Khuda Aur Muhabbat – Episode 1

Khuda Aur Muhabbat; the name says it all! Hashim Nadeem’s famous novel, directed by our very own Anjum Shehzad and the melodious OST sung by evergreen Ahmad Jahanzeb has finally hit your screens after five years. The expectations from this sequel are enormous and people are anticipated to see their favourite cast once again.

The first episode begins with intense dialogues about love and God. People who have ever been in love know what’s coming, but suffice it to say, this is only the beginning of a long, intense, and powerful ride.

Azal se abad tak ke liye dil mein chhuba ek kaanta- muhabbat, kehte hain taqdeer aasmano pe likhi jaati hai tou kya taqdeer bananay wala Khuda bhi iska dushman hai? Har insaan ke dil mein Khuda aur Muhabbat ki jang jaari rahi’.

Imran Abbas as Hammad, makes his way as a carefree guy with no sense of responsibility, spoiled brat having the time of his life on the streets of Houston at night with his university friends. We are also introduced to Molvi Saahb’s (Firdous Jamal) household, including his wife and two daughters Imaan and Haya, followed by their lovely bond throughout the episode. The scene drifts to Maddy’s family where we get an insight of his parents and brother. This first episode introduced the viewers to almost all the characters that we will be seeing in the play. I must admit that when the drama began I wasn’t much into the character of Imaan because I thought Sadia Khan was a wrong choice for  it but I am glad as the story is progressing Imaan is proving me wrong. I love how Molvi Aleemuddin household depicts tehzeeb and adab o lehaaz, baap-beti scenes, some sweet moments, some overwhelming ones & a few bits that bring a smile to the face.
Judging from the first episode, Khuda aur Muhabbat looked like a drama that would give the viewers food for thought and a really good lesson. This sequel is basically the whole novel in one go. To be honest, I tuned in purely for Imran Abbas- his dramas are usually a visual delight and leave a mark. The characters are very well chosen. The story line is interesting and looks promising. Oh and, the background music is worth a mention too, melodious and thankfully not loud. I am not exaggerating if I say none of the dramas has gained the immense popularity that Khuda aur Muhabbat earned. This drama has fans all over the world and many credit it with reviving the Pakistani drama industry.
As the story moves forward, it is a completely different experience altogether. Let’s see what the next episode has in store for us.

Turn regrets into lessons.

Every decision you have made, for better or worse, has led to who you are today. I have always worried about the decisions I make or have made because I don’t want to do the wrong thing, feel stuck, uncomfortable or like I “should have” done something else. When it comes to rethinking the 17 years of my life, I have many, many things I wish I could change. We all experience feelings of regret at some time in our lives. But because we don’t always perform perfectly, we bombard ourselves with ‘could haves,’ ‘would haves’ and ‘should haves.’ We need to begin by accepting that imperfection is not only inevitable,  but also part of our reason for being. Holding on to regrets hurts you. Be grateful for all your experiences. Things that we regret guide us to where we want to be.

When I look back there are many things I wish I hadn’t done and things I regret not doing, but I can see how they shaped me into who I am today. I do have regrets, but the ones which made me learn from my experiences. Which taught lessons for my whole lifetime. I try to be a better person because of my regrets, or they have become blessings. I’m currently at a time in my life where I’m trying to take all the regrets I have, no matter how big or small, and turn them into distant memories and lessons learned. The only thing painful guilt and regret make certain is that we continue to allow pointless suffering and continue to give our lives over to negative emotions. Every day I’m working towards letting go of regrets and one of the main things I find useful is to constantly remind myself that I have to try to focus on all the positives. Look for the good in your regrets. What did they teach you? So if you’re dealing with regret, the first step is to try to find the positives in the situation. No amount of regret is worth rolling over and dying for, the sooner you realize it, the better it is. Having regrets has caused me to strive to be better. Without regrets and guilt, most of us would never grow as people. Try not to ever fall back on the “what-ifs”. Thinking about the what-ifs won’t change anything, and honestly, it can be unbearable. The past is the past, it can’t be changed, and any time spent on living as if it could be is time wasted. If you refuse to forgive yourself then there’s no way you’re going to move on with that burden.  Instead of thinking about what could have been, focus on what can be and how you can get there.

Don’t let your emotions become who you are and run your life. It’s a lot easier said than done, but once you have control over your emotions, recognize that regret alone is a waste of time. Today, I love my regrets. Like anything worth considering in life, there are possibilities for self-discovery in every mistake we make. Never give up. If we have failed to achieve a particular purpose once before or many times before, it doesn’t make it unattainable in your future. Learn your lessons, mature stronger and continue to get back up.