In The Name of ALLAH The Almighty
How a dream comes true? An inspirational story.
It was March 1983. I was in
Karachi- the peaceful and friendly city of our beloved country. I
and my spouse had the lucky chance to participate in the CHARTER
PRESENTATION CEREMONY of the Aga Khan University, Karachi. It was
an awe inspiring function honored by His Highness, Prince Karim Aga
Khan, the spiritual leader of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims and
the late President, Gen: Muhammad Zia-Ul- Haque. In his address HH,
Prince Karim elaborated the aims and objectives of the university.
The gist of his address was that the University shall provide
quality education in medical field to the meritorious medical
students of the country as well as to foreigners the entire world
over without discrimination of faith, race and other manmade
Late Zia-Ul- Haque termed the
establishment of the University as minaret of light for the whole
regions of South East and West Asia and the Middle East. The whole
proceeding of the memorable function was highly inspiring and a
desire or wish of parents watching live highly valued educational
function is quite natural. And when a person from an area, the most
far-flung, partly detached from the rest of the country,
financially poor, under privileged like Yarkhoon valley of Chitral,
develops a sudden wish to see one of his children in such an
international University, headed by the most warm hearted and
generous educationist of the world as its Chancellor, then such a
wish is considered to be just a ‘dream’. But, everyone has the
right to dream irrespective of the fact whether it’s going to come
true or not.
That innocent dream remained
dormant in some corner of my heart till my daughter Zubaida Sirang,
passed her inter with distinction and resolved to study medicine.
She was fortunate enough to get into medical college of the AKU.
While attending parents, teachers and students briefing session of
the University in 2006, I found myself to be the luckiest father
whose innocent dream had come true.
But, a fear also remained in
my mind whether my little daughter whose basic education had been
in institutions of average educational standard of Pakistan would
make it till the end. Getting admission in AKU is a hard thing to
do but passing its prescribed syllabus within the scheduled time
span is the hardest one. There are examples of dropouts and truancy
just because of the tough course of studies and strict academic
discipline of the AKU. But, Zubaida proved her competency and
passed the required course in first division. When ALLAH
Paak blessed me and my spouse to attend the AKU Convocation 2011
and watched our daughter, little Dr. Sirang, honouring with the
Degree of MBBS, I could not keep back my tears of thankfulness to
my ALLAH , the Almighty, for fulfilling my wish and making the
dream of 1983, come true. This blessing of God has further
strengthened my faith that when a dream is pursuit with sincere
cause, dedication and with strong belief in the blessings of God,
it comes true according to the desire of the ‘dreamer’. Recently
Almighty Alllah gave us another chance to participate in the AKU
Graduation Ceremony of December 2012 in which, Dr. Sirang received
her Certificate of Postgraduate Medical Education from this
prestigious medical institution.
I still find no words to
thank my Beneficent and Merciful ALLAH except tears which
flow and shall continue till the last breath. My second wish is
that my children may serve the under privileged segment of the
human societies and I pray for their long life and devoted services
to the mankind irrespective of faith, race or color. Aameen.
Sher Wali Khan Aseer