Sadaket A Malik
District doda is known for several aspects of life, the people from all walks of life has been produced by this fertile land. Be it the politics, education, bureaucracy, social work, art, literature, the areas like Bhalessa has produced several saints, educationists and legends too.
The erstwhile Doda is a land of saints, religious personalities, disciples and spritual personalities and has contributed in the diverse fields.
The area of Bhalessa too has been and is still an area where elderly from spritual lines and educationists whose role in society was multifold. One such personality of the area is Mir Munawer Din, a guide, educationist rated high at the realm of society and a close associate of
Belonging to the sufi order, he always preached in line with Quran and Sunnah.
Early life and Education:
A close associate of prominent saint Alhaj Ghulam Qadir Ganipuri, Mir Munawer Din was born to Gulzar Ahmed Mir on 16th of April 1935 at Bhalessa’s Gowari village. Since childhood he always excelled in the school days, it was an era of illiteracy and poverty, entire bhalessa had no means of communication. 87 year old Mir sahib popularly known as TEO sahib in the area was enrolled in the only Primary school kilhotran Bhalessa where he was taught by the legend teachers of that time like Gulsher Khan and many others. He was groomed by the then legend of the time Ghulam Rasool Azad the then teacher and later inspector of schools in J&K. Mir saheb has a relations with the family and supported the works of G R Azad saheb.
Mir saheb has always served the poor and downtrodden sections of the society as he belongs to a spritual sufi order besides his educational contributions for the area.
Haji Mir saheb did his Basic education course (BEC) from Bhaderwah where he was taught by Ghulam Rasool Azad and many others. He was groomed by many other associates like Abdul Aziz sheikh, and Ghulam Rasool chogani.
Alhaj Mir saheb was posted as Teacher in 8th of April 1954 and was posted at primary school Chilly. He did his Post Graduation in Economics and then B.ed. he served as Headmaster at Government High school Jakyas Bhalessa. In 1980 he was appointed as Tehsil Education Officer (TEO). In year 1990 he was designated as Principal at Government Higher secondary school kilhotran. In 1992 in served as Tehsil Education officer.
He fought for reforms in education in the area. In his long teaching career taught in some of the most remote schools of the state. As a teacher he was totally dedicated towards his job and tried his level best to bring Quality Education to the students living in the far flung areas. Generations of students passing groomed by him have affirmed his influence on their lives and attributed their mastery in English and History to his village methodology. He has taught many legendary personalities like Ghulam Nabi Azad and many others.
He firmly believed in God and followed the principles of simple living and high thinking. For poor students he was a Messiah, ever-ready to help them.
In January 1992, he served as principal at Govt. HSS Goha Marmat a hamlet near Doda. He always played a key role in popularising education and several schools were opened under his tenure as educational officer. He has a close association with other literary figures of the time like Mohammed Shafi Mattoo Retd. Headmaster and a writer, Ghulam Rasool Chogani a rare teacher, writer and legend.
Mir Munawer Din has held a considerable place in the hearts of common people. A person of a spritual stature, a true guide, teacher. 87 year old Alhaj Mir Munawer Din sahib. A saintly satire, an unsung guide who has perform his duty of spiritual guidance to those who had the thirst for truth.
His relentless efforts and contribution towards the empowerment and educational upliftment of the downtrodden communities of J&K can never be forgotten. His philosophy, teachings and life will continue to inspire the people of Jammu and Kashmir in general and Bhalessa in particular. Sufism (Tassawuf) as practiced order was the most formidable influence on his life and has a level in it. practicing and preaching its rituals and teachings among his followers. Such spiritual upbringing and Sufi understanding of Islam he will always be remembered for his services for the people.
He always headed many organizations and islamic forums in the area and stressed the need to create an environment of friendship and cordial relations between the people. He consistently strived to establish strong bond of communal harmony and mutual co-existence in the area. He is always consulted for different proceedings and decisions pertaining to Islam. The communities of all the religions and political, social and common men had a considerable respect for him and used to visit him frequently.