cold-blooded martyrdom of Dr Muhammad Farooq Khan just over a year ago had shook
all of us to the core and today while we still have not recovered from that
shock, a second shock has jolted us. In a very similar manner and perhaps for
very similar reasons, our dear Dr Habib ur Rahman embraced martyrdom at the
hands of some brutal barbarians who shot and killed him while he was seeing
patients at his clinic. He was in his late forties.
It was only some hours before his death when I had met him for the last time. In
fact, he had remained with us for the better part of the day. I could hardly
believe my ears when I was informed that this valiant warrior was no more.
Later, my friend and colleague Dr Khalid Zaheer reminded me of the last words
which we both heard from our dear Dr Habib. In a meeting where some friends and
compatriots were paying tribute to Dr Muhammad Farooq Khan and lamenting his
early demise, Dr Habib had gingerly remarked: “He was called early by God
because he was loved more by God.” As soon as I recalled these words, I could
not but help saying in my heart: “Dr Habib! you too have been called early
because God loved you more.” And then another though crept into my mind: This
wonderful human being whose sincerity and piety, devotion and hard-work, courage
and commitment remained exemplary and inspirational for all of us and who lived
amongst us as an unsung hero is surely a citizen of Paradise:
صلہ شہید کیا ہے تب و
He was sincerity and devotion personified. He was not a leader; he was a worker
– a worker all the way and working for the cause of truth was his mission: wurk,
wurk und wurk. The cause of truth was dearer to him than his own life. He
remained undaunted – in fact, at times heedless to the threat that existed in
the society for the message of Islam he was spreading.
Those who have silenced him should know that death cannot for the least defy his
mission. With his blood and with the blood of people like him, the torch of
truth shall shine even more brightly and dazzle the eye of the beholder.
Farewell! O Noble Soul.
Good bye! O Citizen of Paradise.