Imran Khan usually recites the Quranic verse: “إياك نعبد وإياك نستعين” ~ “It is You we worship and You we ask for help(Al-Fatihah: 5)  before addressing a public gathering. Undoubtedly, Allah gave him what he sincerely asked for.

It is wonderful to see his 22-years of struggle finally come to a rewarding stage. Ramiz Raja, his counterpart in cricket, described him as ‘indefatigable, dead honest & lucky’.

Sincerity has been the fundamental factor for all his dreams coming true. After his mother was diagnosed with cancer, he realised there was not a single dedicated cancer hospital in Pakistan, so he planned to build one. It was sincerity towards Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust which pushed him to win the Cricket World Cup and use the winning prize towards building the hospital. It seemed like a far-fetched idea in a country like Pakistan.

Nevertheless, Imran took to the streets to campaign for it and people listened to him. From a beggar to a millionaire, everyone contributed to this noble cause according to their means and continue to do so to this day. It is one of the very few state-of-the-art hospitals in Pakistan which provides free healthcare to the poor suffering with cancer.

While the hospital materialised, he realised that the root cause of poor health would remain unchanged unless tackled politically.

Although he was popular at all times, this popularity took almost 22 years to turn into votes. His acceptance among the young voters who voted for him in the recent election was long time coming.

His biggest achievement so far is that he educated people about politics, leadership, their rights, responsibilities and potential to change their circumstances.

Usually wearing a white dress, aqeeq stone ring on his baby finger and sandals, which are now known as Khan Chappal, Imran Khan’s close friends describe him as a derwesh who tries to follow the Sunnah of our Prophet (s).

Imran Khan is an embodiment of a visionary, an honest soul, and a considerate human being selflessly working for the betterment of the society and it is expected that he will indeed herald a new Pakistan.