Books by Col Ashfaq Hussain (R)

  • Gentleman Bismillah

  • Gentleman Alhamdolillah

  • Gentleman SubhaanAllah

  • Gentleman Astaghfirullah

  • Gentleman Allah Allah

  • Faateh e Saboona

  • Barf kay Qaidee

His interview:

Friend’sMailz – “We are Allah’s, and we shall certainly return to Him….”

Muhammad Ayub.

He was my mentor….my Parents’ mentor. My family’s light house, flag-ship and a super grand-father to us all.
He was a blessing.

His rank, honour and goodness can not be truely put in words.
He was a light-house….a legacy….a universe in his own……..well, an extinct species…
He was the one who made us understand the meanings of humility, respect, dignity, relationships, selflessness, and so many good things.

We don’t find such people today. “Zameen ka namak”, they are….
We don’t find such people today, who meet people, keep relationships, cherish, yearn, crave and love just like that, without a material longing or gain or interest. It is a blunt generalization, yes. But that is what the fact is. Yes, our elders had more clearer hearts, simpler minds and less of maximization thingy. They did not have abundance of communication means, nor did they have much resources – yet they had assets like simplicity, spare time, pursuits, ingenuity, originality, toil and

Yes…….”our elders and bazurgs of the yester-years lived a life of simplicity and little commodities and yet they were happy. They lived a simple life in which they worked very hard to make ends meet or to achieve their dreams. Some achieved them and some did not however the biggest asset was that they learned to live life.”

Today also, whn we look around and appreciate and smile at senior citizens, they still (till this day) have some sort of warmth in their smile and that means a lot.
They are our future… And our future is bright… 🙂

We are driven by our values, grooming, environs and mulaamlaat. We are driven by our unconscious and engrained strengths and weaknesses. Yes……”Life now is full of selfishness and more of a rat-race jiss mein har ek ko apni apni paree hai… one really cares about the other. No one bothers to ask (even relatives, neighbours forget) ke aap kaise ho? kya ho raha hai etc etc….but at the same time one cannot blame them because situation hee aise hai…..the socio-economic situations in the country have driven people to think and feel this way (selfishness)…..”

I think this has not to with socio-economic issues….. It is because we have stopped to listen to our Mothers.

The world is full of good people. If you can’t find one, be one… 🙂

Sensational Amjad Islam Amjad…

تو چل اے موسمِ گریہ‘ پھر اب کی بار بھی ہم ہی
تری انگلی پکڑتے ہیں تجھے گھر لے کے چلتے ہیں
وہاں ہر چیز ویسی ہے کوئی منظر نہیں بدلا
ترا کمرہ بھی ویسے ہی پڑا ہے‘ جس طرح تُو نے
اُسے دیکھا تھا‘ چھوڑا تھا
“ترے بستر کے پہلو میں رکھی اس میز پر اب بھی
دھرا ہے مگ وہ کافی کا
کہ جس کے خشک اور ٹوٹے کناروں پر
ابھی تک وسوسوں اور خواہشوں کی جھاگ کے دھبّے نمایاں ہیں
قلم ہے‘ جس کی نِب پر رَت جگوں کی روشنائی یوں لرزتی ہے
کہ جیسے سُوکھتے ہونٹوں پہ پپڑی جمنے لگتی ہے
وہ کاغذ ہیں
جو بے روئے ہوئے کچھ آنسوﺅں سے بھیگے رہتے ہیں
ترے چپّل بھی رکھے ہیں
کہ جن کے بے ثمر تلووں سے وہ سب خواب لپٹے ہیں
جو اِتنا روندے جانے پر بھی اب تک سانس لیتے ہیں
ترے کپڑے‘
جو غم کی بارشوں میں دُھل کے آئے تھے
مِری الماریوں کے ہینگروں میں اَب بھی لٹکے ہیں
دلاسوں کا وہ گیلا تولیہ
اور ہچکیوں کا اَدھ گھلا صابن
چمکتے واش بیسن میں پڑے ہیں اور
ٹھنڈے گرم پانی کی وہ دونوں ٹونٹیاں اب تک
رواں ہیں توُ جنھیں اس دن
کسِی جلدی میں چلتا چھوڑ آیا تھا
دریچے کی طرف دیوار پر لٹکی گھڑی
اب بھی‘ ہمیشہ کی طرح‘
آدھا منٹ پیچھے ہی رہتی ہے
کلنڈر پر رُکی تاریخ نے پلکیں نہیں جھپکیں
اور اس کے ساتھ آویزاں!!
وہ اِک مہکارتا منظر‘
وہ اِک تصویر جس میں وہ
مِرے شانے پہ سر رکھّے مِرے پہلو میں بیٹھی ہے
مِری گردن اور اِس کے گیسوﺅں کے پاس ایک تتِلی
خوشی سے اُڑتی پھرتی ہے
کچُھ ایسا سحر چھایا ہے
کہ دل رُکتا‘ ہَوا چلتی ہوئی محسوس ہوتی ہے-”
مگر اے موسمِ گریہ‘
اُسی ساعت
نجانے کس طرف سے تُو چلا آیا
ہمارے بیچ سے گزرا
ہمارے بیچ سے تُو اس طرح گزرا
کہ جیسے دو مخالف راستوں کو کاٹتی سرحد
کہ جس کے ہر طرف بس دُوریوں کی گرد اُڑتی ہے

اُسی اِک گرد کی تہہ سی
تجھے دروازے کی بَیل پر جمی شاید نظر آئے
کوئی تصویر کے اندر کمی شاید نظر آئے
تمنّا سے بھری آنکھیں جو ہر دَم مُسکراتی تھیں
اب اُن آنکھوں کے کونوں میں نمی شاید نظر آئے

Soorah 105. Al-Feel : The Elephant

Allah – Grace and Attributes

  • Have you not seen how your Lord dealt with the Owners of the Elephant? [Abrahah].

Wrong Path (DON’Ts)

  • Have you not seen how your Lord dealt with the Owners of the Elephant? [Abrahah]. Did He not make their plot go astray, and sent against them birds, in flocks, striking them with stones, and made them like an empty field of stalks.


[This post links to Main Post (containing the consolidated data of study) and Introductory Post (containing the objective of study)]

“Scream of silence” by Lt Gen Tariq Khan (Retd)

16 December goes by again. My unqualified attempt at prose.

When we yearn for high office yet lack the capacity to hold it, when we willingly embrace responsibility knowing we are not worthy of it, when our success is measured by surviving the tenure we must survive, when our achievements are weighed by invented fables and clashing cymbals of artificial celebrations, when the government is more important than the State, when institutions are sacrificed for self and family, when constitutions hold nations hostage, when democracy is just an end by any means, when justice is trampled under fear of reprisal or the glitter of gold, where mediocrity is subsidised, where there is no difference between sin and crime, where one is respected more for breaking the law rather than following it, where religion is an obsession but God summarily forgotten, where ideology remains the refuge of a rascal and belief excludes all others, then my friend you have discovered my country, the land of the pure, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Here substance is conspicuous in its absence while slogans rule the roost, love is professed with passion but hatred practiced with venom, where peace is promised to all but intolerance and extremism remain what is left of any social contract, where corruption is the form and merit defeated at the alter of nepotism and jobbery, where who you are matters more than what you do, where people hear you yet no one listens, where all can see yet no one looks and when you find yourself so surrounded in a sea of people but yet you stand anonymous, then you, my friend, have found my people, the Muslims of Pakistan.

Lt Gen Tariq Khan (Retd)

Definitions – 4

Sach wo hai, jo apnay baaray mein bola jaaye…”

[Ashfaq Ahmed’s Mother]

Tip-Tip 12

  • Be happy. Be who you want to be. If others don’t like it, then let them be. Happiness is a choice. Life isn’t about pleasing everybody.
  • Soteriophobia is a psychological condition which causes a person to refuse depending on others out of fear of being disappointed.
  • Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness. Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you can’t change.
  • People don’t listen to the smartest person in the room, they listen to whoever acts as if they know what’s right, according to a study.
  • I believe that that whoever is meant to be in your life will always gravitate back towards you, regardless of how far they try to run away.
  • Eventually all things fall into place. Until then, laugh at the confusion, live for the moments, and know everything happens for a reason.
  • Psychology says, the person who tries to keep everyone happy often ends up feeling the loneliest.
  • No relationship is ever a waste of your time. If it didn’t bring you what you want, it taught you what you didn’t want.
  • If two people are having a dispute, the angrier one is usually wrong. This is because anger clouds judgement.
  • Sometimes it takes sadness to know happiness, noise to appreciate silence and absence to value presence.
  • Life is very short, so forgive quickly, believe slowly, love truly, laugh loudly and never avoid anything that makes you smile.
  • Your age doesn’t define your maturity, your grades don’t define your intelligence, and rumors don’t define who you are.
  • A person needs just three things to be truly happy in the world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.
  • The key to happiness and success: Dream big, work hard, stay focused, and surround yourself with good people.
  • Before you talk, listen. Before you react, think. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try.