13 Feb

A short speech I was asked to give on the occasion of Walima Dinner For my son Roofi (Ahmad Jamil Akhtar) and his wife Dara( Darakhshan) on 11 Jan 2011. I thought I should share it with my esteemed readers.

Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, Assalamo alekum and good evening. I welcome you to this important gathering.

I will begin by saying something about dreams.

I have a dream, I have a dream, said Dr Martin Luther King. He died for saying this. His dreams though are now slowly but surely being realized in stages and in measures. For me I am not worried if my dreams do not come true, because my nightmares also do not come true. Even so, I cannot help dreaming. I had a dream I shall have children. I had a dream I shall have grown up children. I had a dream I shall have wonderful, educated, and happily married children. All of these most important dreams have now come true by the grace of Allah (SWT). I also dreamt that I shall have grand children. Allah gave me wonderful ones so that my back when they try to ride me playing horse proves to be too small. Now my next dream is that this my back shall soon experience further shrinkage. Because there will be insha Allah about half a dozen more.

I must say a few words about Roofi who is having, alhamdolillah, his most important and hilarious moments. The Father said to the child,” Hold my hand so we can cross the river”. “No”, said the child, “YOU hold my hand”. “What is the difference?” asked the Father. The child said, “If I hold, I may loose the grip when the current is strong. But if you hold my hand I am sure you will never let it go no matter how strong the currents”. Here I have been holding Roofi’s hand and we have reached to this point by the grace of Almighty Allah. But lately I have a feeling that Roofi is exchanging hands.

There are examples when a son may start getting grey hair while his father is still around. Such a son sent his first grey hair to his father with a note: Dad here is my first grey hair for you. The father replied: Son, thanks, but this is not the first grey hair you have given me. ….But my Roofi cannot be blamed for even one of my grey hair, he has been such a great son. I can never do justice if I start praising him. Suffice will be to say that I am proud to be known as Roofi’s father, as indeed I am to be known by my other two children. Actually when these three are together, they form an example where the sum total of the parts gets greater than the whole.

Naturally, Roofi is like me in many ways. Like me he knows the pleasure one feels when one finds unexpectedly something long thought lost when one was looking for something else. This pleasure is unknown to those who are very tidy and organized. Like me he is fond of postponing things to the last minute, when further delay is impossible, before acting, and acting decisively. The relaxation you feel in this is foreign to those who do today what could be left for tomorrow. His sincerity and love is from his mother, dedication from his sisters, but devotion to the family is all from me. I must take this opportunity to register my sincere thanks to Yazdana for being such a great mother and for raising the children so beautifully.

I wish Roofi and Dara a very happy life.
I thank you for being patient and for bearing with me so far.

Thanks again.








Posted by on February 13, 2012 in LIFE'S GREAT MOMENTS


6 responses to “DREAM SPEECH

  1. Rafiullah Mian

    February 14, 2012 at 12:19 am

    First of all………… Lakht-e-jigar ki shadi-khana-abaadi bohot bohot mubarak ho…

    Then, such a beautiful speech you have given to the guests of a more beautiful event with heart touching words.
    May Almighty Allah shower on the new pair with his immense blessings.
    Thank you for sharing these very nice moments with us.

    • shakilakhtar

      February 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Rafi sahab many thanks for your liking the post and also for good wishes. May Allah bless you.

  2. salim598786

    February 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Shakeel Bhai,

    Aap ki aur meri zindagi ki kahani bilkul ek si hai.

    Allah Tala se dua hai ke hamare is gulshan ko hamesha abaad rakhkhe.(ameen)

    • shakilakhtar

      February 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      ameen. Yeh Allah ki qudrat hai. Allah sab ko salamat rakhe.


    February 15, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Allah Paak aapkay tamaam nek khwahishat ki takmeel karay, yehi hamari dua hai. {Ameen}
    Your speech speaks about the lot of contentment you have achieved by the grace of Almighty.

    • shakilakhtar

      February 16, 2012 at 7:19 am

      Dear Mazhar Bhai
      You know and Saleem knows as indeed do I that these children and the grands are the whole kamayee of our life time and we cannot thank Allah enough for the blessings. I thank you both for sending kind thoughts and may Allah bless all of us always. Now is the time for reflections and the blog we share “Aap Beeti” is a good place to vent them’


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