Derwaish Chaudhry Umar Din Khan buried in Qadian
Qadian — Â Derwaish Chaudhry Umar Din Khan who had passed away last month on December 5th in the USA after a brief illness, was buried here yesterday in a designated area of the Bahishti Maqbara cemetery.
Derwaish Chaudhry Umar Din Khan‘s body was brought to Qadian for its last rites and it was accompanied by his sons and a daughter.
Derwaish’s funeral prayers, led by Maulana Jallal-ud Din Nayyar, President, Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya, the administrative body of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of India, were attended by large number of people including, family members, acquaintances, members of the Qadian Ahmadiyya Muslim
Maulana Jallal-ud Din Nayyar led attendees in the silent prayers after the burial.
Derwaish Chaudhry Umar Din Khan was son of Chaudhry Muhammad Khan Frozpurri and son in law of Maulawi Fazal Din Bunghwi. Â He took Bait (joined the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at) in 1946 at the hands of His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Bashirud Din Mehmood Ahmad, the 2nd Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
Interesting story about his joining of the Ahmadiyya Jama’at is that when he took Bait at the hands of the 2nd Khalifa, he was asked to live in Qadian, because he is needed here. At the time Chaudhry Umar Din Khan was still employed by British Army. Following the directions from His Holiness, he went back and resigned right away from Army and came back to settle down in Qadian.
Since he came to the USA in 1984, he was part of Merced Chapter in California
The Derwaish-e Qadian title means, those volunteers who stayed behind in Qadian to safeguard the holy places and the headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community at the time of India-Pakistan partition in 1947, when many of the Muslims had moved to Pakistan.
When His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Bashirud Din Mehmood Ahmad asked for 313 volunteers to stay behind to protect Qadian city, Chaudhry Umar din Khan volunteered himself for this cause because he had a military background from second world war. The purpose of these volunteership was to protect all the Ahmadiyya historical building and properties from the attacks by non-Muslims, who had already declared that they will finish Qadian and take all its bricks and dump in the river.
One can imagine the critical situation at that time that the 313 brave men volunteered to stay behind to protect the historic religious places. They had no weapons and were all without families.
Derwaish Chaudhry Umar Din Khan served at the driver for His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Bashirud Din Mehmood Ahmad and later, after the Indo-Pak partition he became the driver for Hadhrat Mirza Waseem Ahmad, late Amir of Qadian.
Before his illness. Â Chaudhry Umar Din KhanÂ was regular in attending all community events in the Merced Chapter and always travelled to attend the Annual Conventions in the U.S.
Derwaish Chaudhry Umar Din Khan Â is survived by his two sons Chaudhry Naseeruddin Khan and Chaudhry Nasir M. Khan of Fresno, California, and four daughters, Rifat Wali of Merced, Shaukat Jallal of Las Vegas, Zainat Dar of Chino, CA, and Mailka Ahmad of Las Vegas and many grandchildren and great grandchildren — all in the United States.
The community prays may God Almighty give the surviving memberâ€™s strength to bear the loss, and raise the status of the departed soul in the hereafter.
Out of the 313 Darwaish-e Qadian in 1947, only two are living now.