Repentant Karsevak

Kishan Ganj: Strange are the ways of God. Balbir Singh, grandson of Chaudhary Shyam Singh who was at one time Deputy Chief Minister of Haryana was well-built, strong and courageous. He was chosen to head the group of Kar Sevaks from Panipat (Haryana) who joined in the demolition of the Babri Masjid on 6 Decemeber, 1992. After the demolition, he came back to the home town to a heroe’s welcome.

However, while he was the talk of the town because of his ‘feat’, he started feeling a strange kind of uneasiness in his inner self which started becoming more and more acute day by day, so much so that it became difficult for him to even to sleep. Some strange kind of fear started haunting him and he began to feel as if his death was near. He could not find any way out. He consulted doctors, sadhus, tantriks etc. but nothing could give him peace and relief. At last on the advice of his family members and well wishers he contacted a prominent religious scholar Maulana Abdul Kaleem Siddiqi. After knowing details of his history, Maulana Kaleem Siddiqi said to him that he had sinned against God and only He can save him The Maulana advised him to embrace Islam and do penance. After great thought he decided to accept Maulana’s suggestion. Thereafter he embraced Islam and Balbir Singh became Muhammad Amir. One of his former karsavek colleagues also embraced Islam and became Muhammad Umar.

Both of them then decided to build a new mosque or rehabilitate any unused and desolate one on every 6 December which they are doing every year in Haryana and Rajasthan. Old, desolate and unused mosques which were locked and crumbling were rebuilt. Wherever new mosques were required, they built new ones with the help of local people and side by side they also engaged in tablighi work i.e. preaching of Islam. In this process, in 16 or 17 years both of them rehabilitated as many as 33 mosques and handed them over to local Muslims and motivated about two thousand people to embrace Islam. They are touring different villages and towns and doing this work.

It may be stated in this connection that the source of this story is a report taken out from Internet by Muhammad Fahimuddin, a computer science lecturer in Uttaranchal Institute of Management at Dehradun. He took a copy of this report to Kishan Ganj where he had gone on tour and gave it to the chief of Qaumi Tanzeem, an Urdu daily.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 January 2010 on page no. 9

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