He was born in 1859-1918. Mir Hamid Shah was the son of Mir Hisamuddin (also spelled Hassam ud Din)(MGA called him the Chief of Sialkot), who was MGA’s old friend from his days at Sialkot (1863/4-1868). Per Ahmadiyya sources (Ahmadipedia) Mir Hamid Shah of Sailkot pledged allegiance to Mirza Ghulam Ahmad on 29 December 1890. His wife Feroza Begum pledged allegiance on 7 February 1892. In 1896, he was listed as companion #13 and his names is spelled as Sayyid Hamid Shah, Sialkot (See Dard). MGA mentioned him in Izala-e-Auham, Asmani Faislah, Aina-e-Kamalat-e-Islam, Tohfa-e-Qaisariyyah, Siraj-e-Munir, Kitab-ul-Bariyyah, Haqiqatul-Wahi, and Malfuzat Volume 5.
By 1899, Mir Hamid Shah was working as a Deputy Superintendent, District Sialkot. 10 years later, in 1906, MGA makes him a member of the 14-man Sadr Anjuman. In 1914, the split happened and he delayed his bait with the 2nd Khalifa. Soon thereafter, the 2nd Khalifa made him a member of the 8-man “Anjuman Tarraqi Islam”. 4 years later, during the raging of the Spanish Flu, he died.
He had seven sons and three daughters.
Mir Hisamuddin (also spelled Hassam ud Din), he was dead by 1890.
Syed Mir Hassan was his brother and ahmadiyya sources allege that he was the teacher of Allama Iqbal.
Per Ahmadiyya sources (Ahmadipedia) Mir Hamid Shah of Sailkot pledged allegiance to Mirza Ghulam Ahmad on 29 December 1890.
He also wrote his famous book, “Al Qaulul Fasl”, wherein he objected to the famous review by Syed Muhammad Hussain Batalvi of the mid-1880’s.
His wife Feroza Begum pledged allegiance on 7 February 1892. He attended the second ever Jalsa Salana and he recited a Qasida in honour of MGA (See Dard).
In 1896, he was listed as companion #13 and his names is spelled as Sayyid Hamid Shah, Sialkot (See Dard).
MGA gave his name to the British authorities as someone they should trust to be a character witness for MGA and his court cases (see Dard).
He gets sick and MGA writes him a letter, he is working as a Deputy Superintendent, District Sialkot.
Per Dard, he is listed as #26 in terms of donating money for the building of Minaratul Masih.
MGA makes him a member of the 14-man Sadr Anjuman.
He was there in Qadian right after MGA’s funeral was completed. He was named as a candidate for the Khilafat by Noorudin. He ended up accepting the Khilafat of Noorudin.
Urdu couplets, Paigham-e-Sulh, December 28, 1913, p. 8
It seems that he wrote essay’s for the Lahori-Ahmadi newspaper, the “Pagham-e-Sulh”.
Mir Hamid Shah of Sialkot writes:
Understand this point, my dears! Understand it well, We should never forget the teachings of the Messiah. The Nabi, Mulham, the Mujaddid—he is all of these. We should continue to make that proclamation.
See Dost Muhammad Shahid in Tareekh Ahmadiat Vol-4 pages 467
He was at the funeral of the 1st Khalifa and stood up to speak as nominations for Khalifa commenced. He seems to have stood up at the same time as Muhammad Ali and thus stopped him from speaking. He delayed giving bait, however, after a few days, he seems to have given bait to the 2nd Khalifa (see “Aenas Sadaqat”). Soon thereafter, the 2nd Khalifa made him a member of the 8-man “Anjuman Tarraqi Islam”, along with Mirza Bashir Ahmad, Maulvi Syed Muhammad Ahsan, Nawab Muhammad Ali Khan, Sayyid Hamid Shah, Maulvi Sher Ali, Assistant Surgeon Dr. Mir Muhammad Ismail, Dr. Khalifa Rasheeddudin and Seith Abdur Rehman Madrasi.
Al Hakam, 21 November 1918
Hazrat Sheikh Yaqub Ali Irfani, Editor Al Hakam (Urdu)
The morning of 16 November 1918 arrived, along with news from Sialkot transmitted by telegram. This news came as a shock to the residents of Qadian.
The telegram was regarding the passing away of Mir Hamid Shah Sahib, which was sent by his son Syed Ahmad Shah, in which he wrote, “Due to heart failure, Mir Hamid Shah Sahib has passed away.”
This news was conveyed to Khalifatul Masih II, may God be his helper. The grief the news of Shah Sahib’s demise brought was visible on Huzoor’s face.
Along with the telegram was a written letter from Shah Sahib which caused a bit of confusion. However, having accepted the news of his demise, the first matter Khalifatul Masih thought of was to make arrangements of bringing Shah Sahib’s body to Qadian and to know in detail the final moments of Shah Sahib.
For this purpose, I, the editor of Al Hakam, was sent in the first car [to Sialkot] to express my condolences. Upon arrival, [all doubt was removed as] I came to know that Shah Sahib had in reality passed away.
The events leading to Shah Sahib’s demise is a lesson we all can learn from.
For the past 25 years, Shah Sahib was regular in offering Tahajud prayer. The news of Khalifatul Masih’s illness caused him a lot of grief. Shah Sahib prayed excessively for Huzoor. Two days prior to his demise, at the time of Tahajud, he said to his family that he had prayed a lot, yet his prayer had not been accepted. He said it was possible that he had failed to express the extreme humility and self-mortification required for the acceptance of prayer. Immediately after saying this, he made his way to the roof of the house, leaving behind both his hat and shoes, fell into prostration and began praying fervently for a long time. His wife also went to the roof but returned after seeing him in prostration.
Thus, after summoning up extreme humility and self-mortification, he prayed until he was satisfied that his prayer had been heard. He came down and stated that his prayer had been accepted but now he himself has fallen ill and said that he was feeling an aching pain near his right shoulder. He showed no sign of concern for this pain, rather he was satisfied that he was able to show humility and self-mortification for prayer.
On 14 November 1918, after Maghrib prayer, he said to Hakim Ahmad Din Sahib, “I am feeling a pain in my right shoulder. I have taken the medicine that was prescribed in Qadian, which my family members were able to benefit from. However, it has no effect on me. What do you suggest?” He also stated, “Do not think that I fear death. Death is a beautiful concept as it is the only means of meeting one’s True Beloved [i.e. God]. However, my nature is such that I cannot bear the prolongation of pain.”
Thus, after this, Shah Sahib went to Master Abdul Aziz Sahib’s home, who is a master tailor. There, during a table talk, he said, “My soul yearns to meet with my True Beloved [i.e. God] and the only way to do so is through death. Death is not a scary concept, rather it is beautiful. I do not fear it, nor do I worry about it. However, human nature does not wish to die suffering in pain.”
After this, he offered Isha prayer and fell asleep. He woke up for Tahajud prayer as was his practice. After offering Tahajud prayer, he once again mentioned the aching pain he was feeling and asked for tea. Shah Sahib’s beloved wife prepared tea, which he drank. He then asked his daughter to press on his right shoulder where he was feeling pain. As she placed her hand on his shoulder, he passed away and met with his Beloved which, since last night, he was yearning for.
إِنَّا لِلہِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُوْن
[“Surely, to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return.”]
Shah Saihb passed away on 15 November at 2 o’clock, at which time the news spread in Qadian that “the saint of the city has passed away”.
Shah Sahib was just over 59 years old when he passed away. Shah Sahib, along with his virtues and morals, was extremely beneficial and a blessing for the Jamaat. He had great humility, devotion and obedience for the Promised Messiah and the Ahl-e-Bait. These qualities demand from me that I say something about Shah Sahib. Shah Sahib’s name has been preserved in the writings and history of the Jamaat in crystal-clear words. God willing, I will write about his virtues, qualities and other aspects with great detail. For now, with a heavy heart, I convey the message of the passing away of our beloved brother to the Al Hakam readers. I request everyone to offer Hazrat Shah Sahib’s funeral prayer in their respective localities.
The passing away of Shah Sahib brings huge grief and is a loss for the Jamaat. However, I believe that behind this grief also lies great reward.
As Shah Sahib’s life was a means of increasing the sincerity and morality in members of the Jamaat, similarly, his demise shall be a means of increasing the level of faith and knowledge among the community.
Shah Sahib leaves behind many family members and offspring. He had many sincere friends. Shah Sahib has temporarily been buried in Sialkot, but will very soon be buried in Bahishti Maqbarah, Qadian.
The entire Jamaat has immense respect for Shah Sahib’s family and this news will be read with a lot of grief and sadness. I pray to God that he may grant Shah Sahib a lofty place in paradise and elevate his status, and may He grant his family patience. Amin.
As I have stated above, Shah Sahib’s virtues and qualities will be written on in detail and will be published in Al Hakam very soon, insha-Allah.
(Translated by Jalees Ahmad)
He is mentioned 9 times by the 2nd Khalifa in his famous book on the split, “Aenas Sadaqat”.
A grandson of his was killed in the Lahore attacks. His grandson was named, Syed Irshaad Ali , son of Syed Samiullah Shah (who served as principal of Jamia Ahmadiyya also). His paternal grandfather Khaslat Ali Shah and his maternal grandfather Mir Hamid Shah.
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