Abdul Latif Naha, The Hindu, Kerala Edition, May 21 2005
His pen name is Jaihoon. To understand the beauty of the Jaihoon, a river in Turkmenistan, we need not have to read the poems of Allama Iqbal. Going through the poems of this young man from Edappal can help us feel not only the beauty of the Jaihoon but also understand why he chose that nom de plume.
Settled in Sharjah, Mujeeb Rahman, 27, may be little known in in Kerala. But to thousands of fans across continents, Jaihoon is a poet they love to read again and again. This young man stands apart in the literary world not only by his selection of subjects and medium but also by the emotional treatment he gives to them.
Jaihoon has won the hearts of the people in Europe, Africa, America and Asia through his books such as Egoptics, Henna for the Heart and The Cool Breeze from Hind.
He admits that he cannot escape the influence of mystic Urdu poets, such as Allama Mohammed Iqbal and Jalaludhin Rumi. His poems are proof enough for his boldness to tread on metaphysical philosophies propounded by various Indian mystic poets.
Two days ago, Mr. Jaihoon was felicitated at a literary function organized by the students of Darul Huda Islamic Academy at Chemmad. He told the gathering that the idea of unity propounded by globalization should be channeled for mental togetherness.
‘Jaihoon is all about integration’, he says. Several years ago, Mr. Jaihoon introduced himself to the world through his website, www.jaihoon.com. He has converted his site into a repertoire of articles and pictures that can move the collective human conscience.
I do not see the information technology as a career. I am not even trained in it. For me, it is a medium of expression, he says.
He believes his works are for the readers to judge. While Egoptics and Henna for the Heart touch upon the complexities of human emotions, The Cool Breeze from Hind tells us what he felt during his journey from Kochi to Kasarkode.
Jaihoon, through his works, tells us how effectively we can parry the dangerous effects of globalization. A remedy he suggests is recourse to spiritual mysticism. Only that can restore the innocence of love, he believes.