Hazrat Qudratullah Shahab: Urdu Writer and Thinker

Hazrat Qudratullah Shahab was a great Urdu writer, bureaucrat, and scholar. He was appointed to the top positions in Government offices.

Shahab considers the authority on Pakistan’s early history. He describes the first problems of Pakistan and its civil service. His book “Shahab Nama” is widely read and appreciated.

Hazrat Qudratullah Shahab was born on 26th February 1917 in Gilgit. He belonged to the Arain family. He completed her early education at Gilgit. Then, Shahab came to Lahore. He got his graduation degree from Government College Lahore.

Qudratullah Shahab’s wife is Iffat Shahab, and his son is Saqib Shahab. At sixteen, Qudratullah won a prize from Readers Digest London.

Indian Civil Service

In 1940, Qudratulah Shahab joined the Indian civil service. Later, he was appointed as a magistrate in Bengal. In the 1943 Bengal famine, he divided all the strategically stored rice among the people. Shahab came under heavy fire from the Government authorities.

Pakistan Civil Service

After the creation of Pakistan, Qudratullah joined the Pakistan Civil service. He was appointed to the Ministry of Commerce as a Deputy Secretary. Later, he posted the chief secretary of Azad Kashmir, Muzzafarabad. Qudratullah also served as the director of Industries Punjab. He played a vital role in solving the issue of refugees and their settlements.

At the time, Governor-General Ghulam Muhammad was appointed as the principal secretary in his office. He served in this post until the regime of Skandar Mirza and Gen. Ayub Khan.

Qudratullah Shahab also served as the ambassador of Pakistan to Holland. In 1968, be elected as a member of the executive board of UNESCO.

Qudratullah Shahab as a Sufi (Spiritualism)

Qudratullah Shahab has unobstructed views on Sufism. He was the close friend of Mumtaz Mufti, Ashfaq Ahmad, and Wasif Ali Wasif. All personalities, as mentioned earlier, are much impressed by Sufi’s thoughts.

Qudrat Ullah Shahab and Muhammad Tufail

In his life, Qudratullah was much impressed by Khawaja Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki, the great saint of the Chishti Sufi order. He called this Sufi ninety in his autobiography Shahabnama. He declared this Sufi helped him immensely in his life.

Honorary stamp

In 2013, Pakistan Post Office issued a stamp in honor of Qudaratullah Shahab named “Men of Letters.”


Qudratullah Shahab grave Picture

Qudratullah Shahab passed away on 24th July 1986 at the age of 69. His shrine is located in sector H-8 Graveyard of Islamabad.

Qudratullah Shahab Books (Literary works)

In 1959, Qudratullah Shahab formed Pakistan Writers Guild. He was elected the first president of this Guild. He wrote many articles in English and Urdu newspapers.

Qudratullah Shahab Books list is no longer, but he gained fame from his biography ‘Shahab Nama.’ Shahab compiled his biography on the saying of Ibne Insha. The complete book was published after his death in 1986.

The list of Qudratullah Books is mentioned below.

It is the autobiography of Qudratullah Shahab, and we can put it at the top of Qudratullah Shah Books. This book describes his life, experience, and problems in our government system.

In the last paragraph, he explained his views about Sufism and religion. You can download this book from The Library Pk.

Nafsanay is another masterpiece in Qudratullah Shahab Books. This book is a collection of short stories. These stories are related to the issues in Pakistan. You can download or read this book online by clicking its title.

This book is a collection of Urdu short stories. These stories are related to our society. Surkh Feeta (Red Tapism) is the great evil of our bureaucratic system.

The book Ya Khuda is also a collection of Urdu short stories. These short stories revolve around our society and point out its issues.

This book is also a collection of short stories (afsanay).

At last, I hope you liked the biography of Qudratullah Shahab. Moreover, you can download all the books in Pdf form. You may read Wasif Ali Wasif, Hafeez Jalandhari, and Ehsan Danish.

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