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LETTER TO EDITOR: Honest Trading by Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)

LETTER TO EDITOR

15 May 2017

Honest Trading

 

The renowned Islamic scholar Maulana Tariq Jameel in a TV programme today on Business Ethics in Islam said that Hazrat Abdur Rehman Bin Auf  R.A. of Ashra Mubashara and a trader, because of  his impeccably honest practices of trading made so much profits that he left a fortune of 2 arb, 10 crores, 20 lakh dinars after him. Maulana also explained that a Dinar was 4.5 masha of pure gold.  Now there are 12 mashas in a Tola and 80 Tolas make a Seer (kilo) and 1000 Kilos make a Tonne.  Thus Hazrat Abdur Rehman Bin Auf R.A. left 9853.125 tons of gold!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am just baffled as to where did he store that much of gold? And, he was not the only Meccan trader of his time.  There were other Ashaba e Karaam much richer than him, such as; Hazrat Usman e Ghani R.A., Hazrat Abu Sufian R.A.,  Hazrat Abbas R.A. (Holy Prophet’s uncle) just to name a few.

 

What kind of trading did they use to do that fetched them that huge profit (s)?

 

The largest trading caravan from Mecca used to be that of Abu Sufian R.A. comprising of  1000 camels and that too not all his own camels.  People used to send their commodities on their camels in his caravan for security reasons.  Now a very healthy camel can carry 7 to 8 maunds of a commodity. Apart from the commodity the camel(s) had to carry water and rations not only for the traders and sarbaans (camel drivers) going with the caravan but also for themselves (camels) too.  That means at the most 7000 to 8000 mounds of a commodity was carried for trading from one place to the other.  A caravan used to take two to three months to cover the distance and in one year at the most could make two round trips.  That means in all about 1500 to say 2000 maunds of commodities were traded.  Now coming to prices:  Gold was 60 rupees a Tola in 1960 and I purchased it MYSELF at that price.  It was 29 rupees a Tola in 1930, at the time of my parents’ wedding.  In 1941 and again I myself purchased wheat (and good wheat too) at 11 annas a mound.  A two mound wheat sack used to cost One rupee Six annas.  A kilo of Khalis Desi Ghee used to be for a Rupee and a quarter. Recorded history and no hearsay, tells us that at the time of  Emperor Alauddin Khilji the general commodities were around ONE Paisa a mound.  And that was about 500 years ago only.  By the same token, what would then be the average price of the commodities 1500 years ago?  Surely less than a paisa a mound.  But for argument sake let’s assume a caravan load of 8000 mounds of commodities would be worth, say, at the most 8000 paisas, that is Rs. 125/=  only  (64 paisas to a Rupee).  

 

For heaven’s sake what was their profit margin that according to  Maulana Tariq Jameel made them earn millions and billions of gold Dinars on the transactions involving a working capital of Rs. 125/- or so only!

 

Could someone more learned shed some light on such Trading, please?

 

CRJ

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
30 Westridge 1
Rawalpindi 46000
Pakistan
E.mail: jafri@rifiela.com

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Operation Cleanup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LETTER TO EDITOR

April 21st, 2016

 

Operation Cleanup

 

Bravo  Gen. Raheel Sharif for not only dismissing the corrupt generals, brigadiers, colonels and majors but also recovering the ill gotten wealth from them.  Sir, we have a large army and there could be quite a few more such corrupts around, especially among those who have had the opportunity of serving in or with the civil departments.  May I suggest that an Operation Cleanup be launched wherein all serving and retired military officers of the three services be asked to make confessional statements of any corruption done by them. Those who make honest confession and reimburse the ill gotten monies to the exchequer be treated leniently and only dismissed from the service.  But those officers who indulged in corruption and did not make the confessional statement, and are detected later, be court martialled and sentenced to imprisonment along with confiscation of their  moveable and immoveable properties.

 

May be the Provincial and the Federal governments also follow suite and we have a pure and Pak Pakistan. 

 

Sir, you will do this hapless nation a great Messianic favour. 

 

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
30 Westridge 1
Rawalpindi 46000
Pakistan
E.mail: jafri@rifiela.com

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Women Bill and the Clergy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LETTER TO EDITOR

March 15th, 2016

 

Women Bill and the Clergy

 

Is it not paradoxical that while our constitution empowers the parliament  as the supreme body a few clergy men are trying to declare a bill passed its democratically elected members as unIslamic and therefore unconstitutional ?!  Who are they to decide what is constitutional or not?  Do the parliamentarians who have the mandate of the masses not know what is good or bad for those who have elected them to power? The case in point is enactment of the “Protection of the Women Bill” which was passed by the Punjab assembly and is applicable to the province of the Punjab only. However, a few religious leaders of KPK, Balochistan and Sindh are in the forefront for its immediate withdrawal.

 Their protestations now and giving of any deadlines for its withdrawal tantamount to undemocratic measures and the government of the Punjab would do well not to yield to their such demands. There are hundreds of thousands who have appreciated passing of the bill which portends well for the future of a forward looking and progressive Pakistan. 

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
30 Westridge 1
Rawalpindi 46000
Pakistan
Tel: (051) 5158033
E.mail: jafri@rifiela.com

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Kamal’s Allegations by Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)

Mustafa Kamal’s Miracle in Karachi,Pakistan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LETTER TO EDITOR

March 6th, 2016

 

Kamal’s Allegations

 

Mustafa Kamal’s press conference of March 3rd was no less than a bomb shell dropped by him to decimate the MQM Chief Altaf Bhai and the party itself too in the process. The most damaging allegation was that of the MQM receiving funds from the Indian RAW for the last twenty years!  According to him the PPP government Interior minister Mr. Rehman Malik was also in know of such funding by the RAW of the MQM. If it is true then would it not be presumable that the other higher ups in the then PPP hierarchy would have been also privy to such information?! And … and … If yes, then why did they not take any action on such a subversive activity?!   The mere thought of such a horrendous  possibility is enough to send a chill down the spine of an ordinary Pakistani whose confidence is shaken beyond repairs in the politicians and the political parties who can for their own interests risk the very survival and the integrity of the country itself!!  

 

The allegations have evoked mixed reaction from various political parties, PTI asking for a probe by a judicial commission while the ruling party advocating to disregard it for lack of any documentary evidence.  One also wonders why is the MQM contented with the thought that the Kamal Press Conference balloon would be deflated soon and they are not suing him for libel and defamation in a court of law?  Or, does the MQM fear that more beans shall be spilled, which is bound to happen, when the respondents would try to prove the allegations made by them?!

 

Oh God Almighty please save Pakistan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
30 Westridge 1
Rawalpindi 46000
Pakistan
Tel: (051) 5158033
E.mail: jafri@rifiela.com

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Lawyers Protest Qadri Hanging

 

LETTER TO EDITOR

February 29th, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lawyers Protest Qadri Hanging

 

The Bar Council and other lawyers are observing strike and black day to protest against the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri – the murderer of late Governor Salman Taseer. Does it not look strange that the very entity whose sole purpose is to ensure justice to a victim is protesting against the hanging of a murderer?  It is also sad to see at times some of the black coats totting guns in the courts premises, locking up the court rooms – at times even with the judges inside, scuffle and brawl with the police and resorting to other unlawful acts!  If the providers of the law start taking the law in their own hands then where would one find the justice and the principled and respectable judicial system in Pakistan?!

 

  “choon kufr barkhezad ze Ka’ba – kuja manad musalmani”

 

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd) 

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
30 Westridge 1
Rawalpindi 46000
Pakistan
E.mail: jafri@rifiela.com

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