Books play vital role in shaping human history: Speakers

Meezan Publishers holds book release event to mark World Book Day

Srinagar, Apr 23 (KNS): Books play an important role in modeling the human history, speakers said during an even to observe World Book Day here on Sunday.

The event was organized by Meezan Publishers in collaboration with Batamaloo Traders Association wherein the speakers stressed on role and importance of books in modeling the human history. The event was presided over by Editor in Chief of Daily Rising Kashmir, Syed Shujaat Bukhari. Advocate Abdul Rashid Hanjura was the chief guest and Mufti Mohammad Sultan was the guest of honour on the occasion.

On the occasion, three books ‘Pata Kaluk Pai’ based on the life of great mathematician and poet of Valley Qadri Ghulam Ahmad authored by Inayat Kashmiri; ‘Post Card’ based on short Kashmiri novels written by Imtiyaz Ahmad Lone and ‘Asfari-e-Iqbal’ based on the journeys of Iqbal (RA) in awakening Muslims across globe authored by Dr. Ruksana Rahim, were released.

The speakers threw light on themes like Iqbal Day while Urdu poet Molvi Abdul Haq and late senior journalist and poet Maqbool Sahil were also remembered on the occasion.
In his keynote address, Bukhari said books have played important role in modeling human civilizations across the globe and if we read books we may explore the things.

“Some people in the society are blaming the modern technology for destroying the book culture but I think despite technology the essence of books has remained intact,” Bukhari said.

Paying rich tributes to Dr. Sir Muhammad Iqbal (RA), he said Iqbal was the pioneer of the modern Islamic history and after reading his poetry one feels he had a special concern for Kashmiris.

Bukhari described Maqbool Sahil as a great poet and journalist, and said his contribution towards literature and culture will always be remembered.

In his address the guest of honour on the occasion, Mufti Mohammad Sultan while narrating the examples from Islamic history said the books have played important role in framing the opinion of the people and are considered best friends of human beings.

Mufti said, “We should appreciate the move from the publishing house. Without books our life is nothing and reading literature increases our knowledge.”

Chairman of Islamic Relief and Trust, Abdul Rashid Hanjura who was the chief guest on the occasion, said books are real assets and our best friends. He said we should inculcate the habit of book reading among our younger generation so that their mental horizon widens. “We should educate our children about the importance of books that how they have proved loyal friends to human history,” Hanjura said.

Hanjura paid rich tributes to late journalist and poet Maqbool Sahil and saod he will be remembered always for his contribution towards the language and literature.

Noted broadcaster, Peerzada Abdal Mahjoor in his address said that in the year 1935 there was a bookshop at Hari Singh High Street, where all poets would meet. “Meezan publishing house is doing the same thing and acting as that shop. I hope this trend would continue so that young writers and poets get a platform,” he said. He also paid rich tributes to Maqbool Sahil and said the ‘great son of the soil’ struggled a lot in his life.

Speaking on the occasion Saeed-Ur-Rehman Shams said internet and technology cannot separate us from books, though there can be a timely effect but it cannot be permanent.“Books are the best critics and best campaigns,” Shams said. Shams also paid rich tributes to Dr. Iqbal (RA) and Molvi Abdul Haq and described them as great pillars of modern Islamic history.

On the occasion, Bashir Shakir highlighted the importance of books and paid rich tributes to Dr. Iqbal (RA) and Molvi Abdul Haq for their contribution to human history.

General Sectary of Urdu Council J&K, Javed Matjee also spoke on the occasion. He said the real assets of society are the books but the irony is that our youth are detaching themselves from literature.
“Despite modern technology, western societies are reading the books and the result is in front of us but we people have forgotten the importance of books,” Matjee said.

Earlier the event started with the recitation of Holy Quran and was hosted by Javed Hussain Kirmani. Along with poets, authors, writers the civil society members participated in the event. The vote of thanks was presented by the Shabir Matjee, founder of Meezan publishing house. (KNS)

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