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.
* lit. German, fest: celebration; schrift: writing

Patrick, Professor Victoria

A living legend, worthy of honourable mention here, Professor Victoria Patrick is a writer, teacher, translator, poetess, songwriter, educator and educationalist. Professor Patrick has 37 years of teaching experience, having taught for 32 years at Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore and 5 years at Foreman Christian College (C.U.), Lahore.
In her long and productive life, she has published extensively. Her titles include, "Rehmat" (poems on women's issues) with cassette, and "Ao karobar karen" (sponsored by UNICEF), "Deep deep ujala" (educational poems and songs), "Pankharian" (32 poems for children published by Nirali Kitabein as a textbook), and "Rahein" (booklet on problem-solving for neo-literates sponsored by UNESCO). At present she is working on her 2 forthcoming books for the National Commission for Human Development, Islamabad.":Pyar kay rishtay" and "Sunehary Din". Her other works under process of publication include, "Chandi dhuan dhuan" (poetry), "Sadhran"(Punjabi poems), "Nae ufaq kay Geet" (poetry for women) and "Lehr lehr roshni"(religious poems and songs). 
Prof. Patrick has translated more than 70 books from English into Urdu. Some of her main works in this area are listed here: "The upper room" for 10 years and prepared 5 cycles of "Daily Bread" for Scripture Union Pakistan. The other organizations for which she has translated include: the Pakistan Bible Society , Masihi Ishayat Khana, the Director of Social Welfare Government of Punjab, Good News Ministry, Jesus Christ Television (regular translator of 700 club and In-touch Ministries) and N.C.C.P. (National Council of Churches in Pakistan). Her original Urdu articles have appeared in many reputable, and nationally circulated newspapers and magazines including: Nawa-e waqt, Caritas, Naqeeb, Nai Dyniya, Qasid-e Jadeed, Shadab, Sawan, Humsukhan, and Tadeeb. Between 1959 and 1961 her short stories appeared in "Hilal", a Pakistan Army weekly.
Over the years, she has earned honours and awards which number more than 60, a few of which are listed here: Best Poetess Award (Masihi Bazm-e Danish 1982), Sitara-e Pakistan (Girl Guide Association 1984), Best Poetess Award (Caritas Pakistan 1986-1988), Adbi Wirsa Award for Poetry (1998), I. D. Shahabaz Award (Christian Writers' Guild 2003), Lyricist Award (Waves Studio 2002), Fatima Jinnah Gold Medal in recognition of educational and literary services (12th Governor of Punjab 2004), Silver Jubilee Cerebration Award (LRI 2008), LCC Church (2009), B.M. Yad Award (2010).
Prof. Patrick also has made her mark in musical realms, and lyrics written by her have been sung by some of the most popular singers: Maan di chunni chavway, (sung by Usatand Nurat Fateh Alli Khan), Jey maan Mrryam (Noor Jehan), Ao ahl-e jehan hum chraghan karain (A. Nayyar and Mehnaz), Ehd karien and Aman ka panchi (Benjamin sisters), Nai zamin ho niya asman (A. Nayyar), Rabba putran de phutt (Saira Khanam) and Mann Mariyam banai khuda ney (Surrya Khanam). Her song Roshni roshni sara alam huwa is included in the Sialkot Convention song book.
Prof. Patrick, used to read a radio column for the women's programme Hamari Duniya and co-ordinated Christmas and Easter programmes for T.V, radio and various institutions and organizations. She planned programmes and lessons for adult literacy, reproductive health and religious curricula , and conducted literacy programmes and worked for literacy development with Kinnaird College Senior Guides. Though officially retired, she still performs her educational and literary activities as a continuation of her lifetime contributions. Her current activities include producing educational materials for young children in the form of CDs, and DVDs.