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Saturday, May 30, 2015, Jaishtha 16, 1422 BS, Shaban 11, 1436 Hijr

Prophet Muhammad's biography in endangered dialect
Culture Desk
Published : Saturday, 30 May, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 18
Rajeev Sharma an Indian by nationality and Hindu by religion after being heavily influenced by the ideas and life of Prophet Muhammad decided to write his biography into Marwari, a regional language of Rajasthan. The book - 'Paigambar Ro Paigam' is available online for free download. "I didn't consider religion to be a big deal here. If we think about our past, all religions would live with mutual harmony. It is recently that the intolerance levels have increased." Sharma was quoted as saying.
Prior to this Sharma translated a number of Hindu texts into Marwari. But it was when he read about Prophet Muhammad that he got heavily influenced and went on to write a book on him. Different religions' influences on different people have already been reported to be instrumental in transforming many in the west. But in a country like India where culture and religion often defines the identity of a person, this work of translation by a man born and bred as a native is certainly unique.
Sharma reflected upon one of his personal experiences where one of his relatives got wedlocked at the age of '5.' Her husband died during the last 'phera' or circling done by the bride and groom in a traditional Indian wedding. Later the infant girl had to spend her entire life as a widow. Sharma was not even born when the unfinished and yet supposedly permanent bonding took place. On the background of incidents like these he started to admire Prophet Mohammad's fight against child marriage and support for women's empowerment.
Many in the west and some in the east as well consider the Prophet to be anti-feminist particularly with regards to a woman's marital rights. But Sharma opts to stand apart from them. According to him a 'hadith' or a record of the Prophet's life states an incident where the Prophet advised a girl to divorce her husband whom she was forced to marry by her father. The Prophet had once given a choice to his own wife- 'Ayesha' to leave him if she wanted to when everyone including him suspected her of adultery.
The book according to him has stirred quite a buzz in the global internet. For him writing about someone truly inspirational with diligence and as much truthfulness as possible obviously should not hurt anyone's sentiments.
The 112-page biography the first in Marwari is available at 'Ganv Ka Gurukul', an e-version of a library established by Sharma when he was barely in his 9th grade in his village Kosiya. The passionate bookworm had already read a lot of books on various topics and people by then.
He studied Naturopathy in the city and started selling herbs which earned him some money to run the new version of the library.
Sharma is also fascinated by the Quran which he considers unrivalled in talking about peace and harmony. In the future, he is planning to translate it in Marwari too.

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