The Story of DiscoMaulvi

AlyB (aka DiscoMaulvi) was born in a Memon business family. After completion of his A-Levels in 1997, AlyB followed in the footsteps of his father and uncles and headed off to the US of A for a Bachelor’s degree.

At the age of 17, AlyB found himself in the dilemma that most Muslims that go to the US face. After all, the lure of parties, booze, and babes is enticing for any hot blooded teenager. His semi-conservative upbringing made him steer clear of the booze but the parties and babes were perhaps not so taboo and he could often be spotted on a weekend nite partying with his friends (and usually being the only one sober).

Parallel to this partying however, AlyB also discovered the local masjid and the Friday sermons (given in Arabic and English) made him realize that he didn’t know jack about his religion. This sparked a thirst for knowledge, which was easy to cater to by the freely available Islamic knowledge through his friends’ book collections (obviously not the same friends he spent weekends with), the masjid’s library, and the wonderful Internet.

Over the course of 1998, a new AlyB evolved, one who accepted Islam as his religion and endeavored to do more than just lip sync his faith. This lead to the beginnings of a beard on his 19th Birthday and a spot on the executive Shura of the Muslim Students’ Association. He eventually became President of the MSA in November 1999.

On his trip to Pakistan in December 1998, AlyB found himself now being referred to as a Maulvi. Unfortunately, the vision that popped up in his head upon hearing that word was that of a backward closed minded individual, more interested in self than religion, usually only educated by rote. Thus, to express a rebellion against the norms of Maulvidom, the term DiscoMaulvi was coined.

While in college, AlyB spent 3 years as an opinion columnist for the college newspaper, generally writing about International issues or campus issues. Upon graduation, AlyB returned to Pakistan and became an IDB (In Daddy’s Business). He also sadly laid his pen to rest, partly because the media in those day was not free enough for his in-your-face writing.

Yeh BaDa Aib Mujh Mein Hai ‘Akbar’
Dil Mein Jo Aaye Keh Guzarta HooN
[Akbar Allahbadi]

Times have changed, media is relatively more free, and blogs make it easier to write without worrying about censure. It is now time for DiscoMaulvi to start speaking From The Pulpit……

  1. All hail to the disco maulvi ! we shall hear more from you !! :D

  2. Salman Ashraf

    Salaams AlyB (or discomaulvi!),

    Hahahah.. very cute… Looking forward to reading your very entertaining blogs!
    Take care and salaams to all… Wassalam,

  3. Chalo kisi bahane tu imam ki sunen ge ;p

  4. Welcome to Hotel California!

  5. Nice to know you :P, there is a friend of mine who’s name is Ali Bhatti but he write as ‘Alee B’ I used to call him Aleena Bibi, now can you please tell me why is your name AlyB :P? I really want to tease someone here :P

  6. just started to ffollow you on twitter.

    seems like a cool dude mixed with a blend of sincerity and love towards islam.

    hope to interact with you further on twitter :)

    -Ruchir

    • Thanx ruchir. I hope I will not disappoint. :)
      from The Pulpit… is a new experience for me so keep visiting as I try to imprve my blogging skills.

  7. Impressive…:) Keep rocking

  8. Hmm.. Now I know from where that nick came from! Interesting story!

  9. WOW! This is an interesting story. I’ll be following this blog Insha Allah!

  10. Amanullah Khan

    I knew AlyB only with reference to his DCTA, but not a ‘discoMolavi’. Keep up ur good work in both capacities.

  11. Yo Mr disco Maulvi. I thought I’d drop in a line from the other pulpit, i.e. the cricket pitch on behalf of wellpitched.com

    Nice work, keep blogging

    • Thanx Obaid. It’s been a while since I visited wellpitched.com.

      I’ll head over there once on the computer.

  12. lol i am not allowed?

  13. although i am not anymore, but i have been a cyber keera for a long time :P

  14. Syed Faraz Ali

    Nice story Maulvi…i mean Disco Maulvi!

  15. MAJYD AZIZ

    TASNEEM AND I ARE THE PROUD PARENTS OF “DISCOMAULVI” (WE MAY NOT LIKE THE TITLE BUT ALY HAS MADE A DEFINITE STATEMENT ABOUT IT)
    I WAS COAXED INTO VISITNG THSI BLOG BY MY COUSIN AND BEST FRIEND OF NEARLY SIX DECADES (RAFIQUE JANGDA BASED IN HOUSTON TEXAS)
    WE BOW OUR HEADS IN SUBMISSION TO ALMIGHTY ALLAH THAT ALL THREE OF OUR CHILDREN ARE EXCELLENT WRITERS AND ARE NOT AFRAID TO GIVE THEIR OPINIONS AND VIEWS. THEY ARE STRONG, PRINCIPLED, AND SPEAK THEIR MINDS.
    BY THE WAY, ALY . . . WHY HIDE THE FAMILY NAME. LET THE WORLD KNOW.
    CHEERS
    DADDY

  16. Assalam u Alaykum

    Your story is so much like mine! I’ll be looking forward for insightful posts..

    May Allah strengthen your faith, and help you spread the message of Islam

  17. hummmmm
    you have an attitude. i like it.

    • Thanx doc. Hope i will be able to give you more of this attitude. I have been struggling with a mental block for the past few months, partly due to laziness, partly due to work overload. Insha’Allah I hope soon I will return to active status and really get going on this blogging things.

  18. Syed M. Ayaz

    funny but quite a realistic and interesting read…keep posting :)

    regards,
    @zayams

  19. keep it up

  20. Aly bhaii,

    kidher ho :/

  21. Nice to know you Aly.

  22. haha what a name’disco maulvi’ i started following when i saw your name hehe and i find your story quite interesting too

  23. Assalam O Alaikum
    I knew about your blog from Samaa and since then I am interested in your blog .

  24. Salaam Alaikum.

    I’ve recently started following you on Twitter, and I really like your blog. I can relate to your story about coming back to Islam in many ways. Very happy to be in touch with some one like you!
    I moved here a couple of years back after spending 15 years in Dubai. and still at times feel like an alien here b’coz somethings related to religion I believe in are just not the norms in my family, etc.

    Take care!

    • Walaikum-Assalam:

      Jazak’Allah Khairin. I try my best to be able to write regularly but lately time constraints from other things in life have put a stop to my writing original stuff. I hope sometime in the future Insha’Allah I will be able to correct this.

      Your suggestions for topics, or any other improvements would be welcome.

      -Aly

  25. sisterfiddeen

    Assalamu alaikum,
    Cool blog and great story masha’Allah!
    Hey by the way, have you heard of Timelenders? I have taken their courses whenever I visit Karachi and they are beyond amazing masha’Allah. They’ve helped in deen and personal development so much; check out http://www.timelenders.com

  26. ….Disco deewaney!..

  27. Good going, I like your blog!

  28. tell you what. my story is pretty similar to yours. although i think rather than corrupting the essence of being a maulvi by attaching the term of “disco” i’d aim for striving maulvi. the perception about maulvis is pretty skewed in pakistani society but i reckon its high time we owned the term and brought our own meaning to it. So i appreciate your humility and tentativeness in becoming an outright maulvi but i encourage you to dare the normal perception and be what you are without depreciating term of “disco”.
    Cheers. I mean well, if you find it a little forceful than pardon my overzealousness.

    • Dear Muslim

      I am sure if we were to meet you would find me no different than you are even if I do use the name DiscoMaulvi. It has nothing to do with Disco really. It is just a term that stuck over the years.

      We each go on our own paths towards the same goal and Insha’Allah we will reach it.

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