The enchanting beauty of Kashmir is eloquently conveyed by Maqbool Ferozi in his magnum opus, ‘Bargi Zarin.’ This collection of 129 articles takes readers on a journey of Sufi mysticism, historical revelations, and personal reflections, providing profound insights into the rich tapestry of culture
is not only a geographic wonder but also holds significance as the spiritual abode of revered Reshis and Sufis. Moreover, this region has been a cradle for globally acclaimed scholars and literary luminaries. Molana Anwar Shah Kashmiri, Sheikh Yaqub Sarfi, Baba Dawood Khakhi, Gani Kashmiri, and Peerzada Ghulam Ahmad Mehjoor stand as testament to the valley’s rich intellectual heritage. From a literary standpoint, the fertile soil of Kashmir has nurtured poets, authors, critics, and researchers whose works resonate both nationally and globally.
Among these distinguished figures, Maqbool Ferozi emerges as a prominent name, particularly renowned for his expertise in Islamic Mysticism and a prolific author of numerous Sufism-related books. Hailing from the Ferozpora Rafiabad area in the Baramulla district, Mohd Maqbool Dar, also known as Maqbool Ferozi, is a retired Civil Services officer. His educational journey includes postgraduation in Persian from Kashmir University, followed by further studies in M.Phill in Iran. Regularly sharing his insights on diverse subjects such as History, Sufism, and social and cultural aspects on Facebook, Ferozi’s articles have garnered widespread acclaim from a dedicated readership.
His literary contributions culminated in the publication of the collection “Bargi Zarin,” comprising 129 articles, by GNK Publications Kashmir. Spanning 348 pages of superior paper quality, the beautifully designed cover page enhances the visual appeal of this literary compilation. Ferozi employs comprehensive Urdu language, elevating his work to a masterpiece that not only glorifies his writings but also facilitates reader comprehension of the profound messages he endeavors to convey.
The grand release of “Bargi Zarin” on October 23, 2023, in the auditorium of Govt HSS Baramulla, witnessed the participation of noted writers and poets from the valley. Dedicated to his parents, Ferozi expresses the belief that everything is attainable in the market except a mother’s immortal love. In the foreword (p11), he reflects on the transformative power of today’s high-tech world, emphasizing the ease of global communication and the role of digital technology in research and idea-sharing.
The opening essay, “Khamoshi Guftagu hai” (p13), delves into the benefits and blessings of silence, supported by Persian and Urdu couplets. Exploring the historical context in “Islam aur Kashmir” (p23), Ferozi challenges prevailing notions about the spread of Islam, referencing historical texts such as Kalhana’s Raj Tarangni.
Ferozi’s writings cover a spectrum of topics, including divine knowledge, Sufi mystics, and personal experiences in Iran during his academic pursuits. The collection includes insightful essays like “Ilm ludini aur khirkaposhi” (p456) and “Suhbati Soleh” (p51), focusing on mysticism and the influence of virtuous company on one’s spiritual journey.
Championing the importance of preserving cultural identity, Ferozi discusses language in “Qaabli meeras padar” (p117) and emphasizes the obedience of parents in “Waldain ke sath husni salook” (p159). Each essay, such as “Dost aur dosti ki kahani” (p176) and “Hub, muhabbat ya Ishq” (p190), is a literary gem, weaving together quotes from Imam Ghazali, Iqbal, and Quranic verses to elucidate concepts of love and friendship.
Ferozi’s exploration of diverse subjects extends to geopolitical conflicts, existential questions, and the spiritual dimensions of life, as seen in essays like “Har dam Jawan hai zindagi” (p227) and “Wahdatul wajood aur wahdatul shahood” (p257). The comprehensive analysis of mystic scholars’ perspectives in “Auliai Kiram” (p308) reinforces the significance of spiritual guides.
In every article, Ferozi seamlessly combines simplicity with poetic couplets, showcasing his deep understanding of luminaries such as Dr Iqbal, Moulana Rumi, Hafiz Sheerazi, and Sheikh Ahmad Sarhandi ra. This collection is an extraordinary gift that beckons Urdu and mystic scholars to embark on a journey of enlightenment and contemplation. I wholeheartedly recommend “Bargi Zarin” to anyone seeking profound insights and literary richness.