baba jaan

by Aqeela Naqvi

whenever the wheel of everyday living begins to grate on the soul, whenever things start to get too difficult and tasks begin to seem insurmountable – all I have to do is think of the one man who taught me all I know of hard work and perseverance.

who, whenever I would come to him crying in frustration, standing on the brink of giving up, would rest his hand on my head and tell me – mera beta, you are bigger than anything you can or will face in this life.

from childhood, always easing my heart with the simplest examples – but ones that will always stick with me like little lights brightening the sometimes unending darkness. “if bread is hard, chew it more. if something is difficult, do it more.”

“if anyone else in the world has the ability to do something, you can too – God has not made you any less talented or capable than the rest of his creation. all that it it comes down to discipline and practice.”

“you are never alone in this. Allah, the Almighty, the all-Merciful, is always by your side.”

you, my baba jaan… my forever anchor in stormy seas.

may God always protect the gentleness of your eyes, the unending kindness of your smile.

Imam ar-Ridha (peace be upon him) narrates that a person once asked the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his family): “What are the rights of the father upon the son?” The Noble Prophet replied: “He should not call his father by name, he should not walk ahead of him, he should not sit until his father has seated himself, and he should not do such acts as a result of which people abuse his father.”

Biharul Anwar, Volume 74, Page 45