Ahmed Faraz

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Ahmed Faraz (Urdu: احمد فراز Hindi: अहमद फ़राज़) (January 14, 1931 - August 25, 2008) was considered one of the greatest modern Urdu poets of the last century. Faraz is his pseudonym 'takhallus', whereas his real name is Syed Ahmad Shah. Ahmed Faraz died in Islamabad on August 25, 2008.[2]
Ahmed Faraz, who has been compared with Mohammad Iqbal and Faiz Ahmed Faiz, holds a unique position as one of the best poets of current times, with a fine but simple style of writing. [3]Even common people can easily understand. Ethnically a Hindko speaking Pathan, Ahmed Faraz studied Persian and Urdu at the Peshawar University. He later became lecturer at the Peshawar University.

Early life

In interview to the Daily Jang, Ahmad Faraz says that he was born in Kohat. He was the son of Syed Muhammad Shah Barq and the brother of Syed Masood Kausar. [4] In an interview with Rediff he recalls how his father, once bought clothes for him on Eid. He didn't like the clothes meant for him, but preferred the ones meant for his elder brother. This lead him to write his first couplet:
Layen hain sab ke liye kapre sale se (He brought clothes for everybody from the sale) Layen hain hamare liye kambal jail se (For me he brought a blanket from jail) He was told by his parents once to learn mathematics from a class fellow during the summer vacation. "I was weak in mathematics and geography. I still don't remember maps and roads".
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.
During his time in college, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Ali Sardar Jafri were the best progressive poets, who impressed him and became his role models. Ahmed Faraz initially worked as a script writer at Radio Pakistan Peshawar and then moved on to teaching Urdu at Peshawar University. In 1976, he became the founding Director General (Later Chairman) of Pakistan Academy of Letters.

Political life

Outspoken about politics, he went into self-imposed exile during the Zia-ul-Haq era after he was arrested for reciting certain poems at a mushaira criticizing the military rule. He stayed for 6 years in Britain, Canada and Europe before returning to Pakistan, where he was initially appointed Chairman Academy of Letters and later chairperson of the Islamabad-based National Book Foundation for several years. He has been awarded with numerous national and international awards.
He was inspired from Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto And Pakistan Peoples Party.
He was awarded the Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2004, in recognition of his literary achievements. He returned the award in 2006 after becoming disenchanted with the government and its policies.
"My conscious will not forgive me if I remained a silent spectator of the sad happenings around us. The least I can do is to let the dictatorship know where it stands in the eyes of the concerned citizens whose fundamental rights have been usurped. I am doing this by returning the Hilal-e-Imtiaz (civil) forthwith and refuse to associate myself in any way with the regime..." a statement issued by the poet.
About his current writings he says: "I now only write when I am forced to from the inside."[citation needed]
Maintaining a tradition established by his mentor, the revolutionary Faiz Ahmed Faiz, he wrote some of his best poetry during those days in exile. Famous amongst poetry of resistance has been "Mahasara"


n July 2008, a rumour was spread that Ahmed Faraz had died in a hospital in Chicago. Faraz's physician, Tahir Rohail MD who was a childhood friend of Faraz's son Shibli Faraz, was quick to deny this erroneous report, but it was confirmed that Faraz was exceedingly ill. Faraz's health continued to deteriorate and he died from kidney failure in a local Islamabad hospital on 25 August 2008. His funeral was carried out on the evening of the 26th, at H-8 Graveyard Islamabad, Pakistan.


National Awards

  • Adamji Award (Pakistan's highest literary award), 1966
  • Abaseen Award, 1970
  • Dhanak Award, 1971
  • Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Award, 1991
  • Naqoosh-e-Adab Award, 1992-93
  • Sitara-i-Imtiaz, 1993
  • Kamal-e-Fan Award, 1994
  • Pakistan Academy of Letters Award, 2000
  • Hilal-e-Imtiaz, 2004
International Awards

  • Firaq International Award (India), 1982
  • Academy of Urdu Literature Award (Canada), 1991
  • JN Tata Award (India), 1992
  • 2000 Millennium Medal of Honors (USA), 1999
  • First Kafi Azmi Award (UAE), 2002
  • ETV Kamal-e-Fan Award (India), 2004

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Oct 31, 2009
Ho gai Karachi University mein Faraz ki pitai,

Kyun k relly thi jamiat ki aur wo keh raha tha

Altaf Bahi...
Altaf Bhai... =P ;)

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TuM tou MeRe ApNy ho PhIr ye TaKalluf Kesa ,

' Faraz '

LoG tou GhaIroN se bhI Keh dety haIN BateIN DIl kI

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Us Se Kehna K Aaj Main Bohat Khush Hon Faraz...


Pichli Sardiyon Ki Jacket Nikaali To Jaib Se 100 Rupay Nikle. :)

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Mujhe Aaj b us k piyar ki shidat rone nhi deti,

"faraz "

Wo kehta tha main mar jaun ga tumhare ansuon k girny se pehle.
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Apr 16, 2013
Pakistan.. karachi
wafa ke khwab muhabbat ka aasara le ja
agar chala hai to jo kuch mujhe diya le ja
maqam-e-sud-o-ziyan aa gaya hai phir janan
ye zakhm mere sahi tir to utha le ja
yahi hai qismat-e-sahara yahi karam tera
ki bund bund ata kar ghata ghata le ja
gurur-e-dost se itna bhi dilshikasta na ho
phir uth ke samane daman-e-iltaja le ja
nadamaten hon to sar bar-e-dosh hota hai
‘faraz’ jan ke evaz aabaru bacha le ja


Apr 16, 2013
Pakistan.. karachi
Dost Ban Kar Bhii Nahiin Saath Nibhane Wala
Vahii Andaaz Hai Zaalim Kaa Zamaanevaalaa
Ab Ise Log Samajhate Hain Giraftaar Meraa
Sakht Nadiim Hai Mujhe Daam Main Laanevaalaa
Kyaa Kahain Kitane Maraasim The Hamaare Is Se
Wo Jo Ik Shakhs Hai Monh Pher Ke Jaanevaalaa


Apr 16, 2013
Pakistan.. karachi
Sunaa Hai Bole To Baaton Se Phul Jhharte Hain
Ye Baat Hai To Chalo Baat Kar Ke Dekhte Hain

Sunaa Hai Raat Use Chaand Taktaa Rahtaa Hai
Sitaare Baam-E-Falak Se Utar Kar Dekhte Hain