25th death anniversary of writer and poet wasif Ali Wasif is being observed today (Jan 18). Wasif Ali Wasif (15 January 1929 – 18 January 1993) was a teacher, writer, poet and sufi intellectual from Pakistan. He was the son of Muhammad Arif. Wasif Ali Wasif received his early education from Khushab before going to Jhang where he passed matriculation, intermediate and bachelor’s in first division.
He was proficient at playing hockey and received many awards during his school and college time. Wasif started writing for the college magazine named “Ravi”. He also passed the civil service exam but did not pursue it. In 1962 he established his own institute named “Lahore English College” near anarkali in Lahore. Wasif had an interest in Sufism from his very childhood. He strived to meet sufis and visited different shrines.
He is famous for his literary works. He is said to have been cited in quotations more than any other contemporary Urdu writer. He used to write short essays on topics like love, life, fortune, fear, hope, expectation, promise, prayer, happiness, sorrow and so on with clear objective of highlighting the true spirit of Islam. He was a regular columnist of Pakistani Urdu daily newspaper Nawa-i-Waqt. His column was named “GUFTGOO and it started publishing in newspaper in 1984. His shrine is in Lahore in the famous Mianiasaab graveyard where his Urs is celebrated on 22–24 Rajab annually.
His works include Shab Chiragh (Kiran Kiran Sooraj ,The Beaming Soul (English Version of Kiran Kiran Sooraj),Dil Darya Samundar, Qatra Qatra Qulzum, Harf Harf Haqeeqat and many more.
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17 November, 2019