Remembering Mirwaiz Farooq “Chief spiritual leader of Kashmir”

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By Fast Kashmir on 21/05/2019.

Remembering Mirwaiz Farooq “Chief spiritual leader of Kashmir”

Pragmatizing his mandate by Self-Accountability will be the real tribute to his multidimensional figure.


Srinagar,  May 21: Throughout the perusal of Nida-e-Hurriyat (Historical speeches of Shaheed Mirwaiz), one come across Shaheed Mirwaiz’s commiseration, compassion, affection, a vision to see free Kashmir, an educationally enlightened Kashmir, a united Kashmir, a socio-economically advanced Kashmir & what not. Shaheed Mirwaiz is particularly remembered for his courage of conviction to swim against state oppression, dictatorship, authoritarianism especially on human rights violations, political corruption, socio-political injustice and he dissented, disagreed, discorded with the despotism which supports his legitimate leadership. He never hesitated to candidly express his thoughts in his own inimitable ways—without caring for their bitter fallouts as he fell out with the powers & was put behind the bars in 1965 for consecutive two years & ten months.

The repertoire of Shaheed Mirwaiz’s achievements was not confined to the important position of “Mirwaiz” he held. He squeezed time from busy schedules to churn out a prodigious amount of articles, speeches and books on diverse topics ranging from Kashmir dispute to the Muslim theological gamut. In 1984, he founded an “Idarae Tasneef wa Taleef” which brought out several publications including journals, pamphlets and books. He demonstrated his versatility in penmanship by writing a book on universal philosophy of Islam named “Islam Ka Afaqi Paigam” which earned a warm affirmation from scholars, thinkers and venerated non-Muslim thinkers. For common Muslims, his book “Islam ki Bunyadi Taleemat” is regarded as the most significant while for Hindi knowing people he has scribbled “Islam ka Sandesh”.

Now the question is what constitutes his mandate?

Obviously, reviewing his books, speeches, sermons & articles “Corruption-free Kashmir” accounts for his mandate. Corruption has become a universal phenomenon, is an insidious plague that has a wide range of corrosive effects on societies. In a press conference held at Historical Mirwaiz Manzil on 25th May, 1983 he said, “I strongly condemn violence, aggression, dissension, prejudice and mistrust. My motto has all along been, “Live and let others live”. I am opposed to tyranny, dictatorship and gangsterism”. . It is reported by his personal assistant Syed Rehman Shams that in the course of his last meet with Molana Wahidudin Khan, Molana advices Shaheed Mirwaiz, “Make your youth well-educated not well-agitated” and he instantly directed me to jot it down.

Corruption is not only embezzlement, bribe, nepotism and redtapism etc., but scams, scandals, maximization of wealth without an iota of care for our future generations, wars, terrorism and violence, bloodshed, communalism, religious fundamentalism, liberal extremism, female feticide and infanticide, dowry deaths, causing ecological imbalance, double-standards, misuse of human resource, impairment of integrity, virtue or moral principle, human-rights violations, domestic violence, wastage of time in futile polemics on religious off-shoots, non-reading culture, not to ponder over basic philosophical problems, bunking of classes by college students, enjoy strike(hartal) calls by students, irrelevant dogmatism, emotionalism, blind radicalism, etc. are also the various forms and manifestations of corruption that has swathed our valley. If we delve deep into the root causes of all these evils we find that these are intrinsically linked with our spiritual bankruptcy. Unfortunately man perceives image as reality and constantly ignores the transcendental reality unfolded in various forms. Shahid Mirwaiz was well aware with the phenomenon of corruption that it is understood with parochial approach and sought to be solved with decorative measures ignoring the most subtle and deep rooted element involved in it. Shahid Mirwaiz was of the vision that corruption is to be cured through spiritual reorientation, educational enlightenment and moral rejuvenation which can’t be cured merely through legal and institutional means. For history testifies this fact that legal and institutional measures adopted to combat corruption and crimes have never yielded desired results.

Shahid Mirwaiz would urge people to follow the rightful cum spiritual path as shown by Messenger of Islam Hazrat Muhammad (SAAS) to curb all these forms of corruption. His deep love and association with Islam is reflected in his speech at a large gathering organized by All India Muslim Personal law board at Neo College Madras, “You know which force attracted me to this place. I am proudly declaring that it is only Islam which has brought me here. It’s without exaggeration that the Islamic relation surmounts everything”. His leadership was “Aesthetic leadership” in nature, referred not merely to creativity or vision, rather his leadership emerged from insight into cultural, political or interpersonal issues; aesthetic statements on social injustice or crucial cultural concerns; or, at a more general level, provided alternative ways of seeing problems, history or received wisdom

The real tribute to Shahid Mirwaiz is to curb the all forms of corruption whose remedy which lies in “spirituality”, “Self-accountability” for it develops immunity against corrupting influences of the material world. He would ever urge people to devote time in prayers to ask for forgiveness, spirituality and wellbeing of mankind. It transforms an individual from within to enable him or her to connect with the ultimate Reality i.e., Allah. It develops humanistic qualities in man with a sense of accountability towards his creator.

Shahid Mirwaiz’s socio-politico-religious persona is undisputed, for every social bloc (separatists/mainstream) of valley pay rich homage to his versatile personality. Hence, to dream of corrupt-free Kashmir both the blocs need to do their best to their extent to eliminate corruption as John Kotter claims that corporate transformation fails because leaders don’t do eight key things: instil a sense of dedication, build a guiding coalition, develop a clear vision of the future, communicate this vision remorselessly, remove obstructive people, ensure some short-term wins, sustain the effort for long enough and build the changes into the collective culture. While merely verbalism, paper tributes, holding rallies, installing banners, demonstrations, inconclusive seminars, time-waste in gatherings etc has become a futile trend to tribute any towering figure like Shahid Mirwaiz.

The author has done P.G in Islamic Studies, qualified ugc NET and JK SLET.