Hazrat Babuji's services to religion and the community


Hazrat Babuji (R.A) consolidated and build further upon the foundations of service to religion and the Muslim Ummah that had laid by Hazrat Syedna Pir Meher Ali Shah (R.A). His services in this sphere included:

(a) establishment of a full-fledged Jamia (school) of religious educations at Golra, with arrangements for board and lodging etc. of 60-70 students as well as there teachers;

(b) setting up of a library comprising about 6,000 books and rare manuscripts on religious subjects and of a "dar-ul-ifta" (office for delivering legal opinions);

(c) Re-printing in presentable form of all Hazrat's books and writings and their systematic publication; and

(d) organization and management of the various periodic functions, e.g., various Urs celebrations, ashoora (Martyrdom commemoration of Hazrat Imam Hussain), Milad-un-Nabi (Birthday of Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H)), Miraj-un-Nabi (ascension towards Heaven of the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H)), and so on. Eminent Ulama deliver lectures and discourses in these functions on topics appropriate to each occasion.

Besides the aforesaid services at the local level, Hazrat Babuji (R.A) also extended his support to wider religious causes elsewhere as well. He was, for example, in the forefront of backers of the All-India Muslim League in its struggle for the creation of a separate Muslim homeland in the shape of Pakistan, as part of the political scheme for the liberation of India from British rule. During the Kashmir jihad of 1947-48, when the Muslims of that predominantly Muslim princely State rose an arms against its non-Muslim ruler's decision to join India instead of Pakistan contrary to the basic principles of the scheme for the partition of India, Babuji provided all- out financial and material help to the mujahideen. In the "Khatm-e-Nabuwwat" (Finality of Prophethood) movement of the early 1950's, Babuji expressed complete solidarity with the rest of the orthodox Muslim ulama and common people of Pakistan, in their struggle to have a Qadyani creed declared heretical and its adherence as being outside the pale of Islam . He had personal meetings with the then Governor-General of Pakistan Ghulam Muhammad, and the Prime Minister, Khwaja Nizaam-ud-din, to register his support for the movement. Even though the struggle did not meet with immediate success, it did help pave the ground for the day when, twenty-odd years later, the elected legislator of Islamic Republic of Pakistan unanimously declared the Qadyani community to be outside the pale of Islam on 7th September 1974.

In Pakistan's defensive war with India in September 1965, too, Hazrat Babuji not only generously subscribed to the war effort himself, but also stressed upon his devotees to do the same in every possible way.