Kash­mir: Sha­heed-i-Mil­lat Mir­waiz Molvi Fa­rooq’s en­vi­able mar­tyr­dom

Views from Sri­na­gar

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

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

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