Ilmuddin, 21, was hanged in British India on October 31, 1929. Ilmuddin was a Muslim from undivided India. His father was a carpenter. Ilmuddin killed Rajpal, the publisher of the book ‘Rangila Rasool’. In this book the Prophet (peace be upon him) was slandered.
Muslims see this as an attack on their religion. Indian Muslims demand ban on the book. But the British government did not pay attention to the demands of the Muslims. Ilmuddin decided to assassinate Rajpal and bought a knife from the market for one rupee. He took the knife inside his pants and went to Rajpal’s shop and killed him.
Police arrested him. Ilmuddin’s lawyer told him, “You say your mental state was not good. You killed him unconscious. Then maybe you can be saved from hanging.” Ilmuddin refused to say, “I am proud of my work.” According to the penal code, he was sentenced to death.
He was hanged on 31 October 1929. His body was buried in the jail without janaza. But Dr. The bodies were exhumed with the intervention of Muslim leaders like Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Mia Amiruddin and Abdul Aziz. Ilmuddin’s father asked Allama Iqbal to lead the janaza. Iqbal replied, “I am a more sinful person than the janaza of this great warrior.” He proposed to Syed Didar Ali Shah, the founder of Hizbul Ahnaf in Lahore, to conduct the janaza. More than two lakh people attended the janaza of Ilmuddin.
Maulana Zafar Ali Khan stood in front of the corpse and said, “Alas! If only I could achieve such a high status!” Allama Iqbal said while placing Ilmuddin’s body in the grave, “This illiterate young boy has gone further than our educated ones.”
A mosque named Ghazi Ilmuddin Shaheed Mosque was built in Mianwali Jail to pay homage to him.
اِنَّ الَّذِیۡنَ یُؤۡذُوۡنَ اللّٰہَ وَ رَسُوۡلَہٗ لَعَنَہُمُ اللّٰہُ فِی الدُّنۡیَا وَ الۡاٰخِرَۃِ وَ اَعَدَّ لَہُمۡ عَذَابًا مُّہِیۡنًا ﴿۵۷﴾
- “Verily, those who annoy Allah and His Messenger, Allah will curse them in this world and in the Hereafter, and He has prepared for them a humiliating torment.”
Surah Al-Ahzab: Verse 58