Saturday, July 5, 2014

To Brother Aijaz Zaka Syed, With Love

Aijaz Zaka Syed is a gulf based journalist of Hyderabadi origin.

He has written a personal column about loneliness away from home and problems of Ummah.

This sinner feels a very large degree of consonance with his ideas.
Particularly when nearly every single modern educated Muslim wears the Macaulian robe shamelessly his writings are very reassuring.

But first a few words about Thomas Babbington Macaulay.
He was a British educationist and his use of English language has few parallels.
He was the person who theorized that British should impart such education to Indians that will make them British in thinking in spite of their dark skin.
And hence they will do the dirty job for the British.

While the British were in India not many Indians were fooled by this trickery.
Once they left nearly every modern educated India fell into that hideous trap.
They continue to do so. Especially Muslims. Including the Muslims of Pakistan.

And if you hear voices like that of Aijaz Zaka Syed in the midst of this unbroken Macaulian spell then it feels like a breeze.

Coming back to his loneliness. Well sacrifice is an integral part of a Muslim's life. But he tries to drown it in his concern for Ummah.

And that is what a believer is supposed to do.

In different corners of the world there will be Muslims who will appreciate these sacrifices and that can rightfully be taken as the harbinger of the good things in the hereafter.