Fathers in history

 

 ایک ایسا وقت بھی گذرا تھا, اس بستی کے ہر کوچے پر

 جب کوئی بھی تصویرنہ تھی, اس کرہ ارض کے پردے پر

جب دنیا خالی خالی تھی, سناٹا تھا, ویرانی تھی

بابا آدم, ماں حوا کو, یہاں خلقت ایک بسانی تھی

یہ جوڑا تھا انسانوں کا, اعلی ادنی مطلوب نہیں 

رشتے میں بندھ کر آئے تھے, صرف عورت مرد کا روپ نہیں

تابعداری, نا فرمانی۔۔۔ ہر حال کے تھے سنگھی ساتھی 

دن عیش کے ساتھہ ہی دیکھے تھے, پھر سزا بھی ساتھہ میں ہی کاٹی

دو انساں کیسے جیتے ہیں, روتے روتے ہنستے ہنستے

حوا شوہر پر جاں دیتیں, وہ بیوی کے دیوانے تھے

وہ داعی چین سکون کے تھے, وہ مساوات کے حامی تھے

وہ جب بچے پیدا کرتے, اک لڑکا اک لڑکی ہوتے

آغاز تھا یہ انسانوں کا, جنھیں کائنات سب تکتی تھی

شوہر بیوی, اماں ابا, بھائی بہنا, بیٹا بیٹی

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پھر ایسا وقت بھی آیا کہ جب عورت بے توقیر ہوئی 

سارہ اور ہاجرہ بھول گئیں, مریم کی بھی تحقیر ہوئی

پھر لے کر پیار محبت کا, پیغام رسول الله آئے

جو مردوں کے تو باپ نہیں, بیٹی کے والد کہلائے

اپنی بیٹی کی عزت کو, خود آپ کھڑے ہوجاتے تھے

اوروں کی بیٹیوں کے دکھہ پر, کڑھتے اور اشک بہاتے تھے

وہ جنکا فرض عیادت تھا, ایک غیر, یہودی عورت کی

سامان اٹھاتے تھے اسکا جو ان سے نفرت کرتی تھی  

سمجھاتے تھے یہ امت کو, بیٹی رحمت, بیٹی عصمت

کیوں بیٹی زندہ دفن کرو, بیٹی پالو, پالو جنت

فرماتے تھے کہ قابل حب,  مجھے مشک, نماز اور عورت ہیں 

عورت کو جو کمتر جانیں, کیا پھر بھی شامل امت ہیں

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وہ وقت بھی آخر کار آیا, انسانیت پامال ہوئی

مردوں پہ غلامی چھائی, عورت ذلت سے بے حال ہوئی

تو قائداعظم  نے آکر, کچھہ یوں سب پر احسان کیا

بن کر بابائے قوم, مسلمانوں کو پاکستان دیا 

دنیا کو جناح نے سکھلایا, بہنیں تقدیر بدلتی ہیں

اور بھائی کا بازو بن کر, ہر مشن پہ ساتھہ نکلتی ہیں

مائیں بہنیں بیوی بیٹی, گونگی بہری تصویر نہیں

یہ قدم ملا کر ساتھہ چلیں, یہ پیروں کی زنجیر نہیں

فرمایا قائداعظم نے, کوئی قوم ترقی کر نہ سکے

جب تک عورت کو ساتھہ نہ لے, جب تک عورت کا ساتھہ نہ دے

How many fathers do I have in history?

Prophet Adam (peace be upon him), the father of entire human species;

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) – the father of daughters, not sons (as it is said in Qur’an) – who told me about my rights;

Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the ‘Father of Nation’;

and my biological father, who was the cause of my birth and raised me up;

and then my spiritual fathers, who became the source of guidance.

The first three names are alive but the world has lost them as a character.  They did not appear as a dominating gender but as a partner to their females.  They co-operated, changed the history and influenced the mankind.

I wonder what language did father Adam and mother Hawwa/Eve (peace be upon both of them) speak in Paradise?  How were they sent to earth?  How they felt for being the first human-couple on earth?  How did they feel about beginning human history on earth?  Did they behave like today’s husbands and wives?

I also wonder why did Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) mention women ‘worth loving’, like perfume and prayer/namaz?  He smiled to his wives, discussed matters with them, helped them.  He stood up in respect for his daughter.  He listened to women’s complaints and favoured them against their husbands.  He even visited a sick Jewish woman to know how is she feeling.  He never raised his voice against any woman whether known or strange.

Quaid-e-Azam said that no nation can rise unless their women stand side by side to their men.

The world is not Adamic  anymore.  It has been divided into groups, tribes, nations, race, gender, faith, cultures,  relations and connections – it is not the matter of ‘right and wrong’ anymore – nothing right now seems to unite them, not even Islam as it is redefined by various religious groups.  Women everywhere are in search of their status in society.  Thinking of them as a competitor or a rival, they have lost their own identity.  The identity of being a human being and act like one and a slave of the God Almighty and behave like one.

Why do women go to men to know about their status and rights in Islam, why don’t they find out themselves, why do men have to define things for them?


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Was Prophet (pbuh) a failure?

Thirteen years of revolutionary period of Makkah under the leadership of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)  (13 to 1 B.H i.e.before Hijrah or 610-622 A.D)……. 10 years of first Islamic state by Prophet Muhammad (bpuh) under the divine guidance (1-10 A.H./622-632 A.D)……. and the thirty years of true Islamic caliphate by the four distinguished companions (10-40 A.H/ 632-661 A.D), which ended with the martyrdom of Ali ibn Abi Talib (may Allah be pleased with him)…. The total time period is summed up to forty years (fifty three years including 13 years of Makkan period).

These forty or let’s say fifty three years of early Islamic regime are cited by historians, Muslims and non-Muslims, as the most distinguished and the most brighten part of the many-millennium old human history.  Not in terms of forming and establishing a dynamic political government in such a short period but it’s extension to next thirty years is an ideal for any nation.  One unified government where peace and justice was guaranteed to common people without any distinction of elite and lower-classes.  Everyone was treated equally and had equal opportunity for progress.

However, some people may have a doubt that if that era was so incomparable and superlative in every aspect, why didn’t it last forever, why the system failed to the extent that it produced a massacre like Karbala in next twenty years?  Others blame the companions for being formidable and causing downfall.

To find a cure for these doubts, I referred to Qura’n and found this precious verse in Surah Al-Baqarah (256-257 right after Ayatul-Kursi), “Let there be no compulsion in religion; Truth stands out clear from Error:  whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks, and Allah hears and knows all things…Allah is the Protector of those who have faith; from the depths of darkness He will lead them forth into light.  Of those who reject faith, the patrons are the evil ones; from light, they will be led forth into the depths of darkness.  They will be companions of the fire, to dwell therein (Forever).”

Everything that Allah has created glorifies Him and obeys Him as according to their written destiny.  Only human beings and Genies are given freedom to live according to their choices.  No compulsion for them.  God will judge them on the basis of how or what kind of life they chose to live.

These two species have an instinct of living free of any control, want to do whatever they want.  This lust of freedom leads them to carelessness, selfishness, corruption, injustice, exploitation and wars.  That finally divides people into two categories; the oppressed and the oppressors.

God sent His apostles to save nations from the evils of this division, with a clear guideline that could help in reconciling matters in better and peaceful ways.  Each prophet was a role-model for their fellow-men.  Nations were given opportunity to follow their best men but unfortunately, they rejected them.  They followed the course of history in the same manner, i.e. first to live their own way, create a hell out of their worldly desires, wait for a messiah for correction, experience peace and justice for a little while, get sick and tired of pure and simple guideline, deny it and walk back to the previous track to create a hell even worse.

None of the prophets including our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) promised that they are there to impose the laws, to force people to follow their path.   No matter how simple and the best the system was, they never claimed it to be long lasting.  Their purpose was to set an example if people want to succeed.

Those forty or fifty three years of early Islamic history was the final guideline for the people of the world, if they want to adopt it as their life-style without any compulsion.  The system wasn’t a failure one.  It was the people who failed to grasp the idea and proved themselves for not being worthy of leading it.  They repeated the history in the best way to suffer the worst of the consequences.  The system is promised to bring peace and prosperity.  Otherwise, as Qur’an says, “Let there be no compulsion in religion; Truth stands out clear from Error”.