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Mysticism vs Rationale: A Chronicle from a British Prison



During the British Raj, a Yousafzai tribal elder found himself imprisoned for his unwavering dedication to the Khudai Khidmatgar Movement. His crime? Opening a school, a beacon of enlightenment for his people. Little did he know that his time behind bars would forever change his life.


Confined in a cell within the walls of a prison in Bihar, he encountered an unexpected meeting of minds as his path crossed with a Hindu guru, hailing from Umar Kot.


The Yousafzai elder, influenced by the teachings of Bacha Khan and his pursuit of enlightenment, held firmly to his belief in reason and rejected anything supernatural. On the other hand, the guru possessed a profound understanding of mysticism and its power.


One day, as they engaged in a spirited debate on the nature of existence, the guru challenged the elder's rationality with a mischievous glint in his eye. He gently levitated him up from the floor, seemingly defying the laws of gravity. Astonished and bewildered, the elder's logical mind struggled to comprehend this seemingly impossible act.


Despite their differences, this event marked a turning point in their friendship. The guru, impressed by the elder's thirst for knowledge and unyielding spirit, decided to share some of his secrets. He bestowed upon him the ability to enchant snakes, transforming them into loyal companions that would follow his every command, much like cherished pets.


The elder, now capable of captivating serpents, felt an incredible sense of power and connection to the natural world. However, this newfound skill came at a price. When news of his abilities reached his father's ears, he was met with a furious wrath that shook him to his core.


His father, consumed by anger and fearing the consequences of such supernatural involvement, unleashed a torrent of violence upon his son. The beatings were severe, aimed at eradicating any trace of the mystical from the elder's being. Finally, as a condition for forgiveness, his father demanded that he repeat the Shahada, the Islamic declaration of faith, and take an unbreakable vow to never dabble in such matters again.


Haunted by the weight of his father's expectations and the spectre of the snakes he had once commanded, the elder found himself tormented by his past. Night after night, he would awaken to whispers and hisses in the darkness, the cold touch of the serpents' presence reminding him of his forbidden abilities.


Thus, the tale weaves a complex tapestry of friendship, spirituality, and the eternal struggle between reason and the unknown. It serves as a reminder that the pursuit of knowledge can lead us down unexpected paths, where the choices we make may bring us enlightenment or haunt us for eternity.



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