Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Peer e Kamil - A classic review by Adeel Zafar Ch

Peer-e-Kamil


Peer-e-Kamil S.A.W.W is an amazing novel which teaches and throws light on numerous aspects of life, it is hard to decide what to mention and what to leave in this review. The novel is emotionally gripping and fascinates as you read it. It is a journey to find eternal peace, there comes a time in every humans life when he becomes oblivious of the worldly relations and blessings. He tries to find the reason for his very existence. He sets upon the path to find Peer-e-Kamil S.A.W.W as it is the only thing which satisfies the inner self, the soul of a human being. Umaima belongs to an elite and influential Qadiani family, she finds displeasure in her religion, so she studies Islam and accepts the religion. After embracing Islam she has to go through utter difficulties in the love of Prophet S.A.W.W and Allah. She decides to leave her house, as she was being forced to marry her Ahmedi cousin. Salar, her neighbour, helps her to run away. After abandoning the house she has to live in solitude, hiding her true identity. Salar the main character of this fiction has all what one desires in this world, he belongs to a rich family, has an IQ level of 150+, an excellent academic and professional record but he is induldged into all the wrongdoings in his life. He has attempted suicide a several times, just to experience ecstasy. For him, everything is an adventure, as it was to help Umaima, as it was to atempt a suicide. After helping her run away, Salar's idea of living a satisfactory life changes, the lies he had once told to Umaima, become a constant source of agony to him. All the despise, he had for Umaima turns into admiration and then into love. Once he had thought her idea of leaving the house in the love of the Prophet S.A.W.W was mindless and insane, now he adores her for that. He begins the journey to find his true self, he searches for spiritual fulfillment which he only finds in Peer-e-Kamil S.A.W.W. He searches for Umaima at every possible place in the passion of his ever growing obsession for her. They were a constant source of pain to him. As the author writes, "what is next to ecstasy", answers "its pain". During this pain he sets upon to find "Sirat-e-Mustaqeem", he wanted an end to his suffering, the novel  teaches as it progresses, his prayers which were a displeasure for him, now were the only thing which gave him respite. For what happens during his journey, i will leave that for you to read. As it ends, it tells us
"Aye Ibn e Adam...Ek teri chahat hai aur ek meri chahat hai...Par hoga wohi jo meri chahat hai...Pas agar tu ne supard kar diya us ke...Jo meri chahat hai...To mein bakhsh doonga tujh ko wo bhi...Jo teri chahat hai...Par agar tu ne naafarmani ki us ki...Jo meri chahat hai...To mein thaka doonga tujh ko us mein...Jo teri chahat hai...Phir ho ga wohi... Jo meri chahat hai..."

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