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……

83 thoughts on “The Story of DiscoMaulvi”

  1. Salaams AlyB (or discomaulvi!),

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

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  2. 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

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    1. @ayesha My name is Muhammad Aly and my last name begins with a B. Due to privacy reasons it is shortened to Aly B. :)

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  3. 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

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    1. 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.

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

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  5. 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

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  6. 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

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  7. 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

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    1. 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.

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

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  9. 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!

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    1. 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

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  10. 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

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