Kashmir: Shaheed-i-Millat Mirwaiz Molvi Farooq’s enviable martyrdom
Views from Srinagar
PROF. HABIBULLAH JEELANI
Shaheed-e-Millat Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq was a tower of freedom light in Jammu and Kashmir. The social, educational and political awareness was generated in the State of Jammu and Kashmir by the elders of the Mirwaiz family. Maulana Mohammad Yusuf Shah, who also remained President of the Azad Government of the State of Jammu and Kashmir, was the founder of Anjuman-e-Nusrtul Islam in those days in Kashmir when the Dogra might was at its height. Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq laid down his life in the way of seeking freedom of Kashmir and earned the popular title of Shaheede-Millat.
Had the killers of Shaheed-i-Millat Mirwaiz Molvi Farooq known that by annihilating him they would be later on proved instrumental for placing him on the enviable position of Shaheed-i-Millat and had they imagined that his son would consequently earn sympathies far and wide which paved a way for appointing him Mirwaiz even at a tender age, they might have not taken this drastic and draconian step to eliminate him that too out of jealousy.
This is in place to mention here that the fledging Mirwaiz displayed his precocious talent and emerged as a genuine Kashmiri leader of international repute. The assasins of Shaheed-i-Millat Molvi Farooq Sahib had axed the career of the teen-aged Umar but he gained ascendancy in a manner that reminds us of the great souls who were martyred by their enemies and who were handsomely rewarded by Allah Even if 26 years have rolled over since the assassination of Mirwaiz Farooq , yet his several disciples, pledged devotees and ardent fans seem shell-shocked .
If only they may know that their leader attained the highest spiritual rank caused by the seemingly treacherous action of his assassins, they would feel beside themselves with joy and would rejoice and express their gratitude not only to assassins but also to those elements who were always working overtime for weaving a web of machinations that facilitated them to assassinate him which , in return, ‘has undoubtedly bestowed upon him a crowning achievement both in this world and the hereafter. Since the admirers of Late Mirwaiz have a firm faith that their leader was outstandingly courageous and trust-worthy. His belief and thinking , motives and intentions , words and deeds were based on righteousness.
They should also know that he had not to stay for-ever in this world. He had to return , sooner or later, to Allah. He was destined to martyrdom. He had staked his life for His sake. By his sacrifice it stands confirmed that his commitment to Kashmir cause was backed by a deep and genuine conviction of its thught, and that he valued it above his own life, and he attained his legitimate end.
History is replete with instances which bear out that no one can bring into disgrace enyone upon whom Allah wants to bestow honour. Allah turns the tables against those who plan to humiliate some one whom He wills to honour. Very often man works to execute some of his plans and everything seems to proceed satisfactorily, leading him to behave that he has succeeded in striking his target. By his own behaving, he neither succeeds in defeating Allah’s :Plan nor alters it.
The assassins of Mirwaiz had believed that by assassinating him they had removed their impediment once and for all but , in fact, they implemented Allah’s plan rather than their own.
There are many theories wherein different causes and factors are put forward which have been responsible for the assassination of Mirwaiz Farooq notwithstanding my firm belief that his good qualities of head and heart earned him the exalted position of martyrdom.
Since J&K is an occupied territory, the Indian imperialistic powers have grabbed J&K on the pretext of socalled instrument of Accession which is factually non-existent. They are hellbent to retain their grip on this hapless and helpless Kashmiri nation. Here, fraud elections are held for endorsing accession, hoodwinking and misleading the world community right from 1947. Indian occupation has been foisting puppet Governments through contrived elections.
India is denying us our internationally acclaimed Right to Self-determination. 8 Lakh Indian troops have turned Kashmir into a garrison. There are scores of intelligence agencies who are working overtime to contrive and create situations and a web of complexities to suit the Indian imperialistic and expansionist agenda. They have resorted to machevelleous tactics which has caused a plethora of divisions and differences on religious , sectarian, geographical, social, economic and regional lines. They policy of “Divide & Rule” has strengthened the Indian grip. The multi-layered divisions, fragmentation and resultant polarization has facilitated its rule through puppet Governments against the genuine wishes and political aspirations of the people of J&K.
Secondly, the intelligence agencies in tandem with socalled main- streamists have imperceptibly sowed seed of suspicion among the populace against one another. Everything seems to be reeling under an atmosphere of uncertainty. Cultural aggression and the ghost of materialism is eating into the vitals of the society.
Indian’s ingrained culture of bribery and graft has a corrosive effect on Kashmir which was known to be an abode of Saints.
In the wake of armed struggle by the youth everything even love and sincerity was overtaken by suspicion. Taking undue advantage of already fragmented society, the men of appetite as groomed by Indian agencies wanted that the men of spirits should be engaged and entangled in a kind of civil war.
They also wanted that men of reason should get annihilated so that the genuinely fought struggle gets deviated and derailed from its track. Their evil designs worked and everything was murky with every passing day. Mysterious killings became the order of the day. Blamegame and mutual bashing was a convenient mode. Shaheed-i-Millat Molvi Farooq was known for his commitment to the
Kashmir cause seeking its resolution through Right to Self-Determination. His slogans “Kashmir belongs to us. Its future and destiny will be shaped and only by us’. and “Kashmir that we have been nurturing with our blood belongs to us” always rend the air. He always opposed whatever was contrary to Truth and whosoever worked in any way against the political aspirations of the people of J&K who have been offering sacrifices in the pursuit of Independence. He never wavered in his opposition to falsehood .He continued to follow the footsteps of his fore-fathers who were wedded to the cause of freedom. They had staked their life and honour representing Kashmiries seeking “Right to Self Determination”. —Email