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Monthly Archive: January 2020

Music icon Amir Khusro, Grandpa and me. Podcast Serial

Narration by: Shariq Ali
January 27, 2020
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Music icon of Indian subcontinent Amir Khusro. Listen, read, reflect and enjoy his story!

This podcast serial takes you through the adventures of a teenage boy and the wisdom of his Grandpa.  Mamdu is fifteen and blessed with the company of his grandpa who discusses everything in an enlightened but comprehensible manner. Fictional creativity blends with thought-provoking facts in the background of the scenic countryside of Phoolbun and modern city of Nairangabad

 

 

Music icon Amir Khusro, Grandpa and me. Podcast Serial by Valueversity

Uncle Patel and Yani Apa were waiting for us at Nairangabad railway station. Uncle used to be once Grandpa`s student, then his assistant and now a very close friend.  Yani Apa is the only daughter and companion he has after the death of his wife a few years back. Our stay is at their residence during this holiday. Though she is seven years older than me and a 4th-year medical student, it did not take long for us to become very close friends. Good looking, well mannered and very well-read. Eyes as bright as stars and smile like a fresh rose. Besides being a medical student, her interest in poetry, literature music and current affairs is immense. Grandpa was staying in the guest room and I was temporarily set up in the study on a sofa bed. This made me so familiar with all of her favourite books stored on the nearby shelf.  An excellent selection of nicely organized medical, literary and current affair books.  In the opposite corner, a wide low coffee table type thing called Takhat had a pair of the tabla and classical musical instrument sitar on its top.  Playing the sitar is Yani Apa\s passion. That evening, while she was gently playing with the strings of sitar casually.  I just turned the page of a poetry book and said. How nice this couplet is. Whenever I see the beautiful fingers of my beloved, a melody emerges as if a sitar is played at a remote place. Then I asked  Yani Apa. When was the sitar invented? She replied.  In the 13th century in the city of Delhi, Amir Khusro was the first one who introduced this musical instrument in the court of King Allauddin Khilji. It may have been modified from an Iranian musical instrument called Sehtar that simply means three strings. And what about tabla? I inquired. She said.  Tabla is a modernised form of an ancient Indian drum called Pakhawaj. The credit again goes to Amir Khusro. Playing of sitar and tabla is a kind of conversation between two musical instruments. This combination can create magic. Please tell me more about Amir Khusro? I asked. She Replied. He was born in 1253 in Uttar Pradesh, a province of northern India, and therefore he is sometimes called Khusro Dehlvi. He was a brilliant musician and a scholar at the same time. Nizamuddin Auliya was his spiritual leader. It was an intimate spiritual relationship between Khusro and Nizamuddin. A  trendsetter and unquestionably the icon and symbol of Indian subcontinent music. Though he was fluent in Arabic, Persian and Sanskrit but preferred to do his poetry in the local language called Hindavi.  He invented the classical musical forms of Khayal and Tarana. He was the one who invented the Sufi form of music called Qavali. Equally successful as a poet, he did tremendous work in ghazal, Masnavi, Qattat, Rubai, and Dobait  His musical compositions captured the hearts and minds of ordinary people. Being associated with the court of Delhi, he was and still more popular in Northern India and all over Pakistan, but no doubt he had a universal soul. His riddles, songs, musical compositions, anecdotes and stories are extremely popular amongst common people of Indo Pak. He died in 1325 at the age of 72 and is buried alongside his spiritual guru Nizamuddin

Written, translated, narrated and produced by Shariq Ali

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Kaka Murad, Tetsu Nakamura. Thought-Provoking Podcast by Valueversity

Narration by: Shariq Ali
January 10, 2020
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Doctor Tetsu Nakamura was targeted and killed in Afghanistan on 4th December, 2019. Valueversity pays him tribute by telling you his story

 

 

Kaka Murad, Tetsu Nakamura. Thought-Provoking Podcast by Valueversity

Love blinds reason. Though born in a lush green ancient city of Japan Fukuoka in 1946, Tetsu Nakamura fell in love with the war and famine struck people living in the barren land of eastern Afghanistan. Wearing traditional Afghani outfit and speaking fluent Pashto, he was endorsed by the Afghan people as one of them. They called him Kaka Murad. Afghan government acknowledged his services and gave him honorary citizenship. His dream was to eliminate poverty and hunger for the unfortunate Afghan people. Motivated and powered by his love for humanity, he devoted his life to construct irrigation canals from the Kunar River in eastern Afghanistan to convert arid terrain into fertile land. He knew he is risking his life for this heroic cause working amidst war and unrest. On the 4th of December 2019, the humanitarian aid convoy led by Kaka Murad was ambushed near Jalalabad by two vehicles carrying seven armed men. They opened fire after identifying him sitting on the front passenger seat. His body received five bullets of automatic weapons from a close range. Accompanying driver and three workers were also killed. The assailants confirmed his demise by saying the game is over. They then left the scene. Kaka Murad was still alive and breathing but could not make it to the hospital only fifty miles away. Taliban denied any involvement in this killing. Afghan officials blamed it on ISI proxy as they do but without any proof. So what was the game Kaka Murad playing?  It all started in 1984 when this Japanese doctor volunteered his services to provide medical care to the sufferers of the Afghan war in the city of Peshawar. This was the first time he was exposed to the Afghan humanitarian crisis. His initial plan was to serve for six-seven years and then go back to Japan to continue his professional career. This plan was never materialized. How could he break up when his soul was immersed in the love for humanity? He was energized with an intrinsic motivation to help the sufferers. He simply carried on. In the next few years, he established three medical centres in various parts of Afghanistan. After treating patients tirelessly for so many years, he painfully realized that the main issue is not the disease but hunger and ensuing nutritional deficiencies. He wrapped up his medical white coat and put on a dusty field worker jacket to join his agriculturist friend Kazuya Itu. A humanitarian worker, an agriculturist and an expert in using old Japanese techniques that required little technology to help villagers displaced by drought to build a network of canals from the Kunar River. Kaka Murad was now convinced that this is the best way to help Afghan people. Converting poor villagers into well off farmers. In 2008, Kazuya was first kidnapped for ransom and then tortured and killed by the Taliban. Kaka Murad refused to be terrified of this happening. His devotion and commitment to this mission were amplified. Because this was not the first time he was so close to death. The first time, when he managed to escape the automatic machine gun fire so closed to him from an American gun shop helicopter. Then again, when he was almost drowned in River Kunar while rescuing the local flood victims. He took over command instead of Kazuya and continued his game to serve humanity. In the Khewa District of Nangarhar province, with the help of local villagers, he constructed a twenty-five kilometre-long irrigation canal that revolutionized the lives of six hundred thousand poor Afghanis. Drought-stricken poverty was converted into productive farming. His organization constructed eleven small and medium-sized dams on River Kunar and sixteen thousand hectares of land were converted into fertile terrain. In Gamberi, the suburb of Jalalabad, thick green jungle and fields singing with bountiful crops were created. He constructed two hospitals and two mosques in the area as well. He used to say that the solution for the Afghan problem is not arms but an agricultural revolution. Constructing one canal is more productive than the works of a hundred doctors. His service for humanity was recognized internationally and he received the Ramon Magsaysay Award, considered to be equal to Nobel Peace Prize in Asia. To him, his real award was the respect he earned in the hearts of poor Afghanis and his home town. His funeral service in Fukouka was attended by thirteen thousand mourners. Just above the coffin wrapped up in the Afghan flag, the smiling picture of Kaka Murad was accompanied by other Afghani victims killed in the incident. It was as if he was smilingly saying with resolve. The game is not over yet. His organization Peshawar Kai announced that work on all projects of Tetsu Nakamura continues

Written, translated, narrated and produced by Shariq Ali

 

 

 

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ابن رشد ، دنیا گر ، انشے سیریل ، دسواں انشا Averroes, DUNYAGAR, URDU PODCAST SERIAL, EPISODE 10

Narration by: Shariq Ali
January 3, 2020
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Averroes is one of the greatest thinkers and scientists of history who successfully integrated Aristotelian philosophy with Islamic thought. His role in reawakening of western philosophy is unquestionable

 

 

ابن رشد ، دنیا گر ، انشے سیریل ، دسواں انشا ، شارق علی ، ویلیوورسٹی

ٹی ہاؤس خاصا پر سکون تھا . رمز نے پروفیسر گل سے پوچھا . اسلامی دنیا کا کوئی عظیم فلسفی ؟ بولے . فلسفیانہ سوچ کے ارتقا کی بات ہو تو زہن خود بخود مغربی مفکرین کی طرف جاتا ہے ۔ کلاسیکی فلسفی جیسے افلاطون ، ارسطو ، سسرو  یا پھر رینےساں دور کے نسبتا جدید فلسفی جیسے كانٹ ، سپائنوزا ، ڈے کارٹ وغیرہ.  فلسفے کے ان دو تابناک ادوار کے درمیان دور تاریک یا قرون وسطیٰ میں جس روشن ذہن فلسفی نے ایک ساتھ اسلامی اور مغربی دنیا کو متاثر کیا وہ ہے ابن رشد . مغربی دنیا اسے ایوروس کے نام سے جانتی ہے اور ارسطو  پر لکھے گئے اس کے تبصروں کے حوالے سے اسے دی کومنٹیٹر کے لقب سے پکارتی ہے .  اس کی فکر تاریک رات میں روشن چراغ کی مانند تھی .  اس نے مذہبی فکری اور سیاسی  تسلط کے اس دور میں بے حد روشن خیال نظریات کا بیان کیا ہے . بعض مورخین اسے سیکولرازم کے خیال کا بانی اور پہلا حمایتی بھی کہتے ہیں . اسلامی دور کے اندلسی قرطبہ میں گیارہ سو چھبیس میں ایک علمی خانوادے میں پیدا ہونے والا یہ عظیم فلسفی ، اسلامی عالم اور قاضی شہر بیک وقت بہت سے علوم کا ماہر تھا . فلسفہ ، مذہبیات ، طب ، فلکیات ، لسانیات ، اسلامی فقہ حتی کے کلاسیکی موسیقی پر بھی اس نے بھرپور تحریری افکار چھوڑے ہیں . اس کی وفات گیارہ سو اٹھانوے میں مراکش میں ہوئی. سوفی بولی . اس کی سوچ تھی کیا ؟ کہنے لگے . وہ اپنی تحریروں میں ارسطو کے فلسفے اور قوانین قدرت کی موجودگی کا دفاع کرتا ہے ۔ وہ اپنے سے پہلے کے عالموں جیسے فارابی، ابو کندی اور ابن سینا کے افلاطونی رحجانات پر  تنقید کرتا ہے . جہاں ایک جانب امام غزالی قران کی لفظی تفہیم پر زور دیتے ہیں  اور ریاضی  ، فلسفے اور سائنس سے خوف زدہ دکھائی دیتے ہیں اور فکری کوشش سے عاری اندھا یقین قائم رکھنے پر اصرار کرتے ہیں . تاثر دیتے ہیں کہ کائنات میں ہر چیز خدا کی مرضی سے ہوتی ہے اور انسان بے بس ہے .  وہاں ابن رشد کی جراتمندانہ فکر وضاحت کرتی ہے کہ بے شک خدا ہی قادر اور مالک ہے لیکن اسی  نے قوانین قدرت تخلیق کیے اور انسان اور اس کائنات اور حقیقت حال کو ان قوانین کے زیر نگین کیا .  جب ہم فکری کوشش ، فلسفیانہ منطق ، سائنسی دلیل ، یا مشاہدے سے کائنات میں کار فرما ان قوانین قدرت کو سمجھ لیتے ہیں تو ہم عملی طور پر مؤثر ہو جاتے ہیں . وہ کہتا ہے اگر کپاس آگ پکڑتی ہے تو اس لئے نہیں کے یہ ہر بار خدا کی مرضی ہے بلکے اس لئے کے کپاس کی مادیت کا اصول ایسا ہے . وہ قرآن اور حدیث کی تفہیم میں عقل کے استعمال بلکہ اسے اولیت دینے کی حمایت کرتا ہے.  وہ کہتا ہے جہالت خوف کی سمت لے جاتی ہے ، خوف نفرت کی اور نفرت تشدد کی سمت  . عالموں کی فوج بھی آ جاے تو وہ  جھوٹ کو سچ میں تبدیل نہیں کر سکتی . وہ بارہویں صدی میں عورتوں کے مساوی انسانی حقوق کی بات کرتا ہے اور انھیں پالتو جانور سمجھنے کی شدید مذمت کرتا ہے . میں نے پوچھا . اور اس کے مخالفین ؟ بولے .  قرطبہ اور سیوائل کے قاضی شہر اور اپنے وقت کے اس جید عالم  نے ارسطو کی منطق کو اسلامی فقہ کی بنیاد بنایا اور یہ روایت آج تک قائم ہے. اسے خلیفہ وقت ابو یعقوب یوسف کی سرپرستی حاصل رہی جس نے اسے اپنا شاہی طبیب اور قاضی شہر مقرر کیا . ظاہر ہے اس دور کے رجعت پسند سیاسی عالموں کو اس کی روشن خیالی ایک آنکھ نہ بھائی . درباری سازشوں کی وجہ سے اسے آخری عمر میں جلا وطنی کی مشقت سے گزرنا پڑا. اسلامی دنیا میں اس کی کتابوں کو نذر آتش کیا گیا . موت سے ذرا پہلے اس کی حیثیت با عزت طور پر بحال ہوئی . رمز بسکٹ پر ہاتھ صاف کرتے ہوے بولا . اور طب  میں اس کی حصے داری ؟ بولے. طب میں علمیت کا یہ عالم تھا کہ وہ شاہی طبیب مقرر ہوا . اس نے فالج یا سٹروک کے بارے میں انسانی تاریخ میں پہلی بار وضاحتی تھیوری پیش کی.  پارکنسنز ڈزیز کی علامات کا بیان کیا اور  بصارت کی ریٹنا کی حساسیت سے منسلک ہونے کی دریافت کی ۔ اس کی کتاب الکلیات فی الطب جو میڈیکل انسیکلوپیڈیا ہے ، کا لاطینی زبان میں ترجمہ ہوا اور یورپ اس کتاب کو کولیجٹ کے نام سے جانتا ہے. یہ کئی سو برس تک نصابی کتاب کے طور پر پڑھائی جاتی رہی . میں نے کہا  . یورپ میں  اتنی مقبولیت آخر کیوں ؟ بولے .  لاطینی اور عبرانی زبان میں ترجمہ ہو کر اس کے افکار مغرب میں بہت مقبول ہوے. یورپ نے رومن زوال کے بعد یونانی فلسفے کو یکسر بھلا دیا تھا.  اگر بارہویں صدی میں ابن رشد اپنی تحریروں میں ارسطو اور دیگر یونانی فلسفیوں کی سوچ کو دوبارہ زندہ نہ کرتا تو شاید مغربی یورپ میں تاریک دور کا اختتام اور روشن خیالی کے دور کا آغاز نہ ہو پاتا۔ ابن رشد کی تحریروں اور افکار نے اس دور کے عیسائی طرز فکر پر بھی کاری ضرب لگائی اور باقاعدہ ایک باغی فلسفیانہ طرز فکر کو بڑھاوا ملا جو اس کے نام کی نسبت سے ایوروسزم کہلایا …… جاری ہے

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