I was born and brought up in the under-developed city of Layyah, which is situated in Southern Punjab and surrounded by desert and the river Sindh.
I graduated from college in my hometown with pretty much regular grades. Went through some hard times when I was in university. It was also difficult for me to pay the university dues due to financial shortcomings.
I am a sportsman and still have a wish to play in International Cricket which seems impossible from where I am today. At one point, I wished to join Pakistan Air Force but life directed me towards Computer Sciences.
I started using a computer in 2010 when I joined Government College University Faisalabad. Came to know about WordPress while I was finishing the last semester of my degree and my FYP was based on WordPress.
My mother–who is no more in this world–was the real hero of my life and stayed by my side till her last breath. I remember my kindergarten days when she helped me with my homework. I remember the moments in which she used to stay standing in front of the house while I drove off to school.
I remember her last day at the hospital. I met her in the ICU before her heart surgery. She hugged me and said “Don’t worry, everything will be good”. She expired during the surgery. I pray for her soul to rest in peace every day.
Start of Career:
Something had always felt missing in my life, but I felt like I was on the right track for the first time in my life when I joined the WordPress community. After graduation, I struggled a lot to get my first job. I joined PressTigers as a Software Engineer and continued struggling to make my position better.
Khawaja Fahad Shakeel was my first mentor. For me, it has always been an honour to work with him. He directed me towards the right path and provided me with endless support.
Community – WordCamps and Meetups:
I am using WordPress since 2015. Once I started attending meetups and open source contribution, it turned out to be a game changer for me.
I learned a lot of things from the WordPress Community platform. There are a lot of personalities who have left a deep impression on met. One of them is Nidhi Jain from Udaipur India. At this point, she is like a sister to me. We have an amazing chemistry when it comes to working on WordPress dev. The second one is Jonathan Desrosiers who is like my big brother whom I have learned a lot from and continue to do more every day.
WordPress Community is where I feel the most comfortable, after my family. I am supporting local WordPress communities and was part of WordCamp Karachi as an organizer. It was the first time that I spoke in an international level event.
People around the globe know me because of WordPress. This is why WordPress is my identity. I owe a huge part of who I am to the WordPress Community.
WordPress and Future:
I believe WordPress can never die as long as people don’t stop baking new things and curating it according to the demands of the new era.
The beauty of WordPress is that it is made for everyone.
As a co-organizer of WordPress Meetup Lahore it is an honor for me to provide a platform for people to gather under one roof, to learn and share something with the community. I believe in diversity and would love to involve more people in the community leadership team.
I am extremely hopeful regarding the WordPress Meetup Lahore group and welcome everyone to contribute into making it great.
I have been terribly impressed by Marcel as he walked for WC Europe and I would love to walk for WC Asia after the approval.
In the future, if I get a chance in politics, I wish to be a part of upper house as a SENATOR OF PAKISTAN. Hopefully, I will be contesting in the next senate election either from the platform of the ruling party or as an independent candidate.
Usman Khalid, the lead organizer of WC Karachi, is the hero behind the scenes for establishing the communities in Pakistan. He has mentored me for community relevant stuff. I would love to credit him, the person who gathered the Pakistani WordPress folks under one roof for the first time.
Message for WordPressers:
If you seriously want to do something for yourself, do something for others first.
Go for open source, you’ll surely learn how to code. You’ll learn how to work in a team. Join local meetups, meet with the folks: help them, learn from them and share ideas.
One thing I have learned from life is that there is no shortcut to success. You have to work hard to achieve your goals. The person who lives in a fantasy world will never succeed in life.
I don’t think I have achieved something great. I still have the thirst to do something; lots and lots of missions to be accomplished. My only wish is to do something different for this world which will be remembered long after I am gone.
Together we grow. Peace ✌