RANDOM THOUGHTS : Politics and Books - BY: Dr. A.Q. Khan

Politics and Books
Dr. A.Q. Khan


This nation seems to be constantly under the curse of the Almighty. One trouble has barely receded when the next one crops up. We all remember the problems created by Imran Khan’s sit-ins at D-Chowk with Dr. Tahirul Qadri’s show nearby. Both those gentlemen seemed hell bent on acquiring control of the government with neither showing much love or concern for democracy or the well-being of the people. They both had a one-point agenda, i.e. to get rid of the government by any means. The latter of the two even managed to incite his followers to bloody confrontation with the police, resulting in the deaths of innocent people.

The Panama Case has hijacked the whole nation. Everyone seems to have become a legal expert par excellence. The PTI and the PML(N) have been holding the nation hostage for quite some time now. Most disturbing, and hard to understand, was how the Supreme Court and the JIT could allow the various TV stations to set up mini-studios within the Supreme Court premises. There stalwarts of both parties would indulge in rhetoric and mud-slinging, each trying to surpass the other. It would have been more appropriate for the Supreme Court and the JIT to order political leaders, TV representatives, etc. not to discuss the case as long as it was being heard and the judgment had not been given. I sincerely hope that the honourable judges consider this request for future occasions to save the nation from unnecessary theatrics.

Now the books. The first one is an invaluable treasure of knowledge and is entitled Aaqa Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam (Sacred Life of the Holy Prophet) by Mr. Abdal Bela. It has been printed by the well-known Sangmeel Publications, Lahore. The CEO of Sangmeel, Mr. M. Afzaal, pays a lot of attention to quality of both paper and printing, which guarantees a good end product. The passion, concentration and attention shown by the author in preparing this book is indicative of his love and affection for our Holy Prophet Muhamad (PBUH). The back flap contains a description of our Holy Prophet in a way that I have not come across before. By simply reading it one can feel what Mr. Abdal Bela has put into the book – his very soul! This book contains 1144 pages in which the author has elaborated on the birth of our Holy Prophet (PBUH), his upbringing, his habits, Wahi (the message brought by the angel Gibrael), the conveyance of the Holy Quran through him, etc. This book should be put in the libraries of all universities, colleges and madarsas. May Almighty Allah bless Mr. Abdal Bela in this world and in the hereafter – Ameen.

The second book, also on Islamic history and culture, is entitled Hayate Sahaba Ke Darakhsha’n Pehlu (Shining Examples of the Lives of the Companions of the Holy Prophet). It has been written by Mr. Abdul Rehman Rafat Pasha and the translation has been done by Mr. Mahmood Ahmad Ghazanfar. The publishers are Ali Asif Printers, Lahore and the book has been distributed by Nauman Kutub Khana, Lahore. It is an excellent and comprehensive book. This treasure of invaluable information belongs in the same category as the famous Qasasul Ambia by Mr. Ahmad Adil and Tazkiratul Aulia by Shaikh Fareeduddin Attar. Mr. Mahmood Ahmad Ghazanfar has done an excellent job in the translation by using simple, easy-to-understand language. The book has been divided into three parts. The first part contains a description of the lives of Hazrat Saeed bin Amir (RA) to Hazrat Abdullah bin Umme Maktoom (RA). The second part contains the lives of Hazrat Majzat bin Soor (RA) to Hazrat Zaid bin Sohail (RA) and the third part contains the lives of Hazrat Hakeem bin Jazam (RA) to Hazrat Abu Huraira (RA). The author has given many authentic references at the end of the description of every Sahabi (companion of the Holy Prophet (PBUH)). My best wishes and prayers for the author and the translator. May Allah Almighty bless them for their efforts – Ameen.

The third book is entitled Hamare Shuhada (Our Martyrs) written by Mr. A. Sattar Awan and published by Qalam Foundation International, Bank Stop, Walton Road, Lahore Cantt. (Mobile 0300-0515101, Tel. 042-36613021). Mr. Awan has rightly dedicated his book to the martyrs of the Army Public School, Peshawar. It is about the armed forces personnel who sacrificed their lives for the country during their course of duty. It is well written and should be provided to all schools. It is important for younger generations to be aware how their elders sacrificed their lives for the motherland and set an example for them of righteous and courageous behaviour.

While living in Karachi in the fifties and studying at D.J. Sind Government Science College, I was highly impressed by the armed forces personnel I saw on duty there and developed a great love and respect for them. At one stage I had almost decided to join the army, but fate had something different in store for me. Later I saw the Martial Law of Field Marshal Ayub Khan. People at that time were fed up with the politicians, who were always quarreling and not doing anything for the country and they had a lot of affection for the young officers (Captains and Majors) and jawans. It was a painful experience to see our officers and jawans being kicked and batton charged by the Indian army during the surrender of December 1971.

Posted on Jul 27, 17 | 5:07 am