Poetry lovers are remembering the legend Faiz Ahmed Faiz on his death anniversary today.
Faiz Ahmed Faiz was among the pioneers who raised the standards of Urdu literature and poetry. His soulful and thought-provoking poetry is still popular among youth today.
Born on February 13, 1911, he inspired people through his impressive content. His poetry is still a part of the curriculum syllabus. Some of his popular masterpieces including Naqsh-e-Faryadi, Dast-e-Sabah, and Zindan-nama.
Faiz Ahmed Faiz was the first Asian poet to take an award for the Lenin Peace Prize, the Soviet Union’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize in 1963. In addition to this, he has achieved other honorable awards as well such as Nigar Awards, HRC Peace Prize, Nishan-e-Imtiaz, and Avicenna Prize.
His services and contribution to Pakistan cannot be denied. He worked as an editor of Mahanama Adab-e-Lateef (1938 1942 AD) and became a lecturer in English at MAO College, Amritsar in 1935 and then at Hailey College of Commerce, Lahore. Moreover, he also began a branch of Anjuman Tarraqi Pasand Mussanafin-e-Hind in Punjab and was also a member and secretary of this branch.
He briefly joined the British Indian Army and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1944. He, later, resigned in 1947 and returned to Lahore to become the first editor-in-chief of the Pakistan Times. In 1959 he was appointed secretary Pakistan Arts Council and worked in that capacity till 1962. Faiz distinguished himself as a journalist and was editor of the Pakistan Times, the Urdu newspaper Imroze and the weekly Lail-o-Nihar. Apart from that, he worked in an honourary capacity in the Department of Information in the 1965 war between India and Pakistan. In exile, Faiz acted as editor of the magazine Lotus in Moscow, London, and Beirut.
Returning from London in 1964, he settled down in Karachi and was appointed the principal at Abdullah Haroon College.
However, Faiz faced a tough time as he was charged with complicity in a failed coup attempt known as the Rawalpindi Conspiracy Case. Afterward, he was sentenced to four years of imprisonment in 1951. The jail term gave him a first-hand experience of the harsh realities of life and provided him with much-needed solitude to think and write poetry. Dast-e-Saba and Zindan Nama were products of this period of imprisonment.
However, he left everyone in mourn as he passed away on 20th November 1984. Faiz Ahmed Faiz has passed away, but his legacy continues. Various seminars and events are hosted in Pakistan to honor the legend.