The memory, the blessing and the bitter truth of the river “Jhelum”


It felt like the greatest pleasure when we were able to catch the fish after hours of hard work and patience. But at the same time, the idea of ​​a fish in hands as it returned to our homes empty-handed proved to be a natural way to increase stamina; what today’s generation lacks above all

The land of Kashmir was blessed by the Lord of the Worlds. There is no precedent for the beauty of Kashmir. Here, on closer observation, one can come across the presence of Allah, which is quite evident from everything one sees here. One of these most beautiful evidences is “The River Jhelum”, which has a unique place in the refinement and complementation of the beauty of Kashmiri. The Jhelum River begins at ‘Verinag’ and ends after several stages in the Chenab River in Pakistan. The settlements along the Jhelum River observe this river in one way or another every day. These people are more aware and well known of its importance, be it in terms of water or livelihood, as a large group of people are wholly and solely dependent on this river.

I am also one of the lucky ones who spent my childhood on the Jhelum River and I still have a handful of memories floating around in my head. I used to go out with my friends to enjoy fishing. Fishing itself is a fascinating art and the best natural way to acquire luck and patience. It was a pleasure to wait hours for a fish to get stuck in the hook. It felt like the greatest pleasure when we were able to catch the fish after hours of hard work and patience. But at the same time, the idea of ​​a fish in hands returning empty-handed to our homes turned out to be a natural way of increasing endurance, which today’s generation especially lacks. Although fish is an excellent food and a rich source of protein, many children today no longer eat fish. Fish is considered to be the most popular food in the world. In a broader sense, even the Tibbe Nabvi (a book on the medical guidance of the Prophet PBUH) mentions the benefits of eating fish. Fish contains a large amount of unsaturated fatty acids that automatically lower cholesterol levels. In addition, fish meat and oil are useful in preventing heart disease, obesity, depression, cancer, and many other diseases. It also helps keep the skin healthy and wounds heal better. Omega, which is found in fish oil, is vital to a healthy heart. Fish oil supplements during pregnancy help in the development of the baby’s eyes and brain, and improve neural coordination.
“Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal and Ibn Majah have said in their books in the tradition of Hazrat Abdullah ibn Umar.
that the Messenger of Allah (saws) said:
“We are allowed two types of dead meat and two types of blood. The two kinds of dead meat are fish and grasshoppers, and the two kinds of blood are liver and spleen. ”
Eating and consuming fish is halal in Islam. There is no need to slaughter the fish because as soon as it comes out of the water, its entire body system is transformed into a system formalized by Allah. As soon as a fish comes out of the water and dies, all of its body’s blood collects in the epic ledges that are in its mouth. His entire body is sterilized, which means he does not have to be slaughtered. Aside from the fish, I remember the sand that was mined in large piles on the banks of the Jhelum River by the ‘Hanjis’. It was a great source of exercise and exercise in our spare time.
“The earth offers enough to satisfy the needs of every human being, but not everyone’s greed” (Mahatma Gandhi)
“Change is a law of nature,” it rightly says. Over time, our way of life changed and with it our priorities. Nowadays, fish in the Jhelum River is becoming scarce and the water is getting dirtier and more unsafe by the day. In addition, the prices of sand exported from Jhelum are skyrocketing every day and despite all of this we have left no stone unturned to pollute the Jhelum River. All rubbish that comes out of the houses and all sewage from the drains is thrown into the jhelum. Instead of burying dead animals, they are hurled into the jhelum during the dark of night. If we look at the older pictures of Dal Lake, we can see how wide the lake was back then. But now it is so unfortunate that because of illegal constructions, bad governance, some selfish elements, and mostly because of a lack of awareness; this dying lake itself is telling its story and despite all of this, the same will happen to the Jhelum River if we continue to do what we have been doing for years. If we still hesitate to take decisive action, the Jhelum River will lose all of its beauty and magnificence in the next few years, which in some areas is very vigilant in the present.
Our past, our present, and whatever remains of our future absolutely depends on what we do now.

“Let us take care of nature so that we have a better future”

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