India: Derwaish Umar Din Khan of Qadian passes away in California, USA

Derwaish Din setteled in Qadian as a teenage volunteer nearly seven decades ago at the call of the then spiritual head, Khalifa, of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Bashsir-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad

‘A special group of elders of the community, they were affectionately called Darw.aish, a tile that signified their sense of selflessness.’

Qadian: Derwaish Umar Din Khan passed away this morning in Fresno, California, it has been reported. He was 96 years old.

His body will be taken to Qadian for burial per his will, it is announced by the family

Derwaish Din setteled in Qadian as a teenage volunteer nearly seven decades ago at the call of the then spiritual head, Khalifa, of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Bashsir-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad, for the protections of Ahmadi families and the holy places of the community.

the leadership and a majority of the members of the Ahmadiyya Jama’at Qadian migrated to Pakistan at the time of Indo-Pak partition in 1947, the volunteers who stayed back at the directions of their spiritual leader – 313 in number – came to be revered as a special group of elders of the community and Hazrat Ahmad affectionately called them Darwaish, a tile that signified their sense of selflessness.

Umer Din Khan Derwaish served the community for a long time in Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya, the Ahmadiyya administrative body, in Qadian.

He will be buried in the special section devoted to ‘Derwaishan-e Qadian’ at Bahishti Maqbra in Qadian.

– India: Derwaish Umar Din Khan of Qadian passes away in California, USA

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