Ernest, Allama Paul

Shamsul ullama Allama Paul Ernest was born in Khushpur on 27th February 1902 to a landowner Jewaya Masih. Parents and family agreed to name him  Lall Deen. At the time of his baptism he was given the additional name of Paul Ernest.  However, it was this latter name that stuck with him and became his unique identification for the rest of his life. 

Ernest received his elementary education from his village, Khushpur,  and then passed his Matriculation from Daloowali High School and FA from the Foreman Christian College (Lahore). He continued his studies first earning his Munshi Fazil and then acquiring full proficiency in Urdu, Persian, Punjabi, and English languages.  He then proceeded to learn and master Hebrew, Greek, Latin and Arabic. Using his vast knowledge of the above mentioned languages he  studied logic, philosophy, psychology, ethics, physics and religion. The study of religion especially attracted him and this led him to comparative study of world religions. It was during this period that he was awarded a BA degree from the Punjab University. 
Ernest was not only an accomplished and life-long student  of languages and religion but also a very respected teacher of these disciplines. He served as a teacher at St. Thomas High School for thirty-five years and for forty-three years at St. Albert Caticat. 
His articles appeard in  Catholic Naqeeb (کیتھولک نقیب), Acha Charwaha (اچھا چرواہاFazloon ki Maan (فضلوں کی ماں), Al- mayida(المائدہ), Talash (تلاش), Mshel( مشعل), Masihi Khadam  (مسیحی خادم), Kalam-e Haq(کلام حق), Shaoor (شعور), and Shadab (شاداب) . 
Allama Paul Ernest wrote the following ten books: 
1. Haqiqat al-Masih (حقیقت المسیح)
2. Haqaiq-e Bible (حقائق بائبل
3. Mqam-e  Meryam (مقام مریم
4. Purfazal Kanwari ( پرفضل کنواری)
5. Kanwari say Paydaish ( کنواری سے پیدائش)
6. Pedaishe Alam (پیدائش عالم)
7. Khuda ki Batt ( خدا کی بات)
8. Khuda Ki Zubaan (خدا کی زبان)
9. Khuda ki Kitab (خدا کی کتاب)
10. Chragh-e Rah (چراغ راہ)
He also published a series of articles in Catholic Naqeeb. Unfortunately these, to date have not been published in a book form. These appeared under the title: 
Saleeb b'Jwab-e Kasr-e Saleeb (صلیب بجواب کسر صلیب).
He also translated (from English into Urdu) the following four books written by Brother Baptist Croose
1. Rafaqat al-Masih (رفاقت المسیح)
2. Anmole Moti (انمول موتی )
3. AlQader (القا در)
4.  Unginat Anjam ( انگنت انجم)
Ernest was an eminent scholar, an idol for many Urdu speaking Christians of India and Pakistan, and the caliber of his scholarship was recognized by the leadership of the various protestant churches  as well as by the catholic church. 

He was knighted by the Pope John Paul VI as the Knight of St. Sylvester, Catholic Tanzeem-ul Musanafeen (تنظیم المصنفین honoured him with the title Shamsul Ullama (شمس ا لعلاما)and the organization Hum Log (ہم لوگ) bestowed upon him the very revered title Allama, which stuck on as an inseparable part of his name.  

In addition to the honorific titles mentioned above he was a worthy but a humble recipient of several medals, includingTaghma-e shuja'at ( تغمہ شجاعت ), Taghma-e Khidmat (تغمہ خدمت) Taghma-e fazilat (تغمہ فضیلت) and Taghma-e immtiaz(تغمہ امتیاز)

Christ the King Seminary, Karachi has had the honour of publishing a souvenir commemorating Allama's life and accomplishments. In Maryamabad a literary organization  is operative under his  name. 

Bhaghat, Padri Prem (1910-1982)

Padri Prem Bhaghat (پادری پریم بھگت) was a preacher,  minister, spiritual guide and Christian song-writer who will be remembered for both his pastoral services and his songs. He was   born in a  Christian family of a small village, Glotiyan khurd ( گلوٹیاں خورد ) in the Sialkot District of India (now in Pakistan). His date of birth is recorded as 1st January 1910.  His father was a minister with the Church of Scotland Mission. Bhagat received his elemenatry education in his village and then moved to Christian Teaching Institue (CTI) to complete his middle grades. It was during this time that he suffered first major loss of his life, as his father died and the young Bhaghat was left alone to fend for himself and his family. Being deeply influenced by his father and having a natural aptitude for theological studies he gravitated towards his future calling. He often visited his maternal uncle Jallal, an employee of the railway department, who lived in Thata Faqir walla  (ٹھٹہ فقیر والا  ). There he met a local missionary Padri A. M. David who trained him and appointed him as a evangelist in the area called Kot Inayat Khan in 1934. Then between 1934 and 1936 he received further theological training at Daska Divitnity School before returning as a preacher in  1937.  In 1965 while serving in Sohdra (سوہدرہ) Bhaghat was appointed as a Padri and for rest of his life he carried this title with dignity.  

It is reported by those who knew him that God used him mightily for his work and that through his prayers many were healed. 

His published works are: 

1. Muktee da parchar ( مکتی دا پرچار )

2. Wazirabad Convention Geet ki Kitab (وزیرآباد کنوینشن گیت کی کتاب )

3. Zikr-e Munajee (ذ کر منجی)

4. Muqadas Yahoona Rasool da Pehla aam khat- Punjabi nazam tay Zaboor deyan ragan wich 

(مقدس  یو حنا رسول دا  پہلا عام خط پنجابی نظم تے زبور دیاں را گاں وچ )

5. Muqadas hafta (مقدس ہفتہ  )

6. Zikr-e bhagtan sha'heedan ( ذ کر بھگتاں شہیداں )

7. Zikr-e Munaji (number 2) ( ذ کر منجی - نمر ٢)

Some of the most polpular worship and devotional songs sung by Churches throughout the Urdu/Punjabi speaking Christians were written by him. Following three  are the best examples:

1. Halelluja bolo Yesu zinda ho gaya (ہیلیلو یاہ بولو یسوع زندہ ہو گیا)

2. Calvary day saharay, papee bach day nain saray 

(کلوری دے سہارے پاپی بچ دے نے سا رے  )

3. Dil mayra lay lay peyray Yesu ( دل میرا لے لے پیارے یسوع )

4. Bhalya ays jag tay melah ghari di ghari ( بھلیا ایس جگ تے میلہ گھڑی دی گھڑی)

Dispite being a clebrated song-writer, and much sought after minister, he never acknowledge any human being as his mentor and  guide. His own testimony often included words to the effect: God has taught me without a teacher.

In the prefaces of his books Padri Prem Bhaghat has thanked many people in connection with the selection and editing of his songs, these include: Padri B. M. Khanda, Master Nadeem, Padri Sadiq Haie Mall, Dr. A. N. Nadeem, Padri Khair Deen, and Bishop W. G. Young.

Padri Sahib was a sincere student and an honest lover of the entire Word of God, but his favorite single  verse  was:

Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.

This seeker of the Crown of Life slept in the mercy of his Savior on the 4th February 1982.


The above facts are taken from 15-page Urdu pamphlet with following bibliographical details:

Masih, Professor Padri Rehmat, (Wazirabad: Saet Iqbal, Christian Town Ahmad Nagar Road, no date).


Sosheel, Isaac

A   native of Lahore, Pakistan, Issac Sosheel (  آئزک  سوشیل  ) is well known both in the Christian community as well as the wider Urdu speaking public. His contributions to the world of Urdu journalism are significant and have earned him an enduring place among the writers and journalists.  He  has also been recognised as a successful playwright for the plays which have been televised from PTV,  Alif say Dall tak, Doosra Rhuk, and Teesri Barr are worth noting here.  Following is a very concise overview of his career. He earned a BA from the University of the Punjab (Pakistan), in 1966, and then ad MA, in Mass Communication (major in journalism) from the State University of the Philippines, Manila in 1972. 
His journalistic career has a lead him to some of most respected dailys and other periodicals of Pakistan.
1967-1969 Assistant Director, Kamal Pictures, Lahore.
1969-1978 Senior Sub-editor,  Nawa-e waaqt (fortnightly), Lahore.
1973-1975 Editor-in-charge,  Awaz-e Wattan (fortnightly), Lahore
1975-1977 Editor-in-charge, Mustaaqbil (monthly), Lahore
Soheel's articles have appeared in many reputable newspapers and tabloids in Pakistan, including, ImrozeMashriq, The Pakistan Times, and Jang.  
Sosheel is currently holds  the charge for  the daily Kundan Lahore, a nationally circulated Christan paper. 
(More information to follow).

Sundar, Siddique Mark

Father Sundar was born in Mian Chanoo, Pakistan. He completed his graduation in 1974, and then proceeded to study Theology at Christ the King Seminary in Karachi, where he finished his studies in 1976. Between 1977 and 1980 he served the Christian Community in Rahim Yar Khan. In 1984 he journeyed to Ireland to  undertake a course in Justice & Peace, and then studied Mission Theology in Birmingham, successfully completing his studies in 1988.
Father Sundar started writing in 1968.   He acknowledges  his debt of gratitude to his literary mentors, among which Saman S. Lall and Salik Rabbani are significant. And for his literary endeavours, he has been awarded by Humsookhan, Naqeeb,  Kundan and Stoon-e Haq.  He has contributed extensively to various Christian magazines in Pakistan.
So far Siddique Mark Sundar has published two volumes of  Poetry, Karrva Ghount (1989), and Zawiyay  (1999).

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).