By Ali Imran
WASHINGTON, Dec 5 : Gopi Chand Narang, a leading scholar of Urdu language and literature, has said Allama Iqbal stands unique in his profound expression of the message of Karbala, where Hazrat Imam Hussain and his family offered sublime sacrifices for the cause of Islam.
He recited several couplets from Iqbal’s powerful Urdu and Persian ghazals and poems in which the poet interpreted the tragedy of Karbala and the spirit of Hazrat Imam Hussain’s martyrdom in historical, spiritual and moral dimensions and used epic language and expressions to convey his understanding.
Among the verses Narang quoted in an address to Virginia-based gathering included Iqbal’s famous couplet : Haqeeqat-e-Abadi Hai Maqam e Shabeeri, Badalte Rahte Hain Andaz e Kufi o Shami.
Dr. Narang, who is a recipient of Pride of Performance, Pakistan’s high civilian award, was speaking at a literary session organized by the Society of Urdu Literature (SOUL) in Virginia.
Born in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan, Dr. Narang has been researching and writing on Urdu literature for several decades in India. On the occasion, he also cited couplets of eminent classic and modern poets to underscore the universality of the message of Karbala in which grandson of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, Peace Be Upon Him and Ahle Bait made the ultimate sacrifice along with their supporters.
Dr. Zulfiqar Kazmi, who heads an inter-faith organization, The Commongrounds, noted that Karbala has become an important point of reference in many societies around the world as the struggling people draw their inspiration from the lofty ideals of Hazrat Iman Hussain (AS). The Pakistani-American scholar recited some famous couplets of poet Josh in which he said with growing consciousness about the high moral and historical significance of the martyrdom in in Karbala, each nation will claim that Imam Hussain belongs to them.
Jamil Usman, a New Jersey-based author, read out a short story, which won acclaim from the gathering of Urdu scholars and poets for its deep pathos and intense style of description. Khurram Yousafzai and other poets read out their poetry to pay tribute to Hazrat Imam Hussain and his family, Noor Jaral recited Naats and young Pakistani singer Asim Subhani recited a Hamd. A young Pakistani-American student Ayesha Rathore read out a short introduction to the personality, life and nobility of Hazrat Imam Husain in Urdu language, an effort which was praised by the the gathering.
Abu al Hasan Naghmi, who heads the Society of Urdu Literature, appreciated the high quality of presentations made on the occasion. The session was attended by scholars including Urdu and Persian linguist Dr. Moazam Siddiqui and senior journalists. Dr. Zulfiqar A. Kazmi presided the meeting while Prof. Gopi Chand Narang addressed on phone from New Delhi.