Who are you?

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Who are you? TUSSI KON O?  تسی کون او ?

By Dr Abdus Salam [email protected]

Tussi Kon O is an embarrassing but somewhat routine question.

Malik is the most Mazloom family name. God-fearing people hesitate to call themselves Syed. They opt for a lesser sin and become Malik.

I know Maliks of various origin including Pathan, Kohli Gujar, Awan, Kashmiri, Aarain, Khokhar, Jodra, Weavers, Cobblers and Musalli. This list is ever growing.

The Jodhra Rajput are densely populated in Tehsil Pindi Gheb.
The jodhra use the Title Malik….. pronounced locally as ‘MALAK’.

There are two powerful jodhra families are

A. Kamrial Family”

1. Malik Lal Khan was MNA

2-Malik Sohail khan is a current MNA

B. “The Khunda Family”
1. Malik Allah Yar Khan was MPA
2. Malik Atta Muhammad was Attock District’s chairman.
3. Malik Aitebar Khan is a previous MPA and MNA,

Courtesy: Wikipedia



1. In 1975 I was at Medical College Lahore. Rai Mansab Ali was our class fellow. One day I met an elder on the way; He introduced himself as father of Rai Mansab and asked me to guide him to the Hostel. As the conversation started he asked, تسی کون او ?
 

Who are you?

I thought of a mischief to tell him that I was MUSSALI. But I realized that Rai Sahib will not allow a Musalli to guide him. So, I tactfully chose to say that I was… Rajput, Chachaji was relaxed.
 
2. In 1997 I was posted to Kharian Cantt. l was looking for some milkman.  I spotted one and asked him to deliver milk at Bhutta House IJ Colony.  He said, They’re tailor and not Bhutta. I replied that I have hired the place and this information is not necessary for that deal. These microdetails are needed only when one plans to marry in some family.

3.In 2005 I was traveling from Gujranwala to Sargodha. As the conversation proceeded the fellow traveler asked me, تسی کون او ?

I replied… MUSSALI

He was surprised. Then he said…You mean Muslim Sheikh.

I replied , Muslim Sheikh is a decent name of Mussali.

Then he said, اسی بی لوہار آں,We are blacksmith.

4.In 2014 there was a Brigadier Malik in our neighborhood. He was from Tehsil Attock Rural area. I knew that Awan and Kohli Gujar of that village both call themselves, Malik.
I thought of asking his background but feeling that this may be embarrassing, didn’t do so. A few months later I met a gentleman from his village and mentioned about Brigadier Malik Sahib.He remarked, اِن تاں پولی اُن, They are weavers.
    
5. In 2017 at a Janaza gathering in Rawalpindi a General Sahib came under discussion. A gentleman thought it necessary to tell, the general Sahib belongs to Jullundur like him. But the general Sahib is a weaver.

6. Went to see a family at Rawalpindi. Spotted a Suzuki Carry parked there. Bold Malik Shamas written on wind screen. The family was from lowest social stratum of our village.
 
Curious about Malik title, I asked who is Malik Shamas. To my horror the answer came, He is my brother. And we paid the painter three thousand rupees for writing this name.
So one can become Malik just by spending three thousand rupees.

7. In 2008 I went with a Malaysian Jamaat to Hyderabad. Local school going kids came to see them. To them Muslim from Malaysia was incomplete introduction. So, they put a clarifying question. Which Caste? It was a bit embarrassing for us to listen this question but probably was a routine thing for the local boys.


8.In Kashmir valley people don’t feel shy to add their ancestral profession to their names. Justice Yousuf Sarraf was chief Justice of AJK from 1975 to 1980. His son Tariq Sarraf was junior us in medical college.

P.S.
Asking the question تسی کون او ?  is really an embarrassing one and  can be avoided.

Dr. Abdus Salam

Dr. Abdus Salam - ([email protected])

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