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Vir Haqiqat Rai 12 years old Hindu Martyr by Dr. Vivek Arya

Vir Haqiqat Rai
12 years old Hindu Martyr
275th Martyrdom Day-20 Jan 2010

Haqiqat Rai was born at Sialkot in 1724 to Mata Durga Devi and Bhag Mal ji.
Haqiqat Rai was very sharp in studies as well as in his bravery. In those days
of Muslim rule Hindus used to read Urdu and Persian from Muslim maulvis. Haqiqat
Rai used to go to local school and was the only Hindu in a class while his other
classmates were Muslims. He used to pass with top rank and so was dear to
everyone. One day, some of his Muslim classmates who were jealous of his studies
ridiculed Hindu goddess Devi Ma. Haqiqat Rai first remained silent but after
repeated abuses the brave boy dared his classmates and tried to stop them but as
he was alone he was overpowered. They did not stop using abusive languages for
Hindu Goddess and he responded finally by ridiculing Fatima, daughter of Prophet
Muhammad.
The Muslim boys complained to the maulvis about Haqiqat Rai blaspheming the
prophet and Islam, which enraged the maulvis. Maulvis first punished Haqiqat Rai
and then had him arrested by the local police.
Haqiqat Rai was arrested and sent to Amir Beg, the administrator of Sialkot.
Those were the days of Muslim rule, Hindus were frequently targeted by Muslims
and they were having inferior status in society. There was no one to listen to
this young Hindu boy. Amir who was known for his cruelty immediately ordered
killing of innocent Hindu boy. He did not even spare time to hear the pleas of
Haqiqat Rai. Haqiqat Rai's parents started weeping and asked for sparing his
life. Amir said Haqiqat Rai had committed a sin and he can be pardoned only if
he accepts Islam as punishment for blasphemy. Haqiqat Rai refused conversion to
Islam. Haqiqat Rai's parents tried to change his mind. They said, if he accepts
Islam, his life will be saved. The Brave boy Haqiqat accepted death but not
Islam. He was then sent to Zakaria Khan, the Governor of Lahore. But Haqiqat Rai
did not agree to convert even under further torture.His 10 year old wife Laxmi
Devi also arrived and pleaded for his life but no one under the Muslim rule
listened to Hindus. Haqiqat Rai was executed by the orders of the Governor on 20
January, 1735 at the tender age of 12.
The day of his execution used to be marked by a 'mela' (fair) on Vasant Panchami
day in sialkot, around his 'samadhi' (Baway di marrhi), before India's
partition. It appears his 'samadhi' was wrecked during riots in sialkot.
The young boy died for his religion. Today he is an idol for us all what we can
do is to observe but not give up Vedic dharma whole heartedly and propagate it
throughout the world.

dear friends

please celebrate 275th sahidi diwas of vir haqiqat rai on 20th january

dr vivek

Dr Vivek Thanks for yet

Dr Vivek
Thanks for yet anothor article on our great Martyres.
You may like to respond to the earlier articles at the following
http://www.aryasamaj.org/newsite/node/862
http://www.aryasamaj.org/newsite/node/789#comment-845
Thanks
Anand