By N. Khan

During this quantity, Kashmiri students of all disciplines adopt a brand new examine their place of origin and supply a collection of visions for Kashmiri tradition and society. The booklet deals a landscape of key cultural matters of Jammu & Kashmir at the present time, from the army points of the Kashmir clash to the modern day revival of indigenous cultural associations, from the results of non secular discourse and gender-based social hierarchy to family members with India and Pakistan.

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I never had any reason to disbelieve Mr. Rabbani. com - licensed to CUNY - PalgraveConnect - 2012-10-13 20 21 has no faith in spirituality of any kind and has always deprecated Sufism as antithetical to the omnipotence of Allah. An intimate spiritual and social bond between Abdul Majid Khan, ex-deputy controller of examinations at Kashmir University, and the Pandit saint Lala Sahib, despite the former’s strict adherence to the Shariah in daily life, was always a puzzle to me. It was not until my long association with Hazrat Mohammad Ahsan Shah of Pampore (1979–2002) that I began to realize that superficial social and religious barriers of all kinds disappear on a higher spiritual plane.

Moreover, one needs to understand that in the strictest sense of the Koran and the Sunnah, the undisputed spiritual leader of the Muslim community (ummah) alone can give the call for jihad under divine command for fighting the forces arrayed against the primordial, in my understanding, religion of humankind, that is, Islam. Viewed in such a context, the use of jihad for political ends is tantamount to its abuse. This explains why a sizeable number of the so-called mujahids in Kashmir later turned into either renegades or self-styled ambassadors of elusive peace.

I have often been asked by many freedom-loving Kashmiris why the militant movement did not yield the desired results. Pearl S. Buck said in one of her novels, which I read during my college days, that when peasants and intellectuals unite, a revolution is bound to occur. The mass uprising of 1990 was nothing short of a revolution. But a revolution without intellectual evolution is largely ephemeral. There was no dearth of intellectuals in Kashmir. But when intellect is made subservient to the gun or to opportunistic goals, it loses its eternal strength to radiate souls and guide fertile minds in the right direction.

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