Urdu poets and writers of world by Muslim Saleem

Muslim Saleem reciting his ghazals at Jashn-e-Muslim Saleem at MP Urdu Academy, Bhopal on December 30, 2012.

Muslim Saleem reciting his ghazals at Jashn-e-Muslim Saleem at MP Urdu Academy, Bhopal on December 30, 2012.

(The poetry portion of this site is edited by Muslim Saleem, who is poet, writer and journalist of repute. Muslim Saleem’s ash’ar are widely popular due to being connected with grassroots. It was his idea that we created this directory of Urdu poets and writers of Madhya Pradesh-Chief Editor,Ataullah Faizan and Editor (Abdul Ahad Farhan) (See Muslim Saleem’s poetry with English and Hindi translations at this web site, muslimsaleem.blogspot.com and muslimsaleem.wordpress.com) Email ID: muslimsaleem@rediffmail.com mobiles: 9009217456, 9893611323 phone 0755-2730580. Muslim Saleem is an alumni of Aligarh Muslim University and is DCE of Hindustan Times, Bhopal. Related directories: Urdu poets and writers of India and Urdu poets and writers of Madhya Pradesh on khojkhabarnews.com’s poetry section)

(Note the list of deceased litterateurs in the end of this directory)

MUSLIM SALEEM’S FAMOUS COUPLETS

Zindagi ki tarah bikhar jaayen……kyun ham aise jiyen ki mar jaayen

kar di meeras waarison ke sipurd….zindagi kis ke naam mar jaayen

rooh ke karb ka kuchh mudaawa no tha….

doctor neend ki goiyan likh gaya

wo dekhne mein ab bhi tanawar darakht hai

haalanke waqt khod chuka hai jaden tamam

From Left) Zafar Naseemi, MP Urdu Academy Chairman Saleem Qureshi, Dr. Barqi Azmi, Prof Afaq Ahmad, Dr. Qasim Niazi, Muslim Saleem at Jashn-e-Muslim Saleem at MP Urdu Academy, Bhopal on December 30, 2012.

From Left) Zafar Naseemi, MP Urdu Academy Chairman Saleem Qureshi, Dr. Barqi Azmi, Prof Afaq Ahmad, Dr. Qasim Niazi, Muslim Saleem at Jashn-e-Muslim Saleem at MP Urdu Academy, Bhopal on December 30, 2012.

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MUSLIM SALEEM’S TAZA KALAM

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URDU POETS AND WRITERS OF WORLD

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Abdullah Hussein: In 1963, an unknown writer wrote a novel and sprang it on an unsuspecting Urdu-speaking world. It made him immortal. The novel was Udaas Naslein, its writer Abdullah Hussein. Born in Rawalpindi, raised in Gujarat, a small town near Lahore, Hussein found a job in a cement factory and took to writing out of sheer boredom. What emerged from his pen was a chronicle of modern India, one that reflected the angst of an entire generation and came to be regarded as the foremost Urdu novel of its time. Udaas Naslein was chosen for translation under the UNESCO’s collection of Representative Works in World Languages. For selection, a book must be at least 25 years old and in continuous print. Translated into English by Hussein himself under the title The Weary Generations, it was published in India by HarperCollins. Immaculately dressed, and very tall, Hussein is quite the pucca Englishman! He is also famously reclusive and chary of talking about his craft. Upon retiring as a chemical engineer in the United Kingdom, he ran a liquor off-licence in London and now lives in the Hertfordshire countryside.

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Ahmed Sohail

(see detail on http://urduyouthforum.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/ahmad-sohail/

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Ali Arman:  (Born August 25, 1973) is an Urdu poet hailing from Rawalpindi, Pakistan. His first book of poetry was published in March, 1998. residing in the UK, he is an editor of “The Mosaic Journal”, a bilingual magazine containing both Urdu and English literature. Arman’s poetry has been translated into English, French, Spanish and German. He is regarded as an emerging poet by many renowned critics of Urdu poetry.

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Akbar Hyderabadi (Full name:  Mir Akbar Alikhan): Born in Hyderabad, India, in 1925, Akbar came to Oxford, Britain in 1955 to pursue higher studies in architecture, and has lived there ever since. He and his Italian wife have two children and seven grandchildren. For some years in the mid-seventies he presented a weekly programme for Asian listeners from BBC Radio Oxford in England. The Urdu poet has seven volumes, including his latest in English. Ralph Russell (http://www.ralphrussell.co.uk/), a close friend of his provided the forward for his final volume. In 1991, he won the ‘Best book in the West’ Award by the Urdu Markaz International, Los Angeles. His poetry covers a wide range of topics: romantic, realistic, philosophical, political, religious, environmental and nostalgic. His books include Khat-e-Rahguzar, Numoo Ki Aag, Awazon ka Shahr, Zarron se Sitaron Tak, Qarz Mah-o-Saal Ke, Firdaus-e-Khayal, and Reflections (English).

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Anwar Maqsood Hameedi: Commonly known as Anwar Maqsood or Anwer Maqsood is a Pakistani playwright, poet, television host, satirist, humorist, infrequent actor and painter. He has worked in the entertainment industry for over over 35 years. Anwar Maqsood was born in Hyderabad Daccan, India and studied at the Gulbarga trust School Aurangabad. He has worked as a host for a variety of shows on PTV. His work has included Studio Dhai (Studio 2:30) and then Studio Ponayteen (Studio 2:45) along with  numerous other shows. His work incorporates humor, satire, and an approach to hard subjects in lighter vein.

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Arshad Shaheen (Norway)

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Ashfaq Hussain: He was born on January 1, 1951 at Karachi and lives in Candada. His full name is Ashfaq Hussain Zaidi. He is a leading modern Urdu poet and an author of more than 10 books of poetry and literary criticism. He is considered by many as the foremost expert on the life and works of great Urdu poets Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Ahmad Faraz and also on Progressive Writers Movement. Ashfaq Hussain was born in a lower middle class family. The eldest son of eight siblings, he lost his mother at the age of 13. He struggled throughout his academic years by working various part time jobs. He earned his Master’s Degree in Urdu Literature from the University of Karachi in 1974. Hussain was elected Vice President of the Students Union of Urdu Department in 1973. He then spent one year as lecturer at Government Degree Science College, Karachi. Before migrating to Canada, Hussain was working as a Programme Officer at the Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi. Hussain migrated to Canada in March 1980 and currently resides in Brampton, a suburb of Toronto. He initially started his business in Travel and Tourism industry. Hussain founded the Writers Forum of Pakistani Canadians in 1982 and was subsequently elected President of the organization. He then established U.I. Publishers, through which he edited and published the quarterly Urdu journal, “Urdu International Canada” until 1988. He started hosting an Urdu program on Asian Television Network in 1980. Hussain is now an Associate Producer at Asian Television Network, Newmarket. He is regularly hosting the following TV shows: Urdu Rang, Asian Horizon and Asian Digest. He has won many awards including Maulana Mohammad Ali Johar Award (Delhi, India), Saleem Jafri International Award (Doha, Qatar) and Asian Television Network Life Time Achievement Award 2007 (Newmarket, Canada). His books include: 1. Faiz Ek Jaiza (1977), 2. Aitabar (1979)  3. That Day Will Dawn (1985), 4. Neendar Nal Rishta (1986), 5. Ham Ajnabi Hain (1992) 6. Faiz Habib e Amberdast (1992) 7. Faiz ke Maghrabi Hawaley (1993), 8. Faiz shakhsiat aur fun (2006) 9. Ahmad Faraz: yadoon ka ek sunehra waraq (2008), 10. Aashian Gum Karda (2009)

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Aslam Pervez: He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, USA where he is the president of Urdu literary organisation Gahwarah-e-Adab.

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Atif Javed Atif: Shot into international fame with his poem “Baba Mujko darr lagta hai ” written in the landscape of terrorism and its after impacts. Such a sensitive poem can be written only by a man stung by terrorism himself while living in Lahore, Pakistan. He has been penning poetry for the last 10 years. Contact : +923224137971. email : atif0007@gmail.com

Here is a glimpse of Atif’s poetry

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Bano Qudsia: She was born in 1928 is a writer, intellectual, playwright and spiritualist from Pakistan. She is best known for her novel Raja Gidh. She writes for television and stage in both Urdu and Punjabi languages. She is the wife of famous novelist Ashfaq Ahmed (also spelt as Ishfaq Ahmad. Bano moved with her family to Lahore during the Partition from Dharamsala (Now in Himachal Pradesh, India). Bano graduated from Kinnaird College in Lahore and in 1951, completed her M.A. degree in Urdu from the Government College Lahore. Raja Gidh is her most popular novel.  Her other books include 1. Aatish Zeir Pa, 2. Adhi Baat, 3. Ek Din, 4. Amar Bail, 5. Assey Passey, 6. Bazgasht, 6. Chahar Chaman, 7. Dast Basta, 8. Doosra Darwaza, 9. Doosra Qadam, 10. Footpath Ki Ghaas, 11. Haasil Ghaat, 12. Hawwa Key Naam, 13. Kuchh Aur Naheen, 14.  Marde Abresham, 15. Maum Ki Gallian, 16. Naqabil-e-Zikr, 17. Piya Naam Ka Diya, 18.  Purwa, 19. Purwa and Ek Din, 20. Raja Gidh, 21. Saman-e-Wajood, 22. Shehr-e-bemisaal, 23. Sudhraan, 24. Suraj Mukhi, 25. Tamaseel, 26. Tawujjuh Ki Talib, 27. Dastan Sarei (forthcoming)

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Christian Urdu poets (Mainly from Pakistan): There is separate web sitehttp://cuwap.blogspot.com which mentions several existing and deceased Christian poets including Pastor Bashir Alam, Sarwar Masih Rehmat,  Javaid Sadique Bhatti, Pastor Jacob Paul, Younis Shahbaz,  Dr. Frank Safi-Ullah Khair Ullah, Dr. Kanwal Feroze, Dr. Kundan Lal Nasir, Dr. Imam Deen Shahbaz, Abdul-ul-Haq, Barkat-Ullah, Prudent Nasir Injeeli, Naeem Waiz, Padree Rehmat Masih Waiz. (Posted by Muslim Saleem on September 29, 2010)

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Faheem Javed: Address: PO Box 833, Riyadh-11421 (KSA). Best couplet

Koocha-o-bazar ho kar reh gaya

Admi akhbar ho har reh gay

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Farzana Khan Naina: She is a poetess. Farzana also produces and presents Naghmaosher, which is a very popular weekly show, on “Radio Faza” Nottingham 97.1fm The show is all about poetry, Literature and mellow music with live calls. Her best couplets are:

Basee hai yaad koi aake meray kaajal mein….lipat gayaa hai ahoora khyal aanchal mein

Main seep hoon, so mujhe apne dil mein rehne do

guhar banaa naheen kartey hain ek do pal mein

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Fatima Surayya Bajia: She is a novelist, playwright and drama writer of Pakistan. She has been honoured with various awards at home and abroad including Japan’s highest civil award in recognition of her works. She also remained Advisor to the Chief Minister of Sindh province of Pakistan. She is a well-known personality in Pakistan with relation to the radio, television and stage and an ardent feminist. She wrote her first long play Mehman. She is the elder sister of Anwar Maqsood, Zohra Nigah and Zubaida Tariq (cooking expert). Mrs kazmi a famous dress designer is also Baji’s sister. and her wife is very dear to Bajiya. Her popular drama serials include 1.  Shama 2. Afshaan (adopted from A.R. Khatoon’s novel) 3. Aroosa 4. Zeenat 5. Ana 6.Aagahi 7.Aabgeenay 8.Babar 9. Tareekh-o-Tamseel 10. Ghar aik Nagar 11.Faraz Aik Karz 12. Phool Rahi Sarsoon 13. Tasveer-e-Kainaat 14.Asaavari

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Ghalib Irfan: Address: Saiban, R-263, Sector-8, North Karachi-7585 (Pakistan). Best couplet;

Sunehri shaam jo mein ne pyaam likkha thaa

Hilal-e-Eid to maah-e-tamaam likkha thaa

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Iftikhar (Hussain) Arif: He was b. March 21, 1943 at Lucknow (India) and and lived there till his migration to Pakistan in 1965. During this period he received his education at the Lucknow University where one of his teachers was Ehtisham Husain. He also studied at the Madressa-i-Nizamia, Farangi Mahal, and Government Jubilee College, Lucknow. He obtained an M.A. from the Lucknow University. He is a mainly romantic poet. His books included Mehr-i-Doneem, Harf-i-Baryab and Jahan-e-Maloom. Address: APT, C-401, Park Tower, Plot No e, F3/10, Islamabad, Pakistan. Best couplets:

Meray khuda mujhe itna to mu’tabar kar de

Mein jis makaan mein rahtaa hoon usko ghar kar de

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Imrana Nishtar: Dr. Syeda Imrana Nashtar Khairabadi belongs to  the renouned family of Allama Fazle-Haq Khairabadi. She is the grand daughter of  Hazrat Muztar Khairabadi and daughter of Hazrat Nashtar Khairabadi. She received her Masters Degrees in Hindi and linguistics and Ph.D. degree in linguistics from Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh. As a Lecturer and Reader she worked in the  Department of Linguistics & Women’s College, Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh for 12 years. Now she is post-doc scholar in Emory University Atlanta Georgia. She participated and presented her ghazals and nazms in various national and international mushairas in India and  in Atlanta GA. H r poems in Urdu have been published  in Urdu Times NY. She also writes poems in English and her poems got  published in various anthologies by International Library of Poetry  MD,T he Natioal Library of Poetry MD, Poetry Guild OH, Famous Poets Institute OR, Eber & Wein Publishing PA. She participated and presented her English poems in international poetic convention held in Washington DC. She received honour and awards and certificates of Excellance for her English poems.She writes story also.Her story entitled “BROKEN HEART” read and appreciated  by American readers. Her article entitled ” HUBBE-NABI   SALLAHO ALEIHI WASALLAM” in Urdu published in Urdu Times NY. Email: syedzRiz@aol.com. Adress: Atlanta, Georgia, USA. (See also  http://www.poetswritersofurdu.blogspot.com )

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Intizar Hussain: He is an eminent fiction writer. He was born on December 7, 1923 in Dibai, Bulandshahr India but migrated to Pakistan in 1947. He did his masters (M.A.) in Urdu and later on in English literature. He writes short stories and novels in Urdu, and also columns for newspapers in English. Intizar Hussain has developed a unique prose style and is known for his nostalgia for older places and phenomena. He has received many awards from Pakistan, India and the Middle East. The Seventh Door, Leaves are some of his books translated into English. He has translated from English to Urdu. His few prominent writings are “Hindustan Se Aakhri Khat” , “Agay Samander hai”, “Shehr-e-Afsos” & “Wo Jo Kho Gaye”.

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Ishrat Afreen: She was born as Ishrat Jahan in Karachi in 1956, She married Syed Perwaiz Jafri, an Indian lawyer, in 1985 and migrated to India. Five years thereafter, the couple and their two children migrated to America. They now reside in Houston, Texas with their three children. Ishrat Afreen is currently the Principal Urdu Lecturer for The University of Texas. Afreen was honored with many prestigious awards including the Sajjad Zaheer Award in 1986. Ishrat Afreen is part of the feminist movement in Urdu Literature. Other women in the movement include Ada Jafri, Zohra Nigah, Fahmida Riaz, Kishwar Naheed and Parveen Shakir. Afreen has published two collections of poetry entitled Kunj Peeleh Poolon Ka (1985) and Dhoop Apne Hisse Ki (2005).

(Ishrat Afreen was interviewed by me when she visited Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal. She happens to be the wife of my AMU friend Pervaiz Jafri, who is a nephew of Ali Sardar Jafri and had accompanied her. The interview can be seen in the poetry section of this web site. )

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Jamiluddin Aali: Nawabzada Mirza Jamiluddin Ahmed Khan better known as Jamiluddin Aali was born January 20, 1926 in Delhi). He is a noted Urdu poet, critic, playwright, essayist, columnist, and scholar of Pakistan. He is best known for the famous national song, Jeeway Jeeway Pakistan. In 1947, after the partition of India, his family migrated to Pakistan and settled in Karachi. He joined the Civil Services of Pakistan in 1951. In 1971 he obtained an FEL and LLB from Karachi University. In 1966, he joined the National Bank, and served there till his retirement (1988) as senior executive vice president and member executive board. Aali hails from a literary family of Delhi. His grandfather, Nawab Allauddin Ahmed Khan, was a friend and student of Ghalib. His father Sir Ameeruddin Ahmed Khan was also a poet, and his mother Syeda Jamila Baigum belonged to the family of Mir Dard.

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Kazim Jafri: (Real name: Muhammad Kazim) was born to Mr Muhammad Azam on June 8, 1977. Kazim is a prolific writer, journalist and poet based at Lahore, Pakistan. At present, Kazim is the – Magazine Editor of ‘Daily”Insaf” since February10, 2011. Earlier, he was incharge editions and monthly magazine of “Nai-Awaz” from February 23, 2009 – Feb 10, 2011. He has also been incharge of editions of “Daily”Nawa-i-waqt” from -July 18, 2007- Jan 30, 2009, Sub Editor with Daily “Khabrain” from September 23, 2006 – July 18, 2007. Kazim Jafri was earlier RJ and News Editor with “Radio FM 103″ from January 31, 2006 to Jan 31, 2007. He also hosted special transmissions, particularly interviews with famous personalities. He can be contacted on email: kazim.journalist@gmail.com.

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Kishwar Naheed: Born in 1940 in Bulandshahr, India, Kishwar was a witness to the violence (including rape and abduction of women) associated with partition, and herself moved with her family to Pakistan in 1949. Kishwar had to fight to receive an education at a time when women did not go to school; she studied at home and obtained a high school diploma through correspondence courses, but went on to receive a masters degree in Economics from Punjab University, Lahore. Kishwar Naheed held administrative roles in various national institutions. She was Director General of Pakistan National Council of the Arts before her retirement. She also edited a prestigious literary magazine Mahe naw and founded an organisation Hawwa (Eve) whose goal is to help women without an independent income become financially independent through cottage industries and selling handicrafts. Kishwar has published six collections of poems between 1969 and 1990. She also writes for children and for the daily Jang, a national newspaper. Her poetry has been translated into English and Spanish and her famous poem We Sinful Women gave its title to a ground breaking anthology of contemporary Urdu feminist poetry translated and edited by Rukhsana Ahmad published in London by The Women’s Press in 1991. Awards: Adamjee Prize of Literature on Lab-e-goya (1969), UNESCO Prize for Children’s Literature on Dais Dais Ki Kahanian, Best Translation award of Columbia University, Mandela Prize (1997), Sitara-e-Imtiaz (2000) (Muslim Saleem interviewed her for daily National Mail (English), when she visited Bhopal in 1987. She was glad to know that I am the son of Dr. Khalifa Saleem Wahid Saleem, who she said she knew very well.) See-Muslim Saleem’s interview with Kishwar Naheed when she visited Bhopal in the poetry section of this web site)

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Mansha Yaad: He was born in a village Thatta Nustar near Farooqabad, District Sheikhupura, Pakistan on September 5, 1937. He passed his matriculation examination in 1955 and obtained Diploma in Civil Engineering from G.S.E Rasul in 1957 and joined government service. Even while in service, Mansha continued studies. He passed examinations of Fazil e Urdu in 1964, BA in 1965, M.A (Urdu) in 1967 and M.A (Punjabi) in 1972 from University of the Punjab as external student. He retired in 1997. His first short story appeared in 1955 & his first collection of stories was published in 1975. He has by now published 9 collections of short stories including one in Punjabi. A Novel in Punjabi Tanwan Tanwan Tara and many TV Serials & plays are also at his credit.

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Dr. Mohsin Maghiana: He was born on January 1, 1956 at Jhung, Pakistan. His real name is Niaz Ali Ahmad Khan Mighiana. He is a physician, writer, columnist and humorist. He is mostly recognized by his literary and ‎humorous works. Along with Anokha Laadla he has written many other books and some of them are Bhambheeri, Chhair Khani,  Deis in Wilayat, Mas’ala He Koi Nahin, Athkailian,  Aneendray and Chinta.

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Muhammad Nadeem Akhtar  Pirzada Hanafi Al Qadri Manganavi. He is a young but highly talented ‘naat go’ Urdu poets. Nadeem also writes poems on religious issued. He was born in Faisalabad Pakistan on March, 10, 1986. His first book was   Saot e Hassan (r.a)  in 2008. and 2nd book Mamduh e Qur’an is coming soon. He spent a lot of time in Pakistan, but is now settled in Birmingham, UK. He belongs to a highly religious family. (Hazrat Pir Mohammad Karam Hussain R.A.) Astana Alia Mangani Sharief, Jhang Pakistan was his uncle. MOBILE UK 00447778801376  PAK  0092 303 6262 572 (Written by Muslim Saleem on May 2, 2012)

RASOOLALLAH S.A.W.W.

HO CHAHAY ALAM E BARZAKH BHI YA SHAH E BATHA

HO CHAHAY ARSH E MOALLA BHI SHEH SAWAR E SABA

RASAEE  AAP   KI  HR  JA  HAY TAJDAAR  E  AATA

CHHUPAY HAIN ARZO SAMA YA NABI KAHAN TUJH SEY.

NADEEM  QURB  E  ELAHI   ˉ  KAYFIAT   THEE   AJEEEB

HUZOOR POHNCHAY JO NOOR E KHUDA K AAIN QAREEB

SADA YEH AYEE AYE HUSN E DAWAM   MERAY HABEEB

QAREEB   AA  KE   NAHI   AAJ  KUCH   NEHAAN  TUJH  SEY

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Muhammad Izhar ul Haq: He is a well-known columnist and poet in Pakistan. He has received Pride of Performance award (2008) for his literary services as well as two highest literary awards in the country. He has four books of poetry to his credit 1.  Deevar e Aab (winner of Adamjee Award for Literature) 2. Ghadar 3. Parizad 4. Pani Pe Bichha Takht (winner of Allama Iqbal Award 2003). He has been a regular columnist in Daily Pakistan, Jang, Daily Jinnah and presently in Nawaiwaqt, and The Nation. Izhar has been a civil servant by profession, and has retired from the government of Pakistan.

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Mumtaz Rashid: Born  on  June 10, 1944. Location  B-1, Basera C.H.S , 3rd Cross Lane Lokhandwala Complex ,Mumbai, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 400053

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Murtaza Birlas: He is one of the defining poets of modern Urdu Ghazal from Pakistan. His work has been published in respected journals and magazines of Urdu literature since the early 60s. He has published four compilations of Ghazal poetry. His style comprises strong expressions, with a whole hearted commitment to the technical accuracy that has always been required of Ghazal writers. His unique style of poetry has earned recognition from respected literary critics of Pakistan and India. His brother Mustafa Rahi was also a Ghazal pPoet. Murtaza Birlas published his late brother’s works in 1993. Murtaza Birlas is a retired civil servant. He resides in Lahore and is an active patron of literary activities. His published works are: 1. Girah-e-Neem Baaz 2. Tesha-e-Karb 3. Irtaash 4. Izteraar and 5 Chaudhveen Raat Mausam-e-Gul Kee.

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Musheer Siddiqui: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi (also pronounced as or Yousufi): He  is an outstanding Urdu satirical and humor writer from Pakistan. Yousufi has also served as the head of several national and international governmental and financial institutions. He received Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the highest literary honors by Government of Pakistan in 1999. He was born into a learned family of Tonk, Rajasthan on August 4, 1923. Yousufi did  B.A. from Agra University while M.A. Philosophy and LL.B from Aligarh University. After partition of India his family migrated to Karachi, Pakistan. Books: 1. Chiragh talay, 2. Khakam-ba-dahan 3. Zarguzasht  4. Aab-i-gum

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Muslim Saleem

Muslim Saleem (born 1950) is a great Urdu poet, writer and journalist and creator of massive directories of Urdu poets and writers on different blogs. These directories include 1. Urdu poets and writers of India part-1  2. . Urdu poets and writers of India part-II  3.  Urdu poets and writers of World part-I  4.  Urdu poets and writers of World part-II, 5. Urdu poets and writers of Madhya Pradesh, 6. Urdu poets and writers of Allahabad, 7. Urdu poets and writers of Shajahanpur, 8. Urdu poets and writers of Jammu-Kashmir and Kashmiri Origin, 9. Urdu poets and writers of Hyderabad, 10. Urdu poets and writers of Augrangabad, 11. Urdu poets and writers of Maharashtra 12. Urdu poets and writers of Tamil Nadu, 13, Urdu poets and writers of Karnataka 14. Urdu poets and writers of Gujarat, 15. Urdu poets and writers of Uttar Pradesh, 16. Urdu poets and writers of Canada, 17. Urdu poets and writers of Burhanpur, 18. Urdu poets and writers of West Bengal 19. Female Urdu poets and writers, 20. Hindu Naatgo Shuara etc. These directories can be seen on :-

1. www.khojkhabar.com   2, www.muslimsaleem.wordpress.com

3. www.urdunewsblog.wordpress.com, 4. www.khojkhabarnews.wordpress.com.

5. www.poetswritersofurdu.blogspot.in   6 www.muslimsaleem.blogspot.in

7. www.saleemwahid.blogspot.in and www.

(Life) Muslim Saleem was born in 1950 at Shahabad, Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh in India, brought up in Aligarh, and educated at Aligarh Muslim University. He is the son of the well-known Urdu poet Saleem Wahid Saleem. He has lived in Bhopal, India since 1979.

(Education): Muslim Saleem studied right from class 1 to BA honours in AMU schools and University. He completed his primary education from AMU Primary School, Qazi Para Aligarh (Now converted into a girls school of AMU). He passed high school exam from AMU City School, Aligarh and B.A. Hons (Political Science) from Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh. Later, Muslim Saleem did M.A. in Arabic from Allahabad University during his stay in Allahabad.

(Career) Muslim Saleem began his career as a journalist in the Urdu-language newspaper Aftab-e-Jadeed, Bhopal. He is multilingual journalist having worked on top posts with Dainik Bhaskar (Hindi), Central Chronicle (English), National Mail (English), News Express (English) and most recently as the chief copy editor of the Hindustan Times in Bhopal. At present, Muslim Saleem is English news advisor to Directorate of Public Relations, Government of Madhya Pradesh. (as on December 1, 2012).

(Works and awards) Muslim Saleem has been appointed as Patron of Indo-Kuwait Friendship Society. He is the author of Aamad Aamad, a compilation of his poetry published by Madhya Pradesh Urdu Academi. Several of his couplets are well known in the Urdu language. He won the Yaad-e-Basit Tarhi Mushaira, a poetry competition, in 1982. In 1971, Muslim Saleem was awarded by Ismat Chughtai for his Afsana “Nangi Sadak Par” at AMU Aligarh. His ghazals and short stories have been published in Urdu-language publications Shair, Ahang, Asri, Adab, Agai, Naya Daur, Sada-e-Urdu, Nadeem and other periodicals and magazines. His work in service of the Urdu language was recognized in a special 2011 edition of the periodical Abadi Kiran, devoted to his work. Evenings in his honour have been organised in a number of cities. Muslim Saleem is currently compiling a massive database of poets and writers of the Urdu language, both historic and currently active.

(Translation of Muslim Saleem’s work in English): Great scholar Dr. Shehzad Rizvi based in Washington has translated Muslim Saleem’s ghazal in English even though they have never met. Dr. Rizvi saw Muslim Saleem’s ghazals on websites and was so moved that he decided to translate them.

(Praise by poets and writers) Great poet and scholar of Urdu and Persian Dr. Ahmad Ali Barqi Azmi has also written a number of poetic tributes to Muslim Saleem. Dr. Azmi and Muslim Saleem are yet to meet face to face. Beside this, great short-story writer and critic Mehdi Jafar (Allahabad, Bashir Badr (Bhopal), Jafar Askari (Lucknow), Prof. Noorul Husnain (Aurangabad), Kazim Jaffrey (Lahore) and a host of others have written in-depth articles defining Muslim Saleem’s poetry.

(Muslim Saleem on other websites) Muslim Saleem’s life and works have been mentioned on Wikipedia, www.urduadab4u.blogspot.in, www.urduyouthforum.org and several other website. In fact, www.urduyouthforum.org has given credit to Muslim Saleem for lifting a number of pictures and entries from Muslim Saleem’s websites and blogs.

(Address) : Muslim Saleem, 280 Khanugaon, VIP Road, Bhopal-462001

Mobiles: 0 9009217456   0 9893611323

Email: muslimsaleem@rediffmail.com  saleemmuslim@yahoo.com

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Mustansar Hussain Tarar: Was born on March 1, 1939. He is a Pakistani author, actor, former Radio Show Host, compere and enthusiast. Having made a name for himself by taking the mantle in Pakistan’s mountaineering community, Mustansar Hussain is widely recognized as one of the most famous and well known personalities in both Pakistan and the rest of the world. Though the origin of his fame and decadence is usually considered to be his established and decorated career and as a writer, Tarar can also be recognized as the foremost endorser for tourism projects in northern areas of Pakistan, having exorbitantly increased the array of tourist exposure to the areas in question by becoming both a mountaineer and an adventure author who uses these locations as backdrops for his storylines. He is the author of more than 17 travelogs and many novels. His novel Raakh was nominated as one of the best in the history of sub-continent South-Asia. He is Currently writing Coolum In Daily Jinnah (Urdu Daily)

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Naheed Nashtar: Syeda Naheed Nashtar Khairabadi is an Atlanta-based poetess. She belongs to the prominant family of Mufti-e-Azam Allama Fazle-Haq Khairabadi. She is a granddaughter of Hazrat Muztar Khairabadi and the daughter of Nashtar Khairabadi. She received her Masters degrees in Hindi and Linguistics and M.Phil. degree in  Linguistics from Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh. She participated in National and International Mushairas. She  also writes poems in English language.Her English poems are published in various Anthologies bythe National Library of Poetry MD, and The Amherst Society USA. She receieved   honor&awards and certificates of excellence for her English poems. E-Mail   syedzRiz@aol.com.

زہر سُقرات کو ہر عہد میں پینا ہوگا…..یہ وہ دَستور ہے نا ہید  بدلتا ہی نہیں

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Naseem Sahar: Address: PO Box 5925, ID B Room No. 917, Jeddah021432 (Saudi Arabia). Best couplet;

Mera rizq-e-masafat meri khakastar se aage thaa

So mera hausla bhi merey baal-o-par se aage thaa

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Qaisar Tamkeen

  قیصر تمکین
( پورا نام: شریف احمد قیصر تمکین علوی) .ادیب و صحافی.  یکم جنوری 1938 کو لکھنؤ میں پید ہوئے اور
  25 نومبر 2009 کو لیڈز برطانیہ میں آخری سانسیں لیں۔ برطانیہ میں وہ 1965 میں جابسے تھے لیکن تازہ بستیاں آباد کرنے کے باوجود ان کا دل “نکھلئو” ہی میں دھڑکتا رہا تھا۔ یہ الگ بات ہے کہ کہنے والے نے کہا کہ لکھنؤ پہلے ایک تہذیب تھا، اب محض ایک شہر ہے۔ گومتی ایک دریا اور شام اودھ بس ایک افسانہ۔ وہ شبستاں نہ پری چہرگاں . . . . جس دن جان عالم پیا تخت سے اترے تھے، لکھنؤ کو اسی دن خزاں نے آلیا تھا۔ نہ جنوں رہا نہ پری رہی یہاں تک کہ شاخ نہال غم بھی کمھلا گئی۔  ایک انٹرویو میں قیصر تمکین سے سوال کیا گیا:  س : افسانہ نگاری کے ساتھ ساتھ آپ بطور صحافی بھی مختلف اخبارات سے وابستہ رہے ہیں آپ نے اپنی افسانہ نگاری کو صحافتی اثبات سے کس طرح محفوظ رکھا؟ جواب ملاحظہ ہو: جب کوئی شخص سائیکل سے گر کر کسی حادثے سے دوچار ہوتا ہے تو ایک صحافی اس واقعے کی رپورٹ لکھ کر خبر بنا دیتا ہے اور جب ایسا واقعہ کسی حساس شخص یا لکھنے والے کے ذہن کو جھنجھناکے رکھ دیتا ہے تو پھر وہاں صحافت ختم ہو جاتی ہے اور کہانی آ جاتی ہے ۔ میں نے ہمیشہ کوشش کی ہے کہ میری کہانیوں میں جرنلزم نہ آئے اور ہر کہانی میں کوئی نہ کوئی بات کہہ جاؤں میں نے اس ضمن میں خواجہ احمد عباس اور کرشن چندر سے سبق حاصل کیا ہے کیونکہ یہ دونوں لکھنے والے اپنی کہانیوں میں نعرے بازی کرتے ہیں اور اپنی بات ٹھیک سے نہیں کہہ پاتے اور اپنی باتوں کو بڑے خوبصورت پیرائے میں شفیق الرحمن کہہ جاتے ہیں۔ اُن کے ایک ایک جملے پر انسان سوچتا رہ جاتا ہے ، فنکار وہی ہوتا ہے جس کی تحریر چونکا دے اور انسان تنہائی میں اس کے بارے میں سوچتا رہے جب کوئی شخص مشاعرے میں جاتا ہے تو وہ کئی اشعار سن کر واہ واہ کرتا ہے لیکن دیکھنا یہ چاہئے کہ کیا وہ اشعار اُسے تنہائی میں بھی یاد آتے ہیں۔ تنہائی میں تو صرف غالب یاد آتا ہے، اقبال یاد آتا ہے۔  قیصر تمکین کی تخلیقات میں مندرجہ ذیل کتب شامل ہیں:  جگ ہنسائی (افسانے) ١٩٥٧،  سواستگا (افسانے) ١٩٨٧ اللہ کے بندے (افسانے) ١٩٨٩،  یروشلم، یروشلم (افسانے) ١٩٩٣، او یاسمین (افسانے) ١٩٩٧، شعر و نظر (تنقید) ١٩٩٧، صدی کے موڑ پر – افسانے، پس نوشت – افسانے، کفن کھسوٹ کو قیصر تمکین اپنا بہترین افسانہ قرار دیتے ہیں۔ کفن کھسوٹ، بریڈ فورڈ کے مجلے مخزن کے دوسرے (2002) شمارے میں شائع ہوا تھا۔  ان کے علاوہ قیصر تمکین نے اپنی خودنوشت بھی “خبر گیر” کے عنوان سے تحریر کی۔ خبر گیر، اورینٹ پبلشر لاہور سے جون 1987 میں شایع ہوئی تھی۔

************************************************************Qamar Ali Abbasi: He is a journalist, broadcaster and writer. He was born In Amroha, India. At the age of nine he moved to Pakistan along with his parents. He got his early education in Murree Hills then he moved to Hyderabad, Sindh. He completed his higher education at the University of Sindh, receiving his B.A (Hons), M.A (Economics) and M.A (Urdu) from that institution. He currently resides with his wife in New York and is currently working as a journalist. He has written 18 children’s books and 28 travelogues. He has received many awards from different association and countries for his contributions to the Urdu literature. He received the prestigious All Pakistan Newspaper award for the best column in 1991 from Prime Minister of Pakistan and Tamaga-i-Imtiaz in 2000 from the President of Pakistan. His books inclue 1. Sehra Mai Sham (Travelogue of Maraco), 2. Turkey Mai Abbasi (Travelogue of Turkey) 3. Mauritius Mai Dhanak 4. Travelogue of Mauritius), 5.  Qartaba Qartaba (Travelogue of Spain), 6. Dilli Door Hai (Travelogue of India) 7. Shonar Bangla (Travelogue of Bangla Desh)

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Raza-ul-Jabbar: He is a short story writer. Address: 3311, Kingston Road, Suite No 901, Scarboroough, Ont, Mim IRI Canada

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Saud Usmani: He is a well-known poet of Pakistan. His two books of poetry have been published. He belongs to the well educated and well reputed Usmani family migrated from Deoband, Saharanpur, India. Saud Usmani has done MBA from the University of Punjab and running his own business of book selling and publishing. He, with the partnership of his brothers, is running a publishing house namely Idara Islamiat, Anar Kali, Lahore, which has branches in Karachi and Lahore. His first book of poetry Qaus was given the best book of the year Award by the Government of Pakistan in 1997. And next book “Baarish was awarded the best poetry of 2007. The big figures of Urdu like late Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi and Amjad Islam Amjad have acknowledged his poetry. His uncle Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani, who himself is a good poet, has praised his poetry and liked that.

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Seema Abidi : Chicago, Illinois, USA.  She has written her poetic opinions in the present day violence and mayhem throughout the world in the following words:

1 Faza be-rang itni ho rahi hai……qayamt sar pakad kar ro rahi hai

2 Zara insaaniyat ko do sadayen….kahan par munh chhupaye so rahi hai

3 Lute shahron ke khuni aanganon me….udasi bal khole so rahi hai

4 Mohabbat ho gayee kamyaab seema…yeh huniya apni waq’at kho rahi hai

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Shafiqzada: Shafiqzada S. Ahmad has taken the world of Urdu satire by storm with his maiden book “HumTamasha.” Shafiqzada is highly qualified and well versed in various forms of literature. He is an engineer based in Dubai at present. Yet he has taken time off to write such a good book of satirical articles, essays and features. He is indeed a new whiff of air in Urdu literature. He can be contacted atHumTamasha@gmail.com. Also see facebook.com/HumTamasha and http://www.humtamasha.com. (see also Urdu poets and writers of world on poetswritersofurdu.blogspot.com

Date of Birth—-June16 1967
Place of Birth ——Karachi Pakistan
Date/year of obtaining degree(s)—BSc(1994), Masters in HRM( 2000)
Address—PO BOX 29967 Dubai–UAE
Mobile No—0097150 909 4392
Landline No—-same

Name of spouse and children—Mrs Naz Ahmed, Danoo(son), Faiz(son), Afnanoo(son)

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Dr Shahzad A. Rizvi: He is the oldest son of Nashtar Khairabadi, who is the son of Khan Bahadur Muztar Khairabadi and great grandson of Allama Fazle Haq who lived in Delhi and was a friend of Ghalib. He was sent by the British to Kalapani because he was a freedom fighter. Nashtar Khairabadi was the elder brother of Janisar Akhtar who is the father of Javed Akhtar. Dr Shahzad A, Rizvi was born in 1937  in Gwalior in a family of poets and writers. He entered Hamidia College, Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh – India) in 1953 and received MA in English Literature in 1960.  In 1964 he received MA in English from AMU. The same year he left for the United States and studied there for many years receiving two more MAs and PH.D. In addition, he did courses at Oxford, London, and France.  In 1971 he became a professor in Washington D.C. and taught there for many years. During this period he had a chance to be an interpreter for the President of the United States. Other children of Hazrat Nashtar Khairabadi are also doin a Yeoman’s service to Urdu literature and language. They included Syed Zia Khairabadi, Dr. Imrana Nashtar Khairabadi and Syeda Naheed Nashtar Khairabadi. Dr Shahzad A. Rizvi another sister Dr Suhela Nashtar Khairabadi was also a good poetess of Urdu. Dr. Shahzad Rizvi is a writer and a poet in English and his following books are published as e-books, which can be be downloaded by accessing his website: http://www.kahany.org. The Last Resident,  2 Behind the Veil,  3. The Story of a Finnish Woman,  4. Collection of stories for grown-ups, 5. Stories for children. His books are likely to be punished in Urdu also.

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Shamim Manzar: His forefathers belonged to Patna in India. His family tree goes to Hazrat Syed Ibrahim Malick Rahmatullah Alaihe of Bihar Shareef. He was born 25th of December 1955 in Karach. Shamim’s brother Akbar Azam Manzar is also an Urdu activist and is striving to get Urdu the status of a UN language. He is also related to Prof. Dr. Mukhtaruddin Ahmad Arzoo. He acquired his education in Pakistan and Germany. Presently, he is head of the German language department at the Goethe Institute in Karachi and also incharge of its culture-section. He writes in Urdu, German and English. He is well-known in India as well. He is author of two books (short stories Tanhai Ka Aik Din, published in the year 2003 and a novel Zawal Se Pehley, (2008). There are four TV-Plays on Partition Stories, which have been telecast in Pakistan and Bharat. Script, Screen Play and Dialogue of such stories are written by him. Address: House:  A-81.  Block-18. Samanabad, Federal  “B”  Area, Karachi – 75950 (Pakistan) . Email addresses: shamimmanzar@hotmail.com, shamimmanzar@yahoo.com,shamimmanzar@gmail.com. Phone Res: (021) / 36 341 808, (009221) / 36 341 808. Mobile/Cell: (0300) / 22 52 376, (0092300) / 22 52 376.

Great novel “Zawal se pehle” by Shamim Manzar

Shamim Manzar is a great writer even though he has written only one novel and published a collection of his short-stories titled “Tanhai ka ek din”. Writing less is no demerit if the material is of super quality since it comes after a lot of hard work and brooding. Shamim Manzar is a highly qualified writer, who has mastery over several languages including German. His knowledge of religion, culture, history, geography, philosophy, psychology, linguistics etc is quite vast. He has command over writing and weaving the tales. And all these qualities are vividly discernable in this novel, which is a must read. The 192-page novel can be obtained from Welcome Book Port, Urdu Bazar, Karachi (Pakistan). Following is the Urdu critical review of his novel written by Muslim Saleem on November 6, 2010. (See article on the front page of khojkhabarnews.com or in the poetry section)

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Shazia Noorain (Italy)

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Sifwat Ali Sifwat: Address: 14-Woods Row, Monroe, CT-06468 (USA). Best couplet:

Mazar hai koi tute huey sitaron ka

ke ek siyah Bhanwar wast-e-kahkashan dekhoon

(Note by Muslim Saleem: I liked this couplet since its subject is new in Urdu ghazal. The poets points towards black-hole in the space, which takes places due to death of a supernova and then devours many starts)

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Syed Jafer Amir: USA, Phone: 970-599-1305

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Syed Munif Ashar Maleehabadi: He is a Canada-based Urdu poet of repute. In April 29, his web book “Justuju Medina’ was released.  Munif Ashar represents the glowing contemporary face of Urdu Ghazal  Munif Ashar has truly transformed the face of contemporary Ghazal in Urdu, and has artistically dealt with musically rhymed verses covering the Romanticism and philosophies of a virtuous life. A selection of Munif Ashar’s 3 Diwans (Poetry Collections) has also been published including The “Kulliyaat” (Compendium), Talkh wa Shireen and Rakhte Zindagee at http://justuju-kulliyaateashar.blogspot.com. His best couplets:

Muztarib aankhon ka tarz-e-guftugu achcha lagaa

Unko pehli baar khauf-e-arzoo achcha laga

Terey khyaal ki duniya sajaa rahaa hoon main

Bas ik kali se gulistan bana raha hoom main

Teri tasveer mein thodi si kamee baqee hai

Tu bata rang-e-wafaa is mein bharun yaa na bharun

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Tahir Naqvi: Writes short stories. Address: PO Box No 11109, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, H.P.O., Karachi-75300 (Pakistan).

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Umaira Ahmed /Umera Ahmed: She is a fiction writer and was born on December 10, 1976 in Sialkot, Pakistan) and resides. She is best known for authoring the book Peer-e-Kamil[1] and the TV serial Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishan. Umaira Ahmed was an English language lecturer at Army Public College Sialkot. She taught for quite some years but quit teaching a few years ago in order to give full attention to her novels. She has authored 16 books comprising novels, compilations of short stories, and plays. Her novels explore societal problems particularly the role of women in the society. Her novels mostly contain South Asian cultural issues (primarily focusing on Pakistani societal issues). Details on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umaira_Ahmed and urduadab4u.blogspot.com)

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Dr. Waheed Ahmed: He is a poet and novellist based in Islamabad, Pakistan. He specialises in Nazm and has two books of poetry to his credit: Shaffafian, and Ham aag churate hein. Waheed has also written a novel, Zeno. Waheed Ahmed was born in Lyallpur now Faisalabad in 1959. He is a medical doctor by qualification. Waheed Ahmed’s Urdu novel “Zeno” has been translated into Swedish by the title “Zino” by a Swedish translator Nina Costelo and is available in many libraries of Sweden and Scandinavian countries.

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Yaqub Tasawwur: Address: PO Box 4628, Abu Dhabi (UAE). Best couplet;

Apne bachpan ki mashaqqat ka safar yad aya

Haath se jab kisi bachche ne khilona chhora

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Zohra Nigah (also spelled as Zehra Nigah), is a poetesss from Pakistan. She has bagged various awards in recognition to her works. She is the sister of Fatima Suraiya Bajia, Anwar Maqsood and Zubaida Tariq (cooking expert). She was mostly active in mushairas in e in the 1950s. She has published two books of verse titled Shaam ka Pehla Tara and Waraq. She has also been awarded the Pride of Performance for her contribution to literature. Zehra Nigah writes both the ghazal and the nazm with the same involvement. The spontaneous use of everyday phrases and the colloquial idiom complement her direct and narrative style of writing, giving it a popular appeal that becomes even more pronounced in oral rendition. She has dealt with personal, social and gender themes very effectively in this manner

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Zia Khairabadi: Is a good poet based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. email:  syedzRiz@aol.com . Address: Syed Zia Khairabadi, 3252 James Harbor Way, Lawrenceville, GA 30044 USA

See Zaia Kharabadi’s ghazal on http://khojkhabarnews.com/?p=9815.

سید ضیاء خیرابادی مُفتئ اعظم جناب محترم  علامہ  فضِل حَق خیرابادی  کے

خا ندان  سے تَعلق  رکھتے ہیں۔ آپ حضرت   مُضطر خیرابادی  کے پُوتے اور  جناب محترم  نشتر خیرابادی  کے فرزند  ہیں۔ آپ نے علی گڑھ مُسلِم یو نیورسٹی علی گڑھ سے تعلیم  اور لِسانیات کے مضا مین میں ماسٹرس  کی ڈِگریاں حاصِل کیں اور آج کل امر یکہ میں  مُقیم ہیں۔ شاعری آپکو وِراست میں مِلی ہے۔اِس کے علاوہ آپکو مضمون  نِگاری کا بھی شوق ہے۔ ہِندوستان میں رہنے کے دوران آپکے بیشتر مضامین اخبارات میں شایع ہوتے رہےہیں۔آپ مُقامی اور بین الاقوامی مُشاعروں میں پڑھتے رہے ہیں۔ آپکا شِعری مجموعہ جلد ہی منظرِ عام پر آنے کے لئے زیرطَبع ایے میں مقیم ہیں

ہاتھوں سے چھوٹ کر گرِا جب دِل کا آ ینہ

ٹکڑے  سمیٹ کر وہ ضیا ساتھ لے گیا

See Zia Khairabadi's ghazal at www.khojkhabarnews.com/?p=9815 

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DOWN MEMORY LANE (Yaad-e-Raftagan)

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Khalifa Abdul HakimDr. Khalifa Abdul Hakim was a philosopher, art critic, writer and poet par excellence. He was born on June13, 1896 at Lahore and died at the same place on  January 31, 1959. He penned hundreds of books in Urdu, English and Persian and translated many an epic from Persian. He also translated Gita in Urdu in poetic form, which has been published by Haryana Urdu Academy. He last posting was Director of Education, Pakistan. His book Fikr-e-Iqbal is taught in higher Urdu classes.  Though a number of books have been published but here is a list of book found on openlibrary.org (http://openlibrary.org/authors/OL754A/Khalifa_Abdul_Hakim)

  1. Islamic ideology ( Islamic ideology: the fundamental beliefs and principles of Islam and their application to practical life.  5 editions – first published in 1953) 2. Islam and communism (3 editions – first published in 1953) 3.  Fikr-e Iqbāl (3 editions – first published in 1956),  4. Kalām-e-Ḥakīm (Poetry –  2 editions – first published in 1973) 5.  Dāstān-i dānish ( 2 editions – first published in 1943), 6. The metaphysics of Rumi. 6. (     The metaphysics of Rumi: a critical and historical sketch.-  2 editions – first published in 1933) 7. Afkār-i Ghālib ( 2 editions – first published in 1973). 8. Maqālāt-i Ḥakīm (2 editions – first published in 1969) 9. Fundamental human rights (2 editions – first published in 1955) 10. Tashbīhāt-i Rūmī (2 editions – first published in 1990) 11. Tashbihat-i Rumi (1 edition – first published in 1959) 12. Fikr-e-Iqbal (1 edition – first published in 1961) 13. The Prophet and his message (1 edition – first published in 1972) 14. Iqbāl aur Mullā (1 edition – first published in 1960), 15.  Talkhīṣ-i khutbāt-i Iqbāl      1 edition – first published in 1988),  16. Ḥikmat-e-Rūmī (1 edition – first published in 1955) 17. Afkar-e-Ghalib (1963) 18. The metaphysics of Rumi (a critical and historical sketch-1945).

The thoughts of Dr Khalifa Abdul Hakim are a leading light for the sane Muslims who decry terrorism and regard Islam as a religion of love. Other books of Dr Khalifa Abdul Hakeem has been published by the Institute of Islamic Culture, 2 Club Road, Lahore, Pakistan. Dr Khalifa Abdul Hakim was also the Founder Director, Institute of Islamic Culture, Lahore (1949-1959).

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Abdul Hameed Adam: He was born on April 10, 1910.  Most of the researchers think that he was born in Talwandi Musa Khan in district Gujranwala. However, in one of his own articles published in the ghazal number of Fanoon from Lahore, he writes that: since my father was living in Lyallpur (now Faisalabad) in April 1910, my arrival took place there. He was so adept in writing poetry that he could complete a ghazal in a few minutes. The last three works were published following his death. His philosophy is of being patient and content in life and not make difficult for others by being greedy. The suffering and sorrows of the have-nots are expressed very efficiently and in a personal manner.

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Adil Mansuri: The modernist poet passed away in New Jersey, USA where he had settled, in 2009. He was 72. He was born in Ahmedabad in 1936. Critic and author Shamsur Rahman Faruqi says that Mansuri’s ghazal was different in the sense that the poet steered the ghazal from a delicate to direct approach. The late poet was also a calligrapher par excellence.

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Ahmad Faraz (1933-2008) His real name is Syed Ahmad Shah. He was considered one of the greatest modern Urdu poets of the last century. Ahmed Faraz died in Islamabad on August 25, 2008. Ahmed Faraz, who has been compared with Faiz Ahmed Faiz, holds a unique position as one of the best poets of current times, with a fine but simple style of writing. Even common people can easily understand. Ethnically a Hindko speaking Pashtoon, Ahmed Faraz studied Persian and Urdu at the Peshawar University. He later became lecturer at the Peshawar University. Coming from a respectable family of Syeds, descendents of ”Haji Bahadar” a famous saint of Kohat, he moved to Peshawar with entire family. Studied in famous Edwards College, Peshawar and then did his Masters in Urdu and Persian from Peshawar University.

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Ahmad Hussain Qureshi (click link to see details)

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Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi: (November 20, 1916 – July 10, 2006) was a poet, journalist, literary critic, dramatist and short story author. With some 50 books of poetry, fiction, criticism, journalism and art to his credit, Qasmi was a major figure in contemporary Urdu literature. His poetry stood out among his contemporaries’ work for its unflinching humanism, and Qasmi’s Urdu afsana (short story) work is considered by some second only to Prem Chand in its masterful depiction of rural culture. He also published and edited the prestigious literary journal Funoon for almost half a century, grooming generations of new writers.

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Akhtar Sheerani (See entry in “urdu poets and writers of India)

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Allama Sir Muhammad Iqbal (November 9, 1877 Sialkot – April 21, 1938 Lahore) is the greatest Urdu poet and his Persian kalam is also of very high quality. He is commonly referred to as Allama Iqbal. His ancestors were Sapru Kashmiri Brahmins. Iqbal’s poetry is interspersed with religious fervour. With his forceful verses, coupled with vast knowledge of history, Iqbal tried his best to revive religious ethos among Muslims urging them to resort the past glory. He was highly qualified and had studied in England and Germany. Iqbal also delivered a series of famous lectures he delivered to this effect, which were published as The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam. In his professional life, Iqbal established a law practice, but concentrated primarily on writing scholarly works on politics, economics, history, philosophy and religion. He is best known for his poetic works, including Asrar-e-Khudi—which brought a knighthood— Rumuz-e-Bekhudi, Baal-e-Jibreel and the Bang-e-Dara, with its enduring patriotic song Tarana-e-Hind. He commands great respect both in Pakistan and India. In Afghanistan and Iran, where he is known as Iqbāl-e Lāhor, he is highly regarded for his Persian works. Iqbal’s poem Shikwa had generated a lot of heat among Muslims against him but he later wrote ‘Jawab-e-Shikwa’ and won back his popularity.

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Dr. Anis Nagi: He was a Pakistani poet, novelist and critic. He died of heart attack on October 7,2010 in Lahore. He had retired from government service and was living in Lahore, his birthplace. He had written many novels. It would be interesting to mention that his novels were composed by himself. He spent time on his computer composing his novels. He had written three novels including Zawal, Deewar ke Peechhe and Mushaira.

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Azhar Javed (click link to see details)

http://urduyouthforum.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/azhar-javed/

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Faiz Ahmed Faiz: ‘Mataa-e-lauh-o-qalam chhin gayee to kya gham hai…..ke khoon-e-dil mein bhigoleen hain ungliayaan main ne’Faiz was born 1911, died 1984. He was one of the most famous modern Urdu poets. He also wrote in Punjabi. He was born in Sialkot.  Faiz was a member of the Anjuman Taraqqi Pasand Mussanafin-e-Hind (Progressive Writers’ Movement), and an avowed Marxist. In 1962 he was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize by the Soviet Union. Faiz was associated with the Communist Party of Pakistan. He was also involved in the circle lending support to military personnel (e.g. Major General Akbar Khan. This involvement with CP and Major General Akbar Khan’s coup plan led to his imprisonment later. Faiz was charged with complicity in a failed coup attempt known as the Rawalpindi Conspiracy Case and was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment in 1951. The jail term gave him a first-hand experience of the harsh realities of life, and provided him with the much-needed solitude to think and write poetry. Two of his greatest works Dast-e-Saba and Zindan-Nama were products of this period of imprisonment. Before his death in 1984 he was also nominated for the Nobel Prize

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Ashfaq Ahmed: (August 22, 1925 – September 7, 2004) was a distinguished writer, playwright, broadcaster, intellectual and spiritualist from Pakistan. He was regarded by many as the best Urdu Afsana (short-story) writer after Saadat Hasan Manto, Ismat Chughtai and Krishan Chander following the publication of his famous short-story “Gadarya”] in 1955. He was the husband of famous writer Bano Qudsiya.

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Hafeez Jullundhri: He was born on January14, 1900 in Jalandhar, Punjab, British India and died on December 21, 1982 (aged 82). In later days, he had assumed the epithet Abul Asar, which he used to write before his name. He is the only poet who wrote National Songs for India, Pakistan and Azad Kashmir. According to Jagannath Azad (as told by Amin Banjara) , Hafeez had written the first national song of India, which was aired on August 15, 1947. It was replaced by the present national song. This poem is not available now. The present day Pakistani national song is also written by Hafeez Jullundhri. A patriotic poetic song Watan hamara Kashmir’ is considered to be the official regional ztate anthem or state song for Azad Jammu and Kashmir. However, Hafeez Jullandhri is most famous for Shahnama-e-Islam, which is a record of the glorious history of Islam in verse. Hafeez Jullandhuri actively participated in Pakistan Movement and used his writings to propagate for the cause of Pakistan. Hafeez Jullandhuri served as Director General of morals in Pakistan Armed Forces, and very prominent position as adviser to the President, Field Marshal Mohammad Ayub Khan and also Director of Writer’s Guild.  In 1922 – 1929 he remained the editor of a few monthly magazines namely, Nonehal, Hazar Dastaan, Tehzeeb-e-Niswan, Makhzan. His first collection of poems Naghma-e-Zar was published in 1935. After the World War II, he worked as the director of the Song Publicity Department. During this same time he wrote songs that were much liked by the public. For his literary and patriotic services he was awarded with the most prestigious awards of Hilal-e-Imtiaz and Pride of Performance.

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Hanif Akhgar Malihabadi: He was the last symbol of the Jigar Muradabadi school of Urdu ghazal, and the flag bearer of Urdu ghazal in North America. He died on 31st of May, 2009 at his residence in Dallas, Texas, USA. Syed Muhammad Hanif Akhgar Malihabadi was born on September 3rd, 1928, in the family of Qazi Syed Muhammad Shareef ‘Asar Kasmandvi’ and Mohtarma Raziun-Nisa Begum in the town of Malihabad, close to Lucknow in undivided India. He completed his primary education in Malihabad and finished his “Munshi-Fazil” from Sulaimania College in Bhopal. On 29th December, 1950, his family migrated to Karachi, Pakistan. Hanif Akhgar completed his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Institute of Business Administration, University of Karachi. He also completed his Diploma in Industrial Financing from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London.  He joined the United Nations (UN) as International Civil Servant (I.C.S.) in 1971 and served in different parts of world and retired on May 2nd, 1989 as Division Chief of the United Nations Capital Development Fund Division for Asia Pacific, Latin America and Arab States and settled down in New York with his family. He was also a permanent representative of World Assembly of small and medium Enterprises (WASME) in United Nations at New York. Urdu poetry was his passion and his first collection of Ghazal “Chiragaan” was published in 1989. In 1997, his second collection “Khayaabaan” was published. His last book came as collection of “Naat”, as Khalq-eMujassam in 2003.  He also completed his Autobiography, Aetraaf-wa-Inkashaf. He attended Almi Urdu Conference at New Delhi and received Khawaja Meer Dard Award. Since 1975, when the Aligarh Alumni Association of Washington DC started organizing Mushaira in the DC area, he has been a regular participant of the annual Mushaira of Aligarh Alumni Association of Washington DC. On several occasions he chaired Qaid-e-Azam Mushaira of Karachi, Pakistan and other major mushaira in and outside of North America. Aligarh Alumni Associations of Arizona, Northern California, Houston, and San Antonio invited him for their annual Mushaira on several occasions. He also started “Halqa-e-Adab” in New York area and organized several literary events and Mushaira. Best couplet

Jo hai Taazgi meri zaat mein, wahi zikr-o-fikr chaman mein hai

Ke wajood mera kaheen bhi ho, meri rooh mere watan mein hai

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Hijab Imtiaz Ali: The younger daughter of Nawab Sir Mohammad Ismail and a niece of Nawab Zain Yar Jang, Hijab started publishing short stories from early age and later began penning novels. Her plays were broadcast on radio. She married Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj, the author of the famous drama Anarkali. She also qualified as the first licensed pilot of the British empire in India. Hijab Imtiaz Ali was awarded the “Tamgha-i-Imtiaz” by the Government of Pakistan for her services to literature. She was the founder of the literary circle, She died of a heart attack in Lahore on Thursday, March 18, 1999 at the age of 96. Hijab Imtiaz Ali was awarded the “Tamgha-i-Imtiaz” by the Government of Pakistan for her services to literature. She was the founder of the literary circle  “Man-o-Salva,” which remained active until late 1997 when she suffered a mild stroke. She wrote her last short story in 1997. Many of her works have been translated into English, Japanese, and other languages. Her last novel, Pagal-Khana, in which she grapples with the realities of a world riddled with nuclear weapons, was the recipient of the Adamji Prize for literature.

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Ihsan Danish also spelt as Ehsan Danish or Ahsan Danish; (1914 – 1982) He was a prominent Urdu poet from Pakistan. His life marked the struggle of person who didn’t have more than a primary level of education, who worked as ordinary laborer for years in odd jobs, and finally became a poet of excellence. His autobiography Jahan-i-Danish is a classic now and has motivated many. Ehsan Danish has written more than 80 books and hundreds of articles on poetry, prose, linguistics, philology, autobiography and the famous interpretation of “Diwan-e-Ghalib”. Only 5 per cent of his works are published till now and the remaining books are still left unpublished either in the manuscript form or published only once.

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Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj: (See ‘Drama world of India”. http://khojkhabarnews.com/wp/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=3967&message=1

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Josh Malihabadi: He is a poet known for using chaste language in his poetry. Josh is reputed to have had a masterful command over Urdu and was quite strict about respecting the grammar and rules of the language. However, he became more famous due to his autobiography is titled Yaadon ki Baarat and modern marsiyas. Joshi Malihabad was born Shabbir Hasan Khan on December 5, 1894 at in Malihabad and died on February 22, 1982 in Islamabad. He emigrated to Pakistan in 1958. The first collection of his poetry was published in 1921. The collection of his poetry include Shola-o-Shabnam, Junoon-o-Hikmat, Fikr-o-Nishaat, Sunbal-o-Salaasal, Harf-o-Hikaayat, Sarod-o-Kharosh & “Irfaniyat E Josh”. (A lot of material on Joshi is available on internet.)

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Mahir-ul-Qadri (click following link for details)

http://urduyouthforum.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/mahir-ul-qadri/

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Mustafa Rahi: (1931-1986) was a poet of classical and neo classical Urdu Ghazal from Pakistan. He remained out of the limelight all his life. A selection of his works was published in 1993 by Murtaza Birlas. Mustafa Rahi edited and compiled several books related to his mentor – Jigar Moradabadi. His style comprises strong emotional expressions, with a wholehearted commitment to the elegance of ghazal. His style of poetry has earned recognition from his peers. His published works are: 1. Ehed Aafreen: Ghazal 2. Jigar Namay (Letters of Jigar) 3. Bayaad-e-Jigar (A compilation of remarks about Jigar), 4. Baqol-e-Jigar (Quotations from Jigar), 5. Jigar Hamaree Nazr Main (Critical reviews about Jigar) and 7. Namay Jo Mere Naam Aye (Compilation of letters to Nazir Siddiqui)

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Naseem Hijazi or Nasim Hijazi) (1914- March 1996) He wrote novels dealing laced with Islamic history as well as romantic novels. He was born at Wazirabad an Arain family and migrated to Pakistan. There are only two writers prior to Hijazi who wrote history novels in Urdu: Abdul Haleem Sharar and Sadiq Sardhunwi, but Hijazi’s writing is most credible in terms of

Rare pix of Naseen Hijazi with family (click to enlarge)

historic description and accuracy. His books include Khaak aur Khoon, Yousuf bin Tashfin, Akhari Chattan (2 Volumes), Aakhari Ma’raka, Andheri Raat Ke Musafir, Aur Talwar Toot Gai (two Volumes-), • Daastaan-e-Mujahid, Gumshuda Qaafley, Insaan Aur Devta, Kaleesa Aur Aag, Muhammad Bin Qasim, Pakistan Se Diyare Haram Tak (travelogue), Pardesi Darakht, Pouras Ke Hathi (comedy), Qafla-e-Hijaz, Qaisar-o-Kisra, Saqafat Ki Talaash (comedy), Shaheen(2 Volumes), So Saal Baad (comedy), Sufaid Jazeera (comedy)

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Nasir Kazmi: (1925-1972). His real name was Syed Nasir Raza Kazmi. He was one of the greatest poets of this era, especially in the use of “ista’aaray” and “chhotee beher”. Kazmi was born on December 8, 1925 at Ambala in India. After the creation of Pakistan, he came to Lahore. He did some journalistic work with Auraq-e-Nau as an editor and became editor-in-chief of the magazine Humayun in 1952. Later he was associated with Radio Pakistan, Lahore and other literary publications and organisations. Nasir Kazmi started his poetic life in 1940 by following the style of Akhtar Sherani and wrote romantic poems and sonnets. Later he began writing ghazals under the guidance of Hafeez Hoshyarpuri. He was a great admirer of Mir Taqi Mir and probably the melancholy and “Ehsaas-e-Mehroomi” in his poetry was a direct result of that. His tutor in poetry was Hafeez Hoshyarpuri, who himself used a lot of symbols from nature in his poems.

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Niaz Fatehpuri: (1882-1966)  Niaz Fatehpuri, whose real name was Maulana Niaz Mohammad Khan, was a prolific writer. Niaz was born in Fatehpur Hasva in UP and died in Pakistan, where he has migrated after Partition. He  was a secular thinker having an in-depth study of religion and major social sciences and a committed supporter of the Progressive Writers Movement. He went on to raise questions about Quran like Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. But his contribution to Urdu literature is invaluable. He edited the famous magazine Nigar from from Fatehpur and then from Pakistan. His book Mazhib-e-Alam ka Taqabuli Muta’ala had remained a centre of talks.

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Noon Meem Rashid: He was born as Raja Nazar Muhmmad Janjua (1910 – 9 October 1975) . He was a Pakistani poet of modern Urdu poetry. Rashid was born in Village Kot Bhaaga, Akaal Garh ( Now Alipur Chatha), Tehsil Wazirabad, District, Gujranwala, Punjab, and earned a masters degree in economics from the Government College Lahore. He retired to England in 1973 and died in a London hospital in 1975. His body was cremated as requested in his will. This created an outcry in the conservative Pakistani circles and he was branded an nfidel.Anyhow,he is considered a great figure in progressive Urdu literature. He rebelled against the traditional form of ‘ghazal’ and became the first major exponent of free verse in Urdu Literature. While his first book, ‘Mavra’, introduced free verse and is more technically accomplished and lyrical.

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Parveen Shakir: She was born on November 24, 1952 in Karachi, Pakistan and died on December 26, 1994 in a car accident. She received two undergraduate degrees, one in English literature and the other in linguistics, and obtained MA degrees in the same subjects from the University of Karachi. She also held a PhD, and another MA degree in Bank Administration. In 1982, passed the Central Superior Services Examination. Incidentally, her unique honour was a question, in the examination, on her own poetry. In 1991, she did an MA in Public Administration from Harvard University, USA. Shakir married a Pakistani doctor, Naseer Ali, with whom she had a son, Syed Murad Ali—but the marriage did not last long and ended in a divorce. Books: Khushbu (1976), Sad-barg (1980), Khud-kalaami (1990), Inkaar (1990), Maah-e-Tamaam (1994), Kaf-e-Aa’ina, Gosha-e-Chashm. Praveen Shakir’s poetry brought a new whiff of air in Urdu and she became a trendsetter. Muslim Saleem paid tributes to her and the poetesses and women writers like her in the poem:

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Qalamkari mein maahir ho gayee hai……..ghazal parveen shakir ho gayee hai

Nihaan they hum sey jo aurat ke jazbe…..wo khud unki musawwir ho gayee hai

qad itna barh gaya hai shaira ka…..ke hamdosh-e-akabir ho gayee hai

naheen hai ab wo mardon ke khilona…..siyasat mein bhi shatir ho gayee hai

Hamare ehd mein aurat bhi muslim…..mufakkir aur mudabbir ho gayee hai

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Qateel Shifai with Muslim Saleem at Bhopal in 1982

Qateel Shifai: His real name was Aurangzeb Khan He was born on December 24, 1919 and died on July 11, 2001. The place of his birth was Haripur, Hazara Division, British India (now Pakistan). He adopted Qateel Shifai as his pen name in 1938 under which he was known in the world of Urdu poetry. “Qateel” was his “takhallus” and “Shifai” was in honour of his ustaad Hakim Mohammed ‘Shifa’ whom he considered his mentor. In 1946, he was called to Lahore by Nazir Ahmed to work as the assistant editor of the monthly ‘Adab-e-Latif’, a literary magazine published since 1936. His first ghazal was published in the Lahore weekly ‘Star’, edited by Qamar Jalalabadi. To raise the standards of ghazals in films has been Qateel’s primary contribution to Urdu poetry. This was already started by Tanvir Naqvi and Sahir Ludhianvi, but perpetuated and concluded by Qateel Shifai. By using simple words and a larger amount of Hindi, Qateel brought Urdu poetry closer to the masses. He established a certain standard to ghazals in films and gave them a certain respectability. Over 20 collections of verse and over 2,500 songs for Pakistani and Indian films were published. His poetry has been translated into numerous languages including Hindi, Gujarati, English, Russian and Chinese. His poetry is included in the masters’ level syllabus in many universities in Pakistan and India.(During his Bhopal visit in 1982, Muslim Saleem had the honour of reciting his poetry in the Indo-Pak Mushaira along with Qateel Shifai. Three pictures of Qateel Shifai with Muslim Saleem are available in the photo gallery of the web site Khojkhabarnews.com)

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Qudratullah Shahab. Bon: 1917– July 24, 1986) was an eminent Urdu writer and civil servant from Pakistan. He is best known for his autobiography Shahabnama. He was born in Gilgit in 1917, where his father Abdullah Sahib was Governor during Dogra rule. He started writing in his early days both in Urdu and English languages. At aged 16, he won an international essay competition organized by the Readers Digest, London. He graduated from Prince of Whales College, Jammu, and later from Government College Lahore. He was selected for Indian Civil Service in 1940 and later volunteered to serve in Bengal during the famine of 1943 where he served as magistrate at Nandigram. He came under heavy fire from the authorities when he distributed part of the strategic rice reserves to starving local community.

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Dr. Saleem Wahid Saleem: Dr Saleem Wahid Saleem was a poet par excellence. He was born in Teheran, Iran to Khalifa Abdul Wahid Dar of Lahore  and Bibi Fakhr-us-Sadat, a qajari princess of Iran. In fact, the Khalifa family had moved to Lahore from Kashmir in the 19th century. After the age of 11, his parents shifted back to India along with their two daughters Akhtar and Shamsi. Dr. Saleem was educated in Aligarh Muslim University Tibbiya College, Aligarh and later in London, where he also worked as announcer with BBC Persian Service. In Aligarh, he stayed with his close relative Dr. Ataullah Butt, of famous Butt Kada of Rashid Ahmed Siddiqui. Dr. Butt had founded Aligarh Tibbiya College. Throughout his life, Dr Saleem continued to write both prose and poetry in Urdu, Persian and English. In the 50’s and 60’s, his ghazals were published in many prestigious Urdu periodicals including Nuqoosh, Funoon, Adab-e-Latif, Adabi Duniya and other contemporary periodicals.

Dr Saleem Wahid Saleem (sitting extreme right) with Faiz (fourth from left along with Dr Saleem’s father Khalifa Abdul Wahid Dar to left of Faiz)

The most remarkable work of Dr. Saleem Wahid Saleem is ‘Khayyam-e-Nau’, which is a poetic translation of Umar Khayyam’s ruba’is. The collection has been published by Sanjh Publications, Temple Road, Lahore thanks to efforts by Prof. Dr. Farid A. Malik, son of Mrs Akhtar Nazeer and Mirza Nadeem. During his last days, doctor saheb had become financially unstable and was greatly helped by his sister Mrs Akhtar Nazeer and her husband the late Malik Nazeer Ahmad. Dr. Saleem breathed his last in 1981 in Lahore and was laid to rest there. Dr. Saleem wrote poetry in Urdu and Persian. Some of his works are in English as well.Dr. Saheb could not earn the fame and name he actually deserved. But now his works are being published and it may be hoped that he will be given pride of place among best of Urdu poets by (honest) critics.Dr. Saleem Wahid Saleem’s works and picutures can also bee seen in saleemwahid.blogspot.com and khojkhabarnews.com.

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Sarfaraz Fatima Nashtar Khairabadi: Syeda Sarfaraz Fatima Nashtar Khairabadi was the wife of Syed Yadgar Hussain Nashtar Khairabadi  and the daughter -in-law of  Hazrat Muztar Khairabadi.She was writer.Her Stories   article and  two nazms published in Standard News Paper URDU TIMES NY. Her Stories named DARS, ASHIYANA, and EID, Ek GAON KI KAHANI  are remarkable for their messages.Her Nazmen   FALSAFA-E- HAYAT  and  EK MAA  KI  DUA  AUR NASIHAT are famous  and appreciated by her Readers Circle..

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Shafeeq-ur-Rahman: He was a humourist. Shafeeq-ur-Rahman established himself in the pre-independence era like his contemporaries, such as Ibrahim Jalees, K.L. Kapoor, Krishan Chandr, Shaukat Thanvi and Rasheed Ahmed Siddiqi. His first book ‘Kirnen’ (1942) was a collection of quasi-romantic and quasi-humorous short stories. His early stories did not show any signs of a great humorist. But in his second book, ‘Shagoofe’ (1943), romanticism gave way to humour and it was his later books, ‘Lehren’ (1944) and ‘Parwaz’ (1945), which established him as a pure humorist. ‘Himaqaten’ (1947) and ‘Mazeed Himaqaten’ (1948) earned him more accolades but the flow of his books shrank to a trickle of articles and then for almost 25 years he wrote nothing. Shafeeq-ur-Rahman died in Rawalpindi on March 19, 2000. His books include 1. Kirnen, 1942, 2. Shagoofay, 1943, 3. Lehren, 1944, 4. Parwaaz, 1945, 5. Madd-o-jazar, 1946, 6. Himaqaten, 1947, 7. Hazeed himaqaten, 1948, 8. Pachtaawe, 1948, 9. Dajla, 1980, 10. Dareeche, 1989, 11. Insaani tamasha

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Dr. Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee: He was a notable Urdu poet, writer, journalist, broadcaster, translator, critic, researcher, linguist and lexicographer of Pakistan. Born in Delhi, Haqqee acquired his BA from Aligarh Muslim University and Master in English literature from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. He died from complications of lung cancer in Mississauga, Canada on October 11, 2005. He was about 88. He was buried in Toronto, Canada Haqqee was a scion of a great literary family from Delhi. His father, Maulvi Ehtashamuddin Haqqee, wrote short stories, a study of Hafez, Tarjuman-ul-Ghaib, a translation of Diwan-i-Hafiz in verse, and a dictionary. Haqqi SahibHe published two anthologies of poems, Tar-i-Pairahan (1957) and Harf-i-Dilras (1979), a later collection of his selected ghazals was published under the title, Dil ki Zaban. His other publications include, Naqd-o-Nigarish (criticism), Maqalaat-e-Mumtaz, Shaakhsaanay (Short Stories), Maqam-e-Ghazal (edited work of Hafiz Hoshiarpuri), Nashid-i-Hurriyat, Nukta-e-Raz, Bhagvad Gita (Urdu translation),Darpan Darpan (translation of poetry from various languages), Intikhab-e-Kalam-e-Zafar, Qitaat-e-Tareekh-e-Wafat-e-Ahle-Qalam-wa-Mutaliqeen-e-Ahle-Qalam, Lisani Masail-o-Lataif, Nazr-e-Khusro PaheliaN Keh MukarniyaN, Aaeena-e-Afkar-e-Ghalib, Nok Jhonk, Suhaanay Taraanay, and children’s literature with the title, Phool Khilay Hain Rung Birnagay (Poems for children 8–80 years old), Anjaan Rahi (translation of Jack Shaffer’s novel Shane), Teesri Duniya (translation of essays on politics and economy), Soor-i-Israfeel (translation of Bengali poet Qazi Nazrul Islam), Khayabaan-e- Pak (anthology of Pakistan’s folk poetry of about 40 poets), and he also wrote his autobiography that was serialized in Urdu journal Afkaar.He also translated the Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, and Chanakya Kautilya’s Arthashastra. He tried his hand at other genres of poetry, such as Peheylian, Kehmukarnian, and Qitat-i-Tareekhi too. He was associated with the Urdu Dictionary Board for 17 years from 1958 to 1975, compiling a monumental 24-volume dictionary, which may be termed as his labour of love. Apart from Urdu Dictionary Board’s work, Haqqee Sahib compiled two dictionaries. The Oxford English-Urdu Dictionary, a phenomenal work that instantly became a ‘must’ for every scholar and student of Urdu, is a translation of the eighth & ninth editions of Concise Oxford English Dictionary. Farhang-e-Talaffuz is a pronunciation dictionary of Urdu.

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Shaukat Thanvi: His family belonged to Thana Bhaun, a small town in Muzaffar Nagar district but he was born in Bindraban, Mathura district, UP, on February 2, 1904. Shaukat Thanvi was an essayist, columnist, novelist, short story writer, broadcaster, playwright, sketch-writer and poet but, in essence, he was a humorist and in almost all his writings an unmistakable streak of humour can always be traced. His article “Swadeshi Rail” established him as the foremost Urdu humourist. It is unfortunate that the writer of such a calibre had to write porn literature by the name of Wahi Wahanvi to meet both the ends. After partition, he migrated to Pakistan. In 1957, Shaukat Thanvi joined Jang, Karachi, and wrote a humour column called Vaghaira vaghaira. When Jang launched its Rawalpindi edition in 1959, Shaukat Sahib was posted there. He received Tamgha-i-Imtiaz in March 1963. He was ill and his health deteriorated there. He died on May 4, 1963 and was buried in Miani Sahib Graveyard.

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Sufi Tabassum: Full name: Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum (1899-1978) was a noted poet in three languages: Urdu, Punjabi, and Persian. Sufi Tabassum was born in Amritsar, India, to parents of Kashmiri ancestry. He earned a Master’s degree in Persian from Forman Christian College (FCC) in Lahore. He remained with Government College Lahore for his entire career, rising to head the Department of Persian Studies.

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Dr Wazeer Agha (Also spelt as Wazir) : He was a Pakistani writer, poet, critic and essayist. Wazeer Agha was born on May 18, 1922 in a village Wazir Kot in Sargodha district  and died on September 7, 2010 in Lahore. He was laid to rest in his native village near Sargodha. He introduced many theories in Urdu literature. He is most famous for his work on Urdu humour. He has also written a seminal book on modern Urdu poets, notably those who have written more poems than ghazals. He has also written poetry and his poems mostly have an element of story. (Extensive details can be seen on wazeeragha.com

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  1. Thank you Muslim Saleem for your efforts to put my poetry onto your blog.
    Further for the convenience of those in India who can’t read in Urdu script i would like to type it in roman:
    बाबा मुजको डर लगता है~
    बाबा मेरी मिस कहती हैं
    कल से सब स्कूल क बचे
    घर में रहे गे
    घर में पढ़ें गे
    में ने सुना है
    एक बारे से
    काली मूंचो वाले अंकल
    बोम्ब लगा केर ऐएँ गे
    सब बचे मेर जाएं गे
    बाबा कीऊ मरें गे हमको
    हम से कोई भूल हुई किया
    ‘हम से कीऊ नाराज़ हैं अंकल
    बाबा उनको गुरिया डे दूँ
    या फिर मेरे रंगो वाली
    याद है न वोह नीली डिबिया
    मेरी पिछली सालगिर पैर
    मुझको आप ने ला केर दी थी
    और मेरी वो पियरी पोनी
    रेड कोलोर की तितली वाली
    वो भी डे दूँ
    ?
    फिर टू नहीं मरें गे मुज को
    याद है बाबा एक दफा जब
    मेरे हाथ पे चोट लगी थी
    बोहत ज़यादा दर्द हुआ था
    थोरा खून भी निकला था
    बोहत ज़यादा रोई थी में
    किया ये बोम्ब बार होता है ?
    बोहत ज़यादा चोट लगे गी ?
    दर्द भी शायद ज़यादा होगा !!
    बाबा !! मुज को दर लगता है !!

    (आतिफ जावेद आतिफ)

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  3. I believe that maintainig a directory of the Urdu writers and poets is not an easy task. Muslim Saleem saheb is accumulating the names of writers and poets for this website which is a great effort. I presume that this is the first website regarding the Urdu literature showing the great ambition of Muslim Saleem Saheb.
    One day we all will get a place on this remarkable website.
    Regards
    Shamim Manzar

  4. My dear Shamim Manzar sb, ASAK
    It is great of you to think so. It is the grace of Allah that he chose me for this stupendous task and gave me strength to compile four directories (the process is still on)
    1. Urdu poets and writers of world
    2. Urdu poets and writers of India
    3. Urdu poets and writers of Madhya Pradesh
    4. Poets and writers of Kashmir (+Jammu) and Kashmiri origin.

    I have also launched a blog for my father Dr. Saleem Wahid Saleem
    saleemwahid.blogspot.com

    You can find a number of great poems including Khudayan-e-Jamhoor, which he wrote in rebellion against General Ayyub Khan around 1961. After publication of this poem, the then government tightened noose around Dr Saleem Wahid Saleem so much so that the great writer had to resort to hunger strike in Lahore. The hunger strike continued for 13 days. When I was writing a commentary on your novel “Zawal se pehle”. I was amazed that the novel was set in the same period and its hero was also a Communist worker. I request you kindly to see this blog also. The literary world of Urdu had done a great injustice to Dr. Saleem Wahid Saleem and almost forgot him. During the last three decades I was also facing hardships. But now I have good resources and insha Allah will soon publish his two collections.

    with best wishes

    Muslim Saleem

  5. SYED ZIA KHAIRABADI
    March 7th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Mohatram Janab Muslim Saleem saheb
    Assalam-aleikum Rehmatullah wa Barakatahu wa Jazak-Allah Khair
    Apki Website dekh raha huN.Plagiarises by Shamsur-Rehman Farooqi nazar se guzra.Haqiqat samne aai.Dono ki shaxsiyate ujagar huiN.Dr. Sahar ki durweshana shaxsiyat, unka a’ala zarf,
    Unki rawadari,unki darguzri,unka husne sulook,qabile satayish hai.Duniya meN aisi misaleN
    kam hi dekhne ko milti haiN.Ye ausaf un logonN meN hote hai Jo is be haqiqat Duniya par Axrat ko tarji dete haiN.Aur Huzur Sallalaho-Alehi Wasallam ke Akhlaqe-Kareema aur Ausaf-e -Husna ko apni seerat meN utarne ki koshish karte hain.Jo har momin par lazim hai. MaiN Dr. Sahar ki is Durweshana fitrat aur tarze- amal ko Salam karta huN.
    Apni Website ke zariye apne jo is haqiqat ko roo shanaz kiya hai us se ek aur bat zahir hoti hai wo ye ke apki motabar haq-pasandi aur mohatram hassasiyat apko ek azeem aur baland -qamat SAHAAFI ki haisiyat ata karti haiN.Chief Editor Mr. Ataullah Faizan Sb. aur Editor Mr.
    Abdul Ahad Farhan sb. ko meri taraf se Salam kahiye .Sab Salam kehte haiN.
    Khaksaar
    Syed Zia Khairabadi
    syedzriz@aol.com

  6. سلام. اس بات کی خوشی ہے کی تمام شیروں کی ہلاتے زندگی کے ساتھ انکے کلام بے پڑھنے کو ملے.بہت شکریہ. خاص کر ہم جیسے اردو طالبعلموں کے لئے یہ ایک بہت بدی بات ہے.

  7. Dear Husen, asak
    Pl send the life sketches and kalaam of the poets and writers you know about. It will be a great service to the cause of Urdu.

    Muslim Saleem

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  9. منزل کی جب سے خود مجھے چاہت نہیں رہی
    لگتا ہے دھوپ میں بھی تمازت نہیں رہی ……
    یہ میری زندگی کے مسایل یہ الجھنیں……
    اب خواب دیکھنے کی بھی فرسٹ نہیں رہی
    وعدہ خلافیوں نے کیا اتنا خود شناس ……
    آنکھوں کو انتظار کی عادت نہیں رہی ….
    آنے لگی ہیں پھر وہی مخصوس آہٹیں ….
    لیکن اب اعتبار کی ہمّت نہیں رہی ……
    ہم بھی بدل گئے ہیں زمانے کے ساتھ ساتھ ……
    اس کو بھی ہم سے کوئی شکایات نہیں رہی ….
    راشد نہاں تھی جسمیں زمانے کی داستان
    دل کے ورق پی کیوں وہ عبارت نہیں رہی

    راشد ندیم شاہجہانپور (یو.پی. ) انڈیا
    II A 76 ڈبل اسٹوری فکتری اسٹتے
    ٹیلیفونے ..٩٨٨٩٣٠٧٠٩٠

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Muslim Saleem (born 1950) is a great Urdu poet, writer and journalist and creator of massive directories of Urdu poets and writers on different blogs. These directories include 1. Urdu poets and writers of India part-1 2. . Urdu poets and writers of India part-II 3. Urdu poets and writers of World part-I 4. Urdu poets and writers of World part-II, 5. Urdu poets and writers of Madhya Pradesh, 6. Urdu poets and writers of Allahabad, 7. Urdu poets and writers of Shajahanpur, 8. Urdu poets and writers of Jammu-Kashmir and Kashmiri Origin, 9. Urdu poets and writers of Hyderabad, 10. Urdu poets and writers of Augrangabad, 11. Urdu poets and writers of Maharashtra 12. Urdu poets and writers of Tamil Nadu, 13, Urdu poets and writers of Karnataka 14. Urdu poets and writers of Gujarat, 15. Urdu poets and writers of Uttar Pradesh, 16. Urdu poets and writers of Canada, 17. Urdu poets and writers of Burhanpur, 18. Urdu poets and writers of West Bengal 19. Female Urdu poets and writers, 20. Hindu Naatgo Shuara etc. These directories can be seen on :- 1. www.khojkhabarnews.com 2, www.muslimsaleem.wordpress.com 3. www.urdunewsblog.wordpress.com, 4. www.khojkhabarnews.wordpress.com. 5. www.poetswritersofurdu.blogspot.in 6 www.muslimsaleem.blogspot.in 7. www.saleemwahid.blogspot.in (Life) Muslim Saleem was born in 1950 at Shahabad, Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh in India, brought up in Aligarh, and educated at Aligarh Muslim University. He is the son of the well-known Urdu poet Saleem Wahid Saleem. He has lived in Bhopal, India since 1979. (Education): Muslim Saleem studied right from class 1 to BA honours in AMU schools and University. He completed his primary education from AMU Primary School, Qazi Para Aligarh (Now converted into a girls school of AMU). He passed high school exam from AMU City School, Aligarh and B.A. Hons (Political Science) from Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh. Later, Muslim Saleem did M.A. in Arabic from Allahabad University during his stay in Allahabad. (Career) Muslim Saleem began his career as a journalist in the Urdu-language newspaper Aftab-e-Jadeed, Bhopal. He is multilingual journalist having worked on top posts with Dainik Bhaskar (Hindi), Central Chronicle (English), National Mail (English), News Express (English) and most recently as the chief copy editor of the Hindustan Times in Bhopal. At present, Muslim Saleem is English news advisor to Directorate of Public Relations, Government of Madhya Pradesh. (as on December 1, 2012). (Works and awards) Muslim Saleem has been appointed as Patron of Indo-Kuwait Friendship Society. He is the author of Aamad Aamad, a compilation of his poetry published by Madhya Pradesh Urdu Academi. Several of his couplets are well known in the Urdu language. He won the Yaad-e-Basit Tarhi Mushaira, a poetry competition, in 1982. In 1971, Muslim Saleem was awarded by Ismat Chughtai for his Afsana “Nangi Sadak Par” at AMU Aligarh. His ghazals and short stories have been published in Urdu-language publications Shair, Ahang, Asri, Adab, Agai, Naya Daur, Sada-e-Urdu, Nadeem and other periodicals and magazines. His work in service of the Urdu language was recognized in a special 2011 edition of the periodical Abadi Kiran, devoted to his work. Evenings in his honour have been organised in a number of cities. Muslim Saleem is currently compiling a massive database of poets and writers of the Urdu language, both historic and currently active. (Translation of Muslim Saleem’s work in English): Great scholar Dr. Shehzad Rizvi based in Washington has translated Muslim Saleem’s ghazal in English even though they have never met. Dr. Rizvi saw Muslim Saleem’s ghazals on websites and was so moved that he decided to translate them. (Praise by poets and writers) Great poet and scholar of Urdu and Persian Dr. Ahmad Ali Barqi Azmi has also written a number of poetic tributes to Muslim Saleem. Dr. Azmi and Muslim Saleem are yet to meet face to face. Beside this, great short-story writer and critic Mehdi Jafar (Allahabad, Bashir Badr (Bhopal), Jafar Askari (Lucknow), Prof. Noorul Husnain (Aurangabad), Kazim Jaffrey (Lahore) and a host of others have written in-depth articles defining Muslim Saleem’s poetry. (Muslim Saleem on other websites) Muslim Saleem’s life and works have been mentioned on Wikipedia, www.urduadab4u.blogspot.in, www.urduyouthforum.org and several other website. In fact, www.urduyouthforum.org has given credit to Muslim Saleem for lifting a number of pictures and entries from Muslim Saleem’s websites and blogs. (Address): Muslim Saleem, 280 Khanugaon, VIP Road, Bhopal-462001 Mobiles: 0 9009217456 0 9893611323 Email: muslimsaleem@rediffmail.com saleemmuslim@yahoo.com Best couplets: Zindagi ki tarah bikhar jaayen…… kyun ham aise jiyen ki mar jaayen kar di meeras waarison ke sipurd…. zindagi kis ke naam mar jaayen rooh ke karb ka kuchh mudaawa no tha doctor neend ki goiyan likh gaya wo dekhne mein ab bhi tanawar darakht hai haalanke waqt khod chuka hai jaden tamam My Facebook url is http://en-gb.facebook.com/pages/Muslim-Saleem/176636315722664#!/pages/Muslim-Saleem/176636315722664?sk=info Other blogs http://urdupoetswriters.blogspot.com/ http://muslimspoetry.blogspot.com/ http://abdulahadfarhan.blogspot.com/ http://ataullahfaizan.blogspot.com/ http://hamaramp.blogspot.com/ http://madhyanews.blogspot.com/ http://cimirror.blogspot.com/
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  2. zest70pk says:

    Saleem Sahab-Adab

    ملا رموزی 1896 میں بھوپال میں پیدا ہوئے، یہاں پاکستان میں شائع ہوئی چند کتابوں میں ان کی جائے وفات کراچی لکھی گئی ہے۔ بھوپال سے تعلق رکھنے والے کوئی کرم فرما ملا رموزی کی بھوپال میں تدفین کی تصدیق کرسکیں تو ممنون رہوں گا:

    خیر اندیش
    راشد اشرف
    کراچی سے

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