Message of Imam Khomeni on the martyrdom of Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini:
Hujjatul Islam Syed Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini (RA): The loyalist and lover of Islam and its revolution; the defender of the oppressed and deprived; son of Syedul Shohada Aba Abdillah Al Hussain (AS).
For those Mujahideen who understand the core problems
of an Islamic state, and who promised to give their
blood with other oppressed and impoverished people,
they should understand that this is just the beginning
of the game because it requires a long struggle to fight
We should think deeply by putting the example of Shaheed
Syed Arif in front of us. There is no greater achievement
for a momin than to leave his abode with wounds that
are medals on his chest, and his face covered in blood,
in the struggle for justice, and in the highest stage
of Taqwa-e-Ilahee. He inspired thousands of other thirsty
people to drink this beverage of light.
Pakistan’s blessed people are from a pro-revolution
nation. They aspire to live according to Islamic rulings,
with which we have an ancient, deep, and faithful relationship.
It is imperative for them to keep Shaheed Syed Arif’s
thoughts alive and to pass his message on.
Nonetheless, the road to fight against American Islam
is very difficult and puzzling. Therefore it is necessary
that all possible factors should be made clear for the
impoverished Muslim masses. If this work would have
been done through Islamic schools then there is high
possibility that he [Arif Hussain, Al Hussaini] would
be living amongst us today.
So now it’s necessary for us to fight against the western
and eastern tyrants with all courage and understanding.
I have lost my dear son.
Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini Family Background:
Twenty kilometers from the capital of the Province of
the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), the headquarters
of the North Western Kurrum Agency, Para Chinar is located.
It is a well-known place because of its boundaries with
Afghanistan and the Shi'a population.
Around Para Chinar there are dozens of tombs of Syeds.
There are two religious schools in Para Chinar -- “Madressah
e Jafarria" and “Madressah e Ayatollah Khamenei"
Beside that there is one separate religious school for
women named “Madressah e Zehra AS.
Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini belonged
to the Doerazai Tribe. Since his family descent goes
back to the son of our 4th Imam (AS) Syed Hussain al
Asghar Ibne Imam Zain ul Abedeen, thus Al Hussaini is
the name of this illustrious clan. The renowned Sufi,
Syed Mir Aaqil Shah, a true descendent of our 4th Imam,
came to this area in the early seventeenth century,
and began the spread of Islam in the region. After his
death his son Syed Miadad ShahSaheb took his father's
place and continued to spread Islam, as did members
of this family one-generation after another. These accomplishments
were not without immense opposition, as the majority
from the family was martyred. Syed Mir Anwer was one
remarkable person of this family. He brought thousands
of converts to Islam in the region. He started Aza Dari-e-Imam
Hussain (AS) in the Para Chinar.
History recorded bloody battles between them and their
enemies. In 1927 in another such attack Syed Miadad
Hussain, the great grandfather of Shaheed Quaid Allama
Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini was martyred. But the mission
continued and the Grand father of Shaheed Quaid Allama
Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini took the lead in the quest
to spread the true knowledge of Islam. He was also martyred
Then Fazal Hussain shah (Father of Shaheed Quaid Allama
Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini) then came forward. His
wife was his uncle's daughter, and Allah blessed them
with two sons and two daughters. Syed Arif Hussain was
his older son and the younger son was named Syed Aaqil
Hussain. Syed Fazal Hussain Shah died on 13th Nov 1983,
and the Standard Bearer to carry on the family tradition
of serving Islam, thus becomes our great Shaheed Quaid
Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini.
Age to Schooling:
Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini opened his
eyes on 25th November 1946 at the time of Adhaan-e-Fajr.
His pious mother brought him up until at the age of
five he was sent to a government primary school in Pewaar.
At the same time arrangements had been made for him
to study the Holy Qur'an at home.
He remained at the Pewaar Government Primary School
until the fourth grade, then he took admission at the
Government High School of Para Chinar and completed
his matric examinations (10th Grade) from there. While
in Para Chinar, he stayed at his elder sister home.
Early on Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini
was fond of sitting with elders and listening to them
with intense interest and respect. He was also strictly
punctual in saying his prayers. He used to sleep with
his uncle and insisted on hearing stories of his forefathers.
He shunned all the customary cultural practices in marriage
traditions such as singing and dancing even as a young
After coming home from the school he herded flocks of
goats, and while the goats grazed in the near-by hills,
he used that time to do his homework and study, thus
always using his time productively.
As serious as he was about the important things in life,
he also possessed a sense of humor and his jokes were
enjoyed by his family.
One very interesting story of his childhood was that
he was very fond of eating a type of fruit called “Amlog"
and used to climb on that tree. One day he fell down
from that tree breaking his arm. As soon as his arm
healed up he again climbed that tree. His cousin exclaimed,
"You again climbed the tree where you recently
fell from!" Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini replied,
"Today I climbed not for the fruit, but so that
this tree might not think I am afraid of it."
In 1962 after completing his matriculation examinations,
Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini took
admission in the newly established Madressah e Jaffaria
administered by Haji Ghulam Jaffer. This is the beginning
of the unending quest for knowledge and faith by a servant
for a while in Para Chinar Madressah, Shaheed Quaid
Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini decided to further
his religious studies and with his teacher Maulana Ghulam
Hussain. He departed for Najaf, Iraq in 1967.
“Madressah Abdul Aziz Baghdadi" was where he began
his early Islamic education. Then Shaheed Quaid Allama
Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini was admitted in “Madressah
He was a very hard working, intelligent and serious
student. He regularly attended all lectures, and kept
extensive detailed notes in his journal and was an active
participant in the debates between students that took
place dealing with the subjects of the lectures. Shaheed
Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini teachers include
Shaheed e Mehrab Ayatolah Madni, Sheikh Ashraf Asphahani,
Aqai Lashkarani and Ayatollah Murtazavi.
During his stay in Najaf he gave utmost importance to
Bandana. Every friday night he read Dua e Kumail and
Ziarate Warsa. More than 20 times during his six and
a half year stay in Najaf, Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif
ul Hussain Al Hussaini went to Karbala on foot. Whenever
Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini left
for Karbala with any caravan, he always took the luggage
of elderly and sick Zaireen on his shoulders in the
same way of the Imams (AS). Thus he tried to model his
life from the examples of Ahlul-bayt.
with Imam Khomeni in Najaf:
Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini was
studying in Najaf, Imam Khomeni (RA) was also living
in Najaf in exile. Imam Khomeni (RA) then leads maghribain
prayers at the Madersaah e Ayatollah Broujardi. Very
few Muslims prayed behind Imam Khomeni due to strict
vigilance on him. But the only Pakistani who, without
fear, comes every maghrib to pray behind Imam Khomeni
(RA) was Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini.
After salat ul maghrabain Imam Khomeni (RA) would deliver
a lecture. Shaheed Quaid listened to every lecture with
complete concentration and after coming back from the
lecture repeats what he learned to his fellow students
in hostel where he lives with other students. He also
encourages them to attend the lectures by Imam Khomeni
were the days when Imam Khomeni (RA) came under more
and more vigilance. His every move was monitored and
whoever tried to come close to him came under heavy
harassment and vigilance. As a result of this harassment,
most of the students avoided sitting in at the gatherings
of Imam Khomeni (RA), but not Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif
ul Hussain Al Hussaini. His love for the message and
personality of Imam Khomeni (RA) was so much that he
always sat in the front row in the prayers behind Imam
a friend of Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al
Hussaini tried to persuade him that it would better
for him to stay away from Imam Khomeni (RA). Shaheed
Quaid replied with complete calmness:
your Shi'a religion was not created in Pakistan. It
pours out from Arabian land and Aba Abdillah (AS) was
also not Pakistani. We are amongst those who say “Labaik"
to the call of “Hul Min Nasirun Yansuruna" by our
Imam (AS). We are in search of truth and we support
every movement for truth and justice wherever it is
in the world. This is our duty. Pray that this son of
Zehra (SA) remains safe from the enemies while trying
to spread his message. Remember that if anything happens
to this leader, God forbid, then for many, many years
no Aalim e Deen can stand up to speak against the tyranny.
If he succeeds in his endeavor, insha'allah, then it
will be the victory of Islam, and once again Aalim e
Deen’s stature will greatly improve. So repent to Allah
and throw such cowardly and evil thoughts from your
Quaid thoughts inspired many fellow students, and they
also started to sit in the lectures of Imam Khomeni
eve of the 2500th year of extravagant ceremonies organized
by Raza Shah Pehalvi in Iran, Imam Khomeni (RA) strongly
voiced against the wastage of people’s money. Imam Khomeni
(RA) followers sent letters of condemnation to Iranian
Government and it was only Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif
ul Hussain Al Hussaini from Pakistan who sent a letter
of condemnation from the students of Pakistani origin
Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini understood
the message of Imam Khomeni (RA) whole-heartedly and
Imam Khomeni (RA) also sensed mujahid’s heart inside
Shaheed Quaid. Because of this, Imam Khomeni gave his
Wikalat Nama (Wikalat Nama is a letter issued by a Marja
to his students to issue fatwas and collect Khums on
his name) to him. Unfortunately, the Wikalat Nama was
snatched during checking on the Iranian border when
Shaheed Quaid decided to return to his home in 1973.
Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini decided
to return home after six and half years in Najaf. In
this period at home, he married the daughter of his
uncle Syed Yunus Jaan Khateeb Aalim Sher. Allah (swt)
blessed them with 5 sons and 2 daughters whose names
are Syed Muhammed, Syed Ali, Syed Hasan, Syed Hussain,
Syed Sajjad, Syeda Fatima and Syeda Zainab.
marriage in 1974, Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain
Al Hussaini again tried to go to Najaf but was not allowed
to enter in Iraq due to his involvement with Imam Khomeni
(RA). Thus, Shaheed Quaid decided to go to Qom where
he took lectures from Ayatollah Shaheed Murtadha Muteheri,
Ayatollah Nasir Makarem Sheerazi, Ayatollah Waheed Khurasani,
Ayatollah Tabrezi and Ayatollah Harampanahi on the subjects
of history, Usool, philosophy, fiqh and Ilme Kalam.
was gripped in political turmoil in those days. Imam
Khomeni (RA) movement was spreading and oppression increased
day by day. “SavakEkept extra vigilance on every movement
of revolutionists especially foreign students who supported
the movement. Since Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain
Al Hussaini was the active participant in every move
for revolution, he was arrested. He was kept into detention
for some days, was given threats of severe torture and
sending out of Iran but the determined Shaheed Quaid
Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini never bowed down.
and 1977, Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini
went to Hajj from Qom.
his stay in Qom Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain
Al Hussaini tried to remain in touch with current affairs
of Pakistan. Incidents in which Shias were targeted
made Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini
grieve for many days. He also remained very much concerned
about Kurrum Agency situation and asked in letters to
his friends in Para Chinar to write in detail about
the situation in the area.
the pathetic situation in Kurrum Agency and also for
“Madressah e JaffariaEin Para Chinar, Allama Abid Hussain
al Hussaini called Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain
Al Hussaini for help. In respect for his teacher’s orders
and with the aim of improving situation in Para Chinar,
Shaheed Quaid returned to Pakistan. Here, he immediately
joined Madressah e Jaffaria and also started to take
steps towards betterment of Kurrum Agency in general
and Para Chinar in particular.
teacher, he tried to improve the syllabi of the Madressah
while also encouraging students to adopt modern techniques
to understand Islam with the strict following of Taqwa
e Ilahee. Due to his efforts, not only did the atmosphere
of Madressah improve but also the number of students
increaseed in the madressah. Later, this Madressah become
Pakistan’s best madressah with respect to educational
Quaid always remained in friendly relations with his
students. He used to say that the best teacher is one
who is the best friend of his student. He delivered
lectures sitting on the floor with his students. He
even used to visit his students at night in their rooms.
One night during his routine visits, he found one student
with a fever lying alone in his bed. He sat with the
student so that the student would feel better.
Quaid always advised his students to read Namaz e Shab,
telling them, as this is the only way to get nearness
to Allah. He loved his students so much that he distributed
half of his Rs 1200/- salary between the top and needy
Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini's pious
character and knowledge, people of Peshawar started
to call him for reading Majalis there. From 1977 he
started delivering lectures in Imam Bargha Akhund Abad,
Peshawar. He proved his character and knowledge there.
Not only did he revolutionize the lives of shias there,
but he also inclined thousands of sunnis towards shi'ism
through his speeches.
Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini visited
Peshawar, he never stayed at host’s house; rather he
always stayed at his cousin’s small quarters in a railway
station. He used bus or rickshaw to come to Imam Bargha
and paid the fare from his pocket.
very strict for ladies separation and hijab in Majalis.
When hosts didn’t heed to his requests of arranging
proper separation for women Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif
ul Hussain Al Hussaini stopped delivering lectures,
which embarrassed hosts heavily, and they quickly arranged
complete separation for ladies. After confirmation and
satisfaction of the arrangements, Shaheed Quaid Allama
Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini continued the delivery of
Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini took a keen
interest in the affairs of youth. He organized different
programs for their spiritual training. He, himself used
to come every Friday night to Peshawar by bus and this
continued for a long time, thus converting thousands
of youths towards Imam Khomeni’s (RA) movement of freedom
from the front in Kurrum Agency:
the Islamic revolution, imperialists got scared with
its spread to all over the world specially its neighboring
areas and hesitantly marked areas where it could reach
and influence easily. Kurrum Agency was also marked
due to its all-shia population and nearness to Iran.
They used Afghan refugees to suppress the Kurrum Agency's
brave population. First, big camps were erected around
Kurrum Agency and then, after settling, unscrupulous
elements in Afghan refugees attacked Kurrum Agency.
Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini took the leading
role in defending the area. He founded “Alamdar Foundation"
comprising around 1200 area youths and made himself
its head. He made it clear to the members of Alamdar
Foundation that the future of Para Chinar is in extreme
danger because America wanted to disconnect all shia
centers with Islamic revolution.
Kurrum Agency, many gave their lives. Shaheed Quaid
Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini himself got severely
injured when he was in a front line post defending the
land. A piece of mortar shell hit his shoulder.
martyrs' families, Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain
Al Hussaini founded the Shaheed Foundation and
in an address to its members he said:
obligatory for us to remember martyrs, praise their
courage and look after their families. Arrangement of
proper education should especially be the top priority
for the orphans of martyrs".
character of Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al
Hussaini made him natural leader for the people of Kurrum
Agency. When people started to listen to Shaheed Quaid,
he stepped further into eradicating false and unislamic
cultural practices in the area. Upon witnessing Shaheed
Quaid’s love and affection to the area, more and more
people started to gather around Shaheed Quaid Allama
Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini and his efforts resulted
in a marked decline in unislamic cultural activities
in the area.
direct clash with Government:
the political agent who was the unrestrained king of
the area appointed by the government, a committee of
40 Maliks was also constituted by the government to
look after the affairs of the area but it was entirely
ineffective. Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al
Hussaini raised voice against this injustice. He started
his campaign with two points:
Abolition of the "Maliks" assembly.
Getting rid of the monopoly of political agents.
Quaid's movement gained popularity as he went village
to village to increase public awareness of tyranny.
The government and those in power in Kurrum Agency felt
threatened so they used all means and measures to stop
Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini and
his movement. Political agent of Kurrum Agency even
tried to bribe Shaheed Quaid by promising money to establish
a madressah. After listening to them, Shaheed Quaid
started to read Namaz and, after completing it, replied
in his peculiar accent, "Get out from here. If
you would not be my guest then I would certainly give
you the right answer to your ugly act. Insha'allah,
people will give you and your pet Maliks the answer".
because of all of its efforts to suppress the movement,
the government had Shaheed Quaid arrested for some days
and thus a new chapter opened in Shaheed Quaid Allama
Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini life putting him on the
political scene of the country.
in welfare projects:
Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini gave utmost
importance to the welfare of people and instructed members
of Alamdaar Foundation to start a campaign against
social evils, especially the drug heroine. For this,
Shaheed Quaid personally took interest and got a welfare
project constructed under his direct supervision. With
this project, he arranged proper rehabilitation services
for drug addicts in the hospital.
Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini possessed the
heart full of grief and sense of responsibility for
the impoverished. Following the footsteps of his peers
Aimmah (AS), in the night Shaheed Quaid took his students
with him to distribute floor, rice, oil and money to
the needy and impoverished people in their area, directly
to their homes. Shaheed Quaid strictly instructed his
students not to disclose the anonymity of their good
deeds to anybody. As such, it was not revealed until
after his death. Undoubtedly, we can say that we have
lost the real Follower of Ali living amongst us!
political arena in Pakistan:
nationwide convention on April 12th, 1978 in Bhakkar,
Punjab, Shi'a ulema and responsible parties perceived
the need to converge the Shi'a population of Pakistan
under one platform. More than a hundred thousand Shi'as
from around the country attended the convention. The
main agenda of the convention was to evolve a strategy
against General Zia ul Haq's biased policy and decisions
against the Shi'as of Pakistan. The party Tehreek
e Nifaaz e Fiqh e Jafarria was formed in the convention
with noisy chants of approval. Mufti Jafar Hussain was
selected as their leader. Mufti Jaffer Hussain, albeit
his elderly age, worked day and night, and visited every
corner around the country to awaken and organize the
Jaffer Hussain’s health didn’t allow him to see the
fruits of the tree from the seed he planted. He died
on 29th August 1983 leaving millions of mourners behind
Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini’s appointment as Millat
of supreme council of TNFJ was called in Bhakkar, Punjab
on February 10th 1984. One member put forward Allama
Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini’s name as the new leader.
Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini, at first, plainly
refused to accept this responsibility citing his pressing
commitments in the area that he lives.
was called off for one hour and Allama Syed Safder Hussain
Najafi and some other elderly Ulema took Shaheed Quaid
Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini to the adjoining
Imambargha and requested of him to accept the responsibility
as leader and confirmed their complete support for him.
Taking assurances from the Ulemas, Shaheed Quaid Allama
Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini agreed to take responsibility
Leader: Early days
Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini selected Peshawar
City as his head office and reconstituted and reorganized
the entire setup of TNFJ. He visited every corner of
the country and people of every area welcomed their
new Quaid with historical fervor and passion.
Quaid's first one and half years passed in removing
discrepancies in the nation’s beliefs, counteracting
the enemy’s scornful propaganda against him, and quelling
the fighting within the nation. Shaheed Quaid Allama
Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini used to say, “My first
one and half years as leader were passed in assuring
the nation that I am Shi'a and believes in Azadari".
as Walie e Faqih representative by Imam Khomeni (RA):
Khomeni (RA) issued a written statement announcing Shaheed
Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini as his representative
in Pakistan. One could say that that written statement
by Imam Khomeni (RA) gave real strength to Shaheed Quaid
Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini's leadership as his
popularity among masses increased manifold. After becoming
the official representative of Wali e Faqih, Shaheed
Quaid again visited the whole country with new vigor
the prime black era of Gen Zia ul Haq. Public hangings,
lashings, political imprisonment, barbaric use of state
machinery on every voice that spoke against the dictator,
Zia's, rule was the order of the day. In all that Shaheed
Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini’s voice was
nothing but thorn in the eyes of Dictator Zia.
Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini in his first
press conference in Peshawar announced candidly that
his first demand was to change the system of the country.
the power of Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al
Hussaini’s words and was very afraid of him. So his
government planned a ferocious campaign against Shi'as.
The first step they took was against Azadari e Imam
Hussain (AS). In the first year of Shaheed Quaid's leadership,
incidents of firing and ransacking on mourning processions
and Imambarghas in different cities occurred.
second phase Zia's government introduced Draconian and
discriminatory laws against Shi'as of Pakistan.
government's tactics bore no fruits. Shaheed Quaid Allama
Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini emerged from every crisis
Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini: Ambassador
taking responsibility, Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul
Hussain Al Hussaini started his journey with the task
of inspiring and achieving unity among all momineen
(Ittehad e Bainul Momineen). He had stated that unless
and until we (momineen) got united, the government would
not pay heed to our demands.
Quaid understood fully that the vision of Pakistan,
as a true Islamic state could never be fulfilled unless
unity among different sects of Muslims was achieved.
So with the demand to change the system, he started
to strive for unity among Muslims (Ittehad e Bainul
two months of being a leader of Millat e Jafarria, Shaheed
Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini in Bhakkar
said in his public address:
and Sunnis should keep their historic differences in
limits because they are not enemies of each other. America,
Russia and Israel are their mutual enemies. It is no
matter to them if we are Shi'as or Sunnis; they wanted
to destroy Islam. So in such circumstances, we should
set aside our differences, and we should strive together
to counter enemies of Islam".
1984 in D. G. Khan, Punjab Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif
ul Hussain Al Hussaini said in a press conference:
aim is not to enforce Fiqh e Jafarria in Pakistan. Let
it be clear that we want Fiqh e Jafarria for ourselves
and for Ahle Sunnat brothers we want their fiqh to be
enforced so that both sects could live freely in Pakistan
according to their own fiqhs".
Shaheed Quaid visited anywhere in Pakistan, he used
to meet with the area's Ahle Sunnat Ulema. Due to his
character and thoughts, numerous Ahle Sunnat Ulemas
across Pakistan joined hands in unity with him. It can
be said that anti-American and anti-imperialism sentiments
inspired unity amongst Muslims in Pakistan under the
spiritual leadership of Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul
Hussain Al Hussaini. Consequently, the current imperialists
of the time, perceived another Islamic revolution in
the offing in Pakistan, and worked to silence the voice
of unity, justice and freedom.
with Imam Khomeni (RA)
mere coincidence that Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain
Al Hussaini had the privilege of interaction with Imam
Khomeni (RA) as a student in Najaf. From there the spiritual
father/son relationship started. Shaheed Quaid was under
taqleed of Imam Khomeni (RA) while he was a student.
Shaheed Quaid read every book of Imam Khomeni (RA) several
times and gained mastery in Imam Khomeni's (RA) thinking
and thought process. Shaheed Quaid requested the top
translators and writers of Pakistan to translate Imam
Khomeni's (RA) books and write books on the life of
Imam Khomeni (RA).
leader, Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini
visited country wide and introduced Imam Khomeni's (RA)
thoughts to the masses. Shaheed Quaid used to say:
the only solution to problems faced by the Islamic world
is to follow the way of Imam Khomeni (RA)".
Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini continually
fulfilled the thoughts and orders of Imam Khomeni (RA).
Whether it was the Annual Quds Rally or women’s day
program, unity week or Hajj seminar, or any other unity
gatherings, Shaheed Quaid always voiced against America
and thus obeying Imam Khomeni (RA) teachings. Shaheed
Quaid was the real example of Shaheed Baqer as-Sadr
saying that one should absorb with Imam Khomeni’s (RA)
self, in the same way that one got absorbed with Islam.
personality elaborated that in 1987 he went with Shaheed
Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini to attend an
international conference in Iran. A delegation of important
personalities went to meet with Imam Khomeni (RA) in
Jamaran. Everybody there was sitting in the usual style
but Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini
was doing something peculiar. He put up his face, glanced
at Imam Khomeni (RA), then looked down again with tears
rolling down. When somebody asked him about his condition,
he replied that if the son of Imam (AJ), (Imam Khomeini
(RA)) had so much charisma and grace in his personality,
then only Allah (SWT) knows how much charisma and grace
would Imam e Zamana (AJ) possess.
Jan, 1986, when the President of Iran, Ayatollah Syed
Ali Khamenei visited Pakistan, Shaheed Quaid Allama
Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini welcomed him with his thousands
of supporters, not as President of Iran, but as the
representative of Imam Khomeni (RA).
Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini prayed for
his own martyrdom and for Imam Khomeni's (RA) long life
in Namaz e Shab.
Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini was the real
example of Aimmah (AS) teachings. On one hand, if he
was at the peak of worshipping Allah (swt), then on
other hand, he would well be on the height of behavior.
Due to his exemplary behavior he had won millions of
hearts. History recorded tragic scenes of Shaheed Quaid
Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini's funeral. His admirers
ripped their shirts, hit their heads with stones, hundreds
fainted and some even tried to commit suicide thinking
that now life is fruitless after him! His personal guard
fired at himself in deep grief. The person who shot
and killed Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini,
said after his arrest that if he had seen his lighted
face before firing at him, he might not have done so!
They had killed the prophet of our time through him.
and colleagues unfolded numerous stories of his great
character in which one has a great many lessons to learn.
Abdullah, told us that once he had very important work
with a high profile personality in Peshawar. He requested
of Shaheed Quaid to write a recommendation letter for
him. Shaheed Quaid wrote the letter and Abdullah took
that letter to the concerned person and gave it to him
after introducing himself to him. After reading the
letter, that important personality of Peshawar gave
Abdullah a very warm welcome as he told Abdullah that
Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini has
written about you as his brother! It was Shaheed Quaid’s
continued practice that whenever he introduced his servants
to guests, he always said that they are my brothers.
while driving, Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain
Al Hussaini's car tire punctured. So Shaheed Quaid and
his driver got out from the car. The driver advised
Shaheed Quaid to take some rest under tree but Shaheed
Quaid refused and went back to the car, got the spare
tire out and helped his driver as much as he could.
His driver told us that whenever Shaheed Quaid brought
fruits, he placed cut pieces of fruit into the driver’s
mouth for him and told him that it was his duty to do
so because the driver was busy driving!
to his servants, Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain
Al Hussaini participated actively in kitchen and office
work. Cleaning the utensils, office and other uncompleted
work, which was left by servants. He used to complete
them the tasks in night when everyone else was sleeping.
Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini wished
to clean the library of his office. After sometime,
he requested of his office colleague that both brothers
would do the cleaning together. They started cleaning
the books and in doing so dust got stuck all over Shaheed
are many, many such stories in the hearts of those who
saw and lived close to this angelic son of Imam AS.
For sure millions of hearts will remain sad as long
as they live, as they wouldn’t see him anymore
Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini belonged to
a respected middle class family. As a student, Shaheed
Quaid lived very modestly and as a teacher in Para Chinar
his modesty increased as he became more public.
becoming Quaid, his responsibilities increased immensely.
In the early days, his living quarters in Peshawar consisted
of three rooms: one office, one room for guests and
one for his family; he managed the office with only
two volunteer workers.
Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini’s friend
advised him to move to some other house, as this little
room is not sufficient for children’s upbringing, Shaheed
Quaid replied that he didn’t have money to pay rent
for a bigger house. From Madressah his salary continued
to come and he had strictly instructed his wife to manage
household expenses in this. Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif
ul Hussain Al Hussaini never used anything from the
office for personal means and considered every thing
as property of the Imam (AJ). He used to advise his
colleagues to do justice while using office material
one year of assuming office as Quaid, momineen from
Dubai sent a car for him for his office use. He strictly
instructed his office staff to only use this car for
office purposes only.
his very close relative took the car for some personal
use. When Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini
heard that, his face changed but kept quite until his
relative returned. When he came back Shaheed Quaid Allama
Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini said:
brother, you also wanted me to push to the flames of
Nobody dared to touch the car again for personal use.
Quaid's relatives from Para Chinar once came to visit
to meet his family. The relatives had presumed that
their financial position might have improved but were
surprised to see the same living conditions. One of
the relatives asked Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain
Al Hussaini’s wife about that and she told them that
people have sent expensive carpets, utensils, cloths
and different items as gifts but Allama Saheb, after
receiving these gifts, gave it to the dowries of poor
Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini's martyrdom,
his family went to Iran for some days and gave the keys
of their house to a family friend instructing them that
care should be taken to protect the household items.
After some days they decided to take the valuable and
expensive items of Shaheed Quaid's home to their own
home for safekeeping, but were astonished and stunned
to see following household items:
mats, two thermoses, some cups of different colors,
four glasses, one almirah, one very old carpet piece,
one chair, one table, one radio, one brief case, three
big pots, four steel plates, some spoons, four shalwar
kameez suits of Shaheed Quaid, four slippers, two suitcases
(small), one suitcase (big) and four simple beddings.
The friends wept after witnessing the poverty in the
home of Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini
while the adjacent office had air conditioner, refrigerator
and carpets but not his home.
days of Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini
popularity of Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al
Hussaini as true leader and ambassador of unity in Pakistan
was taken as a threat to imperialist designs and goals.
The famous Qur'an o Sunnat conferences, (especially
the one on 6th July 1987 in Lahore, in which more than
a million admirers of Qur'an o Sunnat from every sect
participated), shook every house of rulers in Pakistan
and abroad. It was later confirmed by a senior journalist
that all Urdu and English newspapers of 7th July were
taken by the US embassy in Islamabad and many cassettes
of the 6th July program were sent to the USA.
after 6th July 1987, Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini
was martyred. Though it is still not revealed who really
was behind the conspiracy and how many took part in
it, it is confirmed that the executioner of the conspiracy
was Captain Majid Jilani who was deputed by the army
in the protection team of President Gen Zia ul Haq.
Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini toured Karachi
and his ancestral city Para Chinar in the last month
of his life. When he was in Karachi he was warned of
possible attack on his life but he didn't give much
ear to it!
Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini went to Para
Chinar after coming from Karachi and in same days his
elder sister saw a nightmare just before dawn in which
two attackers cut off her right shoulder. After waking,
she immediately sent a message to her brother through
her husband not to leave for Peshawar. When her husband
met Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini,
he delivered her message and elaborated her nightmare.
After listening to the nightmare, Shaheed Quaid kept
quite for sometime thinking and then said “Alhamdolillah"
and requested his brother in law not to tell this nightmare
to his mother and also told his brother in law that
“he will now go to Peshawar at all cost".
the morning of 14th August, after meeting with his students
and colleagues in Madressah, Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif
ul Hussain Al Hussaini left Para Chinar. He took his
two sons Muhammed and Ali with him. When Shaheed Quaid
was on his way to Peshawar, Adhaan for Zuhr prayers
was heard. According to Shaheed Quaid's driver Abbas,
it was usual for Allama as wherever he heard Adhaan,
he stopped the car and prayed but that day he didn't
stop the car at any nearby mosque but he stopped me
outside of Para Chinar at a petrol pump asking him to
fill petrol while he went to pray Namaz at a nearby
clean place. Albeit a very dangerous area and circumstances,
Allama prayed for a long time there. That praying place
of Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini
is now a beautiful mosque as the petrol pump owner was
continuously instructed through nightmares to build
a mosque there!
reaching Peshawar, Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain
Al Hussaini went directly to Madressah. He prayed Maghrabain
with his students. It was Friday night and usually Shaheed
Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini recited Dua
e Kumail with his students, but on that very night Shaheed
Quaid did not and went to his room where he had very
long discussions with his colleague Allama Muhammad
Jawwad Hadi. When Allama Jawwad went to sleep, Shaheed
Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini inquired about
his office secretary Mohabbat Ali who was not in Madressah
at that time. Shaheed Quaid asked to call him. His guard
Zamin Ali asked Shaheed Quaid whether he should iron
his clothing, as they had to leave for Lahore the next
day to attend a seminar but Shaheed Quaid told him to
leave his clothing. Shaheed Quaid asked for all of his
mail and proceeded to answer all his mail one by one
which were from all over Pakistan. When Mohabbat Ali
came, Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini
inquired about every account of Madressah with him and
checked personally every account and details. He also
gave instructions regarding Khums money in his custody.
About Rs 0.5 million were donated by Dubai Momineen
in relief of the Gilgit tragedy, that money was also
in his custody. He ordered Zamin Ali to deliver that
money to Maulana Sheikh Ali Madad, who was in charge
of Northern areas affairs then, immediately though it
was 2:00 AM in night.
giving all money and checking all accounts, Shaheed
Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini went to his
room. According to his guard Zamin Ali, when he went
near Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini’s
room in night, he heard Shaheed Quaid’s screaming voice
reciting Dua e Kumail. Zamin Ali further said that Shaheed
came out from his room once, stood calmly in the courtyard,
looked up and down Madressah from there for some time
then returned to his room. Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif
ul Hussain Al Hussaini spent all night in praying to
Almighty Allah (swt).
of 5th August 1988 was about to rise. Shaheed Quaid
Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini went to Madressah
mosque to pray Fajr Namaz. After offering prayers Shaheed
Quaid went upstairs of the Madressah. His guard Zamin
Ali went somewhere else. On the gate Abdullah also came
in to pray, leaving gate open. In the meantime two gunmen
came in to the Madressah. They directly came to Shaheed
Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini's room but
since he was on the upper floor of the Madressah they
saw him coming downstairs, one of the assailants fired
immediately but he only fired one bullet which pierced
the heart of Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al
Hussaini. After his arrest, the one who fired revealed
that he wanted to fire more bullets but his right hand
paralyzed instantaneously as he couldn't move his fingers
and his right hand is still paralyzed. Both of the attackers
managed to run away but later they were arrested. Maulana
Jawwad Hadi was the first to see Shaheed Quaid Allama
Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini lying in his own blood.
They took Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini
to a nearby hospital but he breathed his last in an
ambulance on the way to the hospital.
age of 42, Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul Hussain Al Hussaini
left us to meet his absolute creator, to be in the company
of his peers, Muhammed Wa Aale Muhammed (Peace be upon
them). Five children of Shaheed Quaid Allama Arif ul
Hussain Al Hussaini and a nation were orphaned.