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Friday, March 8, 2013

RIZWAN SAQIB: A Light In The Darkness of Pakistan


by Cyrus Webb

One of the great things about the internet and social media in particular is that it has created a place where individuals are able to come together and network in ways that wouldn't have been possible some ten years ago. That is the case for how I met Rizwan Saqib.

While I was in Mississippi I was able to connect with him in Pakistan thanks to Facebook, and through that site I have gotten to know a man who is committed to doing good and sharing his message of hope and faith. What Rizwan has taught me is that it's not where you serve that it's important. It's who and how you serve that matters.

In this interview we talk about the importance of not judging individuals based on where they live or what they look like and how he is showing others how to make a difference in spite of challenges.


Thank you for taking out the time to talk with us, Rizwan. What made you want to make a difference where you are?
It's my pleasure. Through out my student life, I have performed at many stages which were all organized by decent educated people, who believed that theater can be and must be used for educational purpose. But today, the situation of Pakistani theatre is very bad. The theatre today is being used for non-educational purposes. Therefore people, specially educated people are moving away from theatre. 

It would be so much easier to focus on the bad things and what you don't have. You choose to think positively and to focus on what is possible. Where did that optimism come from?
Being an educated person and a student of religion, I believe in that positive thinking is the only way to succeed in our daily life and in the life after death. Secondly, I believe that it is my will and my desire that can bring a change.

Some people are quick to judge based on color or even where a person lives. What would you say to our readers about the importance of getting to know people and not treating everyone the same based on what they look like or where they come from?
I believe that the heart of a person is like a mirror. It reflects the true image of a person, therefore I believe that we should not judge a person on bases of their colour, but should judge a person from his heart and values.


What do you hope people around the world know about Pakistan and the work that you are doing?
People around the world know less about our theatre; therefore I believe that we can introduce our cultural theatre around the world, in a respected manner, if we educate our people on the subject of educational theatre, especially our youth.

You and I actually met each other online using Facebook. How has that site and others like it helped you in reaching others and spreading the word about what you are doing?
Facebook is a social networking site and like others it has helped me in finding people of my interest. In this way I can convey my message to those people whom I know and whom I don't know.

How can we help and find out more information about what you are doing to make the world where you live a better place?
For more information about me or my organization, you can visit at www.gympk.org

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    1. Thank you very much Mr. Anjum Samuel for appreciating our efforts. Also, we at "GYM" are thankful to you and your organization "CYBERanjum.com | Web Developers & Web Hosting Providers" for providing us quality work and service for our web site. Stay blessed.

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    1. Thank you Joe for your supportive words. We (GYM) will try our level best to bring more positive change in our society through theater. You support and guidance will be always required.

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  3. God Bless You MR.Rizwan. May God use you as a vessel to rescue our youth from evil ways. Blessings for your theater program and for your ministry.

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