Chapter-5, A momentary look of the Muslim Socio-cultural scenario of AZAMGARH District. By: Dr. Equbal Wajid]. Next morning I took my breakfast in JAMA MASJID, Azamgarh with other JAMATI brothers and returned back to Bilariyaganj. Nobody knew where I spent my night except Abdul Khaliqe the guest house attendent, who asked me: -Kal kahan chale gaye the?- – Azam garh chala gaya tha!- – Koi hai keya whan?- – Rahega kon bus jama masjid gaye thae, raat when rahe.- Abdul Khaliqe asked nothing more to me. It was Friday, the holiday in JAMIA UL FALAH. I took this opportunity to wash my Kurta Pajama and put it on a rope to dry for which I asked Abdul Khaliqe earlier. He told me I can put my wet clothes on the rope. It is nothing wrong. After taking bath I felt more tranquil. Students from the campus and masses outside the campus were approaching towards the Mosque. It was a big gathering of more than thousand. The Mosque was full. We offered 4 rekaats of Sunnah Salah then look at the watch to come on 1:00. As it was 1:00 pm the students started their momentary look on the line. They wanted to see today, who the man of the match is. Five minutes have passed then I saw a Maulaana came upon the stairs for his speech. He was looking young in white Kurta pajama and a Nadvi cap, putting a white cloth over his head. He was Maulaana Tahir Madni of JAMIA TUL FALH, a favorite teacher among the students. He was also highly regarded in the local community. He was known as one of the important clerics in JAMAT E ISLAMI.
The whole gathering was attentive to the address. He spoke in Urdu. In his speech he described the goal of revealing Quran. He said that the holy Quran is the last commandment of Allah for the whole mankind, not only for those who claim themselves to be Muslims. He said that it the responsibility of the Muslims that they could bring the Quran to the non-muslins. He said that the meaning of Quran is veiled for the majority of Muslims masses as they never took this book as a learning book. They believe that if they recite the words their job is done. He said: –no-the job is not merely to read the Quran in the Salah or outside Salah, but it is to learn its meaning and spread its messages to the Non-Muslims.- He called the students to stand firm for the service of Islam, whenever they may complete their study and enter into their practical life. He said that many obstacles could come in your way but you have to proof yourselves as a true Mujahid of Islam. As he ended his speech the AQAAMAT was said and he headed the Friday prayer. When I came back to my bed in the guest room after the Friday Prayer, some students came to meet me. Maulaana Ismail Sahab always took care of me. He often used to say: -Sab theek hai? Mere laieq koi khidmat ho to bataiyega.- – Nahien ,,, nahien-.koi baat nahien hai-. Sab theek hai-..- I answered.
For lunch Abdul Khaliqe brought Biriyani, it was special dish for Friday. There were sufficient pieces of meat in the bowl. After taking lunch I took rest and after Asr Salah I was enjoying a slow -walk in the campus. I saw some teachers are also walking very slowly on the green grasses. The students were engaged in playing. Some of them were playing football in the main ground and two groups were engaged in volleyball. Some students were going out to the market side. Taking a round of the campus unintentionally I crossed the main gate and walked to the Bilariyaganj Market. Just beside the Gate it was a small stall, the patent Sambosa and Goshtpuri of Aamgarh District were sold here. I crossed the stall, I saw beside the road there are more stalls; venders are selling bananas, apples, grapes, and guavas. At one stall sugar cane juice was extracted and was sold at rupees five for one glass. I Bilariyaganj market there were more shops of clothes than any other item. In the shop Varieties of rolled printed clothes were calling the customers. As in Bihar, Sari is not a common out fit for Muslim women in Azamgarh. I saw the Shalwar Jamper culture everywhere. Only the Hindu women use Sari in Azamgarh, but often they also use Shalwar Jamper. Veil is a common mandatory factor for Muslim women. No Muslim women can be seen bare faced in the market. I saw Burqa everywhere in the district.
In Bihar we still don’t have any example in any area that can be referred where as the 100% of Muslim women are in veil. Like other very few places in India, Azamgarh District is one of them where 100%. Burqa is practiced among the Muslim women. This attracted me too much. During my three years stay in Bilariyaganj, I observed that JAMIA TUL FLAH has brought a very positive impact on the society. It effected positively on the collective consciences of the mass and as a result the Muslim community has been turned towards Islamic taste.
In Islam, sometimes the outer culture becomes more important for the society than the inner. I believe that an unveiled woman of a kind nature, if she moves in open, goes to market and returns back to her place without staring or talking to anybody harms more to the society than that who lives in veil, goes wrong, does wrong and comes back to her house. The society is more harmed by the first kind of the woman.
When I walked a little more the dense population started. In the market I also found a Mosque just beside the main road. Somebody told me that Dr.Khalil’s house is in the main market. The Blariyaganj market was crowded all about. I saw some students of JAMIA TUL FALAH bewildering in the market, but they wanted to return back to the hostel till Maghrib. Some of them who had seen me in the campus within two three days were confused whether I will be appointed as a teacher of I will be assigned any non-teaching position.
When I become more familiar with BILARIYAGANJ in the coming days I came to know that he Ameer of Tablighi Jamaat in Bilariyaganj is Molvi Rahmatullh. He was a watch maker in the Bilariyaganj market. Later on I used to visit his shop regularly. He was a gentle fellow, never spoke bad about JAMAT ISLAMI or JAMIA TUL FALAH. Although he was the Ameer of Bilariyaganj HALQA but he had spent little time in the path of Allah. I prayed my Maghrib Salah in the Bilariyaganj market Mosque, and intended to return back. The smell of meat Sambosa coming by the road side attracted me and I sat on the bench where people were enjoying Sambosa and tea. The Sambosa was two for one rupee. I took the chance of this cheaper rate finished my plate and moved back to the. Campus. I saw the road communication from Bilaryaganj to Azamgarh is too frequent. Minutes to minutes it was chain of Commander Jeeps coming and going to and fro. The roadways buses coming from all sides of UP touch Bilariyaganj. One can take a bus directly from Bilariyaganj to Gorakhpur, Banaras, Dohrighat, Luknow, Aligarh, Delhi,Mirzapur, Jounpur, Basti, Mau and many other places. Azamgarh is the district town of Bilariyaganj. Bilariyaganj was more famous due to the fame of Hakeemji. Hakkemji was one of the famous medical practiceners in Bilariyagnaj. His fame had crossed to other districts of Uttarperdesh and Bihar. He was a nobleman. A philanthropist and a devotee of JAMAT E ISLAMI. He was liked and praised by everybody. He had his own Hospital. He uses to prescribe cheaper medicine. They say that he had a Dast e Shifa. Many chronic diseases get cured by Hakeemji.
The Bilariyaganj market had its mixed population. In the west side of the Bazar stands the real Bilariyaganj village. Most of the houses are made of bricks, and are mostly kept un-plastered. Whenever I have passed the village lines, I found most of the Houses un-plastered. By that time when I was in JAMIA TUL FALAH the girls’ hostel was in the middle of the village. Later on when the new girl’s hostel was built outside the village the senior girls’ classes were shifted to the new hostel and the old hostel was being used for primary section girls.
A comparison with Insan School/College and JAMIA TUL FLAH was going on in my mind. I felt it is far better for me to work at such a place. I had my intention to admit my elder daughter Kahkashan at JAMIA TUL FALAH in the coming session. I don’t remember how I covered the distance from the Bilariyaganj Market to JAMIA TUL FLAAH, as if within no time I found myself at the main gate. xxxx
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