Peace and mercy of Allah be on you.... Few days ago a respected elderly scholar of Jama'at, respected Usman Chinese sahib passed away. ‘inna lillahe wa inna elehey rajeoon’ (We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return).....In 1949, through a special destiny, Allah the Exalted enabled him to leave a remote area of China, go to Pakistan and accept Ahmadiyya Islam. He wrote memoirs how Allah the Exalted continued to treat, guide and enabled him to accept Ahmadiyya Islam, gain religious knowledge and devote his life to serve faith......He narrated faith-boasting events about his life to various people. People have written about him. There is enough material about his life events, services and character so that a book can be written. Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Pakistan can do this work well.
Hazrat Khalifatul Messiah V (may Allah be his Helper) said he is stating about this Dervish human, life-devotee, missionary of Movement, practicing scholar, friend of Allah. This mention is role model for life-devotees and missionaries especially, and for everyone, for each Ahmadi.
He was famous by name ‘Usman Chini’ sahib. his real name was ‘Muhammad Usman Chung Sai Chou. He passed away on 13 April 2018. He was born on 13 December 1925 in a Muslim family in Chinese province Anhui. In 1946, after high school he did one year advanced course in Nanchang University, then began to study in Nanchang National Central University, department of politics. He was not interested in politics; he thought to learn law, philosophy or religion, he considered to go to Turkey to get education, but he came to Pakistan in 1949.....By making personal research he did Bai'at, began to study in Jamia Ahmadiyya (Ahmadiyya religious institution), passed short course for missionaries. He devoted life to serve faith in August 1959. In 1964 he passed ‘shahid’ degree from Jamia Ahmadiyya. Afterwards, he served as life-devotee and missionary in Pakistan, Singapore and Malaysia.... He was blessed to do Umrah and Hajj......He left wife, son and two daughters.
After the migration of Hazrat Khalifatul Messiah IV (may Allah be pleased with him) in 1986, various offices of Jama'at were made in London, as works increased. Translation work of literature of Jama'at increased. A Chinese desk was made too. Usman sahib was called in 1986. He did Chinese translation of books, especially noteworthy is Chinese translation of Holy Quran. He wrote books about creed and teaching of Jama'at.
He began translation of Holy Quran in Chinese in 1986 on instruction from Hazrat Khalifatul Messiah IV (ra), translation was completed after 4 year hard work.... Hazrat Khalifatul Messiah IV (ra) wanted it done by 100 year centennial celebration. Usman sahib was in need of a proper helper to improve and review work. This work was not possible in UK or Pakistan, as expert in language and religion at same time was very difficult to find. He went to China and Singapore to get suggestions from language experts. Eventually a very good Chinese translation of Holy Quran was prepared by the grace of Allah the Exalted.
There were other translations of Holy Quran were already present before this one and latter too were made. But the translation of Jama'at Ahmadiyya is a distinctive masterpiece due to great religious knowledge of Jama'at.
Upon its publication, many reviews from native speakers of language from China and other countries greatly praised it. Some objected inclusion of Ahmadiyya commentary.
(www dot islam dot cn/HTM/Books_Start.htm )
Chinese translation by Jama'at Ahmadiyya is very popular and is in great demand....Chinese professor Lin son has mentioned our translation of Holy Quran in his book about translations of Holy Quran in Chinese language in this century. There is review about our translation in about 15 pages.
Professor wrote when common scholars do translation, they do not translate certain words and write same Arabic word at the place or explain in side note. This gives impression that part was unclear for them, till end. The distinction of translation of Mr. Usman is that he translate such places too and also mentions references of base why such translation was made. Professor noted down he wrote review about translation of Quran, afterwards he met Mr. Usman many times, his impression is Mr. Usman is a simple, down to earth, sincere, pure person who practices seriously on commandments. I invited him for feast in Ramadan, he keep Fasts and believes Holy Quran is the best Book of Shariah. Though some parts of his translation and commentary are not in accordance with Chinese Sunni sect, but can it be denied this person believes in Tauheed, loves Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and follows commandments of Allah.
The titles of Chinese literature, which Usman Chini sahib prepared in his supervision, are ‘my life and ancestry’, ‘introduction to morality’, outline of Islam, 7 books are his own.... He supervised 35 translations; An outline of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at, Outline of Islam, Fundamental questions and answers about Islam, Islamic concept of jihad and Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at, Ahmadiyya Muslim community’s contribution to the world, What is need of religion and Islam in human life...
In home life: His wife writes that when marriage proposal came, her father did not give consent due to big age difference. She was 20 while he was about 50. Father did not mention the proposal for many months, then he placed letter before her so that she should decide by self...She had seen in dream she is standing in a large field, empty handed, in a foreign country and suddenly she thought what would happen to her. Then she saw a person in white dress at some distance, and she heard a voice that your all needs will be fulfilled by this person...
After seeing the letter, she saw Usman sahib in dream, he was in white dress and standing near her....Later when she was shown his photograph, she recognized he was the person in dream.... So she accepted the marriage proposal.
Four years passed in engagement, passport was not being prepared. At that time, conditions were not good, Cultural Revolution was taking place, it was very difficult for her to go due to political situation.
Usman sahib had seen in dream when Mao Zedong will pass away, wife would come. ... Usman sahib decided to write letter to him. When he was going to post the letter, news came that Mao Zedong has died.
There fiancé of Usman sahib received her passport, and she came to house of her father. That night it rained a lot. Prior to it, there was drought. Due to heavy rain, water flow created large erosion cuts in land. A non-Ahmadi neighbor remarked: Had you come earlier our drought would have finished earlier...She left china after a week with almost nothing...She reached in Pakistan in August 1978...Nikkah ceremony took place...They had to go to Chinese embassy...On their way, in train journey, due to misunderstanding she came out of the train one station earlier...A police officer helped her to reach Chinese embassy, she was wearing niqab and coat, staff were not believing she was Chinese, they gave her a Chinese magazine to read it. Then a taxi was arranged. Fortunately, an Ahmadi person helped her further to reach destination......Life with Usman sahib began.
Mrs. Usman writes that Usman sahib was a good husband, rather he was her spiritual teacher. He taught her how to offer Salaat. After leading Salaat in mosque, he would lead her in Salaat in home and teach her Arabic words of Salaat word-by-word and line by line and advised to keep practicing. In case of forgetting, keep prayer book near. He taught her basic-book to learn Arabic reading of Holy Quran in six months. Then he taught her to recite Holy Quran along with translation so that she should maintain interest. He was a very patient person, he would teach subject in great depth with examples.
He was very kind with relatives. He had made her mother to come to live with them and served her very much even in times of scarcity....Whole life of Usman sahib consisted of attachment with his duty....In time of health he would work in office till late night and sometimes till morning....In home, his most important work was to give good training to children..... He had no interest in small worldly matters....He was very simple in eating habits and dresses.
Elder daughter of Usman sahib, a doctor, writes that he was very merciful, kind, very hard working, untiring, always keeper of good hope and humble human.
-- ask all of us, siblings, and sons-in-law to join in talks in all matters.
-- take interest in our education, asked what teachers said.
-- say Allah the Exalted has sent you to convey His message, especially to Chinese.
-- regularly advice us to keep progressing in spirituality, morality and knowledge.
-- often say to us, by seeing your personality practice and attitude, people should feel Being of God exists because those children who believe God they are much better than children who do not believe.
-- advise there should be regularity in work which you begin.
-- never rebuked children, he always advised with affection. If he ever did severity, it was about regularity in offering Salaat.
-- take us five times to mosque to offer Salaat to make it our habit.
-- give us a book in holidays, to read and then he would take test.....once he gave us a very old copy of Noah’s Ark for reading, and asked us to read and said its urdu is not very difficult. It is first book in urdu which he read byself in Jamia Ahmadiyya. (www dot alislam dot org/library/book/noahs-ark/ )
-- He was concerned about pardah / covering, he asked her to observe it in university too, if majbori to remove niqab then it can be done during education only and do not apply make up, he asked it from Hazrat Khalifatul Messiah IV (ra).
His other daughter writes, he would:
-- say to us, you should always make effort to get moon, if moon is not obtained stars will be achieved i.e. always have high aim.
-- encourage us to regularly offer 5 Salaat in congregation and to offer Tahajjud.
-- wake up us for Fajr Salaat by sprinkling water drops on us.
-- draw our attention to read books of Hazrat promised Messiah (as) and Khulafa (www dot alislam dot org/library/authors/ ).
-- answer our question with patience for hours. (it is model for parents too).
-- always use God given capabilities and never waste those.
-- say what deed you do, do it with intention as worship to God.
-- give example of spiritual progress is like staircase. In it, stay comes some times, but step moves to further elevation.
-- teach us simplicity, humbleness and giving priority to others over us. When he was saddar / president Jama'at Islamabad, Tilford, UK , central heating was being installed in all houses, he made sure, that work was to be done in our house in the end.