ALABAD The death anniversary of legend and scholar Maulvi Abdul Haq goes unnoticed in Faisalabad and various other cities of the country but was observed somewhere on Tuesday.
Maulvi Abdul Haq whom the nation regards as Baba-e-Urdu or Father of Urdu was born on November 16, 1872 in Hapur Town in Ghaziabad District in India. He developed an affinity for Urdu, Deccani, Persian and Arabic languages.
The legend did BA from Aligarh Muslim University in 1894. After graduation, he went to Hyderabad Deccan and started learning, teaching, translating and upgrading Urdu. He was deeply influenced by Sir Syed Ahmad Khans political and social views, and learnt English and scientific subjects.
Like Khan, Abdul Haq saw Urdu as a major cultural and political influence on the life and identity of the Muslims of India. He founded the Anjuman Taraqqi-i-Urdu in 1903 in Aligarh. Abdul Haq joined the Indian Civil Service under the British Raj and worked as a chief translator at the Home Department in Delhi, before being appointed as the provincial inspector of schools at Aurangabad in the central provinces.
In the same year, he was appointed secretary of the All India Muhammadan Educational Conference, which was founded by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan in 1886 for the promotion of education and intellectualism in Muslim society. He became Principal of Osmania College Aurangabad and got retired in 1930.
Abdul Haq was so dedicated to his work that he did not want to marry. However, he did go through the act of getting married just to satisfy the wishes of his parents.
Suffering from cancer, Haq died after a prolonged period of incapacitation on August 16, 1961 in Karachi.
For his achievements in the development and promotion of Urdu literature, he is officially regarded as Baba-e-Urdu. His most famous pieces of work include English-Urdu dictionary, Chand Ham Asar, Maktoobat, Muqadimat, Tauqeedat, Qawaid-e-Urdu and Debacha Dastan Rani Ketki.
The Anjuman Taraqqi-e-Urdu remains an important intellectual organisation in Pakistan. Held in high esteem amongst intellectuals, educationalists and scholars in Pakistan, Haq is praised for his work in promoting Muslim heritage and Urdu as a unifying medium for the Pakistanis. In recognition of his services in Urdu literature, Pakistan Post issued a Commemorative stamp on August 16, 2004.
Martyred cops paid rich tribute: The law-enforcement agencies officials who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of protecting lives and property of the masses and curbing crime are crowns of our head, Punjab Minister for Law Rana Sanaullah Khan said.
Addressing a function jointly sponsored by the Faisalabad Development Trust and the Industrial-Police Liaison Committee to pay homage to the martyred police and revenue officials, he disbursed financial assistance to their bereaved families.
The minister said that the special event would help console the dependents and widows of the martyred government servants and inculcate a renewed spirit among them. He asked philanthropists and effluent people to come forward and launch welfare projects for ameliorating lot of the people on the pattern of FDT and IPLC, Earlier, IPLC chief and Founder Trustee FDT Syed Omer Nazar Shah gave briefing on these organizations and said that the Faisalabad Development Trust has developed the General Bus Stand and the Jhang Road upto Airport in addition to construction of 60 houses on Sargodha Road for disabled persons which entailed over 25 million of rupees.
He said that the FDT had set up a counter in DHQ Hospital, Faisalabad, to donate medical equipments to the needy patients and similar equipment are also being supplied to the DHQ Hospital, Chiniot. He added that the Trust would also financially help the poor but deserving students in payment of their fees. Regarding the achievements of Industrial Police Liaison Committee, he said that the IPLC had constructed 7 police check posts in Khurrain Wala and other areas of Faisalabad and provided 8 vans and motorcycles to Faisalabad police for extensive patrolling. He said that through these measures, crimes in Faisalabad have been reduced.