Wednesday, January 20, 2010
The Muslim Gandhi: Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan
"I am going to give you such a weapon that the police and the army will not be able to stand against it. It is the weapon of the Prophet, but you are not aware of it. That weapon is patience and righteousness. No power on earth can stand against it." -Abdul Ghaffar Khan
"I had to go to prison many a time in the days of the Britishers. Although we were at loggerheads with them, yet their treatment was to some extent tolerant and polite. But the treatment which was meted out to me in this Islamic state of ours was such that I would not even like to mention it to you." -Abdul Ghaffar Khan
Born in 1890 Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan would live until January 20, 1988 and be remembered as the man who offered the path not taken by Pakistan and Afghanistan. The path of nonviolence. A disciple of Mohandas Gandhi he was a a practitioner and teacher of nonviolence, a fierce opponent both of British Colonialism and the partition from India spending many years behind bars first under the British and later under the national government of Pakistan. The British feared his nonviolence more than the rifles of the frontiersman.