By his tales, he’ll reside ceaselessly in our hearts

Ashfaq Ahmed was not my relative. I did not know him personally, however his phrases had been my hyperlink to his character.

On September 7, 2004, whereas sitting in my workplace and doing my routine work, I acquired a name from a detailed buddy. With out the standard ‘Salam dua’ he exclaimed,

“Ashfaq sahib isn’t any extra; simply bought the information.”

It was a brief sentence, nevertheless it had many features hooked up to it. The sensation of an incredible loss, candy recollections of so many tales, dramas and performs, of vibrant travelogues, humorous incidents, thought-provoking quotes of Sufis and different baabay (mystics); nostalgic recollections of a life properly spent, and absolutely lived. A lot got here to thoughts and handed like a breeze, leaving me numb and immobile for a while.

How do you react to such information?

Ashfaq Ahmed was not my relative. I didn’t know him on a private stage. I had by no means even met him and but the sensation of nice loss and mind-numbing ache seeped into my soul on listening to about his demise. I didn’t know why I felt like this, however like many different Pakistani Urdu writers, his phrases had been my hyperlink to his soul – his character. The characters he had created by his works had been as actual to me as they will need to have been to him, and thru this summary connection, Ashfaq sahib and I had been now not strangers.

Whereas studying his dramas and books, one query all the time got here to my thoughts; they are saying that each good author creates characters as a mirrored image of himself, and so I all the time puzzled which of his characters had been reflections of his personal self. Was it Talqeen Shah, one of the crucial well-known radio programme characters in Pakistan? Or was it the Mohammed Hussain Dakia from the religious basic Manchalay Ka Sauda? Or was he merely the ‘biggest husband on this planet’ as Bano Qudsia stated so many instances? In direction of his finish, I imagine he may even have been the well-known “Baba” he used to confer with so dearly in nearly all his conversations, particularly in Baithak and Zavia.

I used to cellphone him from Dubai, particularly after studying sure books of his, to inform him how every phrase utilized by him had a profound and deep affect on my thoughts. There would all the time be a way of embarrassment in me on the finish of those calls as a result of he would speak as if it’s essentially the most pure factor to do – receiving calls from followers, making them really feel particular and attention-grabbing. As soon as, throughout such a name, I advised him:

“Sir, your ebook Manchalay ka Sauda and the drama made on it’s simply too good to be true.”

And he replied,

“That ebook got here earlier than its time. You’d see in close to future InshaAllah (God prepared) that individuals will profit from this for generations to come back.”

At this time after I see Manchalay ka Sauda, his phrases come to my thoughts as I actually do imagine that this drama got here a lot earlier than its time; and those that have seen it could know what I’m speaking about.

As Mumtaz Mufti sahib as soon as stated,

“There are people who find themselves alive, after which there are some people who find themselves too alive! A lot in order that even when they’re no extra, we nonetheless think about them alive, for it’s unimaginable to come back to phrases with this actuality that they’re now not bodily current amongst us.”

Ashfaq sahib was undoubtedly one such character who, even after having departed from this world 9 years in the past, will all the time be “too alive” in our hearts, minds and recollections.

Might Allah (SWT) bless his soul.

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