Ghazi Ilm Din Shaheed:1908-1929
During the British Raj (1899) a book by the name ‘Satyarath Parkash’ was published which was full of animosity towards Islam. In 1927 Rajpal publishers of Lahore published its last edition. The popularity of this book among the Hindu community encouraged Rajpal to publish another book, but this time the target was none other than Prophet Muhammad :saw: He published a book by the name ‘Rangeela Rasool’ which was full of defamatory material deliberately meant to insult and inflame. Case was filed, rallies were held, resolutions passed but to no effect.
Several attempts were made on Ragpal but to no avail, finally a young man ‘Ilm Din’ with his friend ‘ Sheeda’ made plan to kill Ragpal. Both of them wanted to do the job, in the end it was Ilm Din who got the chance & killed Rajpal. In the word’s of Allama Iqbal “ assi gallan e kardey rah gaye te tarkhana da munda bazi ley gya”. It’s in punjabi I think the translation would go like this “ we only used to talk, the carpenter’s son moved ahead and did the job”Ilm Din got arrested & the session court sentenced him to death, an appeal was filed in the High court but to no avail. Ilm Din’s reaction to the court decision was, he said: “Alhamdulilah! I just wanted this, I didn’t want to live my whole life in the jail like a coward rather it’s better to sacrifice my life for Prophet Muhammad :saw: . May Allah accept my sacrifice” & finally he was hanged on Dec, 1929.