Dr Farooq Khan was a voice of moderate, progressive Islam.
(Written on the Martyrdom of Dr Muhammad Farooq Khan)
He lived like an undaunted warrior and died the death of a martyr. For the past few years, he gallantly stared death in its eyes as he continued to vehemently condemn terrorism and militancy. Death threats could not swerve him from his stance and he would seldom pay heed to voices beckoning him to exercise care and caution. And then, the inevitable happened. He was shot at when he was busy seeing his patients at his clinic in Mardan on October the 2nd and could not survive the bullet wounds. His face still wore that typical beam – his vintage hallmark well known to all those who knew him – when he lay enshrouded before his burial.
Dr Muhammad Farooq Khan had a multi-faceted personality and was a man of immense reserves of energy. Truly, a man larger than life, he stood like a rock for all what he believed. He was an Islamic scholar, intellectual and a political activist; he hosted many TV programs and also made several appearances as a guest speaker on private and public TV channels; he was a fiery speaker and also authored almost a dozen books on the Islamic thought; above all he was a humane and a humble person: as a psychiatrist, he served the medical profession with exemplary zeal and dedication. His website www.drfarooqkhan.com sheds light on his life and works.
He was a firm believer in open dialogue and debate with all those who held contesting opinions. Unfortunately, his adversaries resorted to foul instead of fair play. When they could not silence him with their threats, they silenced him with their guns – a tragic yet enviable end to this warrior who is now a martyr. fare thee well!