By: Prof Muhammad Yusuf Malik

TitlePoetry, in its broad sense, aims to present ideas and evoke an emotional experience in the reader through the use of metre, imagery, connotative and concrete words and a carefully designed structure based on rhythmic patterns.

It casts a profound impact on sense and sensibility through the wise choice of symbols, phrases and spell-binding images.

A close study of “The Paradise Never Lost” by Prof. Dr. Muhammad Fazil Khan vindicates the writer‘s profundity of knowledge, semiotic use of rich allusions, soul-stirring analogies and above all his deep- seated faith in the perfect code of Islam.  It is the semblance of one who has dipped his pen in the innermost of his heart and shaped his mystical and metaphysical ideas about his creed without any reservation. His poems are spontaneous over-flow of powerful feelings. Unlike Milton’s Paradise Lost, he has taken up an altogether different Stance with a major thrust on the optimistic strain that man is the dearest creation of the Great God whose benignity of love and magnanimity of mercy wipes out even the blackest sins of those who repent and bow to Him in utmost humility for forgiveness.

Like a seasoned pen-wielder he does not encounter scarcity of verbal and rhythmic beauty while versifying his metrical compositions. His verses are an amazing blend of ethics and aestheticism. The message behind his conscientious endeavour is easy to discern and comprehend. In his poem “Secret of life on Earth”, he affirms…

O dear! If you embrace the true religion of Islam as a whole,

And follow Muhammad the last prophet as a chief source,

Adopt the teaching of the Holy Quran as life’s code,

 And reject calls of Satan and rebel soul,

All your past sins and misdeeds will be set aside,

You shall be like a new born baby in chaste and stride,

The Paradise is then really waiting for you,

In a few words, Prof Dr. Fazil Khan’s poem is a ray of hope in the dismal wilderness of the spiritual Void on the periphery of the ultramodern life.