Despite having limited resources throughout his life, Hafiz Maaz-ur-Rehman, who is the son of an Imam, is amongst the very limited number of candidates to have passed the CSS exam.
Maaz-ur-Rehman studied in a madrassa till he was 16 years old. Later on, he became Imam of Masjid, and then pursued a master’s degree in Arabic and gave his CSS exam. Maaz acquired 6th position in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region and has been allocated to the department of police.
Out of all the candidates who passed the CSS exam, heads have turned towards Maaz, because he didn’t have formal education like the rest, and studied in a madrassa.
Studying in a madrassa
Maaz wants to change the perspective people have about the madrassa students. He wants to make people see that though reports about horrible incidents at madrassas are received every day, not all institutes are the same.
According to him, madrassa students are competent as well.
Maaz thinks that when people like him will come forward, and students of madrassas will work their hardest and pursue education, people will get to know how competent they are.
Hardships and setbacks
During his interview with a news outlet, Maaz told how there were so many hardships and obstacles he had to face during his course of education, but he didn’t let that stop him from achieving his dream.
Maaz’s achievement of passing CSS was a rollercoaster, he failed twice in the exam. The first time he failed in five courses, and the second time, in three.
On his third attempt, he passed the exam but was not allocated to any department.
His story is an inspiration for everyone. It does not matter how many times you fail, if you are determined enough, there is nothing that can stop you from reaching your goal.