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My university LUMS sent graduation cap, pen, mug with a letter by Vice Chancellor.
Convid-19 which is also called as Corona has successfully taken over all countries of the world. Leaders of some countries have successfully defeated corona such as of New Zealand, Germany, China, Italy. Whereas, rest of the leaders are still struggling to have win under their belt. This includes leader of Pakistan named as Prime Minister Imran Khan who is saving economy instead of saving the lives. His government had a lot of time to safe Pakistan from this virus but they didn’t took right steps and now till date 142000 people have been effected and above 2500 lost their lives including young people. No one is safe from virus and now many doctors, nurses, paramedic staff have been infected during their services in the hospital.
His government especially in Punjab province imposed lock down for more then a month but upon arrival of Ramadan and Eid opened it against the request of Doctors that not to do so. The situation got worse after Eid and now we are seeing more then 5000 patients each day. The situation of Pakistan is different from entire world because majority of the people wont believe in existence of Corona and consider it as a drama of the government in order to fetch foreign funds.
Though Imran Khan is against lockdown but if we see the success rate around the world in defeating this pandemic become possible due to strict lock down. He was and is still right to some extent that lock down cause worst survival condition for a poor and middle class but he is not ready to eradicate this virus fully. I and all intellectuals / doctors urged him to impose 15 to 20 days curfew with a reason that;
- People will never follow SOPs because they are different to that of other nations and don’t value organisations responsible for law and order
- People have no trust in government say
- Instead of going / depending on pandemic to end itself and awaiting for time like months or years ….go for the kill and when we know that virus wont survive in a body for more then 20 days so why not look for a complete curfew
- children have no physical activity since two months and businesses are suffering because of restrictions for working for only 4 days from 8 am to 5 pm
- you cant stop people for months to live this type of life so its better to take vital steps to stop the virus permanently and its quite possible
I wrote several times on social media (Facebook) but of no use that;
Then on another time after Imran Khan’s address to the nation i wrote afterwards;
but our saying was of no use and Mr. Prime Minster don’t listen to. He has no value if a single person die.
I cannot believe that anything is impossible in the world. If you have right resort to achieve something then you can do it with the grace of Allah Almighty. So, if we say that you can end this virus in 20 to 25 days then it is quite possible by taking few strong and decisive steps.
(You may agree or not)…………………………..
My university sent me a gift when my graduation is near. I am very happy as a part of pioneer batch (2018-20) of the School of Education – Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).
Now, Convid pandemic has taken over the whole world and only few countries have been able to control the virus. The dangerous effects of virus are different for all persons. Some dont have any symptoms but their tests are positive whereas others are in a very serious condition and on ventilators. The chances of survival on ventilators is 2% to 3% according to doctors. In my country “Pakistan”, majority of the people consider it a drama of the government in order to get / fetch foreign funds and they dont care about it. If you go in the markets or watch them on roads, hardly anyone have wear masks and not keeping social distance. People think that there is no virus and even if it effects them that God is there to protect or powerful to pardon the life or take it back. SO they are not willing to take any precautionary measures. Government has open the lock down since last 3 weeks and number of cases have increased twice
Today, the number of infected people have passed one hundred thousand figure and over 2000 deaths. Whereas, researches predict that there are three million patients only in Lahore city which has a population of about 14 million. Out of the two important medicines, TOCILIZUMAB is not available and if it is then the sellers are charging 3 times high rate then that of its original price. now beds are not available in the hospitals of metropolitan cities. Government has repeated the same mistake what Italy had made.
There is no authentic news about preparation of vaccine and i think it would take months to have it. Even if we going to have the vaccine that the cost would be too high and not possible for a common man to purchase.
I had resigned from the job in August 2018 with a reason that i was fed up from continuous working for several years and got admission in LUMS. I studied at LUMS from September 2018 to 9th March 2020 before it was closed for one week semester break and enjoyed the time their which i never had except during my masters degree from IAS, University of the Punjab. I was thinking that i am the luckiest person that God gave me a time to enjoy before the changes brought up by Corona. I mean now due to Corona, world has changed and you cant move without mask, cant sit in gatherings with full ease or at least you have to maintain 6 foot distance, you cant attend university school or college and everything is online. So, i enjoyed the university time and consider it a blessing by the God before everything changed by the Corona.
It is being said that this pandemic will not going to finish for further two to three years. people have to live with corona or learn to live with it. Its our (muslims) believe that God (Allah Almighty) always create medicine first before the arrival of any pandemic or disease / illness. But just look over the current era, that human who considers high of himself / herself failed to control the virus and its spread and yet to make any medicine. I would say that human failed to search the blessings of God which he created before the arrival of any pandemic.
“Success in this world and after death is linked with the love & following the foot steps of Hazrat Ali (A.S)“
The gigantic value of Hazrat Ali (AS) is undeniable. He as a father, soldier, husband, son, brother, ruler, worker, judge is an example for all humans in the world. If anyone follows footsteps of Hazrat Ali (AS) will get success not only in this world but also after death. “Love of Hazrat Ali (AS) is a litmus test of faith“. Here, i will try to elaborate the high value of Ali (AS) which world is ignoring.
My leader Hazrat Ali (A.S) also known as Imam Ali, son of Hazrat Abu Talib (AS) was born on Friday, 13th of rajab (Islamic Date), 30 Amulfeel. His father’s name was Hazrat Abu Talib (AS), the uncle of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), and his mother was Hazrat Fatima Binte Asad (SA), the pious woman that has brought up Prophet (PBUH).
His title were;
- Murtaza “The Chosen One”
- Amir al-Mu’minin “Commander of the Faithful Ones”
- Bab-e Madinatul-‘Ilm “Door of City of the Knowledge”,
- Abu Turab “Father of the Soil”
- Asad Allah “Lion of God”
- Haydar “Braveheart” or “Lion”
- Walad al-Kaʿbah “Son of the Kaaba”
Ali (AS) was born inside the sacred sanctuary of the Kaaba in Mecca, the holiest place in Islam (ref: This event has been mentioned in books “Izalatul Kholafa” of Shah Waliullah, Mohadith-e-Dehlvi & Mustadrak of Imama Hakim part 3, page 438, Muruj el Zahab of Masoodi and Tazkeratul Khawas ul Umma page 7). He was the first male who accepted Islam under Muhammad’s watch. Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) king of all martyrs is a son of Hazrat Ali (AS).
Prophet PBUH said:
“I am the house of wisdom (city of knowledge) and ‘Ali is its door“
(Ref: Sahih al-Tirmidhi, (Cairo edition), Kitab al-Manaqib, vol. 5, p. 637,
hadith number 3723)
On the 18th day of Zilhajj, 10 years after hijra, at the pool of Ghadeer, as pilgrims returned to their respective destinations, holding his hand, the Prophet PBUH said;
“Do you witness that I have a prior right to and superior authority over all the faithful?
They replied yes o messenger of Allah. There upon Prophet PBUH said,
“Ali is the master of all those of whom I am master. O Allah! Love him who loves him and hate him who hates him, help him who helps him, forsake him who forsakes him, and turn justice with him wherever he turns.”
Fakhruddin al-Razi has quoted in Tafsir al-Kabir that thereafter Umar son of Khattab greeted Ali and said to him: “O Ali! You have become my master as well as of every Muslim man and woman”.
Christian Scholar GEORGE JORDAC about IMAM ALI:- Famous Lebanese Christian Scholar and Writer GEORGE JORDAC who has Written a book Title “Ali, The Voice of Human Justice”: “It is my duty as a CHRISTIAN to respect IMAM ALI, during his rule an exemplary behaviour was done with CHRISTIANS and other minorities when CHRISTIAN was harmed and they enjoyed full security and peace”
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881). Scottish historian, critic, and sociological writer: As for this young Ali, one cannot but like him. A noble-minded creature, as he shows himself, now and always afterwards; full of affection, of fiery daring. Something chivalrous in him; brave as a lion; yet with a grace, a truth and affection worthy of Christian knighthood.” [On Heroes, Hero-Worship, And The Heroic In History, 1841, Lecture 2: The Hero as Prophet. Mahomet: Islam., May 8, 1840)
Edward Gibbon (1737-1794): “The zeal and virtue of Ali were never outstripped by any recent proselyte. He united the qualifications of a poet, a soldier, and a saint; his wisdom still breathes in a collection of moral and religious sayings; and every antagonist, in the combats of the tongue or of the sword, was subdued by his eloquence and valour. From the first hour of his mission to the last rites of his funeral, the apostle was never forsaken by a generous friend, whom he delighted to name his brother, his vicegerent, and the faithful Aaron of a second Moses.”[The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, London, 1911, volume 5, pp. 381-2]
Philip Khuri Hitti (1886-1978) Professor of Semitic Languages at Princeton University: “Valiant in battle, wise in counsel, eloquent in speech, true to his friends, magnanimous to his foes, he became both the paragon of Muslim nobility and chivalry (futuwah) and the Solomon of Arabic tradition, around whose name poems, proverbs, sermonettes and anecdotes innumerable have clustered.” [History of the Arabs, London, 1964, p. 183]
Sir William Muir (1819 – 1905) Scottish scholar and statesman: “Endowed with a clear intellect, warm in affection, and confiding in friendship, he was from the boyhood devoted heart and soul to the Prophet. Simple, quiet, and unambitious, when in after days he obtained the rule of half of the Moslem world, it was rather thrust upon him than sought.”[The Life of Mahomet, London, 1877, p. 250]
Dr. Henry Stubbe (1632-1676) Classicist, polemicist, physician, and philosopher: “He had a contempt of the world, its glory and pomp, he feared God much, gave many alms, was just in all his actions, humble and affable; of an exceeding quick wit and of an ingenuity that was not common, he was exceedingly learned, not in those sciences that terminate in speculations but those which extend to practice.” [An Account of the Rise and Progress of Mahometanism, 1705, p. 83]
Gerald de Gaury (1897 – 1984) A distinguished soldier and diplomat: “He had been wise in counsel and brave in battle, true to his friends and magnanimous to his foes. He was to be for ever the paragon of Muslim nobility and chivalry.”[Rulers of Mecca, London, 1951, p. 49]
Wilferd Madelung Professor of Arabic at Oxford University: “In face of the fake Umayyad claim to legitimate sovereignty in Islam as God’s Vicegerents on earth, and in view of Umayyad treachery, arbitrary and divisive government, and vindictive retribution, they came to appreciate his honesty, his unbending devotion to the reign of Islam, his deep personal loyalties, his equal treatment of all his supporters, and his generosity in forgiving his defeated enemies.” [The succession to Muhammad: a study of the early caliphate, Cambridge, 1997, pp. 309-310]
Charles Mills (1788 – 1826): “As the chief of the family of Hashem and as the cousin and son-in-law of him whom the Arabians respected …, it is apparently wonderful that Ali was not raised to the Caliphate immediately on the death of Mohammad. To the advantages of his birth and marriage was added the friendship of the Prophet. The son of Abu Talib was one of the first converts to Islamism and Mohammad’s favourite appellation of his was the Aaron of a second Moses. His talents as an orator, and his intrepidity as a warrior, were grateful to a nation in whose judgement courage was virtue and eloquence was wisdom.”[An history of Muhammedanism, London, 1818, p. 89]
Simon Ockley (1678-1720) Professor of Arabic at the University of Cambridge: “One thing particularly deserving to be noticed is that his mother was delivered of him at Mecca, in the very temple itself; which never happened to any one else.”[History of the Saracens, London, 1894, p. 331]
Washington Irving (1783-1859) Well-known as the “first American man of letters”:
• “He was of the noblest branch of the noble race of Koreish. He possessed the three qualities most prized by Arabs: courage, eloquence, and munificence. His intrepid spirit had gained him from the prophet the appellation of The Lion of God, specimens of his eloquence remain in some verses and sayings preserved among the Arabs; and his munificence was manifested in sharing among others, every Friday, what remained in the treasury. Of his magnanimity, we have given repeated instances; his noble scorn of everything false and mean, and the absence in his conduct of everything like selfish intrigue.”[Lives of the Successors of Mahomet, London, 1850, p. 165]
• “He was one of the last and worthiest of the primitive Moslems, who imbibed his religious enthusiasm from companionship with the Prophet himself, and followed to the last the simplicity of his example. He is honourably spoken of as the first Caliph who accorded some protection to Belles-Lettres. He indulged in the poetic vein himself, and many of his maxims and proverbs are preserved, and have been translated in various languages. His signet bore this inscription: ‘The kingdom belongs to God’. One of his sayings shows the little value he set upon the transitory glories of this world, ‘Life is but the shadow of a cloud – the dream of a sleeper’.”[Lives of the Successors of Mahomet, London, 1850, pp. 187-8]
UN Secretariat, the Committee of Human Rights in New York under the chairmanship of the Secretary General Kofi Annan issued, in 2002 A.D., this historic resolution:
“The Caliph Ali Bin Abi Talib is considered the fairest governor who appeared during human history (After the Prophet Muhammed)”.
For this reason, the World Organization for Human Rights called the rulers of the world to follow the example of his sound and humanitarian method in ruling which revealed the spirit of social justice and peace .
It was mentioned that the famous American writer Michael Hamilton was acquainted with the administrative instructions that the Caliph Imam Ali gave to Malik Al Ashtar when he appointed him ruler for Egypt in 656 A.D., urging him to treat people, who were not Muslims, with charity and beneficence confirming the necessity of equality among the Jews and Christians with Muslims in rights and tasks, he showed his high admiration for his wise policy that made him enter the history of humanity from its broad doors.
The United Nations has advised Arab countries to take Imam Ali (AS) as an example in establishing a regime based on justice and democracy and encouraging knowledge. The UNDP in its 2002 Arab Human Development Report, distributed around the world, listed six sayings of him about ideal governance.
Hazrat Ali’s political stand never compromised the principles in cooperating with the five universally permanent human values: truth, justice, liberty, sympathy and understanding.
Imam al-Shafi’i said,
“I am surprised about a man whose virtues were kept secret by his enemies out of envy, and by his followers out of fear, but nevertheless, an enormous amount of them spread.”
Written in the book Voice of human Justice translated by M Fazel Haq
- lTabrani has quoted Ibn Mas’ud as saying that the prophet said:
“Looking at Ali’s face amounts to worship”
2. Sa’d Ibn Abi Waqas quotes the prophet as saying: 7
“Whoever hurts Ali hurts me”
3. Abu Sa’id Khudari has been quoted in Kitab Aal lbn Khalwiyya as having said that the prophet said to Ali
“Love for you is faith and enmity towards you is hypocrisy”
“Your friend will be the first person who will enter Paradise and your enemy will be the first person who will be thrown into Hell”
Prophet PBUH looked at the face of Ali time and again, and said:
“This is my brother”
4. Abu Huraira has been quoted to have said that the Prophet PBUH addressed his companions saying:
“If you want to see the knowledge of Adam, the determination of Noah, the habits of Abraham, the supplications of Moses, the peity of Jesus and the guidance of Muhammad combined in one person look at the man who is coming towards you”. When the people raised their heads they saw that it was Ali”
Once a man complained against Ali before the Prophet. The Prophet said in reply: “What do you want from Ali? What do you want from Ali? what do you want from Ali? Ali is from me and I am from Ali and after me he is the master of all believers”
Prophet PBUH said:
“Do not talk ill of Ali. He is from me and I am from him and he is your master and man of authority after me”. (ref: Al-Musnad-Ahmad bin Hanbal, vol.5, p.356, Al-Khasais-Nasa’i, p. 24).
Umar son of Abdul Aziz was a caliph of the family of Bani Umayyah. This family was inimical towards Ali, slandered him and abused him from the pulpit. In spite of this he was obliged to remark thus keeping in view the sublime conduct of Ali:
“The most chaste and pious person in the world was Ali son of Abu Talib”