virgin birth, death by crucifixion and life after death.
He donated large sums of money in the service of Islam regardless of the financial consequences to his family of ten. His will (wasiyyat) was: Income 1/8th, Property 1/3rd and Tarakah 1/3rd. He was blessed abundantly throughout his life with true dreams, visions and vouchsafed with revelations for which he very meticulously maintained year-wise diaries of each one of them. He once offered himself as a research subject to a Parapsychology group in UK that was involved with the study ofextrasensory perception (ESP).
Physician par excellence
The General Manager of the Magadi Soda Co., Ltd lauds the services of Dr. Khan in the following words:
“I have great pleasure in placing on record my appreciation of the services Dr. Nawaz-Khan rendered to this Company during the six years he served it whilst I was General manager of the Company. For most of that period he controlled the Company’s extensive Medical and Sanitary Services single handed and gained the confidence of the European, Asian and African communities to a marked degree by virtue of his kindliness, skill and patience in the exercise of his profession. I have nothing but praise for the able and conscientious way in which he has carried out his duties not only as a doctor, but as a member of the Magadi community. The Company’s European Consultants have assured me on frequent occasions that Dr. Nawaz-Khan’s professional attainments are extremely good and I think this is amply borne out of the fact that during his term of office the health of the Magadi community has undoubtedly been improved considerably by his enthusiastic work here.
He has expressed his anxiety to join H. M. Forces during the present crisis but in view of the importance of his duties at Magadi I have been unable to allow him to leave.” (Dated: October 6th, 1941. Magadi, Kenya)
Pioneer Muslim Medical Missionary
After his retirement from Pakistan Army Medical Corps in his mid 50’s, he again offered his services to the second caliph which were accepted and he started preparing to leave for Sierra Leone on the first medical mission being sent by Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Dr. Khan was awarded a very warm sendoff with garlands and prayers at the railway station in Rabwah, Pakistan before leaving for Karachi by train for an onward journey to Africa.
The Truth wrote under the caption ; “Ahmadiyya Medical Mission”: Ahmadiyya Medical Mission in Nigeria and Ghana will soon be opened in the next two months. Major Dr. Shah Nawaz, the first Ahmadiyya Missionary for West African Ahmadiyya Mission has arrived in Lagos by air from Pakistan. …. He is 61 and has devoted his life for the service of the cause of Islam. On his arrival at the airport, he said that the headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Mission in Pakistan had decided to place all its resources at the disposal of the newly emergent nations of Africa, especially the medical services.(3)
“Mission plans hospitals” reported the Daily Graphic from Accra, Ghana on October 14, 1960. It states: ” Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan the first Ahmadiyyah medical missionary for West African Ahmadiyyah missions has arrived in Accra by air from Lagos to explore the avenues for medical missionary work in Ghana. After a week’s visit, Dr. Khan will go to Freetown where he will take charge of the first Ahmadiyyah Mission hospital in West Africa. Dr. Khan told reporters at the airport that the mission will soon open hospitals in Ghana and Nigeria.” (4)
On his arrival in Sierra Leone in October 1960, the newspaper captioned “Ahmadiyyas to open hospital at Bo” wrote: “The Pioneer Medical Missioner for West African Ahmadiyya Mission who arrived in Freetown this week by air from Accra has said that the mission will open hospitals here. Dr. S. Khan said that it was more than a quarter of a century since the Ahmadiyya Missions had been healing the spiritually sick but the time was now ripe to open mission hospitals for the physically sick as well. It is thus intended to supplement the efforts of Ahmadiyya missions which were previously directed towards the educational, moral and spiritual uplift with their social advancement and physical improvement as well. The highly qualified and experienced Doctor Khan, graduated in medicine in 1923 from the Punjab University, India (now Pakistan) after which he practiced and served in the hospitals in East Africa for 17 years including such important appointments as Medical Officer of Imperial Chemical Industries, (Kenya) Ltd. and Arabian American Oil Company in Saudi Arabia. He was in the Army from 1943 to 1955 as a commissioned officer during World War II. He also served on the Burma Front with the West and East African Forces and accompanied the British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan in 1946. He later joined the Pakistan Army and the Pakistan Navy from where he retired in 1955 as a Major.
Dr. Khan has now devoted the rest of his life for the cause of Islam. The Ahmadiyya Mission in Sierra Leone intends to open a hospital at BO, the headquarters of the mission. The mission intends to open similar hospitals at other places in the country in due course.” (5)
The famous British religious journalist, Cecil Northcott in his article titled “Islam’s Progress in West Africa” writes: “On the day I left Sierra Leone the first medical missionaries of Islam arrived. The news occupied only a few lines in the local press, and as far as I know no Church leader lost any sleep about it. But to me it was another sign of the resurgence of Islam and a token that the missionary impulse of Islam is assuming some of the habits of Christian missions. Islamic Medical Missions? That appears to be part of deliberate policy of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Movement which is the spear-head of the Islamic infiltration in West Africa.” (6)
The small sapling that was planted in the form of First Ahmadiyya Dispensary at Bo in 1960, has in 50 years flourished into more than 30 Ahmadiyya Hospitals in whole of West Africa.
Shah Nawaz – “Cherisher of Kings”
True to his name, Dr. Shah Nawaz for his selfless courage and devotion in helping the victims of nuclear holocaust in 1946 he was awarded a sword by the Emperor of Japan. After serving for months tirelessly, on leaving those devastated people of that unfortunate land there were very poignant, emotional and touching scenes of heartfelt gratitude. There were some earnest appeals for an indefinite stay for Dr. Khan, while others showered him with gifts of every kind and whatever best they could grab from their homes as their token of love and appreciation.
The Foreign Missions Report from Sierra Leone, published in “The Review of Religions” – Feb. 1962 shows: Major Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan, medical missionary presented an address of welcome to Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh on Her Majesty’s auspicious visit to Bo on November 27, 1961. Her Majesty the Queen sent through her Private Secretary her thanks to Major Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan. (7)
He met His Majesty the King Hussain of Jordan in April 1971 while his son Air Commodore (R) Rashid A. Bhatti, a recipient of “TOP GUN AWARD” (1961) from United States Air Force (USAF) Advance Fighter Flying Academy, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, was deployed in Jordon as member of the Pakistan Air Force contingent.
Meeting with King Hussain of Jordan
In April 1971 Dr. Khan was going from Karachi to UK and had planned a visit to Amman, Jordan to meet his son Air Commodore (R) then Squadron Leader Rashid A. Bhatti. When Dr. Khan was leaving Amman for UK, Air Cdre Bhatti, Mrs. Shahida Bhatti and her sister Bushra had gone to Amman International Airport to see off Dr. Khan. While they were all waiting at the departure lounge, they saw His Majesty the King Hussain of Jordan at the VIP departure lounge standing with his wife Princess Muna. King Hussain had come to the Amman Airport to see off his wife who was also traveling on the same flight to the United Kingdom.
Dr. Khan asked his son Air Cdre Bhatti if he could meet the King Hussain. Air Cdre Bhatti replied that he will try to arrange a meeting with the King. Mr. Bhatti talked to the Brigadier General Saleha Kurdi the Commander-in-Chief of Royal Jordanian Air Force, who was also present at the Amman airport, and told him that Dr. Khan (his father) wants to meet His Majesty the King Hussain. He said let me talk to King Hussain. He spoke to King Hussain who showed his willingness to meet Dr. Khan. During this process the flight boarding was announced and Dr. Khan sat in the bus, carrying the passengers to the Aircraft. At the same time Brigadier General Saleha Kurdi asked Air Cdre Bhatti where is your father? The King Hussain wants to meet him. Dr. Khan came out of the Bus and met King Hussain. This is how this meeting took place.
- 1939-45 Star: The 1939–45 Star was a campaign medal of the British Commonwealth, awarded for service in the Second World War. The medal was awarded for operational service between 3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945.
- Burma Star: The Burma Star was a campaign medal of the British Commonwealth, awarded for service in World War II in the Burma Campaign between 11 December 1941 and 2 September 1945.
- War Medal 1939 -1945: The War Medal 1939–1945 was a British decoration awarded to those who had served in the Armed Forces or Merchant Navy full-time for at least 28 days between 3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945.
- Mahmood Ahmed Bhatty – Cost, Management and Audit Consultant
- Professor Dr. Bashir Ahmad Bhatti – M.A. (Diplomatic History); Ph.D. (Political Science)
- Professor Naseera Shahnawaz – Masters in Philosophy, Masters in Education (Gold Medalist) and Ph.D. (ABD) in Education. Masters in Counseling Psychology (Gold Medalist, USA). Awarded Lifetime Membership of Psi Chi – The International Honor Society in Psychology. Historic Resume-1968.
- Munir Ahmad Bhatti (Late) – Population Welfare Officer
- Lt. Col (R) Dr. Rafique Ahmad Bhatti, T I (M) – Homeopathic Physician and Masters in International Relations.
- Air Cdre (R) Rashid Ahmad Bhatti – Masters in War Studies, Ex-Director Institute of Flight Safety, Karachi, Pakistan.
- Hameed Ahmad Bhatti – Masters in Psychology, Ex-Director Air War College, PAF, Karachi, Pakistan.
- Salima Shahnawaz – Masters in Psychology, Author: Prayers of the Prophets (Urdu Language)
- Naeema Khalid – Her Grandmother Ramzan bibi foretold before her birth that this is the blessed child of the revelation and will be a source of comfort for the parents in their advanced age. She performed Haj-e-Badl for her mother, Maryam Begum which was Haj-e-Akbar as well to follow the footsteps of her father, Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan who was fortunate to perform Haj-e-Akbar during his lifetime.
- Original article “Religion and Science” in Urdu can be found in Anwarul Uloom online.
- Al-Fazl, Aug. 2, 1956
- The Truth, Lagos, Nigeria, Friday, October 14, 1960
- Daily Graphic, Accra, Ghana, October 14, 1960
- Daily Mail, Freetown, Sierra Leone, Friday, October 21, 1960
- World Christian Digest June 1961, pages 39-40
- Foreign Missions Report – The Review of Religions – Feb. 1960
- The Devotion of life – Its Importance and Blessings by Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad Ayaz OBE, Former Ameer Jamaat U.K. (2009). Major Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan’s photograph on page 481 (Courtesy of Lt. Col (R) Dr. Rafique Ahmad Bhatti)
- The Historian of Ahmadiyyat, late Maulana Dost Muhammad Shahid in his article in Review of Religions of November 2002, Review of Religions: A 100 years History of the Magazine mentions Dr. Khan twice. Firstly under the Third Phase: March 1914-1947, he lists some of the eminent scholars and writers of that period and on page 43 of the magazine Dr. Maj. Chaudhry Muhammad Shahnawaz Khan is 19th among the 43. Secondly under the Fourth Phase: December 1951 – November 1965, he lists some of the articles published in that period and on page 47 we see Healing through Prayer and the Christian Science by Dr. Maj. Muhammad Shahnawaz, first medical missionary in Africa.
- The Miracle of Service to Humanity, An article published in the100 years Jubilee number of Akhbar-e-Ahmadiyya, Germany, 1989, page 80 mentions Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan as the first Medical Missioner to Sierra Leone.
- Science and Technology in the Islamic World, Volume 11, page 17 (1993) cites Major Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan’s newspaper article published in the Eid supplement of The Pakistan Times, Lahore in 1970 titled “The Philosophy and Hygiene of Fasting”
Literary Works by Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan
(1) Articles in URDU Language
- Advice of Hadhrat Musleh Maud to Doctors Al-Fazl July 9, 2003, Pages 5-6. Originally published in Al-Fazl May 13, 1924
- Life after Death Al-Furqan January 1955, Pages 25 – 28 and Al-Furqan February 1955, Pages 42 – 47
- Death by Crucifixion Al-Furqan November 1958, Pages 33 – 39
- The Need for Spiritual Environment at the Time of Death Al-Fazl October 25, 1964, Page 5
(2) Articles in ENGLISH Language
- The Hygiene of Sleep (English)
- Tidur yang Sehat (Indonesian translation of the Hygiene of Sleep)
- Islam, The Greatest Integrating Force (Part I) The Muslim Sunrise, May 1938, Pages 29-33
- Islam, The Greatest Integrating Force (Part II) The Muslim Sunrise, September 1938, Pages 18-20
- The Holy Prophet Muhammad and World Peace (An abridged translation of a speech in Urdu delivered by Hadhrat Khalifa-ul-Masih the II on Prophet Day). The Muslim Sunrise – First Quarter 1940, Pages 25-31
- Healing by Prayer The Muslim Sunrise, Second Quarter 1955, Pages 19 – 22
- Healing by Prayer and Psycho-therapy The Review of Religions, September 1956, Pages 476 – 481
- Burial versus Cremation The Review of Religions, February 1955, Pages 38 – 45
- The Philosophy of Circumcision The Review of Religions, April 1924, Pages 126 – 133
- The Rationale of Hair Styles The Review of Religions, June 1959, Pages 192 – 194
- The Philosophy and Hygiene of Fasting The Review of Religions, May 1956, Pages 268 – 278
- The Psychology of ‘Leg-Show’ The Review of Religions, July 1933, Pages 382 – 384
- The Miracle of Birth The Review of Religions, March 1956, Pages 151 – 157
- The Ethics of Birth Control The Review of Religions, August 1956, Pages 434 – 444
- Nature’s Covers and their Significance The Review of Religions, September 1926, Pages 22 – 27
- The Sub-Conscious Mind The Review of Religion, November 1925, Pages 22 – 23
- Philosophy of Sleep The Review of Religions, July 1955, Pages 441 – 448
- The Importance of Spiritual Environment for Peaceful Death The Muslim Herald, September 1971, Pages 19 – 23
- Significance of the Beard in an Islamic Society The Muslim Herald, August 1971, Pages 29 – 32
- Islam and Modern Sciences The Review of Religions, July 1930, Pages 214 – 224
- Religion Meets Science in the Unity of Islam The Review of Religions, February 1957, Pages 92 – 102
- Are Earthquakes Incompatible with Divine Mercy? The Review of Religions, March 1938, Pages 110 – 113
- I’dul Azha and the Spirit of Sacrifice in Islam The Review of Religions, July 1956, Pages 386 – 389
- Why should man survive death? Muslim Herald, November 1971, Pages 22 – 28
- The Origin of Religion I & II The Review of Religions, January 1956, Pages 38 – 42 and February 1956, Pages 38 – 45
- Parthenogenesis (Virgin Birth) The Review of Religions,
- Death by Crucifixion An Analytical Survey The Muslim Herald, September 1962, Pages 20 – 26
- The Genesis of Rupture of the Heart The Review of Religions, October 1958, Pages 35 – 38
- Transmigration Theory Refuted Medically The Review of Religions, October 1924, Pages 357 – 369
- Letter to the Editor Muslim Herald, November 1977, Pages 31 – 35
and the reply by the Manager of the Encyclopedia Britannica Co. Ltd.Published in the Review of Religions, Aug-Sept 1930, Pages 247-250
Residences of Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan
1. Dar-ul-Anwar, Qadian, India
Shah Nawaz Lodge, Dar-ul-Rehmat Wasti, Rabwah – 1970’s
Nationalities of Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan
Nisar and Farid in front of their grandfather’s house
Qadian – Dec. 2013
Lt. Col. Rafique Ahmad Bhatti at the Dar-ul-Anwar House, in the backyard after the Jalsa Salana Qadian – Dec. 2011
found in the old documents and wallets of Dr. S. N. Khan
Authors – The Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Luminaries
World War II Medals
Ayaz at the feet of Mahmood
(A Short Autobiography in Urdu)
The Movement for Independence of Kashmir and Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya
In 1931 Hadhrat Musleh Maud (RA) sent a medical delegation to Jammu for a detailed assessment of the situation of the wounded and the indignant Kashmiri Muslims
at the Civil Hospital Mirpur and the Civil Hospital Jhelum under the leadership of
Dr. Mohammad Shah Nawaz sahib
(Tareekh-e-Ahmadiyyat Vol. 5, Page 524)
A-Fazl, Qadian Darul Aman – March 12, 1933
from the Ahmadiyya Association Zanzibar
by its general secretary, Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan on Aug. 26, 1933Published in Al-Fazl Qadian Darul Aman – Sept. 24, 1933, pages 10-11
The Letter of Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan, Dated Oct. 11, 1933 regrading Tabligh Activities in ZanzibarPublished in Al-Fazl Qadian Darul Aman – Nov. 24, 1933
Hadhrat Musleh Maud (RA) encouraging the members of the jamaat regarding donations for the Tehreek-e-Jadid to increase the value of their financial sacrifice and reap Allah’s favors and bounties accordingly.
He mentions by name, Chaudhry Zafarullah Khan sahib and Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan sahib, among those who have enhanced their pledges upon the previous ones.
(Friday Sermon – Nov. 26, 1937 – Published in Al-Fazl, Dec. 4, 1937)
Reference: Khutbat-e-Mahmood, Vol. 18, Pages 587-588
An anecdote from the autobiography of Bashir Ahmad Rafique sahib,
the former Imam of the London Mosque. His coincidental meeting with Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan sahib
who had come to his village for the recruitment of soldiers in the military during the second world war
Chand Khushgawar Yaadain, pages 14-15
Medical Missionaries sent by Jamaat Ahmadiyya
during the time of Second Caliph
Compiled by Dr. Mirza Sultan Ahmad
thanked Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan for providing various important photographs
during compilation of the History of Ahmadiyyat.
December 5, 1964
Izhar-e-Tashakkur, page zay, Tareekh-e-Ahmadiyyat Vol. 5 (New Edition Vol. 4)
The Ahmadiyya Association Jinja, UGANDA
Annual Gathering on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr
The Photograph below will be a valuable addition to
The History of Ahmadiyyat in UGANDA
From Left to Right:
S. G. Sadeeq, S. M. Inshalah, Dr. Mohammad Shah Nawaz with Mahmud Ahmad, Dr. Badr Uddin Ahmad with Naseer Ahmad,
Mr. A. H. Ahmad with Abdur Razaq, M. N. Khan, S. M. Sanaulah
MOMBASA, KENYA – October 7, 1935
West Africa – 1960’s
Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan entering the clinic with his doctor’s bag
Mari Indus, December 1945
Captain Mohammad Shah Nawaz Khan,
Indian Medical Service (IMS),
Officer Commanding (OC), Combined Military Hospital (CMH)
Joined on Feb. 15, 1945
Retrieved from Ahmadiyya Markazi Library, Qadian – Dec 30, 2013
A very warm sendoff for the first Ahmadiyya medical missionary at the Rabwah railway station, September 21, 1960
Retrieved from Ahmadiyya Markazi Library, Qadian – Dec 30, 2013
Departing from Karachi for Sierra Leone in the morning of September 29, 1960
At his son’s (Mahmood Bhatty’s) house
Retrieved from Ahmadiyya Markazi Library, Qadian – Dec 30, 2013
In front of the First Ahmadiyya Dispensary
Established in October, 1960
Bo, Sierra Leone
Group Photograph of December 10, 1961
Malik Ghulam Nabi, Qureshi Afzal, M. Siddiq Gurdaspuri, Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan, Sh. Naseeruddin, Samiullah Sial, Mir Ghulam Ahmad Nasim
Courtesy of Mir Ghulam Ahmad Nasim sahib who correctly identified every person in the photograph after 50 years
at the Jalsa Salana USA 2011 on Saturday, July 2, 2011
From Left to Right
Mr. Bah, Hafiz Bashiruddin Ubaidullah, Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan, Mir Ghulam Ahmad Nasim, Mr. Ali Rogers
Courtesy of Mir Ghulam Ahmad Nasim sahib who correctly identified every person in the photograph after 50 years
at the Jalsa Salana USA 2011 on Saturday, July 2, 2011
From Left to Right
Sitting: Qureshi Mohammad Afzal (Murabbi Silsila), Mr. Ali Rogers, Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan, Pa (Mr.) Seido
Standing: Mohammad Siddiq Gurdaspuri (Murabbi Silsila), Malik Ghulam Nabi (Murabbi Silsila),
Mir Ghulam Ahmad Nasim (Murabbi Silsila), Mr. Bah, Samiullah Sial (Teacher), Sheikh Naseer Uddin (Murabbi Silsila)
Photograph courtesy of Mir Ghulam Ahmad Nasim sahib
e-mailed to Dr. Farid Ahmad on Monday, July, 25, 2011
Nurses at the Government Hospital, BO – August 1961
Telegram to the First Prime Minister of Sierra Leone, Sir Milton Margai,
congratulating on his victory in the elections held on May 27, 1962. Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan had prophesied
in a previous letter to him on the basis of Divine revelation that Mr. Margai shall win elections.
from the British on April 27, 1961.
Friday, June 29, 1962
At the deck of the ship S. S. Chinkoa while sailing through the Suez Canal, Egypt – October 1962
Tonnage: 7, 102g, 3, 987n, 9, 670 dwt
Engine: Single Screw 6 Cylinder 2 S.C.S.A Doxford., 6, 800 BHP, 16.33 Knots (Trials).
Refrigerated space: 12, 000 Cu Ft
Launched by Mrs. C.S. Munday 2nd October 1952, completed 19th December 1952. Yard No. 723Chinkoa is a village in the Punjab.Chinkoa’s career was uneventful until the 15th April 1972 when she damaged her Bridge
whilst changing berths in Antwerp Docks. The damage was severe and possibly brought forward
her demise for she was deemed not worthy of repair and sold for scrap on the 3rd of May.
Work commenced by Revalorizacion De Materiales SA at Bilbao on the 3rd of July.
Praying at the grave of Hadhrat Haji Nazir Ahmad Ali sahib (RA) in
BO, Sierra Leone near the ‘Christ the King College’ (CKC) and the BO Mission
Photograph taken by G. N. Malik sahib – April 10, 1962
OBA ADENIJI ADELE (1949-1964)
Lagos, Nigeria. (October 1960)
(Born on 13th November 1893, died on 12th July 1964)The word Oba means king in Edo and in Yoruba language.
The reign of HH Sir Oba musendiku buraimoh adeniji-Adele II started in 1949 following the death of oba falolu.
Before he became the oba he was a senior civil servant and head of the treasury department in Kano. Before and during his reign, he had crisis with the dosunmu/okeyan family, which believed that the throne is meant for their members only but Adeniji won in court as it declared that the throne was meant for members of the royal family and not just for the dosunmu/okeyan family.
Oba adeniji joined his ancestors in 1964, and was succeeded by adeyinka oyekan in 1965.The Oba of Lagos is the traditional, yet ceremonial, sovereign of Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria. He has no political power,
but is sought as a counsel or sponsor by Nigerian politicians who seek support from the residents of Lagos.
The official residence of the Oba, since 1630, is Iga Idunganran, a castle constructed by the Portuguese (finished in 1705).
Today the Oba’s palace is a very popular tourist site.Note: On October 1, 1960, Nigeria gained its independence from the United Kingdom
Maulana Naseem Saifi sahib is introducing Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan sahib to the Oba of Lagos.
On the the extreme left hand side is Hafiz Qudratullah sahib of Dutch Ahmadiyya Mission
for Independence celebrations in Nigeria.
(Photograph courtesy of Air Cdre (R) Rashid Ahmad Bhatti)
(Identifying the Oba, courtesy of Mr. Abdul Rehman Mohammed)
Group Photograph of Nigerian Ahmadis in front of the “Maliki Mosque”
on the special visit of Hafiz Qudratullah sahib and arrival of Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan sahib
Oct. 1960, Lagos, Nigeria
It was sent to Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan “With Compliments from Naseem Saifi” sahib, the Missionary Incharge for Africa
Note: Maliki Mosque was located opposite the Ahmadiyya Mosque (Bait-ul-Hamd) on the Ojogiva St., Lagos
Photo by: E. O. Balogun, Press and Commercial Photographer, LAGOS
Published under the caption, “Kaghzi hai Pairahan” in Al-Fazl, June 8, 1993, page 4 & 7
Background: (Center) Sqn. Ldr. Rashid Ahmad Bhatti, PAF Air Adviser
Brigadier General Saleha Kurdi, Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Jordanian Air Force (Right)
Amman International Airport, Jordan
March – April 1971
Photograph taken by the Royal Photographer(Courtesy of Air Cdre (R) Rashid Ahmad Bhatti)
Hadhrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad (RA), Khalifa-tul-Masih III
Visit to UK 1967
The photograph below was taken by Hadhrat Khalifa-tul-Masih III (RA)
with his own Polaroid camera
at the request of Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan on
Thursday, July 27, 1967
Photograph taken probably between1963 -1977
At HMPS (Her Majesty’s Pakistan Ship) SHAMSHER with Lt. Anwar Murad
Served from Feb. 12, 1948 to July 28, 1948
HMPS SHAMSHER – June 1948
He later served as Medical Officer, Royal Pakistan Navy Barracks in HMPS DILAWAR
from Nov. 22, 1948 to Dec. 31st, 1948
News Report: PAKISTANI FRIGATES BERTH AT FERMANTLE, The West Australian – Perth, Tuesday, January 2, 1951
Behind him is Lt Barkat followed by Rear Admiral Jefford, Commodore Choudhri and Lt Cdr Abdur Rashid
Quaid-e-Azam’s address to the Establishment of H.M.P.S. “Dilawar” on 23rd January, 1948Gentlemen,The first World War of 1914-18 was fought to end war. Its horrors quickened the conscience of the world and set statesmen thinking to devise ways and means of outlawing war. This led to the birth of the League of Nations and the idea of collective security, but the League of Nations proved only a pious hope. It failed to avert World War No. 2. The destruction caused by the first world war pales into insignificance as compared to the devastation and havoc resulting from the last world war and now with the discovery of the Atom Bomb, one shudders to think of the pattern of future wars. The war weary humanity in watching with fear and hope the evolution of the United Nations Organization for on its ability to successfully deal with the cause of war and threats to world peace will depend the salvation of mankind and the future of civilization. Pakistan which has been recently admitted to the United Nations Organization will do everything in its power to strengthen the Organization and help it in the achievement of the ideals which have been set up as its goal. While giving the fullest support to the principles of the United Nations Charter we cannot afford to neglect our defenses. However strong the United Nations Organization might be, the primary responsibility for the defense of our country will rest with us and Pakistan must be prepared for all eventualities and dangers.The weak and the defenseless, in this imperfect world, invite aggression from others. The best way in which we can serve the cause of peace is by removing temptation from the path of those who think that we are weak, and therefore, they can bully or attack us. That temptation can only be removed if we make ourselves so strong that nobody dare entertain any aggressive designs against us. Pakistan is still in its infancy and so is its Navy and other branches of the armed forces. But this infant means to grow up and God willing will grow up much sooner than many people thinks.Everyone of you has an important role to play in strengthening the defense of the country and your watchwords should be faith, discipline and self-sacrifice. You will have to make up for the smallness of your size by your courage and selfless devotion to duty for it is not life that matters but the courage, fortitude and determination you bring to it.I see some of you, who constitute the bodyguard at present provided at the Governor-general’s residence, practically everyday. Today I see you in much large numbers and I am greatly impressed by your bearing and turn out. You must remember that your Headquarters Karachi, the gateway to Western Pakistan, besides being the port of call of ships of other nations, is also on the air route from the West to the East. People from all over the globe pass through Karachi and the eyes of the world are on you. I trust that, by your behavior and deportment you will never let Pakistan down, but would keep up the best traditions of the service and maintain high the honor and prestige of Pakistan as one of the greatest nations of the world.Pakistan Zindabad
KURE HARBOUR, JAPAN. March 30, 1946
THE TROOPSHIP DUNERA BERTHING AT NO. 4 DOCK
CARRYING TROOPS FROM THE INDIAN AIR FORCE, 92ND GENERAL HOSPITAL AND THE QUEEN’S OWN CAMERON HIGHLANDERS, ALL UNITS OF THE BRITISH INDIAN DIVISION (BRINDIV).
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Courtesy of Australian War Memorial
On 30 March 1946, the British troopship Dunera carrying the first large contingent of the British and Indian Division, arrived at Kure Naval base from Bombay. Commanding the Division was Major General D T Cowan. At 11.00 hours the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders Regiment disembarked from the Dunera and marched through Kure, led by the Regimental Pipe Band. Also identified: Brigadier (Brig) Anderson; Brigadier G H Clifton DSO ME; Lieutenant General J Northcott.
KURE HARBOUR, JAPAN. 1946-03-30. THE TROOP SHIPS DUNERA AND ORDUNA BERTHED ALONGSIDE EACH OTHER.
KURE HARBOUR, JAPAN. 1946-03-30. BRIGADIER ANDERSON, WITH RECEPTION COMMITTEE, WAITING TO WELCOME MAJOR GENERAL COWAN WHO IS ABOARD THE SHIP DUNERA. SHOWN: LIEUTENANT COLONEL HUNTER, ASSISTANT QUARTERMASTER GENERAL (1); BRIGADIER CLIFTON (3). The troopship ORDUNA is in the background.
KURE HARBOUR, JAPAN. 1946-03-30. FIRST INDIAN AIR FORCE TROOPS TO DISEMBARK FROM THE SHIP DUNERA.
KURE HARBOUR, JAPAN. 1946-03-30. PERSONNEL STANDING ON THE WHARF AFTER DISEMBARKING FROM THE DUNERA. SHOWN: LIEUTENANT COLONEL NICOLL, MAJOR PATERSON AND COLONEL HUGHES, OF 92ND GENERAL HOSPITAL, PART OF THE RECEPTION COMMITTEE.
KURE HARBOUR, JAPAN. 1946-03-30. MAJOR GENERAL D. T. COWAN, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING BRITISH INDIAN DIVISION, TALKING WITH THE COMMANDING OFFICER OF GUARD. TROOPS ABOARD THE SHIP DUNERA LOOK ON.
KURE HARBOUR, JAPAN. 1946-03-30. QUEEN’S OWN CAMERON HIGHLANDERS MARCH FROM THE WHARF AREA, AFTER DISEMBARKING FROM THE SHIP DUNERA, TO THE TRAIN EMBARKATION POINT FOR HIRO.
on the land of the Atomic Sunshine
SHOWN: LIEUTENANT COLONEL J. M. SAUNDERS, ASSISTANT ADJUTANT AND QUARTERMASTER GENERAL –
BRITISH INDIAN DIVISION (1);
MAJOR S. K. ROY, INDIAN MEDICAL SERVICE / INDIAN ARMY MEDICAL CORPS (IMS / IAMC),
92ND INDIAN GENERAL HOSPITAL (2);
CAPTAIN NAWAZ KHAN, IMS / IAMC (3).The above photograph was found on June 19, 2013 after searching all the photographs in the collection of
Australian War Memorial website for Kure, Japan and the 92nd Indian General Hospital by Dr. Farid Ahmad
as part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF)
The rubble and ruins after the destruction caused by
the Atomic bomb, dropped on Monday, August 6, 1945
(Courtesy of Salima Shahnawaz Sahiba)
(a). 2 Japanese Girls Here From Kure – Above this caption is the photograph of both the sisters Yumiko and Hiromi
Spokane Daily Chronicle, Spokane, Washington; Wednesday, September 26, 1962, page 3
(b). Mrs. Yasuko Nakagawa attends the graduation ceremony of her daughter Hiromi at the Whitworth College,
Spokane, Washington, USA on June 4, 1967
Spokane Daily Chronicle, Spokane, Washington; Monday, June 5, 1967 page 3
Pakistan – 1955
At his house in Dar-ul-Rehmat Wasti, Rabwah, Pakistan
April 1976 – Hayling Island, England
July 1976 – Lake Michigan, Chicago (Photo by Dr. Bashir Bhatti)
Magadi, District Nairobi, Kenya – Sept. 1937
Karachi, Pakistan 1965
At Monsall Hospital, Manchester, UK – Jan. 1966
Pakistan – 1974
Rawalpindi – 1975
(Colored Photographs courtesy of Bushra Ahmad and Naseer Ahmad of Syracuse NY)
Invitations received by Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan on Hardrat Khalifatul Masih III (RA) visit to the USA
(Courtesy of Professor Naseera Shahnawaz)
Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan standing 4th from the left in the first row.
(The Muslim Sunrise – North America Receives Hazrat Khalifatul Masih III – November 1976, Page 30)
(Possibly Jumma Prayers on Friday the August 13, 1976)
Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan sitting in the front row, second from the right, leaning on the floral seat.
(The Muslim Sunrise – November 1976, Page 34)
Jalsa Salana Qadian 1976 – Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan is sitting in the front of the stage, right hand corner of the photograph.
(The above photograph was found at Mirza Nisar Ahmad Farooqi sahib’s house is Karachi in early 1980’s – Dr. Farid Ahmad)
Amazing family history and I just saw your house in Qadian and recognized few folks in 1976 picture. You see that house is diagonally opposite to my maternal grandfathers house (now) Sardar Gurbachan Singh Bajwa Ex cabinet Minister Punjab and EX MLA from Sialkot. They migrated from Kotli Bajwa Narowal. My uncle Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa Ex minisiter and MLA lives there now. I also faintly recall Chaudhary Zafarullah Coming to our house since my Grandfather was his student at Law college at Lahore. Unluckily my Nanaji was out of station and on finding that my Naniji was from Daska and Sahi caste as his, he humbly and gracefully wanted to drink warm milk with malai from Channa. A very rooted son of soil.
Minaratul Masih, Qadian – Dec. 1976
Images captured by Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan sahib
Maj. Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan’s article in
The Monthly Khalid Rabwah – Khilafat-e-Sania Number – December 1964, Pages 141-142
The Miracle of Service to Humanity
(The Early History of Ahmadiyya Medical Missions)
Akhbar-e-Ahmadiyya, Germany – 1989
Indian Land Forces during the World War II from Oct. 13, 1943 by the
Viceroy and the Governor General of India, Field Marshall A. P. Wavell
at New Delhi in the eighth year of the reign of King George VI on Nov. 25, 1944
Notes and Explanation:
The Indian Army Medical Corps came into existence as a homogeneous corps of officers and men on the pattern of the Royal Army Medical Corps on 3 Apr 1943 by the amalgamation of the Indian Medical Service, the Indian Medical Department and the Indian Hospital & Nursing Corps. The Corps was formed as a wartime necessity for attracting suitably qualified men for service in a rapidly expanding army. The Indian Hospital Corps HQs at Poona became the Administrative HQs of the IAMC in May 1943.
Headquarters (HQ) East African Command was in Nairobi, Kenya.
Headquarters of South East Asia Command was in Kandy, British Ceylon (Sri Lanka).
Articles published on Maj. Dr. Shah Nawaz Khan
The Weekly Badr, Qadian – Silver Jubilee Number, Dec. 15, 1977, Page 28