Kaeshur Rachav

A month ago, I started a section in this blog wherein I translate the kashmiri songs, I have started with the popular ones first. While translating the songs, one of the problems that I faced was that many of the songs that I came across were nice to hear but I was clueless about the words that were being spoken in them, I couldn’t find the meaning of the words in the modern lexicon, that we use nowadays, as this modern lexicon stems from the urduisation and englishisation of our language. We barely know our language and our culture, that we inherited, as it existed. Partly because it is considered condescending if some child deigns to speak in kashmiri and partly because we don’t want our accent to give away our origins. We are somehow ashamed of our culture, our identity. Yes, it is true, we are ashamed of who we are!

Go to a social gathering and check for yourself, the child speaking in broken urdu  is quickly deemed to be refined and intelligent; and henceforth becomes recipient of affability, love, and generosity of the guests whereas the poor soul who has kaeshur on his tongue becomes the eyesore of the party even if his broken kashmiri is music to ears, he ends up receiving the cold-shoulder from the guests as he is an uncouth fellow just like his parents who didn’t teach him to shun his mother-tongue and ape the foreign language! Such brutes!

This leads to the Urdu-waala guys ending up with kashmiri that is worse than those with ST/GB certificates. I am not making this up, I have had the pleasure to be with such guys at school and college and trust me they only ended up making my Urdu worse. They know that they are speaking an alien language and in a bid to fit in they end up with linguistic disasters.

Tu shikaslad hai, zara kar kaam, zara ja dafa, tu balayei/kalle hai, hum lipper pe thay, usko waaze naatihyen thi aaj syun main saath are some of the examples of trying to fit in which became sort of urban-lingo at school leading to degradation of not just one language but two!

The second reason that I mentioned above is that of being afraid/ashamed of our origins, our identity that is ostensibly present in our accent. Urdu helps to mask the accent so nobody will know what part of Kashmir we are from. Some people are ashamed to belong to a particular place and it is not just one place! I, like all the sane Kashmiris like snow and it gives me immense joy to see a heavy snowfall, somewhat like we had this winter. I once asked few guys from other districts to tell me about the level of snowfall that they receive and surprisingly even at places that receive snowfall in several feet, their replies made me certain that we either receive as much as them or even more! Because, again, somehow the level of snowfall would have made me believe that they live on mountains, maybe!

We want our children to parrot English and Urdu because these are the official languages of the state with former being the global language, fair enough, this will definitely help them in getting acquainted with the functioning/happening of the state and the world easily but they have a lot of time for that, they first need to get acquainted with their own society, their culture, and their roots; they first need to know about the past they inherited then only can they appreciate the future they will build. In a world that demands polyglots, why are we robbing new generations of a language, that too their mother-tongue? In the process of doing so we are doing a great disservice to our land, our culture, and our forefathers. We come from a place that has a written historical document dating much before than that of Europe! Our poets were documented when English were learning to read! We are being dishonest with our past and robbing our future at the same time.

 

There is a silver-lining though but that is generally when we are no longer part of the Kaeshur society, I’m talking about NRks- these people being away from the motherland find that spirit of belonging and try to be more connected to their roots and in that process they impart the mother-tongue to their children and use their resources to safeguard the language and culture for future gens. If you google about Kashmiri language over 90% of the content comes NRKs- lessons about learning Kashmiri language, Kashmiri texts, commentaries on Kashmiri culture, cuisines, documented cultural shows and what not! They sponsor the cultural shows there and most important of all- get that documented! We are slowly getting rid of pheran and kangir but thankfully some ingenious people got pheran in vogue. So for the time-being pheran is another fashion accessory but kangir, still for some, is for photos only. Our so-called regional channel that is there for the promotion of the Kaeshir language broadcasts majority of programs in Urdu, and surprisingly, in English as well, that too at prime time!

Documentation is really important for the future generation because we come from that part of the world where it is shameful to speak in your mother-tongue, to learn your culture at school- we know about Harrapa but nothing about Burzhama, to practice and follow it! So, when in future, a kid wants to know what cacophony his grandparents murmur in, he might google the sound and find that it’s the language he was supposed to speak in!

So, document your culture as much as you can, write about anything and everything that is Kashmiri because if you don’t write your own history as you witness it someone else will as they want it to be!

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Silence

One of the best stories and the most inspiring one, in various aspects, has to be the story of Hazrat Musa’s (as) meeting with Hazrat Khazir (as), I’ve written the prelude to the meeting mentioned in quran Here. Today  I wish to talk about the meeting and what transpired in it. To be exact I want to highlight the events after the 2nd incident of their meeting. This story finds mention in Surah Kahf. Firstly, Hazrat Khazir (as) damaged a boat then he killed a child and lastly he repaired a wall without any remuneration.

At the very beginning of the story, Hazrat Khazir (as) warns Hazrat Musa (as) that he (Musa) cannot be patient with him but Hazrat Musa (as) assured him that he (Musa) will not disappoint him as far as patience was considered. Hazrat Khazir (as) very well knew about the nature of Hazrat Musa (as), which was of the impulsive, inquisitor type hence he put the warning upfront. The very reason this meeting was taking place was because of that nature. So after Hazrat Musa (as) saw the boat being damaged, he questioned the act of Hazrat Khazir (as) who reminded him of his promise of being patient in the entire journey; to this Hazrat Musa (as) replied that he’ll be careful the next time. Please note that Hazrat Khazir (as) did not want any assurance from Hazrat Musa (as) but the latter provided it anyhow.

Now after Hazrat Musa (as) saw a child being killed he was greatly surprised and questioned the veracity of this act whereupon Hazrat Khazir (as) again reminded him of his promise to which Hazrat Musa (as) again replied, without being asked or expected to reply, that if he says anything after this point the meeting should be considered over. This reply of Hazrat Musa (as) is considered by many scholars to be uncalled for, even our beloved Prophet (saww) wished that Musa (as) had remained quite so that the meeting could have been extended further but as we know, the meeting ended immediately after the third incident and excuse on the behalf of Hazrat Khazir (as) to part ways was Hazrat Musa’s (as) reply after the second incident. Though it is never mentioned explicitly, scholars suggest it to be the implicit reason and the fact that Hazrat Musa(as) complied to partition after going through all the struggle for this meeting alone is a clear indication of it being the implicit reason.

 

Silence at that time could have benefited a Prophet who had the Lord’s machinery, by the grace of the Lord himself, at his command; imagine what fruits that silence will bear for us! As Rumi said; Silence is the language of God, rest is just poor translation. Silence is golden, we have history full of wise men and women emphasizing on the importance of silence. Hazrat Umar (ra) used to say; my silence has never hurt me, it’s always my speech. God created us with just one tongue but two ears, that must be His way of saying talk less and listen more.

 

In today’s modern world where information is being bombarded at us from all sorts of nooks and corners of the digital alley, we are surrounded by cacophony instead of meaningful dialogue. Our work, our relationships, our life would have been much better if we had not spoken at ‘that’ moment. Silence was all that was needed of us but we failed to control our tongue. Hazrat Luqmaan (as) when asked to prepare the delicacy out of the best part of lamb brought forward the dish prepared from the tongue of the lamb and next time when asked to prepare a delicacy out of the worst part of the lamb, he again prepared dish from the tongue; when he was asked about it he said that the tongue if used properly is sweeter than honey and if used unwisely it is bitter than  poison! If only we can understand the importance of silence the world will become a better place. Nature is best experienced when we stop talking.

I’m dissuading speech except when it is better than silence. It’s an irony of our times that when we need to speak up we remain silent and when we need to remain silent, there’s not a word in the dictionary that didn’t find mention in our speech. Speak in favor of oppressed, downtrodden, weak, marginalized; speak up your ideas; speak up against tyrants, fascists but remain quite when your spouse is throwing a tantrum at you, wait for temperatures to cool down and then put forward your point; be silent when your parents yell at you, they never wanted to yell at their beloved in the first place; be silent when a fool wants to argue with you; be silent when your speech will only hurt someone.

Be silent if you want to listen to yourself!

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Monologue

One of the most intriguing question that a ‘living being’ (only a human) confronts is the description of something called life. If we analyze the life of a human, he is born & then dies but the events that take place between his entry and exit into this world define him.

I want to ask, “Is it really a person who chooses life or is it the vice-versa?”. I mean look at yourself, how will you describe yourself being present here and reading this stuff written by me in past without you being destined to be here at this very moment?

There is someone who is guiding both of us. Me, who has spent time in composing this and you spending yours in reading this out of all the things you can possibly do at this time.

Many people I have confronted in my life have lamented on their lives. They often remonstrate as to why they were born in the first place?

Let me ask them what we recite after saying “Allah’u Akbar” in our prayers?

We say “Subhan’Allah” which means ‘ Allah is free from any impurity’. When we probe further, we find that it means that Allah cannot commit mistakes! So no matter how you look, talk, walk, feel etc, it is Allah who has created you. And verily He doesn’t create any second best!

You the person reading this are beautiful no matter how world sees you, you are the best because Allah created you.

Remember, that your life will last for some 60-70 years or may be even 100, and it is during this period that you formulate your afterlife.

Also my friend your afterlife has only got a beginning but no end.If you go to heaven [In Sha Allah], you will enjoy forever BUT if God forbid you went to hell, you will burn forever.

So tell me, “Would you prefer 100s of years in Hell just because you couldn’t convince yourself for a jiffy?”

The pleasures of world don’t last. People will praise you for your merits, achievements (our whatever they call them) but dear reader, those merits would be your ticket to Hell.

Ask Allah for his forgiveness, start a new life, a life for Allah, a life for yourself.

We often find ourselves  attentive in front of our superiors or some favored person; but what happens to us when we stand before our Allah?

We perform an exercise rather than a prayer.Why are we so reluctant? Your mind is replying to someone, your heart trying to add more meaning to that while amidst all this your tongue is uttering the same words that your lord spoke some 1400 years ago! Is this how a creation behaves with its creator?

Ever wonder, why you recall all that stuff that you never even dreamt of only in prayers?

Shaitan whispers all the unnecessary things in your ear while praying and it is ‘you’ who responds to his calls. His are advices your is the performance!

My friend you have a sister? How would you feel when somebody stares at her? What will you do if (God forbid) you find her with an unknown person at a restaurant or at some place?

Trust me, you will thrash them both. Then what about it when you yourself roam with a girl? Why this prejudice? Ain’t she somebody’s sister?

Allah knows who can make it to heaven with you and he has destined that person to be in your life. It doesn’t matter whether you approach or not. And if he knows that the presence of such person in your life will doom you, he won’t make you a couple though it may seem to you that such and such person will complete your life.

Indeed you are shortsighted but your lord knows everything. It’s only because he loves you and doesn’t want hell fire to touch your pretty face.

And don’t forget, the panache and the elegance with which you woo your opposite gender be that of your latest car, gadget or anything in latest fashion comes from the money of your parents. You don’t own anything. Given the fact, they take away whatever they have provided to you; the money, the comfort, the degrees of your qualification you will be left naked on street!

You owe everything to them then what happens to you when they get old? Why we being muslims need old-age homes? Have you become so impotent after marraige that you can’t take care of two people, to whom you were born?

A Sahaba(ra) of Prophet(saw) wasn’t able to say Shadah at his deathbed because he mistreated his mother.

My friend, he was a Sahaba(ra) and that too of the battle of Badr. If a Sahaba can suffer for behaving rudely with his mother than what will happen to us?

At times you may find it amusing to laugh at others, talking with women (unknown) and stuff like that but remember the Hadees “Excess laughing and talking to women makes your heart dead”(or as it was said)

And dear friend DEAD HEARTS DON’T LIVE!

To the reader: I may or may not know you but We will have a rendezvous in Jannah [In Sha Allah]. So see you there.

P.S: I am sorry if I have infuriated anyone with my thoughts but please check the title. I also hope that you will ignore my spelling and grammatical errors 🙂