Can anyone imagine? But i think the love for a mother to her son cannot have any religion. I was born in a Muslim family but raised in a Hindu family. When my mother got paralyzed and bed ridden i was barely 2 years of age. My father expired when i was 7 months old. At that time there was not a single person to look after me. Then came my Hindu mother, a young dynamic Punjabi lady from Lahore. She urged my mother that let her take care of me. She was also having a son three and a half month younger than me. She took me to Kolkata and from this time i started feeling a mother’s love. I started calling her Ammi(alternate word Mother in Urdu).
My ammi took care of everything of me. She pampered me a lot and i was really a spoiled child. I was very naughty kid whereas her son was a very “bhola bhala”(innocent) kid. I broke cups and dishes, tried irritating ammi in various ways, but all in vain. She never got irritated and she used to laugh over my “kirtis”. I can recall i beat her own son and he was so sweet he sat and cried. My ammi was a great ‘Nishanebaaz’. I remembered when i and her son used to play and fight, though she reads a news paper at that time, she used to throw a chappal(shoes) on the correct culprit!
I was food lover and irritated ammi jaan to cook best foods. She with a great happiness cooked the foods for me of every type. I remembered a day, i was sleeping calmly. I waked up suddenly and started crying. Ammi asked; “shibu what happened?”…i cried and told her i want “Poori and sabzi” right now. It was 2’o clock, she went to the kitchen and cooked. Ammi jaan you are great.
I am a Muslim by religion. My ammi was the first person who made me realize Islam. She took me to an Islamic Tutor for Qura’an studies. My ammi always helped me in observing rozas(fasts) and during Eids(Islamic festivals) she was the person who cooked “sevaiyan” (traditional dish made with milk and sevaiyan) for me. She is a very pious Hindu lady. If she wanted she could have easily converted me to Hinduism. But, she never intended to. She always made me realize that religion is just a manifestation of Humanity and humanity is the biggest religion. Ammi jaan you are my God!
During Navratis(Indian religious festival) and Durga Puja she blessed me with the blessings of divine mother (Maa Durga) and i used to wait for my new clothes in Pujas (worships) and Diwalis. She respected my all requests. She scolded over my poor results and appreciated my hard works simultaneously. My ammi remains always ill. Four major operations, Bulky body,arthritis and high sugar levels had always encouraged me to become a Doctor. And She honored my decision and encouraged me. I worked hard and got admission into the best medical college. Her son, always used to experiments with toys. This led him to be an Engineer. I remembered when i was going to do my MS in US, she was so happy. But, she was also crying bitterly as i was going to US for 3 years. Oh Maa!…i have never seen a divine lady like you.
To My mother:
Maa i remembered your slapping when i smoked for the first time. I remembered your scoldings whenever i have committed wrong deeds, I remembered your ‘Bechaini’ (restlessness) for me, I remembered your beatings, ammi i remember each and everything. I remembered when you stopped me for not becoming an atheist and communist. Maa i remembered how you cried when i drank whiskey for the first time. Maa i remembered you protected me like an umbrella and suffered for me. I remembered when there was financial crisis, but you still paid my fees and never allowed me to work.You never made me feel how tough is this world. Oh Maa!….i seek your blessings for my entire life.
Now that i am going to give you your grandchildren!…bas aab ambarish ki shadi karva do…..Thank you for giving me a friend like him.You are most beautiful woman i have ever seen and i see Holy Divine Mother Durga in You. You have protected me from my problems in disguise of Demons in the same way as the Holy mother killed Mahishasur to protect this world. I see my Mecca Medina in you….i dont need to go to Hajj(pilgrim)..just a ‘parikrama’ of you and my hajj is completed. May Allah bless you with all His happiness, though i know you are not very happy….but i am here for you…dont worry!