IN SEARCH OF ACTUAL VISUAL IDENTITY OF MIAN MUHAMMED SULTAN TEKHAYDAR – CONFUSION WITH INTRODUCTION OF A PHOTOGRAPH FROM AHMADIYA ARCHIVES

IN SEARCH OF ACTUAL VISUAL IDENTITY OF MIAN MUHAMMED SULTAN TEKHAYDAR
CONFUSION WITH INTRODUCTION OF A PHOTOGRAPH FROM AHMADIYA ARCHIVES
Mian Sultan

The link of Mian Muhammed Sultan is enormous to Lahore and its monuments. Whereas he demolished some of the priceless Mughal monuments of Lahore, he also made so many new monuments in the public interest. It is difficult to classify him but those were those times. It is not possible to assess them now in an objective way. You do not judge history like this. Mian Muhammed Sultan had no children and he died in 1876. A normal Muslim like most others in Lahore. It was in 1899 that some of his family members embraced Ahmadiya religion. Mian Sultan belongs to us all.

Mian Muhammed Sultan

We approached Yahya Chughtai, a drawing draftsman of King Edward Medical College in around 1977. We were searching for records of Lahore. He told us that he had a photograph of Mian Sultan but it was lost in the floods of early 1950s. We continued our search. We found a published book with a miniature of Mian Sultan done in his lifetime and published in a book on Kashmeeri people by historian Muhammed Din Fauq in the early 1900s. Published 120 years ago somewhat. We reproduced it a few times. Recently we were given a supposed photograph of Mian Sultan from a devoted Aneeq Chughtai, part of the family of Mian Sultan, which came from Ahmadiya archives. There is vast difference between the two photographs. To us the most reliable is the miniature in Fauq’s book. Others may swear to the other version. We do not know. Our guess is that somebody introduced this photo as an after thought. Till we know more, the matter rests in abeyance.

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18 thoughts on “IN SEARCH OF ACTUAL VISUAL IDENTITY OF MIAN MUHAMMED SULTAN TEKHAYDAR – CONFUSION WITH INTRODUCTION OF A PHOTOGRAPH FROM AHMADIYA ARCHIVES”

    1. Of course. My great grandfather Mian Raheem Baksh and Mian Sultan worked together on many projects. It is in our interest.

  1. It does not look clear but it is a Mughal stick with a lion’s face. Most interesting such a stick head was recovered from the depths of Landa Bazaar. And we will present an image soon. It may be the stick of Mian Sultan himself that is with us. We also have two swords actually made in Landa Bazaar and it says so on the swords itself.

  2. Salaam/Hi all, I am from the part of the Mian family of Lahore who converted to Ahmadi Muslim when Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad made his claim. Specifically from Mian Chiragh Din, Raees Lahore (1847-1920), son of Mian Hassan Din (died in 1866). So we are distant family and have love for all. I just wanted to point out that the photograph of the Mian Sultan from Aneeq Chughtai is of Mian Sultan Ahmad, who was a convert to Ahmadi after Mirza Ghulam Ahmad claim in 1889. So it is not at all and cannot be the same Mian Muhammed Sultan in question who built Landa Bazaar and passed away in 1876. That photograph of Mian Sultan from Aneeq Chughtai was taken in early 1900’s, decades after Mian Muhammed Sultan passed away. (Source: Makhzan-e-tasaweer, image D8M7PH).

    Love for all, thanks

    1. So grateful to you for being honest. My love to you. Carry no prejudice at all. But the miniature is of Sultan and we have a photograph which could be him. Love and salam to you.

  3. I did see a very elegant photograph of raees Lahore and the maryiam ointment he made and would love to write about him too. If you send his graceful photo as well as the maqadama I will put it on the blog with no hesitation.

  4. Ranjit Singh died in 1839, the British normally took over Lahore in 1849, so Mian Chiragh din birth day lies in a period of turmoil in Lahore. I was told about the advertisements of the special ointment attributesd to Bibi Maryiam and named after her, and the court case against Chiragh din by the English judges. Very interesting read and hardly people remember that today. Would love to write about it. That’s Lahore history.

  5. Thank you Arif uncle for the love. Sure I will send you long details and photographs of Mian Chiragh Din. It was actually his eldest son, Hakeem Muhammad Hussain of Lahore (born in 1869), who studied and found the ointment that was given to Hadhrat Jesus. The ointment was called Marham-e-Isa and the specifics of it had been lost and scattered since shortly after the time of Hadhrat Jesus. Many Hakeems from the Middle East and Europe had been trying to find or replicate the ointment for many centuries since it had been lost since a few centuries after Hadhrat Jesus’ time. The Christian colonials and missionaries of his time in the 1890’s were furious that a Muslim claimed he found and reproduced it thanks to the prayers and guidance of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and his most trusted advisor; Hakeem Maulvi Noor ud Din. This ointment ‘marham-e-isa’ has great healing properties for deep wounds, burns, skin rashes and such and works almost magically fast. Hakeem Muhammad Hussain has his medical and religious books at libraries across the globe including Yale University, Harvard, Princeton, Oxford in London etc. He practiced natural herbal and homeopathy treatments which had a healing progress far beyond that of current drugs, if one believes. He had dispensaries in Lahore and would treat people for free. He was respected and noble and popular, and lived to almost 90 years old having over a dozen children and more than 20 grandchildren before he passed.

    1. Thank you very much for everything. Tahir Umar Noor of Hakeem Nooruddin was a class fellow of mine and I know him well. Dawa khana was very near our school Sacred Heart Thronton road Lahore and is still there.

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