By: M. Sultan Shah
“Introduction to a righteous Person within all of us and his feelings this Rabi-ul-Awwal”
This Rabi-ul-Awwal, Shahbaz was thinking of how to celebrate Birthday of his beloved Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W.). Considering him of being a very ordinary man in whole of Prophet’s Ummah, Shahbaz was very confused and depressed this yearHorrific scenes of Muslims invaded lands were circulating in his mind every other day. He could not forget the use of chemical Weapons in Syria and video of dying children with utmost pain. Each and every Muslim land including Palestine, Kashmir, Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt and Parts of Pakistan etc was revolving in his mind one after the other. “What phase are we going through as an Ummah?” he asked himself. But no answer came from within…
“Have we got any right of calling ourselves an Ummah?” somebody deep inside him whispered…Then his mind and conscious showed him two discriminate screens. One screen was showing all sort of heinous and terrible events that Muslims were going through. He recalled screaming of an Iraqi man yelling at Muslim leadership on a TV show live call and tears in the eyes of program hosts. Then his mind flashed back and heard shouting and weeping of Dr.Afia Siddiqui (from far) who was captivated in USA. He then saw (on the screens of his conscious) one Poor Palestinian kid stoning an Israeli tank. He made a big sigh and recalled shameful event of Raymond Davis in Lahore, who killed two Pakistanis and ran away keeping whole Pakistan nation in an ashamed state. He then slapped himself when he realized some evil characters (with involvement of Governments) every now and then itching and Challenging whole Muslims nation by coming up with blasphemous Pictures and Videos of his beloved Prophet (S.A.W.). He cannot believe himself. “How can I (and millions others) bear all this and still call myself one of Prophet’s (S.A.W.) followers???” Shahbaz kicked himself…
The other screen displayed some really different features. He recalled millions of Dollars spent by Dubai on a new year’s (nothing to do with Muslim Ummah) fireworks celebrations. Should this have been done, closing eyes towards deprive Muslims brothers? Lavish life style of Muslims rulers then came in his mind who has forgotten what Muslim brotherhood actually is? They just want to take care of themselves, their families and their power seats. They do not care what is happening to the rest of the world and from where the refugee Muslims brothers will eat? “Kalma Tayyab” written at the face of Pakistani Parliament house (Islamabad) then flashed in his mind and then he began counting dirty and heinous crimes committed by people inside the parliament which was created to establish government of Allah and his Rasool (S.A.W). He began screaming with pain…
Celebrations: Last Sermon of Prophet (S.A.W.)
When he opened TV channels, he saw all sorts of gleaming and decorations on the occasion of EID-E-MILAD shareef. People were celebrating with full love and devotion to the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.). Mere Allah “ye sab kia hai???” he sighed looking up somewhere far in the skies. Such an intense display of Ishq-e-Rasool (S.A.W) these days and what will happen in rest of the year? Same ignorance, same attitude, same selfishness??? Why we cannot display and remember Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W.) all the times, all year. Why we cannot try to follow his footsteps along with celebration??? Can we ever become Sadiq and Ameen??? Puzzled up, then he started reading last sermon of Prophet (S.A.W.)
Reading the last Sermon through, he came to the following lines:
“All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not, therefore, do injustice to yourselves.”
He was not able to read anything after that. He held his head with both hands and went back to the word “Brotherhood”, where is brotherhood today? Muslim world’s map laid down in front of his eyes some countries of which were rich and others were poor; definitely not doing justice with each other. Thought of discrimination on the basis of breed, color and ethnicity left him speechless and blank.
Every other person Shahbaz meets wants to see brotherhood but is unable to implement sacrifice in his life. Divide and discrimination is evident in all spheres of life. Rich and powerful oppressing their own poor people…Is this the brotherhood we were taught of? Why people call me an Urdu speaking, a Punjabi, a Balochi, a Pashtun or a Sindhi? I am Shahbaz and I am a Muslim (enough for me) and every other Shahbaz living in my country (and beyond) is my brother. In Pakistan, we could not spread brotherhood till this time so how can we talk about global Muslim brotherhood? He was really confused to see the verdict given by the Prophet (S.A.W.) and the things on ground going on with Muslims all over the world.
Shahbaz finally bows Down
“Shahbaz ko kuch samjh nahee a raha tha ka who is confusion aur sharmindagi ko kahan le kar jaye.” He finally bowed down to his beloved Allah and asked his mercy and Reham:
“Ya Allah please bless us; please bless your beloved Prophet’s Ummah. We are scattered and shattered; enable us to help ourselves my lord. We pursue humble forgiveness for our sins and ignorance. Bless us with your Rehmat. Ya Allah, we want to become brothers again, please remove all hindrances and doubts in this path. On the birthday of your beloved Prophet (S.A.W.), we accept our mistakes, show us way foreword and make us stronger enough to coup hindrances in this way. Ameen”
“Do not wait for some Leader to come, lead yourself right away. Hypocrisy will not take you anywhere. Be practical and believe in Allah. Strive and Even if you fail, you will be satisfied to leave this world thinking I GAVE MY BEST.” Someone inside him murmured…Shahbaz was smiling this time!
Who Shahbaz actually is???
Shahbaz is hidden in each and every one of us. Shahbaz wants to become Shaheen of Iqbal and break all the chains of slavery captivating us. He is living in us whenever we want to speak truth. Whenever we want to become ourselves; whenever our Zameer stands against our mistakes and blunders. Shahbaz is that person who hates wide gaps between theory and practice and wants to achieve whatever he was taught in his early ages and wants to do whatever he actually praises. Shahbaz want to retrieve his Identity and break all signs and signals of Slavery. Shahbaz helps me communicate with you. Recognize Shahbaz, We all are Shahbaz, ME and YOU!
To all of you:
Lets recite Darud Shareef in the honor of THE GREATEST OF ALL who (S.A.W.) is so remarkable and world will not witness anybody like him again.
I wish all readers a “Happy EID-E-MILAD Nabi (S.A.W.)” and a blessed month of Rabi-ul-Awwal…