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.
THE TRADITION OF PEHLAWANS IN LAHORE
NO LONGER THE GRANDEUR OF YESTERYEARS
Men fought with each other for rewards. Men also perfected wrestling as a sports, in which no harm was done to others. It was a gentle sport here. Nobody got hurt. No broken limbs, nothing, but pure fun. That is why wrestlers grappled in mud. So that no hurt ever took place. When the Japanese wrestler Inoki broke the arm of Akram Pehlawan, it was something new. It had never happened before in our long tradition of wrestling.
Emperors grappled too. Emperor Babur was fond of wrestling. Other Emperors were fond of watching. The cousin of Emperor Akbar was a famous wrestler and his mausoleum still exists in Lahore, but it is the Governors House now. Outside the Lahore Fort, frescoes of Pehlawans are still there. A Royal sport with great pomp and glory. Now the Akharas are gone and the level of Pehlawans is down graded. Much hype is done but grass root wrestling is gone. We used to watch small boys learning these tricks from their Masters. Now no one sends their kids for evening classes like this. Just as vulgar Cable has invaded our drawing rooms, so had this sports been reduced to a vulgar class of people. Rustam Zaman Gamma Pehlawan was the last of our icons. Now the same family is in the political arena. Who cares about rules of playing dirty?
FEARING FAILURE IS OKAY BUT LETTING FEAR OVER RIDE IS SUICIDAL
WARS ARE NOT WON BY SUCCUMBING TO SCENARIOS OF DEFEATS
Observing people is a habit we picked up ages ago. And the intellectual and emotional quality of most befuddles you, and the realization sets in that most people will not come up to the standards of valour set by or historical icons. Even a study of the life of our Prophet (PBUH) and the four Caliphs is enough to tell us the difficulties they faced in life. Messengers of Allah faced the public wrath all the time to bring message of hope for the oppressed in society. BUT THEY STUCK TO THEIR PRINCIPLES RIGHT TILL THE END AND THEY NEVER GAVE UP. Where does the breaking point of individual comes, when the society stands at vanishing point? A democratic system spun by political demagogues to better their own end, has in fact become a curse of the many over the right thing of action. Probably if we put democracy to test, more people will vote for Satan and his ways, rather than the benevolence of Divinity. The lure of Satan is at all times here with seduction away from the right thing. Our benevolent Allah asks us to seek recluse from the malignancy of Satan. If the corrupt does not get punished, it engenders evil in society. It looks like Pakistan stands forsaken both from within and without.
Singing songs of hope on the social media is no substitute for solid action. Human laws are not Divine laws. Breaking them requires courage of conviction. It seems nobody is convinced right now that we are on the threshold of utter destruction. Not a time to fret about a green or red signal. Perhaps the moment of breaking the signal pole itself. Who knows about the future? Peace matters. Insaaf matters. The Pakistani revolution is held up by lure of greed. Some will gain, most will lose. Learning nothing from Nero. We will fiddle while Rome will burn!
THE GOOD CHARACTER OF AMERICAN CIVIL WAR ROCKED THE CIVILIZED WORLD
VIBRATIONS RECEIVED IN LAHORE EVEN IN THOSE TIMES OF MORAL CORRECTNESS
We come across all kind of books. The older the better. So we were surprised to see a biography of Abraham Lincoln translated and published in Lahore. Not in these modern times but in a time when the concept of America would itself be vague to people here. It was a well read book. People had studied it. People had enjoyed it and praised Abraham Lincoln for his vision of freedom. USIS used to distribute literature on American history and I remember they were giving a pamphlet on Abraham Lincoln. People here realized what the vision of Lincoln was and admired his skills in implementing that BLACK LIVES MATTER.
Today that battle of ideas is re-emerging. A portion of America which believes in all that Lincoln taught them in theory and practice. And on the other hand a group of people vying with ruthless capitalism to undo all the good that character did to the world. An American lady friend wrote to me very recently:
“The racism and bigotry I have witnessed lately makes me so afraid for the next generation, with the hatred over so many meaningless things dividing them.”
The civilized world always respected other ways of life. No one dared to say despicable things about others. And yet the filthiest things are said with ease today. Caricatures and cartoons of Prophets are in vogue without any regret. Can Ideology be forced on the gunpoint? The on goes natural then.
Recently we had rallies in the USA. One was Anti-Muslim rally and to counter that there was an Pro Muslim rally. Amazing the civil war looks to be back in the offing. Images of same are so repulsive on one hand, that showing them gives a cultural distaste of things. All working on stereotypes. Nobody even knows the truth or cares to seek the truth. Certainly lobbies engendering these differences. In the end it is PEACE that matters. And nobody seems to be in a mood for peace. The catastrophe of War cannot be understood till it comes to you. Let the world live in peace!
UNIMAGINABLE TODAY A RUSSIAN OCCULTIST IN LAHORE
ROSICRUCIAN MADAME HELENA BLAVATSKY 1856 AND 1880
We hear of writings on Lahore all the time. Some are well known, some relatively unknown, and some of even unimaginable existence. One such memoir is of Helena Blavatsky visit to Lahore. The Rosicrucian are considered earlier Freemasons in Lahore. That a chapter was opened that early is not well known but premises of same existed over a long period of time. This memoir was recently translated into English and even then is not available in print. It has details which are different from other writings. Worthy of reading of life in Lahore in 1856 on her first visit. I read it with great pleasure and with great difficulty.
Slowly and steadily Lahore is pictured with writings of many people. We explore unknown sources all the time. But this one is really different. For one Blavatsky believes that Satan is the god of our planet and no one else. This is revealed to the final tier of the Freemasons too. We live with views which are not ours and find it strange how intelligent people can arrive at such deductions which are contrary to the inspiration of the world. A latest survey in Britain reveals that 53% of people are without religion. It would be okay to know how many believe in Satanism. Anyway our discussion is Lahore only and we can refer to any source for same.
AN AMAZING DOCUMENT OF MUSLIM CARING OF CHRISTIANS COMMUNITY
YES, ACHTINAME SECOND YEAR OF HIJRA BY PROPHET MUHAMMED (PBUH)
Today the relations between Muslims and Christian is a buzz word. Nobody care to look at the back ground of same. In the second year of Hijra, taking into account the possible insecurity of Christians with Islamic advancement, the Prophet (PBUH) engendered a testament which was written by Hazrat Ali, Blessings of Allah be upon him too. It was a literal grant to the Christian community in the area of Mount Sinai, and it ensured a peaceful co existence between the two communities. The Prophet (PBUH) himself put the impressions of his palm on the document. It guaranteed the Monks and the Christian families every kind of freedom to practice their religion as well as sanctity of their place of worship.
The original document existed for many centuries and was with the Turkish Sultans. But copies of same were made over time We here attach a copy made in 1858 but literally it has everything word to word that the original said in the 2nd Hijri. It is an eye opener in today’s world where the magnificent attitude of the Muslims is totally disregarded with time. Even the Bible was translated into Arabic in those times and we will talk more about it later. Till then enjoy the epitome of Muslims Christians relation in a document!
ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION DRIVEN TOWARDS CULTURAL EXPRESSION
POSSIBLY EARLIEST ILLUMINATED QURAN IN EXISTENCE 680-720 AD
Aesthetics came into Islam very early and research continues on same. Discovery of host of earliest Islamic manuscripts in the Great Mosque of Sanaa in 1972 and restoration project started by the Germans. One such discovery of fragments of a Quran in a mosque in Sanna in 1972, revealed that from around 680 to 720 AD (carbon dated) the illumination of Quran in text had already started, and obviously this Quran was not meant for every body, and is probably remnants of a Royal Quran linked to the Caliphs themselves. Huge in size of 20 inches by 18 inches, there would be a volume of 500 plus pages, and it is all covered with paintings. As more research goes on, enjoy the sight of such an early naqashi on a Quran, with arch, pillars as well as a mehrab. And multiple storeys of same, reflects the architectural developments in those days. Hanging burning lights from the ceiling tell us the kind of mosques prevalent in those days. The architecture of buildings such as mosques and palaces was very much on and we will talk about it elsewhere. Till then enjoy!
PASHA THE FORGOTTEN GUIDE WHO LED AUREL STEIN TO MIRAN
AND HOST OF OTHERS WHO ULTIMATELY GOT NO CREDIT AT ALL
Sir Aurel Stein embarked upon a remarkable journey from Lahore. He discovered the splendour of Central Asian frescoes and put his name on the great art discovery of their times. Obviously it was financed by others and others led him to the sites. Miran Fort was a remarkable discovery with many frescoes intact after centuries. Today the pigments are studied for their durability etc as well as technique. But it was charted and the artist TITA isolated as one of the artists.
The typical Western hypocrisy of immediately connecting the name TITA into TITUS of Roman origin. Is there any proof of this conjecture? Of course not. Tita is merely Tita and should be read as that. When the name Titus is discovered the name can make that conjecture. Tita did not sporing from Rome and landed in Miran. Imagine a gruesome journey from somewhere to there and the lust for creativity and legends and reality. And Tita’s work is not available on the internet? Sally Ann Rosenberg looking out for same. Internet is not a replacement for solid research. Kanwal Khalid tells me that the best of research is no longer available on the internet. Removed to deprive poor nations of facility or something else! Who knows?