Ghazi Ilm-ud-din Shaheen
Ghazi Ilm-ud-din Shaheed was born on 4th December 1908; he was a carpenter’s son and led a simple life in sub-continent before partition. He belonged to Lahore city and started working with his father as carpenter at the age of 19.
One day he was passing by the street with one of his friend, he saw a huge crowed shouting and protesting against Raj pal a publisher in India. The slogans of protest were “We will not let Raj Pal live, he disgraced our beloved prophet PBUH, we can sacrifice our lives for our Prophet”. Raj Pal was accused of publishing a book “
Rangeela Rasool” which hurt the Muslim believes and they became furious.
The book was originally written by Swami Dayanandar Saraswati, in that book he used some controversial words and made allegations against Prophet PBUH. This book was published by Raj Pal, therefore soon after its publication various Muslim parties and groups started protesting and they demanded that the book should not be distributed, un-fortunately British Government didn’t take any notice and the Muslims grew hopeless and frustrated.
Ilmuddin was a true Muslim and believer of Islam; he loved his Prophet PBUH more than his life, his family and anything else in this temporary world. He believed in the life hereafter and the rewards of virtues that a true admirer of Prophet Muhammad PBUH will get, therefore he decided to kill Raj Pal.
Ghazi Ilm-ud-din Shaheed bought some dagger from the market for one rupee, and waited till Raj Pal came to his shop, as soon as he entered his shop, Ilmuddin attacked him and stabbed him using dagger. He immediately went out of Raj Pal’s shop and put his forehead on land in the sajdah posture, he thanked Allah to be chosen for such great cause. Police arrested him and sent him to Mianwali jail in Punjab. He was kept in jail for some time and afterwards he was sentenced to death by the court under the Indian Penal Code. He was hung on 31st October 1927.
He was buried in the Mianwali jail without offering namaza-e-janazah, but later his dead body was claimed by Muslim leaders like Allama Mohammed Iqbal and sent to Lahore where he was buried and Muslims from whole city and nearby villages attended his funeral.
As a tribute to his sacrifice and brave act for the cause of Islam and his beloved Prophet Mohammed PBUH, a mosque is built as a memoir in Mianwali Jail which is named as Ghazi Ilm-ud-din Shaheed mosque.