By Mussawir Momen USA
Moulana Ahmad Kabir Noor Mohammad (ra), from Chittagong district and a famous Mohsin awlia (saintly person), came from Yemen and first spread Islam to this part of Bengal. Moulana Ahmad Kabir Noor Mohammad (ra) was an 8th generation descendant from Mohsin awlia’s nephew, Shah Sikandar who had also come with him from Yemen. Moulana Ahmad Kabir Noor Mohammad (ra) received his highest education from Deoband Dar-ul-Ulum of India and received in-depth religious knowledge. He was a learned Alim on Islamic teachings in light of the Holy Quran and Hadeeth. He would counsel and advise people to turn their attention to God. People were drawn to him because of his recitation of the Holy Quran with a beautiful and melodious voice and also because his speeches were emotional and touching. Thus he was recognized as a respectable, religious scholar in society. He was aware of the fact that mujadded’s appeared at the turn of every century. When he heard that Hadhrat Masih Moud (as) claimed to be the mujadded who was to appear at the beginning of the 14th century, he started to think deeply and seek guidance through prayers – and look how miraculously his prayers were answered.
He went to Rangoon in Mynamar, and there started a trading business. However, his health deteriorated in Rangoon, and upon the advice of his doctor he went to Uttar Pradesh in northern India in 1905 for a change for his health. On his way, he stopped in Delhi for some time. The Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmed Qadiani (as), was also at Delhi at that time. It was his last trip to Delhi. There was strong mukhalifat (opposition) of mullahs. The edicts of mullahs against the Promised Messiah were published in the papers. Moulana Saheb became sad and thought that if someone claims to be a messenger of God and the leader of the spiritual world, then his claim should be examined under the light of the Holy Quran and Ahadeeth. He felt that the mullahs were doing excess which is against the norm of peaceful Islamic custom. He felt that he should visit the Promised Messiah and go and check for himself.
When he arrived in Qadian, and came across Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as)’s illuminated countenance, his heart bore witness that this was not the face of a liar. He then exchanged some thoughts and views with him, and thereafter being fully satisfied from all angles, he immediately took baiat at the Promised Messiah (as)’s hands. The year of bai’at is not exactly known, but taking into account various facts, is thought to be in the later part of 1905.
After some time he returned to his village home in Chittagong and engaged himself in tabligh like a full-fledged soldier. He was the only Ahmadi in the whole of Eastern Bengal at that time. He conducted lots of meetings and spread the news of the advent of the Promised Messiah (as) and Imam Mehdi. Immediately mukhalifat (opposition) cropped up. Mullahs started agitating against him and tried to stop him in many ways. But he continued to do tabligh resolutely and had a lot of munazaras (debates) with the ulamas. The ulamas went so far as to even sue him just to harass him. He would always pray fervently to the Almighty Allah for the guidance of his opponents. He also wrote regularly to the Promised Messiah (as) describing the tortures inflicted upon him and requested him to pray for him. His letters and reports describing the mukhalifat were published in the “Badr” newspaper in Qadian in 1907. Nobody was there in Bengal with whom he could share his grief and affliction.
During this time, he learnt about Moulana Abdul Wahed Saheb of Brahmanbaria whose account I mentioned in the beginning. He got news from Qadian that although Wahed Saheb did not take bai’at, yet he had a soft corner for Ahmadiyyat. Learning this, Moulana Ahmad Kabir Noor Mohammad (ra) wrote to Moulana Wahed Saheb in Brahmanbaria and through their letters they developed good friendship and a bond was created between them. He also went to Brahmanbaria to visit him.
Moulana Ahmad Kabir Noor Mohammad (ra) used to explain the death of Hadhrat Isa (as) elaborately. He wrote a book named, “Wafaate Masih Maroof or Zulfikar e Ali”. After its publication he became famous in the locality as “Isa mara Moulvi” [meaning “the moulvi who killed Isa(Jesus)].
Moulana Ahmad Kabir Noor Mohammad (ra) tirelessly and relentlessly continued to spread the word of Ahmadiyyat. However, it is not known whether anyone was blessed with the opportunity to convert to Ahmadiyyat through him.
Very sadly, he would often tell his relatives:
Oh my kith and kin! Oh villagers! Even after I explained so much to you, none of you accepted the truth. None of you had the good fortune of becoming a walker of “Siratul mustakim”. But remember this! Ahmadiyyat is Allah’s established Jamat. Its claim is that its truth is as clear as daylight and that Ahmadiyyat will be victorious all over the world. After my death, members of the Ahmadiyya jamaat from far off places will come to my grave. Behave well with them.
While these words are full of extreme pathos for those who did not accept the message, yet they are also undeniably clear in his clear belief of the triumph of the Promised Messiah (as) and Ahmadiyyat expressed with the certainty of knowledge of one who has experienced fire by putting his hand in the fire. As a result, his descendants are following his instructions. At present, if any Ahmadi goes to visit his grave, his close relatives show them the grave and treat them with love and kindness. They also narrate tales of his glorious life as an Ahmadi with respect.
The dates of birth and of death of Moulana Kabir Saheb are not known. However, he died when his children were still quite young and it is assumed that Moulana Kabir Saheb died between 1911 and 1912, in his mid-forties.
This great devotee of the Imam Mahdi (as) is buried at the family graveyard of Mohsin Awlia’s descendants, situated near the shrine of Mohsin Awlia. However, no permanent structure was built to mark his grave. A name plate isn’t there either (Jamat tried to put a name plate but locals did not allow because they follow a strict principle of not putting name plates in the common graveyard). Only his nephews can show the actual location of his grave, which they were shown by their fathers. His grave lies beneath the shade of a large tree.