Written By: Muhammad Omar Nizamani Class VII Govt. Boys' High School Tando Qaiser
When Bachon Ka Islam was launched, I was not even born. My parents started buying from its very first issue. They liked it so much that they started preserving it carefully. In the beginning it was not in a magazine form but was a section in the Daily Islam newspaper. Then, very soon, it took the shape of a magazine. When I was about four or five years and was able to understand little and funny stories, my father used to read out stories from the magazine. I liked them very much. As I grew older and learnt reading I became addicted to the magazine. And I am still very fond of it. I read it regularly. It provides knowledge as well as entertainment. It provides all necessary things to children and its older readers. I think it is not only a magazine but it is the best possible teacher and trainer. It is the best friends of children. And Dada Ishtiaq Ahmad Sahib was its heart. Today, when I got to know from the newspaper Daily Islam that he had passed away due to cardiac failure I was deeply shocked. I wanted weep and wail loudly but I had already learnt from Bachon Ka Islam that weeping loudly is haram in Islam. So I tried to be patient but it seemed impossible to control my feelings. I controlled my tears with difficulty but my heart was weeping. Then my father said to me, "Beta, this world of ours is mortal. No one will live here for always. Everyone has to leave this world. Beta, you must remember that everyone and everything of this world belongs to Allah سبحانہ وتعالی and He has the authority to take it back. Beta it is stupidity to weep for a thing which is not ours. I understand your feelings. I have a remedy for you and the other fans of the great writer, Ishtiaq Ahmad Sahib. Control your feelings of sorrow for the deceased person by supplicating for his soul." Hearing this advice from my father, I instantly made ablution and started praying for his soul. I recited Durood shareef, Surat al Fatehah and other surahs of the Holy Quran and begged Allah سبحانہ وتعالی to convey their reward to the soul of Ishtiaq Ahmad Sahib. Believe me, my friends I feel much better.
Now, I invite all the readers of the Truth magazine, Bachon Ka Islam and other fans of Ishtiaq Ahmad Sahib to control their grief over the sad departure of Ishtiaq Ahmad Sahib by supplicating for his soul. May Allah سبحانہ وتعالی reward him the highest rank in Jannatul Firdous, Aameen!