Title: Pakistani Adab kei Memaar – “Prof. Dr. S. Muhammad Iqbal: Shakhsiyat aur Fun’
Author: Shahid Bukhari
Pakistan Academy of “Letters” launched series of biographical publications on a little leading architects of pakistani literature with a view highlight your personality and art for profit of reading public.
Instant book refers to unique multi-talented personality, widely known for his extraordinary academic, literary, social, and charitable ventures, despite losses of his vision in early childhood. His life story verbose tale of the trials and tribulations that befell him family led by his valiant father high school teacher (senior vernacular) profession with four (postpartum) blind children breed and care.
The book contains forewords by Dr. Yusuf Khushk, dynamic chairman of Pakistan Academy of Letters and Shahid Bukhari (b. 1949), famous Urdu writer and literary journalist, originally from Sargodha but now settled in Lahore. In his detailed preface, he gave a comprehensive introduction of Dr. S. Muhammad Iqbal (b. 1945), protagonist of in tale highlighting the journey of his life from childhood to the present day times.
He has also explained his relationship with Dr. Iqbal’s family father being a contemporary of the latter and he himself studied and taught at Govt. Sargodha College where Dr. Iqbal studied also education. He considers Dr. Iqbal role model besides being his friend and guide. Shahid Bukhari laments our apathy in acknowledging Dr. Iqbal in in the same way that the Americans treated Mrs. Helen Keller (1880-1968) and the Egyptians treated Dr. Taha Hussein (1889-1973), both famous writers, intellectuals and political-literary activists blinded after birth.
Biographer of the article clarifies that Dr. Iqbal wears a cap with rich feathers: he first blind holder of degree of Masters in English in Pakistan; in first blind lecturer in English in country; in first such a scientist around with MPhil and PhD degrees (in Urdu); in first blind poet and novelist in more how one language emerging on in national literary scene in formative stage of his scientific and literary career.
Dr. Iqbal played an important role in acquaintance and promotion game of cricket among the blind community while he was student of Emerson Institute for Blind, Sheranwala Gate, Lahore in late 1950s. Strain of in current foreword lies on apathetic official non-recognition of Dr. Iqbal social cultural, literary, intellectual and philanthropic exploits in context of his tragic disability, which he always bravely coped with against big chances. Both PAL and Shahid Bukhari are to be commended. for ‘to unearth’ a true lights for reading public.
Catalog of The book consists of ten chapters that cover the protagonist’s life story, birth, parents’ education, MPhil and PhD degrees, different stages of family and married life, employment, literary achievement, Urdu, Punjabi, Persian and English poetry, prose writing, light essay (“inshaya”), short story writingtranslation, interest in psychology, literary activity in relation to “Bazm-e-Fikro Khayal”, interest in musicbroadcasting and journalism beyond the index of articlesbooks and magazines containing written on Dr. Iqbal himself, views and opinions of his critics list of awards and souvenirs earned them and then list of about 171 men of letters whose biographies have been published by PAL. in “Pakistani Adab Kay Memaar” series.
Dr. Iqbal’s literary achievements include nine collections. of poetry, seven in urdu, one in English and one in Punjabi. He has also wrote several poems in Persian language. As an Urdu poet he excels in and gazelle and nazm. Life in its variety with all the accompanying pain and sorrow of human existence is at the center of attention of his poetry. He knows art of versification in its various charms.
Book also illustrates the choice critical opinion of literary characters like Dr. Wazir Agha, Dr. Anwar Sadid, Dr. Khurshid Rizvi, Dr. Asi Karnali, Rais Amrokhvi, Prof. Pareshan Khattak, Dr. Rafi-ud-Din Hashmi, Amjad Islam Amjad, Riaz Ahmad Shad, Ruhi Kunjahi, Naseem Sekhar, Dr. Khalid Iqbal, Dr. Fakhrul Hak Nuri, Dr. Ehsan Akbar, Hafiz Ludhianvi, Islam Shah, Shagufta Nazli, prof. Syed Arif Vasti, Ashfaq Naqvi, prof. Azmatullah Khan, Dr. Ahmad Hassan, Durr-e-Najaf Zebi, Dr. H. Muhammad Zakaria, Maher Allah Yar Sipra, Prof. Ghulam Sarwar, H. Hamid Yazdani, Dr. Agha Yameen, Dr. Muhammad Akram Chaudhry, Dr. – Dr. Tahir Townswee, Hussain Majrooh, Dr. Zia-ul-Hassan, Karamat Bukhari, Shakir Kundan, Anwar Masood, Dr. Inam-ul-Haq Javed, Dr. Najma Iqbal Malik, Talat Sohail, Shahida Dilawar Shah, Ghulam Jilani Asghar, Javed Qureshi, Fayyaz Tehsin, Syed Zamir Jafri, Nasir Zaidi and others, on Brilliant academic, literary, cultural and humanitarian achievements of Dr. Iqbal. work.
AT view of the above facts and figures, one wonder why the man of Academic, literary and intellectual status of Dr. Iqbal with life struggle against fatal disability, has not yet been considered for grant of a national award like Pride of Execution or Tamga-i-Imtiaz by the state, in confession of his exceptional talent, scale and creative diversity. BUDDY also trustworthy for launch and continuation with moment series for education of reading public.