February 27, 2012 at 6:19 am
Prof. Muhammad Rafi
Those who believe in the justice system of Islam and its evolving nature for a better society will find the book interesting abnd thought provoking. Most of the people I have met fail to understand the basis of Pakistan’s creation. This is the result of totally misunderstanding the true nature of Islamic permanent values.
Saleena’s book is a revolutionary one and will shock those who have pre-conceived ideas about Islam, Jinnah, the Pakistan Movement and an Islamic society. Please read the book with an open mind. I have not read the book, but I will surely read and try to understand how Saleena has presented the concept. The younger generation will surely see the clear sky once their misconceptions about a perfect society are removed. Saleena should be taken seriously, but I have saddened to some extent by the indifference of scholars and critics to her first two books. The self proclaimed intellectuals who believe that they know all about the Pakistan Movement and the vision of Iqbal, fail to realize the true nature of Pakistan’s creation.
‘Systems’ appears to be an upsurge of what had been brewing in Saleena’s inner being, a medley of thoughts, ideas and feelings.Modern fiction writers and critics would term it as the technique of free association in an attempt to bring out what she was feeling and thinking in the depths of her mind and heart. A book based on therse ideals cannot be brushed aside as just another novel, rather it should be treated as as most meaningful though most of us have not yet cared to probe into it.The first and second generation of Pakistanis and so called entrepreneurs of art and literature, whose skill seldom matches their ambition, fail to understand that that the readership and audience changes every few years.And it is only the brilliant, fresh, original and thought-provoking that remains.The conspiracy of silence against the genuine and the original writers like Saleena must give way to a true evaluation of her books.
I am sure that Saleena Baitee’s ‘System’ will ultimately find its true position in the world of books.