My montage

imageThey say that life flashes by in seconds, when Malik-ul-maut comes calling. Shudder! We will all find out at the end of our time. The mercy of Allah prevail on us all.

In this case, for five decades I have watched this world. My montage flits by too and one sees existence (‘just life’) flash by. Its been like no other half century period in mankind’s written history. We have gone from manual to nano in a few decades. For some seven millennia before that, there was little change, then the wheel accelerated from 1750 plus and now bang, we are in warp speed.

Stepping out on a road in 1964, one sees wheels. Powered by basic engines, and simultaneously by camels, donkeys and horses. The roads are not crowded but there are no metros or flyovers, Simplicity prevails and yet there is some order.

Office technology is non existent. Brain, pen and paper and our own human engine drives work. Work is hard, but we do add columns and compile numbers. And when you go home, the old box like radio plays out music and news. Rarely one sees a flash of television, it is black and white, and what is presented is also simple and real, yet imaginative. Just hear the quality of music. Beatles, Rafi, Mehdi Hasan.

Similarly, step in an office and there are registers, pens, paper, pencils and workers pouring over these. What a strange place, no computers, no mobile phones, or calculators even. Not even a photo copier. But soft, there is the telex machine. It is the basis of our communication and we see telexes being flashed out to various places in the world.

Images of humans. They are not Shias, Sunnis or Punjabis or Muhajirs. Nor Ahmedis or Christians. Actually, the montage does not make clear who they are. Just humans! I can see the Brezhnev Doctrine, Johnson and Mao and Vietnam; USA; Communism, USSR and China. Fear and money. Lots of fear! In the background is de Gaulle and he is railing at the British, keeping them out of the European Common Market. And you also see Nasser from Egypt….smug and not knowing what will happen to him soon. But there is Shah Faisal and the Shah of Iran and they are leaning towards and listening with respect to Ayub, who towers over them. Pakistan stands respected in this comity of nations, the Muslim power of the world and people listen to us. In Washington they only think of the nuclear conflagration. They are not bothered about us at all. We are small fry. The Commies could take over and destroy the world while Muslims are backwards and minuscule.

The montage starts rolling quicker. It cascades by. Early computers, then digitalisation, see Walesa in Poland and then the Berlin Wall falling, Afghanistan, Thatcher, Reagan, Gorbachev, Shah of Iran lonely on Mexican beaches, carrying cancer inside. Sabra and Shatila and Israeli cruelty. Even then, no one cares. Bosnia, as evil and torturing as Gaza today. Oil and wealth. Lots of wealth!

Then 9/11. See the world change…we are now evil and hunted. Maybe dogs are better. Afghanistan, Iraq, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, CIA, Mossad and cruelty. Lots of cruelty! Lots of treason! Our own rulers, mistreating their own, deserting them. Snakes! Israelis bomb Gaza hospitals, shelters and schools and no one says its wrong.

The world has changed these 50 years. We are advanced. Technology brings comfort. Automation and power. The human race can now rise to a level where it can spend time self actualising. Instead, our societies and families break up, drugs and spirits are overused, malnutrition for over a billion people, bombs galore, resident evil walks in and out of our homes and we do not recognise it. Decency is for imagery on Twitter and FB. Public imagery and media are dinosaurs and reality hides in blankets. We have everything material, but we have no substance. No wonder they talk of greater Israel, the Dajjal and the Mehdi. Lord help us. They know not what an evil period of bloodletting it will be. Wish we would slow down, where slow is preferred, less is preferred and happiness is supreme.

Bob Dylan “the times they are a’changing”

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About sarfarazar
I have been lucky! A long career with large scale organisations and some acclaim. Also, took time off to write, mentor and do some education and social development projects. I continue to mentor and help younger people in life. Inshallah, hope to write on various subjects in my blog.

12 Responses to My montage

  1. There is always time for change, change for the better.

  2. Shahid Shaikh says:

    Salaams Sarfraz Saheb:

    The angel of death is considered to be Azrael (again his name is not explicitly mentioned in Quraan, but can be found in literature), not Israfeel;

    Israfeel is the one who blows the “end of Time Trumpet” (Soor), and then a second time for the revival of the dead.

    Just thought you might like to check this up.

    • sarfarazar says:

      Thank you Shahid. Will check. If so honest mistake. Though I had somewhere in my mind that Israfeel doubles up both as the blower of the 3 soors and death. Thanks. Hear you have moved back to Lahore?

      • Sarfaraz says:

        Shahid just to clarify, picked from Islam Q&A. Have changed it to Malik ul maut.

        40671: Name of the Angel of Death

        Is there any evidence to show that the name of the Angel of Death is Azra’il?
        Praise be to Allah.
        It is widely assumed that the name of the Angel of Death is Azra’il, but there is nothing in the Quran or saheeh sunnah (authentic teachings) of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) to indicate that this is his name. Rather this is narrated in some reports which may be from among the Israiliyyat (reports from Jewish sources).

        Based on this, we cannot be certain whether this is his name or not. So we cannot affirm that the name of the Angel of Death is Azra’il, nor can we deny it. Rather we should refer this matter to Allah and call him as Allah calls him, the ‘Angel of Death”. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

        “Say: The angel of death, who is set over you, will take your souls. Then you shall be brought to your Lord.” [32:11]

        The name of the Angel of Death is not given in the Quran or in the saheeh ahadeeth (reports). His name is mentioned in some reports as Azra’il, but Allah knows best.

        Al-Sindi said: There is no marfoo’ hadeeth [one that can be traced back to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)] which mentions his name.

        Al-Manawi said in Fayd al-Qadeer, after stating that the Angel of Death is known by the name Azra’il: I have never seen any report giving his name as such.

        Shaykh al-Albani said in his comment on the words of al-Tahhawi, “We believe in the Angel of Death who is appointed to take the souls of all creatures”:

        This (“the Angel of Death”) is what he is called in the Quran. With regard to the name Azra’lel which is widely known among the people, there is no basis for this, rather it comes from the Israiliyyat.

        Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said:

        “The Angel of Death” is well known by the name Azra’il, but this is not correct, rather this was narrated from Jewish sources. So we should not believe in this name, and we should call the one who is appointed over death “the Angel of Death,” as Allah called him in the verse (interpretation of the meaning):

        “Say: The angel of death, who is set over you, will take your souls. Then you shall be brought to your Lord.” [32:11]

        Fatawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen.

        And Allah knows best.

  3. Haris says:

    Humanity has improved quality tremendously. Whether services or goods or content. This is all physical and material. Man has progressed to become an efficient animal.
    Where we have regressed is heart and soul. We are more bankrupt than ever before. We do not value love or faith or happiness.
    Like locusts we are taking and consuming.
    Hardly call that an improvement for the better. We are looking at some major reckoning.

  4. Sarosh says:

    Time for everyone to step back and re-think….keep sharing the gist of your experiences

  5. Maryam says:

    I can so well relate this to the story telling narrated by my parents describing transformation of each era from retro to avatgrade. We generally observe a visiable difference in the humans of old times; from outlook to ideology to lifestyle.
    I have my parents example in many aspects which could best be quoted here; supporting every word of this article.

    • sarfarazar says:

      We have changed the environment very fast, but have yet to change our brains…that can take a very long time…so a changed world and a mind which is u comfortable with it…God helps us 🙂

  6. Ibrar says:

    Fiddler on the roof…

    • sarfarazar says:

      If you mean survival in changing times …then yes…though I am not sure if that was my theme….
      Our times being likened to 100 years ago and a backward community facing change would be an interesting theme in itself…

  7. Naval Vaswani says:

    Worth reading piece..Interesting and Thinking ….

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