“Afghaniyat: Afghan-ness; the essence of being Afghan; identifying with Afghan-hood.” (blog)
“Subject: Afghaniyat Principles and Duties” (website)
“Afghaniyat Listserver is based on the idea of discovering, fostering, and implementing the concepts of Afghaniyat (Afghan-hood).” (listserve)
Man! I have really missed the boat on this one. Speak of being left behind!
I really hope I can find somebody versed enough in the foundational ethos and basic principles of Afghaniyat to help me get back to my true self. If there is any of you reading this, please, this is a desperate plea for help. Help me understand “Afghaniyat” -because god knows I have not the inkling of an idea as to what it stands for. And it is driving me to the point of a crisis of identity -nay, an existential crisis. Who knows how many unseemly and un-Afghan acts I have committed in my total oblivion of this crucial concept of Afghanhood.
True, I did grow up in Afghanistan and have lived there for most of my life -but the unfortunate fact is that I have somehow been excluded from the circles that shared in the esoteric wisdom of Afghaniyat. I swear, no one told me about it. And still whenever I hear it in a group of fellow Afghans, it is always assumed that those present understand what it means, and there is no need to explain it in detail. Out of shame I never aske for an explanation. I do not want to disappoint my ‘more Afghan’ compatriots.
But it is becoming unbearable. Somebody please help this lost sheep. As it is, I wallow in the large and undefined company that is Adamiyat and Insaniyat -and I am sick and tired of it. It just does not feel right. I know I am missing a part my myself. I know I am supposed to find my truer, more essential self. I just don’t know what it is. I mean I know it is Afghaniyat that I am missing, I just don’t know what this means.