Yesterday, I had time to talk to one of my elders so I found something about my past, something that I have not known or investigated until today.
I have written earlier how I am related to some very well-known poets and musicians. In the blog post, “Why I Would Not Sell Any Of My Work To Lollywood Or Bollywood“, I wrote that I am related to a famous person who works for Lollywood (Pakistani cinema) and Bollywood (Indian cinema). I can’t relate well to these cinemas so I didn’t find much inspiration there except for music and lyrics of certain songs; I am learning the guitar and some of their songs have great music. Well! Good news is that now I have finally received news about someone I can relate to.
Yesterday, I found out that I am related to famous Pakistani poet “Jameel Malik“. It turns out that I have known and am also related to one of his relatives and their kids for a long while but I didn’t know about Jameel Malik until recently.
I just had time to review some of his poems. They are pretty thoughtful and lovely! He has written romantic poems as well as poems about social issues. On page 2 of his book, ‘Pas-e-Aaina”, the following is written.
He (Jameel) was a warrior who fought against cruelty, darkness, poverty, and sickness. Source: Jameel Malik, Pas-e-Aaina.
Surprisingly, uncle’s description reminds me of myself! The need to find solutions for Cruelty, Darkness, Poverty, and Sickness is constantly on my mind! I have never met uncle Jameel in my life; and today after reading the above, I learned that I am a lot like him. Shocking!
I discovered myself alone in Canada. I didn’t had my elders with me who could teach me about poetry. Now that I have uncle Jameel’s works, I believe it would be easier for me to learn and transform. I now have a friend who can show me who I am truly meant to become. All this is connected to one of my special prayers—I call my special prayers that come true, “The Silver Bullet“. Earlier I wrote the following:
So one of my older prayers that I wanted to cause positive change came true but with deeper meaning attached—I said this one around 2004. Read “Poetry Is A Critical Part Of Activism”. Originally, I desired to speak out against discrimination; but, now circumstances and new developments are telling me that it is time to handle some Human Rights issues. Source: “Another “Silver Bullet” Prayer Came True“.
Look at the people (guides) who are named in the above-mentioned blog post: Two American Professors namely J.K. Fowler and Craig Considine; founder of an international publication “The Mantle”, Shaun Randol“; and, an Australian journalist CJ Werleman. Uncle Jameel’s name is not there because I have only recently been introduced to him and his works.
I feel overwhelmed after all this! Fortunately, I have already studied my Inner Child in detail, which is how it will be easier for me to bring myself close to my deeper thoughts.
Poet Jameel Malik’s works are available on the following sites:
Darsaal, Jameel Malik Poetry in English, Ghazal and Poem of Jameel Malik in English.
Urdu Point, Poetry of Jamal Malik, Urdu Shayari of Jameel Malik.
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