By Ghulam Qadir Hajam
Spreading the message of communal harmony, a veteran Muslim writer in north Kashmir’s Baramulla District is being extolled by the Sikh community for his poems on the life of GURU NANAK DEV, the founder of Sikhism.
Ghulam Qadir Hajam who hails from Kreeri’s Dardpora village has been writing poetry, comedy scripts and plays since 1970’s. He is well known by the name of ‘Shad’ (Happy) among local populace.
What really sets shad apart from other writers in the area is his poetry on the life of Guru Nanak. One of his Urdu poems titled ‘us hasti ka Nanak naam logo’ written on Guru Nanak’s life and his contribution towards the betterment of people is very famous among Sikh community. Sikh community of the district is all praise for Shad for doing the ‘unusual thing’.
“Muslim community rarely writes about Sikhs in Kashmir. A Muslim writing on Sikh Guru is overwhelming for us. We respect him and his spirituality. He is really a great human being,” said an elderly of Sikh community from Kreeri.
Born on 10th of October in 1948, Shad was a teacher by profession. He has done Bachelors in Education (B.Ed) from Government B.Ed College Srinagar and honors in kashmiri subject from University of Kashmir.
In early 1980’s he started participating in the various programmes of Radio Kashmir and Doordarshan television. He received district level best teacher award and was also announced for State level award, but unfortunately couldn’t receive it because of some unavoidable circumstances. He had also participated in the poetic seminars at local levels, district levels. He is the base member of “Cultural Forum Kreeri” since 1970.
Ghulam Qadar Hajam told Alternate Kashmir that he was inspired by reading about Guru Nanak Ji’s Life who has been a high spiritual personality and has spread the message of love, humanity, unity, truth and peace.
“When I read about Guru Nanak Ji’s life incident of “Sacha Soudha” from which Langar (Food) was started, and till now present Sikh community is serving langar (Food) in Gurdwaras to devotees free of cost. During 2014 September deluge in Kashmir, Sikh community members from Delhi and Punjab were first to serve the langar (Food) for the flood affected peoples of Kashmir,” he added.
“I am respecting Sikh religion with inner core of my heart. On every Baisakhi I compile a message of harmony to my village Gurdwara” he added.
First posted on barusahib