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If you are reading this, you’re lucky to be not one of those who aren’t

Think about your father, your brother, your son, your sister, your mother, your daughter, your grandchild, your uncle, your aunt, or any of the most closest relations that you may possibly have and consider close. Picture all of them in your mind with all the nicest memories you have of them till now. Recall all the moments where they’ve been there to comfort you- even if comforting meant to only have the knowledge that they’re there for you.

Say your brother’s name once… Now your sister’s name… Now your child’s.

What was the last thing you said to your brother? What did you tell your son when you saw him last? Come on! Try recalling. Even if it was minutes ago.

Now imagine if I tell you that all these loved ones of yours just passed away in an accident or an act of terror that just lasted for a few seconds. Yes! You no longer have your father, brothers, mother, wife, daughter or son. You’ve lost all of them together.

Now say all those names again and tell yourself that they are DEAD. Never to be seen walking around the house, talking to you, laughing with you, crying with you, teasing you, or comforting you ever again.

This is how it is to the surivors of those who pass away in incidents where the news goes like: “5 members of the same family killed in the incident.” News that hardly means anything to us as we casually move on to the next news item without feeling the slightest of compassion for the deceased or their survivors. Forget about compassion, we’re probably not even consciously thankful to God that it wasn’t us in their place.

We’ve belittled the value of human life in our minds so much that we only consider ourselves and those whom we consider our own as humans. We’re comfortable in leaving it to God to take care of the rest of mankind but that too after God takes care of us in a manner that we deem fit.

A few years back, a friend’s cousin met with a road accident and required blood urgently. Upon receiving the message from that friend of mine I quickly spread the word in my circle of influence in order to make an attempt to arrange the required blood type quickly. A mutual friend of ours texted me back asking who the blood was required for. When I gave him the details he was very quick to respond in a manner that boiled my own blood quite instantly. He highlighted the fact that our friend (and therefore his cousin by that connection) belonged to a different sect. He also questioned me whether I was sure about asking people to donate blood for someone from another background.

I was flabbergasted at his response to say the least. All I could come up with in response to this was a simple question: What would you do if you find someone bleeding on the road requiring urgent medical attention? Would you take him to the hospital immediately or run a background check first confirming which religion, sect or group the person belongs to before deciding your next course of action?

Although his response was far less offensive to my surprise but since that day every time I recall the same question, I end up questioning myself for asking that question in the first place. I mean, let’s be honest here with ourselves. How many of us would even stop at the sight of a bleeding person on the road? Not many. Fortunately enough, the time hasn’t come yet when I could sadly yet confidently state ‘none of us’ in response to this very difficult question. But still, the continuously deteriorating situation is not something to write home about as far as compassion is concerned in our society.

Why does it have to take someone who is our own to make us feel the pain? Why has empathy been reduced to merely a topic that corporate trainers & motivational speakers charge huge sums to lecture about in workshops & training sessions? Why does blood have to be treated as blood only when it comes out of us?

All lives have to end one day. Some later than others. If you are reading this, you’re lucky to be not one of those who aren’t. Not because they don’t like reading what I write, but because they’re simply not alive anymore to do so.

Value life, and not just yours but every other human being alive. For every man and woman no matter what religion, sect, caste, group or ethnicity they belong to, and no matter how irrelevant they may be to you, they are someone’s own. Just like your parents, siblings, spouse or any other loved one, the mere thought of whose separation till the life hereafter absolutely sends shivers down your spine.

Hammad A. Mateen

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Do you want change?

We all want to make a difference and turn this country around on its head putting it on a path that leads to development, prosperity and overnight success. Some of us want to do it by taking to the streets, some are still exploring avenues and platforms from where they can create ‘impact’, others are thinking why this country isn’t changing despite their utmost efforts put in the drawing room discussions that they so regularly become part of. But have we thought of starting to make a difference by taking small steps instead of huge lunges.

If asked, ‘Do you want change?’ Most of us will say, ‘Yes!’

But if we are asked, ‘Do YOU want to change?’ We will not be so quick in responding in the affirmative.

Do we think about starting from ourselves and mending our own ways by dealing with the minor infractions and habits that we’ve become so accustomed to in our daily lives? Take it from me, a societal change is only possible when all pieces that constitute the society are in place and coherently moving in the right direction. Those pieces are us, the citizens of this country and members of the society.

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So, let’s start from ourselves and start making a difference by:

  1. Being punctual to work
  2. Giving way to others on the road
  3. Respecting & following the traffic signals
  4. Accepting your mistake and saying ‘Sorry’
  5. Turning off the water tap while brushing teeth
  6. Carpooling wherever possible
  7. Exchanging gifts with colleagues, friends & family
  8. Praising your spouse
  9. Learning to say ‘Thank you’
  10. Turning off the AC & lights when leaving the room
  11. Doing regular ‘Sadqah’
  12. Spending time with your parents
  13. Appreciating your co-workers
  14. Stop saying ‘this is not my job’
  15. Saying hello to old friends
  16. Stop backbiting other people
  17. Starting to think from the other person’s perspective rather than your own every time
  18. Minding your own business when you’re required to
  19. Keeping your tongue in control and refrain from hurting others
  20. Being honest yet respectful towards others
  21. Accepting others for who they are
  22. Not wasting food
  23. Sending food platters to neighbors
  24. Stop procrastinating, especially at work
  25. Being thankful to ALLAH for all that He’s given you

These are just 25 of the hundreds of small but good deeds that have an impact that spreads like a fission chain reaction. Revolutions start from individuals and unless we become that what we expect our society to become, nothing is going to change.

Think about it!

Hammad A. Mateen

Dard mein hai mera Gaza

SaveGazaDard mein hai mera Gaza…

Dard mein hai mera Gaza,
Raakh mein, dhuaeyn mein hai,
Aur kahin hai aag mein,
Siskiyon k beech mein, aarahi bus ik sada,
Dard mein hai mera Gaza.
 
Dhundli si tasweer hai,
Khuwaab be-taabeer hai,
Lahu lahu hui hai fiza,
Dard mein hai mera Gaza.
 
Mout ka yahan raaj hai,
Bahaduri ka riwaaj hai,
Bhook hai, nahi hai ghiza,
Dard mein hai mera Gaza.
 
Arab, ajam, sab hi so gaey,
Murda dil jaisey ho gaey,
Chup hai yeh saara jahaan,
Dard mein hai mera Gaza.
 
ALLAH! Aap hi karayn karam,
Hum tou bus maangayn Rehem,
Khatam ho ab yeh saza,
Dard mein hai mera Gaza.
 
Hammad A. Mateen

Muhabbat kia hai?

Muhabbat kia hai?
Dil ka dard se maamoor hojana,
Mata-e-Jaa’n kisi ko saunp ker majboor hojana.
Muhabbat kia hai?
Dil ka dard se maamoor hojana,
Mata-e-Jaa’n kisi ko saunp ker majboor hojana.
Muhabbat kia hai?
Muhabbat kia hai?
 
Qadam hain raah-e-ulfat mein to manzil ki hawas kaisi,
Qadam hain raah-e-ulfat mein to manzil ki hawas kaisi,
Yahan tou ain manzil hai thakkan se choor hojana,
 
Muhabbat kia hai?
Dil ka dard se maamoor hojana,
Muhabbat kia hai?
Muhabbat kia hai?
 
Yahan tou sirr se pehlay dil ka sauda shart hai yaaro,
Yahan tou sirr se pehlay dil ka sauda shart hai yaaro,
Koi aasaan hai kia sirmad-o-mansoor hojana.
 
Muhabbat kia hai?
Dil ka dard se maamoor hojana,
Muhabbat kia hai?
Muhabbat kia hai?
 
Basa lena kisi ko dil mein dil hi ka kaleja hai,
Basa lena kisi ko dil mein dil hi ka kaleja hai,
Paharon ko tou bus aata hai jal ker toor hojana.
 
Muhabbat kia hai?
Dil ka dard se maamoor hojana,
Muhabbat kia hai?
Muhabbat kia hai?
 
Nazar se door reh ker bhi Taqi wo pass hain meray,
Nazar se door reh ker bhi Taqi wo pass hain meray,
K meri aashiqi ko aib hai mehjoob hojana.
 
Muhabbat kia hai?
Dil ka dard se maamoor hojana,
Muhabbat kia hai?
Muhabbat kia hai?
 
– Mufti Taqi Usmani (D.B.)

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Yeh ghaazi yeh teray pur-asraar banday,

Jinhe Tu ne bakhsha hai zauq-e-Khudayee,

Do neem inn ki thokar se sehra-o-darya,

Simat kar pahaar inn ki haibat se rayee.

 

Do aalam se kerti hai be-gaana dil ko,

Ajab cheez hai lazzat-e-aashnayee,

Shahadat hai matloob-o-maqsood-e-Momin,

Naa maal-e-ghaneemat na kishwar kushayee.

 

-Dr. Muhammad Iqbal

A thought…

We trust our brains too much at times and thwart the heart, and when we realize our mistake; we push it to the limits with emotions. Maybe that’s why more people die of heart attacks than brain haemorrhages.

Hammad A. Mateen