They want to divide our nation on sectarian basis. They are trying this for so long. For them human blood is worthless & cheaper then their rotten beliefs. Is it really that easy they can change our minds, our feelings our present & beautiful past? No!!! A strong negation is the right answer! I attended Madarasah in my childhood for Qur’aanic education with Salman & Mansoor, both were Shia. I used to be found at Munawwar Bhai’s home, also a Shia. In Moharram many Sunnis setup “Sabeel” in memory of holy martyrs of Karbala & to facilitate people going to & coming from Majalis. Neither my family stopped me to mingle with my Shia friends nor did their families raise any objection on it. My parents themselves were Sunni Brailvi & performed all the Fateha, Niaz, Milaad etc. as per their belief with great zeal.
It was a hot summer day when Syed S. Hussain Rizvi, one of my friends & an office colleague informed me that all other Shia colleagues have left for Friday prayers & he is left alone. May I offer Friday Prayers with you in your mosque? He asked me. The Masjid is not anyone’s property definitely you can offer prayers there, I replied. Shall I tie my hands like Sunnis or may I offer prayers like I do? He asked another question. Realizing his hesitations I affirmed him he can pray as he do, now hurry up we are already late, I said. We rushed towards PIDC where there was a mosque on the roof those days. It was 1998 when we used to work for a Chartered Accountant firm. I don’t know about now-a-days.
After wudu we entered the main prayer hall. The Friday prayer was about to start. What if I offer prayers keeping my hands untied like Shias, would anyone mind this? He asked again. Do one thing, stand besides me, offer prayers as you want & I will take care of rest of the things, I replied, your Niyyat is to offer prayers for Allah Almighty, you are in the mosque which is not of any individual or group’s property, and it is Allah’s home. I further satisfied him. Allah-O-Akbar, the Imam had begun the Salat, I followed him with my hands tied & my friend leaving his hands free straight towards floor.
In university days during semester exams we used to do group study. It was the Holy Month of Ramadan. All my friends were from different sectarian backgrounds. Sunni-Deobandi, Brailvi, Ahl-e-Hadith & Shia. Whole of the day we used to study but the real problem arises at the time of Iftaar (Fast Breaking) when Deobandi, Brailvi & Ahl-e-Hadith friends break their fast at same time whereas my Shia friend had had to wait for another 15 minutes as per the Iftaar timings of Fiqa-e-Jafria. Other friends intentionally or unintentionally eat whatever is available leaving small amount of meal for our Shia friend. I had observed the situation & worried if one day it would create differences among friends. I decided to take preemptive measures.
No one will eat meal until the Iftaar time of Fiqa-e-Jafria! I announced the next day, only 1 piece of ‘Date’ is allowed to break the fast for everyone as per Fiqa-e-Hanfia, I further informed. We all will break our fast with a piece of ‘Date’ & go to offer Maghrib Prayers, this way it will be the time of Iftaar as per Fiqa-e-Jafria, so that we all would have meal together without any discrimination, I explained the whole plan. Not only they all accepted the plan but also apologized for their earlier ignorance for our Shia friend, especially they thanked me for noticing & taking care of everyone.
Now, if someone asks me to kill Shias declaring them Kafir, how can I kill my childhood friends Salman & Mansoor, how can I forget Munawwar Bhai & how much he loved me, how can I forget the innocent questions of my office colleague, how can I forget the golden days of university, the loving friends specially those days when we used to do group study in Ramadan and wait for the Iftaar. Above all being a Sunni-Deobandi how can I denounce my parents, & why should I do that? Only because my parents or my friends had a little bit different beliefs? Does having different beliefs really a great sin that we just kill them ignoring all the relations & love we got from them?
Neither my Shia or Ahl-e-Hadith friends changed their beliefs inspiring from me nor did I adopt my parent’s beliefs. Belief is one’s personal matter, neither is it inherited nor it is adopted, but we can learn to respect each other’s beliefs. I don’t care if anyone criticizes me for this or make fun of it but I can proudly say, Yes! I am a Deobandi-Brailvi-Ahl-e-Hadith-Shia because I respect everyone’s beliefs.
I know my memories can’t change the black hearts. A beast is always a beast. My call is for those who have a heart, beating inside them, who have their blood still red, who can feel the pain of others & who wants to share their sorrows & joys with others. They need to come forward as the human needs to dominant here instead of beasts.