Archdeacon Barkat Ullah was a great scholar of Christianity, and a Christian apologist who hailed from Narowal, India, (now in Pakistan). He was baptized into Christianity on 7th July 1907. He was a convert from Islam and accepted Lord Jesus at a very young age. He began his professional life as a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Edward College. Later on, he was elected a Member of the Royal Asiatic Society. His life commitment to Christianity is borne out by his literary activities. He died in 1960.
Barkat Ullah authored the following works:
1. Qadamet-o-asleeyat anajeel-e-arba
3. Islam ya Masihiyat
4. Ishterakeeyat aur Masihiyat
6. Kalmatullah ki taleem
7. Masihiyat ki alalmgeeri 8. Muqadas Ttuma rasoole-e-Hind 9. Saleeb kay harawal 10. Saleeb kay alumbardar 11. Kaleesiya-e-Punjab ka dana meamar-Ehsan Ullah
12. From Karbala to Calvary
The last listed book, From Karbala to Calvary, had been republished (2016) by the Wentworth Press, and is available on various bookstores and online. The ISBN numbers are: 1891-2016-08-26 and 978136212227.
Dr. Prudent Nasir Injeeli, the younger son of late, Pastor Emmanuel Qasir Injeeli was born in Sheikhupura Dist. Punjab, Pakistan. He completed his formal (high school) education from Pakistan Adventist Seminary, Frooqabad, District Sheikhupura. After completing his high school (matric) from Lahore Board, he continued with his further education, completing his BA from the Punjab university Lahore in 1986 and then earning MA in English in 1990. Injeeli earned INTESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and Certificate of Education from The College of Teachers, UK, in 2006. In 2015 he was awarded Doctor of Divinity in Comparative Religions from California, USA.
Prudent Injeeli has a vast experience in teaching at seminary and university levels in Pakistan and abroad. He has taught English literature, applied linguistics and writing skills at various universities in Cambodia. Injeeli has been writing articles and blogs from a very young age. His articles were periodically published in the Qasid and Sehat magazines in Pakistan, as well as in nationally circulated daily newspapers in Pakistan and India. In 2000, he was appointed the Editor of the said magazines. He has also translated many articles and several books from English to Urdu and Urdu to English. His first translated work was, Hammara Dil, (English title: The Heart of the Matter) authored by Marylin Johnson and published by Qasid Publishing House, Lahore.
In 2001 he, along with his family, moved to Cambodia where he continued his zest and zeal for writing and research. His book Mind Your Words was published by Trafford Publishing, Singapore in 2013. The book earned international acclaim in academic and literary circles.
Dr. Injeeli has also been a vehement human rights activist, raising his voice at different forums against the persecution and discrimination of religious minorities and the marginalized sections of society. His latest work, Baptized in Blood and Fire is a well-researched and documented work in this regard which is published from the UK. Dr. Prudent Injeeli is presently living in New York, US and is working on his next literary venture, The Art of Literature.
Padree Rehmat Masih Waiz was born on May 1857 in Narowal District (now in Pakistan). By birth he was a Muslim and converted to Christianity through the influence and preaching of a Christian missionary, Pastor Roland Batman. On 11 May 1873 Rehmat, along with his father, elder brother and sister accepted Christ. It is claimed, by the people who knew him personally, that Waiz authored seven or eight books. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find the names of these except for one, Rahat-e-Dil. This is a collection of Waiz's songs and poems. During hislifetime, the book became very popular among the local churches and several songs from it became favourites and were often sung during church services. Eventually, twelve editions of this book were published, the last one shortly before his death. Twenty-two of his songs were included in Sialkot Convention*. Waiz was a dedicated Christian. During his life, he was in contact with Sadhu Sundar Singh, Padre Ehssan Ullah and other prominent Christian scholars and preachers. His own ministry extended to various areas including Clarkabad, Montgomery and Chack 424. Rehmat Masih Waiz, having faithfully served his Lord through preaching, singing and writing, died on 10 Feb 1935 in Lahore, where he was laid to rest.
*Sialkot Convention is a book of Christian songs and hymns which has been published many times and is still in wide circulation in Pakistani churches.