Molvi Abdullah Vakil – II

Deeply disturbed by the conversion of the Muslim Conference into the National Conference, Molvi Abdullah Vakil turned to social work, and also strove to unify the Muslim Ummah.

 When ostracized for subscribing to the Ahmadiyya movement, he issued a pamphlet, writing:  “I am a Hanafi Muslim. If anyone proves that I go against the basics of Islam, I will seek pardon from Allah, and also pay a fine to the tune of Rs 1000.” (Hamara Adab, Vol 3, page 189)

“Allah chose me to launch the political movement here. I wanted to act strictly in accordance with Quranic commandments, but that was not destined to happen.  My own friends created hurdles. Ghulam Nabi Gilkar joined the movement at my behest. For political reasons,  I got separated from the people close to me.        We do not oppose any nationalist movement, but concern for Muslims is in our blood.” (Hamara Adab, page 191)

In 1947, when Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah became the Emergency Administrator of the state, Vakil’s son, Molvi Bashir (then a naib-tehsildar), and M A Saber (the editor of Al Barq) were arrested on Bakhshi’s instructions after leading a protest  demonstration against Jammu and Kashmir’s accession.

Vakil went to Sheikh Abdullah’s office, but the latter ordered his peon to throw him out. The incident (reported in Sheikh Abdullah’s Aatish-e-Chinar, page 453-54) left him shaken.

Shortly afterwards, he suffered cerebral haemorrrhage, and passed away on April 12, 1948.

He was buried in a Muslim cemetery in Barzulla. His legal heirs, however, had to convince people that Vakil had sought pardon from Allah, the Most Exalted, and that he believed in the oneness of Allah and that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was His Final Messenger.

A couple of days later, when Sheikh Abdullah visited his home to pay condolence, Molvi Abdullah’s sons and others in the family sought permission to shift to Pakistan.

It was granted, and they left Kashmir.