Dr. A.Q. Khan


Enough has already been said about the ongoing political activities, press conferences, cases in courts, etc. and the situation doesn’t get any better; much better to opt for reading books, both for enjoyment and for knowledge.

The first book I would like to bring to your notice is called Muslim World – The Story of the Creation of Pakistan. It is written by someone I have known for a long time, competent former civil servant, Mr. Ainuddin Siddiqui. He is an all encompassing national figure. We came into contact in the mid nineties when KRL was making the long distance ballistic missile, Ghauri, and needed fuel for it. Our aim was to be self-sufficient for fuel. My colleague, Dr. Hashmi, was asked to handle the project. He often travelled to Karachi since he had rehabilitated the People’s Steel Mills there and was looking after it. It produced the exotic maraging steels which we required and other alloy steels for industry. He got in touch with Mr. Siddiqui, who provided a suitable location in the refinery of which he was Chief and provided all facilities. Within a very short time, Dr. Hashmi and his team were producing excellent fuel for our missiles. Later on, the facilities were moved to the premises of the People’s Steel Mills.

The book in question consists of 788 pages, beautifully published by Sigma Press, Lahore and available from 0300-8554601. Mr. Siddiqui has used many reliable references for this monumental work. Starting from the Muslim populations in the world and international forms of government, he has discussed the Indian Freedom Movement and subsequent events. Muslim rule in the sub-continent, prominent politicians of the sub-continent, formation of the All India Muslim League, the ideology of Pakistan and the Pakistan Resolution, the relationship between the All India Muslim League and the Pakistan Movement, partition of the sub-continent, disputes between India and Pakistan, independence and two-nation theory, Lord Mountbatten and Sir Cyril Radcliffe, the Simla Conference, Cabinet Mission Plan, partition and demarcation of borders, Indian Water Treaty, native states and disputes between India and Pakistan, independence migration and population exchange, Princely States and states ruled by Muslims, Kashmir and the Kashmir conflict, Hyderabad, Kalat State, Junagarh, Manvadar, constitutional history of Pakistan, Mr. M.A. Jinnah’s speeches and addresses from 1916 to 1948, Liaquat Ali Khan, Raja Sb. of Mahmudabad, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and his views about Pakistan, the eras of Governor Generals, Presidents, Prime Ministers and Chiefs of Armed Forces, prominent civil servants and generals, origins of present day politicians and their families, Bengal/East Pakistan, West Pakistan, Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan, the concept of Islam and grave-worshipping, veneration of saints and pirs, tombs of so-called saints in the sub-continent, all this and more has been discussed. In short, Mr. Siddiqui has done an excellent and thorough job and his book is recommended for the libraries of all educational institutions and scholars of International Relations and Pakistan Studies.

The second important and valuable book is Don’t Worry – Ghamna Karen by Dr. Aaiz bin Abdullah al-Qarni. The translation has been done by Mr. Ghatreef Shahbaz Nadvi. The publisher is Darul Iblagh Publishers and Distributors Lahore (042-7038771). It is reported that, immediately after publication, more than one million copies were sold. The Arabic title of the book is La Tahzan Innalla ha Ma’na.

Once started, this book is difficult to put down. It deals with daily life, your actions, way of living, contact with others, etc. The author has discussed solutions to daily problems in the light of Divine edicts, the Quran being a complete code of conduct and life.

Mr. Muhammad Tahir Naqqash has written a meaningful forward. He says: “When you look around, you see that no one is happy in this world. Everyone has some problem, some worry. It looks like huge mountains of grief and pain are on them and they are trying to survive from this terrible situation, fighting and trying hard to wriggle out of this problem. Apparently, people look fit, healthy and happy, but from inside they are eaten up with grief, problems and pains. They just need an excuse, a small shock, to break down completely, shatter down depressed. The question arises as to how this situation - grief, depression - attacks the human being. It happens when the human being distances itself from the Almighty and forgets the message conveyed to him by Him through His apostle and indulges in wrongdoing. “

The author, Dr. Aaiz bin Abdullah al-Qarni, says that this book provides examples, pleasant stories and events and literary pieces as solutions to the ills which have been besetting people. There are divine edicts, sayings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), sayings of the companions of the apostle, suggestions from psychologists, scientists, sociologists, poets, etc. It also contains the results of comprehensive research, newspaper articles, reports, magazines, etc. In short, it is a treasure of various useful findings and research. The message to readers is: be happy, be optimistic and don’t be sad or depressed. However, saying is easier than doing. When people are depressed, it takes more than a few stories to set them right. This book, the author says, is for people who are facing, or have faced, hardships, who are depressed, pessimistic, worried or passing through a difficult, uncertain time or bitter circumstances. This book will, hopefully, enable them to prevail over their difficulties to become content and happy.

The best way to deal with depression, anger, mental distress, etc, is to offer prayers as this gives peace of mind. Listening to, or reading the Quran with translation also helps. The Almighty has called us human beings impatient, hasty, quarrelsome, miserly, ungrateful, suspicious, cheating, etc. but still he has blessed us with the title of “the best of all the living beings”. In Surah Rahman, the Almighty has again and again asked us to point out which of the favours of our Lord will we deny? If we follow the course described by the Almighty in the Quran, we will be able to overcome the ills mentioned earlier. No one’s life is without problems and strife of some kind.

Posted on Oct 04, 17 | 6:10 am