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World Cancer Day 2021 - A visit to Javed Manzil with my beloved mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano

World Cancer Day 2021 - A visit to Javed Manzil with my beloved mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano

 

World Cancer Day 2021

 

Hello, Assalaam Alaikum, peace and blessings,

My name is Sabeena and this is my message for World Cancer Day 2021!

World Cancer Day 2021 with Sabeena Ahmed

My beautiful mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer March 2012, she was 59 years old.

Mum courageously received 4 years of chemotherapy and radiotherapy before she returned to her maker April 18th 2016, she was 62 years old.

Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano - my paradise, fairtrade advocate and cancer patient.

My Amee (mother) enjoyed painting, had a passion for gardening and travel.

The blog below illustrates the precious time and memories I have of visiting Javed Manzil, Lahore, Pakistan with my mother before she was diagnosed with cancer.

I'd like to take this opportunity to offer prayers for all those who have lost a loved one to cancer.


May Allah azza wa ajal (God) bless all mothers with Paradise
(Jannat-ul-Ferdose), Aameen.

 

O Soul At Peace Dua - Quaran Chapter 89 verse 29-30

The Noble Quran - Chapter 89 Verse 29-30

 

 

My Video For World Cancer Day 2021 (TBA)

 video here tba

 

My video for World Cancer Day 2020

 

A visit to Javed Manzil with my Mum (Amee)

Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Javed Manzil with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

My mother in Lahore, Pakistan - 2011/12

This blog is a tribute to Mum and the precious memories we shared when we visited Javed Manzil, Lahore, 2012.

I was blessed to accompany my beautiful mother during a visit to Multan and Lahore, Pakistan, December 2011 and January 2012.

We began our journey in Multan where my Mamu (Mums younger brother) lived.

We then travelled to Lahore where we visited Badshahi Mosque, Javed Manzil and Shalimar Bagh.

This blog was originally posted on Tripadvisor my alias little miss sunshine.

All the photographs featured are my own and were taken between 6-17 January 2012.

 

Javed Manzil -

A personal insight into the life of

Sir Mohammad Alama Iqbal

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Javed Manzil with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

Portrait of Sir Mohammad Alama Iqbal

 

Where do I start? Magnificent and humble.

I will always remember the visit to Javed Manzil with great fondness because I knew very little about Pakistan's National Poet and have a acquired a great respect for the man.

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Javed Manzil with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

Javed Manzil (Urdu)

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Multan and Lahore with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, Javed Manzil, Pakistan 2011 with Sabeena Ahmed

Amee (Mum) standing outside Javed Manzil

Amee (mother) wanted to visit Javed Manzil, Sir Mohammad Iqbal's home before she flew back to the UK.

Located on Alama Iqbal Road in an old district of Lahore. The house remains as it was when the poet lived there nearly 80+ years ago.

The museum opens at 12pm and closes in the evening. Timings were accurate at the time we visited.

Beautiful well maintained gardens with colourful blooms wrapped themselves around the house.

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Javed Manzil Lahore with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

Alama Iqbal Museum sign

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Javed Manzil with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011 with Sabeena Ahmed

 Entrance to the Alama Iqbal Museum

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Javed Manzil with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011 with Sabeena Ahmed

Beautiful gardens of the Alama Iqbal Museum

There was no entrance fee (although all donations are welcomed, 200-500 Pakistani rupees should be sufficient).

The two caretakers will take you on a personal tour and show you all of Alama Iqbal's house and possessions.

Unfortunately, there didn't seem to be any access for wheelchair or pushchairs.

There were no toilets, cafes/vending machines at the museum at the time we visited.

Drinking water is not available. Please remember to take mineral water, snacks and small denominations of Pakistani rupees with with you.

Visitors arrangements and facilities may have changed since our visit.

The house was Sir Mohammad Iqbal's last residence and he purchased the land in 1934 for 20,025 PKR and spent an additional 16,000 PKR for its construction, fixtures and fittings.

 

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Javed Manzil with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011 with Sabeena Ahmed

The house is named after his son Javed Iqbal. In 1935 Sir Iqbal issued a court deed in favour of his son and paid Javed rent for the four rooms he used til his death.

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Javed Manzil with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

The entrance walls were covered with large engraved silver panels illustrating Mohammad Iqbal's life and achievements.

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Javed Manzil with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

Dr Alama Iqbal's prayer mat

His prayer mat, clothes, hats, passport, bank log, manuscripts and first editions of his books, certificates, gold medals and especially the coveted Lincolns Inn doctorate have been preserved in glass exhibits.

It was fascinating to see all of Alama Iqbal's personal affects preserved with such tender loving care.

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Javed Manzil with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

Dr Alama Iqbal's sherwani (coat)

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Javed Manzil with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

Dr Alama Iqbal's passport

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Javed Manzil with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

 Dr Alama Iqbal's University of Punjab Certificate

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Javed Manzil with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

Lincoln's Inn doctorate

We walked through his living room, dining room and saw his arm chair and bed where he died. The clock on the wall tells the time he died 4.03, 21st April 1938. We weren't told whether this was am or pm.

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Javed Manzil with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

Dr Alama Iqbal's bed

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Javed Manzil with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

The clock on the wall tells the time he died 4.03, 21st April 1938.

We weren't told whether this was am or pm.


A national treasure and a fabulous short introduction to the life and works of Sir Mohammad Alama Iqbal.

Please remember to write your comments in the guest book (located at the entrance) when you have finished your visit.

Iqbal is known as Shair-e-Mushriq (Urdu: شاعر مشرق) meaning Poet of the East.

He is also called Muffakir-e-Pakistan ("The Inceptor of Pakistan"), and Hakeem-ul-Ummat ("The Sage of the Ummah"). Pakistan has officially recognised him as its "national poet". In Iran and Afghanistan he is famous as Iqbāl-e Lāhorī (اقبال لاهوری‎ Iqbal of Lahore), and he is most appreciated for his Persian work.

One of his great masterpieces is titled 'A Dua' or translated 'A Prayer.'

I've attached a link below.

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Javed Manzil with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

A beautiful portrait of Dr Alama Iqbal

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Javed Manzil with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011 with Sabeena Ahmed

Alama Iqbals personal possessions displayed for all to see


The house was Sir Mohammad Iqbal's last residence and he purchased the land in 1934 for 20,025 PKR and spent an additional 16,000 PKR for its construction, fixtures and fittings.

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Javed Manzil with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011 with Sabeena Ahmed

The Living Room

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Javed Manzil with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011 with Sabeena Ahmed

 The Dining Room

Mum thoroughly enjoyed her visit and this day remains for etched in my heart.

I'm so blessed to have spent this quality time with my beloved mother.

Highly recommended to all who have a genuine interest in poetry, Pakistani culture and arts. 

I look forward to reading his poetry in English, Urdu and Persian and sharing my photographs with all my family and friends. :)

 

Photographs of Badshahi Mosque and Shamilar Bagh - 2012

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Lahore with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

Amee with my cousins at Badshahi Mosque, Lahore

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Lahore with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

Timeline of Badshahi Mosque

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Lahore with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

Information about Badshahi Mosque in Urdu

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Lahore with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

Badshahi Mosque official signage

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Lahore with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

Information about Badshahi Mosque

Badshahi Mosque was built by Muhghul Empreror Alamgir in 1673-74 AD.

Muzzaffar Hussain Sarmad Koka, Foster Brother of Aurangezeband than Governor of Punjab supervised its construction which took 3 years to complete the work and under expression of the Mosque is bolt vast and Mosque like the character of its founder.

On the contrary the interior is vivid delightful and highly refined because of its rich embellishments with stone carving, marble inlay and stucco tracery. Walls in their core are built in small kiln bricks laid in kankar lime mortar, while marbel of the exterior and domes are veneered with red sand stone and while marble from India.

Venegrated marble, Sang-e-Abri has been used to finish plinth and floor the prayer chamber. Mosque is square in plan and covers area of 567x567 square feet. main entrance is through a big gateway. (Deorhi) situated in the east.

About 60000 persons can offer prayer at one time inside the Mosque. During the Sikh and British period it was used for military purposes, which inflicted damage. Comprehensive conversation work was carried out from 1939 AD to 1961 to restore damaged portions.

 

Shamilar Bagh

 Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Lahore with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

 Official Shalimar Bagh signage 2012

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Lahore with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

Shalimar Bagh outbuilding

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Lahore with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

A view of the gardens from the outbuilding

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Lahore with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

 Mum walking through the outbuilding

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Lahore with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

 Shalimar Gardens

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Lahore with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

Excuse my weak Urdu - Bait ul Khala

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Lahore with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

Beautiful blooms at Shalimar Gardens

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Lahore with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

Mum walking in the vast gardens

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Lahore with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

 Water feature at Shalimar Gardens

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Lahore with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

 Official Signage for the Moor Croft Building 

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Lahore with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

The Moor Croft Building at Shalimar Gardens

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Lahore with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

The Moorcroft Pavilion built by Ranjit Singh

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Lahore with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

Mum admiring the views at Shalimar Gardens

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Lahore with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

Beautiful water feature

 

Fair Trade Travels - Visiting Lahore with Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 2011/12 with Sabeena Ahmed

Another picturesque view of Shalimar Gardens on a cloudy day

 

I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog as a tribute my beloved mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano and the priceless time we spent in Lahore during 2012.

As I end this blog I'd like you to take a minute to make a prayer or dua for my mother and all the beautiful mothers who have returned to their maker.

'MY PARADISE I MISS YOU!

Love you forever!!!

Sabeena

 Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano - World Cancer Day 2021 with Sabeena Ahmed

Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, 1952 - 2016

  

Loss, Grief and Bereavement

It will be 5 years this April since I last saw my beloved mother.

Its been a roller-coaster of emotions as I cope with my loss, grief and bereavement.

I still remember hours after Mum took her last breaths how distraught I was.

The photograph below is a beautiful reminder of how I remember my mother.

She was a strong independent happy, healthy woman with a beautiful smile.

 

Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano at Edinburgh Castle May 2014 - World Cancer Day 2019 Video by Sabeena Ahmed

Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano, Edinburgh Castle

May 2014

 

Grief, Bereavement and Healing

My grief journey has been difficult and challenging.

This is a wonderful poster and resource titled

'BEREAVEMENT - How People Can Help' has been designed by the Care For The Family Organisation.

Bereavement - How Other People Can Help - credit and source Care For The Family UK website

Bereavement - How Other People Can Help -

Credit and source Care For The Family UK website

 

Healing

5 years on I'd describe my healing journey as heavy, over whelming with outbursts of hopefulness.

Healing Can Feel - Credit @Spoonie_Village

Healing Can Feel - Credit @Spoonie_Village

 

Since Mum's passing I have continued with my fair trade campaigning and work.

Mum was a fairtrade advocate and supported fairtrade producers.

Recording videos like this is also part of my healing process.

I also purchased books about healing.

Due to the lack of support my siblings and I received after my mother passed I completed an online course 'Talking About Cancer' with Cancer Research UK.

I have attached a link below for those interested.

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/talking-about-cancer

 

Hereditary Breast Cancer, Genetic Testing

and Counselling

During early January 2017 I found a lump in my left breast and immediately made an appointment to see my breast consultant. Luckily, my lump was a cyst and it was removed successfully.

Due to a history of breast and ovarian cancer in my family my consultant advised that I take the BRAC1 and BRAC2 genetic testing.

My results were normal and I do not carry the BRAC 1/2 genes. I am very relieved.

Self examination is the key to early detection of cancer and survival.

Women who have a history of cancer in the family should attend their annual mammogram and pap test.

As I mentioned earlier self-examination is the key to successful treatment and survival.

Below is a poster designed by the World Health Organisation about recognising the symptoms of Breast Cancer.

Breast Cancer Symptoms - World Health Organisation

Breast Cancer Symptoms - World Health Organisation

 

Visiting the Doctor 

Once again I would like to reiterate that the body goes through hormonal changes and not all lumps are cancerous.

If you notice any abnormalities in your body please make an appointment to see your General Practitioner.

If you are uncomfortable about attending your doctors appointment, mammogram or pap test alone ask a family member or friend to go along with you. 

However hard it may see at the time, talk to someone about how you are feeling.

Worrying never achieves anything and knowing that you've opened a conversation about your health is a step closer to making you better and healthier.

Before you attend your appointment make a list of all your symptoms and talk openly with your doctor about your worries and concerns.

 

Cancer and the Asian Community

I am hoping that by recording this video I can reach out to other ladies in similar situations and Pakistani/Asian carers who would like a listening ear and some moral support.

It is my aim that the Pakistani and Asian community talk openly about cancer and support those instead of giving them a death sentence.

Cancer is a taboo subject and it's so important to dispel the myths surrounding it.

Due to the lack of support my siblings and I received after my mother passed I completed an online course 
''Talking About Cancer'' with Cancer Research UK.

I have attached a link below for those interested.

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/talking-about-cancer

 

Support World Cancer Day 2021

This World Cancer Day support a cancer research organisation by volunteering your time and raising awareness about cancer.

Love and best wishes to all cancer patients past and present, their families and carers.

I wish you a speedy recovery and a happy healthy life.
Love and prayers for those who have lost a loved one!

Sabeena 

 

Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano with Sabeena Ahmed celebrating Fairtrade fortnight Dubai UAE 2015

Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano with Sabeena Ahmed

celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight Dubai, UAE - 2015 

 

Further Reading and Links 

World Cancer Day 2021

Alama Iqbal Museum

Lab pe aati hai - YouTube link

 World Cancer Day 2020

World Cancer Day 2019

Blogging With A Purpose

Cancer Research UK and Breast Cancer

Care For The Family UK

Spoonie Village

World Health Organisation

Talk About Cancer - Future Learn

The Christie Manchester UK

Macmillan Cancer UK

Marie Curie UK

 





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