“Travelling: it leaves you speechless (and) then, turns you into a storyteller!”
Ibn-e-Batuta wasn’t just a famed traveler and scholar but also a very eloquent scribe for no one has ever described travelling more exquisitely and expansively, as he did over 700 years ago.
Travelling is more than an experience. It is sad to see our generation is not interested in exploring the extraordinary. Despite globalisation, only a handful of us ever choose to set foot on foreign shores or even locally remote areas. We, as a society, are engulfed by paranoia - of the unknown, of economic sustenance and of physical security - and these qualms are depriving millions of experiencing moments beyond the realm(s) that we know of. There is a whole lot of truth that is out there - waiting to be explored first hand and yet, here we are letting our hearts and mind rust.
I’m talking of travelling without any business, educational or other conventional tags; travelling that sparks fire in your blood, which is different from the mainstream commercial tourism that we see today. This form is more about the journey than the destination; this travel is not about splurge hotels and plush dining, but about camping and meeting the unknown; this travel is not about meticulous planning, but about letting yourself wander. All it will ever take is courage! Travel once with all your heart and you’ll get addicted!
Ahmed Amin Malik, Lahore
Loved the review of Some Lover to Some Beloved by SG published in last week’s issue! I was one of the few people who attended its screening at PIFF’18 and I thoroughly enjoyed the documentary feature film, a term I borrow from the aforementioned article. As the producer of the festival is quoted to have said, the festival was free and open to all, but, for obvious reasons, the public went in hordes to attend popular film screenings or discussions moderated by well-known celebrities. So, unfortunately, films like Umar Riaz’s labour of love were not given due importance is what I feel. It felt good to see that youth magazine such as yours covered it properly.
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Narrated by Anas bin Malik (R.A)
We went with Allah’s Apostle (S.A.W) to the blacksmith Abu Saif, and he was the husband of the wet-nurse of Ibrahim (son of the Prophet). Allah’s Apostle took Ibrahim and kissed him and smelled him and later we entered Abu Saif’s house and at that time Ibrahim was in his last breaths and the eyes of Allah’s Apostle started shedding tears. Abdur Rahman bin ‘Auf (R.A) said, “O Allah’s Apostle, even you are weeping!” He said, “O, Ibn ‘Auf! This is mercy.” Then he wept more and said, “the eyes are shedding tears and the heart is grieved and we will not say except what pleases our Lord. O Ibrahim! Indeed we are grieved by your separation.”
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 23, Number 390
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