Jan Muhammad Shaheed

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Jan Muhammad Shaheed, Muhammad Shafi Sabir
Published in Khyber.ORG on Friday, September 16 2005 (http://www.khyber.org)


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Jan Muhammad Shaheed

Muhammad Shafi Sabir

Tazkara Sarfaroshan e Sarhad

Publishing Date: Friday, September 16 2005

Jan Muhammad was one of those first people who fought against the Hindus and sacrificed themselves for the sake of Islam. Until 1905 AD, there were no Hindu Muslim riots or Hindu Muslim tensions in the whole of the province which comprised of 95% Muslims. But when a renowned Hindu leader named Lala Lajpath Raye visited Peshawar, he filled the minds of the local Hindu populace with venom. Even then, the overall situation was stable despite the occasional riots.

In the year 1910AD, the Hindu pagan festival of Holi coincided with the Shab e Baraat (12th Rabi ul Awal Birthday & Death anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad PBUH)

At that time, the Muslims of Peshawar used to mention the days between 1st and 12th Rabi ul Awal as Bara Wafat (12 deaths). And unlike today, they did not used to perform weddings, play music or have happy occasions as a symbol of respect to the prophet PBUH. On the other hand, the Hindus used to play songs and music, throw color on one another and perform large gatherings in the market place and create other disturbances.

Some of the Muslim youth of the Bazaars voiced their concern at this and requested them to stop playing music and singing songs at least. Since the Hindus were a rich community and too much arrogant, they did not listen to any of the protests and instead attacked the young youth in the bazaar and injured many of them.

One of the youths who protested was Jan Muhammad. His injuries were very serious and he was martyred on the spot. Since it was night time, the local Muslim population did not know of what happened as most were in their homes.

The few Muslims who were present took his body to take it to Jan Muhammad's Family. When passing through Bazaar Kalaan, a Hindu Pundit cursed at them. At this, the already enraged youths set fire to his shop. However, the fire died out and not much damage was caused.

The next day, 22 March 1910 was a very tense day as Jan Muhammad's funeral was taking place in the morning. In those days, Arbab Muhammad Hussein was the Arbab of Landi Arbab and was a very influential person.

A council of Muslims went to him and invited him to the city to inspect the condition himself and note the injustices of the Hindus had done.

Smelling trouble, the English deputy commissioner also came to the police station near Kabuli Gate. The Arbab and the English commissioners both witnessed the tense situation and saw that both were killing each other and burning each other's property.

To defuse the situation, and to ease the violence, Arbab called the Muslims of the city and requested them to loot their shops instead of burning them because in this way, we would get some benefit.

The Muslims immediately paid heed and started looting the Hindus instead. This went on for at least three days and by this time, a number of Hindus had got their lesson. Another meeting was called in which the elders decided that they had carried out their message to the Hindus and being Muslims, we are open hearted and thus return the looted amount back.

Hence most of the amount was deposited at Kabuli Police station where the Hindu shopkeepers collected their properties. In this manner, wide scale violence was controlled. Jan Muhammad's death did not go in wasted. After this instance, the Hindus had to learn the hard way about the importance of Muslim blood and for a considerable period of time, the Hindus did not have the courage to talk against Islam, Allah or the Prophet PBUH and also not to harm the Muslim population.

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Jan Muhammad Shaheed, Muhammad Shafi Sabir
Published in Khyber.ORG on Friday, September 16 2005 (http://www.khyber.org)