KASHMIR IN A BURNING SHRINE!
Kashmir has undoubtedly been a valley of saints, and people here love and respect them (which theyshould do) to their utmost. This love is, what we consider a very important factor in our relationshipwith GOD Himself, as the mention of HIS righteous slaves invokes HIS mercy and blessings on theone who is mentioning, and this is a means that we seek to gain HIS eternal pleasure. The fact thatyou can find mosques full of relics at many places in Kashmir (more than anywhere in India, or evenin Pakistan, I recon), shouts out the above mentioned observation, and it is indeed a thing to be proudof. But, looking at the ground situation, it reminds me of a saying of the Persians, which later went on
to become an infamous idiom, namely “padram sultaan buwad”, which means “our forefathers wereSultans”.
People used to say this when they were asked about their achievements, thus recognizingthemselves with their forefathers, which may seem respectful to a microscopic minority, but in factwas nothing but a sugar-coated insult for their own selves. This is because, their lethargic approachtowards life, thus leading them to vacant poetry and flying pigeons, led them to save their faces byhollowly reminding themselves and the questioners of the great heritages that they attributed towardsthemselves (thanks to their forefathers), the great lands that they had conquered (thanks to theirforefathers), the contributions they had made to science (thanks to their forefathers), and so on. It is atotal misfortune (although I hate to use the word, but that is the softest I can personally get), that suchan ideology has already crept into our (Kashmiris in specific) minds, thus leading us into the practiceof a religion, that is practically totally impractical, lethargic, and delusional! We boast of our greatheritages, great shrines, and the great people we had in Kashmir, and wail on the losses of 300 yearold buildings, cursing Satan, blaming the Indian government, Zionists, National Conference, everyoneand anyone for its destruction, when our own youth (the own son of a mother who is cursing thegovernment for the loss of a building) are roaming around on bikes, following girls and killing them
, or our girls (the own daughter of a father who puts a fire brigade truck on fire , fornot being able to put out the fire on the building) are performing acts, which I feel ashamed even tomention!The Shrine of Khanyar, housing the blessed relics, of the great saint of Islam, Imam Sayyid AbdulQader Jilani (ra), was unfortunately gutted by a fire caused due to unknown reasons (to me), and thisled to stone pelting in some areas, burning of cars in other areas, destruction of public property insome other areas, random protests against the government, and curses upon everyone and anyone onfacebook.!! Some Separatist parties even called for hartaals, the reason for which I personally cantunderstand. Where I personally am an ardent believer in seeking blessings from the relics of our
pious predecessors, on the other hand, I don’t understand as to why a day
of work must be closed off
so as to “mourn”
over the loss of a 300 year old building (when the relics are safe and sound). Iremember, some years ago, when some separatist (for the record, I am not anti-separatist) party had
called for a “bandh” on a triv
ial issue, one of my school teachers, who actually belonged to Chennai
said “you Kashmiris, literally don’t have any work culture
”, and none of
us Kashmiristudents could think of an answer! Yes! We did lose a heritage site, and it is a sad loss, but at the sametime
aren’t we losing our youth (who are more precious than heritage sites
!) everyday, each and everymoment, when we can clearly see that school going children are becoming chain smokers ,drug
addicts and “killers”? Aren’t we losing youn
g boys and girls, by letting them adopt the way of people
who call themselves “civilized”
whereas their moral level starts from where normal morals end , andletting them prefer such things over what the real teachings of Shaykh Abdul Qader Jilani were?