Khurram Ali Shafique: Person of the year contd. posted by Ranu
As promised I am writing a biography of Khurram Ali Shafique:
He was born in Karachi, Pakistan. His father was a lawyer and his mother is a retired Mathematician.
He studied in various schools in Karachi,he also feels fortunate for the opportunity to study in Lawrence College Murree, it is one of the best schools in Pakistan. The experience in this school had a very positive effect on him.
At the age of nine, he got interested in Allama Iqbal, who was a very famous Poet and Philosopher. He is not quite sure how he got interested in Iqbal, perhaps it was Iqbal’s poems caught his attention.
On his tenth birthday his parents gave him a collection of Iqbal’s poetry. He was very pleased with this gift, he spent a lot of time reading the poems, and before he was fourteen he could recite most of these poems from memory.
His father who was very fond of Iqbal’s writing, introduced him to Iqbal’s poetry. His father never forced him to learn about Iqbal.
The adults who inspired him were his parents and some uncles. Some of the subjects he was interested in were, History and English, Urdu and Persian Literature , from a young age he was influenced by his father and seemed to like the same subjects as his father. His mother being a Mathematician helped him with Math. His favorite in math. was geometry, he was delighted to solve the theorems in Geometry before they were taught in school.
After he completed his master’s degree, he tried to get enrolled for M.Phil or PhD.the university told him clearly that original research is not acceptable and one must follow some framework which was already approved among the academics.
He is also an author and has written biographies of some famous people ,Allama Iqbal is one of them. He has also written textbooks for schools and a number of books both in Urdu and English.
He has just completed a biography of Waheed Murad, who was an actor , producer and director.
Of all the books he has written and published , his favorite book is ,Iqbal: His life and our Times.
He has developed the Marghdeen Learning Center for Iqbal Studies, to promote the ideas of Iqbal within the existing systems of education.
His ambition is to spread the message of Iqbal widely. He feels The poet and Philosopher is appreciated but not understood by the people.
What he wants to do is challenging , he wants to find connections between cultures , ideas and personalities.
I accidentally knew about Khurram Shafique when I was looking for Iqbal’s poetry. Mr. Shafique had already started an online course on Iqbal in 2011.
I was interested to join the course and he helped me to register. I have taken all the courses he has offered so far, and intend to continue.