He was born in Asnoor, Kashmir, India, the town was originally named Nasnoor, however, the Khalifa ordered the change. His grandfather was a companion of MGA, his name was Haji Umar Dar (he was mentioned in MGA’s book, Haqiqatul Wahy 1907). His father was also a companion of MGA, his name was Khwaja Abdul Qadir Dar (he was close friends with Mirza Sharif Ahmad). Khwaja Abdul Ghaffar Dar was the 3rd son in terms of lineage. Khwaja Abdul Ghaffar Dar was born in 1916. He went to elementary school in his ancestoral home of Asnoor, Kashmir, whilst under Dogra rule. He remember’s when the Khalifa visited in 1921 (see Al-Hakam), he was 5 years old, he also remembers seeing MGA’s wife and Maulvi Sarwar Shah. By 2019, there seem to 4 additional villages in the south area of Kashmir that have a significant Ahmadi population (roughly 10,000 per Ahmadiyya sources), Reashinagar village, also spelled Reshnagri, see the google map page herein, Abdur Rahman Itu is the President of this Ahmadiyya village, which is reported as the largest Ahmadiyya village in Kashmir. Another village is Shurat village in Kulgam. Kulgam is a huge city center, Ahmadi’s seem to be located only in the village of Shurat, however, they may have spread around.There lots of young Ahmadi’s who are serving in the police and are teachers for the government of India, much to the consternation of the local Muslim community. There are 5 Ahmadiyya run schools in South Kashmir, mostly in these small villages. Basharat Ahmed Dar, village head of Asnoor is the official Ahmadiyya representative for his village, he seems to be a descendant of Khwaja Abdul Ghaffar Dar. The last two Ahmadi-only villages are Kani pora and Yari pora, both of these villages fall into to the Kulgam district, not much is known of these small and obscure villages. There is also an Ahmadiyya place of worship just north of Rajouri, its called Mosque Dehri Ralyote. This seems to be a new mosque, built in the past 40 years, we are unsure who had it built. There is also an ahmadi place of worship called Masjid Fazl in Poonch, Kashmir, India. We are unsure how many Ahmadi’s are there in the old town area of Poonch. There is also one Ahmadiyya mosque in Srinagar, Kashmir. Next door in Azad Kashmir, there are barely 300-400 Ahmadi’s in the entire country and a few Ahmadiyya mosques.
Before his Khilafat, in 1909, Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad visited Jammu and Kashmir, he traveled with Mirza Bashir Ahmad, Maulvi Sarwar Shah and Mir Muhammad Ishaq.
On 25 June 1921: the Ahmadiyya set out for his tour of Kashmir, which lasted a few months (see al-hakam archives). he had spent 2-3 months, until mid-september, he stayed in Srinagar for a while also, but mostly in Nasnoor. Per the order of the Khalifa, the village name changed from Nasnoor to Asnoor. The Khalifa also celebrated Eid Al-Adha there and led lots of Friday Sermons. The Khalifa also ordered the Ahmadi’s to change their style of dress from a Kashmiri style to a Punjabi style. There were also Ahmadi’s in a nearby village called Koreal, their names were Muhammad Ibrahim Ju, Hasan Ju, and Ghulam Muhammad Ju. Abdul Hayee Sayyed, the interviewer, is also from this village, as well as his father and grandfather. They all seem to be connected, all these “Ju” brothers (5 of them) seem to have become Ahmadi missionaries. Khwaja Ghulam Abdul Ghaffar remembers meeting the Khalifa in 1921, he was only 5 years old and he was ordered to put money in the Khalifa’s hand. MGA’s wife was also there in 1921, as well as Mirza Nasir Ahmad. The Khalifa and his mother visited many small-city/villages, like Abshar, Aharabal, Kausar Nag. There is a famous story, that the Khalifa’s mother also traveled to Kausar Nag with the Khalifa. Khwaja Ghulam Abdul Ghaffar’s father (Khwaja Abdul Qadir Dar) carried MGA’s wife up to Kausar Nag on his shoulders.
In 1928, at age 12, he began middle school in Shopian, Kashmir, India, however, his best friend had moved to Qadian and he also desired to go. After letting his parents know of his wish, he was thus sent to Qadian for middle school. This close friend was another Kashmiri-Ahmadi, Khwaja Muhammad Abdullah (the son of Maulvi Habib-ullah), they even married girls that were sisters. This Khwaja Muhammad Abdullah (the son of Maulvi Habib-ullah) seems to have been killed in Jammu, India, in some type of murder. He mostly lived at the house of Nawab Muhammad Abdullah, who’s brother had married MGA’s daughter, she was also living there.
In July of 1929, the Khalifa set out towards Kashmir from Qadian with his entourage. He was on his way to Srinagar, Kashmir. In that time-frame, there was lots of flooding in Srinagar, thus, the Khalifa acquired a house boat and seems to have lived there with his entourage. He would end up staying for 3 months, most likely to avoid the heat of Qadian. The Khalifa began his journey towards Qadian in late September of 1929. The online archives of the Al-Hakam tell us that on 30 September 1929, the Khalifa delivered a speech in Jammu, Kashmir. He arrived in Qadian the very next day on Oct 1st, 1929. Khwaja Ghulam Abdul Ghaffar remembers that in 1929, in this same era, he traveled from Qadian to Srinagar with his father. Khwaja Ghulam Abdul Ghaffar reports that Nawab Muhammad Ali Khan had bought a house in Srinagar some years earlier close to Sanwar Bagh. Nawab Muhammad Abdullah Khan was also there. Seth Muhammad Ismail owned the Majestic hotel there also, he was also an ahmadi. Since there was no Ahmadiyya mosque in Srinagar in that era, the Khalifa led the prayers at the Majestic Hotel, which seems to be a hotel on a lake a huge houseboat. Khwaja Ghulam Abdul Ghaffar remembers praying there behind the Khalifa. Khwaja Ghulam Abdul Ghaffar also remembers how there was a huge debate between the Lahori-Ahmadi’s and the Qadiani-Ahmadi’s in Srinagar, from the Qadiani-side it was a new mullah who had just graduated from Qadian with his Maulvi-fazl degree, he debated vs. Syed Mudassir Shah (Lahori-Ahmadi).
Ahmadiyya sources claimed that he passed the Maulvi-Fazl course work at Qadian and was thus a certified Qadiani-Mullah. He recalls how the Khalifa would send money regularly to the famous Shaikh Abdullah. He also recalls how Shaikh Abdullah desperately wanted a newspaper in Kashmir, thus, a few Ahmadi’s were ordered by the Khalifa to start a newspaper, their names are Yusuf Aleague and Ghulam Muhammad Sadiq. Ghulam Muhammad Sadiq was part of the National Conference that was setup by Shaikh Abdullah and later on in 1948 was Shaikh Adbullah’s deputy Prime Minister. Yusuf Aleague grew up in Qadian, he was the son of Ghulam Muhammad Khan from Gilgit. The Khalifa personally paid for his college education at Aligarh. He became a lawyer, an LLB. His age is unclear, he was there in 1931 when the famous agitation happened, he then sent regular reports to Qadian to his Khalifa, whom he was forever indebted to. Maulvi Zahoor Hussain was also an editor appointed by the Khalifa. Muhammad Amin Qureshi was another editor. Interestingly enough, Muhammad Amin Qureshi was a fast friend of Khwaja Kamaluddin and even worked as his private secretary in Woking in the 1913–1917 era. By 1931-1933, he was working with Shaikh Abdullah in his office as a secretary. Chaudhry Abdul Wahid was the main Ahmadi who got the newspaper going, the “Islah”, he was a teacher at Qadian. Khwaja Abdul Ghaffar Dar reports that he was even his teacher in the late 1920’s. Chaudhry Abdul Wahid was the main editor for about 7-8 years. The Ahmadi strategy was to never write anything about Ahmadiyya in this newspaper, only general Islamic topics were covered, Bahaism and Christianity seems to have also been discussed. Chaudhry Abdul Wahid was the first Ahmadiyya Ameer of the Kashmir area. He seems to have also spent 6 months in jail in Muzafarabad.
In this interview he also mentions a man named Faqir Ahmad Bhatti. Other notable Ahmadi’s from Asnoor are from the Rishi family, Shabban Rishi, Ghulam Rasul (also called Shaikh Ghulam Rasul or Ghulam Khan), Khwaja Abdur Rahman, Khwaja Abdur Rahman’s father also (they were both companions of MGA). Khwaja Abdur Rahman was a class fellow of Mirza Bashir Ahmad, he gave lots of stories which were added to Seeratul Mahdi. Khwaja Abdur Rahman graduated from the high school in Qadian, he then went to Aligarh Muslim College for further education. He was told to carry the books of Mirza Bashir Ahmad as they walked to school together. Another Ahmadi from Kashmir is Chauhdry Shujju Khan (this person played a role in establishing lots of Ahmadiyya Jamaats in the Multan area). The earliest Kashmiri to convert to Ahmadiyya was Raja Ata Muhammad Khan, he was totally blind when he joined Ahmadiyya. Chauhdry Shujju Khan also worked for the evil Dogra rulers as a range officer near Asnoor, eventually, he began attending Juma prayers in Asnoor.
He lived/worked/went to school in Qadian until 1937, when he was 21 years old. The Khalifa then sent him to Srinagar, Kashmir to be in-charge of the growing Ahmadiyya community there. He started a newspaper called “Islah”. He seems to have held this position until July 1948.
In July of 1948, he was called to Pakistan by the Khalifa. The Khalifa was in Quetta, he ordered Khwaja Abdul Ghaffar Dar to travel across the controversial India-Pakistani border, which was very hard. He was ordered to be apart of the staff of Ghulam Nabi Gilkar (who was appointed Prime Minister by Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad in 1948). The Khalifa ordered Khwaja Abdul Ghaffar Dar to hold a press conference and give a fake name. Thus, he held the press conference and announces his name as “Munawar-Kashmiri” to Radio Pakistan. He then traveled back to Azad Kashmir. He thus worked for 17 years as part of the governmental staff of Kashmir under a fake name. Until 1965, when the Khalifa died. He worked with Sardar Ibrahim also, he was the chief publicity officer of Azad Kashmir.
daughter, Naeema Dar
son, Khawaja Abdul Qayyum Dar
son, Khawaja Abdul Hayee Dar Sahib
daughter, Saleema Munawar
She was married off to Khawaja Muhammad Yousaf (1953–2019) in the late 1960’s. Khawaja Muhammad Yousaf belonged to a very devoted Ahmadi Family of Kashmir, India. His grandfather, Ghulam Rasool Sahib belonged to a village named Hammosan on Indian side of Kashmir. During the period of 1924 to 1926 when the Khalifa visited Kashmir, Ghulam Rasool Sahib did bait on his hand and is considered amongst one of the earliest Ahmadis from the village of Hammosan. He migrated to Pakistan in 1965 during India/Pakistan war and settled down in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. He completed his higher education in Rawalpindi and got married with renowned Kashmiri leader Late Khawaja Abdul Ghaffar Dar Sahib’s daughter, Naeema Dar Sahiba. He migrated to Canada in 2015 and settled down in Peace Village. His brother is Nazeer Ahmed Khanday.
Naeema Dar and Khawaja Muhammad Yousaf had 3 children
Junaid Ahmed Saba Sahib Son
Khawaja Naveed Ahmed Sahib Son
Ahmed Jamal Sahib Son
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