Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Abdul Ghaffar Khan: Pioneer of Nonviolence
Nasim Saber writes in Qantara:
He was a contemporary of Indian pacifist Mahatma Gandhi and always preached an Islam of nonviolence: Abdul Ghaffar Khan, the man who was venerated by the Pashtuns as "King of Chiefs" died 20 years ago in
Abdul Ghaffar Khan was born in 1890 in Charsadda near
British-occupied northwest sector of the Indian subcontinent. He was a member
of the Mohammadzai family, a respected Pashtun dynasty, to which Zahir Shah,
the last king of Peshawar ,
also belonged. Afghanistan
Abdul Ghaffar Khan grew up to become a pioneer of nonviolence in a region plagued by wars. The Pashtuns still revere him today as "Badshah Khan" (King of Chiefs).
In 1910, when he was only 20 years old, Abdul Ghaffar Khan already built a school near Utmanzai in the northwest region of what is today Pakistan. He went on to found the "Anjuman-e islah ul Afghana" (Afghan Reform Association) and to publish the magazine "Pashtoon" in order to reach the masses under British domination.
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Image Credit: Abdul Ghaffar Khan and Gandhi in 1940, Public Domain image via Wikimedia