A SAD END TO A GREAT DREAM OF A MUSEUM
FYZEE RAHAMIN AND HIS GALLERY IN KARACHI
Samuel Fyzee Rahamin mixed background is an enigma. A Jew who believed in the superiority of women and was proud of being same. Hen pecked is a small word for him. Achieving great success in England, he boasted of having taught even Queen Mary at college. Even today Tate Gallery has a website on his works. So much success, and he along with his darling intellectual wife Atiya Begum came to Pakistan, being patronized by Quaid e Azam himself.
Then something strange happened. A gallery was built by them in Karachi and was working, when the erstwhile bureaucrat N.M. Khan got wind of something wrong there, and had it demolished. It was a big shock to the couple, but it was a big shock to the art world here too. WHY? There were rumours of something wrong going on there but probably unfounded and never proven and never brought to knowledge of people. In any case proving links with intelligence is literally impossible in Pakistan. Samuel died reputedly as a Muslim having embraced Islam. And loyal Atiya pursued the case with diligence and won the same, but decided never to move back to the place. A grand gallery was conceived again and built on their land but to this day it is not complete and NO ONE HAD THE FINANCIAL COURAGE to complete it. Probably a lot of works got destroyed or stolen, but some are still there. But the output of the artist was not much. We have in our archives some books illustrated by him and most art publications in Pakistan carries a Mughal subject painting done by him.
M.A. Rahman Chughtai always complained of lack of ART CRITICS in Pakistan who literally had no sensibility for art. If Dr Muhammed Din Taseer had lived, he was the exceptional art critic produced under guidance, companionship and love of Chughtai himself. Problem is as a nation we are not sensitive to art but as art critics we are bordering on stupidity. Art requires observation and our critics do not even have time to look at art. Outside world people view art for hours, days, months, and even in different light and come to startling conclusions about artists. There is always hidden symbolism in work of great Masters and need thorough study to understand them. I saw the analytical skill of critic American scholar Stuart Cary Welch and was amazed at how he looked at things. British scholar Basil Gray was like that too. I saw both working at close quarters. The dramas written by Samuel Fyzee Rahamin got host of critics in London. Although John Galsworthy could only appreciate that he was selected to receive a copy of his drama. The art works of Fyzee Rahamin has not discovered any art critic yet. A look a his work MODERN PANHARI highlights his desire to link various religious movements. But it is done in a somewhat child like manner. Commission of murals at Raj Bhavan went to Fyzee Rahamin. The works at Viceroys House (Raj Bhavan) in Delhi perhaps are there, as well as Parliament house, but many of them were whitewashed by India. In cultural destruction many things common in India and Pakistan.No complaints at all!
THE INEVITABLE CURSE OF THIS SO CALLED DEMOCRACY
DIVIDING THE NATION INTO UNCONTROLLABLE GROUPS
Pakistan was born in the name of Islam and considered as ONE UNIT. The amazing part is that the two wings were initially called WEST PUNJAB and EAST BENGAL. Then gradually it was called WEST PAKISTAN and EAST PAKISTAN. Gradually the iconic leaders were eliminated, even assassinated. The slickness of foreign lobbies in engendering language riots and then making an attempt to foster provincialism in the country. All three Martial Laws brought stability to the country and all attempts at Democracy brought ruins. Why did Military rule failed in the end? Because those so called Military dictators were democrats at heart and mingled with politicians who undid all their patriotic efforts. Standing on the edge of eternity, few people can look st the reality of things. Self interest creeps in and national feeling lacks development.
The majority of the population is Muslim and the foreign lobbies find it difficult to create rifts in the country on that issue. Making the fall guy religion all the time. Media Mullahs are also at behest and command of foreign lobbies. Most people have no idea what even the Quran says, but the undiluted love for their Prophet (PBUH) overcomes all other things. An iconic leader is required and eventually Pakistan will find one out of necessity. But it may be too late by then. A scenario is being generated that due to ECONOMIC BANKRUPTCY we may trade our nuclear assets for economic relief. AND THEN OBLITERATION AT THE HANDS OF THE ENEMY. The poop of this joy will never come to our enemies. If Pakistan is driven into a corner, Pakistan will react, and when the hibernating Muslim wakes up, it is death for the enemy. Obviously this is well known to the enemies.
Even our Prophet (PBUH) could not engender peace without war. When perceptions are choked with hatred, the enemy knows no compassion. Nothing can stop a person, when the blood becomes sacred. There is nothing more sacred than defending your home land and your Ideology.
YES, HUNDREDS OF MINIATURES LYING IN WESTERN COLLECTIONS
OUTRIGHT FAKES BUT LITERALLY NOT UNDERSTOOD FOR REASONS
Every civilization has particular problems. One of them is resentment of achievements of other civilizations. The underlying tone of all Hindu research is to undermine Muslim achievements, but so is the West obsession with proving outpour of Muslim civilization as hybrid and dependent on the West. M.A. Rahman Chughtai and his brother Dr Abdullah Chaghatai were brilliant scholars giving credit to where ever credit was due but a careful study of the Indian market and they knew where the fakes were being manufactured for Western consumption.
M.A. Rahman Chughtai writes in his book “The House of Taimur” 1972:
“It is a fact that these pictures have been produced under the guidance of Parsi and Hindu owners of the Antiquity shops running at Bombay, Calcutta and Delhi. Among the antiquarians, the late Mr Guzder has to be mentioned specially for it was under his guidance that the paintings were produced. His shop was situated at Taj Mahal hotel, Bombay and is still there. Mr Guzder died a few years back. In his life time his agents both Hindus and Muslims used to collect old paintings and manuscripts and other antiques from every part of India. Among the prominent were Hussain Bux and his brother of Jaipur and Mata Parshad from Lucknow. Besides this he had also engaged artists for copying and making fake pictures for him at Jaipur, Delhi and Hyderabad Deccan. These fake pictures have been painted to appeal to the mind of Western art collectors. The early numbers of Marg (a quarterly magazine of art) of Bombay contains some advertisements of these paintings for sale, which are still in possession of Mr Guzder’s firm.”
The baby cherubs were a favourite of the Western buyer and Mughal paintings abound with frivolous pictures of these baby angels. And scholars call it hybrid culture. Attached is an image of a naked Emperor Jahangir. If you look at the miniature you find lack of precision and faces of Jahangir and Nur Jahan expression less. The same routine naqashi and the jacuzzi fountains. No Mughal feeling to same and more of a Washer man Emperor, unlike dignity associated with an Emperor. The Chinese flask is there too. You call that Mughal. Ha Ha indeed! More on that later.
AMAZING WESTERN SCHOLARS BIGOTRY DENYING MOSES HIMSELF
AND SHOVING THUTMOSE II OR EVEN AKHENATEN AS THE PHARAOH
Many like us cannot believe the bigotry of scholars in trying to diminish the impact of Islam on people. Your research on the Pharaoh of Moses time turn to names like Thutmose II or even Akhenaten, with no possible links to Moses, And then proclaiming that the Exodus never happened and there was not even any Moses, for there is no scientific archaeological evidence of him. Unbelievable? A book by a leading American scholar on Moses come to the conclusion that there was no Moses at all. Hard to believe people can go so far! Hazrat Musa (Moses) receives the most extensive coverage in the Holy Quran. The Prophet is mentioned no less than 34 times in this unadulterated genuine book of Allah. No fabrication ever done to it, however much people tried, for it was protected by Allah.
In 1881, Ramesses II’s mummy was discovered in a secret royal cache at Deir el-Bahri, and as discoveries go nothing much happened to change history. The mummy had health issues and it was decided in 1976 to send it to Paris for repair. A passport was issued to King Ramesses II by the Government of Egypt and he received a royal welcome in Paris by the French Government.
Dr Maurice Bucaille was in charge of the forensics for the mummy. An astounding discovery was made by Dr Bucaille. Besides having a lot of ailments like an infected tooth, arthritis etc, an astounding discovery was made by the French doctor. The mummy was of a King who had drowned in water and there were remnants of salt on his body. It seems that the body had been recovered and mummified in a haste but the salt remains were still there.
The story was so phenomenal that when Dr Maurice Bucaille found out the Islamic narrative, he became a Muslim there and then and wrote the famous bestseller, namely The Bible, Quran and Science. It was scientifically proven that Pharaoh Ramesses II was the Pharaoh that pursued Hazrat Musa to his final death. Such scientific evidence jarred the bigotry of the Western scholars, for the Quran says the following:
With regards the end point of his life, Allah makes mention in the Holy Quran in Surah Yunus: “We brought the tribe of Israel across the sea, and Pharaoh and his troops pursued them out of tyranny and enmity. Then, when he was on the point of drowning, he [Pharaoh] said: “I believe that there is no god but Him in Whom the tribe of Israel believes. I am one of the Muslims.” [10:90]
However, this last-minute conversion was not accepted, for it was not sincere. According to the Quran, Allah further exclaimed: “What, now! When previously you rebelled and were one of the corrupters? Today we will preserve your body so you can be a Sign for people who come after you. Surely many people are heedless of Our Signs.” [10:91-92]
So why Pharaoh Ramesses II gets a question mark from the bigotry of the Western world. It proves the truth of the Quran and the supremacy of Allah who promised to preserve the body of the Pharaoh for future generations, and fulfilled the same. May the Blessings of Allah be upon all of us!
A FORGOTTEN ARCHITECT OF AITCHISON COLLEGE COMPLEX
MASTER ZIAUD DIN CHUGHTAI HEAD DRAWING DEPARTMENT
Master Ziaud din Chughtai belonged to Lahore and had extensive properties on Hall road, Lahore, dating to 19th century. He was married to the cousin of Abdur Rahman Chughtai. He had a number of sons and daughters, all of them developed into full professionals. More of them later. Reputed to be associated with Mayo School of Arts, he taught at various places, till he landed in Aitchison College and ultimately became In-charge of its Art department. He was also associated with the Nawab of Bhawalpur and designed many things for him, including a mosque in Bhawalpur. But this is about the Aitchison College Complex in Lahore.
It was realized that the college lacked many buildings, including a mosque, Gurdawara and a Mandir. Also space was required for extension of various buildings. The administration issued orders for designs. Three people applied for same. One was Bhai Ram Singh, one unknown person and Ziaud din Chughtai himself. The contract for the complex was given to Ziaud din Chughtai for a huge amount of Rs 800 at that time. This was well known to all but is very specifically mentioned in the biography of Mian Ferozeud din. All the children of Master Ziaud din were very proud of this fact. The Muslim Architect had beaten the design of Bhai Ram Singh. Today without research everybody says what is told to them in instructions from foreign lobbies. Belittle the achievements of all Muslims anywhere.
HAZRAT NUH (NOAH), FLOOD AND THE QURANIC NARRATIVE
BIGOTED SCHOLARS DO NOT EVEN LOOK AT ULTIMATE TRUTH
Western scholarship is indeed wonderful and do great meaningful stuff, and we are all happy about it. But we see a failing and it spells bigotry, that in any objective research, you approach all available information. Not studying the Islamic narrative is pure bigotry. And then there is the Satanic discourse of dismissing the great flood as a fairy tale. No one gains through controversy or conspiracy. In fact geological surveys all over the world prove the deluge. It is now even added with recovered skeletons (at Philadelphia museum) from Sumeria as well as the China flood story. Narratives give clues.
Obviously there is versions of Old and the new testament. And it is reinforced by at least three other accounts namely mentioned in form of stone tablets cuneiform. The accounts mention a great flood and the work of Hazrat Nuh in building a giant boat (ark). The cuneiform mention a hero Gilgamesh and the same flood story is repeated there. Even the history of Zoroastrians include the association of Ahura Mazda and the hero YIMA with a great flood. That shows a GREAT FLOOD occurred in the past and the date of the flood is not known. A Christian cardinal in the 3rd century namely Berosus has written the story of Noah too and placed the flood in 2317 BC. Most recent theories of scientific West show that a COMET large size struck the Earth and melted the ice and there was a world wide deluge. All this is proven now with geological analysis. And the exact date has been calculated to be about 12800 years ago. A scientific analysis of worldwide flood deluge is of course required. But it did occur and perhaps people have mixed up the dates. Another analysis speaks of the catastrophe which joined the dead sea with outside sea forcibly. Eventually truth will be finalized.
Sorry to say that scientific analysis has already proven that the Old and the New testament are not the books sent down by Allah but with time interpolations were done to fabricate the texts. All Muslims are proud of the fact that the Quran is the only Holy Book unchanged with time and is the original text revealed to Prophet Muhammed (PBUH). So why not study Hazrat Nuh and the great flood as the Quranic narrative. And about Noah, the Quran simply says the following:
Hazrat Nuh was one of the earliest Prophets sent by Allah. The people of Noah had transgressed all morality and moved towards evil. Nuh was sent to bring them to the correct path and not only did they refuse, they mocked Nuh and asked him to bring on the catastrophe and they were ready to face the same. Allah instructed Nuh to build a large boat namely Ark, and get it ready for Nuh and his family as well as two pairs of every animal and bird. Nuh did the same. Nuh asked his son to get on the Ark but he refused too and mocked his father. When the flood came through the valley all those people were drowned and Nuh set sail on his ark. Nuh lamented the drowning of his own son but Allah admonished him that Nuh’s son was not belonging to his Ideology. For many days the Ark traveled and finally came to rest on the mountain JUDI. A different mountain from Ararat. There Nuh settled down and from his birth, his era spanned 950 years. The Quran refers to the era of Nu and does not clarify that as his age. Although Noah’s biographer Berosus speaks out the age of Noah as 950 years old. From Noah came the people of Aad says the Quran.
Atheists bash Christians versions all the time. A British survey in early 20th century found sand layers at 40 feet in Iraq and elsewhere. We add Lahore to the geological survey. A great mass of mere sand in digging reveals a flood like situation. In deep digging of Lahore sand layers have been found at about 40 feet. And even less. Amazing sea stones as well as shells have been discovered under Lahore and it clearly shows that the flood deluge did not spare any place and Lahore was under that deluge too. Obviously no one will bother to research but we have collected earth samples for analysis. The subject is too vast to dismiss, and the Quranic narratives are our faiths.