Munshi Maulawi Ghulam Qadir Sahib (Fasih) was an Ahmadi from very early on (1890–1891). He seems to be an uncle of Allama Iqbal (per Akber Chaudhry). He was born in Sialkot in 1860 and died in 1912, aged 52 (See “Indian genre fiction : pasts and future histories” by Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay; Aakriti Mandhwani; Anwesha Maity published in 2019).
He was a fast friend of Maulvi Abdul Karim Sialkoti, this was his introduction to Ahmadiyya. He owned the Punjab Press (in Sialkot) and was used by MGA to print his books and etc. He was there in 1891 at the Delhi masjid with MGA, he was there at the 1st and 2nd Annual Jalsa, he was there for the debate with Athim (1893), however, he left Ahmadiyya after MGA went to Dera Baba Nanak and was trying to prove that Baba Nanak was a Muslim (1895).
He was born in Sialkot (See “Indian genre fiction : pasts and future histories” by Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay; Aakriti Mandhwani; Anwesha Maity published in 2019).
At age 15-16 he matriculated from the Scotch Mission High School (See “Indian genre fiction : pasts and future histories” by Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay; Aakriti Mandhwani; Anwesha Maity published in 2019).
He starts his own printing press business called the Punjab Press (See “Indian genre fiction : pasts and future histories” by Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay; Aakriti Mandhwani; Anwesha Maity published in 2019). He then launched his career as a writer, mostly novels.
He was one of the 12 disciples of MGA during this debate with Nadhir Hussain of Delhi (also spelled Nazhir Hussain or Nadhir Hussain or Nazhir Hussain) at the Jamia Masjid in Delhi. MGA was forced to leave via horse drawn carriage and under British-military escort. His twelve disciples formed a ring round him. The Superintendent of police arrived with a force of constables and opened a way for him through the crowd. He suggested that MGA should get into his carriage and drive home under police escort. So MGA got into the carriage with Maulawi Abdul Karim, and the rest of the party walked home on foot–Sayyid Amir Ali Shah, Ghulam Qadir Fasih, Muhammad Khan of Kapurthala, Hakim Fadl Din of Bhera, Pir Sirajul Haq, and six others.
MGA writes in Nishan Asmani how Munshi Maulawi Ghulam Qadir Sahib (Fasih) is selling copies of MGA’s books:
““””We have in stock some copies of the book Fath-e- Islam and Taudih-e-Maram, at one rupee each, and also some copies of the book Izala-e-Auham, at 3 rupees each. Postal charges are not included. Gentlemen who desire to buy these books should place an order addressed to the writer of this book at Qadian, District Gurdaspur, or acquire them from Mir Nasir Nawab Sahib, draughtsman, Canals Department, Patyala, or from Maulawi Ghulam Qadir Fasih Sahib, owner of the Punjab Press, Sialkot”””””
_______________________________________________________________________________________________1892, December 27th
At the second annual Ahmadi Jalsa, a committee, consisting of the following persons,
was also set up for the purpose of getting converts. Maulawi Nur-ud-Din (President), Munshi Ghulam Qadir Fasih of Sialkot (vice-president), Maulawi Abdul Karim (vice-president), Mirza Khuda Bakhsh (secretary), and Sh. Rahmatullah of Gujrat. The meetings were held at MGA’s house and at Khan Muhammad Ali Khan’s place. Many had come to Qadian on foot and most of
them had to sleep on the ground. About 50 persons joined the fold.
He was involved in the lead-up to the debate with Athim, he was one of the President’s of the debate, the other was the famous Dr. Clark (see Dard). MGA’s books, “Shahadatul Quran” , “TUHFA-E-BAGHDAD” and “KARAMATUS-SADIQIN” are published from the Punjab Press of Sialkot, which is owned by Ghulam Qadir Fasih (See Dard).
1. Munshi Muhammad Ismail (convener of the debate)
(Reference Jang-e-Muqaddas p.211 and “Saboot Hazir Hain” by Muhammad Mateen Khalid p.495)
MGA’s books “Hamamatul Bushra” and “ANWARUL-ISLAM” are published from the Punjab Press of Sialkot, which is owned by Ghulam Qadir Fasih (See Dard). There were never any books published ever again.
He worked with MGA and his team of writers on the “Arabic, the mother of all languages”, however, the book wasn’t published until 1922 (See Dard).
He traveled with MGA to see the Chola of Baba Nanak (see Dard).
He quits Ahmadiyya (See the Seeratul Mahdi quote).
He died at age 52 (See “Indian genre fiction : pasts and future histories” by Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay; Aakriti Mandhwani; Anwesha Maity published in 2019).
MIRZA AND MUNSHI GHULAM QADIR FASIH SIALKOTI
SEERATUL MAHDI PART-III PAGE 681
“”””(755) stated to me by Dr. Mir Muhammad Ismail Sahib that Munshi Ghulam Qadir Fasih Sialkoti paid allegiance to Hazrat sb soon after his claim of masih maoud. He shows great zeal and selflessness in the beginning. So Hazrat sb has mentioned him in his book IZALA AUHAM. He was a fast friend of hazrat Molvi Abdul Karim sb. He did not hobble at the time of Athim’s shock, nor he reeled on the issue of nikah of Muhammadi Begum. How did he hobble was strange. He did hobble when Hazrat sb went to see chola sahib at Dera Baba Nanak Batala and after that he intended to write book SAT BACHAN. At this stage Munshi Ghulam Qadir said what kind of Mashi is this that he is wasting his time in such non sense activities just to prove that Baba Nanak was a Muslim. This is not a deed to be done by a person calibre of masih so he quit and never returned here till his death. This humble author says Munshi sahib was an english speaking educated and learned man and was president in the Debate with Athim from our side. But unfortunately he got knocked down.””””
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He is mentioned in the ROR of May-1943 in terms of the debate with Athim.
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