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      • This chapter is from the 11th class English book 1 and it has been written by Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi. We have presented the important questions of this chapter for the intermediate (part 1) FSc FA first year students.

Q: Who was Shamim Ahmed?

Shamim Ahmed's original name was Khudayar. He was the son of Maulvi Abu's friend Haafiz Abdul Rahim. His father died and he went away to the city leaving his old mother behind. He changed his name there. He returned after some time and opened a cloth shop in the village.

Q: Why did Shamim Ahmed request Maulvi Abul to inaugurate his shop?

Shamim Ahmed. requested Maulvi Abul to inaugurate his shop because he hoped to have Allah's blessings in this way. Maulvi Abul was a pious man and his purchase would prove effective.

Q: What is the significance of being the first customer?

It has always been a tradition in the Sub-continent to get the shop inaugurated by a virtuous man. It is believed that this thing helps in the progress of the business. The pious first buyer brings God's blessings.

Q: Why did Maulvi Abul accept to become Shamim Ahmed's first customer?

Maulvi Abul accepted that offer for three reasons. The first was that Shamim Ahmed was his student and his friend's son. The second reason was that Maulvi Abul was looking for a suitable match for his eldest daughter. The third reason was that it would establish Maulvi Abu's image in the village.

Q: What did Maulvi Abul buy from Shamim Ahmed's shop?

Maulvi Abul bought a costly piece of cloth for his daughter's dowry. It was a piece of pink cloth with beautiful flowers and yellow dots.

Q: What happened with Maulvi Abul when Shamim Ahmed demanded forty-two rupees?

Maulvi Abul never expected that much price of the piece of cloth. It was worth the total saving of Maulvi Abu's family. Everything seemed floating before his eyes. He felt as if bundle after bundle from various shelves were falling over him.

Q: With what message had Shamim Ahmed come to Maulvi Abul one evening?

One evening Shamim Ahmed came to Maulvi Abul and requested him to accept him as his son-in-law. He explained that his mother was not feeling well and he had to bring his proposal himself.

Q: How did Maulvi Abul respond to Shamim Ahmed's proposal?

Maulvi Abu's dream had come true. Tears flowed down his eyes and face. First he hesitated, but then he embraced Shamim Ahmed warmly. It showed that he approved of the proposal.

Q: What present was given by Fatehdad to Maulvi Abul's daughter?

Chaudhry Fatehdad brought a very valuable gift for Maulvi Abul's daughter. His bag contained a pair of gold pendants set with large, shining stones. They were wrapped in a hundred-rupee note.

Q: Why did Chaudhry Fatehdad give the gift of marriage secretly?

Chaudhry Fatehdad was a noble man. He realized Maulvi Abul's difficulties and wanted to help him without any show. He secretly arranged a suitable match for Maulvi Abul's daughter and gave a precious gift secretly.

Q: What type of life did Maulvi Abul live before marriage?

Before his marriage, Maulvi Abul lived in comfort. He wore an elegant dress and an impressive turban. He always carried a fine walking stick with him. For his hair he used fragrant oil.

Q: Describe Maulvi Abul's rings.

Maulvi Abul wore silver rings with large precious stones. At the time of ablution five times a day, he took off these rings, but he always wore them on in the same order.

Q: What was Maulvi Abul's turban known as and where did it originally come for?

Mashad is a city in Iran. The cloth of his turban came from that city. This is why it was known as Mashadi lungi. Lungi is a long sheet of cloth.

Q: What did Maulvi Abul always carry with him?

He always carried with a walking stick. It was decorated with golden bands and studs of brass. It looked like a royal stick.

Q: Describe Maulvi Abul's appearance before marriage?

Maulvi Abul was a very impressive young man. He had a slightly bulging eyes. He wore a turban on his head. For his hair he used fragrant oil.

Q: How much did Maulvi Abul collect on the occasion of every Eid?

On every Eid he led the prayers. After the prayers he delivered the sermon. Meanwhile, his students collected donations from the people. The amount used to be 150 to 200 rupees.

Q: How much portion of the collected money did Maulvi Abul distribute among the needy and the poor?

The needy and poor people waited for some help on the Eid day. Maulvi Abul distributed among them almost one-fourth of the collected money. It used to be forty to fifty rupees.

Q: What did Maulvi Abul do on every Eid?

On every Eid usually 150 to 200 rupees were collected. Maulvi Abul distributed some of the money to the needy and the poor. He also asked them to pray to Allah for His blessing.

Q: What happened with Maulvi Abul after marriage?

After marriage the situation changed gradually. Children came quite regularly. With the passage of time, the prices of things also went up. It became very difficult for Maulvi Abul to meet the needs of his family.

Q: Describe the conversation between Maulvi Abul and the shoemaker.

The shoemaker charged six rupees for a pair of shoes. Maulvi Abul was not willing to pay this amount. The shoemaker Swore by God that he was not overcharging. Maulvi Abul ultimately got convinced and bought the shoes.

Q: How did Maulvi Abul react when he saw Umdatunnisa's bare feet?

Maulvi Abul could not see the bare feet of the innocent child. He burst into tears when he saw that sad spectacle. He decided to buy a pair of shoes for her at every cost.

Q: Why did Maulvi Abul give up powdered tobacco?

Maulvi Abul felt that the powdered tobacco was a luxury that he could not afford. He decided to save money in every possible manner. This is why he thought of giving it up.

Q: What was the name of Maulvi Abul's eldest daughter?

The name of his eldest daughter was Mehrunnisa.

Q: What happened with Maulvi Abul when his eldest daughter turned fourteen?

When Maulvi Abul's eldest daughter became fourteen years old, his prayers became intense and prolonged. He started committing mistakes because he remained worried about her marriage.

Q: Who was Chaudhry Fatehdad?

Chaudhry Fatehdad was the leading landowner of the village. He was a rich but God-fearing and pious man. He was a member of the District Board.

Q: How did Chaudhry Fatehdad take care of Maulvi Abul?

Chaudhry Fatehdad thought that service to Maulvi Abul was a part of his religious duties. He regularly sent Maulvi Abul his meal daily. Once a year he gave him a new dress and some money as well.

Q: How did Zaibunnisa help Maulvi Abul?

Zaibunnisa realized that Maulvi Abul alone was unable to bear the burden of the family. So she also started teaching girls at home. In this way, she helped in earning more bread and sugar on every Thursday.

Q: Write a short note on the children of Maulvi Abul.

Maulvi Abul's eldest daughter was Mehrunnisa. The next was Zabdatunnisa, followed by Shamsunnisa. His youngest daughter was Umdatunnisa. He also had ason whose name was Arif.

Q: What did the family of Maulvi Abul need besides bread?

Maulvi Abul's children were growing with the passage of time. Food was not their only requirement. They also needed clothes and shoes to wear. Food was available but other things were hard to come by.

Q: What usually happened with the suit offered by Fatehdad to Maulvi Abul?

Chaudhry Fatehdad used to send Maulvi Abul new clothes after every harvest. Whenever this present came, a tailoring shop would Spring up in Maulvi Abul's house. Dresses for children were prepared from these pieces.

Q: Describe ageing Maulvi AbuI?

With the passage of time, Maulvi Abul started growing old. The hair around his temples had become silvery white. The grip of his teeth on his gums had become loose. Sometimes his voice also quivered.


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