Swat History

BEGUM JAN AND NEMBOLA – A FOLK TALE OF SWAT

Let us have something out of course of history. It is about a romance still remembered in our folklore. Begum Jaan, the daughter of a well off person of Aboha was a symbol of beauty and serenity beyond imagination. She was very intelligent among the girls of her age and her friends loved her very much. She was the star of the group being taught basic Islamic rituals and the religious books of that time. The name of their Tutor was Mullah Bahadar. He was a very strict disciplinarian and kept his disciples controlled without distinction of caste. They included girls and boys of all the houses attached to his mosque.

One day, the students were sitting in the courtyard of the masjid reciting their lessons. It is said that a prince from the valley of Kaif, the only son of the King of fairyland, was flying over the land, enjoying his excursion. He lost his way back home and came down. He was tired of his flight and landed in the corner of the courtyard. Suddenly he heard a giggling sound like the ringing of silver bells. He turned his eyes towards the place from where the sound came. As he saw the laughing girls, he was almost imbalanced. The radiant face of the girls stayed for ever in his heart. As nobody could see him, he stayed in the mosque unobserved.

Night fell and he did not returned to his palace in the valley of Kaif. His father, the king was greatly worried about him and dispatched many teams to find him. He had seven beautiful sisters who also joined the search and at last came to the mosque of Aboha and saw their brother in great agony. He told them about his love. They tried to persuade him to go back to Kaif but he refused. They also told him that his unison with a human was impossible. They returned Kaif in despair and told their father that Prince Nembola has fallen in love with a human female. Nembola tried to touch the girl and she, though could not see him, felt his fingers on her face and she got hysteric with fear. Soon the fits increased and the Mullah found out Nembola with his ‘Thelesm’ (Holy Words) and imprisoned him in a bowl.

The seven sister of Nembola returned and found his brother under the spell of the Mullah. They pleaded with him to free their brother in return of a large quantity of diamonds and to keep one of their sisters as slave. However, the Mullah did not agree and burned the prince alive.

The sisters got infuriated and one night killed the Mullah and placed his dead body between the wooden rafts of the masjid. The people of the village found him next morning and buried him in proper way.

The sisters of Nembola took him out of the grave and hanged his dead body in the entrance of a cave in an inaccessible gorge of the hill of Shamozai above Nagoha village.

For many years, people reported hearing a sound of bones hitting against each other.

Fazal Raziq Shahab belongs to the historic village of Aboha, Swat. His writings on Swat State provides very useful information to the general readers and researchers. He remained Swat State functionary and thus observed the happenings of the State very closely. He is the author of two books and his Columns has been a regular feature of Daily Azadi, Bakhabarswat.com and Lafzuna.com.
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Fazal Raziq Shahab belongs to the historic village of Aboha, Swat. His writings on Swat State provides very useful information to the general readers and researchers. He remained Swat State functionary and thus observed the happenings of the State very closely. He is the author of two books and his Columns has been a regular feature of Daily Azadi, Bakhabarswat.com and Lafzuna.com.
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  1. The way and due to mistake of Mullah Bahadar, that got him killed and his strict abolution practice was not mentioned in this story.

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