Maulana Mahboob Alam seems to be the first missionary who was sent to Kotli, Azad Kashmir by the Ahmadiyya jamaat, most likely in 1904, he had joined Ahmadiyya in 1897, and was thus a companion of MGA, his age in this era is unknown, his grandson gave an oral biography about 30 years ago.
Ahmadiyya sources tell us that he was able to start lots of Ahmadiyya jamaats in Mirpur (currently there don’t seem to be many Ahmadi’s here, 2019) and Poonch, ahmadiyya sources claim that he was able to get people to convert to Ahmadiyya from villages like timenkot, Charnali village, Arabari village, there was a certain Ahmadi, Haji Ameer Alam who became the President of all the Ahmadiyya jamaat’s in Azad Kashmir for a long time, he was friends with Maulana Mahboob Alam, he was made an Ahmadi and he donated a masjid (location unknown). In roughly 1910–1913, Maulana Mahboob Alam had already spent at least 5-7 years in the Kotli area getting converts, it is thought that he was sent to Kotli around 1904 by MGA. Nevertheless, by 1910, he was asking to abruptly move to Gujrat and wrote a letter to the Khalifa (Noorudin) wherein he asked for permission, the Khalifa refused, in the meantime, he found a Muslim by the name of Chaudhry Allah Ditta, who seems to have begged Maulana Mahboob Alam to stay and to teach his children the Quran, per Ahmadiyya sources at least. Nevertheless, Chaudhry Allah Ditta had allowed this Maulana Mahboob Alam to stay in a house of his, however, he had sold the land and the Ahmadi imam that he would have to leave soon. Maulana Mahboob Alam flatly refused. Chaudhry Allah Ditta totally went missing after that, this appears to be a murder by the Ahmadi imam. Early on during the Khilafat of Mirza Basheer-ud-din Mahmud Ahmad (started in March of 1914), he asked to leave Azad Kashmir, but even this time the Khalifa refused. After this refusal, he never asked again and thus remained in the Kotli district for the rest of his life. In 1933, he was allowed to visit Qadian during the Jalsa (most likely December) and on his way back, he stopped at his home village in Gujrat. Remember, Maulana Mahboob Alam claimed to receive divine revelations, just like MGA’s “ummati-nabuwwat”, however, it was on a much smaller scale, there is a famous story of how he was revealed Quranic verses. Nevertheless, the story of his death contains one such Quranic verse. He died on January 4th, 1934, in Gujrat and was buried there. In the same interview, the grandson of Maulana Mahboob Alam tells us that the house/mosque structure which is in the background was actually the place wherein the Maulana had to sleep in 1904 when he was sent to District Kotli. Ahmadi’s have turned it into a shrine, Mirza Tahir Ahmad even visited in roughly 1957, before his Khilafat. Maulana Mahboob Alam grandson tells us that this place is called “Yad-Gar” Masjid in Kotli. It seems to be the only Ahmadiyya mosque in Azad Kashmir.
son–Maulana Ahmad Din
son–Maulana Abdur Rahman (his son is in this video telling us the whole history)
_____________________________________________________________________________________________Additional data on Ahmadiyya in Azad Kashmir
The Ex-Ahmadi in this video claims that his ancestors and him were from Sodhan Gali, Azad Kashmir. It can be found here on google maps. He estimates that in the Kotli District, there are about 1,200 Ahmadi’s. In this video, this ex-ahmadi explains the origins of Ahmadiyya in Azad Kashmir, he claims that there is 1000 Ahmadi’s in and around Kotli. He also claims that there are Ahmadi’s in Goi, Azad Kashmir, about 300-400. Which seems to be a small village about 10-20 miles northeast of Kotli. It is up in the mountains and the border of India is just a few miles away. In 1973, the Ahmadiyya Jamaat published a book which was a breakdown of history of Ahmadiyya in Jammu and Kashmir (and Azad Kashmir). In that book the Ahmadi editors wrote that there were 81,000 Ahmadi’s in Kashmir and Azad Kashmir. There are Ahmadi’s in the village of Barali as well. A notable Ahmadi company in this area is the Aamer Brothers. In Bhabhra Heelan, a village in District Kotli, they tried to build a mosque in 2008 and faced lots of opposition.There are Ahmadi’s in the village of Barali as well. A notable Ahmadi company in this area is the Aamer Brothers. Next door in Kashmir, the Ahmadiyya movement has about 10 places of worship in 4-6 villages and one main mosque in Srinagar.
He died on January 4th, 1934, in Gujrat and was buried there.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________Links and Related Essay’s
- SNEDDEN, CHRISTOPHER (2013) [FIRST PUBLISHED AS THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE PEOPLE OF AZAD KASHMIR, 2012], KASHMIR: THE UNWRITTEN HISTORY, HARPERCOLLINS INDIA,ISBN 9350298988
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