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01 Jun 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com
Pandit Mustafa Arif pens the longest Hamd in Islamic History
Hindi Hamd of 10000 verses inspired by Quran will take 5 years to complete.
Till today 2232 verses in 4 volumes are written
By New Age Islam Edit Desk
Pandit Mustafa Arif is basically a journalist, Hindi Poet and Author from Ujjain Madhya Pradesh, now permanently residing in Delhi. Currently he is engaged in a major task to write Hamd in Hindi consisting of 10, 000 verses, which will take at least five more years to complete. Working since 4th April 2008, till today he has completed writing of 2, 232 verses in 4 volumes, each volume containing 558 verses. To spread this work among the masses he has founded Quran Literacy Program (QLIP) Foundation in Delhi, which will undertake programs to make adults Quran literate, survey of Quran knowing people and to develop a Quranic Park.
Pandit Mustafa says his work is based on the inspiration derived from the study of the Holy Quran. His mission is to convey the message of Allah to the masses through the Quran.
It was his long-cherished desire to render the Holy Quraan into Hindi poetry, but as it is said “Man proposes and God disposes”, he could not write more than 2 lines in the last 20 years. But two years ago, during his regular Quran recitation, while he was reciting verse nos. 22, 23 & 24 of chapter 59 part 28 on 4th April 2008, Allah (SWT) bestowed him few lines in Hindi and a new hymn started coming into existence. The journey seemed to have begun all of a sudden and the longest Hamd started taking shape. The Hamd may be called a Sufi song in simple Hindi-Urdu. Hamd is a form of poem composed to praise Allah, Ishwar or God. Though the entire work is based on the Quraan, it is more on the inspirational side rather than word to word transformation and bears the impact of contemporary conditions and incidents aimed at uniting humanity on one common platform called Allah-Subhanahu.
Pandit Musata clarifies that “There are a lot of misconceptions, some time due to the acts of a few misguided men, in our community itself, regarding Islam in the country. The Hamd project in Hindi will bring out the innate goodness in the Quran Sharif”.
He said further that modern generation does not have time to understand the word of Allah or God nor they have inclination toward this to follow. To lead a successful life and to get favour of God it is necessary to understand the teachings and way of life described in the Quraan or Islam by Allah for the benefit of human being.
Pandit Mustafa always believes in communal harmony and takes active participation in the religious activities of all religion. He was the member of the campaigning committee of Mahakaleshwar Temple Ujjain and chairman of publicity committee of Balhanuman temple Ujjain. Title of Pandit and Prashuram Shri were conferred on him in the national convention of All India Brahmin Samaj in the auspicious presence of Shankracharya of Bhanpura Peeth Swami Divyanandji Tirth and Late Agni Pithadhishwar Acharya Swami Prakashanandji. This honour was given to him for his commendable contribution to communal harmony.
In his journalistic career spanning 35 years, Pandit Mustafa has achieved several mile-stones. He was the Press Secretary to Union Social Justice & Empowerment Ministry and Chief Editor of Maulana Azad Education Foundation of Govt. of India.
He has served as Director, Media of Kenya National Democratic Alliance & Director Program and Marketing of Sound Asia FM of Nairobi. He is best known as an investigative journalist and anchor of several prominent programs including AMNA-SAMNA on Sahyog Cocos channel of Madhya Pradesh India.
His program Majlise Shaame-Ghareeban on Sound Asia FM Nairobi Kenya got tremendous response from the listeners. He has been a regular writer of political satires in verse form for a Hindi Daily and the collection his political satires titled Ye Dil Mange Aur has been compiled and published by Hindi Sahitya Niketan. He is also famous for his ‘One Poem A Day’ from 15th December 2004 to 25th December 2004 on the then Prime Minister Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee. This work was later compiled in a Book titled Dharti Par Hai Atal Mahan.
Apart from his longest Hamd wrting project, he is also writing Hamdia Rubais in Hindi based on small Ayats of Quran. His hamd reciting program is gradually getting popular throughout the country with presentations in Delhi, Dehradun and Haridwar.
We are presenting some of his hymns ( hamds) in Hindi for our readers below: