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A bitter pill to swallow…
I stay awake all night-that no sounds of cries come.
Look who’s awake—who never stayed up late even in the final exams.
I shiver with fear-that no 1992 history repeats.
Look who’s shivering- who never did, even on seeing the most difficult word problem in the dreadful Physics Exam.
I’m scared inside out-that the humans stay unharmed.
Look who’s scared-who never was so, even when the strictest school Principal reprimanded her in his office.
I pray every minute—that the sanity prevails.
Look who’s praying—who never did so, even before the exam results were due.
Yes, indeed, today I stay awake, shiver, am scared. Not for myself, but for the 1.2 billion who await this dreaded judgement today.
Hence I pray to “God” up in the Heavens and beg to the ”humans” down on the Earth, that let ’sanity prevail in majority’ and ’ human harmony be the order of the day’.
Shahid Bhai ne theek hi to kaha hai: “Na samjhoge to mit jaoge ai Hindositan walon
Tumhari dastan bhi na hogi dastanon men.
Aur Armaan Bhai ka dil rota hai:
दिलों पर इक अजब सा ख़ौफ़ तारी है, Dil par ek ajab sa khof tari hai,
आज शहर की फ़िज़ा बहुत भारी है ! Aj shehr ki fiza bahut bhari hai!
ये ना हो जाये कहीं वो ना हो जाये, Ye na ho jaye kahin woh na ho jaye,
सब मे बेचैनी है , सबको बेक़रारी है! Sab mein bechaini hai sab mein be qarari hai!
सड़कें खाली हैं यूँ, जैसे साहूकार हैं, Sarkein khali hain jaise sahukar ho,
लोग छुपे है, जैसे इन पर उधारी है! Log chupe hain jaise un pe udhari hai!
संगीनो के साये, बूटों की धमक मे, Sangeenon ke saath booton ki damak mein,
हमने देखा , ज़िंदगी बहुत बेचारी है! Hum ne dekha zindagi bahut bechari hai !
नफ़रतो के ठेकेदार अब हमला बोलेंगे, Nafrat ke thekedar ab hamla bolenge,
मुहब्बत वालों तुम्हारी क्या तय्यारी है! Muhabbat waalon tumhari kya tayyari hai!
– अरमान -Armaan.
We need to remind ourselves of what Martin Luther said until his death: ‎”We must learn to live together as brothers, or we are going to perish together as fools.”
We need to revisit what Gandhi ji had told us: My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him.
We need to open our minds to what Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) taught us : “Do you love your creator? Love your fellow-beings first.”
Let us all have faith in tolerance and live a fraction of Martin Luther, Gandhi and Prophet Mohammed(pbuh) in each one of us.
Let’s pledge for peace…
ILMANA FASIH
30 September 2010

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