There is a word in the Urdu language, called ‘Wafa‘. It’s literal meaning in the English language being loyalty. This morning my mother was completing her writing assignment and she asked me for my help in giving a concise definition of ‘wafa‘. I pondered for a few minutes and at last concluded that displaying wafa is simply fulfilling the trust one has upon you, regardless of any circumstance.
As easy as it might be to define wafa, it is hard to receive or reciprocate it. My personal observations force upon me the impression that one cannot be truly loyal to even the most loved person in this world. Lying to our parents time and again, indulging in those hot and spicy, yet mindless gossips about our so-called friends , betraying a true lover because of a ‘mistake’ are just few instances of any individual’s life when they are not wafadaar or loyal. Leaving aside occupants of the same race, it’s even more disappointing that we are not even loyal to our Creator. This happens so because eventually loyalty to oneself, loyalty to one’s own desires overshadows all other expected loyalties. Selfish as we naturally are and easily weakened under influence, we have the saddening tendency to heartlessly break somebody’s trust. Our guilty conscience keeps sleeping till it is aroused by pain that overcomes us when our expectations of loyalty from someone else meet a similar fate.
I believe that if all of us pledge a lifetime of pure loyalty to at least a single person throughout our lifetime, we would leave this world with a lighter and happier soul. We would be someone’s unsung hero.