YES, BROKEN APART FROM US BY DECEIT AND FORCE
ARE OUR BENGAL BRETHREN HAPPIER THAN BEFORE?
Chaos and Anarchy prevails all the Muslim world. Turkey which looked untouchable by factors is facing vulnerable times. And so is the rest of the Muslim world. Deaths and poverty has become routine in our world. And nobody seems to be listening to it, or even doing anything about it. Our hearts pain at the conditions where even survival is becoming like a dream, replaced by our worst nightmares. The land of jute, the golden sparrow, has it become rising star, as proclaimed by Machiavellian politicians.
A long lost friend SAIF UL HAQUE wrote to us from Bangladesh asking about the memories he left behind here. Nostalgia surrounds him to this day when he received his education here. The same situation as in Pakistan, as one set of Bengali people , pitted against the opposite set of Bengali people. Imagine the Chief Justice of Bangladesh being forcibly put on an aero plane to Australia for he made a judgement which was against the Ruling party. Even more drastic measures than ours here. Replacing one with an Acting one, obviously with the connivance of foreign lobbies. Leaders of Islamic parties were first hanged to death (what about human rights?), and now forcibly imprisoned. While elephants fight, the grass remain trampled. When Dr Henry Kissinger called East Pakistan a basket without a bottom, the situation still stands. The poor in Pakistan, the poor in Bangladesh are all suffering the same misery. The world may have lost compassion but the Muslims have lost compassion for each other. Why should we not feel the pain of our Bengali brethren? Democracy in a nutshell is forced choices on us, to select and elect the evil of society, concerned with massive corruption.
The Laws of Allah are moving and we know they are there. Retribution will come. Our patience is tested beyond limits. What can our empty prayers do?
We still feel for you East Pakistan.
CULTURAL POLICY OF PAKISTAN THROUGH FOREIGN AGENDAS
REPEATED ATTEMPTS TO DIFFUSE OUR IDEOLOGICAL FOOTING
The advent of Pakistan was a shock to those who had to relinquish control over same. The first policy of culture was defined by the British with the release of the book “5000 years of Pakistan” and this agenda stuck like a leech with the bureaucracy who were to muddle our advance into ideological realms. A country which came into being based on Islamic Ideology was being bombarded with different ideas of a long cultural history, starting with the Buddhist Civilization. Amazing it was! Suddenly cultural experts started pouring in with French beards and smoking pipes in their mouth. On one hand 5000 years history charade and on the other getting into the band wagon of the West by meticulously following western narratives of existence. Made a ball of culture and knocked it clean bold. Cultural policy was indeed a Western agenda.
For years nobody took the liberty of putting a cultural policy down on paper and then Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, recruited a Cultural Adviser Faiz Ahmad Faiz and he inducted a geographical policy for Pakistan. Our culture was to be found within our geography. Faiz simply said that the Taj Mahal may be beautiful but it is not our culture. In simple words “Pak sar zameen shad bad” was considered simply a ‘Sohni Darti”. Culture was to be tailored to that end. The Muslim Umma was a dangerous word for foreign lobbies with agendas of their own.
The zest for devising a new cultural policy for Pakistan is still here and a new group based in Australia is charting out one for us in 2030. It is not known on what basis the same would be. One can read the manifesto and find out. Their announcement is like this:
“Youth Revolution Clan in collaboration with Cultural Infusion Australia is going to Organize “Lahore International Conference on Culture “.
Culture is a set of rules and behavioural patterns we learn with socialization. However, in a globalised (and multicultural) world culture became subject of discussions from various points of views, and its importance is not loosing strength. In the past century, we witnessed many attempts to foster cultural agendas using popular culture where identities were formed in a way to present one nation to other nations in a favourable way, and where audiences were confronted with various messages that are sometimes blurred with first-hand experiences. States indeed invest funding in their cultural policies, and particularly in their cultural policies oriented towards abroad via external cultural institutes, or tourist offers where culture is emphasized as an achievement of a certain nation (most notably, in art and music).
Cultural relations, on the other hand, are centred on creating mutual recognition and understanding, however, many scholars and practitioners expressed criticism calling western countries as imperialists imposing their cultural patterns over less advanced countries just via peaceful means and not through colonialism anymore. On the other hand, culture is often a subject of discussion when minority groups are in stake because minorities find themselves surrounded by different culture, and in a dilemma whether to assimilate or to preserve their culture while still trying to lead average lives. The latter is then subject of criticism from conservatives and the Far Right that insist on integration, an unclear term that sometimes seems more like forced integration.”
We hear a new term coming up with reference to globalization and that is a Post Islamic scenario. Now what does that mean? A situation where Islam is gone. Really! Who subscribe to same? Outsiders yes, but Pakistani Muslims? Unbelievable.
A Pakistani Cultural Expert, Malik Shamas (Retired Curator Lahore Museum) showed me a draft of a cultural policy and it was an amazing draft. I am sure his son teacher Tanveer Hussain would have a copy and it is worthy of being published in any form. It really defines us.
But the direction for cultural policy of Pakistan was given by M.A. Rahman Chughtai at time of partition itself and the manifesto still stands. It was narrated in Urdu, so I am taking the liberty of summarizing that idea in simple words, which was:
“Islamic culture is dynamic with positive energy. In all ways it is timeless, as it grows from the past to the present and takes into account the future too. A time comes when culture stagnates and in an new environment, it jump starts a new existence, based on old, but very much new. This was the case of Islamic conquest of Spain. Confronted with new crafts people who embraced Islam and brought new ideas into the realm. This jump start happened with Muslims in Spain and that is why I propose the name of ALHAMRA for the Pakistan Arts Council. In my view the advent of Pakistan will jump start our culture forward into newer realms. My Art is simply following the same lines. I have relinquished older traditions of miniatures as well as its style as well as its technique, even compositions, and formed a newer school of art that is Chughtai Art, and that too, is actually timeless in spirit. Newer directions on older foundations that is my case for the new cultural policy of Pakistan. “
Anyone or a bunch of stray people cannot devise a cultural policy of Pakistan. Here again in any democratic spirit, the people matter, for culture strengthens them, both in belief as well as implementation. The Cultural policy of Pakistan has to come from within not from without. How can others mean good for you and your Identity? Diffusing your Identity is the only reason for same.
MIRZA IBDAL BAIG LAHORI AURANGZEBS FAVOURITE KOTWAL
FROM LAHORE TO AURANGABAD TO SHAHJAHANAABAD
The first influx in Hindustan was from Kabul and Herat. The direction was Lahore. From Lahore people moved to the new city of Shahjahanabad. When Emperor Aurangzeb preferred residence in his city Aurangabad a lot of people migrated from Lahore to that city. One such character is Mirza Ibdal Baig, a favourite Kotwal of Emperors. There can be no doubt that he was trustworthy and brought discipline where ever he went. Without character and attributes he would not have remained in his position for long. The Kotwals of Lahore were famous. An older blog of ours carry information about Kotwals of Lahore. Check again and enjoy! http://blog.chughtaimuseum.com/?p=550
A TIME WITHOUT ENGLISH LANGUAGE
INSPIRATION OF THE ENGLISH ADMINISTRATOR
THE BEGINNINGS IN 1781 AD
The English Administrators were annexing territory after territory n India. There was a need to spread their brand of culture and knowledge to people. Various bureaucrats were having their go at it. One administrator C. Grant studied the situation in India and realized that the Mughal influence in this area was through their introduction of the Persian language into main stream India. Very impressed. C. Grant wrote a memoir for his fellow Englishmen, and in it he referred to the success the Mughals had in introducing their way of life by changing Sanskrit into Persian. C. Grant felt that you could do the same by introduction of the English language. The decision and the result is in front of us. C. Grant had a very low opinion of the people.
Language carries culture. Without language cultures are forsaken. Once upon a time Caliphs and Emperors and Sultans could not only read the Holy Quran but knew the meaning of the Holy Quran. Now benefit seeking priesthood is there to misguide people from the right path. That is why foreign lobbies always try their best to keep us away from our national language, that is URDU. You will find Urdu speaking public much more patriotic and sincere to Pakistan than the others. Rise Pakistan rise!
THE CHARISMA OF DIGNITY IS NOWHERE TO BE SEEN
UNCOUTHS SHOUTING ABOUT LOVE IN THEIR HEARTS
We miss dignity all the time. Dignity was not a preserve of any class. It was present in those people who had character. We remember a poem by Jan Stallworthy about Sindhi Women and the beautiful statement that “They walk most straight, who learn to walk beneath a weight”.
Bare foot, through the bazaar,
And with the same undulant grace
As the cloth blown back from her face,
She glides with a stone jar,
High on her head
And not a ripple in her tread.
Watching her cross erect
Stones, garbage, excrement and crumbs
Of glass in the Karachi slums,
I, with my stoop, reflect:
They stand most straight
Who learn to walk beneath a weight. (Jan Stallworthy)
Have you ever realized that the host of people you see shouting for political figures have literally no dignity at all! Literally without character, all that they can see is probable monetary benefits by shouting themselves hoarse. By giving paid advertisements and announcements about love in their hearts. Eager to be doled out portions of ill-gotten wealth by their leaders.
The caliber of Pakistanis leaving aside, even the host of Western leaders are literally so undignified these days and their verbosity borders on obscenity now. No judgment is required. It is sensed by all, and that is when we realize these days no ICONS are being produced by most civilizations. This is where we must look backward at our icons and resurrect our ideals, for without such idealization, we can never mold a better future for ourselves.
REVELATION OF TWO INSCRIPTIONS NEAR SOMANTH MANDIR
A FLOURISHING MUSLIM COMMUNITY IN HEALTHY EXISTENCE
In 1938 Sayyid Muhammed Masum Bakkari wrote a Tarikh Sind, published in Poona. It gives us incredible information. A bilingual inscription found in the vicinity of Somnath in Gujarat, which had a Sanskrit version preserved in the temple of Harsaya in Verawal., The inscription refers to a Muslim community living in Somnath, and it is dated 662 AH or 1263 AD. (date copied from published source only)
The Sanskirit version has a reference to Prophet Muhammed (PBUH), as ‘THE TEACHER OF THE SAILORS who live near the Holy Temple of VISWARATHA’. Such references indicate presence of Muslim communities living in many parts in India and communicating with local people “in understandable and acceptable terms”.
In this respect we also have the Mosque of Abdul Qasim bin Al Iraji, with an Arabic inscription dated 685 AH, 1286 AD.
There is a possibility that the teacher of sailors is not reference to the Prophet (PBUH) but to a local leader Muhammed son of Muhammed bin Qasim, who certainly could be referred as the teacher of sailors in this context. More research obviously required on this one too.
CAN AN ENEMY’S NARRATIVE BE BENIGN FOR US?
ONLY SATANS BUDGE FROM QURANIC NARRATIVE!
A donkey’s bray hardly means anything. Yearning for food or habitual sexual anxiety. Nothing more. Strange this beast does not even bray at announcing complaints. The donkey is insufferable. Load anything on him and he will carry that weight. Our intellectual donkeys are like that too. Load them with enemy narratives and they carry that through. Surprising that a land which produced an epoch shattering intellectual like Dr Allama Iqbal, cold also produced a horde of such donkeys. Owners often lure donkeys by fastening a stick with grass in front of them. The donkey keeps on running. Our donkeys keeps on running with promises fed to them by foreign lobbies. A donkey knows no shame, nor has any concept of shame. When there is no IQ, how can there any any EQ with them!
When we recite the Kalma, olden times it was designated as SUBMITTING TO THE WILL OF ALLAH. Then our intellectuals told us, it is has to be phrased in proper way. It is ACCEPTING THE LAWS OF ALLAH (after thinking and pondering as the Quran advises us). Once we accept Divine Laws, is there any room for a POST ISLAM SCENARIO? Utterly rubbish, the people who coined this narrative. Trying to mitigate Islam all the time. Are you crazy enough to accept a reality beyond our fundamental belief?
All so called proclaimed narratives can go to dustbin. There is no alternative to the message of Allah as told to us in the Quran. We bow down our heads to Allah alone!
BABA HIYADATULLAH OF MOHALLA CHABUK SAWARAN LAHORE
THE PUNJABI POET OF GREAT STATUS, WRITER OF HEER RANJHA
Mohalla Chabuk Sawaran was the house of many great personalities. Obviously the best known of them all is M.A. Rahman Chughtai the artist of Lahore, whose Art rocked the international world. But there were others there too. Nurud din Christi was part of the Mohalla too and of the many books he wrote, the one on LAHORE stands as the first serious history making of the city of Lahore. A fellow family member Muharram Ali Chisti was a great intellectual of his times, who hosted Sir Syed Ahmad Khan in Lahore. But the Punjabi poet, now lesser known, received accolades far away from his home. We came across a thesis on Baba Hiyadatyullah written by a girl for the Oriental College University of the Punjab Lahore but we were not able to obtain a copy. In any case we heard of Baba Hiyadatullah all the time.
The first thing we all heard was that he lived above the age of 120 years and had seen many political times of his life. We came across a photograph of him and it seems that the premise is more than true. We also heard that Punjabi intellectuals including Sikh gentlemen used to visit his house. Sardar Puran Singh and Bhai Vir Singh the great Sikh writers also went to the house of the poet. It was asserted that the immortal verse DHOLE CHAREDAIN MARI HEER CHEEKAIN was not of poet Waris Shah but of Baba Hiyadatullah himself. Some where in 1890s Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani visited the Chinay Wali Mosque and met the Mohalla people. Baba Hiyadatullah was impressed with his knowledge about religion and conceded love for him. Later on when in 1904 it was declared that Mirza Sahib was a Prophet, Baba Sahib issued an edict rejoinder along with 77 others, in which he said that he never believed in Mirza Sahib being a Prophet and he was 100 percent a believer of the finality of our Prophet May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him. This is quoted by M. A. Rahman Chughtai in his book Dabistan Mussavari as he heard it from Baba himself. Baba Hiyadatullah was a staunch Muslim. HE COULD NOT EVEN THINK OF CONTESTING THE FINALITY OF PROPHET HOOD. The Ahmadiyahs have no documentation on Baba Hiyadatullah at all, although they claim ownership of him. Missing Bait nama, yes!
A published book carries a drawing of Baba Hiyadatullah on the cover but we do not have it. The poor photograph with Mulla Ghous is all we have. Mulla Ghous was Imam of the small mosque in Mohalla Chabuk Sawaran, just opposite the house of M.A. Rahman Chughtai. He was the parent of people like Majeed Al-Makky and Hameed Al-Makky. Mulla Ghous was son of Muhammed Makky al-mashoor Shaid de Makhi.
THE ATTACK ON LAHORE (1043-1049) BY COMBINED HINDU RAJAS
THE PLANNED ATTACK ON LAHORE 2017 BY COMBINED LOBBIES
MARTYRDOM AT ITS BEST IN PAST AND IN FUTURE OBVIOUSLY
In the year 435 AH (1043 AD), the Raja of Delhi was able to rally other Hindu Rajas to accost and drive the Muslims out of India. The religious motivation drove them into a frenzy, for they were loosing their commoner subjects by the thousands, each day, through voluntary conversions. Fearing there would be no vassals left to serve them, they started recovering one town after another. They took Hansi, Thanesar and then Nagar Kot. In the year 441 AH (1049 AD), they laid a siege to the city of Lahore.
Sultan Maudud was not in Lahore. Maudud undertook a campaign against Khurasan, and had gone through the city of Kabul. He reached the Fort of Sankot and was seized with a violent bowel movement (food poisoning of the worst kind). Probably poisoned by adversaries. On a litter tied behind a horse, he was taken to Ghazni, where he died, and the rest of the time there was chaotic fighting for the throne. A four year old son was put on the throne, which led to further infighting in the Ghaznavid ranks.
Without the protection of the Sultan, it was up to the citizens of Lahore to defend themselves. The Hindus gained initially a lot of ground in victory. Their number was ten thousand horsemen, as well as innumerable foot soldiers. Five thousand Muslims were taken prisoners, mosques were razed to the ground, and a general loot and plunder started outside Lahore in the suburbs. A group of valiant soldiers assembled in the Purani Kotwali Lahore and resolved to face the wrath of the Hindus. The siege was for about seven months and the soldiers held their ground. Thousands died defending Lahore, including many of their Generals who were controlling the action. The nature of Lahore was thus that in the course of fifty years or so, the citizens of Lahore had made the city as their own.
The soldiers who gave their life for Lahore and by their action were able to save Lahore. The place where they died was Mohalla Sadhoaun, Mohalla Chabuk Sawaran and the area of Chinay-wali mosque (the residential area of M.A. Rahman Chughtai and his ancestors). This place was known as GANJ SHAHEEDAN, and they were buried at the same place where they died with full honour, some individually, some in mass graves. A few graves existed till partition, and now the 968 years old incident is represented by the Mazar of one unnamed General only. I too was born in Lahore, very near the mausoleum of Ayaz Abu-Najm and my ancestors lived in the Mohalla Chabuk Sawaran, the area of the Ganj Shaheedan. The soil of Lahore on which you are born and where you live welcomes also those who die. The warmth of the soil is there for all to taste, but more specifically for the SHAHEEDS, the people who give their life in defending Lahore.
The 1965 Pakistani Indian war was similar in many ways., A surprise attack was launched on Lahore, and the war revolved around the KANGRI PULL, or the BRIDGE OF THE PROSTITUTE. This is the same bridge where Ranjit Singh on returning from victory from Amritsar met Moran, the femme fatale of his life. In radio broadcasts of that time the name of the ‘Kanjri pull’ came again and again. It was people like Major Aziz Bhatti who held the enemies at bay, and destroyed the General Chaudry’s proud assertion of drinking at Lahore Gymkhana. The plan ruined finally. After the 1965 war, the brother of Major Aziz Bhatti came back from Dacca, and opened the GO-GO restaurant in Liberty Market Lahore, frequented by most, before it got vacated out of the premises. The nephew of the Shaheed was with us in Forman Christian College. One Shabbir Syed was our senior in Saint Anthonys High School, Lahore, and as Head of Munster House, we used to buck him up in his races all the time. In a sudden sweep, the Shaheed and his aura walks tall in the area where they gave their life, and in Paradise, which await only selected people from Planet Earth.. Allah-o-Akbar!
This time the plan is in motion again. The butcher of Gujarat, with his version of divine mission, plans to take over the country and for that Lahore is a must for their design. This time it is said that the war will be fought NOT ON KANJRI PULL but on the METRO BUS TRACK, where the enemy tanks will run to quell Lahore. The dream is that Lahore will wake up one day to be an enslaved city . I am sure that the Army who blew up the ‘Kanjri pull’ once, will have to blow up the Metro bus track too, for the safety of Lahore. But much before that Al-Nasr will be proving its worth to us. Yes, it is all possible, and just read between the lines in any news broadcast, and you will see that the think tank donkeys of the world are braying about the demise of Pakistan.
Just what saves Pakistan all the time? Ask anyone on the street and they say the same thing. We are protected by Allah. It is only due to Allah that Pakistan is still in existence. It is a belief which does not go away. It is futile to say that we have stopped following Allah. People believe that Allah will never desert us. And that belief gives us one UNCONDITIONAL EDGE OVER ADVERSARY. REAL MOTIVATION. And that motivation makes us know fully that a death for the sake of the country does not go unrewarded. We call that SHAHADAT and that is part of JEHAD of life. Jehad the most beautiful expression of need to help all others in need. A jehad which brought Muhammed bin Qasim here, and a Jehad which will drive General Qamar Javad Bajwa to become the hero of all times. Fret not General Sahib, the people of Pakistan are with you all the time!
MARASIS AND PHANDS INVASION OF OUR DRAWING ROOMS
EVERY DAY MEDIA PATRONIZING VULGARITY IN OUR HOMES
It was unthinkable a few decades back. All our children knew the difference between dignity ad vulgarity. Crass jokes of the man on the street were unthinkable in our drawing rooms, and the subjects fulsome in all ways. Innuendos of sexual behavior and making fun of victimized boys, assaulted at working places. Room for jokes here! Has our every day morality sunk to such lows? How and why did this invasion occur?
Most of these actors and actresses are street born and street spun. Undignified behavior. Imtiaz Ali Taj and Hijab Taj would have fainted in the spells of such people at Alhamra Art Center. A cultural place for advancement of Islamic Culture marooned on the threshold of money making mechanism. While our political leaders are devising ways of being scot free from any scrutiny, the quality of our laughter is no longer that of human beings.
Foreign lobbies have fascinated us with stress on FOLK ARTS, while shunning FINE ARTS from society. Our Identity and our Ideology is at stake. While Fine Arts are related to copied narratives of Western Masters, we do not see the evil being generated by this gimmickry of Art in Pakistan. More on that later!
The RAW DEAL spun on our cultural activities. Our celebration of BASANT with kite flying as well as cricket matches. Thanks Allah that our Army is trying to rescue our Cricket sports from the clutches of money makers. One should explore who was responsible for the kite flying debacle. It is time to restore dignity all around to make Pakistan Pakistan again.