Writers

Nayyer, Prof. Yousaf Rehmat

A  teacher of recognized merit, an accomplished writer and a distinnguished academician, professor Yousaf Rehmat Nayyer, is respected by many for his academic excellence and his literary output. As an academic he is well suited for his role, having earned: BSc, BEd, DHMS, MDiv, MA and MPhil (Urdu). And as a writer his published works include Gul-e basharat (1987)  گل بشارت , Hakeem Abdul Nabi Shajjar Tehrani - Fun aur Shakhsiyet (1995)    حکیم عبدا لنبی شجر تہرانی- فن اور شخصیت  ,   and  Roshani ka pehla din   (1999)  روشنی کا پہلا دن .   
 
Nayyer has over forty years of academic experience. However during these years his activities have not been  limited to traditional class room teaching alone. He has helped create literary awareness among hundreds, and has actively participated in many dynamic literary  organizations. Included in these years are his services rendered a a professor at different colleges. He was the Chairman for the Department of Urdu at Government  Murray college, Sialkot (2000-2006), executive member of Punjabi Adabi Sangat Sialkot (1985-1990), General Secretary Halqa-e Arbabab-e Zaouq, Sialkot (1986-2000), and patron-in-chief of Al-Faiz, Literary Journal of Murray College (2000-2006). Prof. Nayyer's columns have appeared in many national, and international newspapers and journals.  Some of the religious songs he wrote are now included in the Sialkot Convection hymn book. His place among  significant Urdu writers of this age has been assured by a thesis which has been written on his personality, life and writings the Punjab university (Pakistan), where he also served as a member of the Board of Studies, in the Department of Urdu.   
 
Nayyer has never forgotten his debt to his teachers, and in the Eastern tradition of paying life-long homage to them would like it to be known that significant among them were: Prof. Gulzar Wafa Chowdry, Dr. Agha Sohail and Nazeer Qaiser.
 
His awards and honours recieved from various organizations cannot be listed here  in enirity, but the following is a representative selection: Best jounalist Award, Sialkot Press Club ((1992), Sabir Memorial Award, Sabir Memorial Acadamy (1994), Joshua Fazal-uddin Liereray Award, PCWG (1997), Literary Award, Govenment Murray College Sialkot, (1998), Punjabi Adbi Sangat Award, London (2000), Mertorious Literary Achievent Award, Naulakha Church (2003) and Dr. Bishop John Joseph Shaheed Award, Mother Teresa Welfacer Society, Pakistann (2006).

Shamas, Mehmood

The recipient of the 1993  National Culture Award, and the founder-chairman of the Pyramid Arts Promotion Society, Mr. Mehmood Shamas is well-known writer and editor of books and magazines. He has previously served as a superintendent for the Lahore Meusem, an  institution of cultural heritage managed by the Govertnment of the Punjab. He is currently serving as a book editor for the Nirali Kitabain, Lahore.  He is also the Chief editor for Pak-Swedish Focus Magazine,  and editor of the monthly magazine, Mudawa.

 
He acknowledges Syed Ahmad Qazi as his literaray mentor and teacher.  Over the last many years he has contributed volumiously to various reputabel magazines, among which are, khushboo, Nai Sooch, Nawa-e Waqt, Tadeeb, Humsookhan, Safar Namay, Catholic Naqeeb, and Shalome.
 
A man of literary aspirations and social conciousness, Shamas is ever busy in his passions of juournalism, poetry, music, activities of social welfare and promoting the preservation of cultural heritage.  To this end, there are several  publications under process, and will be soon mentioned on this webpage.

Qaiser, Dr. Liaquat

A prominent contemporary Christian  theologian,, church administrator, a much-sought-after convention speaker, and a prolific writer, Dr. Liaquat Qaiser is   the Principal of Full Gospel Assemblies (FGA) Bible College and  a very prominent Christian intellectuals of Pakistan.  He was born in Lahore,  and after completing his Seminary training in Pakistan went   onto earn a doctorate from the USA. He was awarded DD in 2005.   He currently also serves as Chairman for the Open Theological Seminary (OTS) Lahore, and Senior Vice President of the Pakistan Bible Society.

Dr. Qaiser started his writing career in 1970. Since then he has published  scores of articles for various newspapers including Jang, Nawa-e Waqt, and The News, as well as for Satoon-e Haq, a Christian monthly published by the FGA. Dr. Qaiser is the patron and editor-in-chief for the magazine and writes for it regularly though not exclusively. His views and articles regularly find place in various other Christian magazines such as Hamsookhan, Kalam-e Haq, Sada-e Aqleeyat, Shadab and Shalome.       He has thus far published two books, namely Masihi khadam ki  roya     (مسیحی خادم کیرویا ) ,   Meyari Masihi Khadam (معیاری مسیحی خادم)  Azdwaj ka Saffar  ( ازدواج کا سفر ).  His literary achievements have attracted international  attention which is testified to by a dozen awards presented to him. David Penman Award was given to him in 1990, and Eternal Life Ministry Award in 2007.

He is also an accomplished translator and the following is only a partial list of the books and tracts that he has translated from English into Urdu. (only the Urdu titles are given below).

1. Harmajdooan tak ( ہرمجدون تک)

2. Shiffa ka Saffar  (شفا کا سفر)
3. Main waqiya he khoobsoorat kaisay ban sakti hoonمیں واقعی خوبصورت کیسے بن سکتی  ہوں ) 
4. Ishtrakiyat main neyya inqlaab  ( اشتراکیت میں نیا انقلاب)
5. Rooh-ul Quddas: maira azeem shareek-e kar  (روح القدس میرا عظیم شریک کار)
6. Mazameen Bible kay  ( مضامین بائبل کے)
7. Kaleesiya ki tareekh: Pantikost say islah tak (کلیسیا کی تاریخ : پنتیکوست سے اصلاح تک )

Sarhadhi, Ain Meem Badr (b. 1940)

A deep social thinker, and an incisive political analyst, Ain Meem Badr Sarhadi (ع- م - بدر سرحدی)  has boldly carved his place in the realm of contemporary Urdu speaking intellectuals by publishing his treatise,Nazriya-e Qaid, reyasat aur Aqliyatain(نظریہ قائد، ریاست اور اقلیتیں ).   The meritorious status of this short but solid scholarly document is testified to by Malik Maeraj Khaild, the care-taker Prime Minister of Pakistan, in his Harf-e Awal (Preface).
 
Sarahdi is truly a God-gifted writer, a fact that is brought home on reading his book and  realizing that he has no academic achievements to his name nor can he produce any paper attesting to his formal education. He is very grateful to his mentors like Manzoor Rahi, and Emmanuel Zafar, Chief-editor of Haumsookhan, and gives them their due credit in his Foreword to the said book.  The other prominent Christan scholar whose help and guidance he graciously acknowledges is Father Emmanuel Assi. Although his enduring status among the CUWAP will be due to his political analyses, in his early career he did produce some poetic verses which are not in my possession as yet.
 
In 1955/56 one of his Ghazzals was published in Qandeel, Lahore (a weekly literary magazine, then edited by Sher Mohammad Akhtar). In that decade he tried to teach himself the art of writing and reciting poetry and he did so by  attending a  weekly event that took place in the Regal Chowk of Lahore. There he met and was benefited by his association with the greats of the field  like Allama Lateef Anwar and Kanwal Ferozepuri (now Dr. Kanwal Feroze, editor of Shadab). It was in this setting that he adopted his pen name Badr Sarhadi and published several poems and Ghazzals in several different magazines, including Qandeel and Istaqlal.
 
In the decade of seventies Badr Sarhadi turned his attention to writing for newspapers. His articles about political and social issues were published by nationally circulated papers among which were, Nawa-e Waqat, Nada-e Milliat, and  Sadaqat among others.  In 1985 when Separate Electorate system was introdueced for the minorities of Pakistan, Badr Sarhadi again commented on it prolifically. And later still when Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, then the Prime Minister of Pakistan, declared that "the minorities are a sacred trust", our man again took the governmental institutions to task for unfair treatment of this "sacred trust". His articles on this particular issue appeared Nawa-e Waqat and Jang (Lahore), between March 6-14 1989.
 
Having read Ain Meem Badr Sarhadi's book, I have no reservation in acknowledging him as a self-made man of letters, a true intellectual and a very courageous voice of sanity among Christians of Pakistan struggling to establish their socio-political presence in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan while trying  to reclaim their full identity as citizens of Qaid's Pakistan, which was based on secularist principles.

Yad, Dr. Yousaf Masih

One of the most prolific Christian Urdu writers of modern times, Dr. Yousaf Masih Yad, is well known to the Urdu-speaking Christian community throughout the world. He is a self-made man of letters who has been awarded a Doctor of Divinity (Hons) by the Faith Theological Seminary of Gujranwala, Pakistan. His research articles have appeared in every Christian magazine and publication of Pakistan.
 
Yad was born in Sialkot in a humble and hardworking Christian household. Losing his father when he was still a small child, his formal education finished with the completion of his FSc from Edward College, Peshawar. This, however, did not prevent him from pursuing his love of education. In 1999 he earned a certificate from Open Theological Seminary, Lahore, and was soon appointed a tutor at the same institution. He then continued studying theology at Faith Theological Seminary, Gujranwala and was awarded BTh (1983), MDiv (1997), and DD (1999).
 
The awards and honours bestowed on Yad are many, and the following is only an abridged and representative list: Community Adbi Award (YCO Peshawar 1982), Padri Abdul Haq Award (Pakistan Christian Writers Guild 1998), Adbi Virsa Award (Caritas Pakistan 1998), Tak Kashmiri Award (Lahore Diocese 2000) and David Penman Award (Gulf Diocese 2002).
 
In Christian literary circles, Dr. Yad is often referred to as Mard-e Qalum مرد قلم (the man of pen), a title that he well deserves. Yad's first article appeared in Qasid-e Jadeed in 1952, and his pen has since then never stopped. He has published scores of high calibre research articles and has himself edited two Christian periodicals, Peyam and Zaire-o-zabar, both published in Peshawar. In addition, he continues to serve on the editorial boards of several nationally circulated publications.
 
The published books of Dr. Yad are as follows:
 
1. Bunyadi pathar بنیا دی پتھر
 
2. Azamt-ul Kitab عظمت الکتاب
 
3. Azeem Khawateen عظیم خواتین
 
4. Afzunissa افضل النسا
 
5. Pak-o-Hind main Masihiyat پاک و ہند میں مسیحیت
 
6. Tooma Hind-o-Pak main توما ہندو پاک میں
 
7. Batul ham kay sheher main بیت الحم کے شہر میں
 
8. Masihi Qalamkaroon say rabtay مسیحی قلمکاروں سے را بطے
 
9. Sirat-ul Masih سیرت المسیح
 
10. Jamal-e shahadat جمال شہادت
 
11. Yahoodiyon ka badsha یہودیوں کا بادشاہ
 
12. Nagarshat-e Yad نگارشات یاد
 
13. Peyara Paksita پیارا پاکستان
 
14. Al Quddas القدّس
 
15. Rooza روزہ
 
In the book Mard-e Qalum, to Dr. Yad's enduring credit, fifty-six prominent writers and poets have expressed their love, admiration and appreciation of his life and works. This salutary festschrift* has been published by the Christian Writers Guild, Bannoo, and contains contributions from scholars such as Griffen Jones Sharar, Kanwal Feroze, Arthur Barki Arthur and Sarfraz Tabassum among others. Mard-e Qalum contains both prose and poetry and, judging by its literary qualities, is a valuable addition to Christian Urdu literature.
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* lit. German, fest: celebration; schrift: writing

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