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Ghamidi vs Pervez = Pygmy vs Giant
By:Burhan Ali, Yangon (Rangoon)
Date: Tuesday, 8 May 2012, 8:20 am
In Response To: Is the beard compulsory? (Mubashir, Canada)

Adab, Tasleemat and Tehzeebat to all Muhtarmeen.

I am a little known but reasonably admired Urdu writer in Myanmar (Burma). A professor of Urdu nearing retirement, I have spent 40 years of my life deeply studying and teaching Urdu prose and poetry internationally.

I started listening to the diatribe of Mr J.A. Ghamidi against that giant of a scholar, G.A. Pervez a few days ago on this forum.

Putting his matchless religious (Deeni) services aside for a while, Muhtaram G.A. Pervez (Marhoom) could easily have left an indelible mark on Urdu literature if he chose to do so. What a marvelous insha-pardaz, musannif, penman and Urdu speaker he was!

Someone sincerely posted a very abrasive 'leechker' by Ghamidi on Muhtaram Pervez. I was devastated in the very first few minutes.

Muhtaram Pervez, may Allah keep him in the soothing shadow of His mercy, was a writer before whom Urdu words and sentences remained in 'sajdah'. His lectures and writings were studded with outstanding Urdu and Persian poetry.

I attended scores of his lectures in the 1970s at Lahore. I enjoyed the company of another stalwart, Hafeez Jullundry Sahib (rahmahullah). We used to sit together during the lectures and repeatedly looked at each other in awe! It was as if the topmost possible Urdu was revealing itself and flowing through the Allama's golden tongue like fresh water springs.

Jullundry Sahib agreed with me that we were always having a feast of superlative Urdu Adab, extempore!

OK, in that audio 'leechker' of Ghamidi Sahib on this forum, I was stunned and devastated when Ghamidi Sahib uttered, "Mujhay in ki tehreer se wehshat hoti hai." [His writing catapults me with fear.] Well, Ghamidi instantly looked like a pygmy before a giant!

I almost heard Allama Iqbal whisper to me,

teri nigah faromaya hath hai kotah
tera gunah keh nakheel-e baland ka hai gunaah

[Your intellect is low of the lows and your arm is short. Whose sin is it, yours or of the tall fruit tree?]

Please do not put that "half-naked faqir" (Gandhi) in Rustam's arena.

Messages In This Thread

Is the beard compulsory?
Mubashir, Canada -- Tuesday, 8 May 2012, 1:40 am
Re: Is the beard compulsory?
Alwi Memon, Nigeria -- Tuesday, 8 May 2012, 7:28 am
Re: Is the beard compulsory?
Mubashir, Canada -- Tuesday, 8 May 2012, 11:00 am
Re: Is the beard compulsory?
Burhan Ali, Yangon (Rangoon) -- Tuesday, 8 May 2012, 11:14 am
Re: Is the beard compulsory?
Alwi Memon, Nigeria -- Tuesday, 8 May 2012, 11:19 am
Re: Is the beard compulsory?
Mubashir, Canada -- Tuesday, 8 May 2012, 12:37 pm
Comparing Ghamidi with G.A.P.
*Dr. Shabbir, Florida -- Tuesday, 8 May 2012, 8:30 pm
Re: Comparing Ghamidi with G.A.P.
Mubashir, Canada -- Tuesday, 8 May 2012, 11:59 pm
Comparing Ghamidi with G.A.P.
*Dr. Shabbir, Florida -- Wednesday, 9 May 2012, 12:34 am
The Immortal Works Of Allama G.A.P. - 1
*Dr. Shabbir, Florida -- Wednesday, 9 May 2012, 1:27 pm
Ghamidi vs Pervez = Pygmy vs Giant
Burhan Ali, Yangon (Rangoon) -- Tuesday, 8 May 2012, 8:20 am
Re: Ghamidi vs Pervez = Pygmy vs Giant
Irfan -- Tuesday, 8 May 2012, 2:48 pm
Re: Ghamidi vs Pervez = Pygmy vs Giant
Adil Lahore -- Tuesday, 8 May 2012, 5:03 pm
Re: Ghamidi vs Pervez = Pygmy vs Giant
*Dr. Shabbir, Florida -- Wednesday, 9 May 2012, 12:06 am