Lolab, tucked away in the tranquil bosom of Kupwara, Jammu & Kashmir, boasts not only of its spectacular natural beauty, but also of two distinguished personalities whose knowledge and accomplishments have inscribed Lolab’s name on the global map.
Hazrat Allama Anwar Shahi Kashmiri, a renowned Islamic scholar, and Dr. Shah Faesal, the first Kashmiri person to top the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) examination, are Lolab’s brightest lights.
Hazrat Allama Anwar Shah: Hazrat Allama Anwar Shahi Kashmiri was a scholar whose teachings transcended geographical boundaries. His comprehensive understanding of Islamic jurisprudence and spirituality earned him international renown. His writings and sermons, which emphasize peace, tolerance, and unity, continue to inspire generations. His legacy continues to serve as a beacon for spiritual seekers, reminding us of the wealth of Islamic intellectual heritage that has its roots in Lolab.
Shah Faesal IAS: Dr. Shah Faesal’s voyage from the serene valleys of Lolab to the zenith of the Indian bureaucracy is nothing short of remarkable. As the first Kashmiri to top the IAS examination in 2009, his historic achievement thrust him into the national forefront. Dr. Faesal made significant contributions to education and community development during his time as an IAS officer, demonstrating his dedication to positive change. He has always proved a leading advocate for social justice and harmony for the people without region religion creed or caste.
These two exceptional individuals represent the potential and promise of Lolab. They serve as beacons of inspiration for the region’s youth, demonstrating that commitment, knowledge, and a commitment to positive change can transcend geographical boundaries and make Lolab famous worldwide. As Lolab continues to foster talent and inspire future generations, the legacies of Hazrat Allama Anwar Shahi Kashmiri and Dr. Shah Faesal IAS (2009) radiate vividly, reminding us that from this tranquil corner of Jammu & Kashmir, the world can witness the emergence of grandeur. Their contributions are evidence of Lolab’s and Kashmir’s inexhaustible future potential.
Conclusion, since Lolab is the legacy of the world’s eminent philosophers, poets, lawyers, political theorists and religious scholars Allama Iqbal said, on Lolab “Your springs and lakes with water pulsating and quivering like quicksilver, the morning birds fluttering about the sky, agitated and in turmoil, O Valley of Lolab”.
Lolab the Land of Love and Beauty is the central attraction of Kashmir tourism and can also be the historical overview of Kashmir by adding some more governmental efforts on its human capital and beauty.
(Author is Green Researcher, activist and resident of Lolab Kupwara)