Shah Mohiul Haq Farooqui

Shah Mohi ul Haque Farooqui, a civil servant, a writer and a much missed friend …

A life lived with integrity – even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune is a shining star in whose light others may follow in the years to come

Denis Waitley

This website is dedicated to a man who may not have been your millions plus fan celebrity but through his integrity, knowledge and subtle sense of humour did certainly leave an inspirational impact on his circle and for their generations to come.

Shah Mohi ul Haque Farooqui (or S.M.H Farooqui as he was called) was born on 15th June 1932 in a rural qasba Bahriabad of zila Ghazi pur in U.P India. He was born in a feudal family belonging to milki caste (for details see Sir Guzaght), his early years in India were spent looking after the family land. Mr. Farooqui became an orphan in childhood and was brought up by his mother and uncles. He was younger brother of and dearly close to Professor Musheer ul Haq Farooqui ex vice chancellor of Siri Nager University (IOK).

Mr. Farooqui spent his former years studying Urdu from Bahriabad primary school and later studied English from Muslim Englo-Vernacular School. He matriculated from Shibli College (Azam Garh) in 1947. After the Partition of Subcontinent he migrated to Pakistan, he did his Intermediate taking night classes. He later graduated as a Bachelor of Arts from Sindh Muslim Arts College in 1963. Mr. Farooqui was a firm believer that education is not age bound, demonstrated by the fact that he gained his LLB degree aged 54 in 1986.

He started his professional career quite early in his life when he got employed as a clerk in Haleem College , Canpur a few months after his matriculation. He later left this employment and migrated to Pakistan, where in 1951 he got employed as lower division clerk (Grade 5) in the ministry of Law. Through his hard work, resilience and unwavering determination he worked his way up the ladder and was promoted to Assistant (Grade 11) in 1959. In 1959 he was selected as Section Officer (Grade 17) in the ministry of law.

His integrity and non-compromising attitude on rules lead him to the honors of being the first secretary of Islamic Ideology council in 1962. In 1964 he was transferred to the institution of Islamic research and later as Section officer of ministry of law and interior. In 1977 He was promoted as Deputy Secretary (Grade 19) in the ministry of wealth and later as Joint Secretary (Grade 20) in the Cabinet Division, he retired in 1992 as Finance Director (Grade 20) in Trading and Cotton Export Corporation. He was a man of impeccable character who believed in living an upright life not giving into temptations or other illicit perks which came with such high grade government office. In his inner professional circle he was lovingly known as ‘pyjame wale secretary’ (due to his trade mark dressing code, sherwani and kurta pyjama) a testament to his love for our culture and pride in national identity.

He started his writing career when he started contributing in monthly ‘saqi‘ (editor Shahid Ahmed Dehelvi), monthly ‘naqsh’ (editor Shams Zuberi). Later he wrote for fortnightly ‘namk dan’ (editors Majid Lahori and Dr. Aslam Farukhi) and weekly ‘Shahab’ where he contributed with his pen name ‘ibn-e-muneer’.  He also contributed in ‘Fikr-o-Nazar’ the research edition of institutions of Islamic research. He later became associated with Daily ‘Ummat’ where he used to write columns ‘khatte mithe anaar’. His academic friend’s circle was quite big and included many renowned academics and writers of his day and age, amongst those friends were Mr. Mohib Aarfi and Doctor Aslam Farrukhi. He was also a brilliant translator and translated many English books, his translated and self-work included  :

  • A judge may laugh and even cry (Ret Justice M.R. Kiyani)
  • Training Guide for Islamic Workers (Hisham Abu Talib – USA)
  • Nawab and Nighingales (Musa Raza)
  • Glossary of Banking and Finance
  • Aspects of Ghalib (Mumtaz Hassan)
  • Tafheem-e-Karachi (Arif Raza)
  • Privatization of KWSB (Noman Ahmed and M. Sohail)
  • Betrayal of East Pakistan (Ret General A.A.K Niazi)
  • Muslim Communities in North America (Y.Y Haddah and J.I Smith)
  • Khatte Mithe Anaar (1993)
  • Beydar dil Log (2003)
  • Sir guzasht Clerk se Clerk tuk (published incomplete and posthumously in 2012)

His writing style was generally subtle and humorous, his uncanny ability to find humor in the darkest of times and provide a message with even his smallest piece of writing was much loved by his readers, combined with his picture perfect memory and his astounding knowledge of global history made his writing style truly one of a kind.

One cannot simply generalize him as a satirist because his work in ‘beydar dil log´ shows his other side, his poetic prose and loving admiration for his biographical subjects is quite moving in fact one could go as far as to say that and objective outsider reading would never believe ‘khatte mite anaar’ and ‘beydar dil log’ was written by the same person. While his ‘sir guzasht’ (which he admitted is anything but an autobiography) shows his natural, much remembered and revered conversational style, that is his ability to lead his readers from topic to topic making ‘Sir Guzasht’ an entertaining and ‘one-sitting’ read, once you start on a topic you simply cannot put the book down. All his works exhibit a different and unique writing style which makes one wonder how many sides did this gem stone exactly had? Much too many to be explored in one life time I believe.

He was a family man, a good friend, a caring husband, a loving father, and a much loved grandfather. He had this ability to draw the crowd, where ever you see him you would have found him at the center of attention; laughing, joking, engaging everyone around him and having a jolly good time.

He was always a cool grand dad, whether it be watching cricket with his grand children or playing cricket with them, teaching them bits of Persian, Arabic and English in every day talk, telling them stories and local myths of his times and increasing their knowledge by constantly peppering them with general knowledge questions. His greatest achievement was that he taught his family to live like the three musketeers ‘one for all and all for one’ he taught them to be content with their lives, he taught them to be thankful to Allah for his kindness and his beings for theirs and most importantly he taught them to never waver on questions of dignity, honesty, religion and principles.

He spent almost two decades fighting heart problems, survived a near fatal crash but was never found complaining about his health, he considered pessimism a sin, he was a big hearted man who thrived in a ‘mehfil’ however in last year of his life most of his friends passed away. Though he never admitted but he was solitary. Finally the last sun of 2011 took him with it, no doubt to enjoy the ‘mehfil’ of his friends in heaven, may Allah bless his soul and grant him jannat – Amen.

On this website you will find all the published (and un published) work of Shah Mohi ul Haq Farooqui, with hope that it will inspire you, engage you and entertain you, if you like what you find (which we are sure you will) please spread the word. He may be gone, but the legacy lives on.