Gill, Mubasher Ejaz

MGill, Mubasher Ejazubasher Ejaz Gill is a man of Gad and also a man of society, carefully observing and engaging with the social and religious issues facing the Christian community of Pakistan. He is a contemporary writer and a poet who has in the last few years made his mark among the literary elite of Pakistani Christians by making significant contributions primarily to magazines like Humsukhan and Qasid-e-Jadeed. Indeed his articles have also appeared in other Christian magazines and national news papers.
Gill has exposited on some very important, though controversial theological issues, like Sabbath and Easter. His article Sabbath abdi eh'd was published in two parts in Qasid-e-Jadeed. This is, in my view a well written article and for those who believe Sabbath is the Seventh-day of the week (Saturday) it has some powerful arguments. Doctrines which have different theological interpretations are often difficult to address with sensitivity, however, this article is an eloquent proof that this is an art which Gill has mastered. It also is a proof of his extensive Biblical study as the piece is studded with Biblical texts and historical references, which makes the reader stop and think more than once. (q.v. Qasid-e-Jadeed, February 2010, and March 2010).
Ejaz Gill's understanding of the history of Christian church is also worth mentioning here. He has penned several articles in this area, only a couple will be referred here to serve as examples. Bible ka neya sal, (Qasid-e-Jadeed (February 2009), and 325 ka inqlab (Qasid-e-Jadeed March 2009).The former is a comparative study of various lunar and solar calendars and how these relate to the Christian calendar, while the latter is an incisive look into the historic reasons for the term Easter, often used to describe the celebratory event of Lord Jesus Christ's resurrection. This article is a polemic against the use of word Easter to celebrate the resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ. Gill believes that "Easter", originally referred to a pagan goddess. It is of utmost importance here to note that he believes in the victorious resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ, and of His victory over the grave, but disagrees that this historic event should carry the name of a pagan goddess. His argument is against the name of the celebration and not against the validity or the significance of the event.
On the socio-political front Gill assesses the historical trends effecting all Pakistanis generally, and minorities, and especially the Christian minority particularly. Around the time when the Pakistani nation was busy preparing for 62nd celebrations of Pakistan's  Independence day (August 14, 1947), his article, Arz-e Pak mayree azadi kehan hai? (published in various newspapers and magazines, q.v.  Humqlam vol 1. no.2, July/August 2010), was an eye-opener for any one who cared to read it. It was aimed at both the ruling elite and also the majority that feel that Pakistan is their exclusive homeland, and that only they love her. Gill pointed  from the pages of history and the scared texts of the Bible that Christians were responsible and patriotic citizens of Pakistan, and yet left to ask the questions pertaining to their treatment in their own homeland.
As the tide of  history moves on with its usual twists and turns, with its uncanny defiance for predictability,  I am reminded of the saying "There is no holiday from history", and I feel safe to state here that as long as we have watchful observers like Ejaz Gill, no significant event of history, or any debate arising out of it, will go unnoticed, unrecorded or uncommented by our writers.

Khair Ullah, Dr. Frank Safi-Ullah (1914 - 1997)

Dr. Frank Safi-Ullah Khair Ullah was an outstanding educationalist, teacher, churchman and writer whose most enduring contibution to the Urdu-speaking Christians is his monumental work in the form of an Urdu Bible Dictionary, Qamus. It is a compilation of over 5000 entries, many of which were written by Khair Ullah himself. His other noteworthy contribution is Hebrew-Urdu primer (first published in 1992).

Khair Ullah hailed from Nowshera, and was a son of Qazi Khair Ullah, an Afghan convert, who later served with the Church Missionary Society. He had his initial education at the Baring High School, Batala, India. He later studied at Forman Christian College, Lahore, where he earned an MA in English in 1933. In 1954, he was awarded a PhD at Edinburgh University.
At the professional level, from 1942, he served as a lecturer in the English Department at Murray College, Sialkot, Pakistan, where he later became the Head of that Department. In 1964 he was appointed Principal of Murray College, a position he held untill 1972, when the institution was nationalized. In his latter years he was ordained a presbyter of the Church of Paksitan and appointed Vicar of St. Andrew's Church in Lahore Diocese. He left for Canada in 1994 where he died in 1997.
(I would like to express my appreciation to Ms. Vivienne Stacey (UK) for many of the facts in this short article).

Nasir, Dr. K. L. (1918 - 1996)

Nasir, Dr. K. L. (1918 - 1996)Dr. Kundan Lal Nasir (ڈاکٹر کندن لعل ناصر), a highly gifted theologian, a dedicated teacher, an eloquent preacher and a scholar of excellence, was born on 8th January 1918 and slept in the Lord on 7th May 1996 after a very fruitful and events filled life. He was born in a Christian clergy family in Jhandiyala Sher Khan, Dist. Sheikhpura, India (now in Pakistan). He completed his initial education at Government High School Chakwal, Murray College Silakot  and Gordon College Rawalpindi. After graduating with a BA from the Punjab University he joined the United Presbyterian Theological Seminary Gujranwala. In 1951 he was awarded Master of Systematic Theology by Biblical Theological Seminary, New York, and  and then an MA (honours) from San Francisco Theological Seminary, California.
He had  complete command on Biblical Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin, Arabic, English and Urdu languages. He was knowledgeable about Biblical archeology and established a Bible museum at the Faith Theological Seminary, Gujranwala, Pakistan. Writing for Christian News International (CNI), Rev. Shahbaz Bhatti, entitled his article about him a "K.L. Nasir : A Man who did not compromise his faith". He served as a pastor in various villages in the Punjab as well as in the tribal area of Kohat India (now in Pakistan). He was appointed a professor at Gujranwala Theological Seminary in 1947 and  its principal in 1958. As a convention speaker he attracted thousands to hear him expound and explain the Word of God. Being a gifted debater and articulate speaker he started expressing his view publicly right from his student life. In February 1941 he spoke powerfully against the "Christian Personal Laws" introduced by the Colonial British Rulers.
Dr. Kundan Lal Nasir was the founder-editor of Kalam-e Haq (کلامِ حق )(monthly magazine). The first issue of this magazine was published in January 1966. It was published regularly until 1994, however no issues appeared from August 1994 to May 1995. Its publication resumed in June 1995 under the administration of Faith Theological Seminary, Gujranwala, and Synod of the United Presbyterian Church of Pakistan. After the death of Dr. KL Nasir its editorial responsiblities were shouldered by  his late son Rt. Rev. Dr. Major Timotheus Nasir.
Following is only a partial list of Dr. KL Nasir's books:
1. Sadaqat-e Bible (صداقتِ بائبل)  
2. Tasdeeq-ul kitab (تصدیق الکِتاب )
3. Ilmul wa'az (علم الوعظ )
4. Ilm-e Illahi kay masail ( علمِ الٰہی کے مسائل )
5. Izhar ul haq اظہارالحق )
6. Ehd-e ateeq ki kitaboon ka dibacha (عہدِعتیق کی کِتابوں کا دیباچہ)
7. Bible muqadas aur asar-e qadeema (بائبل مقدس اور آثارِقدیمہ)
8. Bible Atlas o tarekh -e Bible (بائبل ایٹلس و تاریخِ بائبل)
9. Kaleedul kalam (کلید الکلام)
10. Umul kitab (اُم الکتاب)
11. Anbiya-e Qadeem (انبیاءقدیم)
12. Haqiqat-e Mirza baqalam khud (حقیقتِ مرزا بقلم خود )
13. Kashful Aqaid (کشف العقائد)

Abd-ul-Haq (d. 1980)

Born in a Muslim family of a small village, Jawatiyan, near Gujranwalla (now in Pakistan), his father's name was Maulvi Muhammad Azeem.

His conversion to Christianity was due to a personal experience during his early youth. During a visit to Sargodha Mission Hospital, he was attracted to a Bible verse written on a wall. Contemplating this verse led him to accept the Lord Jesus as his personal Lord and Saviour. The verse that so impressed him was,
"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whome I am a chief."
1 Timothy 1:15
Abdul-ul-Haq was a scholar of very high calibre and had full command of several languages including Arabic, Farsi (Persian), Urdu and English

Barkat Ullah (d. 1960)

Barkat Ullah (d. 1960)


Archdeacon Barkat Ullah was a great scholar of Christianity, and a Christian apologist who hailed from Narowal, India, (now in Pakistan). He was baptized into Christianity on 7th July 1907. He was a convert from Islam and accepted Lord Jesus at a very young age. He began his professional life as a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Edward College. Later on, he was elected a Member of the Royal Asiatic Society. His life commitment to Christianity is borne out by his literary activities. He died in 1960.

Barkat Ullah authored the following works:
1. Qadamet-o-asleeyat anajeel-e-arba
2. Sehat-e-qutb-e-muqadsa
3. Islam ya Masihiyat
4. Ishterakeeyat aur Masihiyat
5. Aboot-e-Ilahhi
6. Kalmatullah ki taleem
7. Masihiyat ki alalmgeeri
8. Muqadas Ttuma rasoole-e-Hind
9. Saleeb kay harawal
10. Saleeb kay alumbardar
11. Kaleesiya-e-Punjab ka dana meamar-Ehsan Ullah
12. From Karbala to Calvary
The last listed book, From Karbala to Calvary, had been republished (2016) by the Wentworth Press, and is available on various bookstores and online. The ISBN numbers  are: 1891-2016-08-26 and 978136212227.