Rajab Haamid: The esoteric bard & minstrel of Tral

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By Fast Kashmir on 29/03/2019.

Rajab Haamid: The esoteric bard & minstrel of Tral

Nawazz Ibn Ahad


افسوس دنیا کانسئ نا لوءگ سمسار سیتی۔
پتو لاکن وچھتہ کم کم مزار واتیء۔۔

(Alas! This world is never there to last,
Behold! How all the Great Men finally landed at the Graveyard)

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‘All year round the lover is mad, unkempt, lovesick and in disgrace. Without love there is nothing but grief. In love.. what else matters?

The Sufi poets combined a rare combination of lyrical eloquence with a profound mystical revelation. There words are timeless, appealing to the hearts of those aspiring for truth and beauty.
Sufism is the mystical branch of Islam. It has its roots in the Qu’ran and the Islamic tradition, but at the same times encompasses the universal mysticism that we see in other spiritual traditions. The essence of Sufism is the simple path of loving God. The Sufi Masters sing of the all pervading love which inundates their being when they become one with their ‘beloved’. If there is just one goal of Sufism; it is to overcome the attachment to the binding ego and attain liberation through realising one’s identity with God. And thus the Sufi poets speak of dying to be born again, a concept similar to other mystical traditions.
An overriding theme of Sufi poetry is the expression of the relationship between lover and beloved.

Kashmir has been the birth place of famous Sufi saints and poets who have laid endless mark behind. One such mystic sufi versifier was RAJAB HAAMID . He was born in DANGAR Mohalla, Of satura Village Of Tral on 23rd of May 1910.Satura is A village located somewhat 16 km from sub-district headquarters of Tral and 3 km from tehsil Aripal , Situated in the lap of green mountains of majestic vasturvan , Satura village is surrounded by Famous tourist resorts Nagberan , Tarsar & Marsar on the northern side .

RAJAB HAAMID , at the age of thirty (30) married with JAAN BEGUM , She was apious lady helped RJAB HAAMID in every step of life. Besides taking care of child she was a good house wife, dealt everything with ease and calm. She became a helping hand for her husband wherever it needed.But the span was short and divorced his wife Jaan.Then HAAMID survived with his only daughter HAAJIRA .HAAJIRA then died in 1984 after prolonged illness , Her Death amplify the sadness and misseries of RAJAB HAAMID .

RAJAB HAAMID was drawn towards divine contemplation during his early formative years. Having been born in a poor family, it is said that he never received any formal education.
Since from child hood Rajab Haamid was very keen to sufism . At the age of 13 RAJAB SAHAB ,
Swished himslef as a disciple of GAFFAR TANTRAY for 18 years . While in his Service Rajab Haamid was drawn towards sufi poetry and he started his verses of poetry .The first poetry of Rajab Haamid came into existance in the magical voice late Gh Hassan sofi under the title of AFSOOS DUNIYA in early 1940.
After 18 years in his service Gaffar sahab passed away . Rajab Haamid then went to the LASSA KHAN FIDA .
RAJAB HAAMID belonged to a Sufi family and as such was inclined to Sufism from the very birth. He was fond of writing and singing from early age, wherever he finds Mehfil-i-Samma, he used to attend at any cost.RAJAB HAAMID dedicated his life in writing poetry and singing in presence of great Sufi saints of the time.
He had remained in touch with many Sufi saints of the time, he was fond of singing and used to attend almost all the singing functions, he spend most of his time in the company of Faqeers. He was disciple of Gaffar Sahab and LASSA KHAN FIDA , a great Sufi saint of his time.
The work of RAJAB HAAMID was put forth by his disciples in collaboration with cultural academy under the name “DEEWAN E RAJAB & AFSOOS DUNIYA “.
His literature stressed on oneness of God , brotherhood and evils of society.

RAJAB HAAMID left this world in a state of abandonment and abject poverty. His family continues to reel under this poverty. No institution in Kashmir, though we have many who speak about culture and art, came forward to help him when he was alive, or his family, after his death.. Rajab Sahib has a lot of unpublished work . Rajab sahib loved his Hubble Bubble ( Hukka ) and lived a simple life of a Dervish .He left this world on 2nd April 2008 at the age of 103 .
On 2nd of April every year, The anniversary of RAJAB HAAMID is celebrated with religious Fervor at his shrine .People from crook and corner mostly his disciples are paying attendence there.People also attends every Wednesday nightlong prayers at his ziyarat.

RAJAB HAAMID left behind his two grandsons Nadeem altaf & Muzaffar Ahmad and a grand daughter Naseema.Altaf is also pitching the same voice as Rajab Haamid does.Altaf also published a booklet under the title of ” Morifatuk Jaam” . Due to finacial crises altaf and his brother didn’t complete their education .