Professor Endora Feik
English Composition I
June 20, 2013
Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan was born in 1890 to a wealthy family of Pashtuns in Mardan, Pakistan. After completion of high school, he was sent to London for higher education. Upon his return from London, he partnered with other social reformers in opening of an educational institution called Darul-Uloom. He was the first Pashtun leader who urged his countrymen to fight against British imperialism. He created an organization called Anjumane Islah-ul-Afghanan (the society of the reformation of Afghans). Khan along with his family members went to Saudi Arabia in 1926 to perform the Hajj and visit the holy pilgrimages. He founded a non-profitable organization called Khudae Khidmatgar (God’s Servants) in 1929. Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the first president and founder of Pakistan approached Khan to join his political party known as the Muslim League. He adopted non-violence and social activism and maintained these ideas until he died. The great freedom fighter’s life came to an end on January 20, 1988.
Khan’s father was an honorable person and the elder of Mohammadzai clan. Khan was known as “Badshah Khan” which translates to “King Khan”. The word “Khan” is an informal title that means rich person. The Pashtuns have great respect for religious education and send their children to mosque in early age. He was a very intelligent and bold child. As soon as he was able to talk, he was sent to the mosque for religious education to learn the Holy Quran. He was sent to school and completed high school in his small village. His father decided to send him to London for higher education. However his mother did not want to send him to London because his older brother was already there. She thought she had already lost her oldest son and there was no way she was going to send another son to foreign country for education. We have a famous saying that “once a person goes to foreign country they...