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Shahzad, Father Younis

 

 

Father Younis Shahzad ( فادر یونس شہزاد ) is a Dominican friar who has served on the editorial boards of two magazines, namely Acha Charwaha (اچھا چرواہا ) and Focus. He is a writer, orator, 

researcher and a poet. 

 

Father Shahzad was born on 10th December 1965 in a small town  named Yousaf Walla in Sahiwal district. After completing his basic education in his native town he proceeded to  seminary in preparation of priesthood. After a long and devoted period of study and contemplation he was ordained as a priest in 1996. After serving as a priest in Bahwalpur for  one year and then in Satellite Town Parish of Rawalpindi for three years, in 2000 he was sent to Rome,  Italy,  for higher theological studies.  There he studied at the Papal Gregorian University for two years. Upon return he started  teaching . the doctrines of divinity, the holy trinity, and the divine aspects of revelations at the National Institute of Theology. In 2009 he was chosen to  complete Formation course in the Philippines. In addition to his teaching responsibilities Father Shahzad takes keen interest in the development and training of the youth of his church.

 

His first book Christmas aur Bahsarat ( کرسمس اور بشارت )appeared in 2011. This  224 page paperback is a collection of various articles relating to the theme of  the incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ. The book has a attractive four colour glossy cover designed by Elder Walayat Abdullah. It is hoped that a book review of the said volume will be available in the near future (hopefully!).

Waiz, Naeem

 

Naeem Waiz ( نعیم واعظ ) the great grandson of Rev. Rehmat Masih Waiz (q.v.) was born in Rawalpindi. During his youth, he actively participated in various movements that effected the Christian Community. In 1972, he took part in a long march along with 24 other young men, walking from Sialkot to Rawalpindi to register their protest to the nationalization of Christian institutions.

 

 

In 1974, Waiz was appointed editor of a Christian monthly magazine, Aftab (آفتاب ), and contributed significantly to the cause of Christianity in Pakistan through this mediumIn 1976, he was appointed editor of a fortnightly film magazine. However, as his first love was always for his own religious community, he left that post and joined the fortnightly magazine, Shua-e-Noor ( شعاع نور ), in 1983 as its editor.

 

In 1990 he moved from Lahore to Karachi where he actively participated in community and political life from the platform of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). In 2004 he migrated to UK, where he continues his literary activities. 

Louise, Subh-e Sadiq (1928 - 2011)

 

The Christian champion of  literary clan*  Subh-e Sadiq Louise ( قلم قبیلے کا مسیحی سورما - صبح صادق لوئیس )   was born in the home of Allah Ditta Francis and Jane Zainab Bibi on 15th September 1928 in the historic city of Lahore (now in Pakistan).  He was the eldest among the six siblings. He was baptized into the Catholic Church at the tender age of nine by the Rev. Father Ruffen. It was as this ceremony which took place at the Catholic Church Anarkali (Lahore) that he was given the name Louise.  Even though as a literary figure he tried to stick to his rather poetic name, Subh-e Sadiq, the radio announcers  and TV anchors always referred to him by his complete name Subh-e Sadiq Louise. He was educated in Lahore where for three years he was privileged to study under the guidance of Master Habib Ullah Quraishi.  On 03 March 1957 he married  Rashida Elizabeth, and was blessed with three sons and three daughters. 

 

He served as an editor of the Nirali Kitabain ( نرالی کتابیں  ) from 01 February 1987 onward and then as an editor to Ibadat  (عبادت  ) from 1995 to 2010.  

 

By nature Louise was attracted to literary pursuits and was a man of vast study and observation. Though he tried his pen in almost all types of literary endeavors, his main field of achievement was playwriting  His first short story ever published was entitled Muhabat (محبت).  He organized a literary society with the name Bazm-e Tamseel (بزم تمثیل ) in 1952, and from its platform his first stage drama Awaz ( آواز ) was played on 25 April 1952 on the stage of Bert Institute (Nach Ghar), Lahore. Thus started the series of his plays which popularized him as a playwright. His other plays that followed were, FatehToomaRoshniMunnajiTees sikay, Noor ka zahoor, Bethaleham ka shahzada, Sera'ay kay bahir, Jab jab dukh kay badel chha'ay and several others. 

 

His literary output and editorial services were recognized by other as is evidenced by the following awards that he received.

 

1.International Contest for Creation Communications Award, 1973 (Netherlands)

2. Radio Veritas Asia Award (date needed)  (Philippines)

3. Nirali Kitabein Award, 1994 (Pakistan)

4. Adbi Virsa Award, 1994 (Caritas, Pakistan)

5. Tadeeb Writers Award, 2007 (Tadeeb Publications, Pakistan)

 

On 25th September 2011, after contracting dengue fever he died in Shalimar Hospital, Lahore, and was buried in Masishi qabrastan on 03 October 2011.

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* Title given by Professor Vincent Pace Aseem Salibee (q.v.) (Ref. Tadeeb (Sept./Oct. 2011), Vol.10. Issue no. 05.

Gill, Padri Mubarik M.

 

Padree Mubarik M. Gill (پادری مبارک ایم  گل ) , from Lahore, had a spiritual experience in 1991 which resulted in his acceptance of Lord Jesus as his personal Saviour.

   

 

In 2000 he founded the Great Commission Evangelist Church and currently serves as its Chairman. In 2010 his first theological treatise, Knowing God in the Old Testament  (عہد عتیق میں خدا کو جانیں) was published. This small but compact book of just over fifty pages was reviewed by Pastor Majeed Naz Ashiq.

 

Nasir, Dr. Timothius

 

Dr. Timothius Nasir was (ڈاکٹر ٹیموتھیس ناصر  ) was born on 10th  December 1947, to Dr. Kundan Lal Nasir, the renowned Christian Scholar and the founder of  Qalam-e Haq (کلام حق ), the flagship magazine of the Faith Theological Seminary, Gujranwala, Pakistan. In addition to studying religion and gaining deep theological insights from his father Timotheos Nasir developed many other facets of his personality.

 

 

From early childhood he expressed his desire to serve his country as a soldier. To this end, in 1971, Nasir joined military service with the armed forces of his beloved Pakistan. His  dedication and devotion helped him rise in  the ranks. He retired from the armed forces in 1986 as a Major. In the same year he joined the Faith Theological Seminary of Gujranwala as the Principal. He served as  the Moderator for The United Presbyterian Church of Pakistan  from 1997  to 2001 and was appointed a Presbyterian Bishop of Pakistan in October 2001, a position he held for the remaining days of his life. Following his father's footsteps he proudly defended the orthodox Christian faith through his lectures and articles which appeared in various national and international magazines. He also served as the Managing Editor of the monthly magazine Qlam-e Haq from 1995 until his death in 2011. Almost all his writings have appeared under his preferred title Major T. Nasir.

 

Major T. Nasir was a widely read man with an insatiable hunger for knowledge and a huge  love for books. He enjoyed reading and writing books about religious philosophy as well as military strategy.

 

He has authored the following books in Urdu.

 

1. Faham ul Kitab I ( I  فہم الکتاب  )

2. Faham ul Kitab II ( II فہم الکتاب )

3. Tafseer ul Kalam I ( I  تفسیر الکلام  )

4. Tafseer ul Kalam II ( II تفسیر الکلام )

5. Tafseer ul Kalam III ( III تفسیر الکلام )

6. Fahm uk Kalam I ( I  فہم الکلام )

7. Fahm uk Kalam II (II فہم الکلم )

8.Fahm uk Kalam III ( III فہم الکلام )

9. Jawab hazar hai ( جواب حاضر ہے )

10. Akash Bail ( آکاش بیل )

11. UP Church ka almiya ( یو - پی  چرچ کا المیہ  )

 

He also published the following three works in English: Sun in the EastMy days in Uniform, and The General. The last mentioned book is about his military hero General George S. Patton.

 

Even though the above listed works would have been enough to earn anyone an enduring place  among the highly respected Christian Urdu writers, Major T. Nasir also published over two thousand articles on irreligious, ecclesiastical, national and international issues. Nearly two hundred of these articles were apologetic and or polemical in nature, penned to answer critics of various aspects of Christian faith. 

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