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Saying of Baacha khan

Thursday, 11 June 2009 23:17
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The history of my people is full of victories and tales of heroism, but there are drawbacks too. Internal feuds and personal jealousies have always snatched away the gains achieved through vast sacrifices. They were dispossessed only because of their own inherent defects, never by any outside power for who could oppose them on the battlefield.

O Pathans! Your house has fallen into ruin. Arise and rebuild it and remember to what race you belong.

Our fault is that our province is the gateway of India. We were born in the Frontier Province. This is why were doomed.

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) came into this world and thought us; "that man is a Muslim who never hurts anyone by word or deed, but who works for the benefit and happiness of God's creatures. Belief in God is to love one's fellowmen"

It is my in most conviction that Islam is amal, yakeen, muhabat (work, faith and love) and without these the name Muslim is sounding brass and tinkling cymbal. The Quran makes it absolutely clear that faith in One God without a second, and good works are enough to secure a man his salvation.

I have one great dream, one great longing. Like flowers in the desert, my people are born, bloom for a while with nobody to look after them, wither and return to the dust they came from. I want to see them share each other's sorrow and happiness. I want to see them work together as equal partners. I want to see them play their national role and take their rightful place among the nation of the world, for the service of God and humanity.

Is not the Pathan amenable to love and reason? He will go with you to hell if you can win his heart, but you cannot force him even to go to heaven. Such is the power of love over the Pathan.

I have but one standard of measure and that is the measure of one's surrender to God.

The Prophet faced many handicaps, but he never gave up hope, and finally triumphed. He has left that lesson behind, and if we face our difficulties in the same spirit, I do not see why we should ever fail. The cause of freedom is always just and the fight against slavery is always noble.

I consider it a crime to be a slave. Therefore, until we establish in this country a true people's government under which every community secures equal opportunities for expansion, you will find me struggling for freedom, no matter who dominates the scene.

United we stand, divided we fall.

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