Dear Pervaiz Saheb
Thanks for your continued sum up on FOTH
Right now I am back in Malaysia for
next few months working with a
University ( UniSZA) here on secondment
from McGill U
I wish I could attend both your upcoming
programs. I am sure evening with Dr.
Bland Iqbal will be a long remembering
one as well as your as ever grand annual
Please keep on sending me the FOTH
My best regards to All FOTH members and
Dr. Khalid Sohail and Dr. Baland Iqbal.
Dr. Shamim Azar
ask. salahuddin.sb ap azeem admy hn ap n jo adby
program Dr.suhail k sath karty h wo elmo adab k
kidmat h .ap qabile tahseen hn. koe kidmat ho to
|Dear Perwaiz Salahuddin Sahib:
Thanks very much - as already confirmed I will
attend the function, honestly I love you people
and the programs.
As I said above I like you both and that is
why I am giving my sincere suggestion. In your
last program, we heard Mr Afzal Sahir and it was
almost his show. Now in the forthcoming
program, please keep only NADEEM SHAH as lot of
people donot understand punjabi at all and
frankly speaking the punjabi of Mr.Sahir is
difficult so far so I am a punjabi and I could
not understand him well. A mohtarma was
sitting near to me, she was from Lahore and she
said the same thing.
Please donot mix these two different people
"the poet and the singer". Keep only Nadeem
Shah on 18th and you will see 80 to 100 people
suggested and my respectful regards.
punjabi but not understanding punjabi very well
|Dear Perwaiz Salahuddin:
Thank you to you for arranging a
wonderful program.. I enjoyed it fully and it
was a great program and great efforts specially
by you and other members of the Family of the
Congratulations and keep it up...
God bless you...
|Thanks. I suggest that you may have a seminar
discussion on the need to make Pakistan a
liberal state free from religious exploitation,
extremism, etc. and also change laws for
exemplary punishment to crminals to put our
house in order. Interested speakers may be
allowed about 10 minutes time each. Thanks.
Syed Sadruddin Hussain
pholl ki Apni Khshbou hoti hay.. everyone have
own light. congratulations to organizers for the
events like this,, specially Rubina and
Pervaiz D. Salahuddin sahib. thanks to all
to accept my comments...
Pervaiz Sb., job well done. Excellent picnic,
beautiful music, nice poetry, fabulous food,
and very well organized by your team.
- Saleem Sheikh
Pervaiz Thanks to you and Dr Khalid Sohail
along with the rest of your team for very
pleasant and enjoyable afternoon. Good choice
for a vigilant Khazanchi. Looking forward to
some more enjoyable gatherings
- Ahmed Sohail Wahab
- Janaabe Pervaiz Saheb
Thank you for providing me with those
moments of great entertainment value. I
truly enjoyed the afternoon. I hope
likewise, folks there too enjoyed my sense
of humour. It was my first time in front of
Thanks for the picture as well. Are we
going to see the video clips available
online soon ?
Thanks Pervaiz Salahuddin Sahib
appreciate your invitation. Evolution is an
important topic and I shall be honoured to
attend the event on July 24 2011.
Evolution is primary natural
phenomenon and prevails on each aspect of the
universe. Nature completes its schemes in
ascending steps of evolution
Evolution is manifested by time. Time is a
series of changes brought about by fundamental
forces of nature (MALAIYKA).
I am sure, the above event will be a great
opportunity to ‘take away’ knowledge.
DEAR PERVAIZ SAHIB,
HOW ARE YOU ? I HAVE HEARD NOTHING FROM YOUR
END FOR QUITE SOME TIME. I SINCERELY HOPE
THAT YOU , YOUR FOTH AND DR.L KHALID SOHAIL
WOULD BE O.K.
AMONG THE EXISTING MONOPOLIES OF URDU /
PAKISTANI LITERARY ORGANIZATIONS, YOURS IS THE
ONLY ONE WHICH HAS A DEMOCRATIC TOUCH, FREEDOM
OF EXPRESSION AND NO "
A FEW WEEKS BACK, MY ARTICLE ON WRITERS'
FORUM 'S MEETING ( Ladies Writers) WAS
PUBLISHED IN THE SUNDAY TIMES. IN BETWEEN THE
COMMENTS, I ALSO DISCLOSED SOME
ABOUT THE FORUM AND SOME
INDIVIDUALS. I AM STILL RECEIVING CURSES FOR
TELLING THE TRUTH !
IN A MQM MUSHA-ERA, A FEW MONTHS BACK, I GOT
SHOCKED WHEN NASEEM SYED DECALRED ON THE STAGE
THAT SHE WAS ASHAMED TO RECITE HER POETRY
AFTER ZAMIN JAFRI, AS ACCORDING TO HER ZAMIN
WAS A BETTER & SENIOR POET THAN HER !
ON THE 19TH OF JUNE, SHNAWER SULTAN , A
PRODUCER OF AN URDU RADIO PROGRAM, ARRANGED A
MUSHAERA, IN THE HONOUR OF ASHFAQ HUSSAIN. MRS.
SARWATH JAMAL FROM ISLAMABAD AND MAHMOOD
AKHTER FROM LAHORE WERE ALSO PARTICIPATING AS
SULTAN SAHIB, ASKED MUNEEF ASHER, TWO WEEKS
BEFORE THE MUSHAERA,
TO GIVE HIM NAMES OF RECOGNIZED POETS.
SULTAN SHOWED ME THE LIST JUST TWO DAYS BEFORE
THE EVENT, AND I GOT SHOCKED TO NOTE THAT
NAMES OF NUZHAT SIDDIQUI, RASHEED NADEEM,
AZAAL NAVEED, RAFI RAZA AND OF DR. KHALID
SOHAIL WERE NOT THERE ! YOU CAN EASILY
GUESS THE REASON !
IN THIS FILTHY & SUFFOCATING CIRCUMSTANCES ,
FORTH IS THE ONLY FORUM WERE SOME FRESH AIR IS
AVAILABLE. PLEASE KEEP IT UP . MY BEST REGARDS
TO YOU AND TO DR.KHALID SOHAIL.
Khaleel Y. Siddiqi
B.A., LL.B., D.S. & B.M.(LONDON, UK)
|Aa-Salaamu Alaikum, to all.
Thanks for posting all the pictures of the last Meeting of
FOTH- (12th.June'2011),and especially the video clips of the
lecture by Zaheer Ahmed and others etc. Own my own thtough
your website I have posted all 5 videos on the facebook for
the benefit of all, especially those who missed the event
which was very lively and enjoyable.
I wish like others, you please also post the video clips of
the lecture by Farzana Hassan.
Dear Mumtaz Khan, Thank you
for your affectionate letter and taking a keen interest in
Family of the Heart. Would you like to present next year
on the subject of
Science and Quran
for half an hour as a part of
Freethinker Lecture Series and then have a dialogue with
My name is
Mumtaz Khan and so far I have not been introduced to be a
member of Family of Heats.
I saw the
web site and was pleased to see discussion topics at higher
Religion and science
friend or enemies is very interesting topic.
science are opposite poles. Religion is discipline of
rituals with manmade concepts where as the science is the
name of human experience and observation of the universe.
In case of
Islam as a
Quran and science
from the same source. Quran is
WORD OF GOD
IS WORK OF GOD.
Both explain each other.
needs of the Muslim of 21 century are different
muslim of 21 century need science to explain Quran or vice
versa? Equipped with scientific knowledge, our need is to
understand Quran which do not contradict universe made by
the same source.
two articles comparing Quran vs. science on the following
Six stages of the creation of the universe – inspired
by Steve Hawking’s Brief History of Time
Origin of life on earth – coming of ADAM
It will be
an honour to me if I can speak on the subject, with the
great interest to the learned members of the FOTH.
|Pervaiz Salahudin Sahib.
Thank you for the welcome. We will inshallah meet at some
point. Your vision sounds lovely and friendly. We will
inshallah add good values to this educated group of
Expatriates. I am pleased to see Samia, my student from
Canada and a high school fellow, Dr. Prof. Jaffery from
Dear Pervaiz Salahudin Sahib:
Thank you for including me on your mailing list . I
was amazed to see how you gathered intellectuals
team of Pakistani descents in here. Also, surprised
how you got my official email contact, though I
would like to use my hotmail address as I see that
more frequently. I was indeed looking for some group
like you have and particularly where musical shows
also add spiritual food. I know some of the faces on
your list. Since I live in Pickering area and are
utterly deprived of intellectually rich circles like
I will be happy to be included in your Canadian
membership list my profile and picture can be taken
from the website
Keep me posted for the events. I may choose some to
attend at my leisure time.
Thanks for your email. And
We did really enjoyed the
As you know I have helped
MAILK SAHAIB to prepare the BBQ all my clothes &
body were smelling the smoke.
But I enjoyed.
I had a quick shower when
I came home.
Thanks for inviting us. My
wife say SALAM to your wife.
Dear Pervaiz Sahab,
Aadab. Thank you for update info about FOTH
activities. Since I saw the photo album of members, I
realised that lot of great people have joined this family
and it is my pleasure that I am already member of FOTH. My
picture is in attachment for the members album. I missed the
picnic this time. Picnic pictures are great, hopefully I
will be in next time. Please keep up good work of updating
to all members. Thank you again.
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Thanks for your instant action I was amazed to notice
that, I hardly come across any Pakistani Organization who
is that prompt in taking actions. Keep it up! God Bless you
and entire world.
Sultan, M.A., MBA
dear pervaiz i'm very thankful
to you for a very memorable launching ceremony of my book.
You did it really with sincerely & love----thanx a lot from
the bottom of my heart ---bye&cu
shakila with duain
Dear Mr. salahuddin,
I am 100% agreed with you regarding this terrorists
Is it possible to arrange a special meeting regarding
condemnation and a strong resolution to be passed against
let the people express there thoughts about the situation
This meeting must be organised by Family of the heart.
think about it.
Assalam o alaikum
Your selection of articles is praisworthy.Your emails are
I am very happy to see
information regarding your organisation. It is very good
group of intellectuals providing lot of encouragement about
career in writing.
Please proceed and keep in touch.
Sh Abdul Azeem
hoo k app or sab ahbab kareet say hon ghay.aap ki mail
mili aap k jazbat jan k khushi howi.
intaha pasandi kahee bi
ho ma iss ki bar pur tur pay muzamat karta hoo hamay
zati satah pay qumi satah pay or benalqawami satah pay
intaha pasand quwtoo ki bar pur tur pay mazamat hi nahi
balkay amli ya ilmi tur pay jo bi kar saktay hai iss k
liye karna ho gha.
aap nay meri pic aad ki
thanks liykin mera nam theek kar lyee shoaib mohsin or
ma ye chahoo gha k young hearts may meri daughter ko bi
as a member shamil kar kiya jaye tu ma iss k wastay aap
ka mashkoor hoo gha or muj ko ye bayee k muj ko kia
zumadari adakarna ho ghi as a member iss k liye meri
rahnamai karee ma intzar may hoo.
my daughter name meerab
shoaib or app ko pic bi send kar raha hoo
KASAY HO? ABI KUCH LAMAHA T PAHAY MERAY SHAHER MAY BOMB
DHAMAKHA HOWA HAI BOHAT SI JANAY CHALI GHI HAIN JIN MAY
ZIADA TADAD BACHOO KI THI DIL BOHAT IFSORDA HAI KAI
KAHOO SARA SHAHER HI NAHI SARA MULAK LAHO LAHO HAI ...
MA AAP KA SHIKRIA ADA
KARNA CHAHO GHA K AAP NAY APNAY QADAMO K SATH MERA QADAM
BI SHAMIL KAR LIYA HAI ASAL MAY IVSANIAT HI ASAL
MAZAHAB HAI JIS MAY RANG NASAL TAHZEEB TAMDUN OR HAR
QISAM K TASUB KO BALAY TAQ TAKH K SIRF OR SIRF INSANI
RISHTOO KI BUNYAD PAY KAM KARNA HO GHA ISS LIYE HAR
QISAM K TASUB KO BALAY TAQ RAKH K AAP JO CHARAG JALA
RAHAY HAIN YE AAK ROSHAN RAH GHUZAR KI NAVEED HAI....
GHURO GI KA KHALSA! AAP BOHAT ACHA KAM KAR RAHAY HO ISS LIYE
MA BI AAP K QADAM SAY QADAM MILANA CHAHTA HOO KIA AAP MUJ KO
AAPNI ISS TEAM KA HISA BANAYE GHAY ?
Dear Pervaiz Sahib,
Many thanks for this
wonderful interview. Where could I have a copy of it. ?
You are a wonderful man and some times do miracles
by discovering & introducing such PEARLS & JEWELS on
your site !
Khaleel Y. Siddiqi
Your organization is doing a
good service in discussing and sorting out important issues
and subjects. I suggest you to call a meeting to discuss the
rise of Mullahism resulting in suicide bombings and
extremism which is spoiling the image of Islam and
Pakistan. Syed Hussain
THIS IS NICE SITE AND
ESPECIALLY NAME OF SITE "Family
of the Heart" IS SO SUPER, AND CREATIVE, THIS IS TIME I
AM HERE IN BARCELONA
Dear Pervaiz, Every time I am
typing Urdu, I am thanking you . I have no words to thank
you actually. May God bless you.
absolutely wow, yeh to sub
parhay likhay adabi logon ki batain hain, jo alfaz say khail
saktay hain, un ko pro saktay magar hamaray pass to seedhi
sadhi c batein hain, kay Pervaiz sahib aap nay yeh jo dil
walon ki mehhfil laga rakhi hay is ka lutf barhy barhy adabi
mehfilon main bhi naheen ata. yahan na koi banawat hay, na
dikhaawat, koi kisi ko neecha dikhanay ki koshish naheen
kirta, sub dost yaar hain. aik doosray ka haath thamay
chaltay ja rahay hain zindagi ki pagdandi per,girtay parhtay
aur lurhaktay. magar aik doosray ko thamay. hum aksar woh
purani baithaken yaad kirtay hain.aur ji chahta hay kay
kaash reverse gear hota zindagi ki garhy main. magar khair
Allah aap sub ko khush aur salamat rakhay ,aameen. mohabaton
kay saath Huma Baig.
( i don't have uedu type) hope u can understand my writing.
Dear Pervaiz Sahib,
Thank you very much. I shall insha Allah contact Dr. Sohail
I do have website of 'Family of the Heart'.
Coordinating these get-togethers, you are doing a very
important job; and I would very much love to meet you soon.
Warm regards and best wishes.
Dear Pervaiz Sahib,
Thank you very much.
I am a retired civil servant from Pakistan. I retired as
Member, BOR, Punjab. I have now moved to Canada where I
occupy myself as a freelance journalist. Last year I
interviewed Prof. Emeritus Dr. Qadeer, Prof Nasir Islam,
Tarek Fatah, Farzana Hassan and Raheel Raza, to name but a
few, for Pakistani daily, the News.
I would like to interview you for the News. I hope you shall
be able to spare some time.
The best way to contact me is through email.
Thank you for your kind
email. I will certainly visit your forums, and think that
your way of thinking is both civil and civilized. Even when
we don't agree with someone, it behooves us to act politely
and without malice, and I'm glad to find people who agree
happy and promising new year to you and the family.
FOTH is an amazing medium and
prominent forum for superb intellectual discourses and
discussions. I thank you for carrying my views as well.
a question about the Chowk
forum that is also a leading forum for the writers to
participate. It is eminently a prestigious conduit for
productive brain storming. I have been sending my
articles to the Chowk which they have been publishing.
But of late it is perhaps my 15th article
that chose to ignore. The titles and themes of the
articles were as usual current and critical. I have been
in the writing business for 25 years now as the editor
of various English newspapers in Pakistan. These
articles which are not carried by
Chowk are later sent to
other periodicals and are instantly published with
could be the possible reason for outright rejection of
my submissions although earlier they published around 20
articles sent by me?
Dr Sohail is very
close to Chowk, I wonder if he could decipher the latest
treatment of my articles because if these are being
rejected in the same fashion, I better stop sending them
and rely on other periodicals and dailies.
very warm regards,
Parvaiz Sahib, Aslamo Elekum
Happy and a healthy new year.
May Allah bless you for such a beautiful service you are
rendering. Keep it up.
I am interested in your
organization purely for the purpose of literary activities.
Hi Mr. Salahuddin,
I have read about all these information by your web site and
than accepted your invitation so Inshallah I will be there
on Feb 14 2010. and one thing more it is good to have
seminar at this topic b/c it is very sensitive topic for our
people who are living in western countries and raising their
kids in this country. People from our culture get into
conflicts when they come across to discuss about this topic
due to our education, values and western society perceive it
shyness or something like that.
It is essential to invite people from multi culture and all
age groups to educate them. Thanks.
Dear Pervaiz Sahib,
I am much obliged for your
kind email and ushering me into the prestigious fold
of "Family of the Heart". It was equally exhilarating to
have a brief yet lively chat with you on the phone.
Please find attached my photograph. My blog is placed
hereunder that can as well be passed on to other friends
to have a glimpse of my recent articles.
With warm regards and best
DEAR PERVAIZ SAHIB,
KINDLY FIND SOME
HISTORICAL FACTS I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO COLLECT FROM
THE HISTORY OF MUSLIMS (ISLAM). CLERGY,
POLITICIANS AND PARTICULARLY POETS HAVE TWISTED
FACTS AND CONCOCTED EVENTS IN SUCH A MANNER THAT
THEY TURNED INTO DRAMATIC STORIES. THIS NOT ONLY
TARNISHED THE IMAGE OF OUR ELDERS BUT ADVERSELY
REFLECTED ON THE TEACHINGS OF ISLAM ITSELF
ULTIMATELY DIVIDING MUSLIMS INTO DIFFERENT SECTS..
Khaleel Y. Siddiqi
B.A., LL.B., D.S. & B.M.(LONDON, UK)
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DEAR PERVAIZ SAHIB,
I AM JUST BACK FROM
MISSISSAUGA AND FOUND YOUR GREETINGS FOR THE MEW YEAR.
THANKS SO MUCH. I TOO SINCERELY WISH YOU, YOUR FAMILY
AND FRIENDS A VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.
YOUR ORGANIZATION "FOTH"
IS INDEED DOING A BIG JOB BY OFFERING ITS SITE FOR FREE
DISCUSSIONS ON ANY SOCIAL , CULTURAL OR RELIGIOUS TOPIC.
LONG LIVE ..... YOU AND DR.KHALID SOHAIL ! REGARDS:
Khaleel Y. Siddiqi
B.A., LL.B., D.S. & B.M.(LONDON, UK)
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Thanks for your greetings.
All the best from all of us who read your
Thanks for keeping us
informed of all the prominent literary happening around
You are doing great
Pervaiz ahib and other
members of the FOTH:
Rajinder Sud and family wish you
all the best in the New Year. We are proud of the good
work The Family is doing. Please keep it up and light
more candles to bring light to this world suffering from
darkness of the mind and narrowness of outlook.
Dear Saleem...thank you
for your kind words. Pervaiz Salahuddin has put some of
my books on website
My last two books are
published by Abbas Shad publisher of
Hope to see you one day
and listen to your music.
Dear Mr. Perwaiz
Thanks a lot for such a warm welcome. I would try my best to
spread and increase these humanist thoughts , in fact we
have many like minded people here in Karachi Pakistan who r
not aware of your site, but I would definitely introduce it
to them and will keep in touch. It would have been a joyful
event for me to meet people like u over there in Canada and
participate in various gatherings, I m also a singer, I play
harmonium and perform in concerts. Mr. Nisar Bazmi the
famous Pakistani film music director was my teacher for 8
years, now Mr. Taj Multani is my teacher. but I m thousands
of Km away, may be one day we will meet, Dr. Khalid Sohail
is well acquainted to me . He sent me his marvelous books
few months back and his letter he wrote to me is an asset.
Please let me know how can I obtain other books and
Can I get addresses or phone numbers of our humanist friends
in Karachi Pakistan?
regards to all my humanist friends.
Nothing special except that I
am a religion less, wisdom full logical, reasonable,
broadminded, open-minded, freethinking, scientific person.
I m not superstitious and dio not believe in any
metaphysical supernatural power controlling us. I emphasize
not to waste time , energy, resources & money in useless,
fruitless activities and events. Division of humanity on
the basis of ideologies is inhuman.
I also do not believe in sanctification of anything a deity,
human, city, location, house, stone, pillars, walls, icons
language etc. I live in present and look forward in future.
I enjoy life in all respect and allow others to do so.
Assalam o Alaykum.!!!
Hope this finds you in the
best of health.
It is wonderful to get
I am rather much inspired
by the name of your organization.
No doubt we all need Heart
to Be a Family.
(A Community Where all are
friends, apart from Region, Religion, Color, Creed or
As I am living very far
from your country I cannot participate in you trainings.
For that I do feel perturbed.
But if you don't mind do
enroll me as the member of your esteem
I am 56, Ghazala Alam,
from Lahore, PAKISTAN. I want a platform all around the
world to work for peace & harmony.
"UNIVERSAL PEACE & HARMONY
is the suggested name for
I have started visiting
schools & colleges as to touch the young generation to
come forward for the cause of Peace & Harmony.
But I am alone & have no
support from anyone. As people are not much aware of any
My means of income are
rare, as I do work even at 56 (Now I have started my 57
Blessed year) & earn my own living...
If you do not mind kindly
extend my message of Peace on your portal & hopefull you
can also contribute some efforts towards this noble
The work is not very
difficult as you already have ONE platform. FOTH can
arrange a walk,
aling with students and
other general public, carrying banners with slogans of
PEACE for everyone existing on this earth.
I hope you will feel good
with this idea & we can then exchange further more about
this & one day we can manage something for humanity.
Hope to hear a very
positive response from you at the earliest.
Ms. Ghazala Alam.
Your Message: Dear Pervaiz,
Got one email a few days back from your forum. But it was
all about some names and articles. Yesterday Mubashir Tahir
told me about this forum and surprisingly this morning I
found FOTH mail. Well if Ch Hameed, Prof Pervaiz Pervazi and
Dr Hoodbye are your members, they must have thought good
about you so why not I ask for its membership.
Two years back I moved from Karachi to London. By end of Oct
I plan to visit Toronto. May be If there is any forum in
those days, I would wish to attend that and meet you again
after 31 years. Last time I met you was in Frankfurt when I
visited Mubashir with whom you were sharing lodging. I still
remeber your "CHCHA KHUSH KEETA AAY", Regards. Daud Tahir
Dear Pevaiz Sahib,
Encouraged by your COURAGE
of publishing, on your web-site all type of articles,
painful or sarcastic, I wish to subscribe some of mine.
They will be in Urdu becasue I do not have full command
over English language and can not thoroughly express
myself.. My Urdu articles will be, however, composed on
You know that I am a
Muslim because I was born in a Muslim family..... just
an accident of birth ! I am not proud of this
accident nor also ashamed of, for it has been something
beyond my control. I want only to be known as a
Gentleman, an honest human being.
if you may be able to open the articles composed on
"in-page" program and that you will publish them on your
Best regards: SKY
Khaleel Y. Siddiqi
B.A., LL.B., D.S. & B.M.(LONDON, UK)
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Thanks you sir, for showing
glimpses of your nice personality. I am really impressed.
The contribution you are making is real sort of humanism.
Dr. Baland Iqbal and
Khaild Sohail are appreciating you, infarct is
manifestation of big person in you, to whom they just are
Really happy to find someone of your caliber.
"Among the things you can give
and still keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful
~ Zig Ziglar (1926-)
When God measures man, He puts the tape around his heart not
So,"Family of the heart" Keep on growing!!!!
I am highly impressed with
your aims and objectives. I myself am of exactly of the same
bend of mind and have been nourishing a desire to find an
organization like yours. Please accept me as a member. I
shall abide by the rules that Family of the Heart sets
forth. I am a retired engineer having served most of the
time in Pakistan army but have served as a diplomat ( first
secretary), served as director general in Ministry of
Petroleum and served as general manager of a multi billion
Rupees business company. I am located in Montreal, Canada at
Dear Sikander..In my humble
opinion humanity is still going through evolution. We have
to overcome hundreds of years of conditioning to embrace
humanity but enlightened people like you will guide the way.
all the best...sohail
i loved your thoughts. This is the biggest truth that we
are all member of just one family. We are all brothers and
sisters. But unfortunately advertantly or inadvertently we
get into trap of some kind of biases which does not let us
detach from our subconscious parochial belief and we refuse
to accept that fact so we continue preaching verbal humanity
but in practice we are and tend to reflect our own selfish
biased identification with a vivid sense of pride and
superiority thus antagonizing others and ultimately we are
again some kind of religious/national/ethnicity etc biased
identification. Its a hard but a great noble task that you
have undertaken and you will always find me on your side in
this struggle. I am Pakistan based and would love to
contribute. SIKANDER HAYAT
thank you for posting the pictures. just look at the
pictures it look like i have participated in your picnic,
keep up the good work.
Thank you Pervaiz Saheb for remembering
me. Sitham tau yeh hai ke this is one FOTH function which
is not too far for us to drive! I've been meaning to
I would love to be there, however, in the afternoon I'm
invited for a poetry reading at a library and evening is
booked for a family wedding. I know you need an advanced
notice. If at all I can get out of the afternoon reading
committment, I will but I doubt it.
There's a song Jagjit did some justice to:
Yeh karein aur woh karein, aisa karein waisaa
zindagee dau din kee hai, dau din mein hum kyaa
All the best.
Bridging the Gap
Enlightenment through Entertainment
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dear tabby...my comments
about Pakistan are in my article
Pakistan in Crisis
I am sending you a copy. I
hope you enjoy it...sincerely
ps...every member of the
FOTH has his/her views about Pakistan / India /
Bangladesh and we respect that as we are a group of free
thinkers. we are not a religious or political party. we
Dear Rajinder...thank you
for your peaceful thoughts. We are all members of the
same family, a human family, family of the heart,
children of Mother Earth Sending you a poem you might
We Are All Children of Mother Earth
When would we realize?
We are all children of Adam and Eve
Our enemies are our distant cousins
Alienated by ethnic and religious walls
Separated by linguistic and national borders
Divided by the history of holy wars
When would we become aware?
We all belong to the same race
The same tribe, the same family,
the human family
We all share
the same moon, the same sun,
the same mountains, the same valleys,
the same deserts, the same jungles,
the same winds, the same oceans
When would we recognize?
We are all children of mother earth
Dear Mr. Pervaiz:
Thank you for welcoming me
to the FOTH and I assure you that I
will contribute to your cause or should I say our cause
whole-heartedly. You may be based in Pakistan and I may
be from India but in essence we are all from the same
planet and zulm is zulm which has be fought. I come from
a family in a town not a village but a renowned town in
India and my father has fought for the uploftment of the
Dalits and I am using the word with a lot of guilt. Way
back in 1926 my father and three other prominent
citizens of the town summoned some Dalits to a well
situated right in the centre of the town, gave them bath
and asked them to provide some water so that everybody
could watch that my father and his people did not
discriminate against anybody because of their caste,
colour or creed. The mayhem that followed this event is
a long story but my father and his people could not care
Similarly our family has
fought for the Muslims who had chosen to stay behind in
INdia after 1947 and were being persecuted by some
Mr. Sikander Hayat is
being sent a copy of this email and I leave it to him to
provide you his email address. If I do so it would mean
that I am encroaching upon his provacy.
There is another gentleman
Mr. Ghulam Yusuf an ex-colonel of the Pak army whom I
am also sending a copy and let us see if he shows some
compassion and chooses to join in your crusade. Please
do let me know if he does because I really do not know
him any more like I used to, because of his reaction to
the 26 eleven Mumbai massacre by the same kind of people
who perptrated the Gojra massacre.
I am a retired Immigration
Counsellor who helped hundreds if not thousands of Paki
Sunnis, Shias, Ahmadis and Christians in settling down
in Canada. One of them you may even know, Edwin Williams
from Pindi whose daughter is now aspiring to come here
and I am instrumental in paving the way for her.
Originally I am banker but took the counseling business
after retiring from The Royal Bank of Canada in a senior
Do let me know how can I
be really an effective member of the FOTH. In the
meantime tons of good luck and prayers.
Its never easy to organize an three in one event. Normally a
single event is hard to organize but you did a great job.
The BBQ was great. One cannot do anything if the performers
fail to show up. I hope you are not putting that program on
youtube as i played really bad. Would it be possible to get
the recording of the music section?
Saturday kay liyay buhat buhat
shukria. Buhat maza Ayaa. Jaldi janay kay liyay maazrat.
Janab, main Nazish ko bhi message attach kar raha hoon. Agar
ho sakay to inhain bhi family of the heart kay invitations
ki list peh dal lijyay. In kay husband humaray dost hain aur
yeh log Maryam aur meray buhat aziz hain.
Acha Janab buhat shukria
Hope you are doing well
after that ( tiresome ) picnic event.
Got the pics, I really
admire your QUICK and very fast work style .
I have a request that
could you please tell me the details about the person (
Naeem Sadiq ) who wrote the article below with the
title, 14th august .
would also like to know about how the members of
FOTH feel in this regard and also if anyone has
registered his or her opinion ( written) about this
with you ...?? or how you feel about this.
In fact i want to send this to a Lahore based
MAGAZINE to publish it so that people over there can
KNOW how pakistani community REACT to these ruthless
Please send me if you have
any such printable material with you. if not then you
can ask them for their COMMENTS , VIEWS, OPINIONS IN
Yesterday you did a great
job in organizing the picnic event but the music program
would have been better if proper tabla player and
harmonium would have been arranged. Sumona sang really
well. Would it be possible for you to send me the video
of the music program.
My Dear Parvez Salahuddin,
Thank you very much for all the hard work you put in to make
the yesterday's event a grand success. But for you and the
kindness of Zahid it would not have been possible. You have
taken disproportionately pictures of "Ladies". which is nice
as IQBAL says "There is all that color in universe because
of the existence/presence of women'. Regards Anwar
are doing fine
lot for inviting me on picnic+musical evening , i would
have loved to enjoy the company of all
of you and also music session which i
love the most. I am afraid that i won't be able to join
you because of my " car " problem ( i do not drive )
as my son is busy with his official commitments on 15th
august .I feel bad that i have missed this great event.
thanks a lot.
appreciate your efforts and work in the area of
literature n also bringing our Pakistani community
together through these kind of entertaining events.
PLEASE DO KEEP IT UP
Dear Pervaiz Salahuddin
Thanks for your kindness.
We try to anticipate our happiness in order to double
it. I too anticipate it and do hope that the happiness
resulting from shared thoughts would enhance it even
further. Please convey my regards to Khalid Sohail and
the other wandering souls of the tribe. Mukhlis:
Jinab Pervez Sahib,
This is to thank you for
making me a part of the illustrious assemblage of the
FOTH. Merely to be on the panel is a great honor. I am
indeed very happy and I am sure we can promote the cause
and values for which we stand.
Your Message: I am a
journalist of long standing. In Pakistan I worked with The
Muslim, independent English daily published from Islamabad,
during the stifling days of ultra orthodox Islamic dictator
Ziaul Haq. Following the forcible closure of the paper by
the government, I joined daily Pakistan Observer as a Deputy
Editor. Thereafter, I established my own opinion weekly
Diplomatic Times that I edited till the day of my arrival in
the United States. I have extensively written on diverse
themes and I am still in the writing business. My articles
and literary contributions run in hundreds if not thousands.
I am an independent, liberal and a strong believer in the
inevitability of a civil society without bars from pressure
groups such as religion, feudalism, army and similar
oppressive organs of a state and society. Humanism is my
emblem. I live in Dallas Texas for almost 8 years now.
AT PRESNT, I DO NOT WANT TO SAY ANY THING
EXCEPT TO BECOME YOUR MEMBER. I WILL DEFINTELY PARTICIPATE
IN FUTURE-DISCUSSIONS. I AM NOW 76 AND POSSESS VARIETY OF
EXPERIENCE HAVING SERVED IN PRIVAT & PUBLIC SECTOR
ORGANIZATIONS. BY ACCIDENT OF BIRTH, I COME FROM AN
EDUCATED FAMILY AN INHERIT KNOWLEDGE FROM MY FAMILY ELDERS
IN ADDITION TO WHAT I COULD ACQUIRE IN COLLEGES &
UIVERSITIES. I WOULD LOVE TO PASS ON THE EXPERIENCE I GAINED
TO THE YOUNGER GENERATION THROUGH YOUR ESTEEMED F.O.T.H.
Khaleel Yousuf Siddiqi
Whatever I have seen of FOTH
postings, mostly in the last few months, has been very
impressive. Topics discussed are in general interesting,
relevant, intellectually stimulating, literary in character,
and professionally presented. The people involved in, and
committed to the spirit of, FOTH are well known. I can
visualize this assembly as an emerging, powerful, literary
venue for a presence that goes largely unnoticed in our
day-to-day struggle to survive in this part of the globe.
Congratulations to all of you!
Wali Alam Shaheen
I have been receiving your emails for quite sometime and
enjoy them time to time. As a armature Urdu literature
reader and small critic I would love to participate and
involve more in the family of the heart activities. Can you
give me more information of your program, purpose and
driving force behind this ,please. I greatly appreciate your
input in poetry, poets and Urdu literature in general.
Sahib, you are the fastest gun these days, You put the stuff
on the website, before we hit our [SEND] button
(must be eating too many
prathas full of
ghee these days)
way, you have post 301 typed as 3001
in the index. Although, no earth shattering consequence is
expected because of this, but you might like to correct it
when have time.
Your Message: Every individual during his or her short life
span can add to the happiness of the world at large by
having a positive attitude that is neither forced nor
contrived, neither a display nor an act. The positive stance
should come from the bottom of the heart.
I appreciate your services in Family of The Hearts. Really
you have done very well. You know we are well aware of each
other since my membership in FOTH. Thereafter I have been
reading the discussions between renowned scholars and
watching their videos on FOTH forum and its credit goes to
you who are providing for us all such information on the
net. I am once again feeling pleasure to enter your name in
the list of my Facebook friends and this is a great honor
for me. May you live long my dear friend. Aameen.
Thank you for the kind
words - and also for creating the opportunity, along
with Dr. Sohail to make the forum possible, and in a
civilized manner! That is a great achievement.
At the end of the day we
can take everything, sit back and reflect and choose
what to accept and what not to.
The person who finds the
most of his own mistakes and improves, comes out the
Pervaiz, I usually try browsing through most of your emails
and enjoy. Articles, debates, papers, discussions on
variety of topics are always very interesting and help
enable enhancing the knowledge and perspectives.
The subject letter was though very long but extremely
valuable and interesting. I had the intention of browsing
it as usual but found so interesting that I could not resist
and read in full. The writer has really taken lot of pain
utilizing his best resources and efforts unfolding the
correct history and realities. Writer’s vocabulary and way
of expression is found marvelous. He deserves very high
appreciation. This letter should be mailed to every
Pakistani living in Pakistan and abroad.
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aap ke email barabar
mausool hotai rahtay hai'n aur aap ke udhar ke adbi aur
sayasi sargami'on maloomat hooti rahti hai. idhar June
mei'n USA aur canada ke mukhtasar dooray par gaya tha.
umid thi ke waqat mila tau aap say mulaqat karoonga
magar aysa na hoo paya. Inshallah April mei'n phir irada
hai. koshish karoonga ke mulaqat hoo.
Hafeez Khan made a comment about your note
"FAMILY OF THE HEART LAST SEMINAR "RELEVANCE OF QURAN IN THE
Salahuddin Sahib! FOTH main aapki khidmaat waqayee
qaabil-e-tehsin hain. Aapne aik ready made muwaad farahim
karkay hum logon per aik bohat barha ehsaan kya hai. Waisay
to yeh Mawaad FOTH main bhi dastyaab hai magar istarah
yakjaa nahi.. Thank you brother. Allah may shower His
blessings to you always and give you a good health so that
we may be benefited by your unselfish services in FOTH.
Dear Akbar, When Rafi Aamer
could not come to the seminar I asked Pervaiz to ask
you if you would like to speak as I am quite impressed
by your ideas. I am so glad we are opening some windows
so that fresh air and bright light of enlightenment can
come in people's hearts and minds. all the best...sohail
I am so
happy with the FOTH discussions now going on. People are
opening up and embracing freedom and distancing from the
dogmas. This is a good and positive sign. Freedom is taking
over fear. Thanks to you and my good friend Pervaiz for this
Dear Pervaiz Sahib:
|Thanks for the other
day and arranging the seminar. I have been too busy to
even say thank you. |
|It was nice to see you
the other day. You looked good. |
Tahir M. Qazi, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehab.
Dear Pervaiz Sb ,
Thanks for the link.It was a great idea to upload the
Seminar on You Tube .
I wish and hope you are keeping good health and enjoying
It is unfortunate that the change of location will prevent
me from attending the Seminar. For this reason, and in order
to make the forum fruitful, engaging, and "relevant," I
strongly recommend to the participants the following (must)
1) THE STORY OF THE QUR'AN. By Ingrid Mattson.
2) MAJOR THEMES OF THE QUR'AN. By Fazlur Rahman
3) "BELIEVING WOMEN" IN ISLAM: UNREADING PATRIARCHAL
THE QUR'AN. By Asma Barlas, and
4) THE QUR'AN: A SHORT INTRODUCTION. By Farid Esack.
PS. I am still waiting for a "Response" from Dr. Suhail.
Asslam o Allaikum
First of all plz give me an opportunity to introduce my
I belong from Lahore, by profession iam a lawyer and now a
days working as Editor (Pakistan) of Weekly Newspaper
"Leader Canada" which is being published from Toronto. I
also write column in the said newspaper on regular basis.
The Weekly Leader Canada may be viewed at
Iam very pleased to be member of "Family of the Heart"
If any one from you has a news, story or any activities of
"Family of the Heart" from all over the world, plz send me
and we will appreciate by printing in our weekly newspaper.
Thanking You all
Weekly Leader Canada
Aaj Kay Naam
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Dear friends...we are planning a literary
evening with rubina's story and rafi's poetry...
Dear Rubina...i requested baland iqbal to
write a review of your story...qasoor kay khussay...and he
kindly agreed and will present in our literary...planning
the last Sunday of June 2009. Can you please send him the
Dear pervaiz...baland has an exam the 3rd
week but is available the last Sunday of june....can you
book danish's restaurant from 2---5pm and then we will have
dear rafi raza...would you like to present
Dear rasheed nadeem...can you write a review
of rafi raza's poetry....
Sohail .... How are you doing sir ji?
Recently 'Sawat' mey ak no-jawan lerki ko ser-e-am korey
perh geye hey ...
How about 'Family of Heart' ka ak seminar in 'islamic
punishments' per hojaeye ?? Khasa jalta hova topic hey!
by the way If I get a chance may be I will read a short
story on this topic too ..
is it a practical idea??
impressed. I was wrong about you. But I learned something
today. We have nothing to lose by hearing new ideas.
Actually we could all learn something.
Dear Friends..As a moderator of the seminar I welcome Mr
Feroz Karamali to our seminar. He is more than welcome to
share his views and speak for 10--12 minutes. That is the
time allotted for all speakers and I hope they respect that.
They will have more time as panelists when they are having a
dialogue with the audience. I request Pervaiz Sahib to add
Feroz's picture to the seminar panel. Welcome Feroz to the
seminar. I do not think anyone is threatened by your views.
We might disagree with you but your point of view is always
welcome as we encourage honest dialogues and passionate
discussions. That is how we learn from each other.
all the best
I was looking at the speakers for 'Relevance of Quran to
21st century'. Of all the speakers, and the moderator, only
one believes that Quran is from God,
This is quite an imbalance, for people who do not believe in
Quran to be talking about its relevance.
The relevance of Quran takes on a very serious meaning once
it is proved that it is from God and contains knowledge that
will help mankind. Therefore there should be someone
speaking on this behalf. There should be at least 2
speakers for, and to against, for a fair seminar.
I know FOTH is controlled by non-Muslims who are pushing
their own agenda. But FOTH loses it purpose of being a fair
exchange of ideas in this case, and the panel of speakers
should be revised. I would be glad to speak on the
relevance of Quran in the 21st century.
Regarding the FOTH seminar on May 31, 2009 'Relevance of
Quran to 21st century'. it is a shame that we always have
the same speakers. No fresh ideas, just the same old beliefs
of the speakers perhaps repackaged a little. This is almost
like having an Ulema.
A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission
a country that claim Islam as its founding religion deny a
segment of its population their right to define themselves
as Muslims and to practice their faith in whatever shape or
form they wish? Equally relevant, how could any
self-respecting person consider the late Zulfikar Bhutto (a
leading member of the feudal Bhutto clan) as a "secular" and
"liberal" national leader when it was his regime that
declared the Ahmadi Muslims as non-Muslims? The ultimate in
arrogance, indeed ignorance, is when a person, let alone a
political leader, gives himself/herself the right to define
another person or to deny people the right to define
themselves (e.g. Golda Meir, a former prime minister of
Israel, denied the existence of such a thing as the
Palestinian people). When has Islam become the "monopoly" of
certain self-appointed "guardians" of the faith? I strongly
believe that one of the greatest dis-services, indeed
damages, that numerous Pakistani leaders, be they military
dictators like the late Zia and Yahya Khan, or despotic
feudal landlords like Zulfikar or the present Asif Zardari,
have "managed" to inflict on Islam and Muslims is their
ignorance of the true spirit of the very faith to which they
claim to belong. Pakistani leaders (and their so-called
secular intellectuals) should give themselves the chance to
read the excellent writings of such great Pakistani Islamic
scholars like the late Fazlur Rahman (author of ISLAM &
MODERNITY, and MAJOR THEMES OF THE QUR'AN) and Asma Barlas
(author of the magnificent book "Believing Women" in Islam:
Unreading Patriarchal Interpretation of the Qur'an), or the
writings of professor Tariq Ramadan (especially his recent
book titled IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE PROPHET: LESSONS FROM
THE LIFE OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD) and professor Ingrid Mattson
(author of THE STORY OF THE QUR'AN). They could learn
something useful that would, hopefully, prevent them from
engaging in such ludicrous practices, such as denying the
Ahmadi Muslims the right to define themselves as Muslims and
allowing hateful actions against them.
I will be
more than happy to speak on behalf of liberal Muslims in a
debate hosted by Dr. Khalid Sohail and FOTH. I do not
consider socialist Muslims as not being liberal, but I do
believe some of them have become obsessed with
anti-Americanism, which is not the same as anti-imperialism
and the two are vastly different traits.
Mussolini and Emperor Hirohito were both anti-American, they
were far from being anti-imperialist. Why then is the
anti-Americanism of Jamaat-e-Islami, the Muslim Brotherhood,
Hamas, Hezbollah and the Ayatollahs being painted as
anti-imperialism? None of them have a problem with what
Allama Iqbal called "Arab Imperialism" or the colonial
ventures of the Central Asian Muslims into India or
the invasion of Sind by Muhammad Bin Qasim.
forward to a healthy exchange to warm up the winter.
Dr. Sohail snatched
words from my mouth.
Dekhna Taqreer Ki
Lazzat Keh Jo Uss Nay Kaha
Main Nay Yeh Jana Keh
Goya Bhi Mere Dil Main Hay
Being an optimist I wish
Dr. Sohail's dream comes true. I had same wish since my
student days in Punjab University. Born and raised in an
extremely conservative and religious family I was newly
converted to humanist-socialist thinking. That was the time
when I was young, ambitious, motivated and highly convinced
that my newly found Nirvana is the only hope for humanity.
My first few days in university were a big sock to me.
Campus was filled with Moudoodists and they had a complete
control of both residential and academic buildings of
campus. The second shock was to see liberals divided in an
infinite number of small groups like NSF, PSF, NSO, PSO,
ISO, MSF, you name. All year round they fight with each
other on petty things but cobble a fragile alliance during
elections that they always loose. I observed similar
phenomena among progressive poets and
writers, the same writers whose writings triggered my
paradigm shift from a narrow minded fundamentalist to a
thinking liberal. After meeting them in person soon I found
that beside their ideology many of these great writers also
share jealousy, cocoon thinking and self-praise. I have
observed a very similar trait among prominent groups of
moderate Muslims. Fundamentalism feeds on ignorance
and poverty but 'enlightened moderates' starve themselves
with their cocoon thinking.
I completely agree with
Dr. Sohail and appreciate his noble intentions. We can
succeed if we agree that heterogeneity of views breeds
Creativity, diversity is beautiful and that difference of
opinion or criticism should not be taken as personal.
Dear Javed Chaudry Sahib....I thoroughly
enjoyed your story. I wish you write more stories and share
with us. Creative Writings have indirect and
metaphorical communications and readers can enjoy them by
putting their own meanings to them. That is why folktales
and mythologies of different cultures have survived over the
centuries. I call it wisdom literature. I do not think
anybody will be upset by your story, at least I am not. I
think we need to have big hearts and sense of humor which is
good for our mental health.
i like ur post
u r doing a nice job
keep it up
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I invite you to participate on the pages of Zavia. Your
cooperation is greatly appreciated. Regards. Irshad Siddiqi
Since now i am getting email from family of heart, so it
looks now i am also one of members of it. Even thought i
cannot attend the session but i hope in next two year i may
be (when i will came there for my graduation).
something i would to say about your book, i have read that
but not getting time to send you my feedback, may be there
is so much in my heart to write about it but getting time
and appropriate words to write them down, but i hope in this
week i will.
Again thanks for considering me also a member of "Family of
cell # 0302-691-5531
Many thanks for your e-mail and for posting my poem.
Hope everything is fine,
Parvez Salahuddin sahib
I hope this email reaches you in good health and well being.
Mein bhi aap ka hunnam hoo'n u.k mein qayaam hai. shairi sai
dilchaspi hai. aap ki website dekhi achi laga. naam nai
''Family of Heart'' isliyee socha
aap ko mubarakbad doo'n.
Mujh ko ilm nahi ki aap ko shairi say dilchspi hai ki nahi'n
likhyeega. mere walid Mahutram urdu ke maqbool poet hain. un
ki profile munsalik hai'n.
I have two suggestions.
1. First suggestion relates to the order of messages. Right
now, the last message appears at the bottom of the link.
Perhaps it should appear at the top of link.
2. The second one relates to the name of the main link,
"Hyde Park kona". Family of the Heart is a group with
members who think beyond the box, original thinkers. Our
forum name should also be original name, not a copy from
May I suggest FOTH Free Speech Forum?
Other suggestions welcome, of course.
HOW ARE YOU, YOUR ORGANIZATION & YOUR ASSOCIATES ?
YOU ARE INDEED DOING A WONDERFUL JOB TO ENLIGHTEN MUSLIMS
ABOUT THE PROGRESSIVE THOUGHTS AND TO INTRODUCE THINKERS
LIKE SHIRAZI. ALTHOUGH I DO NOT AGREE 100 % WITH SHIRAZI,
YET HIS BOOK PROVOKES "THINKING & STUDYING" KORAN FROM AN
ANGLE DIFFERENT FROM THE EXPLANATIONS OF TRADITIONAL MULAHS
& ISLAMIC PHILOSOPHERS.
MR.NASIR SHAW'S COMMENTS ARE VERY CORRECT. I VERY MUCH
APPRECIATE THEM. THANK GOD THAT WE STILL HAVE SUCH NORMAL
PERSONALITIES IN OUR COMMUNITY LIKE THE WRITER & THE CRITIC.
AND, OFCOURSE, YOU TOO DESERVE ALL PRAISE FOR PROJECTING
BEST REGARDS: SKY