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Friday, November 06, 2009 04:10:16 PM, Pervez Bari

Bhopal Shahar Qazi Maulana Abdul Lateef Khan Qasmi (seen fourth from left in white Sherwani) releasing Prof. Iqtedar Ahmad Sidiqui Afsar’s (seen last from left in coloured Sherwani and black Topi) “Na’ats” collection, titled “Naghmaat-e-Firdaus” in Bhopal.

Bhopal: Prof. Iqtedar Ahmad Sidiqui Afsar’s “Na’ats”, the poetic praise of Prophet of Islam Hazrat Muhammad, (PBUH), collection, which have been compiled into a book form, titled “Naghmaat-e-Firdaus”   was released by the chief guest Bhopal Shahar Qazi Maulana Abdul Lateef Khan Qasmi here in Sajjad hall at Saifia Science college premises.

 

The programme was presided over by Zainuddin Shah, secretary Saifia Education Society. Prof. Abdul Qavi Desnavi, Prof. Afaq Ahmad were special guests on the occasion.

 

Litterateurs Abrar Naghmi (Raisen); Dr. Iqbal Arif, Professor of Physics in Saifia Science College; poet Zafar Naseemi; Dr. Mohammad Nauman Khan, Reader in the Department of Languages, NCERT, New Delhi and Dr. Mukhtar Shameem, a retired Principal, read papers on the life and works of Prof. Afsar while analyzing his present literary collection.

 

The papers of Dr. Iqbal and Dr. Nauman were much appreciated by the august gathering as it left indelible impressions on their minds.

 

Dr. Nauman, a relative of Prof. Afsar and his colleague during student days, wrote an interesting piece. He highlighted the anecdotes in college life as a student in a humorous manner when Prof. Afsar was busy, despite being a man of science stream, in his pursuit of scaling literary heights with a romantic flavour. The audience burst into peals of laughter, while Prof. Afsar also did not lag behind to enjoy the occasion, as Dr. Nauman in his inimitable style unfolded step by step the highs and lows of different stages through which Prof. Afsar passed through while establishing himself professionally in two fields simultaneously viz. Science and Arts. Prof. Afsar’s personality has been a complete picture of perfect amalgam between science and art, Dr. Nauman opined.

 

Armed with poetic taste and having a sharp memory, as Prof. Afsar had memorized the whole of Holy Quran to have the prefix of Hafiz title with his name, he participated in “Baintbazi” in his hey days of college student life with all vigour and vitality to cast a spell on the fairer sex. Maintaining a He-figure by frequenting gyms the youthful romanticism in Prof. Afsar started to flourish and he struck a romantic chord with a beautiful lass, a classmate of his in post-graduate studies, wherein both were bowled over by each other’s attributes. However, cupid-struck professor’s inexperience in matter of romance in the world of reality, despite his romantic flight in the poetic world of fantasy, became a stumbling block to let fructify this love affair into matrimony. This brought crashing down to ground his dream and ambition to adorn the role of a hero in the film world too, the aspiration which he had kindled once and kept close to his heart, Dr. Nauman revealed.

 

Dr. Nauman said Prof. Afsar, however, as the years passed by developed religious temperament and diverted his energies and God-gifted literary capabilities in writing “Hamd” (praises of Allah Almighty) and “Na’ats” wherein he excelled with the passage of time. Stepping out of the materialistic world and entering into the spiritual and being a Hafiz, he sharpened his intellect and it became a tool in hand in his literary pursuits with much finesse. He directed his passionate love from mortal to immortal entity. This became the turning point of his life and he continues to have the best of both world, the present and preparing for the Hereafter.

 

Bhopal Shahar Qazi Maulana Abdul Lateef while speaking on the occasion applauded Prof. Afsar for his well-written “Na’ats”.

However, he took exception to the fact that Prof. Afsar while writing “Manqabat” (praise of Sahaba, Hazrat Muhammad’s companions) he wrote about Hazrat Ali (RA) only while his pen remained silent on three other Sahaba namely Hazrat Abubacker Siddique (RA), Hazrat Umar Farooque (RA) and Hazrat Usman Ghani (RA). This is not at all fair. He advised him to write “Manqabat” about three other Sahaba also to do justice to them as they were senior to Hazrat Ali (RA) in Khilafat too.

 

     

Before the programme came to conclusion Prof. Afsar in his unique style and sweet voice rendered one of his “Hamd”, one “Na’at” and one “Manqabat” which drew thundering applause and the audience lapped it all.

 

It may be mentioned here that Prof. Afsar, who is also general secretary Bazm-e-Iqbal, is a Professor of Physics in local Saifia Science College. He has M. Sc. M. Ed degrees along with holds certificates in Aalim-e-Deenyat, Mahir-e-Deenyat and Fazil-e-Deenyat from the world famous Islamic seminary Dar-ul-Uloom, Deoband. Together with being a Hafiz of Quran he is also a Qari.

     

Nayab Qazi Maulana Syed Mushtaq Ali, Prof. Saeed Akhtar, Adv. Khaleelullah Khan, Principal of Saifia College Dr. Hasan Abbas, veteran journalist LS Herdenia and other elites of the town graced the function. Iqbal Masood, Asstt. Secretary in Madhya Pradesh Urdu Academy, conducted the programme with aplomb.

(pervezbari@eth.net)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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