Dr. A Q Khan
Mohsin e Pakistan

Searching for a redeemer

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May 5th, 2010

Random thoughts
By Dr A Q Khan

People who are familiar with Urdu and read and enjoy its poetry know how sweet and captivating a language it is. Those familiar with our cultural heritage and can enjoy the depth and warmth of Urdu poetry are indeed fortunate. We, the older generation, are lucky that in our school days we were given a thorough coverage of the topic, and when I say that my school days were the best period in my education, it would not be an exaggeration.

There are many misconceptions about our poets. Some people think they are no more than daydreamers who usually ignore reality. Some think they exaggerate things and their words have no practical meaning.

To quote poet Mirza Mahmood Sarhadi:

Kal aik mufakkir mujhe kehta tha sarey rah”
Shayed teri millat ke hai mitney ka irada;
Main ne ye kaha us se koi wajha bhi hogi,
Bola ke teri qaum men shair hain ziada.

Now see what two famous Urdu poets, Mir and Iqbal, said about a redeemer:

Mat sehel hamen jaano, phirta hai falak barson,
Tab khak key parde se insaan nikalte hain.

and

Hazaron saal nargis apni benoori pe roti hai;
Bari mushkil se hota hai chaman men didawar paida.

How beautiful and meaningful is this poetic comparison to our current situation. If not a thousand years, we need at least a hundred years to find a redeemer, a sincere leader, for our unfortunate country. It could also be interpreted as meaning that it takes hundreds of years for a nation to produce a capable leader who can change the fate and destiny of the country.

Since our political leaders are not able to solve the many serious problems facing the poor masses of the country, it is a dire need of the time to search and pray for a redeemer before it is too late. Meanwhile, corrupt, selfish freebooters exploit the masses and loot the country. It takes time for a redeemer to appear and for the public to recognise a sincere and able leader, one who ensures their well-being and takes care of their problems. Shaikh Saadi, Amir Khusro, Maulana Rumi, Allama Iqbal, Hali, Shibli, Hasrat Mohani, Akbar Allahabadi and many other poets were all very close to nature and the Almighty in their poetry and have pointed out the need for a saviour, a redeemer, for the Muslim nations.

We know that China was exploited by Western colonialists for a long time and the Chinese people were forced to eat and smoke opium to keep them docile and servile. Many people doubted that they would ever be able to get out of that rut. But the appearance of one person – Chairman Mao Zedong – changed the fate of the nation. China is now an economic and military giant and even the Americans were forced to borrow money from it. It only took one generation to achieve this. The young generation of those days is now living a comfortable and respectable life in their old age. This is an example fit for us to copy. But will we be able to do it? Nobody is willing to make the sacrifices it requires.

Napoleon, Hitler, Mussolini, etc., were all great leaders who mobilised and unified their nations and enabled them to make great developments. But they later strayed, made wrong decisions and brought destruction to their nations. In India, Muslims were rulers for almost eight centuries, but no attention was paid to religious and social services. Religious scholars were the only ones who kept the lamp burning, but there was no redeemer. After the 1857 War of Independence we were branded as traitors and pariahs.

Muslims had no hopes for their future, but then Allah sent Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. Raja Ram Mohan Roy mobilised the Hindus and the Banaras Hindu University started churning out educated Hindus, who immediately had a monopoly on administration. Sir Syed had to face humiliation, insults and fatwas against him to collect the required funds and build Aligarh Muslim University. He was a true leader – a redeemer – who mobilised Muslims and prepared an army of educated individuals who later became the stalwarts of Quaed-e-Azam to win freedom for Pakistan.

Some people used to taunt Sir Syed:

Wo bhala kis ki baat maane hain;
Bhai Syed to kuchh diwaane hain.

Akbar Allahabadi, a learned Muslim poet, taunted the opponents of Sir Syed thus:

Nikle Syed jo gazat leykey to laakhon laayey;
Shaikh Quran dikhate phire paisa na mila.

Within a short span of time people were convinced of Sir Syed’s sincerity and soon Hali, Azad, Shibli, Mohsinul Mulk, Waqarul Mulk, Nazeer Ahmed, etc., wholeheartedly supported him. Nawab Sultan Jehan Begum, ruler of Bhopal, gave a generous donation to the university and had the honour of being its first chancellor.

There was a dearth of efficient leaders – and redeemers – in the Indian Muslim community. The few educated, Westernised Muslims that there were, were proud to be Congressites and the landlords were proud to be in the service of the British. But see what was in store for us. A person who could neither speak Arabic nor was fluent Urdu, who was not a mullah or even a very devout Muslim, was selected by the Almighty to lead us to victory and to establishing an independent Pakistan.

He was honest, sincere and incorruptible; in short, a redeemer. He managed to unite the whole nation and turned it into a force to be reckoned with. He became so popular that a famous British journalist said that if Jinnah asked the Muslims to vote for an electric pole, they would do so. The Quaid-e-Azam was very intelligent and he surrounded himself with honest, able people, not corrupt sycophants. After the establishment of Pakistan and his death, the country fell into the hands of freebooters and we are still suffering from that. The situation is critical and we can only pray. Old leaders, when thrown out by new incumbents, claim to repent (or not) for their mistakes, but the harm is done and it is like crying over spilt milk.

We need a redeemer like the Quaid-e-Azam, Sukarno, Ben Bella, Kwame Nkruma, Mustafa Kamal or Mao Zedong to unite and lead this poor unfortunate nation to strength and prosperity.

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2 Responses to “Searching for a redeemer”

  1. sara Says:

    same dua —–ameen

  2. shahan Says:

    salaam
    Sir Dr ABDUL QADEER KHAN U R THE BEST IN ALL OVER THE WORLD I RESPECTED U UR THE HERO OF PAKISTAN AND IAM A BIG FAN OF U SIR IAM A STUDENT OF UNDER GRADUATE I WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT MY COUNTRY.
    PLZ SIR GIVE ME SOME OPENION WHAT CAN I DO RESPECTED SIR PLZ SAVE OUR COUNTRY THEY ARE MANY CORRUPTION MANY PROBLEMS UR THE ONE ONLY MAN TO SAVE OUR COUNTRY I LOVE U SIR ………..
    REGARDING
    SHAHAN SHEIKH

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