Secularism….for ordinary people..

I am a big fan of Mohd. Rafi Sahab…specially Rahi Sahab of the 50’s and 60’s. In my scheme of things (and you don’t have to agree with it), there has never been a singer like him and there never will be.

But that is not the reason why I am writing this. I am writing this for another reason….

These days, secularism, religion, religious freedom, my religion, your religion, religious fundamentalism…etc. etc. and etc. have become such common words that we hear them on social media, in the printed media, in the digital media, in the TV and god knows where else. Everyone is an expert, has an opinion and a solution to the problem….

Instead of talking some big things, I just want to give you a beautiful example of real people, simple people practiced secularism. The 3 people I am talking about are Naushad Ali (the famous music composer), Shakeel Badayuni (the famous shayar and lyricist) and Rafi Sahab.

The films were Kohinoor and Baiju Bawara.The songs……the iconic Mann Tadapat Hari Darshan ko Aaaj and Madhuban mein rashika nache re…Both devotional hindu bhajans….considered to be milestones in the Indian devotional songs……

Do you know, who wrote them, who gave music to them and who sang his heart out to make them what they are……..Shakeel, Naushad and Mohd. Rafi…….

Just stop here, assimilate and absorb for 10 seconds what I have just told you…

All 3 were known to be devout Muslims, used to do namaz regularly, were (as we call them today, allah fearing men)but look how beautiful a thought, music and melody they created for a Hindu Bhajan…..

Let me give you one more example.

I have a close friend; he is a Brigadier in the Army. Every Ramzan, he keeps Roza for 30 days. Knowing that he is a practicing Hindu, I asked him why….he said Sir, I lead men who are from different religions. I don’t want anyone to feel that they are different from anyone else, we are a Fauji first and members of a religion later. Imagine, if your leader starts tilting towards someone for a reason which has nothing to do with his job, what will the people in his command think. I not only appear to be fair but I HAVE to be seen to be fair also.

Now, THAT is a real example of how simple people, doing simple things in a simple way implement secularism…

I was floored when I found this out, hope you and everyone you will share this with everyone you know….Namaskaar to Naushad Sahab, Rafi Sahab and Shakeel Sahab…..and Salam to my Hindu Brigadier friend….

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