Politics and books | Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan

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Our nation seems to be constantly under a curse. As one problem begins to recede, the next one crops up. We all remember the problems created by Imran Khan’s sit-ins at D-Chowk with Tahirul Qadri’s show nearby.

Both politicians 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. Both Imran and Qadri had a one-point agenda: to topple the government by any means. The latter even managed to incite his followers to a bloody confrontation with the police.

The Panama leaks case has hijacked the whole nation. Everyone seems to have become a legal expert. The PTI and the PML-N have been holding the nation hostage for quite some time now.

What is particularly disturbing and somewhat difficult to understand was how the various TV stations were allowed to set up mini-studios within the premises of the Supreme Court. The stalwarts of both parties would indulge in rhetoric and mudslinging, with each trying to surpass the other. It would have been more appropriate for the courts to order political leaders and TV representatives not to discuss the case until the final judgment has been delivered. I sincerely hope this is considered for future occasions so as to save the nation from unnecessary theatrics.

Now, let’s turn our attention to books. The first book is an invaluable treasure of knowledge. It is titled Aaqa Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam (Sacred Life of the Holy Prophet) and has been penned by Abdal Bela. It has been printed by Sang-e-Meel Publications, Lahore. M Afzaal, the CEO of Sang-e-Meel Publications, pays a lot of attention to the quality of both paper and printing. This guarantees that the final product is exceptional.

The backflap contains a description of our Holy Prophet (pbuh). The description has been written in an unprecedented manner. By simply reading it, one can get a sense of what Abdal Bela has put into the book: his soul.

This book contains 1,144 pages in which the author has elaborated on the birth of our Holy Prophet (pbuh), his upbringing, his habits, details about the Wahi (the message brought by the Angel Gabrael) and the revelation of the Holy Quran. This book should be placed in the libraries of all universities, colleges and madressahs.

The second book, which is also on Islamic history and culture, is titled Hayate Sahaba Ke Darakhsha’n Pehlu (Shining Examples of the Lives of the Companions of the Holy Prophet). It has been written Abdul Rehman Rafat Pasha and has been translated by Mahmood Ahmad Ghazanfar. The book has been published by 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 Ahmad Adil and Tazkiratul Aulia by Shaikh Fareeduddin Attar. Mahmood Ahmad Ghazanfar has done an excellent job in translating the book 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) and Hazrat Abdullah bin Umme Maktoom (RA). The second part contains the lives of Hazrat Majzat bin Soor (RA) and Hazrat Zaid bin Sohail (RA) and the third part contains the lives of Hazrat Hakeem bin Jazam (RA) and Hazrat Abu Huraira (RA). The author has given many authentic references at the end of the description of every companion of the Holy Prophet (pbuh). My best wishes and prayers are with the author and the translator.

The third book is entitled Hamare Shuhada (Our Martyrs) written by A Sattar Awan and published by Qalam Foundation International. Awan has rightly dedicated his book to the martyrs of the Army Public School massacre. It is about the personnel of the armed forces 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 our younger generations to be aware of how their elders sacrificed their lives for the motherland and set an example for righteous and courageous behaviour.

While living in Karachi in the 1950s and studying at the DJ Sind Government Science College, I was highly impressed by the armed forces personnel who were on duty at the campus 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 witnessed the martial law of Field Marshal Ayub Khan. People at that time were fed up with politicians who were always quarrelling among themselves and not doing anything for the country. They had a lot of affection for young officers and jawans. It was a painful experience to see our officers and jawans being kicked and baton-charged by the Indian Army during the December 1971 war.