February 21, 2017

The Legacy Continues

The family legacy of teaching, coaching, mentoring and spirituality continues for over 150 years.

Like many other social, cultural and religious myths and taboos prevailing in the sub-continent, Faiez is strictly against the caste, tribe and/or family system. However, he is asked of his lineage over and over again… The following is the answer to satisfy those, to whom it matters.

Great Grandfathers

Faiez’s great grandfathers were Maharajas (tribal chiefs) and lived in Garh Maharaja, District Jhang in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Garh Maharaja is a town (near Garh More City) Union council of Jhang District in the Punjab province of Pakistan. The Mausoleum of Sultan Bahu is located in Garh Maharaja. It is a popular and frequently-visited sufi shrine. During the first war of independence in 1857, Faiez’s great great great grandfather while fighting the war, asked one of his key aides to help his two sons flee to some safer place, as he decided to stay back and fight till his last breath.

Great, Great Grandfather – Murad Bakhs Seyal

With some gold jewelry and three buffalos, these two young boys and their custodian fleed their hometown during a summer night. They were to swim/sail through the river Chenab and reach a safer place. A few days later, only one son named Murad Bakhs Seyal (great great grandfather) reached then town of Ram Nagar, now named Rasool Nagar. Murad Bakhs Seyal lost his brother and his key aid to the river. Rasool Nagar is a small town in Gujranwala District, situated on the bank of the Chenab River in Punjab, Pakistan. The neighboring cities are Alipur Chatha at 8 km and Wazirabad at 40 km apart. Rasool Nagar was a flourishing city and was an important commuting and trading route for many merchants. Merchants and traders brought their goods to Rasool Nagar via the river. There were regular ferry services to Rasool Nagar; Shops and restaurants were established along the route that people took to ferries. There are many notable shrines in Rasool Nagar. The baba Ghulab shah darbar holds an annual urs and carnival. Another shrine is of Pir Mulak Shah Mashhadi who is also known as “Mulak Shah Desaan Walah”. Mian Saab Shrine is also located in Rasool Nagar and Mian Saab devotees are spread throughout Pakistan. It is important to mention that Rasool Nagar was an historical place with history extending back to reign of Raja Ranjeet Singh (a Sikh emperor) and rule of British empire.

Upon arrival in Rasool Nagar, young Murad Bakhs Seyal took refuge with one of the famous sufi saints of Rasool Nagar, who a few years later helped him in establishing himself in Akalgarh. Akalgarh, now named as Alipur Chatha. Alipur Chatta is a town of Wazirabad tehsil in the Gujranwala district, and Punjab province of Pakistan. It is situated nearly 35km away in west from the district capital Gujranwala, 28 km in north from Hafizabad and 8 km in south from Rasool Nagar and Chenab River and almost 8 Kilometers of east of Sooianwala Chatha.

Great Grandfather – Nur Ahmad Seyal

Murad Bakhs Seyal established him in Alipur Chatha. He was a well-off farmer but used his money to do charity work for the welfare of the poor people. Murad Bakhs Seyal married in Alipur Chatha and was blessed with a son, named as Nur Ahmad Seyal (great grandfather). Whereas Murad Bakhs was a disciplined, hardworking generous and religious person, his son Nur Ahmad Seyal neither studied nor did much while enjoying the fortune of his father. In 1901, Nur Ahmad Seyal was blessed with a son, named as Nazar Muhammad Seyal (grandfather).

Grandfather – Nazar Muhammad Seyal

Nazar Muhammad Seyal was raised, educated and trained under the influence Nazar Muhammad Seyalof his grandfather, Murad Bakhs Seyal. As a result, Nazar Muhammad Seyal did his MA in Arabic Language and started teaching at different institutes. Nur Ahmad Seyal breathed his last in Alipur Chatha and is buried with his father in the same madrassah and sirai, which his father established, managed and later donated in a charity.

In 1925, after the death of his grandfather, young Nazar Muhammad Seyal, migrated to Eminabad. Eminabad or Eminābād is a town in GujranwalaDistrict, Punjab, Pakistan. Eminabad is an old town, located 15 kilometres south of Gujranwala. It is linked to Grand Trunk Road and Eminabad railway station by a four kilometre stretch of metalled road. It has three historical shrines. Before partition Muslims, Hindu and Sikh lived in it. When Pakistan came into being Hindu and Sikhs migrated to India; their shrines are still in good position. Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhi had stayed on the seat of pebbles at this place and it was from here that he was taken as a prisoner by the invading armies of Babur, in Samvat 1578. An imposing Gurdwara has been built over the place. A large pond and other buildings make it more graceful. A large estate worth Rs.5000 per annum and nine squares of agricultural land is endowed to the Gurdwara from the era of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Visakhi and Kattak Puranmashi festivals used to be held in the past, only Visakhi festival is held now where people from Gujranwala and its adjoining areas participate with fanfare.

While buying a major chunk of land for farming in Eminabad, young Nazar Muhammad Seyal founded the first-ever school for boys in Eminabad, which later became a high school and was nationalized later. Nazar Muhammad Seyal did another MA in English Literature and a M.Ed degree. Although he was given many opportunities to move to government service in Lahore, he decided to stay in his hometown for the service of his people. He remained the headmaster of the school till his retirement. As a result, he was appointed the Honorary Chairman of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education. During his Haj in late 50’s (probably 1956), he was invited by Faisal bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, then the Crown prince of Saudi Arabia on a dinner hosted for an elite gathering of Hujjaj. Nazar Muhammad Seyal was asked to deliver a keynote speech, which he did in Arabic language. He was awarded with a prestigious award. He authored over 50 books in diverse subjects including Islam, Geography, English grammer and composition, etc. He remained a teacher by choice till his death on January 03, 1980. He is buried in Eminabad, close to the school, he founded. His death anniversary is marked as a local holiday in Eminabad.

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Father – Tassadaq Hussain Seyal

Nazar Muhammad Seyal had four sons and three daughters. Faiez’s father Tassadaq Hussain SeyalTassadaq Hussain Seyal was born in 1930 in Eminabad. A civil engineer by profession, he remained in government services for 25 years. He permanently shifted to Lahore after his marriage in 1954. He was a noble and pious man and never missed any of his prayers since his teenage and his late night Tahajjud prayers since the age of 25. He was fond of reading Islamic books and has a rich library. He had many writings to his credit, which he never published. Tassadaq Hussain Seyal has four children, i.e. two sons and two daughters. Faiez is the youngest of all. The eldest of all is son, Afzaal H. Seyal, who has a doctorate in management and is currently Head of Computer Science department at the Institute of Technology, University of Brunei Darrussalam. Tassadaq Hussain Seyal breathed his last on 1st Ramazan, October 05, 2005.

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Young Faiez with his Mother