Muhammad Farooq Khan
|Muhammad Farooq Khan|
Swabi Mardan Division
|Died||October 2, 2010 (age 54 years)
Baghdada, Mardan, Pakistan
|Website||Dr Farooq Khan|
|Islamic law and Quranic exegesis|
|Separation of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) from Sharia (Divine law)|
Muhammad Farooq Khan was a Pakistani psychiatrist, scholar of Islam and vice-chancellor of University of Swat. He was known for his opposition to Islamist militancy and described suicide attacks as un-Islamic. Due to his views, he was assassinated on October 2, 2010.
He got his basic education from district Swabi. He then joined Cadet College, Hasanabdal and later on Cadet College, Kohat. After having studied medicine, he decided to specialize in psychiatry. He established his private practice in Baghdada Mardan. The Government of Pakistan had appointed him as the first Vice-Chancellor of Swat Islamic University some time before his death. He was awarded Sitara e Imtiaz Posthumously by the Government of Pakistan for his services. Dr Farooq was a psychiatrist by profession. He frequently took part in television talk shows at which he used to criticise militants and described suicide attacks as un-Islamic.
In his student days, he was an active member of the Islami Jamiat-i-Talaba. Later on, he took part in a general election on a Jamaat-i-Islami ticket. However, he was expelled from the Jamaat after writing a book. For some time he also remained associated with the Tehrik-i-Insaf.
He was the author of several books on different issues but his main interest areas were the study of Quran and Islam. Dr. Farooq was the author of several books including the following:
- Pakistan and the Twenty First Century (Urdu),
- Jihad, Qital and Islamic world (Urdu)
- What is Islam? (Urdu)
- Islam and Women (Urdu & English)
- Dialogue with the West (English)
- Kashmir Issue (Urdu & English)
- The questions of Modern Mind and Reply of Islam (Urdu)
- Critical study of Ordinance of Hudood, Qisas and Diyat (Urdu)
He was assassinated on 2 October 2010 in his clinic at Baghdada Mardan when two armed young men entered his clinic and opened fire at him.Dr Khan and his assistant died at the spot. Taliban claims responsibility of his murder. He was the Vice-Chancellor of University of Swat.
- Personal Website
- The loss of an Intellectual
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- Killing of Doctor Part of Taliban War on Educated