Writer of Islamic historical novels Naseem Hijazi’s anniversary today

March 2, 2012

Writer of Islamic historical novels Naseem Hijazi’s anniversary today

Staff ReportKARACHI: Creator of several Islamic historical novels, Urdu writer Naseem HIjazi is being remembered on his death anniversary today (Friday).Sharif Husain more commonly by his pseudonym Naseem Hijazi was an Urdu writer who is well-known for his novels dealing with Islamic history. He was born in Pre-Partition India in an Arain family and migrated to Pakistan after independence from the British Rule and subsequent partition of India in 1947. As a novel writer, Naseem Hijazi is regarded as one of the finest writers of Urdu language especially in the later 20th Century Naseem Hijazi is known for his potent and romantic description of history. Hijazi's writing is considered as the most credible in terms of historic description and accuracy. Naseem Hijazi's bases most of his work in Islamic history. In dealing with this history, he shows both the rise and fall of the Islamic Empire. His novels Muhammad Bin Qasim, Aakhri Ma'raka, Qaisar-o Kisra and Qafla-i Hijaz describe the era of Islam's rise to political, militaristic, economic, and educational power. While Yusuf Bin Tashfain, Shaheen, Kaleesa aur Aag, and Andheri Raat ke Musafir describe the period of Spanish Reconquista. In one of these novels (Kaleesa Aur Aag) he has painfully, yet truthfully, depicted the infamous Inquisition that began by targeting Jews and ended with the conversion or expulsion of Moriscos or Muslims.He wrote two sequential novels on British conquest of India, and described the shortcomings of Indian nations after the collapse of Mughal Empire. The second book, Aur Talwar Toot Gayee culminates in the sad and untimely martyrdom of Sultan Tipu. He also wrote a novel on the Independence of Pakistan named Khaak aur Khoon. Three of Naseem Hijazi's novels have been dramatized. Akhri Chataan and Shaheen were dramatized in 1980s. The Novel Khaak aur Khoon was dramatized into a movie with the same name and is one of few block buster movies that Lollywood or Lahore film industry has ever produced.He lived most of his life in Pakistan and died in March 1996. SAMAA