A day of Celebration and Regret
Hassin ur Rehman (Pakistan)
M.Phil English Literature
Just a few days left to the holy occasion of Eid, Mulvi Karamatullah’s daughters were excited for the Eid’s shopping. They handed over their lists of shopping to father to bring all their things. Mulvi Karamatullah had three daughters; the eldest Rabia 12, then Karima 10, and the youngest Kulsoom, 7 respectively, living hand to mouth yet happily contented with life. As Mulvi Sahib didn’t have any other source of income except the meager amount of Wazifa (stipends) which he was getting from the local Mosque. He was the imam (Leader/ preacher) of the masjid where he offered his services five times a day. But in the holy month of Ramadan, he had to offer extra services such as Taraveh (Specially offered prayers in Ramadan, longer than usual) and spiritual speeches apart from his daily responsibilities.
He managed to provide all the necessities of life in this holy month, but in the last week he had to become more conscious due to the demand of his daughters. He knew he could not fulfill their demands on his salary but he was trying to pray a lot for his daughters’ desires. He believed that he will find out a way to fulfill their demands. He spent his restless days and nights in this confusion. As time advanced his concerns became heavier that he would not be able to give what his daughters wanted.
One day before the Holy Eid, when he entered the house after Zuhar Prayer, he threw himself in the chair and sat quietly. No sooner had he rested, his daughters were standing in circle. Kulsoom lovingly slid over her list and said, ‘Baba I need these things’ and you have promised to take us on shopping.
As the eldest daughter Rabia could read her father’s expressions rightly, she had realized the situation and insisted Kulsoom “don’t disturb Abba, he is very tired” knowing that Abba hasn’t got anything and this Eid would be again like the previous. Then Rabia comforted younger one in a polite manner, ”Kulsoom, look! We already had our shopping few months back and we still have those things, so don’t be so rude.” Kulsoom started crying, Rabia took her away and called her in the room.
“Listen Kulsoom! Abba doesn’t have anything to spend”, said Rabia and tears came across her face. Even she started crying but she was crying due to the circumstances. Kulsoom said, ’when Maa was alive she provided us everything what we wanted and never refused our offer, but when she died everything has changed. Abba is not good as Amma. When Rabia listen to these words from the mouth of Kulsoom her tears started spontaneously.
Mulvi Karamatullah believed that Allah will definitely help him in this regard. The night before Eid, some of the muqtadies (followers) offered him sweets, perfumes, holy caps and handkerchief, but he didn’t get anything for the family. He came home quietly and tried to sleep. Kulsoom saw everything and tried to sleep as well but she couldn’t sleep due to the unfulfilled desires.
On Eid day, all of them were awake early except Kulsoom. They prepared themselves for Eid and cooked whatever was available. Mulvi Karamtullah asked where is my little doll, Kulsoom? Rabia told him, Abba she is still asleep. When he went near her to wake her up but she couldn’t wake up. She had gone in deep sleep forever. She slept at night but never woke up in the morning for Eid. Everyone was happy to celebrate Eid except Mulvi Karamatullah’s family who were left alive to deal with bitter ordeal. He announced in Eid’s prayer that my daughter had passed away and her funeral prayer will be offered after Namaz.
For some Eid is a day of celebration but for some it is a day of regret...