Has anyone ever heard that Muslim Imams or Muslim group have gathered to burn the bible or hindu religious books? No.
But we have heard the opposite.
Have you ever heard Muslims drawing evil horrible cartoons of buddhist Buddha or hindu Shiva or sikh Guru Nanak? No. But you do hear the opposite.
Fact. Muslim faith has more tolerance and respect then all others put together.
In certain parts of Europe denying the holocaust is a CRIMINAL OFFENCE yet drawing evil cartoons and making a mockery of the prophets (as) of Allah is freedom of speech.
We are totally AGAINST freedom to offend and totally for freedom of speech.
If any student draws a horrible cartoon of their school head or any employee draws a nasty cartoon mocking their employer we know they won’t be honoured with gifts.
The fact is that there are many who HATE the growth of Islam and they hate the fact that WHY A MAN that lived over 1400 years ago has even today over a billion followers who have so much love and respect for their leader and master.
The media giants are once again busy fooling viewers. Instead they should be talking about curbing very offensive religious material.
We are AGAINST FREEDOM TO OFFEND and we are for freedom of truthful speech.
Recently during the Urs Mubarak of al-Hayy al-Muqaddas Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohras, hundreds of thousands of Mumineen visited Mumbai to receive blessings and benedictions of the mansoos and heir of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, the 53rd Dai al-Mutlaq al-Fatemi Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS and do the ziyarat of their beloved Maula on the occasion of the 1st Urs Mubarak.
While the Indian authorities all over the world were gracious in giving visa to foreigners including Pakistani nationals and so was the Indian Home Ministry for processing the approvals there was a mishap of corruption as always by those on the ground. The CM of Maharashtra, the Municipal Corporation of Mumbai, the Police department and almost all government and non-government bodies seemed to bend backwards in making such a grand event successful. No casualties recorded, the cleanliness and organized public flow management were remarkable. The accommodation, transit, transport and food facilities for a non-official count of 300,000 visitors to Mumbai was excellent and no less in perfection. The Nazafat team with a moto of “Cleanliness being a part of Iman” and keeping at pace with the “Clean India – Swachh Bharat” campaign were their best at all times of day and night. The khidmat guzaars of Mumbai and from all over the world worked 24/7 to make this event and experience for each Mumin flawless. I must personally acknowledge that in the past years of attending the Urs mubarak of Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA, when the crowd was much less, the chances of ziyarat on urs day were close to none. However, this was not the case here. Many Mumineen who had the grief of not being able to attend the Janaza Mubarakah quenched their thirst by attending the first Urs Mubarak. Words fall far less in describing the gracious act of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS in inviting all Mumineen from more than 50 countries to attain this barakat. A few days earlier to the Urs Mubarak, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS, called upon the Prime Minister Narendra Modiji who extended his well wishes for the community. Indeed the pro-development government of Modiji has shown its whole-hearted support to the Dawoodi Bohras who are not only Business Minded but have played an important role in the development and growth of the community in every sphere of life.
The trip described by my relatives and friends from Pakistan as a memorable one which they would cherish throughout their lives. They hailed the efforts of the government and thanked the authorities for all their support in their religious pilgrimage. The trip was flawless for everyone from the start to the end except for a mishap at the very end. Flaws and hardships are a normal part of any trip and its also a part that one should experience and cherish as I always think of it but not if its a result of some corrupt officer or an unjust person sitting on the seat of law.
A few of my relatives and friends who had visited us during the trip and carried souvenirs and gifts back home when called back to return the courtesy showed to them narrated a worst experience of corruption at the Border of Monabao border by customs officers that would make Indians feel ashamed. There were hundreds of travelers on the 10th of January, many Dawoodi Bohras, from Pakistan, heading back home after attending the urs mubarak of al-Hayy al-Muqaddas Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA in Mumbai. Any economy in the world would crave for tourism and encourage travelers to spend as it boosts the economy and brings in foreign exchange. Except certain items categorically listed no traveler to any country would be deprived of the pleasure to shop in its market. The travelers heading to Pakistan from the Monabao border were searched by the custom officers manually, each piece of baggage over turned, just to be told that they were not allowed to shop in India, nor could they take away gifts like a set of clothing or some sweets. Almost each passenger was harassed to have a bite of whatever they could offer to have them peacefully exit and their shopping not confiscated. Naturally, people on a foreign soil, especially if its an IndoPak issue would try of simply offer a few hundreds and have their way through the ordeal. The relatives of mine had merely 2 or 3 suits with them and were asked for a penalty being told that they were not allowed to carry gifts from India to Pakistan. They denied to pay the bribe and instead offered the officers to confiscate the suits. More than an hour of arguments and harassment they were allowed to leave. India has awakened to a bright future. Our youth have taken leadership positions in the nation and we are no longer in the position to allow corruption of do harm to our self respect and our country’s image in anyway. The authorities would surely look into the matter and let the guilty taste the law. There is no place and zero tolerance for public servants who want to loot the nation in our country that is advancing at a racing pace into the future.
This guy is tall and a black beauty of the class, has a taste for art and has made his presence felt when it comes to beauty and decor in the Islamic and Fatimid sense. He has ever been good at sport and used to help me out with cricket, on the rarest occasion that I held a bat. Today, he has represented the state of Gujarat in the National Archery championship not only making the state proud of the medals and not just Jamea Saifiyah to limit the joy, but he has made us feel so happy ourselves. I mean being a bencher with a national champ can indeed glorify anyone after all.
Congrats Mustafa for the triumph and my best wishes for you in your future days to come. Would love to see you represent the country one day!
For those who are curious of what I am talking about do watch the video below.
Air India has definitely progressed into the better in terms of service but the management is still the type that seems to ignore customers even when the customer service staff is ready to bend backwards to help the valued guests of the National Airline. Being the national airline it represents the country and ethics of all Indians as far as I view the national carrier. Flying from Amritsar to Surat via New Delhi was quite an experience that could be one of a life time.
Reached Amritsar Airport almost 30 mins before the flight and the staff was quite helpful to check me in and book my luggage all the way to Surat though no boarding card for the onward journey was issued due to a 15 hour lay over. On landing in Delhi the ground staff there was helpful to assist with the boarding pass of the onward journey to Surat almost 14 hours later. Crossing the security check at the domestic terminal I had some nice time looking around the shopping arcade and the food court at the Airport followed by a good night sleep. The flight was supposed to start boarding at 6.10 AM and I was up and ready. However on looking at the flight schedules I found out that the flight was on Final Call and it was 5.30 AM I rushed to the boarding gate where I reached at 5.40 AM and the lady over the counter was courteous enough to call the Bus service to drop me off at the plane. The Bus was called back as the Pilot had requested a pull back and I was told that my luggage was off loaded. The irony was that I had been at the Airport to catch a flight for 14 hours which took off 10 minutes earlier than the boarding time and 40 minutes prior to its schedule.
The bookings officers and staff were helpful but when it came to senior officers and management they started to blame me for missing the flight that apparently took off 40 minutes ahead of its scheduled departure and not having not about the change of timing even after being at the Airport for almost 14 hours. As per the senior management and even the Airport manager of Air India I was not entitled to any compensation whatsoever. Being kind to the people at the Airport seemed to make me look like an idiot who knew nothing about Air travel. A minute detail was that my luggage was already on its way to Surat.
After much agitation I had to loose my temper and let them know the laws they were violating with regards to Airport security, travel agreement with passengers, baggage handling rules and everything I could ever think of. Finally they put me on a flight to Mumbai at around 10 AM refusing to compensate for land travel to Surat, to which I agreed as time was precious for me. While waiting for the flight near the boarding gate the staff there already aware of my ordeal assured me that my baggage was safe in Surat. They went to the extent to get hold of the contact of the Airport Manager of Surat and talked to him, as well as let me have a conversation with him that he had personally taken custody of my baggage and would help me out with it.
Mumbai, the traffic took its toll and was not able to reach the Railway Station on time to get on a Train to Surat, a few hours later I boarded the Rajdhani but would never be able to reach the Airport to collect my checked in bag so I called the Airport Manager who was courteous enough to deliver my bag to my home.
The entire journey took almost 18 hours but the lesson learned was that if in India you are kind the officers they frighten you with all their might to get rid of your rights while the lower grade staff do everything they can to help you out if you are courteous enough. A true projection of “Power corrupts” probably is what I experienced.
The journey will always be remembered as a memory with beautiful glimpses of Ziyarat of al-Hayy al-Muqaddas Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA and Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA at Raudat Tahera. The trouble was all worth it, for the sake of the ziyarat itself and kissing the Qabr Mubarak made of Khaake Shifa just before arriving for Ashara Mubarakah, the days of remembering the sacrifice of Imam Husain AS.