This essay analyses the intelligent and incicise approach of the great scholar, ShahWaliAllah, towards the Quranic sciences and the urgent need of Muslims to study them in order to survive. It places within the contemporary perspective ShahWaliAllah’s focus and stress on the Quran, its expository details and the principles of its elucidation of its translation and commentary. The vital importance of the understanding of the Quran in the turbulent times in which ShahWaliAllahlivedand how this study protected the Muslims from religious extinction has been brought out.
The Mantiq-ut-tayr is a famous allegory in Persian verse written by the scholar-poet, Faridud-din Attar. It has long been familiar in poetic circles in Persia and the subcontinent. Basically, it describes a ‘pilgrim’s progress’ of the birds who wish to seek out their King. Of course, an allegory stands for something beyond itself.
Dr Ghulam Sarwar was the founder [mu’assis] and DrAbid Ali Khan the senior Professor [Ustad-i Buzurg] of the Persian Department, University of Karachi. The second generation of Persian Department teachers were all pupils of this illustrious pair mentioned above. The Persian Department was on the same floor as the English Department and its energetic and considerate peon ShoaibUllah used to prepare excellent tea which was liked by all teachers of the neighboring departments.
A symbol of Eastern culture, Oriental learning and civilized Islamic values, Professor Ali MohsinSiddiqui, M.A. in Islamic Studies, M.A. Arabic, M.A. Persian, was a long-time teacher of the Islamic sciences in the Faculty of Islamic Studies, University of Karachi, who became Dean of the said Faculty and headed it with distinction.