RANDOM THOUGHTS : Informative Books - BY: Dr. A.Q. Khan

Informative Books
Dr. A.Q. Khan


The country is in the grip of heat and blood-spilling events like, for instance the murder of Mashal Khan in Mardan. The political bout between Imran Khan and his followers (Naeemul Haq, Muhamad Ali Khan, Fawad Chowdhry, Naz Baloch, etc.) and Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his loyal followers (Danial Aziz, Talal Chowdhry, Mariam Aurangzeb, etc.) has calmed down due to the closing of the Panama Case in the Supreme Court, the verdict of which everyone is now awaiting.

In my mail I regularly receive books from friends, acquaintances and people I don’t really know. I like to comment on those which I find good because many people are not aware of what is available. Today I have three books to comment on.

The first one is “Book based on Islamic information containing short stories for guidance for children.” It has been written by Dr. Arif Mahmood Kisana, who has been living in Stockholm, Sweden, for many years and works at the Karolinska Hospital. I visited Sweden in 1964 with a student delegation accompanied by two professors. We visited many educational institutions and industrial units. We found Sweden to be very beautiful and clean, even cleaner than Holland. This book is a treasure of knowledge on Islamic topics and has been written in simple Urdu. It has been translated into Swedish by Mrs. Muniza Tariq, wife of our Ambassador, Mr. Tariq Zamir. It has been published very nicely by National Book Foundation and contains a review by Dr. Inamul Haq Javaid, Managing Director of the Foundation. Currently it has been translated into English, Hindi and Norwegian and translations into Bengali, Chinese, Russian, German and Italian are planned for the near future. It is a very useful book for children in general and for the children of expatriates in particular as it contains useful information for them on Islamic topics. While buying it for their children, it would do no harm for parents to read it as well, as it will refresh their memories. May Almighty Allah shower His blessings on Dr. Kisana and his family for this highly commendable work – Ameen.

The second book is entitled “Qale Rasul Allah Lanabya Badi”. It is written by well-known religious scholar, Prof.Dr. Ejaz Hassan Khan Khattak, Principal of Khyber Medical College, Peshawar. It has been published by Khyber Mail, Peshawar in a very pleasing manner. Prof.Dr. Khattak was a disciple of Pir Rizwan Badshah of Gondal who, by co-incidence, was a very good friend of my elder brother, Qayyum Khan. Whenever my brother went to Gondal he would phone me and then pass the phone to Rizwan Badshah. In this way we got to know each other quite well and kept in regular contact. One day he told me that one of his disciples, a General and supporter of Musharraf, had come to see him. Rizwan Badshah had told him in no uncertain terms to stay away from me, upon which the General put his hand on Rizwan’s shoulder and said: “It’s all about getting another star.” “I immediately asked him to leave”, he said, and I was deeply shocked that someone could be so mean as to hurt a benefactor of Pakistan for his own ulterior motives.

Excellent reviews about the book have been written by Mr. Muhammad Aurangzeb Awan and Mr. Abad Hassan Khattak (Translator of Provincial Assembly). In order to write such beautiful poetry, the author must be an ardent lover of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and Allah Almighty. May Allah shower His blessings on Prof.Dr. Ejaz Hassan Khan Khattak and his family for his efforts – Ameen.

The third useful and informative book (journal) is “Anwar-e-Raza”. It is a special edition and entitled “Milad-e-Rasul”. It has been edited by Malik Mahboobur Rasul Qadri and published by Allama Shah Ahmad Noorani Research Centre, Johar Abad. Reviews for it have been written by Allama Pir Muhammad Atiqur Rahman Fez Purei, Hazrat Pir Mian Abdul Khaliq Qadri, Maulana Mufti Muhammad Khan Qadri, Justice Mian Nazeer Akhtar, Mian Muhammad Hanafi Saify, Prof. Muhammad Nawaz Daugri Saefi, Maj.Gen. Shafiq, Imran Munir Hassan, Hazrat Syed Faizul Hassan Shah Bukhari, Pir Muhammad Tufail Ahmed, Hazrat Syed Wajahat Rasul Qadri, myself and others. Amongst the many topics discussed is Eid-e-Milad. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm all over the world and people are unanimous in their belief that it brings down Allah’s blessings. People believe that when you celebrate Eid-e-Milad, angels descend from heaven and remove personal worries and problems. The journal points out that, though celebration of this event is good, one should remain within the parameters of Shariah. Use flags and other means of display if you must, but it is better to recite the Holy Quran, fast and feed orphans and the poor. Allah’s blessings can be earned by doing any kind of social welfare work such as helping destitute widows, providing books to poor students, paying school fees for poor students, etc., etc. There is no dearth of things which can be done in our society and which call out for action. It is heartening to see that this journal points out, not only the religious aspects, but also the practical ones and that an excellent choice of articles has been made. It is hoped that Muslims from all countries will take the time to read and learn from it. I am sure this magazine will be very useful to religious scholars and students as well. May Allah bless all those involved in making this informative journal – Ameen.

Posted on May 01, 17 | 2:02 am