An Affectionate leader

In memory of the Shaheed Mirwaiz

Dr Nazir Ahmad Gilkar
Srinagar, Publish Date: May 17 2018 10:55PM | Updated Date: May 17 2018 10:55PM
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Dr. Sir Muhammad Iqbal identified at least a set of nine pillars for a leader in any walk of life. These pillars are equally important and include: vision, persona, communication, truth, justice, valor, sustainability, full faith and affection for all. For Iqbal a leader is a Mire-i-Karvaan, Imam and Mard. A researcher interested in Organisational Behaviour may work on this Iqbalian model for organisation leadership towards institution building.

Maulana Muhammad Farooq (1944-90) participated in active politics when Moi-i- Muqadas Action Committee, an amalgam of nine socio-politico-religious parties was formed. He acted as founder chairman of this organization in presence of ace scholars, spiritual personalities, seasoned politicians, able lawyers, renowned academics and young colleagues like Allma Muhammad Qasim Shah Bukhari, Moulana Sad-ud-Din Chesti, Kh. Gulam Mohi-ud-Din Karra, Advocate Gulam Rasool Kochak, Kh. Ghulam Ahmad Ashai, Mufti  Azam Muhammad Bashir-ud-Din Ahmad, Moulvi Muhammad Abbas Ansari, Moulvi Muhammad Yaseen Hamadani and others. Each party in the amalgam had five members. Moulana Muhammad Sayeed Masoodi was the patron of this organization. Maulana Farooq founded Awami Action Committee on 10 June 1964 in presence of a mammoth gathering held at Goalbagh, Srinagar. 

Maulana Farooq was imprisoned for a period of two years and ten months (October,1965 - August,1968). He was subjected to third degree torture in interrogation cells. He was a symbol of valour. Sometime after his release he addressed a big public rally in presence of entire Kashmir leadership at Mujahid Manzil, Srinagar. The audience not only heard him with rapt attention. His speeches used to be full of content in a context.

Moulana used to consult academics, bureaucrats and jurists to run the affairs of Islamia School in a smooth way. Prof. Agha Ashraf Ali, Dr. Sheikh Muhammad Iqbal, Syed Ahmad Sayeed Qadri, Justice G. M. Mir and many others were on advisory board and managing committee of the school. The focus of school has been on student productivity to produce quality citizenry to serve humanity at large.

Mirwaiz in letter and spirit raised his effective voice always in support of labour class, artisans and low paid employees. He worked for unemployed youth for arranging and organising respectable livelihood opportunities for them. Today it is realised that hundreds of youth work and earn their bread and butter in the shopping complexes established in early 1970s. Annual sales turnover of the Jamia market, Srinagar, which is comparable with other established markets is worth crores of rupees. Thus regular source of income also accrues to Auqaf Jamia Masjid in terms of monthly rentals. The Auqaf is in a position to meet its repair and maintenance cost by way of its revenue earnings. At the time when Auqaf Jamia Masjid was set up it was under financial debt. The Mirwaiz appealed people and debt was liquidated hardly within a week. 

On the eve of Haft-e-Shaariat Miwaiz invited members of Muslim Personal Law Board like Maulana Abul Hassan Nadvi, Ibrahim Sulaiman Seth, GM Banatwala, Salaudin Owaisi, Kalb-e-Sadiq, Syed Shahabudin. In North, South and Central Kashmir seminars and public meetings were held. People at large were sensitised about the implications of Hon’ble Supreme Court judgement. Shah Bano maintenance case was disposed of. At Anantnag after a session, evening prayers were offered in the compound of Jamia Masjid, Islamabad. People requested and insisted Mirwaiz to lead the prayers but he enquired about the presence of the Imam of Jamia Masjid and advised him to lead the prayers. Moulana Farooq was always conscious of observing set norms, and showed love and respect for all.

In his public speeches he pursued higher order of ethical standards. He addressed to all with dignity, honour and esteem. Though being young he seldom reacted, but responded with due support of convincing arguments. His address to public meetings used to be learning sessions to distinguish himself. 

At 11 in the morning May 21,1990 (Monday ) the Mirwaiz attained martyrdom, he was forty six. His love and affection was reciprocated  when scores of mourners –men and women, young and old, offered supreme sacrifice of their precious lives to maintain sanctity of the coffin. Hundreds of mourners mercilessly were rendered disabled. On this sad occasion Chander Shekar expressed his heart when he said in parliament that their heads are down in shame. This is a tragic chapter in contemporary history of Kashmir. With all reverence and affection, we always shall be remembering the Shaheed Mirwaiz.

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