Emergence of Real Leader & Golden Age of Islam
(From Book: Farmaesh, Biography of Wasif Ali Wasif, Chapter Peshgoiyan)
See Urdu Post of 15th Jan 2012
Translated by Baktar-e-Noor
See Urdu Post of 15th Jan 2012
Translated by Baktar-e-Noor
The way man cannot stop desiring; he can also not let go of his inherent curiosity about the future and things to come. His life is made up of hoping and planning about the future. But there are people who neither are salve to the future nor the past, they are very few.
There are those who are given to supposition and conjecture about the future, they bring about negative or positive results after careful calculations. These people do not trust anything less than their own knowledge and understanding.
Then there are those who are simpletons but are nevertheless curious. The pin their hopes on what others say about the future, such as fortune tellers or palmists – however, the people of faith are a world apart. When they join company of a saint they accept the fate Allah has ordained for them. In short, foresight or not, life will take its course (as per Will of Allah). What can be gained by knowing about the events of everyday life after all? It is the afterlife we should be worried about!
Wasif sahib (RA) says: “Revelation is a weak support for a saint” (as it can lead to misunderstanding or deception). Then one day he said, “It is better to meet sorrow then meeting Khidr Alehe Salam (for he may reveal something sorrowful ultimately at some point or the other of our lives to come).
Whether saints have anything to do with ‘Prediction’ or not, they certainly have something to do with looking into the future. They are apprised of certain events and places by Allah Himself (through visions, dreams or even while awake). That explains Iqbal’s (RA) bewilderment when is introduced to the world of future but is forbidden to speak about it.
“Aankh jo kuch dekhti hai, lab peh aa sakta nahi
Mehv-e-hairat hoon dunya kya se kya ho jaye gi”
(What eyes are seeing; I dare not speak about it.
I wonder what the world will come to)
They are allowed a glimpse into time and space (which is not immediately theirs, either in detail or briefly). Some saints use to remain mum (on what is revealed to them) and some talk of the upcoming events in implicit or explicit manner. In our times it is Wasif Ali Wasif (RA) who, after Iqbal (RA) has taken up the task to wake up the Ummah from its dreary slumber by informing and warning them about the times to come. He reveals things about near and far future.
The ‘Real Leader’ to lead Humanity (to a better future) will emerge from this very region. This region of the East is going to be an ideal one, deemed so civilized in the world that followers of other civilizations will gladly adopt this civilization.
He says: “I am here to give glad tidings. The coming era is going to be the Golden Age of Islam. The sort of (exemplary) society you used to read about in the books will be established in near future. It is going to happen very soon, in your own lifetime. It is going to be utter relief after a little pain. The ‘Real Leader’ to lead Humanity (to a better future) will emerge from this very region. This region of the East is going to be an ideal one, deemed so civilized in the world that followers of other civilizations will gladly adopt this civilization. When he tasked one of his disciples with some important mission about the days to come, he told him: “….Soon, a great event is about to unfold. To make it happen, Allah (SWT) has chosen me this time. There will be another man as well to fulfill this mission. He will emerge from either Pakistan or India. He has been born, but just needs to show himself. Wait for his emergence…and give him a warm welcome.”
In 1990, a delegation left for India which included two of his disciples. Prior to departure they came to pay respects to him (Wasif Ali Wasif). He instructed them to take his message to Hazrat Bakhtiar Kaki (RA) & Hazrat Nizamuddin Awliya (RA) and bring back their replies as well. The men visited the shrines of both saints and respectfully delivered the message as instructed.
“The reply reached Wasif sahib (RA) even before it reached the duo itself. The message pertains to the times to come… (it discusses) permanent solutions of the conflicts between the nations of Sub-continent. About the change in religious, geographical, social, economical and cultural dimensions…about an elevated era, the age of prosperity and progress….Age of Islam!”
During winters his tuberculosis used to get worsened. He was very sick in Dec 1986. Prof. of Medicine Dr. Ees Muhammad prescribed some medicine which resulted in some relief. In one such cold night he had to see Justice Zia Mehmood Mirza who was amongst his first pupils and so was his wife. They both married according to the wishes to Wasif sahib. The couple wanted to seek advice regarding the future of their children. Despite his illness he got ready to visit them at their home at G. O. R. He left for the home a car in a foggy night. The car entered G. O. R. via jail R. and Race Course Park Traffic Signal. He was very ill at that moment; his eyes were closed as if sleeping. Then he suddenly said, “Is it PM House?” then opened his eyes and said: “Oh! I was wrong, it was CM House, well, no problem anyway, it was right thing to say PM House too”. It was the era of General Zia ul Haq. Nawaz Shairf was CM Punjab then and had his office on 7-Club Rd. He (Wasif Sb) said it right in front of 7-Club Rd.
That means, before the advent of happy times, people will face turbulent times.
In 1992, one of his admirers came to Lahore to see him. He remained with him till late night strolling around the city, chatting with him. He departed for home when it got late and when they reached Samanabad Chowk, he said to that admirer: “People are going to miss these days in the times to come. The time is coming when people will be struggling for the fulfillment of their legitimate needs, they will even suffer for food”. That means, before the advent of happy times, people will face turbulent times, this has also been pointed out in above prediction.
In the past he rightly prophesied about the Oil crises which came true in 70s and all West froze it its tracks. He predicted the disintegration of Russia and decline of America as a superpower. USSR is no longer here, while US has yet to meet its fate. Whatever he said about the politicians of country became true. Taj Company and other financial companies’ scandals were also predicted by him. In the future, media will lash out about another scam relating to financial institutions. There are some predictions of which I dare not speak of, but he did foretell about some things in an implicit manner so that people may prepare themselves for the future.
There are many references found in his books about the times to come. A few instances are mentioned below:
1. Dil Darya Samandar:
A person who is able to translate individual pain into collective awakening is the true leader of the nation. He who unites the minds and thoughts of people becomes the leader. And when minds are united, they eventually act in unison. In other words, when Iqbal (RA) emerges, Jinnah (RA) has to emerge as well Wasif Sb (RA) is standing where Iqbal (RA) was and awaiting a Jinnah (RA). It points out to the prediction that a rider will appear. The true leader will emerge from this region and the Golden Era of Islam will begin. Today’s restlessness needs to be channeled; this restlessness means to find a way out of all confusion. But this should be borne in mind that good or bad, this restlessness cannot wait for long, it will turn into something either good or bad too. (Iztirab 87)
An important juncture has come in our national and political lives and situation is getting mind boggling by the minute. The wise should consider how they make their decisions. We cannot make short term decisions as we do not have the luxury of indecision for Time brings forth its own judgment.
The mighty are being promoted and suppression is being supported. The superpowers of the world have planned the destruction of Humanity. In the name of prosperity and progress, the programme to inflict devastation is underway. The Humanity is scared witless! Perhaps this civilization is breathing its last. (Tanhai 129)
I can see the reign of happiness, festivity is everywhere and Samson appears to have grown his hair. O Allah! Reveal to all what has happened, what is happening and what is to come! (Yaad 189)
Does Heavens have nothing left for us except fears and compulsions? Have all the prizes been distributed already? (Zameen Asman 193-194)
Those who speak only the language of power are pushing the world towards annihilation. (Taqat 202)
2. Qatra Qatra Qulzam:
Very casual and ordinary things are happening on our side, only that no one is able to fathom their extraordinary results. Such as, casual delay in implementation of Islam, ordinary democratic practices of casual disregard of trust and faith (of the nation), casual negligence, ordinary routine of ordinary flights of aircraft from Afghanistan and a casual trend of carelessness…it all may very well be a sign of something extraordinary! Do not consider ordinary and casual things to what they appear to be! (Mamuli Baat 89)
Only an eagle can make the dream of an eagle come true, because vultures aren’t made of the mettle to make it happen! (Parwaaz hai dono ki issi aik fiza main 118)
There are billions of us, yet all alone, living in chaos, blaming each other for our ills, torturing each other with injustice, selfishness, materialism, lust and greed for riches and power. Indeed we are at great peril. (Peril 174)
Today, though rife with a plethora of leaders, the nation still requires a ‘Man of Knowledge’, a true follower of the followers of Rasul Allah (Sal Allaho Alehe Wassallam). The true leader is the one who is gifted with a vision and is also aware of the hidden truth!! (Qayadat 181)
Wasif Ali Wasif (RA) has written a essay named ‘Lab peh aa sakta nahi’ (The Unspeakable Truth) in his book Qatra Qatra Qulzam. In this chapter he has daringly revealed the situation of our nation and what future bodes for us. Some excerpts from that essay are as follows:
If we, the Muslims of Pakistan analyze our situation in context of the general situation of the Muslims of the world, we may get to the bottom of it. Let us reflect what is happening to the Muslims world over. How fare the Indian Muslims; refugees in their own land? What happened to Iran? What Iraq is facing and what our neighbor Afghanistan is going through? Muslims of Lebanon, Palestine and Africa; what has been thrust upon them?
It is not hard to understand this situation. We are yet a land of (relative) peace and serenity, but the question is…why and for how long? What is so special about us, are we some blue eyed children? What is it that differentiates us from the rest of Muslims? What if our turn is about to come and we are too absorbed in ourselves to realize it? Well, this is the ‘News’ which is attributed to the ‘Vision’!!
The situation on our borders is not bad, but it is not satisfactory either. Anything may happen in this situation at any moment (as blood thirsty enemies are on our eastern and western borders now). May Allah forbid that anything bad happen, but it can happen nonetheless!
Afghanistan is no less then us when it comes to the love of Islam and we are no more than any enemy when it comes to strength, the outcome can be anything!
The coming times could be different from the past. If something bad happens to us, God forbid, then there is no place for us to find refuge, we are besieged from all sides. We cannot seem to find anything in our account with which we could bargain for immunity from a calamity. What we have left; is trust in Allah only who is the Lord of all Muslim (good or bad). Now, the future depends only on Unity, which unfortunately is scarce among us.
We will have to walk the talk rather than depending on mere speeches, arguments and statements. We should jump into the realm of practical from theoretical. Unison in deeds and unison character is the only way to salvation for us.
When the poet of Islam, Iqbal (RA) said:
“Watan ki fikr kar naadan, museebat anay wali hai”
(Watch out for what is to befall the nation O ignorant one!)
(Watch out for what is to befall the nation O ignorant one!)
He might have addressed any era, perhaps our very era! A poet with insight can see through the impediments of time and space. He can deliver a message to any era from his point of time. Iqbal saw…the ones to come and the ones to go. Someone else used Iqbal to convey the message. He himself says:
“Nikli to lab e Iqbal say hai na janay kis ki hai yeh sada”
(Although Iqbal has uttered it, but don’t know whose voice it is)
We need to realize it and realize well!
Our fears are not unfounded. The coming times are not that pleasant and we must not await it in slack abandon. Much could happen indeed!!
We all are in the same boat, one Ummah; there is no doubt about it. It is time to realize (our situation to amend our ways) and pray so that the (upcoming) punishment is revoked, and the event which I dare not describe may not occur.
3. Harf Harf Haqeeqat:
For a story there should be a central idea, for e.g. the story of Pakistan wherein the central idea is given by Iqbal (RA). There should be a protagonist too like Quaid e Azam (RA), a beginning such as 1947. There should be a theme, like our atmosphere. Then there has to be a climax. Climax is the highest point which does not remain forever. Every ruler deems his reign to be the height (of prosperity), not knowing there is decline after the climax. Thank Goodness Pakistan has yet to achieve that height. We are still midway. (Kahani 71)
Once this nation awakes from slumber, the leadership of nations will be awarded to it. So do not indulge in the opulence of present lest you forget the duties for the future. The time has come when Iqbal’s (RA) dream is realized and Quaid’s (RA) hard work is repaid so that the martyrs of the nation may rest in peace. (Aadha rasta 93)
It is only a matter of attention by ‘Someone’…even if that attention is attracted by chance (upon our affairs) the tide will turn…revolutions will erupt…non existent will start to exist and existing will cease to be…. the unseen will come to the fore an the obvious will go into obscurity. That attentive eye to turn impossible into possible just may land on us any moment.
If the eyes are aching for the vision, the spectacle will be even more willing to show itself… The herald is carrying a great news around…. Hark! ‘Someone’ from right amongst you will start speaking, so keep your eyes peeled! (Naseehat 213)
When Wasif Sb came to Islamabad for the last time, he went to see Mr. Sadiq Lodhi in Rawalpindi. During the gossip Lodhi asked him “Wasif Sb, what will become of all of this you have established? Have you thought anything about it? He replied, “I am not the first one to say it all, whatever happened to the people like me before me, will happen to me as well.”
“Karwan kooch kar gia Wasif
Karwan ka ghubar baqi hai”
Karwan ka ghubar baqi hai”
(Though the caravan has left, yet the dust still hangs in the air)
It meant that so many people are saying same thing, don’t know if Wasif Sb has given acceptance to them!
During a private conversation he said, “Like Iqbal, the West will acknowledge me first.”