SELLING ANCESTRAL LAND
Dr. Abdus Salam [email protected]
شہر میں آ کر پڑھنے والے بھول گئے
کس کی ماں نے کتنا زیور بیچا تھا
At a time, we 4 siblings were studying. Routine fee in TaaT (ٹاٹ) medium school was nominal.
The Board Examination fee was a huge amount for our meagre resources. Parents were always obliged to get loan to foot the bill.
In 1975 I got admission in King Edward Medical College Lahore. To meet my medical college expenses (Rupees 500 per month) mother sold 10 Kanal ancestral land ( کھوکھراں ناں کھوہ) for thirty thousand rupees in 1975.The buyers were her sisters.
My younger sister Tabassum BB got admission in Allama Iqbal Med College in 1978. To meet additional expenses mother sold another piece of 9 Kanal land (کچا) for twenty-seven thousand rupees. Baba Mustafa father of Master Mazhar bought it. Kacha is the most fertile land of Malhuwala on the right bank of river Soan. River adds to and erodes the Kacha land unpredictably. Flood plain is an area of land adjacent to a river. It experiences flooding during periods of high discharge ( کچا ، وہ زمین جس پر دریا کا سیلاب آتا ہو۔).
Selling land was a major sin (Taboo) in rural setup. When mother was making the sale deed, the elders tried to convince her not to do this foolish act.
In 2007 I was posted at POF hospital Wah Cantt. Hafiz Muhammad Khan senior ( وڈ ا ),an elder from village, walked into my office. After a few minutes he said, the fan is off from where the cool breeze is coming in?
I replied that AC was doing the magic. He was surprised. Then he pointed to my shoulders and asked what this (چن تارہ ) meant .I replied that I was wearing rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He remarked, “YOUR MOTHER WAS RIGHT”, I advised her not to sell the land.
But she said, “I am making a long-term investment”. Today with my own eyes I am seeing that she made a difficult but right decision.
O My Lord,
Have mercy on them as they had mercy upon me when I was small
رَّبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِي صَغِيرًا