Mawlānā Dost Muhammad Shāhid (rh) was the official historian of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. He wrote the 5 volume history of the Community known as “Tārīkh-e-Ahmadiyya”(History of Ahmadiyya). He was a saintly and scholarly man with an encyclopedic memory. I find it benefiting the Western world therefore, to reproduce here all his works that have been translated into English. May Allah shower His blessings upon his soul!
On August 28, 2009 in the month of Ramadān, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (may Allah be his helper), delivered a khutbah (Friday Sermon) about Mawlānā Shāhid at his passing.
Hudhūr said he was not simply an historian; rather his life was a chapter of the history of Ahmadiyyat. He was a luminary who was ever ready to spread Ahmadiyyat, the true Islam. He had an incredible memory. Hudhūr said it would not be out of place to say that he was an encyclopaedic person. In fact, Hudhūr said, Hadhrat Khalīfat al-Masīh IV (may Allah have mercy on him) did indeed make this observation. Hudhūr said he retained extensive information on the lives of early saints andmujaddidīn (reformers of Islam) to the point of remembering the name of the relevant book and the page number where certain information was.
Hudhūr said he would make only a few observations from his many personal qualities. He was a most selfless person who spent most of his time in the way of serving religion. He was a life-devotee who had an intense connection with the Caliphate. He was an extremely pious and prayerful person but whenever people requested him to pray for them he would say ‘do not ask me, write to Khalīfah of the time.’ He was utterly humble. Hudhūr said every time he read something new he sent Hudhūr a photo-copy of the material. He deserves to be referred to as a scholar who practised his scholarship. Hudhūr said it is natural to be concerned at the passing away of such great obliging associates but one prays that God will always provide us with great, obliging associates.”
Hudhūr called him “the champion of references”.
He wrote the official history of the Community in 5 volumes known as “Tārīkh-e-Ahmadiyya”. He also wrote a research article on the southasian Islamist group Jama’at-e-Islami in 1951 under guidance of Caliph II of the Ahmadiyya Community. In 1992, he was awarded “Man of the Year” by the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge UK. In 1982 he was imprisoned for a few days in the way of God. In 1988 he was imprisoned in Gurjanwala District Jail, Pakistan. He continued to give Dars al-Qur’an in jail and also did Tabligh. He had to do hard labour while in prison. In 1974, he was part of the Ahmadi delegation representing the Ahmadiyya Jama’āt in the National Assembly of Pakistan defending their case as Muslims (when the government of Pakistan under Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto declared Ahmadis as non-Muslims per constitutional law). He was the last surviving member of that delegation and subsequently made television programs on MTA (Muslim Television Ahmadiyya) of what transpired then. A few days before passing away, he dreamed that the first Muslim Nobel Laureate in science, Dr. Abdus Salam, said the Islamic greeting ‘as-salāmu ‘alaykum’ (may peace be upon you) to him. At any distress he would say ‘write to the Khalīfah of the time.’ He had eight thousand books in his personal library. His Works – Glory of the Qur’an – The First Bay’ah (Initiation) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community – Shāh Ni’matullāh the Saint and his Qasīdah – The Wonder of Dreams – Pakistan Movement and the part played by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community: Part I – Part II – The Advent of the Fifteenth Century after the Hijrah – Life of Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad – Death of Jesus and the Renaissance of Islam – Chosen Saints and the Bigoted Mullahs in Islamic History Interview with Mawlana Dost Muhammad Shahid in Urdu