Muslim Rajputs and Nishan-e-Haider (Highest Militry Award of Pakistan)
Introduction to MUSLIM RAJPUTS
Muslim Rajputs are those Rajputs who practice Islam. They are otherwise known as Musalman Rajputs in Pakistan & India. They are originally from Pakistan & North India, and they resided there too. They are warlike clans who ruled the country since ancient times. Rajputs have known to convert to Islam since the 13th century. They were also an active part of politics and other events.
A lot of them in Pakistan have engaged in Pakistani military,Police and have held very high ranks. They have always been known as aristocrats. The name Rajput means Son of a King. This word was derived centuries ago for the ruling clans. This term occurs in holy books of the Hindus. They are Said to be royal warriors.
Rajputs has known to be very chivalrous, and they also love battle. They are fearless when it comes to keeping up their honour. We can date back the history of the Muslim Rajputs to the history of the Muslim conquest of India. When the Muslims came to India, the Rajputs were rulers of the North and West India. They fought many battles with the Muslims to control South Asia.
Sometime in the 16th century, the Rajputs aided the Muslims in conquering India, and establishing their empires here. Most converts of the Rajput clan, have remained loyal to their faith, since the 13th century. Since Muslim leaders ruled the land, many of the Rajputs were influenced by them to convert to Islam.
Values of Islam put a deep affect on Rajputs and they influenced by Islam and Converted to Islam by Tablleq (Spread of Islam as per the Wish of anybody).
The clan of the Muslims who are Rajputs also have the reputation of being one of the Muslim communities to practice Islam the right way. They have been admired by many Indian leaders including Jawaharlal Nehru. Most of the Muslim converts from the Rajput clan was ordered to change their names, so that the name would reflect on the faith.
They kept their original names, so that they could be traced back to their roots. The original Rajput code expects all Rajputs to marry within the caste. Still, Most Rajputs who were Muslims wanted to stay true to their clan, and Most of them still marry within other Muslim Rajput Clans.
Most of this Muslim society in Rajputs, have an interesting way of recording their family trees over generations. Many of them have even known to date their ancestry back to their Hindu past. During the British rule, there were some Rajput leaders who faced problems because of their conversion. They were not accepted by their Hindu brothers.
The Muslim rulers were not asked to step down, but it was evident that they were not liked. However, they wanted to remain true to their faith and refused to accept Hinduism again. But it was declared that a ruler could not be judged according to their religion, and it only mattered if they ruled well or not.
Muslim Rajputs have Great reputation within Muslims and Considered as Hardcore lovers and Protectors of Islam and Pakistan.
as it is mantioned above that Muslim Rajputs are considered as harcore lovers and protectors of Islam and Pakistan, here is the detail of Muslim Rajputs Who got (NISHAN-E-HAIDER) Highest Military award of Pakistan.
11 people got NISHAN-E-HAIDER out of which 6 are Muslim Rajputs. Its a Great Example of Muslim Rajput Chivilary thats why they are considered as Hardcore Lover and protector of Islam and Pakistan.
1.Major Raja Aziz Bhatti Shaheed
Date of Shahadat:10 september 1965
Age: 37 years
Born 1928 in Hong Kong. Commissioned into the Punjab Regiment, 1950. On 6 September 1965, as Company Commander in the Burki area of the Lahore sector, Major Bhatti chose to move with his forward platton under incessant artillery and tank attacks for five days and nights in the defence of the strategic BRB canal. Throughout, undaunted by constant fire from enemy shell arms, tanks and artillery, he organized the defence of the canal, directing his men to answer the fire until he was hit by an enemy tank shell which killed him on 10 September 1965. He was 37 years old.
2. Pilot Office Rashid Minhas Shaheed
Date of Shahadat: 20 August 1971
Age: 20 years
Born 17 February 1951, commissioned as a pilot in the Pakistan Air Force. Pilot Officer Minhas was taxiing for take-off on a routine traning flight when an Instructor Pilot forced his way into the rear cockpit, seized control of the aircraft and took off. When Minhas realized that the absconding pilot was heading towards India, he tried to regain control of the plane but was unable to do so. Knowing that it meant certin death, he damaged the controls and forced the aircraft to crash thirty two miles short of the border on 20 August 1971. He died at the age of 20.
3. Jawan Sawar Muhammad Hussain Janjua Shaheed
Date of Shahadat: 10 sep 1971
Age: 22 years
Born 18th June 1949 in Dhok Pir Baksh (now Dhok Mohammad Husain Janjua). Enlisted as a driver on 3 September 1966. Although only a driver in the 20th Lancers, when war broke out in 1971, Sowar Mohammad Hussein took an active part in every battle in which his unit was engaged unmindful of any danger, no matter how grave. When he spotted the enemy digging in along a minefield near the village of Harar Khurd in December 1971 on his own initiative he directed accurate fire at the enemy resulting in the destruction of sixteen enemy tanks. But while directing fire from recoilless rifles, he was hit in the chest by a burst of machine-gun fire and died on 10 December 1971 at the age of 22
4. Captain Raja Muhammad Sarwar Khan Bhatti Shaheed
Date of Shahadat: 27 july 1948
Age 38 Years
illage Sanghori, Commissioned into the Punjab Regiment, 1944. During the Kashmir Operations soon after the birth of Pakistan, as Company Commander in the 2nd Battalion of the Punjab Regiment, Captain Sarwar launched an attack causing heavy casualties against a strongly fortified enemy position in the Uri Sector under heavy machine-gun, grenade and mortar fire. But on 27 July 1948, as he moved forward with six of his men to cut their way through a barbed wire barrier, he died when his chest was riddled by a burst of automatic fire. He was 38 years old.
Other Nishan-e-Haider holders are Major Mohammad Akram Shaheed, Lance Naik Muhammad Mahfooz Shaheed, Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed, Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed and Havaldaar Lalak Jan Shaheed
4. Major Shabbir Sharif Rana Shaheed
Major Shabbir Sharif Rana Shaheed (born April 28, 1943 in Kunjah, Gujrat District) completed his O Levels from St. Anthony's High School, Lahore and while he was at Government College Lahore that he received a call to join Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) Kakul. He was thus commissioned in Pakistan Army on April 19, 1964 and after successfully completing his training (including a receipt of Sword of Honor) he was posted to the 6th Battalion of the Frontier Force Regiment, This historic battalion was the old 54th Sikhs, the parent unit of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw MC, Gen K. S. Thimayya, Lt Gen Attiqur Rahman MC, Lt Gen Khalid M Sheikh, Maj Gen Mian Hayauddin HJ, MBE, MC and many other heroic figures of the Indian and Pakistan armies.
6. Naik Saif Ali Khan Janjua Shaheed
was born on 25 April 1922 in Khandbaz Tehsil Nakial (Azad Jammu & Kashmir). He was enlisted in the Royal Corps of Engineers in British Indian Army on 18 March 1941. After completing his service in the British Indian Army in 1947, he came back to his native town and started establishing Haidri Force with the support of Sardar Fateh Muhammad Karailvi. On 1st Janaury 1948, Haidri Force was raised as “Sher-e-Riasti Battalion” under the command of Lt. Col. Muhammad Sher Khan. Due to his unflinching devotion and undaunted courage, on the recognition of his dedication and commitment to the cause, he was accoladed with the rank of Naik and was made platoon commander. He set personal examples of gallantry and inflicted heavy losses on the enemy at Bhudha Khanna where his platoon was given the responsibility to defend Budha Khanna where he faced never-ending frontal and crossfire from machine guns. He defended the post with chivalry, which he established with his few jawans and repulsed many aggressive ventures by the enemy and imposed colossal losses on them. The enemy used every mean to capture the post with two companies attack and heavy Arty bombardment but with unwavering determination and passion for Martyrdom bought the enemies on their knees. Despite facing all odds, he led his jawans while setting personal example of bravery and valour and remained steadfast and unmoved on the post. During the course of action, despite being hit on his chest by Arty fire, he retained his position and frustrated the Indian assault. Due to severe injuries he embraced Martyrdom on 26 October 1948. On 14th March 1949, the Defence Council of Azad Jammu & Kashmir adorned him with Hilal-e-Kashmir (posthumous) and on 30th November 1995 Government of Pakistan initiated the gazette notification to declare his Hilal-e-Kashmir equilent to Nishan-e Haider.