Abu-Al-Asar Hafeez Jalandhri, the creator of Pakistan’s national anthem is being remembered on his death anniversary today.
Born in Jalandhar on January 14, Hafeez Jalandhri is one of the great Pakistani poets who collected a lot of fame across the whole country.
He wrote in 1952 the lyrics for `Qaumi Taranah’. The lyrics of the national anthem have commonality with Persian, rendering them mutually intelligible in both Urdu and Persian languages. No verse in the three-stanza lyrics is repeated. The lyrics have heavy Persian poetic vocabulary.
Hafeez Jalandhari poetry deals with many fields such as romantic, patriotic, natural, and religious themes.
Hafeez Jalandhri actively participated in the Pakistan movement and used his pen for the cause of Pakistan.
He also wrote the Kashmiri Anthem, ‘Watan Hamara Azad Kashmir’. He wrote many patriotic songs during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.
Jalandhari’s first poetic compilation ‘Naghma-e-Zar’ was published in 1925.
He continued to move forward that one day his excellence awarded him with the highest prize of Pakistan known as Hilal-e-Imtiaz and the pride of performance by the Pakistani Government. He also served as a Director of the Writers Guild of Pakistan.
His work of poetry, Shahnam-e-Islam, gave him incredible fame which is a record of the glorious history of Islam in verse.
Hafeez Jalandhri passed away on December 21, 1982, at the age of 82 years.