The letters are from Hakim Muhammad Saeed (Shaheed) to me from January 1990 till February 1997.

The letters are in Urdu language, for which I will write a brief translation at the beginning of every letter.

I am sharing them with you because I think that these letters deserve wider audience.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

I Love All The Children!

Her first cousin (aunt’s eldest son) snatched mystery novel by Ibn e Safi from her hand and scolded her, forbidding her to read such material again.

She was furious with rage…found herself helpless when no one in the family…her mother…her siblings took heed pretending that nothing happened.

She was a big fan of Ibn e Safi and wanted to explain to everyone that Ibn e Safi’s mystery novels are safe and pure even for girls like her. But none of the people around her understood. Thus she turned her back to them as they had done to her. Since than she never ever argued with her family on anything…she knows they will not understand.

That was the first letter she wrote to her mentor.

Since she was good at making stories, wrote a whole story to him (because it was the first time and she needed the answer), in the story she was the poor girl (hmm…new version of Cinderella) on whom her rich relatives makes cheap remarks which hurt her ego.

And so the reply came within exactly 3 days.

Letter Translation.
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Hakim Mohammed Said
Hamdard Foundation Pakistan
Nazimabad, Karachi 18

Karachi Clinic 215908, Office 616001-5; Residence 410612.
Telex 24529 HAMD PK
Lahore: Clinic 53819
Rawalpindi: Clinic 64338; Residence 43944
Peshawar: Clinic 74186; Residence 42303
Hyderabad: Clinic 31666

Reference Number: Z/T/90/1066

My Dear -
I was sorry to read in your letter that society is treating you ill society but this is nothing new.  It is happening with many others.  I have guessed from the writing in your letter that you are an intelligent and conscientious girl.  So you should not feel this mistreatment in a way which is detrimental to your personality and your reason rather one should face circumstances with courage.  One should aim to achieve outstanding results in the field of knowledge or arts by achieving outstanding successes in the field of education.  This is the only way one can offer a retort in response to the malice of rich people.  I am certain that you will not lose hope, because you are a sensitive and competent girl.  May Allah Almighty help you.

Regarding your question about my income for which I offer gratitude to Allah because I do not differentiate between the rich and poor.  I love all the children equally whether they be rich or poor, wherever they may come from.

With Prayers,
Your friend and benefactor

Hakim Muhammed Said

My Dear
Hajra Ali