Dr. Frank Safi-Ullah Khair Ullah: A Brilliant Christian Educationist And Writer

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Murray College in Sialkot
Murray College in Sialkot

Dr. Frank Safi-Ullah Khair Ullah was an excellent educationalist, teacher, churchman and writer whose most durable contribution to the Urdu-speaking Christians is his monumental work in the form of an Urdu Bible Dictionary, Qamus. It is a compilation of over 5000 entries, many of which were written by Khair Ullah himself. Apart from this, his other significant contribution is Hebrew-Urdu primer which was first published in 1992.

Dr. Frank was from Nowshera, Pakistan and was son of Qazi Khair Ullah, an Afghan convert, who later served with the Church Missionary Society. He gained initial education at the Baring High School, Batala, India. He later studied at Forman Christian College, Lahore, where he earned an MA in English in 1933. Later in 1954, he was awarded a PhD at Edinburgh University. From 1942, he served as a lecturer in the English Department at Murray College, Sialkot, Pakistan. Afterwards, he went on to become the Head of that Department.

In 1964 he was appointed Principal of Murray College, and remained in that position until 1972, when the institution was nationalized. In his latter years he was ordained a presbyter of the Church of Pakistan and appointed Vicar of St. Andrew’s Church in Lahore Diocese. He left Pakistan and settled in Canada in 1994 where he died in 1997.