Mustafa walks 317 kilometers to pay homage to Bangabandhu
Published: 04:04 PM, 19 August 2022 Updated: 04:43 PM, 19 August 2022
Mustafa and his son offered prayers at Bangabandhu`s graveyard
An elderly man named Mustafa, 71, and his son walked 317 on foot to pay homage to the grave of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the month of mourning. The man hailed from Phulpur upazila of Mymensingh district.
He reached the father of the nation's graveyard on Friday (August 19) afternoon. After resting for some time, he stood in front of Bangabandhu's grave and recited Fateha, and offered prayers. At this time his son Md. Moniruzzaman was with him.
On August 8, he left Mymensingh's Phulpur Upazila Parishad on foot for Tungipara with his son around 3 pm. On Tuesday (August 9) walk till 9 pm and reach Bharadoba market in Bhaluka upazila of the district. He spent the night there.
Mustafa is the son of deceased Sona Mia of Sahapur village of Payari union of Phulpur upazila. He is an Awami League presidium member of Payari union.
On the morning of August 10, Mustafa Mia's son Moniruzzaman said, they left Valuka for Tungipara after performing the Fajr prayer. Due to respect and love for Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, my father is going to visit his grave on foot.
Since the assassination of Bangabandhu and his family on August 15, 1975, Mustafa did not wear shoes. He spent 25 long years without wearing shoes. He even went to a wedding barefoot. Later, when the verdict of Bangabandhu's murder trial was announced, five-time parliamentarian of Mymensingh-2 (Phulpur-Tarakanda) Constituency, late Md. Shamsul Haque, a language hero, bought him shoes.
This time, Mustafa has come to the limelight walking 317 kilometers on foot to Tungipara to visit the grave of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
In the meantime, the question has arisen in the minds of many why Mustafa stopped wearing shoes. To know the answer, our correspondent asked Mustafa's son Moniruzzaman and he said, "My grandmother was a big fan of Bangabandhu. After Bangabandhu's assassination, she was talking to my father about Bangabandhu. Grandmother burst into tears while recalling Bangabandhu's contribution to the independence of Bangladesh. At this time, her tears fell on the ground which shocked my father. He vowed never to walk wearing shoes on the ground where his mother's tears had fallen." Later, when the verdict of Bangabandhu's murder trial was announced, the 5-time elected MP of Mymensingh-2 (Phulpur-Tarakanda) Constituency, late Md. Shamsul Haque bought shoes for him and he wore them at the request of senior leaders of the local Awami League, he added.