Maulvi Syed Muhammad Sarwar Shah was a Qadiani-Ahmadi. He became an Ahmadi sometime between 1897 and 1901.Per Ahmadiyya sources he was a heavy smoker and opium addict. The reference which explains how Sarwar Shah took opium is from Tazkiratul Mahdi, it was written by Sahibzada Sirajul Haq, and very early on in this history of Ahmadiyya, in fact, Upal recently quoted it. Nu’mani, Sirajulhaq (1915). Tazkiratul Mahdi. Qadian, India: Zia-ul-Islam Press. See Upal’s bibliography, page 128 of the book.
He officially represented Mirza Ghulam on Oct 29th-30, 1902 in a debate at a small village named Madh District Amritsar (See Hidden Treasures). Its unclear where and how he became a Maulvi. Nevertheless, Sarwar Shah and another Ahmadi (Maulvi Abdullah) debated the famous Maulvi Sanaullah. By 1906, he was a teacher at the Talim ul Islam High School aka Ahmadiyya Madrassa aka Jamia. He seems to have also taught Mahmud Ahmad, the future Khalifa.
In 1914, he sided with the Mirza family at Qadian. In fact, he helped Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad say the words of bait shortly after he was elected as Khalifa. The Khalifa immediately made his the Principal at Jamia Ahmadiyya. His grandson married a daughter of Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad. Maulvi Syed Sarwar Shah sahib had son named Syed Mubarik Shah. He lives in Hamburg, Germany. He is age fellow of Professor Chaudhry Ghulam Rasool sahib. They know each other from the days in Qadian. Until his last visit to USA in 2012 Professor sahib talked to Syed Mubarik Shah on telephone, in this writers presence. According to professor sahib, QK2 made sure that Syed Mubarik Shah does not get formal education and able to live good independent life as respected person. QK2 also made him part of inner circle of orgies and immorality. On telephone he used to repent on his life of sin he spent in company of QK2. During life of marhoom Abdul Mannan Omar sahib, Syed Mubarik Shah use to call him and literally cry and ask him to pray for his forgiveness. In the literature produced by Haqqiqat Passand Party there is detail of horrific disrespect of Holy Quran, involving QK2, his wife Maryam Begum, and young teenage boy Syed Mubarik Shah.
In 1914, at a make-shift Jamia, the teaching staff consisted of Hafiz Roshan Ali, Maulvi Ismail Sahib Halalpuri and Mir Mohammad Ishaq (MGA’s brother-in-law)(See Devotion of Life, page 160).
His wife and children??
We only know of one, Syed Dawood Muzaffar Shah. Syed Dawood Muzaffar Shah’s mother is a daughter of Maulvi Syed Muhammad Sarwar Shah, thus, he is a maternal grand-son.
He is not listed in the famous list of 313 Ahmadi’s.
He became an Ahmadi sometime between 1897 and 1901.
He officially represented Mirza Ghulam on Oct 29th-30, 1902 in a debate at a small village named Madh District Amritsar (See Hidden Treasures). Its unclear where and how he became a Maulvi. Nevertheless, Sarwar Shah and another Ahmadi debated vs. the famous Maulvi Sanaullah. MGA mentioned him in E’jaz-i-Ahmadi (I‘jāz-e-Ahmadi) 3 times. MGA mentions this entire debate in this book.
He is made a teacher at the Madrassa Ahmadiyya at Qadian, which seems to be connected to the Talim ul Islam High School.
He is a member of the Ahmadi delegation at the famous debate at Rampur vs. Maulvi Sanaullah and his team. Maulavi Syed Muhammad Ahsan, Maulavi Muhammad Ali and Haafiz Raushan Ali were also there (see Nur ud Din, page 125).
In 1909 Maulawi Muhammad Ahsan brought out a book on the subject of a controversy held at Rampur, between himself and Maulawi Sanaullah of Amritsar, under the auspices of the Nawab of Rampur. On page 67 of the book under the heading “Discussion relating to partial prophethood in subordination to complete prophethood,” Maulawi Muhammad Ahsan wrote:
“By following the Holy Prophetsa one can be granted partial prophethood in subordination to complete prophethood for helping the cause of the religion of Islam.” [See “Truth About the Split” (1921), online english edition].
Al-Badr, October 27, 1910
On October 9, 1910, a delegation of Ahmadi scholars went on a tour of Uttar Pradesh and this delegation was headed by Maulavi Syed Sarwar Shah and included people like Mufti Muhammad Sadiq, Khawaja Kamal-ud-Din, and Maulavi Sadruddin. When the delegation arrived in Lucknow, it had a meeting with Maulana Shibli No‘amaani, who made a special reference to Maulana Hakeem Noor-ud-Deen, who, at that time, was the head of Ahmadiyya Jama‘at. Maulana Shibli No‘amaani said, “Maulavi Hakeem Noor-ud-Deen is a giant among scholars and I have a keen desire to meet him and, as a matter of fact, I had decided to leave for Qadian but the visit was put off due to an accident.”
In 1914, at a make-shift Jamia, the teaching staff consisted of Hafiz Roshan Ali, Maulvi Ismail Sahib Halalpuri and Mir Mohammad Ishaq (MGA’s brother-in-law)(See Devotion of Life, page 160). He famously helped the newly elected Khalifa recite the oath of initiation (bait).
He was at the 1914 Jalsa at Qadian and even gave a speech.
The ROR of February-1916 reports that he was at the 1915-Jalsa at Qadian and even gave some speeches.
The ROR of June-1916 alleges that three Qadiani-Ahmadi missionaries were sent to Chittagong, Bengal, British-India (modern day Chattogram, Bangladesh). It was Fateh Muhammad Sayyal, Moulvi Sayed Sarwaar Shah and Maulvie Sheikh Abdur Rahman (graduate of Al-Azhar, and a Maulvie Fazil). The ROR alleges that their place of residence was set on fire and these murrabi’s barely escaped.
The ROR of Nov-Dec-1918 reports that Maulvi Sarwar Shah is giving speeches daily on the Holy Quran, this is during the spanish flu (influenza epidemic) which broke out at Qadian. He is listed as secretary for education as the community at Qadian was re-organized.
Glimpses of book Kashful Ikhtilaf by Molvi Syed Sarwar Shah
Free download: Al Kushful Ikhtilaaf
Published February 1920
His letters to Muhammad Ali Lahori, have been summarised as under:-
“Molana you are a good man but have two weaknesses, one you are short tempered person and the other one you rely upon your friend (Khwaja Kamaluddin) more than anything. This was the reason that during the life time of Hazrat sb (MGQ), you had shown your reaction on petty affairs so much that you got ready to leave Qadian and to this day you are not willing to forget your grievances against Khalifatul Masih (Mirza Mahmoud)andAhle Bait, meaning Mirza Family.
Do u remember hazrat sahib (MGQ) had related his dream to you that Kh. Kamaluddin has got mad and wanted to attack on him when he asked someone to get him out, he left the place himself then Hazrat sahib asked you to write to kamaluddin to seek repentance of Allah excessively. Instead of repenting, Kh. Kamaluddin, start raising question on hazrat sahib(MGQ)for financial irregularities and you supported to him as well.
May I also remind you of our travel to Gujrat when we were riding on a Tonga of Nawab Khan Sahib Tehsildar, I, was sitting beside you on rear seat and khwaja Sahib were sitting on front Seat with Driver.
Khwaja Sahib sought permission to pose a question and took hours to complete his question which was :-
in past we used to motivate our wives that they should try to follow the life style of Ambiya and Sahabas, they eat dry bread in lesser quantity, they wear thick and worn out patched cloths and spend much of their income for needs of nation. In this way we could succeed in saving some money to send to Qadiani for Jamaat. (Chanda).
But when our women had visited Qadian and saw the women of Mirza family and other residents themselves, they said to us “you were telling lie to us. We have seen ourselves the life style of Ambia and Sahabas. Their women are living such luxurious life that we can not even think of. Whereas we pay to them our hard earned money, while they are spending money for luxuries, that is received by them in the name of service of Islam. So you are liar and has kept us in dark by telling lie and now we are not going to spare money for sending it to Qadian.
Then Khwaja sahib said you don,t have true answer to this question whatever you reply to people, would not be valid in front of me. Then you (Muhammad Ali Lahori) replied to Khwaja sahib that Ambiya,s deed,except the deeds of Hazrat Muhammad s.a.w., are of two types one that happens as a prophet the other one that happens due to his being a BASHAR so the deeds as Bashar are not pure from the faults like all mankind. This reply depressed me and put under severe kind of pain and I kept on reciting “Lahoula wala quwwata illa billahil azeem.” In my heart.
Molana I have heard Hazrat Masihe Moud saying, it is the will of Allah that the Langar (free meal to poor)should be managed by him and if he withdraws from the management, this LANGAR would not be run for a single day. But this Kamaluddin, time and again insists that LANGAR management may be handed over to him. I told you of this and you brought Kwaja sahib to me to tell him of the instructions of Hazrat sahib regarding LANGAR.
Still Kwaja Sahib reiterated his stance that the langar management is harming the precious religious engagements of Hazrat sahib and the staff is not running it properly and spending excessive money so that is why it may be handed over to him. Then Khwaja sahib asked you to talk to hazrat sahib again but you said you would accompany him but would not talk.
Here I recall written complaint of financial irregularity against Hazrat sahib (MGQ)by one namely Babu Sahib and this was also supported by khwaja sahib who then complained about Langar that how Mir Sahib wastes the Meal by distributing it among gardeners and feeding to the garden dogs.
Many times Hazrat sahib has mentioned the weakness of IMAN of Khwaja Sahib and described the example of Saadullah Ludhianvi, in this regard. Then Hazrat Sahib ordered for publication of Ishtihar of Jalsa Azam which was also opposed by Khwaja Kamaluddin and he published subsequently when hazrat Sahib pressed hard for it.
Molana your friend Khawaja Kamaluddin conspired to break this Jamaat by making few notables to his side and the plan was to earn money by Tabligh in Europe. So he got hold of you first and unfortunately you became his supporter. I remember those meetings where Khawaja Kamaluddin was described as the POLOS OF JAMAATE AHMADIYYA.
Khwaja Kamaluddin used to tell somebody in front of you that we may place him (Muhammad Ali) ahead in the Jamaat. He also used to advise you how to stop Mirza Mahmoud ‘s selection as Khalifa. Kamaluddin studied your personality weaknesses of being short tempered and flattery lover. In fact you became a tool in the hand of Khwaja Kamaluddin.
Molvi Sahib think of the circumstances when Akhbar e watan was proposed which was the beginning of the scheme of Khwaja Kamaluddin. When at an evening Hazrat Sahib (MGQ) suddenly entered your room and said I want to ask you one thing which is, what is the reason that many Islamic magazines were published but remained ineffective but your magazine has great influence. If you publish a magazine without mentioning me, (MGQ), you would be presenting dead Islam which many non Ahmadis present. Then you immediately blamed Khwaja sahib by saying that Huzur same are my views here but It is Khwaja sahib who is insisting to publish a magazine without mentioning Huzur (MGQ). Then Huzur got a letter written to Khwaja sb by you. But now (after MGQ), you are publishing Magazines without any reference to hazrat Sahib (MGQ).
You made it an issue that Mirza Mahmoud declares non Ahmadis as Kafir, but it was not the real issue otherwise you would not have proposed him a Khalifa for Qadian while nominating the Khulafa e Masih. Or you would have made his nomination conditional that he repent from excommunication of Muslims, but no such condition was attached nor Mian sahib has repented for excommunication. After baiyat of Mian
Mahmoud You peoples also said only 20% of the Jamaat peoples pledged their Baiyat to him.
Khwaja Kamaluddin supported Hakim Nuruddin to become Khalifa after hazrat Masih e Moud but they insisted that Khalifa should not rule on Sadar Anjuman and Anjuman should be beyond the Khalifa,s rule. Khawaja Kamaluddin tried to get Khalifa under his influence but does not succeed then he starts saying that it was our mistake to make him (Nuruddin) a Kahalifa.
When Khalifa was to decide the issue of Anjuman, you said if Khalifa decides against what we think is right we would not accept any such decision because we know that Anjuman has the authority to appoint Khalifa and it does not come under the jurisdiction of Khalifa, rather Khalifa is supposed to obey Anjuman as we are a body came into existence on the WASSIYYAT OF hazrat Masih Moud (MGQ).
After this decision you and your supporters abused all those found to have opposite opinion. So much so Hazrat Nana Jan (Mir. Nasir Nawab) was not spared, abuses were hurled upon him he was about to be beaten, had he not taken refuge in the house of Hazrat Masih e Moud.
Next day Khalifatul Masih (Molv Nuruddin) led the Fajr prayer wherein a revealing condition prevailed upon him while reciting Surah Alburuj verses meant “ those who spread fitna among believers if they do not repent then hell fire would be their destination where they would be burnt” This was God ,s decision for you but to the surprise and shock of others you did not accept this.
But Molvi Nuruddin Sahib delivered a lecture afterward and asked you people to repent and take a fresh Bayat. You and your friend pledged their Baiyat. But then you reprimanded Khawaja sahib and said we have been humiliated at the hand of Our own made Khalifa and now I am not going to stay here anymore. “
Additional quotes from Kashf-ul-Ikhtilaf
Kashf-ul-Ikhtilaf, P. 13, by Sawar Shah Qadiani, via http://www.irshad.org/exposed/rags.php.
“I have a question for which I have no answer. Please provide me with one. Formerly, we used to tell our wives that we should live the lives of the Companions who ate meager and coarse food and wore rough cloth and donated whatever they could save to the cause of Allah. We urged them to do the same. By means of these admonitions, we used to collect money from people and from our wives and send it to Qadian. But, when our wives themselves visited Qadian and came to know of the state of affair first hand, they angrily returned and told us that we were untruthful. They said they had seen the manner in which the wives of the Prophets and Companions were living in Qadian! Not even a fraction of the comfort and luxury enjoyed by their wives was experienced by those outside (Qadian). This is despite the fact that the money is not remitted to them (for their personal use) but for expenditure in the cause of Allah. We shall spend on ourselves whatever we have as it is our money earned through lawful means. Hence, they said, we were liars who had been deceiving them for long and that they would never again be deceived by us. Thus, they refused to give us any money to send to Qadian… There is a favorite reply which you provide people; this can not hold in my case, as I know the truth personally.”
Kashf-ul-Ikhtilaf, P. 15, by Sawar Shah Qadiani, via http://www.irshad.org/exposed/rags.php.
“What a shame! You are aware how arduously the money of the people is collected; and then this money is not spent for the national purposes for which people donate it, after shaving off their expenditures for their bare necessities. Instead, the money is spent to gratify personal desires; and then, the amount of money is also quite large. It is so large that only if the money specified for public kitchen was managed properly, it alone would suffice to meet the requirements of those projects which have been started but are now in suspense due to the shortage of funds.”
Kashf-ul-Ikhtilaf, P. 14-15, by Sawar Shah Qadiani, via http://www.irshad.org/exposed/rags.php.
“I have reliably come to know that the Promised Messiah (upon him be the salutation and peace of God) has expressed great sorrow that despite his declaration that it is the desire of God that the management of the public kitchen remain in his hands (Mirza was appropriating and directing the funds) and otherwise the public kitchen would come to an end, persons like Khwaja are constantly asking him to entrust the management of the kitchen to them and have invidious doubts about him.”
Maulvi Sarwar Shah is mentioned in the ROR of May-1947.
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