Poetry, the beautifully crafted words and phrases that take the mind and soul on to the wildest journeys of the imagination. Being poetic is an art that frame the long tale of life and emotion in a stylishly concise and creative rhythmic form of words that can touch hearts and minds at the same time.
Poetry can be dangerous, especially beautiful poetry, because it gives the illusion of having had the experience without actually going through it
― Jalaluddin Rumi
Faiz Ahmed Faiz, the name very familiar to every other person, the name loved by every Urdu literature fan, the name read and written in many educational curriculums. He was the son of Chaudhry Sultan Mohmmed Khan who also had an inclination towards literature and had shared his literary sittings with the poet of east, Allama Mohammad Iqbal. Faiz was born in February 1911 in Punjab, Pakistan (formerly – British India) and earned fame for his remarkable performance in the field of literature. He acquired his early education by Moulvi Ibrahim Mir Sialkoti and from the city of Lahore he acquired his degree of Masters in Arabic and English. He then got appointed as lecturer in the different colleges of Lahore.
They, whose eyes have no bonding to the morn
May someone light a lamp in their night?
They, whose feet have nowhere to go, no path
May someone illuminate a way to their sight
He was a left wing intellectual and prominent member of the progressive writers’ movement (PWM). He struggled to unfold the political climate of the sub-continent and to mobilize people against suppression and oppression. He also served in British Indian Army as a captain during World War II and as the time progressed; he was promoted to the rank of Major and Lieutenant Colonel by the mid-1940s. He also worked as an acting editor in the newspaper named Pakistan Times and served in many others journalistic ventures.
He was jailed by the Pakistani government in the Rawalpindi conspiracy case in the early 1950s. There he published one of his most admired work, Dast-e-Sabah.
Speak, your lips are free
Speak, it is your own tongue
Speak, it is your own body
Speak, your life is still yours
As the time progressed, world witnessed as his love for the written work gained maturity and serenity. He achieved many national and international recognition, awards and acknowledgements for his outstanding literary work. He was awarded by Lenin Peace Price by Soviet Union in 1962 and has been short listed several times for the Nobel Price. He also relished the award of Lotus prize for literature in 1976 and awarded with the highest civil award, Nishan-e-Imtiaz by the government of Pakistan in 1990.
Naqsh-e-Faryadi (1943), Dast-e-Tah-e-Sang (1965), Mery Dil Mery Musafir, Sar-e-Wadie Sina and Zindan-nama (1956) are among his best art work. He died at the age of 73 in November 1984.
On this World Poetry Day, we, the team of RF Studio pays heartily tribute to our national hero and poet, Faiz Ahmed Faiz for his outstanding performance in brightening the history of Pakistan with his revolutionary literary art work.
Contributed By: Saima Jawed