Thursday, 28 January 2010

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad on Sir Philip Sidney

Thus when, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, Sir Philip Sidney was injured during the siege of the fort of Zutphen in Holland, and he was in the death throes and extremely thirsty, a cup of water was brought to him which was very scarce there. Near to him was another injured soldier who was thirsty. He started looking at Sidney with much envy.  Seeing his desire, Sidney did not drink the cup himself but, by way of sacrifice, gave it to that soldier, saying “Your need is greater than mine”.

It is quite clear that Sidney considered the soldier to be more valuable than himself for 2 reasons. Firstly, that Sidney was about to die and the soldier could have been more useful while alive. Secondly, that the soldier was a brave fighter. That is why Sidney said: “Your need is greater”.

This is an example of bravery and the quality of sacrifice shown by Sidney, the conclusion from which is that a greater man laid down his life for a lesser one.
Kitabul Bariyya [The Acquittal].  (Ziyaul Islam Press, 1898).
Khwaja Kamaluddeen narrated to me and I have myself read this story that when Sir Philip Sidney was injured during the siege of the fort of Zutphen in Holland during the reign of Queen Elizabeth,and he was in the death throes and extremely thirsty, a cup of water was brought to him which was very scarce there.  Near to him was another injured soldier who was thirsty. He started looking at Sidney with much envy.  Seeing his desire, Sidney did not drink the cup himself but, by way of sacrifice, gave it to that soldier, saying “Your need is greater than mine”.  Just as some people do not desist from affectation even at the time of death.  However even charlatans can usually do such works from foppery, who wish to display a pretense of their grand morals. 
31 January 1898.  Malfoozat: i.  138.