(Picture shows from left: Arshad Rashid, Dr. Nirman Mann and Dr. Ghazala Ansari. Abdulrazzak Adenwala is seen reading poetry.)
The second session of the monthly literary meeting was dedicated to the life and work of Hafeez Hoshiarpuri. Arshad Rashid served as MC of this session. He also presented an interesting paper on the life and work of the well known poet.
During the later half of the previous century two poets with the same name made their debut in Urdu poetry, Hafeez Jullandhri and Hafeez Hoshiarpuri.
Born as Abdul Hafeez Saleem in Hoshiarpur India in 1912,he later became famous as Hafeez Hoshiarpuri.
He studied philosophy in Government college Lahore with N M Rashid & Faiz Ahmed Faiz as his college fellows. He was well versed in Urdu, Persian, Sindhi and Punjabi..
Hafeez Hoshiarpuri grew up at a time when Urdu poetry was under the sway of modernization but he chose ghazal as a medium of expression, which was most suited for his temperament. He believed that ghazal can be accommodative to all we want to say in a suggestive way.
With this belief during the years of partition he suspended his romantic poetry and turned his attention to the sorrows and sufferings caused by Hindu-Muslim riots and the consequent migration.
Hafeez Hoshiarpuri died in Karachi in 1973. He was a perfectionist & probably this was the reason his poetry was not published in his life-time and was later published by his friends as MAQM E GHAZAL.
The following literary enthusiasts presented Hafeez Hoshiarpuri’s poetry: Arvin Kumar, Misbah Rehman, Abdulrazzak Adenwala, Asim Bajwa, Mukesh Kackar, Naseer Humayoun, and Abdus Sattar Ghazali.
Earlier Chaudhry Ashraf and Dr. Agha Saeed spoke about the message and philosophy of Jalaluddin Rumi and Faridud Deen Attar.
Rumi's major work is the Masnavi, a six-volume poem considered by many to be one of the greatest works of mystical poetry. It contains approximately 27000 lines of Persian poetry.
The Masnavi weaves fables, scenes from everyday life, Qur’anic revelations and exegesis, and metaphysics into a vast and intricate tapestry.
In the Masnavi, Rumi describes in detail the universal message of love:
Lover's nationality is separate from all other religions,
The lover's religion and nationality is the Beloved (God).
The lover’s cause is separate from all other causes
Love is the astrolabe of God's mysteries.
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