Assalaam Alaykum, Deeply deeply humbled for the most flattering comments and observations on “The Story”.
It started out as weekend musings prompted by something written a year ago on 13 Sep 2019 and nudged by a Facebook reminder few days ago.
There were no intentions to write my whole life story, nor to toot my horn, but simply to share some musings for an ego leveling catharsis.
So if it came across as full of myself, my apologies.
When I decided to pen this note of gratitude, I thought that I must mention all the names of all those wonderful souls who held my hand, who gave unconditional love, care, advice, opportunities, provided and offered all kinds of support, spiritual, intellectual, social, financial etc.
This list has now reached three figures, and likely to grow further.
All those wonderful people in my immediate and extended family, my dear friends and well wishers, my mentors and teachers, both spiritual and temporal who held my hands in my darkest hours of despair.
But, because they are so many, they wait for another day when, if Allah Wills, I write a longer version of my experiences, more to share lessons than talk about myself.
Quite frankly, and I say this with all humility, not arrogance disguised as humility as has oft become the norm now, who would want to read about an ordinary Joe Blow!
But I must mention my immediate family.
My father Col.S.G. Mehdi, who instilled in us the highest standards of morality, ethics and integrity. Of a never say die approach. Of ALWAYS saying and doing the right thing, irrespective of the consequences. The last has been particularly challenging, I must frankly admit.
Our Mother, who we called Bibi, an epitome of total angelic love and care. Of helping everybody and anybody. She was amazingly generous, understanding, full of grace, hospitality, and forgiveness and never spoke or thought ill of anybody. She gave me all the softness I have.
My amazing sisters who were always there to help, as was my younger brother Ali, despite my very difficult nature!
And another person is my Spiritual Mentor, Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri, a great Spiritual Guide, completely steeped in Faith, who helped me navigate the thorny path of Faith and doubt!
For truly this world is mere baubles and games.
While we must live it fully we should never forget where we came from, Who Created us and where we will eventually transition to.
As I mentioned earlier, mine were mere pretentious and hypocritical musings of a “rich fat guy, who just happens to have missed one meal”.
These minor travails are nothing compared to those who have and still truly suffer in this world with delibitating sicknesses, abject poverty, complete deprivation, utter cruelty, heartbreaking humiliation and exploitation and unspeakable indignities. Those who suffer from, permanent hunger and in many cases, living with absolutely no hope!
Think of Imam Hussain and the 72 and what they suffered and endured!
We are all so Blessed, with health, family, friends, food, clothes, a roof over our head, a comfortable bed to sleep, loving relationships. God Knows what else!
What more can one ask for?
In utter Gratitude to the Almighty! Always! Ilahi Aameen
Astaghfarullahi Rabbi Wa Atubu Elayhi! Thank you again.
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