A Man of Substance

A Man of Substance

“The distinction between us and the polytheists is the turbans over our caps.”
(Those words attributed to the Prophet Muhammad are coming from a hadith in the books of Abu Dawood and Tirmidhi)

As I was walking along the Ganges I saw an old man who took a bath at Munsi ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).
Next to his garments drying under the sun there was this topi upon a piece of cloth.
The Urdu word “topi” is often translated by “a prayer cap” in English however it is more than this.
Many Muslims are wearing it in the Eternal city, they usualy wear it with traditonal clothes, as a symbol of their faith.
I also took a few pictures of that man and I followed him till he left the ghats because I liked the kind of timeless elegance which he was unconsciously showing and somehow I feel that this picture could be a portait of this man of substance.

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