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June 12th, 2018

It is the sacred month of Ramazan and we have entered the second phase leading towards its completion. Many books have been published on religious matters and I would like to draw attention to a few.

The first is titled ‘Maamlaate Insan aur Quran’ by author and former political activist, Qayyum Nizami. This book explores rights, morals and ethics, prayers, manners and the code of life. Nizami has written many thoroughly researched and well-documented books on religion and politics. The above-mentioned book is a treasure trove of knowledge. It contains numerous Quranic verses and Ahadith dealing with human actions, psychology, manners and ethics. Read the rest of this entry »

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Random thoughts
By Dr A Q Khan

The law of the land is not applicable to the select few and they openly ignore even court orders. In the olden days a Qazi would hear and decide cases quickly and fairly. Our history and traditions have many golden chapters. There were not merely a dozen or so honest, efficient rulers, but literally hundreds of them.

An efficient administrative and legal system already existed during the period of Hazrat Abu Bakr (RA), but it was Hazrat Umar (RA) who established the most efficient, honest and neutral system. Everything was properly recorded and coded and it was a complete, exemplary constitution.

In one of my previous columns I had mentioned how the Qazi, a former Turkish slave, had thrashed Ali Noshtgin, commander-in-chief of Mahmud Ghaznavi’s army, for being under the influence of alcohol. Here I would like to mention Sher Shah Suri, who had the Grand Trunk Road built from Peshawar to Calcutta. What he achieved in the five years of his rule our inept rulers have not been able to achieve in even 62 years. His minister of finance was Raja Todar Mal, who was so efficient that, years later when Akbar became emperor, he sent for Raja Todar Mal and requested him to be his minister of finance. History is witness to the prosperity and progress made during Akbar’s reign.
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Random Thoughts
By Dr A Q Khan

I have a dear Sri Lankan friend named Adam Sadiq, whom I know since 1975 when he was a diplomat in Islamabad. After a stint at the foreign ministry in Colombo, he went on to become ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Over the years Mr Sadiq has been sending me messages of varying nature, the latest one being of such interest that I would like to share it with our readers.

The cleaning lady

During their second month of college lectures, a professor gave his students a pop quiz. Most of them breezed through the questions until they read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?” Surely this was some kind of joke! They had all seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would they know her name? Most of the students left the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count towards the quiz grade. “Absolutely,” said the professor. “In your careers you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say ‘Hello.’ Never forget that! We later found out that her name was Dorothy.
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By Dr A Q Khan

Even before India exploded its first nuclear weapon on May 18, 1974, Mr Bhutto had warned about this happening and had vowed to respond appropriately, even if Pakistanis had to eat grass to protect their sovereignty. I started the programme at Kahuta in July 1976 after coming back from Holland. Within the short span of eight years this country was in a position to explode a nuclear weapon at short notice. The government took 14 years to actually demonstrate this capability.

Had Mr Bhutto been alive to see those tests, he would have exploited our invaluable position and achievement for the benefit of the people and the country. However, once the giant was eliminated, the pygmies, did not benefit from this achievement, and we managed to turn it into something of a curse. In addition to the many difficulties brought down on us, the worst thing we did to ourselves was the freezing of foreign currency accounts. Not only did it hurt our economy, but we also lost international trust. We are still suffering the after-affects.
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By Dr A Q Khan

In the olden days if someone made a major mistake, he/she would be ashamed. Very often they would even change their residence and start afresh somewhere else. Nowadays, robbers, dacoits and wrongdoers walk with their heads held high as if nothing has happened.

There is a clear difference between theft and dacoity. Theft is committed without the use of violence while a dacoity is committed by an armed gang that doesn’t hesitate to use violence and kill its victims at the least sign of resistance. Sometimes these dacoits are killed by brave policemen at the risk of their own lives. Just as good and bad are always found together, so too are honesty and dishonesty. Read the rest of this entry »

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By A Q Khan

While the standard of education Pakistan has been going downhill, moral values have hit rock bottom. At a high school examination in Karachi, the nation was shocked to see not only teachers but also parents helping their children. Books were also being used.

Our Holy Prophet (PBUH) has advised us to “seek knowledge, even if you have to go all the way to China.” Dr Alfred North Whitehead declared more than a hundred years ago: “In the conditions of modern life the rule is absolute: the race which does not value trained intelligence is doomed. Not all your heroism, not all your social charm, not all your wit, not all your victories on land or at sea can move back the finger of fate. Today we maintain ourselves, tomorrow science will have moved over yet one more step and there will be no appeal from the judgment which will be pronounced on the uneducated.” Victor Hugo, said that when you open the gates of a school, you close the gates of a prison. US President Thomas Jefferson pointed out that if a nation expected to be ignorant, yet free and in a state of civilisation, it expected what never was and never would be. A Chinese philosopher advised that if someone wanted to plan for a year, he should sow a seed; for 10 years, plant a tree; for 100 years, teach people.
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By Dr A Q Khan

People who are familiar with Urdu and read and enjoy its poetry know how sweet and captivating a language it is. Those familiar with our cultural heritage and can enjoy the depth and warmth of Urdu poetry are indeed fortunate. We, the older generation, are lucky that in our school days we were given a thorough coverage of the topic, and when I say that my school days were the best period in my education, it would not be an exaggeration.

There are many misconceptions about our poets. Some people think they are no more than daydreamers who usually ignore reality. Some think they exaggerate things and their words have no practical meaning.

To quote poet Mirza Mahmood Sarhadi:

Kal aik mufakkir mujhe kehta tha sarey rah”
Shayed teri millat ke hai mitney ka irada;
Main ne ye kaha us se koi wajha bhi hogi,
Bola ke teri qaum men shair hain ziada.
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By Dr A Q Khan

Miserliness and greed always go hand in hand. A miser never has enough and will try to gain more wealth and property by any means – fair or unfair. We have all heard of the uncontrolled greed exhibited by Marcos of the Philippines. Ferdinand Marcos was so greedy that he stole many billions of dollars worth of public money and stashed it in personal accounts in Switzerland. He was ignominiously exiled and died abroad. In the end, that money was of no avail to him and his family. Nobody needs more than a million dollars to lead a comfortable, luxurious life, but greed has no limits. Another example is Sani Abacha, the military dictator of Nigeria.

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The word “borrowing” in itself looks so simple, but it has been responsible for untold and unimaginable hardship and misery to many. Only someone who has been a victim of this curse, whether lender or borrower, knows the consequences.

Almighty Allah has clearly warned against it in the Quran:

1. As for those who devour interest, they behave as the one whom Satan has confounded with his touch. Seized in this state, they say: Buying and selling is but a kind of interest, even though Allah has made buying and selling lawful, but interest unlawful (haram). (2:275-276)

2. Believers! Have fear of Allah and give up all outstanding interest if you do truly believe. But if you fail to do so, then be warned of war (chastisement) from Allah and His Prophet. If you repent even now, you have the right of the return of your capital; neither will you do wrong nor will you be wronged. But if the debtor is in difficult circumstances, let him have respite until the time of ease, and whatever you remit by way of charity is better for you. If only you know. (2:278-280)

3. Believers! Do not devour interest, double and redoubled, and be mindful of Allah, so that you may attain true success. (3:130)
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by Dr.  A.  Q. Khan

Ye nagar sau martaba loota gaya

Was the romantic verse recited by famous Urdu poet Mir Taqi Mir almost two hundred years ago. “Nagar” (meaning his heart having fallen in love and been robbed a hundred times) also hinted at the city of Delhi that was attacked and looted so many times. Mir belonged to Delhi and had to migrate to Lucknow after it was attacked and its inhabitants were mercilessly massacred at the hands of the invaders, Nadir Shah and Ahmad Shah Abdali. When he reached Lucknow dressed very shabbily, people looked down upon him and taunted him. He responded with the following verse:

Kya bood-o-baash poochho ho, poorab ke saakino,
Ham ko ghareeb jaan-ke, hans-hans pukaar-ke.
Dilli jo ik sheher tha aalam men intikhaab,
Rehte-the muntakhab hi jahaan rozgaar ke,
Us-ko falak ne loot-kee veeraan kar-diya;
Ham rehne-vaale hain usi ujre dayaar ke.

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