Biography - In Najaf

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Staying 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 e Shabbiriah". 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.

Attachment with Imam Khomeini (RA) in Najaf

While 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 (RA).

Those 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 Khomeni (RA).

One day 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:

“My friend 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 heart.

Shaheed Quaid thoughts inspired many fellow students, and they also started to sit in the lectures of Imam Khomeni (RA).

On the 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 in Najaf.

Shaheed 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.

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