Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Shajra Taxonomy of Sufi Tassauf Terminology

 شجرہ معرفت الہی و حقیقت روح و صراحت عالمہائے ظاہری و باطنی و طریقہائے تصوف متعلق نور ایمان

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Ausaf Husain

Syed Ausaf Hussain Marhoom: On 18th January, Ausaf Bhai left for heavenly abode. A wrangler in true sense and a man of high principles. The way he carried himself, no one could gauge his true age. I remember sharing an anecdote with us that he once he visited a hakeem. Hakeem sb as per practice took the pulse and said asked what was Ausaf bhai age. Ausaf bhai replied either 72 or 79, I cannot remember. Hakeem sb got furious and said that do not joke and that Ausaf bhai must be in 50's. A solid person on whom you could rely upon in times of need. Irfan, Sara and Khurram can dwell more on Ausaf bhai personality. May Allah grant Jannah to Ausaf bhai and buland his darajats. Ameen

In the words of Ammi Jan (Huzabra Ahsan Hyder) he was internally a very deeply religious  which was not typically visible from outside. His apparent strictness emanated from a very strong adherence to the principles of honesty, commitment to the given word, punctuality, integrity, legal process, prompt action. He would get angry when we would be late, not adhere to the stated plan, or procrastination. He would say out what is in his heart and would call a spade as spade irrespective of whether people will like it or not. His maintenance of records of financial transactions was meticulous. All receivables, payable, receipts, payments records with every party were maintained in an immaculate manner going back to decades. It was a very hard struggle for survival battle that he waged every day after the death of his father. It took him around 20 years to rise from the ranks to the officer level in airforce in 1970, a feat that was achieved only by him in his batch. For this he had to excel in not only operations but also to distinguish himself as a marksman, expert in handheld arms and hand combat, judo and as a commando. His insistence on making everyone understand and remember each and every instruction by repeated reminders is exemplary. This struggle for excellence defined his personality. After retirement he excelled in everything he did. Whether in learning the protocol duties, security business. He had over 100 items published in various newspapers on home security, self security, organizational safety and security issues. He became a member of an international safety and security association and used to subscribe to its monthly magazine which he would read diligently from end to end and apply it in various companies. He was among the early adopters of technology. He professionally started using his email freelance_ausaf@hotmail.com much before others. He was using PowerPoint in late 1990s. He had a blackberry and was using group sms. I learned how to use sms for eid baqreid messages. He had a functional website much before I made one....

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Social Interactions of Eid through Poetry

What a mournful separation of the family members after partition depicted through poetry. Note the following message of eid Mubarak and its poetic response by members of the family across the divide. Also note the level of education in 1950s and the ability of educated to express through poetry their feelings and experiences. Today educated can't even read poetry, let alone compose it. 

Picture of a page from diary of my paternal grandmother capturing the poetic exchange between two of her cousins across the border. 

See also: Fatima Khatoon's depiction of separation of family members in a beautiful nazm. See this link.

1950-09-19

 برادر نثار حیدر کی نہٹور (بجنور، انڈیا) سے عید کی مبارکباد جس میں اپنا وطن چھوڑ کر پاکستان چلے جانے والوں کے لئے پیغام ہے- ان کی کزن وحیدہ کی طرف سےکراچی، پاکستان سے جواب-

انوار فاطمہ (والدہ احسان حید) کی کاپی /ڈائری میں ان کے ہاتھ سے لکھا ہوا ہے - نثار حیدر اور وحیدہ دونوں انوار فاطمہ کے کزنز ہیں-

ستمبر 19 سن 1950 میں نہٹور سے نثار حیدر:

غربت سے بہی فزوں ہے یہ اپنے وطن کی عید

اہل چمن ہیں جب نہیں پھر کیا چمن کی عید

پروانہ ہائے خاک وطن بے قرار ہیں

جب شمع انجمن نہ ہو کیا انجمن کی عید

 ان کی کزن وحیدہ کا پاکستان سے جواب:

اپنا وطن وہی ہے کہ عزت جہاں ملے

بے خوف و بے خطر ہو ہراک مردو و زن کی عید


آجا! کہ چشمہائے عزیزاں ہیں شرف راہ

تجھ بن تھی اون کی عید بھی رنج و محن کی عید


اپنا چمن بھی چھوڑا خیاباں بھی چھٹ گیا

جب گل کو راس آئی نہ اپنے چمن کی عید


Saturday, January 2, 2021

Elegy on the Killing of PM Liaquat Ali Khan by Shah Abdul Shakoor Faridi


مرثیہ ترجیح بند در شہادت لیاقت علیخان
بر بند سعدی علیہ الرحمہ
از شاہ عبد الشکور فریدی، مانک پور

یہ مرثیہ ایک ١٩٥١ کےخط میں ملا جو کہ شاہ عبد الشکور ساکن مانک پور کا بھیجا ہوا تھا-
 شاہ عبد الشکور فریدی میری والدہ کے نانا تھے- بڑے بزرگ تھے- ان کے منظوم ملفوظات میرے پاس کچھ موجود ہیں- ان کے مزار پر اب بھی عرس ہوتا ہے- ان کے کئی خطوط میرے پاس ہیں- پارٹیشن کے بعد ان کے خاندان کے اکثر لوگ ہجرت کر کے پاکستان آ گئے مگر انہوں نے اپنے آباؤاجداد کے قصبہ کو چھوڑنا مناسب نہ سمجھا- وہ وہاں اکیلے ایک دو افراد کے ساتھ رہ گئے- ان کی ایک بیٹی عائشہ فریدی(میری والدہ کی خالہ) ان کے ساتھ رہا کرتی تھیں جن کے تواتر سے دلخراش خطوط میری والدہ کے پاس آیا کرتے تھے جو کہ ان کے انتقال  1967-68 تک آتے رہے- ان خطوط میں شاہ عبد الشکور فریدی کے منظوم ملفوظات بھی ہوتے تھے- ان کا کچھ دیوان ہمارے ایک عزیز کے پاس ہے