A FORGOTTEN AND “DISCARDED VOICE’ OF A MUSLIM REFORMER,
MAJID SIDDIQI ENGLISH MASTER ISLAMIA HIGH SCHOOL LAHORE
The reformative spirit in Lahore which made a progressive Pakistan
More than a hundred years ago the Islamic renaissance hit Lahore in number of ways. Educated people realized that reformation was required and the journey of their nation towards a tomorrow. The famous people we all remember and there is none like Dr Allama Iqbal, but there were others too, forgotten in time but not their living souls spirit. One such person was Majid Siddiqi Sahowalia English Master at Islamia High School Lahore.
I came across a book published by him in 1915 and it seems that it is written for today. The situational analysis is same, the answer is same. The Master addresses the semi westernized youth of those days and says that with lack of understanding the Arabic knowledge they have gone far from the Quranic ideals. He compares Islam as a DIAMOND RELIGION with others which are merely GLASS RELIGIONS. And he says that we must recognize the greatness of our ALLAH and the Quranic revelations as original compared to other religious books. Suffice to say the message is as relevant today as it was in 1915.