WEB DESK: Today marks the 28th death of Abdul Ghaffar Khan, nicknamed Baacha Khan, who stood for non violent Pashtun society. Ironically, on the same day, a cowardly attack on a university in his name left scores dead.
Abdul Ghaffar Khan was born in 1890 at Utmanzai (Charsadda) district Peshawar. His father Bahram Khan was a well-to-do landowner of Mohammadzai clan. Abdul Ghaffar Khan was the fourth child of Bahram Khan.
Ghaffar Khan commenced his social activities as an educationist and came into close contact with another social reformer of the area, Haji Fazli Wahid, popularly known as the Haji of Turangzai.
Their combined efforts resulted in opening of educational institutions ⎯ the Dar-ul-Ulum ⎯ at Utmanzai and Gaddar (Mardan) in 1910. Apart from the religious education, students were imbued with the concepts of patriotism.
Ghaffar Khan breathed his last on 20th January 1988, and died at the age of 98 years, at Peshawar. His dead body was taken in a funeral procession to Jalalabad (Afghanistan), and on 22nd January 1988, according to his last will,76 was buried at Shisham Bagh, Jalalabad.
Some quotes of wisdom:
“My religion is truth, love and service to God and humanity. Every religion that has come into the world has brought the message of love and brotherhood. Those who are indifferent to the welfare of their fellowmen, whose hearts are empty of love, they do not know the meaning of religion.” ―Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan
“It is my inmost conviction, Badshah Khan said, that Islam is amal, yakeen, muhabat – selfless service, faith, and love.” ―Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan
Source: Research Paper, Abdul Ghaffar Khan