There is a person who has been highly confused and restless.
He was not the same in the beginning but his state changed
afterwards. His mind, heart, tongue and gestures have been
suffering from restlessness. He wants to do something but
unable to. He wants to see his desired things but cannot.
He wants to see his dreams come true but his luck does not
support him. Those whom he considered big, proved small people.
Those, whom he wants to see as leaders, proved to be incapable
of stepping into the power lobby. Those who talk good, possess
bad character. His tongue and lips do not support his words
he wants to produce. He wants to write something but his pen
and hand do not cooperate with him. His oration proves to
be baseless. His write up lacks professionalism. He does not
know the principles of various fields. He is neither the rider
of teaching profession nor is a beginner in the field. He
is completely a restless person.
However, it is a startling fact that I have come across people
talking about him with an exaggeration. Some consider him
an intellectual and some think that he is an orator. Some
hold him in great esteem and think that he is an extra-ordinary
person. But, this is absolutely an illusion. People are of
the habit of giving unnecessary titles to others on the basis
of nepotism and favouritism. So is with this person.
Besides those who exaggerate, there are people who are curious
about him and want to know who this person actually is? How
does he behave and what is his status? I know him since 44
years and have seen his childhood. I have seen his peak time
and fall as well. I am aware of his qualities and weaknesses.
So, in my today column, I want to specially discuss this personality
with various particular references.
As per my research, his forefathers were Sikhs. Probably his
great-grand father changed the religion and embraced Islam
from where the generations turned Muslim. Despite becoming
Muslim, none of his entire family was able to serve Islam.
Nobody from this family became religious scholar and none
could become a Hafiz. They were simple Muslim villagers and
lived their lives as agriculturists. They considered mosque
as only a place to offer prayers. They never bothered to see
and know what exactly are the activities in Madaris. They
were of the view that only orphans study at Madaris. With
this reference a Madrasah was normally considered an orphanage
in their village.
At the time of birth, this man was quiet healthy. When he
was about three years of age paralysis attacked him and paralyzed
his legs. His father utilized all his resources to get his
son cured but he could not stand on his feet again. It appeared
that he was made to sit for some important purpose, which
his parents could not understand and used to cry for him.
Whenever he saw his parents crying for him he became restless.
What else he could do for his parents.
His parents put him in a school. At the age of nine, on the
advise of Imam of a nearby mosque, he was admitted to a Madrasah
for Hifz-e-Qur’an. He found this job quiet difficult.
And so he did not have any intension to learn the Holy Qur’an
by heart. He wanted to play with his friends in lanes and
grounds. He wanted to see sports matches, wanted to join other
boys playing in playgrounds to enjoy life but he could not
fulfil his desire. He faced whatever was written in his fate.
However, in a short span of eleven months he preserved the
biggest wealth of the world in his heart and became a Hafiz
but he never thought that he has become the wealthiest person
on the earth. He still thought that he was no more than a
After completing Hifz-e-Qur’an, he was asked to get
admission to a nearby Madrasah, only Madrasah in town, which
was known more for arranging Qur’an Khwani than imparting
religious education. For a few months he remained a student
in this Madrasah and enjoyed the feasts in the wake of Qur’an
Khwanis. There was a possibility that he would become a person
who prefers feasts more than the religion, the nature once
again showed miracle and he got an opportunity to visit various
Madaris for education purpose.
The reality was that he half-heartedly got admission to these
Madaris but on the basis that he was intelligent so he kept
his upward journey and climbed many steps. Ultimately he got
the required degree in religious education.
After completing his education, he thought of doing something
good for the village he belonged to. He wanted to ameliorate
the religious thinking of people there. Although he was offered
good teaching jobs in big cities but he opted to return to
his village to serve his own people. One year he spent in
hard struggle, which bore fruit. However, some anti-religion
feudal lords became hurdle in his way by terming him a ‘Wahabi’.
This led to quarrels, scuffles and lastly the clash between
two groups as a result of which many people including his
father sustained injuries. This situation disheartened him
and he left the village for city where he joined a university
and served there for about 19 years as a teacher.
As he was one of the founder teachers of the university, he
got opportunity to teach the higher classes. Besides teaching,
he was also fond of writing for various papers. During his
leisure time while he was still with the university he wrote
a couple of books, which were highly praised. This encouraged
him and he moved further ahead and spent more time in writing
books, which earned him recognition at various fora. Thanks
God, this fame and recognition did not caste negative impact
and he remained within the limit and never exaggerated about
his own capabilities as happens in the case of other people
who after getting fame forget their past and spoil themselves.
This person was well aware of his weaknesses. The darker side
of his life constantly cursed him as a result of which he
wanted to spend most of his time in loneliness where he could
shed some tears to beg for Allah’s mercy. Many a times
he thought of saying good-bye to his life in cities and get
lost in woods, but it was not possible for him now.
Strange that mostly people consider him an extra-ordinary
intellectual and religious scholar and invite him to deliver
lectures on various occasion at Madaris and other gathering.
He is a physically disabled person and does not have command
over speeches. He is not an outspoken orator. His speech is
not more than the speech of a Tableeghi person (preacher).
When he speaks at some function, his hosts notice that his
speech does not motivate the gathering and people do not shout
any slogans. So, they become hopeless and think that everything
that glitters is not gold.
On the other hand this persons has apparently set a very tight
and busy schedule for his life. He has a burden of responsibilities
on his shoulders for his home and family members. For this
reason he wants to stay away from activities like processions,
addresses and other functions. He wants to serve the people
by teaching them about Qur’an and Sunnah.
It is a trend in our society that organizers of functions
invite people like philanthropists to seek their support from
financial point of view. But in his case they get disappointed.
I know this person since 44 years. He is not stingy. He is
a man of big heart. He is not rude. He is very friendly fellow.
He tells jokes and enjoys discussions. He has organised a
number of public gatherings. This revealed a fact to him that
politics is not a sincere act. He did not like people of different
parties are standing against one another. So, he became disgusted.
His conscience did not allow him to go to knock at the door
of capitalists for the benefit of parties. He thought that
joining any ethnic or religious party would lead to the danger
of life. Therefore, he remains away from the politics. He
also does not have his own party so he is deprived of being
a leader of any group. This situation raises a question that
how can a person who himself is a patient, can provide any
cure to others. My advice is to leave this man at his will
and never call him to address public gatherings. Moreover,
people should not attach great hopes to him. The valued readers
will now be thinking who could this person be? Most of you
might have understood. Its nobody else but Muhammad Aslam
Sheikhupuri, the author of this column.