By Dr Raza Haider
In this era of materialism where everyone is chasing wealth and fame, there are some people with high morals, distinguished approaches, and having a great concern for their community, society, and humanity, to which they dedicate their whole life so that the well-being of mankind is ensured.
One of such persons is in our area who has transformed his life for the sake of the noble cause. The person in the picture is Habib Bilal, who hails from Surankote Tehsil of the mountainous district of Poonch (Jammu and Kashmir). Habib Bilal began his academic journey as a science student and pursued a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Jammu and then established himself as a standout entrepreneur followed by an MBA degree in Human Resource Management from MDU Rohtak. Despite a reputable career in business sciences- he listened to his inner self and followed his interest instead of doing what was in trend. During the initial days, his curiosity led him to research Islamic subjects independently, and later his keen interest compelled him to pursue a Master’s degree in Islamic Studies from the University of Kashmir.
Habib Bilal hails from a Sadaat Family and is the grandson of a renowned social reformer and a learned Muslim Scholar of his time Maulana Sayed Khadim Hussain Shirazi Sahab. Habib Bilal is affiliated with various religious organizations, NGOs, and Social Platforms. He, along with some of his friends founded Tanzeem ul Islam Welfare & Education Trust, which is doing exemplary humanitarian and academic work in the Pir Panjal region. In addition to his all-extraordinary achievements, he has recently clinched another great milestone in his career by securing the First rank in Ph.D. (Islamic Studies) at BGSB University, which made his entrance to University obvious. It is indeed an exemplary moment for the young generation of this region how Habib Bilal has transformed his life and has established himself as an Islamic Research Scholar.
History is witness to the fact that people coming from different walks of life had made a difference in the Islamic world. The likes of great Islamic Scholars including Maulana Maududi & Maulana Abul Kalam Azad who was Journalist in their early days, Dr. Tahir ul Qadri who was a lawyer, Dr. Israr Ahmed & Dr. Zakir Naik were Doctors by profession and Maulana Tariq Jameel was himself an MBBS student and the list goes on. In most cases, it has been observed that a distinct and broader aspect of Islam is always promoted by people coming from different and modern scientific professions.
The son of soil Habib Bilal follows the same path with a different approach to cure the menace that prevails in our society, such as racism, sectarianism, and extremism. He does not believe in sectarianism and that's the sole reason he has been working against sectarian hatred for a long. He promotes unity, brotherhood, tolerance, and communal harmony among people and wanted society to be based upon mutual respect and love. He put forth his views in the form of articles and research papers on various important topics.
People of the Pir Panjal region, in general, should introspect and applaud such young and budding Islamic scholars with substantial academic qualifications who could lead this region towards betterment and help them make our region a values-based society. People like Habib Bilal can play a crucial role to eradicate immoralities from our devouring society, especially the curse of sectarianism. I wish him all the best in his research and I genuinely hope a new star is born to shine on our glooming society which is descending towards darkness.