A Shining Star Lost

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Written by: Hafsa bint Yar Muhammad Nizamani  Class IX  Govt. Girl's High School Tando Qaiser

After Fajr prayers and before breakfast I read the headline of the Daily Islam on the net. As usual, today when I started reading the Daily Islam on the front page and on the top was the news that the renowned children’s writer Ishtiaq Ahmed had passed away due to a heart attack. Inalillahi wa inna alaihi rajioon. The news was a great shock to me because he was not only a writer but he was an angel for my family. I am certain that he was not only an angel for my family but for many others too. How was he an angel for our family? Let me tell you. My father tells us that a long time ago he was very fond of Indian movies and T.V. He used to waste a lot of time watching movies and T.V. He was, in fact, addicted to these pastimes. He wanted to give them up but it was useless. He prayed to Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) earnestly to save him from these things and Allah (S. W. T) heard his prayers. My father says that he started reading the novels of Ishtiaq Ahmed. Though Ishtiaq Ahmed had been writing since 1960, my father became familiar with him after Bachon Ka Islam began to be published in 2001. My father found his novels and stories an excellent alternative to Indian movies. “When I started reading his novels, I slowly stopped going to watch Indian movies and I forgot all about TV,” he says. “Ishtiaq Ahmed sahib wrote so fast that I could hardly keep up with him. The interesting thing is that he not only wrote novels but he wrote on other informative topics as well. He wrote on the life of the prophets, on the life of Rasoolullah ﷺ. He wrote many other Islamic books too. These books not only provided me information but peace of mind and heart as well. They changed my entire life. Now I had no interest in movies and T.V. I threw the T. V out of our home. All this credit goes to this angel-like person, Ishtiaq Ahmed. May Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) give him a place in Jannatul Firdous, Aameen.”